East of Scotland Qualifying League: Group H
The Shipyard will kick off their season with a trip to face newcomers Dunipace on Saturday 28th July 2018 in a League Cup group H match. This will be a huge match for the hosts as they make their senior debut in East of Scotland Football League (EoSFL) competition at Westfield Park. The Denny based team arrive in the EoSFL having left the Central District Second Division in the juniors where they finished 11th.
The first match at Recreation Park will see another newcomer providing the opposition with Musselburgh Athletic facing the Shippy on Wednesday 1st August 2018. The visitors arrive in the EoSFL on the back of a title winning campaign, having won the East Region Premier Division and with promotion to the Super League beckoning, before deciding to up sticks and join the senior ranks.
Due to the nature of the draw the Shipyard have a second home match in the group with Preston Athletic making the trip across the Forth on Saturday 4th August 2018. Athletic finished a very creditable 3rd in the EoSFL having been relegated from the Lowland League the previous season and if it had not been for the outstanding consistency show by both Kelty Hearts and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, then the Prestonpans outfit might have made an immediate return to tier five.
Johnny with his haul of trophies.
Johnny Galloway lifted three of the four prizes up for grabs at the Shipyard Player of the Year awards. John Martin was the man who stopped him making it a clean sweep as he picked up the top goalscorer trophy. The event, magnificently hosted by the Sands Hotel in Burntisland last Friday night was a special occasion for young Johnny as firstly he collected the Young Player of the Year shield. He then went on to lift the Player’s Player of the Year award before finally and unsurprisingly picking up the Club player of the Year trophy. It may have been the first time that one player has picked up the three awards voted for but no one could deny Johnny the accolade given the season the young man has had as his proud parents watched on.
The Club would like to thank Jason at the Sands for hosting the event and laying on such a fine buffet for everyone to enjoy.
John Martin receives his top goalscorer award from Drew Beveridge.
Shipyard finish season on a high with away win.
The Shipyard’s season finished where it started off way back on 29th July last year with a trip over the border to face Tweedmouth Rangers. The target was to collect all three points to secure an eighth-place finish and that was achieved following a 3-1 victory, despite an unconvincing performance against the league’s bottom club. It was a somewhat depleted squad that travelled with the usual array of suspensions, injuries and unavailability taking their toll. On the plus side there were welcome returns for Callum McAulay, Johnny Galloway and Tom Graham. Continue Reading
Poor defending angers Shippy manager.
Manager Grant Brough didn’t mince his words when he was asked for his thoughts on his, albeit under-strength, team’s performance after the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Peebles Rovers on Saturday. He was bitterly disappointed to lose the match having led 2-1 ten minutes into the second half as he said “Today we let ourselves down badly. Our defending was criminal after getting back in the game and then going ahead, we really should have been able to see the game out from that position.” Continue Reading
Shipyard disappointed with draw despite late comeback.
Coming away from Leith disappointed to only draw the match is a sign of how far the Shipyard have progressed under the leadership of Grant Brough and his staff. In previous season’s, going 3-1 behind would have resulted in a heavy defeat, however, this Shippy squad is made from sterner stuff and after drawing level with seven minutes remaining, they created chances to win the match despite the unjust red card shown to Dean Anderson. Continue Reading
Shipyard clinch Fife Cup on historic night.
Shippy players celebrate with Fife Cup.
History was created at Recreation Park on Tuesday night as the Shipyard won the Fife Cup for the first time ever. Since joining the Fife FA in 1932 the famous old trophy has never found its way to Burntisland. However, all that changed as the Shippy romped to a 4-0 over a young Cowdenbeath side as two goals in each half saw the home side lift the cup. Continue Reading
Twin Power(ie) Shipyard.
Galloway twins and Scott Powrie to hot for Peebles.
A dominant second half performance, in which the Shipyard scored all their four goals, ensured the three points stayed at a sun-drenched Recreation Park on Saturday and saw the Shippy climb two places up the league table into the bargain. Once again, Grant Brough shuffled his pack as he tried to give his players carrying knocks some vital rest time with John Martin, Brodie Hamilton, Sean Johnstone and Ross Lennie missing out altogether and regulars Sandy Strang, Brian Breen, Tom Graham and Reece Brown taking their places on the bench. The pleasing aspect for Brough was that those who came in did not let him down, indeed they gave him something to think about ahead of Tuesday’s cup final. Continue Reading
Shippy lose to title challengers.
The Shipyard squad had a more familiar look about it for this rescheduled match against high flying Lothian Thistle HV, played at the home of Easthouses Lily, due to the ongoing pitch issues at Saughton Enclosure. The return of several players did give manager Grant Brough the chance to rest key players that were carrying knocks ahead of next week’s Fife Cup Final. Continue Reading