The Shipyard returned to action after a long layoff as they welcomed Lochgelly Albert to Recreation Park on Saturday and the home support in the crowd of 142 went home happy with the Shippy recording a comfortable 3-0 win. It was a match packed full of incidents with goals, penalties and red cards to keep the crowd entertained on a fine January afternoon. There was even a partial floodlight failure in the closing stages, though, thankfully the natural light was sufficient enough to see the game through to a conclusion.
There was a welcome return to the team for Lee Henderson who had been out since the end of July with a broken arm and new loan signing Luke Mahady took a place on the bench from where he made his Shipyard debut.
The Shipyard had a chance in the 5th minute when Jack Wilson got on the end of a Craig Watt free-kick, however, his header lacked the direction to trouble Albert keeper Gregor Brown. Darrell Anthony curled an effort wide as the home team dominated the early proceedings. The Shipyard had a penalty claim for handball ignored before a fine move in the 18th minute almost broke the deadlock. D. Anthony passed to Wilson who then laid the ball into the path of B. Anthony and the latter’s shot was finger tipped to safety by keeper Brown. Lochgelly were dealt a blow in the 21st minute when they were reduced to ten men. Local lad Joe Meldrum received a second yellow card when he pulled back Sam Glancy as the Shippy midfielder drove forward. Brown pulled off two great saves around the half hour mark as he denied Wilson and Henderson in quick succession as the Shippy piled the pressure on. Dean Hunter headed a Shaun Keatings effort over his own bar in the 34th minute but the Shipyard were not to be denied as they took the lead two minutes later when Wilson bundled the ball home having beaten Brown to the loose ball.
The second half got off to a sensational start as the Shippy were awarded a penalty after Hunter was adjudged to have fouled Iain Millar as a corner was delivered into the box. Having already been cautioned Hunter received a second yellow leaving his team to see out the remaining forty minutes with nine men. To make their task even more difficult Wilson smashed home the spot kick to put the Shipyard two ahead. Credit must go to Lochgelly as they did not fold and maintained their shape and discipline and limited the Shippy to very few opportunities, though, they rarely troubled Scott Costello in the Shipyard goals. B. Anthony was unlucky to see his drive brilliantly tipped onto the bar and over by Brown, however, Benji got his goal a few minutes later as he fired the ball home after a Glancy shot had been parried out to him.
Next Saturday (22/01/2022) we travel to Oriam for a re-arranged league match against Heriot Watt University after the original match was postponed due to snow. Kick-off at the John Brydson Arena is at 3pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller (M. James); L. Henderson (D. Thomson); S. Orrock; I. Millar; C. Watt; S. Keatings (J. Galloway); D. Anthony (S. Strang); B. Anthony; J. Wilson (L. Mahady); S. Glancy. Unused Subs: M. Douglas & J. Thomson.
Lochgelly Albert: G. Brown; J. Meldrum; A. Couper; D. Hunter; L. Woods; G. Allan; S. Stark; P. Armour; L. Celentano; C. Murdoch; L. McDuff. Subs: C. Bennell; C. Dignan; S. Houston; S. McGuff; M. Woods.
The Shipyard’s erratic form continued on Saturday as they went down 3-1 to Oakley United at Recreation Park. Despite taking an early lead through Ben Anthony’s seventeenth goal of the season, they were only able to hold that advantage for three minutes as Oakley quickly levelled and the visitors went on to build on that and eventually ran out deserved winners. The Shippy were without the injured Ryan O’Donnell and the unavailable Sam Glancy for the match with youngsters Jordan Thomson and Dan Thomson coming into the starting eleven.
The pitch was heavy at kick-off following the heavy rain that fell in the build up to the match and obviously it deteriorated as the match wore on. Oakley had the first chance in the opening minute as Scott Costello saved well from Stephen Day. The next chance fell to the Shippy in the fifth minute and from a corner they took the lead. Oakley felt their keeper was fouled as he attempted to punch the ball clear but played continued and Benji poked the ball home from very close range. The visitors were level in the eighth minute and again the goal came from a corner with Craig Martin afforded plenty of space to head the ball home. The game ebbed and flowed for the next twenty minutes or so before Oakley went ahead. A cut back from the bye line was met by Jack Cowan in the centre of goal and he knocked the ball home. Oakley finished the half in the ascendency and it took a couple of good blocks and two saves from Costello to deny the visitors.
The Shipyard made a change at the break with Matty Miller coming on for Jordan Thomson. Oakley were awarded a penalty in the 46th minute after a foul in the box and Martin scored from the spot firing the ball low into the corner of the net making it 3-1. Three minutes later the Shipyard were awarded a penalty of their own when the referee judged there had been interference when a free-kick was played into the area. Shaun Keatings stepped up to take the kick, however, the ball cleared the bar, the net behind the goals and the clubhouse before landing just short of the graveyard. The Shipyard never really threatened Brett Young in the Oakley goals; indeed, it was the visitors who went closest to scoring when them missed a couple of very good chances.
Next week we travel to Prestonpans to face Preston Athletic in a league match. Kick-off at Pennypit Park is at 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; S. Orrock; J. Thomson (M. Miller); M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt; S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; J. Wilson; D. Thomson (J. Galloway). Unused Subs: S. Strang & R. Connor.
Oakley United: B. Young; C. Martin; K. Bedborough; R. McGill; B. McAdam; C. Doherty; J. Cowan; R. Bernard; J. Harrison; S. Love; S. Day. Subs: A. Burns; M. Gould; M. Mooney; D. Mathie.
The Shipyard had to settle for a share of the spoils on Saturday following a 2-2 draw with Stirling University at Recreation Park. In a game that ebbed and flowed all afternoon the Shippy found themselves ahead, behind and then level with the goals coming thanks to a brace from Jack Wilson. Despite the overnight storm damage to the perimeter fence, the game was never in doubt of going ahead and although there was bright sunshine and the wind had died down, it remained bitterly cold. This week it was the turn of Mark James and Craig Watt to be suspended and with both Ryan O’Donnell and Jordan Galloway unavailable Costy’s squad was stretched again.
The visitors created the first chance in the 3rd minute; however, big Iain Millar was on had to mop up the danger. In the 11th minute Shaun Keatings saw his shot shovelled away by Uni keeper Murray Bushell as the hosts started to put pressure on the Stirling defence and that pressure was rewarded five minutes later as a slip in the Uni defence presented a chance to Wilson and with only Bushell to beat he coolly finished to give his team the lead. Sam Glancy missed a great chance to double the lead after Wilson squared the ball to him but from the centre of goal the diminutive midfielder skied the ball over the bar. The Shippy were punished on the stroke of half-time when some very poor defending allowed Robbie Young to head home from inside the six-yard box following a free-kick, leaving the manager extremely frustrated on the sidelines.
Darrell Anthony saw his drive go narrowly over the bar before the visitors took the lead on the hour mark as Stuart Frankland broke down the right-hand side and evaded a challenge before squaring for Cameron McKinley who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net. Young had as chance to seal it for Stirling but his attempt at the back post drifted across the face and went wide. Wilson then had a fantastic chance to restore parity only to see his close range header go narrowly over the bar. However, the big man did not have to wait long to get his second of the match when in the 85th minute he clipped the ball over Bushell following good work from Glancy and Scott Orrock. The big man had another chance with his head though this opportunity was more difficult and he again failed to fide the target. Big Millzy repeated his early heroics in added time as he was again in the right place to clear the danger as the Uni looked to snatch it at the death.
Speaking after the match manager Dave Costello said “Maybe we should have won it although we could have lost it too, so possibly a draw was about right. Big Jack and Sam both missed good opportunities but I can’t complain about that.” He went on to add “It’s more the chopping and changing of my defence that is the main concern. I can’t put out the same back four from one week to the next whether it be through injury, suspension or unavailability. We really need some continuity at the back.”
Next week we are on the road to face more student opposition, this time in the shape of Heriot Watt University. The match at Riccarton Campus has the slightly later kick-off time of 3pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; S. Strang (J. Thomson); F. Anderson (M. Douglas); I. Millar; S. Orrock; S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; J. Wilson. Unused Sub: M. Gibb.
Stirling University: M. Bushell; A. McIvor; R. Young; F. Binnie; A. Dennis; C. Preston; C. McKinley; J. Docherty; C. Hayes; D. Oliphant; S. Frankland. Subs: J. Carrie; L. Innes; A. Neilly; S. McDermott.
The Shipyard crashed out of the King Cup in disappointing fashion losing 6-2 to Kinnoull at Tulloch Park on Saturday. A woeful first half an hour put paid to the Shippy’s chances as they were four goals behind by that stage. A goal just before half-time from Shaun Keatings gave a glimmer of hope, however, an early goal in the second half for the hosts quickly extinguished a Shipyard comeback. With Craig Watt suspended and Sam Glancy unavailable there were starting places for Sandy Strang and Ryan O’Donnell following last week’s win at Lochgelly.
The Shipyard fell behind in the eighth minute following a fine strike from the Kinnoull forward after he had latched on to a through ball. The Shipyard lost three goals in a crazy six minute spell midway through the half with the first in the 24th minute looking suspiciously offside. It was three nil before the Shippy had time to regroup and by the 30th minute it was 4-0 with the Shippy in disarray. The Shippy settled and got a goal back in the 41st minute when Keatings’ cross come shot found the back of the net.
Kinnoull scored a fifth at the start of the second half when their player was on hand to knock the ball home after it had rebounded back off the bar. Iain Miller gave the Shippy a bit of hope as he headed home a Keatings corner in the 53rd minute. Kinnoull quickly restored their four goal advantage with a breakaway goal on the hour mark that settled the tie once and for all. The Shippy were dealt a blow as O’Donnell had to leave the field with a suspected dislocated shoulder and he was replaced by Matty Miller. The Shipyard had created several chances throughout the match and had they taken some of them, particularly at crucial times, things might have been different. That being said, it’s difficult to win when you are conceding six at the other end.
We return to league duty next week (27/11/2021) with a home match against Stirling University. Kick off is at the usual time of 2.30pm.
Kinnoull: J. Welch; K. Wooley; F. Wilson; A. Frydrychowicz; L. Wooley; C. Robertson; P. Brown; A. Holt; M. Smith; J. MacKenzie; B. Ragan. Subs: P. Anderson; R. Kinnaird; L. Osinski; D. McPhee; O. Patterson.
Burntisland Shipyard: S, Costello; R. O’Donnell (M. Miller); J. Galloway; M. James; I. Millar; S. Orrock; S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Strang; J. Wilson. Unused Subs: F. Anderson & M. Gibb.
The Shipyard recorded a 1-0 away win against Lochgelly Albert though in truth the win was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. Shaun Keatings’ goal on the hour mark was all that separated the sides, however, had the Shippy taken their chances in a dominant first half display they would surely have won much more convincingly. Scott Orrock and Keatings returned from suspension and replaced the unavailable Ryan O’Donnell and Dan Thomson who has returned to his parent club Inverkeithing.
The first opportunity that fell the Shippy’s way came in the 5th minute when Anthony Couper failed to control the ball and Jordan Galloway homed in on goal but Albert keeper Sam McGuff blocked with his legs. Darrell Anthony then dragged a shot wide from a good position after the ball fell kindly to him. Benji was next to be denied by McGuff as he saved somewhat unorthodoxly with his knees and from the resultant corner Jack Wilson headed wide. Galloway then fed the ball through to Benji; however, the top scorer could not find the net on this occasion. The Shippy maintained the pressure and came the closest yet to opening the scoring when Darrell hit the underside of the bar following a corner. Lochgelly came more into the match in the final fifteen minutes of the half though Scott Costello was barely troubled as Craig Watt, in particular, nullified the hosts attacks ably assisted by Darrell and Sam Glancy in the middle of the park.
The Shippy continued on the front foot at the start of the second half and McGuff did well to block Wilson at his near post. Watt then headed over as he met an inswinging corner from the left hand side. The Shipyard finally broke the deadlock in the 60th minute through Keatings who calmly finished from inside the area after Watt cleverly let the ball run to him. Glancy shot narrowly over following more good play from Galloway and the keeper then held an Iain Millar header as the Shipyard looked to take a firm grip on the game. Connor Murdoch never troubled Costello when he was afforded a bit of space in a rare chance for the Albert and substitute Lee Kirby also failed to threaten the visitors goal with a headed effort. Big Milzy drove just wide from distance before Lochgelly had their closest effort of the match. A shot from distance had Costello struggling though the big keeper did well to push the ball onto the post and he was able to gather the loose ball as it bounced out from goal. The Shippy were able to see out the closing stages without any serious threat and at full-time they were worthy winners and deserved the three points. Manager Dave Costello was happy after the match when he said “That was a good away win and a fine performance on a difficult surface. I thought Rooney and Jordan were outstanding today with others not too far behind them. It’s always pleasing to keep a clean sheet and the defence deserve credit for that too.”
Next week (20/11/2021) we travel to Perth to face Kinnoull in the second round of the King Cup. Kick off for this match is 1.30pm.
Lochgelly Albert: S. McGuff; A. Penman; L. Kerwin; A. Couper; G. Allan; P. Armour; J. Meldrum (L. MacDuff); C. Murdoch; S. Stark (L. Kirby); M. Woods (C. Dignan); C. Bennell. Unused Subs: G. Brown; T. Fleming; S. Houston; L. Woods.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; S. Orrock; J. Galloway; M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt; S. Keatings; D. Anthony (S. Strang); B. Anthony; S. Glancy (J. Thomson); J. Wilson. Unused Subs: M. Miller; M. Douglas; M. Gibb.
The Shipyard gained a long overdue win after beating Newburgh 5-3 at Recreation Park on Saturday, thanks in part to a first half Ben Anthony hat-trick. Although, delighted to get the win manager Dave Costello bemoaned the concession of three goals and only scoring five when he said “I thought the boys played very well in what were difficult conditions as they knocked the ball around confidently. If they had taken a few more of the many chances they created I would have been very happy.” He went on to add “Losing the goal just before half-time was disappointing, however, credit to the boy for a fine finish. We switched off at 5-1 and conceded preventable goals which made the scoreline, in my mind, tighter than it should have been.”
The heavy rain that had fallen in Burntisland prior to kick-off had thankfully stopped, leaving the players with only the strong westerly wind to deal with. The Shippy kicked off with the elements behind them and Newburgh were finding it difficult to get out of their own half. The first goal of the match arrived in the 9th minute when Benji latched onto a short pass back, beat the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net. Benji was constantly in the thick of the action and he saw his shot deflected wide for a corner. He did not have to wait long for another chance and this time he made no mistake as he netted to make it 2-0. The Shippy top scorer dummied a great pass from Craig Watt to give himself space to run into and he smashed the ball home at the near post giving Newburgh keeper Calum Sutherland no chance with 23 minutes on the clock. Ben’s brother Darrell was not going to be upstaged by his sibling and he got on the score sheet six minutes later, albeit, somewhat fortuitously, as he headed home young Dan Thomson’s wayward strike. Benji saw a shot hit the bar and then Sutherland blocked his effort with his legs. The loose ball spun up in the air and the wind would have taken the ball over the line but for a last ditch clearance. Benji completed his hat-trick and made it 4-0 in the 40th minute when he fired the ball over the head of Sutherland from some 25 yards. The visitors pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Gino Yunnissi acrobatically converted following a corner that wasn’t cleared at the first attempt.
The Shipyard quickly added a fifth goal at the start of the second half through Jack Wilson. The burly striker showed great strength to hold off the defender to turn and he calmly slotted the ball home from around eight yards out. Newburgh pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute through a great strike though it needed a bit of good fortune to cross the line. Kyle Buik was afforded time to line up his shot from distance and was unlucky to see it hit the post. However, his team’s luck changed when the ball hit Shippy keeper Scott Costello in the face and bounced over the line. Benji saw a deflected strike hit the post before Newburgh pulled another goal back as substitute Kieran Dobie shot home from inside the area. As hard as he tried Benji could not get his fourth goal as he hit the woodwork once again, this time with an angled drive. In the 90th minute Sam Glancy, who had been the driving force for the Shippy in the second half, saw his powerful strike drift narrowly wide.
Next Saturday we make the short trip to face Lochgelly Albert at Gardiners Park. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; R. O’Donnell; J. Galloway; M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt (S. Strang); D. Thomson; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; J. Wilson. Unused Subs: M. Miller; G. Clarke; F. Anderson; M. Douglas; M. Gibb.
Newburgh: C. Sutherland; A. Johal; R. Simpson; A. Cameron; A. Edwards; A. Grainger; E. McCafferty; G. Yunnissi; K. Buik; J. Hutchison; R. Kinnear. Subs: K. Dobie; J. Smart; Y. El Seedawy.
The Shipyard’s season plunged to a new low on Saturday as they suffered a 5-0 home defeat to Edinburgh South at Recreation Park. There were the usual mitigating circumstances of player unavailability through Injury, suspension and being otherwise engaged. A situation that hopefully eases sooner rather than later as we look get the campaign back on the rails. There was one change to the team that performed so well against University of Stirling last week with Gregg Clarke replacing the suspended Darrell Anthony.
It’s clear to see that confidence is low among the players as they looked nervous in the early stages and the Shippy were punished for their first mistake as Scott Costello’s poor clearance fell straight to William Scott. The burly striker fired the ball home from the edge of the box with six minutes on the clock. There was nothing in the way of goalmouth action until South doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Shipyard conceded a free-kick some 25 yards from goal and although Jordan Cropley’s effort was nothing special it was still good enough to find the net. The Shippy almost got a goal back in the 32nd minute when Shaun Keatings tried his luck from distance and was unfortunate to see his shot crash back off the bar. The loose ball fell kindly for Clarke; however, the youngster could not direct his attempt on target.
The Shipyard needed a good start to the second half if they were to get back into the match but that proved not to be the case as they were reduced to ten men within three minutes of the resumption. A long kick out from Antal Tompos beat the Shipyard defence and Scott Orrock denied a goalscoring opportunity as he pulled down Sean Jamieson at the edge of the box giving the referee no option but to send him off. The Shipyard were being pinned back now and South also had the benefit of the strengthening wind behind them as they searched for more goals. Their third goal arrived in the 56th minute when a cross from the right hand side was turned into the net by Scott. Two minutes later it was four as David Stewart knocked the ball home following a corner that was laid into his path. The Shippy kept plugging away and Ben Anthony was unlucky to see his shot drift wide. Sam Glancy went even closer as his fine strike came back off the post and bounced clear. South rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute when Jamieson got to a loose ball first a found the back of the net.
After the match manager Dave Costello bemoaned the lack of players available to him when he said “I am missing too many players at the moment to field a settled side, though I hope to see two or three back next week. The performance today was nowhere near as good as last week or what I expect from the boys.”
Next week we travel to face Newburgh Juniors in the first leg of back to back games against them. The match at East Shore Park kicks off at 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; S. Strang (F. Anderson); M. Miller; S. Orrock; J. Wilson; C. Watt; S. Keatings; D. Thomson (J. Anthony); B. Anthony; S. Glancy; G. Clarke (H. Eddouss). Unused Sub: M. Gibb.
Edinburgh South: A. Tompos; D. Stewart (J. Riley); D. Ndiweni; R. Kerr, J. Young. S. Martin; A. Hunter; W. Scott; S. Jamieson; J. Kerr (T. Aitchison); J. Cropley. Unused Sub: S. Collins.