The Shipyard’s wretched start to the season continued on Saturday as they went down 3-2 to Oakley United at Blairwood Park. There were some positive signs in the performance, particularly in the second half as the Shippy dominated for the most part and almost got the equaliser their play deserved. However, the damage was done in the first half and it was the same old story as poor defending cost the first two goals. The fact that the third goal was yards offside is another matter. Reece Brown, Robbie Crawford, Sam Glancy, Ross Lennie, Iain Millar and Sandy Strang were all absent for a variety of reasons though the squad was boosted by the arrival of loan signings Jay Bridgeford and Tyler McKenzie from Kelty Hearts. The youngsters acquitted themselves very well in what was a tough physical encounter, and they will add a lot to the Shipyard squad over the coming weeks. There were returns to the starting eleven for Michael Gibb and Ryan O’Donnell and debuts for the aforementioned loanees from Kelty.
The pitch was heavy but thankfully the early morning rain had abated, and the sun was doing it’s best to brighten the west Fife skies. The Shipyard created the first opportunity in the 5th minute as Shaun Keatings volleyed over a Bridgeford cross. The Shipyard fell behind to Oakley’s first attempt at goal when Stuart Love’s strike from distance found the top corner after sloppy defending allowed the ball to be worked to the striker’s feet. The visitors almost got level quickly as Ben Anthony’s cross cum shot hit the top of the bar. A headed attempt from Oakley was not too far away and in the 17th minute Gibb saved comfortably from Craig Martin. The Shipyard had to make a change midway through the half as Dale Allan limped off to be replaced by Matty Miller. Oakley doubled their lead two minutes later as James McAteer tapped in from close range following a right-wing cross. Once again questions had to be asked of the Shipyard defending. B. Anthony shot across the face off goal from an acute angle and the agony of that missed chance was felt even more when the hosts raced up the park and scored. Love tapped in from inside the six-yard box, however, there was a blatant offside in the build up that was unfortunately missed. To their credit the Shippy quickly replied with Shaun Keatings placing a left foot shot into the top corner from around sixteen yards.
The Shipyard should have pulled another back six minutes into the second half but B. Anthony missed the target from a great position after good build up between Keatings and Bridgeford. The Shippy were very much the dominant team now but Oakley were holding firm at the back. That was until the 78th minute when Bridgeford was tripped in the box and B. Anthony made no mistake from the spot. The Shippy pushed for the equaliser in the closing minutes, however, they could not fashion another clear chance as Oakley maintained their 100% start to the season.
The Shipyard are at home on Saturday (31/10/2020) as we welcome Peebles Rovers to Recreation Park. Kick-off is at 2.00pm.
Oakley United: S. Robertson; D. Kelly; R. McGill; M. Mooney; C. Martin; C. Runciman; B. McAdam; R. Gunn; J. McAteer; M. Allan; S. Love. Subs: J. Harrison; R. Gruar; J. Urquhart; C. Shaw; K. Young; C. Sanchez; C. Nielson.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; R. O’Donnell; D. Allan (M. Miller); D. Hunter; G. Ross; R. Crichton; S. Keatings; T. McKenzie; B. Anthony; D. Anthony; J. Bridgeford. Unused Subs: S. Costello & J. Galloway.
The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Jay Bridgeford and Tyler McKenzie on temporary loan deals from Kelty Hearts. The youngsters are coming to Recreation Park until the end of the year to gain some first team experience, having recently signed their first professional contracts with the New Central Park club. Welcome to the Shippy boys!
This was a complete Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Shipyard as they dominated early on, took a deserved lead, only to crumble on the half hour mark when both teams were reduced to ten men after an altercation in the middle of the park. Newburgh were unfazed by the loss of a player whereas the Shipyard looked rattled and they lost the control they had on the match. Sam Glancy, Robbie Crawford and Ross Lennie were all side-lined through injury. Scott Costello made his Shipyard debut between the sticks at the expense of Michael Gibb.
Newburgh keeper Calum Sutherland was sharp off his line to block Reece Brown with four minutes on the clock and moments later he brilliantly tipped a Dale Allan strike onto the post and out for a corner. Brown hit a shot into the side netting before the Shipyard pressure paid off. C. Sutherland did well to save from Ben Anthony, however, the loose ball dropped to Sandy Strang who had the simple task of prodding the ball home from inside the six-yard box. The visitors then enjoyed some possession and got forward without troubling Costello. Shaun Keatings tried his luck from distance and C. Sutherland reacted well as he pushed the shot up in the air before gathering. Costello saw his first action in the 27th minute and he did very well in a one on one situation with the Newburgh forward. He was then off his line to clear with his feet as Newburgh threatened. Arguably the turning point of the match arrived on the 30-minute mark. Keatings was smashed in the face with the ball nowhere near and as the Shippy midfielder lay poleaxed on the ground Brown was shown a red card for an alleged push. Meanwhile, Aiden Edwards was also dismissed for what everyone thought was in relation to Brown’s sending off. However, the referee confirmed that Edwards was red carded for the assault on Keatings meaning that the guilty party went unpunished. Once the dust had settled Newburgh gained the initiative and Costello gathered an attempt above his head. Just as the Shippy were looking for the half-time whistle they were hit by a double blow. Firstly, Scott Sutherland latched onto a through ball and slipped it beyond Costello for the equaliser. In added time a free-kick from Jamie Gay somehow eluded the big Shippy keeper’s grasp and ended up in the back off the net. Despite this double setback the Shipyard managed to create a couple of half chances that nothing materialised from.
B. Anthony drove forward only to be blocked out then both Iain Millar and Darrell Anthony shot over. The Shippy were level in the 55th minute when B. Anthony broke clear and beat C. Sutherland with the goal standing despite the Shippy man looking slightly offside. We had an almost identical incident at the other end with the same outcome as Newburgh quickly regained the lead. S. Sutherland scored his second of the afternoon, though he seemed to be quite clearly offside. Costello was the busier keeper as the match worn on with the Shippy guilty of leaving gaps at the back as they pushed for an equaliser. A strong claim for handball in the visitor’s box was turned down and with six minutes remaining Newburgh sealed their win as S. Sutherland found himself all alone inside the six-yard box at a corner and nodded home with ease completing his hat-trick. A quite shocking goal to concede from the Shipyard’s point of view with Shippy manager Stuart Innes struggling to contain his anger.
This Saturday (24/10/2020) the Shipyard travel to Blairwood Park to face Oakley United in another Fife derby. Kick-off 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; R. Crichton (M. Miller); I. Millar; D. Hunter; G. Ross; S. Strang (J. Galloway); D. Anthony; S. Keatings; B. Anthony; R. Brown; D. Allan. Unused Subs: R. O’Donnell & M. Gibb.
Newburgh Juniors: C. Sutherland; A. Johal; G. Clark; S. Kirkham; C. Robinson; S. Sutherland; A. Edwards; J. Gay; Y. El Seeedawy; K. Fraser; C. Murdoch. Subs: L. Rann; T. Nyass; C. Findlay; A. Cameron; P. Leadbetter; J. Annandale; H. Galloway.
Due to the on going Covid 19 restrictions whereby spectators are still not permitted to attend matches the club has decided to ask those fans who took up the offer, to collect their bottle of Shipyard Ale. As was the offer at the time, producing three donation receipts will entitle each person to their free bottle. The clubhouse will be open for collection only, on Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm and Saturday morning between 11am and noon. We would ask everyone to observe social distancing and hygiene regulations when attending the ground.
The first league match of the season for the Shipyard ended in disappointment as they succumbed to Heriot Watt University losing 2-0 to the students at the Oriam. Despite praise from the Heriot Watt camp as to how well the Shippy played, there was more a feeling of disappointment in the performance from the visitors, particularly in the way that the goals were conceded. The damage was self-inflicted with possession given up all too easily, though both goals were clinically finished by the Uni. There were debuts for Raymond Crichton and Shaun Keatings with Scott Costello taking a place on the bench.
The Shipyard created a half chance early on from a corner, however, no-one was able to convert the loose ball. The hosts saw a shot go wide in the seventh minute, meanwhile at the other end an ambitious Keatings chip drifted well off target. Reece Brown saw one attempt saved and another go wide and sandwiched between these efforts Michael Gibb held a long-range free kick. The hosts took the lead in the 27th minute capitalising on a mistake and when a cross was whipped in from the right-hand side Chris Donnelly was on hand to head the ball home. Sandy Strang headed a decent opportunity off target and Brown saw his shot blocked following a fine Robbie Crawford run.
The Shipyard were forced into a change at half-time with Ben Anthony unable to continue and he was replaced by Matty Miller. Heriot Watt almost doubled their lead within a minute of the restart as they broke quickly, however, the Shipyard were relieved to see Donnelly’s strike hit the post and bounce clear. Crichton, who had been pushed further forward gathered the ball at the edge of the box but his shot on the turn lacked the direction to trouble Callum Reid in the Uni goals. The Shippy fell two behind in the 53rd minute with possession again given up all to easily and Arran Singh made no mistake with his well struck shot. The Shipyard almost pulled one back on the hour mark but unfortunately Darrell Anthony’s drive came back off the post and into the grateful keeper’s hands. The Shipyard were forced into a series of changes as the second half progressed with Strang, D. Anthony and Crawford all limping off. A Brown headed attempt was off target and as the clock wound down the Shippy never looked like getting back into the match far less take something from it. Next Saturday the Shipyard welcome Newburgh Juniors to Recreation Park, for what at the moment will be a closed doors match. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Heriot Watt University: C. Reid; J. Hogg; T. Teviotdale; L. Morton; J. Wishart; N. Kelly; J. Barker; R. Cairns; C. Donnelly; G. MacDonald; C. Stewart. Subs: A. McMahon; C. Muttitt; A. McCreadie; J. Kennedy; A. Singh; J. Thomson; C. Smith.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; R. Crichton; D. Allan; G. Ross; I. Millar; S. Strang (J. Galloway); D. Anthony (R. O’Donnell); S. Keatings; R. Brown; R. Crawford (D. Hunter); B. Anthony (M. Miller). Unused Sub: S. Costello.
Shippy kick-off league campaign with a trip to the Oriam to face Heriot Watt University.
The East of Scotland League will kick off on Saturday (10/10/2020) with the Shipyard making the short journey across the bridge to face Heriot Watt University at the Oriam. The long-awaited return to football is, unfortunately, not straight forward as many restrictions and protocols remain in place. Under no circumstances, at the time of writing, will spectators be allowed to attend matches and with that in mind, the Club urges all supporters not to travel to Riccarton at the weekend. Hopefully, this situation will change soon as talks and canvasing continues behind the scenes as the pyramid leagues join forces as they look to the government and football authorities to lift the restrictions.
The Shipyard are in Conference B for the campaign that lies ahead and face one of the expected favourites for the title. Excellently coached by the experienced Banji Koya the students are generally there or there abouts in any given season and the Shippy boys will have to be at their best to bring the points back to Burntisland. Kick-off is at 3pm and updates will be available via the club twitter account and the EoSFL website latest scores page.
It’s stating the bleeding obvious to say that if you don’t take your chances and gift the opposition goals then you are going to lose, sometimes heavily, and that was certainly the case for the Shippy at Keirs Park on Saturday. Manager Stuart Innes cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines as his team kept shooting themselves in the foot at regular intervals, as they were on the wrong end of a four-goal deficit at the break. It was ex-Shipyard man Danny Watt who capitalised most on the slack defending as he notched a first half hat-trick. The Shipyard won the second half 2-1 thanks to goals from Reece Brown and Ben Anthony but the damage had been done earlier in the match. What would have encouraged the Shippy boss was the amount of good chances his team created against a side that finished at the top end of the truncated Premier Division last season. Brown, Anthony, and Robbie Crawford caused the home defence a lot problems and only poor finishing denied the visitors more goals that their attacking play deserved.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello (M. Gibb); R. Crichton; I. Millar; R. O’Donnell; G. Ross (D. Hunter); S. Strang (R. Lennie); D. Anthony (J. Galloway); S. Keatings; B. Anthony; R. Brown; R. Crawford (M. Miller).
The Shippy commenced their pre-season build up in unusual circumstances, with a Covid enforced closed doors friendly against Sauchie Juniors Community FC. There were Shipyard debuts for Scott Costello, Raymond Crichton and a return home for Shaun Keatings following a few seasons away. When the dust has settled a 3-3 draw was the outcome and both managers seemed concerned by the manner of how the goals were conceded. The Shippy defence was breeched twice late on when they were down to 10 men as all their substitutes had been used before Sam Glancy limped off injured.
The Shipyard scored through Reece Brown, Ben Anthony and an own goal and could have had another couple, particularly in a dominant opening half hour, but the chances went a begging. The game was marred by a nasty head injury sustained by Robbie Crawford when he collided with a pitch side barrier resulting in a visit to A&E for the youngster. Thankfully there was not too much damage done and Robbie will be back sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, Sam’s injury could see him out for around four weeks, although it is not as bad as first feared.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb (S. Costello); R. Crichton (M. Miller); I. Millar; D. Hunter (S. Strang); G. Ross (R. Lennie); S. Glancy; D. Anthony (J. Galloway); S. Keatings; B. Anthony; R. Brown; R. Crawford (D. Allan).