Glendale Plastics League
Burntisland Shipyard. 0 Rosyth Civil Service. 2
Both teams served up a great match in fine sunny weather on a good playing surface at Recreation Park. There was plenty of goalmouth action and some controversy to keep everyone interested. Gareth Jack, Neil Ferguson and Owen McCue returned to the starting line after Thursday’s poor show at Bowhill. Rosyth had ex Shipyard players Craig Reid, Colin McKean, Barry Tillier and Grant Brough in their squad.
The Shipyard should have been ahead after only 3 minutes when Bristow gathered a pass from Muirhead and bore down on the Rosyth defence. Instead of passing to the unmarked Johnston straight away he delayed his pass and Johnston was then caught offside, to waste a good opportunity. Rosyth started to put the Shipyard under a fair bit of pressure but , the Shipyard defence stood up to what they had to offer, before Chalmers made a good save in the 27th minute. In the 36th minute a cross from the right was only parried out by Chalmers but the Shipyard defence managed to hack the ball clear. Play swung back to the other end and the Rosyth defence managed to clear the ball under pressure. In the 43rd minute Jack found himself free in the box and lobbed Rosyth keeper Clarke only to see his effort rebound off the post and fall into the keepers hands. Right on half time Chalmers done well to turn a free-kick round the post for a corner.
After a half-time roasting from manager Whitehead the Shipyard started the second half well and should have been ahead in the 49th minute. After a scramble in the box Bristow appeared to touch the ball over the line but, Clarke cleared the ball away. The Referee decided he was not certain it was over the line and did not award the goal. Undeterred, the Shipyard kept up the pressure and on 55 minutes a Bristow effort was cleared off the line for a corner. Chalmers then came to the Shipyard’s rescue saving with his feet after the Rosyth forward broke clear. On the hour mark it was Cook who went close for the Shipyard when he headed a corner into the side netting. Rosyth broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute when Ferguson’s miss hit shot deceived Chalmers and rolled into the net. A minute later it was 2-0 and again Ferguson was the scorer, this time knocking in a ball from the left, with the Shipyard appeals for offside ignored. Rosyth had a chance to tie it up but, Brown was in the right place to clear the headed effort off the line. 2 minutes from time Millar showed great skill on the edge of the box to create an opening for himself, however, his shot was easily gathered by Clarke. The Shipyard can feel aggrieved about the result, particularly not being awarded the goal but, in football you have got to take your chances when on top. The match was well handled by referee Joss Blake.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Brown; Reid(Morris); Muirhead(Allan); Cook; Jack; Ferguson(Huskie); Millar; Johnston; McCue; Bristow; Unused Sub: McCrindle.
Rosyth Civil Service: Clarke; Cooper; Reid; McKean; Harwood; Wotherspoon; Guild; Lambie; Tillier; Ferguson; Brown. Subs: Penman; Brough; Deas; Harrison.
Referee: J. Blake.
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Bowhill Rovers. 3 Burntisland Shipyard. 0
The Shipyard turned in another poor performance against a hard working Bowhill side at Wallsgreen Park on a very poor pitch. Hardie, Reid and Huskie came into the side after being substitutes on Tuesday against Kinross. Cook and Millar were also back after serving suspensions. It was good to see gareth Jack back in the squad after a long lay off due to injury.
The Shipyard had the first effort on goal when Cook headed over from a Brown corner after 5 minutes. In 18 minutes Bowhill had a good chance but failed to hit the target, 5 minutes later they wasted another opportunity by shooting wide from a good position. Next it was the Shipyard to go close when Johnston had a shot that the keeper gathered easily. Brown then came to the Shipyard’s rescue after Chalmers was beaten by a header, he got back to clear the ball from a yard out. In 28 minutes the Bowhill keeperLennox pulled off a great save tipping a long range Millar effort over the bar. Bowhill took the lead in the 34th minute when Gay was given far too much space on the left hand side and was allowed to run through unchallenged and drill the ball past Chalmers and into the net. A ball across the face of the Shipyard goal in the 43rd minute should have been turned in but there were no takers.
The second half started with Bowhill on the attack and Chalmers was called into action but gathered easily. Bristow shot wide for the Shipyard after 54 minutes but, 2 minutes later it was Chalmers again called into action, this time producing a fine double save to deny the Bowhill forwards. The Shipyard were now having a spell of pressure and Millar had a 25yard shot saved by the keeper. In the 62nd minute lennox pulled off a magnificent save, when after Cook had headed a cross down, Bristow turned and shot in one movement but, somehow the keeper managed to get a hand to the ball and turn it over. This seemed to deflate the Shipyard and Bowhill went onto control the rest of the game, playing long balls in behind the Shipyard defence and creating one on one chances. In 65 minutes Chalmers could only parry an effort and Bowhill followed up to score easily. Bowhill scored a similar goal after 84 minutes, this time the ball rebounded off the post to the waiitng striker, who knocked the ball into the net. The Shipyard had a couple of free-kick efforts in the closing stages but, neither really troubled the keeper.
Teams: Bowhill Rovers: Lennox; Kinnell; A. Mayne; Mellon; S. Mayne; Bratchie; Thomson; Reilly; Moffat; Doyle; Gay. Subs: Chapman; Wilson; Penman.
Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Hardie; Reid; Muirhead; Cook(O’Hanlon);Millar; Brown; Huskie(Jack); Johnston; Bristow; Lamont(McCue).
Referee: S. Lambie.
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Burntisland Shipyard. 3 Kinross. 6
The Shipyard lost heavily to a much improved Kinross side at a dark and dreary Recreation Park, the match finishing in near darkness. Manager Billy Whitehead was forced to make one change from Saturdays victory, with Michael Brown returning for the ill Owen McCue.
Kinross had the first chance after 13 minutes with a free kick but, it was hit well over the bar. A minute later the Shipyard had their first chance when Allan headed over from a corner. In 19 minutes some good passing play ended with Brown having a shot which was well saved by Kinross keeper McElroy. From the resultant corner the Shipyard took the lead when the ball was played back to Neil Aitken, he unleashed a terrific right foot shot low into the bottom corner with the keeper helpless. The lead was only to last 3 minutes when after a throw in the Shipyard defence failed to clear and Shaun Carson shot from 10 yards out, Chalmers did get a hand to it but, the shot was too strong for him. the Shipyard regained the lead in the 36th minute when Brian Muirheadconverted a penalty after Johnston was fouled in the box, in what seemed like a goalscoring opportunity. In 39 minutes Lamont had an effort well wide and 3 minutes later the Shipyard should have increased their lead after Bristow rounded the keeper but, defenders got back to block his shot. the Shipyard were made to pay as Kinross equalised on the stroke of half- time when Moody turned in a cross from the right.
5 minutes into the second half disaster struck for the Shipyard when Chalmers in trying to claw away an effort from Kinross sub Robertson, could only push the ball against defender Aitken and the ball crossed the line for an own goal. The Shipyard almost levelled when Ferguson crossed from the right and Johnston hooked his shot just wide. It was Kinross who increased their lead in controversial circumstances when a free kick into the box was headed onto Gordon Baillie who headed in from a suspiciously offside position. To make matters worse Kinross scored again after 68 minutes to make it 5-2. When a Kinross player appeared yards offside he was allowed to continue forward and Robertson accepted a pass to score easily. The Shipyard kept at it and Brown went close with a header before we had another fantastic goal. This time it was Stephen Gallacher who unleashed an unstoppable shot from at least 30 yards that gave Chalmers no chance. 3 minutes later in the 76th minute Bristow missed a great chance when he somehow hit the defender on the line from 3 yards out and the ball fell into the keepers hands. In 82 minutes Muirhead had a free kick go narrowly wide. The Shipyard finally got one back in the last minute when Neil Johnston gathered well in the box, controlled the ball and fired home.
All in all it was a fine match, played in good spirit, with both sides playing some good football and scoring a couple of very good goals. Kinross deserved their victory but, the Shipyard felt hard done to with 2 goals coming at a crucial phase in the game from offside positions.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Morris(Reid); Aitken; Muirhead; Allan; Forrest; Ferguson(O’Hanlon); Brown(Huskie); Johnston; Bristow; Lamont. Unused sub: Hardie.
Kinross: McElroy; G. Naughton; K. Naughton; McLaren; Daeth; Gallacher; Carson; McKena; Moody; G. Baillie; Duncan.Subs: Robertson; Wardlaw; E. Baillie; Inglis; Gray.
Referee: J. Stokoe.
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Burntisland Shipyard. 4 Inverkeithing HS. 0
The Shipyard ran out comfortable winners on a fine afternoon at Recreation Park, despite having a depleted squad through injury and suspension. Manager Whitehead was forced to make four changes from last week.
It was the Shipyard who started well and forced a couple of early corners which came to nothing. In the 6th minute after a good run from Ferguson, it was the referee’s whistle for offside that halted Bristow. The Shipyard did break the deadlock in the 9th minute when good work from Johnston, left Shaun Lamont with the easiest of tasks to stroke the ball home. 3 minutes later it was 2-0 when Stephen Bristow latched onto a through ball and scored despite the keeper Cowie getting a hand to the ball. Inverkeithing were not creating much and it was Bristow who went close again but, after turning smartly he shot over the bar. Ferguson somehow managed to miss in the 29th minute when after being set up by Bristow, he managed to put the ball over from 10 yards with the goal gaping. In the 31st minute Chalmers made his first save in the Shipyard goal, holding an effort that was straight at him. The Shipyard went close again when Ferguson cut in from the right hand side but, neither shot or passed and the ball was cleared for a corner. Neil Johnston made it 3-0 in the 41st minute after gathering a loose ball, he produced a clever finish from the angle of the box.
The second half started much quieter and in the 61st minute, Chalmers saw a rare piece of action gathering a tame shot. The Shipyard were on top again and went close when Bristow shot over in the 73rd minute, two minutes later Allan headed over a McCue corner. Almost immediately Bristow had another chance but, he slightly overran the ball and failed to square it to one of his team mates. Muirhead was next to try his luck with a freekick, which was easily saved. In the 84th minute Inverkeithing had two players sent off at the same time, after a handball Wilson was harshly given a straight red card and Armour soon followed him for a second bookable offence(dissent). From the resultant freekick McCue’s effort was easily saved by the keeper. Johnston could have made it 4 but, when clean through his shot was well saved by the keeper. In the final minute Bristow got his second of the match, with the goal of the game, when he latched onto a through ball and from tight angle fired a fierce drive across the keeper and into the bottom corner.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Ferguson(Reid); Aitken; Muirhead; Allan; Forrest; Morris; Lamont(Huskie); Johnston; Bristow; McCue. Unused Subs: O’Hanlon; Hardie; Wilson.
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts: Cowie; Urbaniak; Wilson; McGillvary; Simpson; Armour; Pert; Dundas; Gallacher; Ritchie; Jamieson. Subs: Gordon; Satha; Nugent; Trebble.
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Burntisland Shipyard. 2 Strathmiglo United. 5
On a bright and blustery day Strathmiglo turned in a fine display to beat an understrength Shipyard at Recreation Park. It was always going to be a tough ask for the Shipyard, up against so many ex Junior and professional players The first chance of the match after 12 minutes fell to ex Shipyard player McCreadie but he shot wide. 6 minutes later Strath should have taken the lead after a great run by Nicol but, he chose to shoot when his team mates were in a better position. Shipyard keeper Chalmers then produced a fine save when he touched a header from a freekick onto the post. The Shipyard were starting to get into the game and Johnston had an effort saved by Strath keeper Sampson. Muirhead, Millar and Johnston all had long range efforts for the Shipyard but nothing really threatened the Strath goal. In the 42nd minute chalmers had another good save, this time from Liam Baillie. The last chance of the first half fell to the Shipyard’s Bristow but his lob over the keeper also cleared the crossbar.
Strathmiglo started the second half well and Chalmers had to save with his legs when a Strath forward was clean through on him. The opener came in the 50th minute when McLaughlin was through on Chalmers and he made no mistake slotting the ball home. 2 minutes later it was 2-0 when L. Baillie knocked home a cut back from the left-hand side. It was one way traffic towards the Shipyard goal and in 59 minutes it was 3-0, this time McKie the scorer. Johnston then had an effort saved by the Strath keeper but a minute later it was 4-0 when McCreadie latched onto another long ball and lobbed Chalmers to score. In the 67th minute the Shipyard pulled one back when Neil Johnston guided the ball home after a fine pass from Bristow. In the 76th minute substitute McCue almost got another one back when his lob had the keeper scrambling across his goal to claw the ball away. The Shipyard did pull another goal back when they were awarded a penalty after Strath failed to clear an effort from McCue, the ball was played back into the 6 yard box where it was handled. Jim Hardie converted the kick in fine style. It was Strath who had the last word in the final minute when sub Ford scored from a McCreadie pass.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Hardie; Ferguson; Muirhead(Reid); Cook; Lamont(McCue); Millar(O’Hanlon); Forrest; Johnston; Hamilton; Bristow.
Strathmiglo: Sampson; Patrick; D. Baillie; Slaven; Williamson; Nicol; McLaughlin; Duncan; L. Baillie; McCreadie; McKie;. Subs: O’Leary; Ford; McIntosh; Ritchie.
Referee: D. McLaren.
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Rosyth Civil Service. 0 Burntisland Shipyard. 0
The points were shared in this scoreless draw on a bumpy pitch at the Civil Service Grounds, Rosyth. It was the Shipyard who would have been the most disappointed having created and missed the best chances.
It was the Shipyard who were first to go close in the 11th minute when Cook rose at the back post to head agonisingly wide from a free kick. The next chance fell to Bristow who was put through one on one with the keeper but, Clarke pulled off a fine save. in the 31st minute the Shipyard passed up another chance when Johnston broke down the right and passed to Bristow, whose shot was saved by Clarke. Rosyth had a lot of possession and in the 33rd minute went close when the striker shot narrowly wide with a first time shot. Rosyth shot wide again in the 38th minute but, it was the Shipyard who went the closest so far when Cook again headed wide, this time of the far post, when it looked easier to score. One minute later in the 44th minute Bristow had the final chance of the half when he headed weakly into the keepers hands.
The second half started in the same fashion with the Shipyard almost breaking the deadlock in the 50th minute. This time Muirhead’s freekick crashed off the bar and went over. After this Rosyth contolled the game but did not create enough chances from the possession they had, although a couple of times it was only the referee blowing for offside that held them back. In the 68th minute a Rosyth forward beat keeper Chalmers to a high ball but headed wide. Rosyth pushed hard for a winner and went close twice in added time from an overhead kick and from a chance created when the Shipyard were appealing for a freekick. At the end of the day it was honours even in a good match well handled by referee Wilson.
Teams: Rosyth Civil Service: Clarke; Harrison; Curry; Perry; Wilson; McDougall; Frew; Indopoulos; Tillier; Lambie; Brown. Subs: Ferguson; Guild; Brough; Reid; Cooper.
Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Hardie; Ferguson; Muirhead(Morris); Cook; Millar; Brown; Forrest(McCue); Johnston; Hamilton; Bristow. Subs Unused: O’Hanlon; Wilson.
Referee: D. Wilson.
Scottish Brewers Cup Semi Final.
Cupar Hearts. 2 Burntisland Shipyard. 1
The Shipyard were edged out of the cup on a bright and blustery day at Duffus Park, Cupar. The home side probably deserved their victory but, a number of refereeing decisions upset the Shipyard, although ironically the most controversial decision did result in a goal for the Shipyard.
With the strong wind behind them Cupar made the early running and took the lead in the 8th minute, when after some poor defending the ball was knocked in at the near post. The Shipyard went close after 13 minutes when Cook headed wide from a Brown corner. Brown himself had a header at the back post which the keeper Sibanda gathered at the second attempt. Cupar twice went close to extending their lead just before half-time when Chalmers held a powerful shot and then a shot across the keeper went narrowly wide.
In the second half the Shipyard had the wind behind them now but it was Cupar who went close again in the 51st minute, when after some confusion in the Shipyard defence Chalmers was forced to punch clear. From the resultant corner Cupar scored again, when the corner was not properly cleared a cross to the near post was headed in. A minute later the Shipyard were almost back in it but Brown’s shot was blocked for a corner. Hardie also had an effort from long range which the keeper held. In the 76th minute the Shipyard were reduced to 10 men when Hamilton was sent off for his second yellow card, one of seven the referee dished out to the Shipyard, whilst none to Cupar. With 4 minutes to go the Shipyard were awarded a goal when after Cupar failed to clear, Neil Johnston hooked in a shot that although Cupar cleared it, the referee deemed that the ball had crossed the line. The Shipyard pushed for an equaliser but never created another chance so it is Cupar who will play Leven in the final.
Teams: Cupar Hearts: Sibanda; Kinhart; Gilfillan; Anderson; McInroy; Smith; G Reilly; Johnstone; Halley; M Reilly; Pryde. Subs: Hutcheon; Tulleth; Sharp; McLean; Michie.
Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Hardie; Ferguson; Muirhead; Cook; O’Hanlon(Forrest); Brown; Millar(Reid); Johnston; Hamilton; Lamont. Subs: Morris; Huskie; Wilson.
Referee: D Stevenson.
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Star Hearts. 0 Burntisland Shipyard. 3
The Shipyard banked all three points at Treaton Park, Star, after two recent poor performances against these opponents and Balgonie Scotia. Kicking down the hill in the first half the Shipyard got off to a tremendous start in 5 minutes, when after Greig O’Hanlon had forced a corner, he was on hand at the back post to slam the ball into the net when Star failed to clear the corner. Star went close when a shot was deflected and looped onto the top of the bar but, it was the Shipyard who doubled their lead in 14 minutes when they scored an identical goal to the first, this time it was Bryan Cook who was the scorer, again from a Brown corner. In the 18th minute it was almost 3-0 but Muirhead’s free kick from the edge of the box hit the post and was scrambled clear. Star were not out of it and it took two superb saves from Chalmers within a minute, to keep the Shipyard’s two goal lead intact at half time.
Two minutes into the second half the Shipyard should have been out of sight when Millar was sent clean through on keeper Pratt but his weak shot was easily saved. This proved to be be Pratt’s last action as minutes later he had to go off injured and was replaced ex Shipyard player Grieve, an outfield player. It was only the Referee’s whistle that was stopping the Shipyard from increasing their lead as on three occasions he blew for marginal offside decisions that could have gone the other way. In the 85th minute Scott Chalmers capped his man of the match display with another fine save with Ferguson mopping up on the line behind him. The Shipyard went straight up the park and when Johnston’s effort hit the post, Grieve pulled off an unbelievable save from O’Hanlon’s follow up shot. In the 90th minute sub Reid broke up the park and was fouled in the box. When the referee got there, he awarded the Shipyard a penalty, which surprisingly was taken by Jimmy Hardie, who lashed the ball high into the net to round off an impressive display by the whole team.
Teams: Star Hearts: Pratt; Hutchison; Cassells; Pearson; Mitchell; Ritchie; Gear; Melville; Martin; McConnell; Falconer. Subs: McIlhatton; Grieve; Brown.
Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Hardie; Ferguson; Muirhead; Cook; Huskie(Reid); Brown(Lamont); Millar; Johnston; Hamilton; O’Hanlon(Brough). Subs unused: Wilson; Tasker.
Referee: D. Lowe.