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2013/2014 Season

Kelso United 1 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Season finishes on a high.

The Shipyard finished off their season in fine style with a hard fought 2-1 win over Kelso United at Woodside Park. In what was a very entertaining match both teams created and missed plenty of chances as the game swung from end to end. All three keepers, the Shipyard changed theirs at half time, pulled off good saves as they looked to earn their side the three points. The Shipyard team showed three changes from the previous week against Peebles with Jordan Mushet, Kevin Masson and Grant Blyth dropping out and being replaced by Mikey Couser, Pete Bell and Jamie Fyfe. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Peebles Rovers 2

No birthday party for Shipyard.

The Shipyard was not able to celebrate its 95th birthday in style as they slumped to 2-1 defeat to Peebles Rovers at Recreation Park, a result that puts a serious dent in hopes of finishing fourth in the table. For much of the first half a home victory looked on the cards as they deservedly took the lead but an injury to goal scorer Adam Doig seemed to upset the rhythm of play and in the second half Peebles took control of the game and ran out worthy winners in the end. Pete Bell and Alan Clark dropped out of the team through injury, though Bell was able to take a place on the bench. Gavin Bridges and Grant Blyth were the men who took their places. Continue Reading

Berwick Rangers Reserves 1 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Shipyard lose to freak goal.

The Shipyard suffered a narrow defeat to a Berwick Rangers side that had a sprinkling of players with first team experience in their ranks. In a game of few opportunities the home team were probably deserved winners as they had more of the chances and Mikey Couser was the busier keeper. The Shipyard started with the same team that had defeated Eyemouth United two weeks ago with the only changes being among the substitutes.

In the early stages Keith Buckley looked to impress against his former club and in the fifth minute he ran at the home defence but his shot lacked the power to beat Berwick keeper Ross McMullen. Adam Doig drove over as the visitors looked for an early goal and in the ninth minute it nearly came. After good work on the left hand side, Joe Samson put in a delightful cross that Buckley got his head to but his attempt drifted just wide of the far post. The home team’s first chance came in the 16th minute when Couser fumbled the ball, however, his defence was on hand to avert the danger. A good cross from the Berwick right had to be headed away for a corner and when the set piece was cleared to the edge of the box the resultant shot was not too far away. The Shipyard had another chance in the 22nd minute when Kevin Masson delivered a delightful free-kick to the back post. Unfortunately the diving Blair Smart could not get his head on the ball that in fairness he must have seen late. Grieg Tulloch missed a chance for Berwick when he knocked the ball over the bar from around ten yards and the home team continued to press at this stage but only had a couple of weak efforts at Couser’s goal to show for their efforts. A better opening arose for Berwick in the 35th minute but Couser blocked Tulloch’s strike with his legs as the striker bore down on him. Couser then held an attempt from Ryan Scanlon in what was the last chance of the first half.

Seven minutes into the second half saw Samson get forward and his powerful drive was held by McMullen. Berwick threatened a minute later and it took a great tackle from Pete Bell to clear the danger. The home team took the lead in the 64th minute with a bizarre goal. In what looked like a cross everyone appeared to leave the ball, this seemed to deceive Couser, and the ball went across the face of goal and in at the back post with Kenny O’Brien the man who had delivered the cross. A minute later Berwick sub Stephen Anderson shot over and shortly after that Couser did well to put off Dean Carse as he rounded him. As Couser dived at his feet, it was enough to see Carse stumble before the ball was cleared. Paul Currie almost doubled the home team’s lead when he showed great skill to flick the ball round Couser,  though his shot looked as if it would have when wide whether it had hit Andy MacDonald’s studs or not. The Shipyard were almost level with a quarter of an hour to go when the ball broke to Masson 25 yards from goal. His venomous strike took a deflection which put it just wide of the post with McMullen beaten. With five minutes to go Grant Blyth spurned another good chance for the visitors when Jamie Fyfe set him up with a shooting chance from eight yards but he dragged his shot wide of the far post. O’Brien had two chances for Berwick in added time but with the first he drove the ball over the bar and with the second Couser pulled off a good save to deny him.

Myles although naturally disappoint about the result, was upbeat about his team’s performance when he said “There wasn’t much in the game at all and not many clear cut chances at either end. The fact that a cross ends up in the back of the net for the only goal of the game probably sums the game up well. We stuck with playing two strikers today and we knew that it put a lot of responsibility on the midfield four to work hard to shut down the space which they did really well. I also thought that the back four defended very well and kept the Berwick chances to a minimum.
Out of possession we were probably as good today as we’ve been all season. My only criticism is that we didn’t keep possession as well as we should have, especially in the first half. We did improve a bit after half time though and created a couple of decent opportunities and only good goalkeeping or poor finishing stopped us from scoring”.

Teams: Berwick Rangers Reserves: R. McMullen; L. Turner; J. Gill; E. Saunderson; J. Elliot; K. O’Brien; R. Brady; P. Currie; D. Carse (R. Graham); G. Tulloch; R. Scanlon (S. Anderson). Unused Suns: R. Nevison & A. Tufail.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Couser; A. MacDonald; P. Bell; B. Smart; A. Clark; K. Masson; D. Robertson; C. Lowe; K. Buckley; A. Doig; C. Samson. Unused Subs: J. Mushet; G. Bridges; J. McCrindle.

Referee: A. McIntyre.

Burntisland Shipyard 3 Eyemouth United 1

Shipyard win despite poor start.

The Shipyard recovered from an extremely shaky start, in which they conceded a goal, to run out 3-1 winners against Eyemouth United in this Central Taxis league match at Recreation Park. Myles’ options were limited with both Gavin Bridges and Jamie Fyfe ruled out through injury. Blair Smart returned in central defence with Andy MacDonald moving to right back to replace Bridges in the only change to last week’s starting eleven. Continue Reading

Duns 0 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Duns and dusted.

The Shipyard put last week’s poor showing firmly behind them as they eased to a comfortable two nil win against Duns at Berwickshire High School, a third victory against the Borderers this season. Whatever Myles said to the players over the previous seven days seemed to have worked as everyone gave their all in what was an all round good team performance. Blair Smart and Jamie Fyfe dropped out of the starting eleven from last week to be replaced by Gavin Bridges and Adam Doig. Continue Reading

Hawick Royal Albert 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Hawick horror show.

Manager Myles Allan lambasted his players after an absolute horror show at Hawick. Myles did not mince his words as he accused his players of showing a lack of attitude and commitment. All four goals were highly avoidable as Hawick won easily with the Shipyard offering  very little in attack either. Gavin Bridges, Adam Doig and Jordan Crombie dropped out of the team from last week and were replaced by Andy MacDonald, Joe Samson and Keith Buckley. Continue Reading

Easthouses Lily MW 2 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Shipyard blow chances.

Both teams deserve credit for producing an entertaining game despite the gale force wind that blew down the park for the entire match. Either side could have went on to win the match as plenty of chances were made but it was the home team that came out on top after two late goals, one of them a penalty, sealed the victory and with it promotion to the Premier league next season. With Andy MacDonald and Stuart Blake suspended there was a rare start in midfield for Jordan Crombie, meanwhile Blair Smart, Gavin Bridges and Jamie Fyfe came in for Craig McKay, Joe Samson and Keith Buckley. Continue Reading

Hibernian EOS 8 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Hibs way to strong for Shipyard.

The Shipyard suffered a heavy defeat to an excellent Hibs side that had Scotland international Kevin Thomson pulling the strings in midfield, Thomson was ably assisted by Dean Horribine, Taylor Hendry and Jamie Beaton who all turned in great performances. Some of these youngsters must surely be coming in to Terry Butcher’s thoughts as his first team squad continue to struggle in the SPFL. For the Shipyard the returning Mikey Couser who had a fine game in goals and managed to keep the score below double figures probably merited a man of the match award. Jordan Mushet, Gavin Bridges and Jamie Fyfe made way for Couser, Keith Buckley and Joe Samson after last week’s narrow loss to Coldstream. Continue Reading