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2016-2017 Season

Match Reports from the 2016/17 season.

Burntisland Shipyard 3 Heriot Watt University 2

Thrilling comeback secures first win.

Could this have been the turning point of the Shippy season? You wouldn’t have thought so as the game entered the final 15 minutes. Sure the students were down to 10 men after Ryan Higgins had needlessly picked up second yellow card when he blocked a quickly taken free-kick. But when Anton Dowds missed the target with a header to complete his hat-trick it must have flicked a switch with the Shipyard players as they laid siege to the Heriot Watt goals and scored three times in a ten minute spell to stun the visitors and take their first three points of the season. The Shipyard hadn’t played that badly in the first 75 minutes having created some decent chances, however, the goals conceded were disappointing. A free header from a corner and a free-kick from distance gave Dowds his brace but both goals could have been defended better. Continue Reading

Peebles Rovers 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Shippy suffer another defeat.

It was one of those days for the Shipyard as it seemed every decision went against them and this unfortunately led to frustrations boiling over with two red cards handed out to the angry and somewhat disillusioned Shippy squad. The Shipyard travelled south without recent signing Conor Drury though Sean Doyle, Sean Cusick and Tommy Hall returned to the squad.

Peebles were on top in the early stages with keeper Cammy Lambie having a couple of efforts to deal with. Arran Haddow saw his snapshot at the other end fly over the bar shortly before James Runciman missed the best chance so far when he shot over from a good position. David Lindsay also missed a great chance as the home side maintained the upper hand but Haddow almost stunned them just before the break when his drive from the edge of the box narrowly cleared the bar.

The Shipyard made a change early in the second half as it seemed only a matter of time before the referee sent off Cusick, however, his replacement Sean Doyle was involved in creating the best chance of the match so far. Doyle and Lee Halpin linked up to create a chance for Ewan Fotheringham and the diminutive midfielder should have done better than shoot straight at keeper Ben McGinley. Lambie pulled off a good save shortly before Peebles broke the deadlock when the ball went in off the unfortunate Shippy defender Craig Hamilton. Shipyard coach Chris Maxwell was then sent to the stand as he contested yet another contentious decision that went against his team. Following a Shipyard free-kick Haddow again went close when he poked the ball wide, though when the ball was played in to the area Doyle was clearly impeded as he went to get on the end of the delivery but the ref did not pull play back to award the penalty. Peebles then rubbed salt into the Shipyard wounds by going up the park and doubling their lead, albeit in highly controversial circumstances. The Rovers forward looked yards offside when he put the ball in the net and when the referee awarded the goal it was too much for keeper Lambie and he was shown a red card for comments made to Mr McGregor. It was now very much mission impossible for the Shippy though Callum McAleavey went close with a headed effort. Peebles scored their third with twelve minutes remaining when Alan McMath hooked in from close range. Replacement keeper Kenny Ford pulled off a good save from Rovers sub Robbie Renwick before the game finished with another controversial incident. Doyle burst into the area and when McGinley dived at the attacker’s feet he appeared to bring him down though the ref thought otherwise and once again the Shipyard were punished as the home team broke up the park and scored their fourth.

The league now heads into a winter break with the Shipyard not back in competitive action until 14th January 2017 when they travel west to take on the University of Stirling.

Peebles Rovers: B. McGinley; J. Dodds; M. Cockburn; B. Brown; C. Smith; G. Rossi; S. Keith (J. Newell); L. Zavaroni (R Renwick); A. McMath (C. Robertson); D. Lindsay; J. Runciman

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Lambie; D. Hyslop; E. Fotheringham; C. Hamilton; S. Wilson; C. McAleavey; A. Haddow; K. Ford; S. Cusick (S. Doyle); C. Allison (T. Hall); L. Halpin.

Referee: G. McGregor.

Lothian Thistle HV 6 Burntisland Shipyard 1

Shippy sunk by dominant Thistle.

Despite the heroics of keeper Cammy Lambie the Shipyard were still on the end of a heavy defeat at the hands of Lothian Thistle HV at Saughton Enclosure on Saturday. What disappointed the Shipyard management team most was the nature of the goals that were conceded. Chris and Craig felt four of the goals were avoidable though did admit that but for Lambie’s performance Lothian would still have scored that amount of goals. The Shipyard squad was bolstered by the debuts of Conor Drury and Craig Hamilton and the appearance of trialist to Lee Halpin. Unfortunately, injury and the Christmas party season meant that several players were unavailable.

Lambie pulled off a couple of good saves in the early minutes while a Chris Maxwell effort at the other end was deflected wide for a corner. The hosts took the lead in the 19th minute when the Shippy needlessly gave away possession in their own half and when the ball was squared to James Guy he made no mistake from 15yards. The pressure continued and it was no surprise when Lothian made it two from a corner after 31 minutes though the Shippy defence really should have cleared the ball before Anthony Muir bundled the ball home from close range. Lambie pulled off another couple of good saves before he somewhat blotted his copybook by gifting Lothian their third. His poor kick out fell to Guy and he produced a fine finish to notch his second of the match. The Shipyard pulled a goal back just before half time after a persistent Halpin forced Lothian to cough up possession and when Donald Hyslop gathered the ball he produced a great finish to beat keeper Kevin Swain placing his strike over him and high into the net.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the home team dominated with the Shipyard defending resolutely, however, in the 56th minute Guy completed his hat-trick as he volleyed in at the back post. Guy then then scored his fourth in the 65th minute as he capitalised on another defensive mistake this time lobbing the ball over Lambie from the edge of the area. Jamie Devlin scored Lothians sixth in the 73rd minute when he tapped in from close range. The Shipyard stuck at it and almost got one back in the 78th minute but Swain pulled off a fine save to deny Halpin after he broke clear of the Lothian defence.

Lothian Thistle HV: K. Swain; D. Moore; S. Mackenzie; P. Crawford; G. Munro; A. Muir; W. Hare; J. Mungall; J. Guy; J. Devlin;L. O’Donnell.

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Lambie; D. Hyslop; C. Hamilton; K. Ford; C. McAleavey; C. Drury; R. Calder; A. Haddow; E. Fotheringham; L. Halpin; C. Maxwell.

Referee: P. Hanlon.

Ormiston 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

10 man Shippy overpowered by Ormiston.

Once again the Shipyard defence could not cope with the pace and power of the Ormiston forwards with Yusif Bernawi in particular giving them a torrid time. 4-0 might have flattered Ormiston but until the Shippy cut out the individual mistakes they will continue to concede goals on a regular basis. Keeper Cammy Lambie signed for the club during the week with big goalie Marcus Taylor still on the side-lines; along with fellow long term absentee Marc Black and the team suffered another injury setback as Connor Allison pulled up in the warm up.,

Despite it being bitterly cold, playing conditions were fine for the game though the low sun did cause some problems before disappearing behind the trees. Lambie pulled off a couple of saves early on from Graeme Purves and Bernawi without being over stretched while at the other end an Alan Hynd long range strike was on target. The Shippy fell behind after 15 minutes when Bernawi turned his man some 30 yards from goal, drove forward and then calmly put the ball behind Lambie. The Shipyard could have been level seven minutes later when Yanni Iliopoulos latched on to a poor pass back but with only keeper Daryl Johnstone to beat he shot weakly into the big keepers arms. Minutes later a Sean Doyle drive was deflected for a corner as the Shipyard enjoyed a good spell in the match. Two minutes before the break Lambie did well to thwart Bernawi as he saved with his legs.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first until the 60th minute when both teams were dramatically reduced to 10 men. After a tackle from Iliopoulos the handbags were out and Kevin Amagou received a caution for his part in the fracas, his second of the match and he was subsequently sent off. Iliopoulos received a straight red for his part, though after the game the ref’s explanation regarding the incident, left more questions than answers. This appeared to be a turning point in the game as Ormiston took complete control and pinned the Shipyard back. Lambie saved from Purves before the home team increased their lead when a deep cross from the left found its way to the back post were Alasdair Simpson stooped to head home. The game was up for the Shippy in the 74th minute when Bernawi again caused all sorts of problems and when the ball fell to Mark Samson he made no mistake from a tight angle. Shipyard sub Arran Haddow headed wide in a rare attack but it was Ormiston who scored again with six minutes remaining when a drive from outside the area was deflected, leaving Lambie helpless as the ball hit the net.

Ormiston: D. Johnstone; R. Fairnie; M. Samson; Z. Walker; K. Smith (R. Ferguson); R. Cowan; K. Amagou; A. Simpson (C. McArthur); Y. Bernawi; N. Cairns; G. Purves (T. Carr).

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Lambie; D. Hyslop; R. Calder; C. McAleavey; D. Roberts; K. Ford; T. Hall (A. Haddow); A. Hynd; S. Cusick; S. Doyle (A. Haddow); Y. Iliopoulos.

Referee: G. Haynes.

Burntisland Shipyard 2 Coldstream 2

Shippy see light at end of tunnel.

The Shipyard were delighted to finally get a point on the board after drawing 2-2 with Coldstream but the overriding emotion would be one of disappointment as after going in at half-time 2-0 up, another poor second half showing allowed Coldstream back in to the match and in the end the Shippy were hanging on a bit as the game drew to a conclusion. Marcus Taylor and Marc Black were still out through injury and Connor Allison was suspended after last week’s red card though there was a welcome return from Danny Roberts to add to the new signings and another couple of trialists as Chris and Craig look to build a competitive squad. Continue Reading

Heriot Watt University 9 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Students second–half Tsunami swamps Shipyard.

The Shipyard’s woes continued on Saturday as they went down 9-0 to top of the table Heriot Watt University, as the new management team started to seek a solution to this season’s problems with more trialists coming into the squad. Central defender Marc Black and keeper Marcus Taylor were both missing, having picked up injuries in last week’s game but there were able replacements in the form of Connor Allison and Cammy Lambie, who was to put in a great performance in the Shipyard goal, despite the loss of 9 goals. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Tweedmouth Rangers 5

Injuries hamper Shippy’s bid for elusive win.

Although the Shipyard suffered another heavy defeat it was one of those days when everything seemed to conspire against them as Tweedmouth came out on top in this basement battle. After an even opening 15 minutes the Shippy were dealt a major blow when after racing from his goal to clear the ball, Marcus Taylor landed awkwardly and could not continue after suffering knee and ankle damage. Outfield sub Kenny Ford replaced the injured keeper who was taken to hospital to have his injury assessed. At this stage it is unclear how long big Marcus will be out for. Just before half-time centre back Marc Black suffered a knee injury and despite treatment at the time and during the break Black had to be replaced within a minute of the restart.

Ford was tested for the first time in the 22nd minute and rose to the challenge as he saved well from Rangers striker Lee Dodd. The same man also went close a few minutes later with a headed effort. The Shippy took the lead in the 43rd minute when a great cross from Ewan Fotheringham was turned into his own net by Rudy McLeod. As has been the case when the Shipyard have taken the lead in matches they failed to hold on to it for long as Tweedmouth broke from deep and Jake Rutherford was on hand to knock the ball home from inside the box. Agonisingly for the shipyard the goal came in the time that was added on for Taylor’s injury.

Shippy have shout for handball.

Shippy have shout for handball.

Daryl Taylor shot wide for the Shippy as did Ross Moore for the visitors and the Shippy’s Sean Doyle headed into the side netting as both teams looked to gain the lead. The Shipyard had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when the Tweedmouth defender appeared to handle Daryl Taylor’s cross (see pic). It was the visitors who got the goal as the game moved into the final twenty minutes when Rutherford smashed an unstoppable shot in off the underside of the bar giving Ford no chance. The Shipyard could not find a way back into the match and seemed to run out of steam as Tweedmouth added another three goals in the final ten minutes. Substitute Luke Dickson bundled the ball home as the Shipyard looked for an offside decision and a minute later Stuart Coyle capitalised on a defensive mistake as he rounded Ford and rolled the ball home. The fifth goal came in the final minute as a speculative long range shot from Jordan Ainslie deceived Ford and found its way into the net.

This Saturday the Shippy make the short trip across the Forth to face Heriot Watt University at Riccarton with the match kicking off at 3pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Taylor (K. Ford); G. Grieve; C. Hempseed; M. Black (T. Hall); C. Allison; C. McAleavey; A. Hynd; D. Hyslop; E. Fotheringham; D. Taylor; S. Doyle (D. Butt).

Tweedmouth Rangers: G. Cain; R. McLeod; J. Ainslie; K. Cromarty; K. Ainslie; C. Howard (L. Dickson); J. Rutherford (C. Colquhoun); S. McGregor; L. Dodd (P. Macascal); R. Moore; S. Coyle.

Referee: K. Lindsay.

Burntisland Shipyard 0 Ormiston 6

Same old story for sorry Shipyard.

The Shipyard’s season continued to lurch from one heavy defeat to another as visitors Ormiston hit six without reply at Recreation Park on Saturday. Although there was little between the teams in the early stages once Ormiston took the lead in the 24th minute they never looked back and ran out easy winners in the end. In fairness to the Shipyard players their cause wasn’t helped by some controversial and baffling decisions from the referee.

Graeme Purves opened the scoring for Ormiston with a header from a ball played in from the left-hand side and Craig O’Neill made it two in the 29th minute when he converted after the Shippy defence failed to clear a ball cut back from the bye-line. Ormiston’s third was hugely controversial when the referee awarded them a penalty for a trip despite a clear case of dangerous play in the build by an Ormiston player, however, Mr Smith claimed he never saw the infringement. Johnathon Edmond calmly stroked the ball home from 12 yards.

Edmond scored from the spot again in the 61st minute though this time the award was merited. Edmond then completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute when he easily scored from inside the area after side stepping his marker.

In a rare attack from the Shippy Ewan Fotheringham burst clear of the visitors defence only to be hauled down as drove towards the box, however, Mr Smith saw it differently and awarded Ormiston a free-kick much to the surprise of everyone inside the ground. Ormiston scored their sixth with a couple of minutes remaining when Nicky Cairns’ deflected free-kick found the net.

Due to a fixture reversal the Shippy are at home again this week (22/10/2016) as we welcome league newcomers Tweedmouth Rangers from Berwick upon Tweed to Burntisland. Kick off 2.30pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Taylor; D. Roberts; L. Fleming; A. MacDonald; M. Black; L. Thompson (C. Allison); G. Buckley; G. Grieve; N. McKay (S. Murphy); E. Fotheringham; D. Taylor.

Ormiston: D. Johnston; R. Fairnie; J. Malcolm (R. Ferguson); R. Cowan (D. Nash); Z. Walker; A. Simpson; Y. Bernawi (K. Amagou); N. Cairns; J. Edmond; C. O’Neill; G. Purves.

Referee: N. Smith.