Shipyard finish season on a high with away win.
The Shipyard’s season finished where it started off way back on 29th July last year with a trip over the border to face Tweedmouth Rangers. The target was to collect all three points to secure an eighth-place finish and that was achieved following a 3-1 victory, despite an unconvincing performance against the league’s bottom club. It was a somewhat depleted squad that travelled with the usual array of suspensions, injuries and unavailability taking their toll. On the plus side there were welcome returns for Callum McAulay, Johnny Galloway and Tom Graham. Continue Reading
Poor defending angers Shippy manager.
Manager Grant Brough didn’t mince his words when he was asked for his thoughts on his, albeit under-strength, team’s performance after the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Peebles Rovers on Saturday. He was bitterly disappointed to lose the match having led 2-1 ten minutes into the second half as he said “Today we let ourselves down badly. Our defending was criminal after getting back in the game and then going ahead, we really should have been able to see the game out from that position.” Continue Reading
Shipyard disappointed with draw despite late comeback.
Coming away from Leith disappointed to only draw the match is a sign of how far the Shipyard have progressed under the leadership of Grant Brough and his staff. In previous season’s, going 3-1 behind would have resulted in a heavy defeat, however, this Shippy squad is made from sterner stuff and after drawing level with seven minutes remaining, they created chances to win the match despite the unjust red card shown to Dean Anderson. Continue Reading
Shipyard clinch Fife Cup on historic night.
Shippy players celebrate with Fife Cup.
History was created at Recreation Park on Tuesday night as the Shipyard won the Fife Cup for the first time ever. Since joining the Fife FA in 1932 the famous old trophy has never found its way to Burntisland. However, all that changed as the Shippy romped to a 4-0 over a young Cowdenbeath side as two goals in each half saw the home side lift the cup. Continue Reading
Twin Power(ie) Shipyard.
Galloway twins and Scott Powrie to hot for Peebles.
A dominant second half performance, in which the Shipyard scored all their four goals, ensured the three points stayed at a sun-drenched Recreation Park on Saturday and saw the Shippy climb two places up the league table into the bargain. Once again, Grant Brough shuffled his pack as he tried to give his players carrying knocks some vital rest time with John Martin, Brodie Hamilton, Sean Johnstone and Ross Lennie missing out altogether and regulars Sandy Strang, Brian Breen, Tom Graham and Reece Brown taking their places on the bench. The pleasing aspect for Brough was that those who came in did not let him down, indeed they gave him something to think about ahead of Tuesday’s cup final. Continue Reading
Shippy lose to title challengers.
The Shipyard squad had a more familiar look about it for this rescheduled match against high flying Lothian Thistle HV, played at the home of Easthouses Lily, due to the ongoing pitch issues at Saughton Enclosure. The return of several players did give manager Grant Brough the chance to rest key players that were carrying knocks ahead of next week’s Fife Cup Final. Continue Reading
Under strength Shippy not at the races.
It may have been Grand National day but the Shipyard certainly weren’t at the races as they produced an abject defensive display, particularly in the first half, as visitors Tynecastle won at a canter. Yes, it can be argued that the Shippy were missing several players but ultimately, too many of those selected never rose to the challenge. John Martin, Johnny Galloway, Brodie Hamilton, Lee Halpin, Pete Bell, Craig Anderson and Dean Anderson were the ones ruled out. Manager Grant Brough was critical of his team’s performance after the match when he said “Despite missing several key players I’m bitterly disappointed in the performance today. The first half display was the poorest we have been since we took over. We showed a lack of desire and commitment in the first half, resulting in Tynecastle being first to every ball and we looked a shadow of the team we have been over the last few months”. He went on to add “On a positive note the second half was far better with us getting a reaction out of the players at half-time. However, today was one of those days that needs to be quickly forgotten”.
Shippy spurn early opportunity.
The Shipyard made a bright start to the match and should have been ahead early on but despite two or three attempts at goal following a corner that dropped in the six-yard box, the visitors defence managed to scramble the ball away. Tynecastle scored with their first attack when Dean Crabbe was afforded far too much space on the right-hand side of the box and he drilled his effort beyond Ryan Adamson in the Shipyard goals. Tynecastle’s second arrived after Adamson had saved well but unlike at the other end, the defence could not clear and Shane Costello knocked the loose ball home. The Shipyard had a set piece opportunity in the 18th minute but Brian Breen’s strike failed to trouble Tynie keeper Robert Watt. Tynecastle scored their third after 23 minutes and again the Shipyard rear-guard was posted missing as Archie Roue finished with ease. It was four as the game reached the half hour mark when Craig O’Reilly capitalised on a static Shipyard defence and blasted the ball past Adamson. Breen headed over a McAulay corner as the Shippy looked to get a foothold in the match as half-time approached.
Scott Powrie replaced Tom Graham for the start of the second period and in the early stages the Shipyard threatened the Tynecastle goal as Ryan O’Donnell had a shot held and Sean Johnstone failed to get the ball under control as he looked to round the keeper. O’Reilly got his second and Tynecastle’s fifth on 70 minutes when the ball broke to him in the box and he rifled it home from around 12 yards. Substitute Jordan Galloway saw his lob held by Watt and the Shippy youngster was off target with a headed effort from a deep cross to the back post. Sam Glancy fired a shot wide from a Johnstone cross but there was to be no consolation goal for the Shipyard.
The Shipyard travel to Edinburgh on Monday night to face Lothian Thistle HV (kick-off 7.30pm) in a re-arranged league fixture following earlier postponements and are back at Recreation Park on Saturday 21st April as they welcome Peebles Rovers to Burntisland for the teams’ first meeting off the season. Kick off for this one is 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. Kinnaird (S. Brough), R. O’Donnell, R. Lennie (Jor. Galloway), S. Strang, S. Glancy, R. Brown, C. McAulay, T. Graham (S. Powrie), S. Johnstone, B. Breen.
Tynecastle: R. Watt, L. Grant, G. Page, R. Ferguson, W. Mitchell, A. Roue, D. Crabbe, M. Robinson, C. O’Reilly, R. Mayer, S. Costello. Subs: R. McIntyre, N. Kelly, M. Leslie, R. Mason.
Referee: S. Gill.
Shipyard record another “home” win.
Despite the unfamiliar surroundings of Bayview Stadium, the Shipyard players certainly felt at home as the saw off rock bottom Tweedmouth Rangers, although for periods of the second half they made heavy weather of it as the visitors twice got back into the game to make things a lot less comfortable for the Shippy as they should have been. It was a severely depleted Shipyard squad that was named for the match with Brian Breen, Sam Glancy and Rab Kinnaird all suspended. Add in the injured Brodie Hamilton and the unavailable trio of Johnny Galloway, Lee Halpin and Ryan Connor to the list of personnel missing, it left manager Grant Brough with a headache he could have done without.
The Shipyard were dominant from the outset with Reece Brown and Tom Graham both missing chances before they somewhat inevitably took the lead in the 10th minute. After good build up down the right-hand side, Brown crossed for Sean Johnstone who had the easy task of knocking the ball home from three yards out. Six minutes later it was 2-0 when Graham rose to head home Callum McAulay’s corner. Rangers keeper Stuart Allan had to look lively to claw away Graham’s cross cum shot as it looked to be heading for the top corner. Shippy keeper Ryan Adamson saved for the first time in the 26th minute when he got down to hold Regan Graham’s effort. However, the action soon returned to the other end as John Martin headed over another McAulay corner. The diminutive McAulay was running the show in the middle of the park and he saw his strike held by Allan as he looked to add a third. Another fine piece of play presented Ryan O’Donnell with a chance but Allan blocked his drive as the youngster burst into the six-yard box. A Martin left footed free-kick was not too far away before the Shippy went three up five minutes before half-time. Johnstone’s pass found Graham who shot for goal and when Brown got a toe on the ball it was enough to deceive Allan and find the back of the net.
Reece Brown’s penalty finds the net.
Martin flicked an effort just wide at the start of the second period and Adamson saved low down from the visitor’s number 15 William Lawrence. The Shippy then had a sustained spell of pressure around the Tweedmouth box but their defence stood firm and in the 61st minute they shocked the hosts by pulling a goal back, albeit, through some poor Shipyard defending as Adamson and his mates got into a bit of a fankle, presenting Lawrence with the opportunity to knock the loose ball into the unguarded net. Graham broke clear of the Rangers defence but his shot lacked the power to beat Allan. Brown set up a chance for sub Jordan Galloway but he was blocked in the act of shooting. Graham then had a header cleared off the line with the keeper beaten while at the other end Lawrence’s pace was troubling the Shipyard defence and Adamson saved well to deny the striker a second goal. The Shipyard made the game safe in the 83rd minute when Brown confidently stroked home a penalty after he had been brought down in the area, however, Tweedmouth rallied again as they reduced the deficit when Graham capitalised on more poor defending as he fired the ball into the corner of the net. The Shipyard finally killed Tweedmouth off when McAulay rounded off a fine personal performance when he blasted a volley home from around 12 yards after the ball had fell kindly for him.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. O’Donnell, P. Bell, R. Lennie (S. Powrie), D. Anderson, S. Strang, R. Brown, T. Graham (J. Galloway), J. Martin (S. Brough), C. McAulay, S. Johnstone. Unused Sub: C. Anderson.
Tweedmouth Rangers: S. Allan, R. McLeod, R. Aitchison, K. Cromarty, K. Murray, J. Moore, D. Boyne, R. Graham, M. Robinson, K. Binning, W. Lawrence. Subs: A. Ferrier & D. Lowe.
Referee: B. Cooper.