No new year cheer for the Shipyard at Kelty.
Who would have thought five years ago that the stand out match in the East of Scotland League opening fixtures of 2018 would have been a Fife derby between Kelty Hearts and Burntisland Shipyard. Both clubs have invested heavily in order to obtain their SFA Club licences and embrace the “Pyramid system”, so it was fitting that a crowd of 200+ was in attendance at New Central Park to watch the match.
The Shipyard gave competitive debuts to Ross Lennie, Hamish Thomson and Sean Johnstone as manager Grant Brough continues to re-shape his squad. Sean Malpas returned between the sticks having been out injured with a fractured arm since the home fixture against Leith Athletic. Continue Reading
Shipyard suffer League Cup woe.
The Shipyard were the visitors when the curtain came down for the last time at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday as the whole complex is to be demolished and replaced with a new state of the art facility in the next few years. There was no cameo role for the Shippy though as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners, however, the Shipyard will be disappointed with the outcome having had chances, particularly in the first half, but were only able to covert one. Also, the nature of the way that goals were conceded will have given manager Grant Brough cause for concern.
Sandy Strang returned to the starting eleven having been out since the Eyemouth match at the beginning of November with a broken toe but keeper Sean Malpas remained sidelined with the arm injury he sustained in the previous encounter with Leith, while Scott Powrie replaced Kieran Annandale at full back. Continue Reading
Poor show from disappointing Shipyard.
The last couple of weeks have been hard luck stories after good performances against Selkirk and Leith but there was no misfortune against Ormiston as the Shipyard turned in a thoroughly abject display losing 2-0 at the Hibernian Training Centre.
It was a tough watch on a bitterly cold day in East Lothian as too many Shippy players simply failed to turn up. Ormiston weren’t brilliant by any stretch of the imagination but they didn’t have to be as it was all to easy for them. The Shipyard were guilty of overplaying as they attempted five passes when one would have been enough, with all of this meaning very few chances were created. The one outstanding chance the Shipyard did have was wasted when Sam Glancy blasted the ball straight at the keeper when he was clean through on goal early in the second half, with the home team only leading 1-0 at the time. Continue Reading
Fife Cup tie abandoned due to serious injury.
Sadly this match was brought to a premature end as the referee abandoned the match following the Pars midfielder Aaron Splaine suffering a broken leg. The youngster sustained the horror injury at the start of the second half and referee Lorraine Watson had no option but to call the match off. It goes without saying that everyone at the Shipyard wishes Aaron a speedy recovery.
For the record, Dunfermline led 2-0 prior to the injury thanks to goals from Paul Allan and Matthew Todd.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Connor, K. Annandale, S. Powrie, P. Bell, D. Anderson, S. Glancy, C. Watt, C. McAulay, B. Hamilton, Jonathan Galloway, R. Kinnaird. Subs: T. Graham, K. Walls, Jordan Galloway, R. Brown, R. McCarthy-Lee, B. Saunders, C. Richardson.
Missed chances again cost the Shippy as Leith snatch the points.
For the fourth game in a row the Shipyard lost by the odd goal but perhaps what was most disappointing was scoring three goals at home and still losing the match. There were mitigating circumstances, with three of the regular back four missing, it was a somewhat makeshift defence that took the field with Brian Breen and Tam Graham being paired in the centre. Pete Bell, the Andersons Craig and Dean were the men missing. The three Under 20’s that were in the squad last week were all involved again with Kieran Annandale joining Craig Watt and Johnny Galloway in the starting eleven. Two more from the Under 20’s, Ryan McCarthy-Lee and Kyle Walls were on the bench. Continue Reading
Shipyard unlucky in narrow defeat.
The Shipyard again missed a series of good chances but unlike the previous two weeks, this was a much better all-round performance as they more than matched their Lowland League opponents and can count themselves unlucky not to have at least taken the game into extra time or even win the tie. After last week’s impressive showing Jonathan Galloway kept his place in the starting line-up and he was joined by fellow under/20 Craig Watt. Three more from the under 20 squad, Kieran Annandale, Jordan Galloway and young keeper Craig Richardson earned a place on the bench. Sandy Strang missed out after breaking his toe last Saturday and Craig Anderson failed to shake off a hip complaint as he also remained on the sidelines. Continue Reading
Shippy shoot themselves in the foot again.
Shipyard manager Grant Brough was honest in his summing up of the match at Eyemouth, indicating he was not too surprised that his team lost when he said “I just can’t believe we lost that game today, or on the other hand I suppose I can, as yet again we have been our own worst enemy”. Whether his comments were tongue in cheek is open to question but he was correct about one thing. His team are finding ways of losing games they should be winning or at least taking something from. He went on “In a game where we knocked the ball about and created some excellent opportunities we shot ourselves in the foot giving away stupid goals yet again. Basic mistakes have again cost us today. The positives for me were that the boys never gave up, could and should have got back into the game had it not been for poor finishing. Also, the introduction of Jonny Galloway, Craig Watt and Kieran Annandale into the squad from the U/20s has been very refreshing, with Galloway outstanding in midfield, scoring a goal and coming away with the Man of the Match award”. Looking ahead to next week’s Football Nation Cup match he said “We have just got to dust ourselves down and prepare for the visit of Lowland League side Selkirk next Saturday by working hard at training this week”.
Brough recalled Cammy Lambie to the starting line up replacing Sean Malpas between the sticks and brought in the afore mentioned U/20’s to the squad having decided to leave them out last week due to their SFA youth Cup commitments. Sam Glancy also returned having served his suspension. Continue Reading
Steelmen too strong for Shipyard youngsters.
Craig Watt leads the team out at the Excelsior Stadium.
The Shipyard U/20’s run in the SFA Youth Cup came to an end on Sunday as they were comprehensively beaten by Motherwell at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie. However, the boys can hold their heads up high having beaten an SPFL championship side in the previous round and getting the opportunity to play this match. It was always going to be a monumental task to compete with a full time professional Premiership club, who operate five tiers above the Shipyard in the Scottish football pyramid, and so it proved as the Steelmen scored nine goals without reply. The fact that the boys never gave up is testament to their character and that of their coaches and they can take positives from this when they return to league duty on Friday night.
Motherwell controlled the match from start to finish and after going ahead in the eight minute they never eased off scoring at regular intervals. The Motherwell goal scorers were Agyeman x2, Turnbull x2, Falconer, Brown, Scott, Starrs and a Walls own goal. The Shipyard never really threatened the Motherwell goal as the home team dominated possession for almost the entire ninety minutes.
Motherwell: P. Morrison, S. Bowers, A. Livingstone, J. Armstrong, B. Maguire, K. MacDonald (J. Brown), D. Falconer, D. Turnbull, J. Scott (C. Starrs) A. Agyeman, L. Brown (A. Kettings).
Burntisland Shipyard: C. Richardson, R. McCarthy-Lee, K. Walls, B. McCann, R. O’Donnell, C. Watt, K. Annandale, F. Gallagher, R. Brown, Jordan Galloway, Jonathan Galloway. Subs: L. Thomson, J. George, S. Cusick, K. Akbar, S. Dunsmore.