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2017-2018 Season

Edinburgh University 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0


The Shipyard report card would have read “must do better” as they came up short against the students of Edinburgh University. The Shippy travelled to East Peffermill for this SFA South Region Challenge Cup 2nd round match against their Scottish Lowland league opponents after a two week break but in a reasonably confident mood given their showing in the last outing against Kelty Hearts. With Craig Anderson still nursing a hamstring injury, Sandy Strang moved into the centre of defence alongside Pete Bell and Dean Anderson made his debut at left back. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 0 Kelty Hearts 4

Kelty prove too strong for luckless Shipyard.

The fine weather ensured a good crowd turned up for the first ever Fife derby in the East of Scotland League as newcomers Kelty Hearts visited Recreation Park. It was also NonLeagueDay2017 which brought a few more visitors to the ground. The Shipyard were missing Tam Graham and new signing Robbie Gibson from last week but Callum McAleavey returned after suspension. Continue Reading

Heriot Watt University 3 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Shipyard edged out in five goal thriller.

It was scant consolation to the Shipyard that this was a fantastic game and a great advert for the East of Scotland League, as the Shippy left Riccarton with nothing to show for their efforts as Heriot Watt came from behind to take the three points. It was an end to end match with both sides enjoying periods of domination though both management teams would be disappointed with the amount of chances their teams passed up. The hosts would have been unhappy at going in all square at the interval given their possession and chances they had. That being said, the roles were reversed in the second half and it was the Shippy’s turn to create and miss several decent chances, especially when leading 2-1.
Shippy keeper Sean Malpas held a long range shot in the 7th minute and Craig Anderson cut out a dangerous cross as the students started on the front foot. The hosts remained on top as a shot was blocked at the expense of a corner, a Scott Powrie tackle saved a certain goal and a headed effort from the resultant corner hit the base of the post. Brian Breen missed the visitors first clear cut chance in the 17th minute when he knocked the ball over after getting on the end of Brodie Hamilton’s cross. Breen then headed over from a Callum McAulay cross as the Shippy started to impose themselves on the game. Sandy Strang came to the Shipyard’s rescue in the 23rd minute when he raced back to clear the ball off his own line when Malpas was beaten after racing from his line. Heriot Watt took the lead just shy of the half hour mark and the Shippy manager was furious at the manner in which the goal was conceded. A corner from the right found it’s way to the back post and Adam Woolven was able to volley the ball into the net from around six yards. Breen headed a Powrie cross wide but the Shipyard were living dangerously on occasions but with half-time approaching the Shippy drew level when Sam Glancy lashed the ball home after Keeper Callum Reid flapped at a cross.

Sam Glancy scored his first goal for the Shippy

Whatever was said in the dressing room at the interval made an impact as a different Shipyard come out for the second half and within a couple of minutes Reid did well to block Glancy’s drive. Then Breen curled his free-kick just wide of the target but after Anton Dowds went close for Heriot Watt the big man was not to be denied as he drove his powerful shot low into the corner after engineering the opportunity himself. Malpas gathered a high ball at the second attempt before Breen went close again, this time shooting over from 18 yards. Heriot Watt had a huge let off in the 61st minute when McAulay drove a free-kick into the six yard box and they were mightily relieved when the ball ricocheted into keeper Reid’s arms. Ten minutes later the Shippy survived a scare when a driven shot beat Malpas but came back off the post and the Heriot Watt player following up lacked the composure to knock the ball home. The students drew level with eight minutes remaining when Ronnie Napier turned in the loose ball after Malpas had saved bravely at the feet of Dowds. The Shipyard were reduced to ten men when the trialist substitute reacted angrily to having his shirt pulled and left the referee with no option but to show him the red card. Being a player down did stop the Shipyard attacks and Reid had to be on his toes to touch over McAulay’s wicked free-kick and Breen once again went close but failed to hit the target with his powerful strike. Heriot Watt broke quickly with three minutes remaining and sucker punched the Shippy when Mark McGovern turned in a low cross from the right. The Shippy almost got a leveller deep in added time when a Pete Bell cross cum shot crashed back off the bar and the Shipyard contingent had their heads in their hands when Powrie agonisingly headed the loose ball wide.
Next Saturday (7th October) sees the first ever Fife derby in the East of Scotland League when Kelty Hearts visit Recreation Park to face the Shipyard. Kick off is 2.30pm.
Heriot Watt University : C. Reid, A. Snoddy, S. Munro ( C. Smith), N. Laurenson, A. Woolven, F. Watt, C. Macher, C. Lane, R. Napier, A. Dowds, G. MacDonald ( A. Breen).
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, S. Powrie, P. Bell, S. Strang, C. Anderson, S. Glancy, R. Kinnaird ( O. Ferry), C. McAulay, B. Hamilton (A. Trialist),T. Graham (M. Black) B. Breen.
Referee: J. Stewart.


Burntisland Shipyard 2 Ormiston 0

Shippy pull away from lower reaches of table with another win.

The Shipyard recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Ormiston on Saturday and had the Shippy players taken some of the chances they created, then the visitors from East Lothian would have suffered a heavier defeat. As it was, the two early goals from returning pair Scott Powrie and Rab Kinnaird were enough to ensure the three points remained at Recreation Park. Marc Black joined Powrie and Kinnaird in the starting eleven with Steven Wilson, Brodie Hamilton and the suspended Callum McAulay dropping out. Continue Reading

Preston Athletic 6 Burntisland Shipyard 1

No luck for Shippy in heavy defeat.

The Shipyard left Pennypit Park hugely frustrated yesterday following the 6-1 defeat to hosts Preston Athletic. Frustrated at their lack of good fortune and a series of decisions that went against them. Preston deserved their win without a shadow of doubt but the scoreline should have been much tighter given that two of the Preston goals were clearly offside. Rab Kinnaird and Scott Powrie were unavailable following last week’s win over Stirling, however, the squad was boosted by the return of long term injured pair Stevie Wilson and Marc Black. Also available to Grant were new signings Sam Clancy and Craig Anderson, albeit the former played as a trialist last week.

The Shippy almost got off to a dream start in the third minute when Brodie Hamilton collected a Brian Breen pass, created space for a shot but agonisingly saw his strike crash back off the post. Luck continued to elude the Shipyard as Alexander Dimitrov, looking yards offside, was able to gather the ball and bear down on keeper Sean Malpas before producing a cool finish. The Shipyard defence was struggling to cope with the pace and movement of the Preston forwards and Malpas pulled of a couple of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay. The Shippy replied with a Breen header that flew over the bar before Preston doubled their lead in the 18th minute with Jonathan Grotlin on hand to knock home a low cross. Grotlin scored again in the 36th minute when he burst into the box and scored from around 10 yards. The fourth goal just short of half-time led to huge controversy as the referee was not paying attention to play as the Preston player received the ball yards offside but the official allowed play to continue and Grotlin completed his hat-trick as he converted at the back post.

Brian Breen’s strike finds the net.

Brian Breen

The Shippy got a foothold in the game five minutes into the second period when Breen scored with a stunning strike as Preston keeper Craig Pennycuick could only look on as the big forwards left foot strike from outside the box flew over his head and into the net. Breen almost scored again two minutes later but his shot from inside the six-yard box came back off the post. The Shipyard were dominating at this stage of the game and Breen was proving to be a handful for the Preston defence and he again went close when he headed over from a corner. Again, Breen had an attempt at goal in the 61st minute but Pennycuick was able to get behind the ball and gather. In a rare home attack Dimitrov almost got on the end of a low cross inside the six-yard box but he was inches away from making contact. Back at the other end the Shipyard had a huge penalty claimed turned down when Breen appeared to be held down as a corner came into the box but the referee chose to wave play on. The referee then ended any chance of the Shipyard getting anything out of the match when he red carded Callum McAulay for foul and abusive language. Despite being a man down the Shippy kept at it and Breen dragged a shot wide in the 79th minute. Malpas produced a smart save in the 82nd minute when blocked a shot from Steven Campbell. Much to the surprise of everyone in the ground the referee awarded the hosts a penalty when Campbell went down under minimal pressure from sub Marc Black as they challenged for the loose ball. Justice was probably done when Jack Jardine hit the post with his effort from 12 yards. Preston made the most of their extra man in the closing minutes and added another two goals as the Shipyard ran out of steam.

When manager Grant Brough spoke after the match he said “On paper it certainly looks a heavy defeat but for me we’re exactly in the same place where we were last week when we won. Nothing has changed as we know exactly where we need to strengthen as a team and exactly what we need to be working on collectively as a team to take the side to the next level”. Grant then went into detail of how he saw the game panning out as he added “As much as Preston deserved there win, the game in reality was a lot tighter, in my opinion, than the scoreline suggests. We made poor decisions at times, never had a rub of the green and were ruthlessly punished by Preston’s impressive forwards. After pulling a goal back and looking likely that we could go on and close the deficit even further, the sending off killed the game for us. I’m not going to condone nor blame Callum for the sending off as at this moment in time I don’t know what was said but the decision ultimately killed any hope we had of getting back into the game and Preston used their extra man to great effect to push on and kill the game. As I said before we know exactly what needs to be done to take us forward, we will regroup and get ready for next weeks visit of Ormiston”.
Preston Athletic: C. Pennycuick, M. McFarlane, C. Inglis, D. Liddle, S. Campbell, D. Pennycuick (J. Jardine), J. Cochrane (K. Jack),, M. Woodcock, G. Binnie, J. Grotlin, A. Dimitrov (J. Whiteman).

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, K. Ford ( T. Graham), P. Bell, S. Wilson (M. Black), C. McAleavey, S. Strang, O. Ferry, S. Glancy, B. Hamilton, C. McAulay, B. Breen. Unused Subs: C. Richardson, C. Anderson, B. Saunders.

Referee: G. Haynes.

Burntisland Shipyard 5 Stirling University 3

Five star performance from new look Shippy.

The new era for the Shipyard under the leadership of Grant Brough got off to winning start as the Shippy beat Stirling University 5-3 at Recreation Park on Saturday. New fewer than six players made their debuts for the Shippy as Brough quickly stamped his mark on the squad. Sandy Strang, Callum McAulay, Rab Kinnaird and Tam Graham pulled on a Shipyard strip for the first time while Ben Saunders and Pete Bell debuted for the second time. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Lothian Thistle HV 5

Thistle sting Shipyard in second half onslaught.

The Shipyard leading 1-0 at half-time must have raised a few eyebrows around the other East of Scotland League grounds but the fact of the matter was that the Shippy were good value for their lead. When news broke that Coldstream were ahead against Kelty many must have thought they might be in for a sensational day of shocks. Ultimately that was not to be the case as the more fancied sides came from behind to win. Continue Reading

Tynecastle 7 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Tynecastle prove too strong for young Shippy team.

The Shipyard fielded a young and inexperienced side as interim manager Raymond Drury took the team to Edinburgh to face Tynecastle at Saughton Enclosure on Wednesday night. Several of the under 20 squad were involved after a spate of late call offs decimated the squad. Despite the heavy 7-0 defeat the players gave their all in a back to the wall performance and luck was against them with ball breaking kindly for the Tynecastle players to score on more than one occasion. Continue Reading