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2017-2018 Season

Burntisland Shipyard 0 Selkirk 1

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

Eyemouth United 3 Burntisland Shipyard 2

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

Motherwell U/20’s 9 Burntisland Shipyard U/20’s 0

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.


Burntisland Shipyard 2 Coldstream 3

Penalty miss proves crucial before controversial ending.

The Shipyard were left gobsmacked that what looked to be a last gasp equaliser was wrongly flagged offside as Scott Powrie knocked the loose ball home after the Coldstream defender played the ball into his path. It was still unclear after the match had concluded as to why the assistant raised his flag but certainly goalscorer Powrie was onside. Despite that setback the Shippy only had themselves to blame for not taking something from the match as a fresh air swipe from keeper Sean Malpas gifted Coldstream their opener and a second half penalty miss when Tam Graham blasted the ball over the bar and out of the ground proved to be crucial.

Sam Glancy was missing through suspension together with the injured pair of Kenny Ford and Robbie Gibson and manager Grant Brough decided against calling up any of the under 20 squad with their big cup tie against Motherwell coming up less than 24 hours later.

Very little happened in the early stages as both teams struggled to come to terms with the strong wind that was blowing down the park, in particular, the Shipyard as any balls played forward had too much weight on them to find a teammate. Shane Bonnington went close for the visitors in the 15th minute as his left foot strike just went wide of the post, however, the drama began in the 28th minute in what was a nightmare for Shippy keeper Malpas. Pete Bell played the ball back to the keeper and under pressure from Gary Windram, Malpas swiped at the ball, missed it completely and left Windram with the simple task of rolling the ball into the unguarded net. Windram might have done better a few minutes later rather than skew his shot wide of the goal. The home team had done nothing until the 38th minute but they almost equalised in spectacular fashion when Graham’s thunderous 30 yard free-kick came crashing back off the bar and Brodie Hamilton following up, was unable to convert the loose ball.

Brodie Hamilton scores.

Brough tore into his players at the interval following their disappointing first-half showing and whatever was said seemed to work as within five minutes they were presented with an opportunity to draw level. Powrie was tripped in the box and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot, however, the chance was passed up when Graham blasted the ball high over the bar and into the graveyard behind the ground. Five minutes later the Shipyard were punished for that miss when Bonnington gave his side a two-goal lead when he converted a cross at the back post. The Shipyard immediately had a chance to pull one back but were thwarted when Jamie Shiel pulled off a fantastic save to deny Hamilton as his header from a Brian Breen cross looked a certain goal. At the other end Malpas made an important save as he tipped a long range shot over the bar denying Coldstream what would surely have been a decisive third goal. The Shippy got back into the game in the 65th minute when Shiel could not deny Hamilton this time as he nodded home Breen’s cross. The visitors restored their two-goal lead five minutes later when Windram broke clear of the Shipyard defence and fired the ball across Malpas and in at the far corner. The Shippy clawed their way back into the game again when Shiel could only parry substitute Owen Ferry’s shot into the path of Graham and the big man could not miss from a few yards out. With the game in added time and Coldstream pinned back, Powrie though he had earned his side a point when he knocked a loose ball home following the visitor’s failure to clear a low cross from the left but the jubilant scenes were cut short by the assistants raised flag.

The Shipyard are on the road next Saturday (04.11.2017) when they travel south to face Eyemouth United. Kick off 2.00pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, S. Powrie, D. Anderson (B. Saunders), P. Bell, C. Anderson, S. Strang (O. Ferry), R. Kinnaird, C. McAulay, B. Hamilton, T. Graham, B. Breen. Unused Sub: C. Lambie.

Coldstream: J. Shiel, R. Dixon, C. Chamberlain, A. Common, C. Beasley, K. Strang, S. Bonnington, K. Lee, M. Corfield, G. Windram, B. Paterson. Subs: G. Davidson, P. Johnson.

Referee: K. Maskell.

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