kicked off 2019 with a heavy defeat at the hands of Dundonald Bluebell at
Recreation Park on Saturday. The sickness bug that had affected the squad had
cleared but there were still five players missing from the squad due to injury
The Shipyard fell behind in the 11th minute thanks to a fine finish from Chris Gay that left Shippy keeper Macaulay Jarrett with no chance. It looked like it was going to be a busy day for the big keeper as he was called into action in the 14th minute to make a decent save following a scramble in the box. Dundonald’s second arrived in the 18th minute through Calum Smith after he rounded Jarrett and scored from a tight angle. Rab Kinnaird broke free of the visitor’s defence but he was tackled as he set himself to shoot from just inside the area. The Shippy were being pinned back by the more experienced Bluebell and it was no surprise when Archie Campbell scored a third in the 27th minute. The Shipyard were passing the ball around well but they could not penetrate the well drilled Dundonald defence and they added a fourth just before half-time when Smith was given far too much time and space inside the six-yard box as he turned and shot, leaving Jarrett helpless.
enjoyed their best spell at the start of the second half and Trialist hit the
top of the bar with a speculative effort. Charlie Simpson saw a shot held as
the Shippy strove to get a foothold in the match but Dundonald were still
standing firm. The Bluebell made their quality show in the final fifteen
minutes as Smith helped himself to another two goals to take his tally to four
for the match and Lewis McKenzie added a seventh deep into added time.
have a free week coming up which will hopefully see the injuries clear up, the
suspensions have now been served and hopefully a couple of new faces may arrive
before the Shipyard host Crossgates Primrose in another Fife derby on Saturday
19th January, kick-off is 2.00pm.
Shipyard: M. Jarrett, P. Bell, A. Trialist, R. O’Donnell, S. Strang, C. Simpson
(C. Simpson), R. Kinnaird (R. Brown), Jon. Galloway, A. Watt, S. Glancy, R.
Crawford. Unused Sub: R. Connor.
Bluebell: J. Lennox, S. Walton, R. Drummond, S. Durie, C. Wedderburn, C. Gay,
B. Rogerson, L. McKenzie, C. Smith, A. Campbell, M. Ness.
Manager brands performance unacceptable as Shipyard crumble.
Once more the Shipyard’s defensive frailties reared their ugly head as they conceded five without reply to Dunipace, who prior to kick off were below the Shippy in the Conference B table. An injury in the warm up to Dean Anderson, who pulled out with a knee problem, did not help matters as Stuart had to reshuffle the back four that had performed so admirably last week against Cowdenbeath in the Fife Cup. Scott Powrie took Anderson’s place in the starting eleven but unfortunately Ross Lennie had not recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up nine days ago. Continue Reading
The holders of the Fife Cup were knocked out of this season’s competition in unfortunate circumstances as a freak goal was all that separated the sides. The Shipyard deserved to take the tie to penalties or indeed win it inside the ninety minutes as they more than matched their League two opponents. This was a far stronger Cowdenbeath team than the one that was thrashed in last season’s final, nonetheless, the Shippy were as good as the opposition and for spells played the better football. Reece Bernard was the only regular squad man missing and there was the welcome return of Sam Glancy.
Cowdenbeath had the initiative in the early stages, however, the Shippy were defending well and not allowing any chances to be created and Keeper Ryan Adamson when called into action, held a low shot comfortably. Rab Kinnaird had an attempt on target before the Shipyard were dealt a major blow in the 17th minute when Ross Lennie limped off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Charlie Simpson. Robbie Crawford had two strikes at goal in as many minutes, one on target and one off as the Shippy shrugged off the loss of the influential Lennie. There was a scare for the visitors as a scramble developed in their box but the ref blew for an infringement by a Cowden player and the danger was averted. Crawford was just off target with another strike as the Shippy played some good football before it was Cowdenbeath’s turn to suffer an injury blow as Martin Scott had to be replaced by Blair Malcolm. Cowden took the lead in the 31st minute and it was one that keeper Adamson will want to forget in a hurry. He took a passback but dithered on the ball and his attempted clearance hit Josh Kelly and spun into the unguarded net for truly freak goal. This setback did not deter the Shippy and they deservedly got back on level terms on the stroke of half-time with a fine goal. Reece Brown showed his pace down the right-hand side and when he delivered an excellent cross Kinnaird was on hand to knock the ball beyond Ryan Goodfellow from close range.
The Shippy started the second half on the front foot and Brown forced Goodfellow into a fine save. A Crawford cross couldn’t find a Shippy touch and a thunderous half volley from Simpson brought out the best in Goodfellow. Adamson held a Skelly shot and Jordyn Sheerin twice went close as Cowden enjoyed a spell on top. The Shipyard almost went ahead in the 79th minute when what looked like a combination of the bar and Goodfellow’s glove kept out Kinnaird’s cross cum shot. Cowdenbeath scored what turned out to be the winner with seven minutes remaining after Malcolm worked his way down the left-hand side and his cross beat the diving Adamson and fell to Robbie Buchanan who hit the ball into the roof of the net at the back post. The Shippy pushed for a late equaliser that would have taken the tie to penalties, however, it was not to be as the Shipyard’s dream of retaining the Fife Cup perished in the rain at Central park.
Cowdenbeath: R. Goodfellow, K. Sneddon (J. Talbot), H. Swann, J. Pyper, P. Scullion, H. Kay (K. Miller), J. Skelly, G. Fraser, J. Sheerin, M. Scott (B. Malcolm), R. Buchanan. Unused Subs: K. Renton, F. Mullen, D. McGurn, D. Marsh.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. O’Donnell, S. Glancy, S. Strang, D. Anderson, R. Lennie (C. Simpson), R. Crawford, Jon. Galloway, R. Brown (Jor. Galloway), C. McAulay, R. Kinnaird (S. Powrie). Unused Subs: P. Bell, A. Trialist, M. Jarrett.
Referee: C. McNab.
The Shipyard bowed out of the Football Nation Cup going down 4-1 to Dunbar United at New Countess Park and once again they only have themselves to blame. Too many free-kicks were given away in dangerous positions, which accounted for two of the hosts goals, with slack defending resulting in the others. This was not a one-sided match by any stretch of the imagination as the Shippy created EIGHT good opportunities alone in the second half but only converted one. In fairness to Dunbar they defended tremendously well, throwing their bodies in front of goal bound efforts and getting back on the line to clear shots when the keeper was beaten. Half-time substitutes Reece Brown and Rab Kinnaird both hit the woodwork in what was ultimately a very frustrating day for the Shipyard. Sam Glancy was unavailable for the match which forced another reshuffle in the Shippy back four with the manager still searching for consistency in selection.
Jonny Galloway, fresh from agreeing to extend his contract, had the first chance when he drove forward but his shot lacked the venom to trouble Dunbar keeper John Johnstone. Dunbar replied with an effort from Darren Handling but his attempt was well off target. Jordan Galloway drove into the hosts box but his cutback could not find a teammate. United took the lead in the 16th minute when Fraser McLaren was unchallenged and he rose to head the ball beyond Ryan Adamson from a free-kick on the right-hand side. McLaren doubled the lead three minutes later when he shook off his marker inside the box and rolled the ball into the corner of the net. Dunbar’s third goal arrived in the 39th minute when a low cross from the bye line found Steven Tait unmarked a few yards out and he had the simple task of knocking the ball over the line. Adamson denied McLaren his hat-trick with a good save on the stroke of half-time.
Reece Brown and Rab Kinnaird were both denied by the woodwork.
The introduction of Brown and Kinnaird almost had an immediate impact as the former hit the outside of the post from a tight angle three minutes after the restart. The Shippy were dominating proceedings now and Kinnaird saw his shot cleared off the line after Brown won the ball. In the 62nd minute both Brown and Robbie Crawford saw goal bound efforts blocked by Dunbar defenders who were getting their bodies in the way of everything. However, there was nothing they could do a couple of minutes later as Jonny Galloway found the net from 16 yards with Crawford providing the pass. A minute later Johnstone saved Brown’s shot as the Shippy looked to get right back in the match. Unfortunately for the Shipyard the game was more or less put out of their reach in the 68th minute when Chris King scored with a sublime free-kick from just outside the area. Most of Dunbar’s attacks were now long balls over the top as the Shippy pushed forward looking for a lifeline and they were unlucky to see another Kinnaird attempt come back off the post. As the game entered the closing stages Handling lobbed over for Dunbar while at the other end Brown again saw his strike blocked, though a goal at this stage would have been a mere consolation.
Dunbar United: J. Johnstone, S. Kean (K. Ingram), S. Tait, C. Gordon, J. Harley, C. Moffat, D. McTernan, D. Handling, F. McLaren, C. King (D. McCraw), D. Ballantyne (L. Peden). Unused Subs: L. McCathie & Z. Szemis.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, S. Powrie (C. Simpson), D. Anderson, R. O’Donnell, S. Strang, R. Bernard, Jor. Galloway (R. Kinnaird), Jon. Galloway, R. Crawford, R. Lennie, C. McAulay (R. Brown). Unused Subs: P. Bell & M. Jarrett.
The Shipyard and Haddington served up an eight-goal thriller with honours even as the match finished 4-4. From being ahead early on, the Shippy found themselves two goals down with 16 minutes remaining but fought back in fine fashion to square the match, indeed if Robbie Crawford had shown more composure in the closing seconds, he may well have won it for his team, however, he blazed over from the centre of the box. At last, the injury and suspension problems seem to be easing with Ross Lennie, Scott Powrie and Rab Kinnaird returning to the squad.
It didn’t take long for the first goal to arrive as the Shippy took the lead in the 2nd minute. The ball was played through to Crawford and he lifted the ball over the keeper to find the back of the net. Kinnaird drove into the box but couldn’t get a shot away and Callum McAulay’s effort was off just off target as the Shippy had the better of the early exchanges. Haddington came into the match in the 17th minute as Shipyard keeper Ryan Adamson saved at the feet of Andy Jones and the same man was involved three minutes later as he burst through but shot straight into the midriff of Adamson. The visitors went close from a corner and Grant Rose shot wide as the Hi Hi had a dominant spell. The Shipyard trialist headed wide before Adamson held Ross King’s effort. The Shipyard were dealt a blow in the 41st minute when Dean Anderson had to be helped off after he damaged his ankle after catching his studs in the turf. Just as it looked like the Shippy would take a lead into the break disaster struck as Sandy Strang could only turn a Shaun Hill cross into his own net.
Ross Lennie scored on his comeback from injury.
Ryan O’Donnell’s equaliser was his first goal of the season.
Haddington came out for the restart with their tails up and soon built up a two-goal advantage. In the 50th minute good play between King and Jones set up an easy chance for Jordan Cropley and he made no mistake. After Adamson made a save at the expense of a corner, the resultant set piece saw the Shippy score a second own goal as Kinnaird knocked the ball into his own net. A Crawford drive was deflected wide, however, the Shippy reduced the deficit from the corner in the 64th minute. The initial delivery was cleared back out to Sam Glancy and when the diminutive left back played the ball in again, Lennie was on hand to convert at the back post. The visitors re-established their two-goal advantage four minutes later when Chris Cairney drove the ball into the corner after the ball was worked across the pitch to him. The Hosts got back to within a goal when Jonny Galloway headed in Glancy’s corner after 74 minutes. The Shippy were now driving forward and sub Reece Brown saw his shot held by Craig Cockburn with ten minutes remaining. The Shippy drew level in the 89th minute and it came from another corner where Ryan O’Donnell was on hand at the back post to nod home. Haddington were reeling now as the Shipyard looked for a winner and it could and possibly should have come as the game moved into added time when Jonny Galloway teed the ball up perfectly for Crawford but unfortunately the youngster didn’t trouble Cockburn from a great position. Most people in attendance would have been disappointed when the referee blew for full time, having only played two minutes twenty seconds of added time, as another few minutes of this would have been fantastic as the action continued to rage from end to end.
Ross Lennie volley’s in his goal.
Next Saturday (10/11/2018) the Shipyard travel to face Dunbar United in the 2nd Round of the Football Nation Cup, kick off 2.30pm. A few seats are available on the bus which leaves Recreation Park at 11.45am. Contact the Club through the website for details.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. O’Donnell, S. Glancy, S. Strang, D. Anderson (C. Simpson), R. Lennie, A. Trialist (Jor. Galloway), Jon. Galloway, R. Crawford, C. McAulay, R. Kinnaird (R. Brown). Unused Subs: P. Bell, R. Bernard, S. Powrie, M. Jarrett.
Haddington Athletic: C. Cockburn, C. Cairney (G. Brown), R. King, J. Hamill, G. Cunningham, A. Simpson, A. McNeill, S. Hill, G. Rose (D. Quinn), J. Copley, A. Jones. Unused Subs: H. Law, D. Lennie, D. Simmonds.
There was very little to choose between the teams in this keenly fought Fife derby, other than that the hosts took advantage of a couple of openings that came their way, whereas the Shipyard spurned a glorious opportunity to take at least a point from the match as an over eager Reece Brown ensured Dean Anderson’s effort crossed the line, unfortunately from an offside position. Sandy Strang returned from suspension but that boost was countered by the fact that Rab Kinnaird was now banned. There was another five still missing due to work commitments and injury, however, it is hoped that two of these guys will return to training this week.
It was bitterly cold though bright overhead at Humbug Park as the game kicked off. The Shippy had a bit of pressure around the ten-minute mark as Robbie Crawford saw his shot blocked and from the resultant corner Strang headed over. Crossgates replied with a couple of good efforts with centre back Gavin Ross heading over from a corner and Scott Hynd doing likewise from a fine cross. A ball into the Crossgates box caused panic but neither Crawford or Jordan Galloway could apply the finishing touch. Anderson saw his header held as he got on the end of a Callum McAulay free-kick. McAulay played a great ball through to Jordan Galloway but his shot lacked the venom to trouble Primrose keeper Blair Penman. The Shippy had a scare just on the interval as the defence had to scramble a Hynd header off the line.
Robbie Crawford went close for the Shippy.
Crossgates took the lead in the 64th minute when some slack marking allowed Hynd to head home an innocuous free-kick floated into the box. The hosts lead was short-lived as the Shipyard equalised two minutes later with a great free-kick from McAulay, who curled a beauty beyond Penman. Shipyard keeper Ryan Adamson pulled off a fine save in the 70th minute though he needed the help of the defence to scramble the ball clear. Crossgates regained the lead on 75 minutes when the Shipyard defence failed to deal with a cross into the box allowing Darrin Aitken to turn and hook the ball beyond Adamson. The Shippy should have been level again in the 82nd minute after a corner was partially cleared. The ball was returned into the box where Anderson managed to direct the ball towards goal and in his enthusiasm to make sure Brown knocked the ball into the net from close range but sadly for the Shippy he was flagged offside. A great run into the box by Crawford resulted in a corner and the same man was desperately unlucky to see his net bound shot deflected wide as the home side held on for the win.
Crossgates Primrose: B. Penman, B. Paterson, K. Brand, G. Nutt, G. Ross, R. McDonald, D. Aitken, B. Hutchison (C. Millar), S. Hynd, L. Shaw (M. Wilkie), D. Allan (S. Lawrie). Unused Subs: B. Clark, G. Henderson, M. McKenzie, A. Watt.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, C. Simpson, S. Glancy, R. O’Donnell, D. Anderson, S. Strang, R. Bernard, Jon. Galloway, R. Crawford, C. McAulay, Jor. Galloway (R. Brown). Unused Subs: P. Bell, M. Jarrett, A. Trialist, B. Trialist.
The Shipyard never fully recovered from the concession of two highly avoidable early goals, a defensive mix up and a needless penalty, as they lost to Tynecastle in a Conference B league match at Recreation Park. Although Jordan Galloway pulled one back after half an hour neither side were able to add to their tally and the Shippy’s task was made all the harder after substitute Rab Kinnaird received two quickfire yellow cards to leave his team to play the closing stages of the match with only ten men. The afore mentioned Kinnaird returned from a couple of months out injured, however, several players still remain on the sidelines. To add to the selection headache club captain Sandy Strang missed this one out through suspension.
Jordan Galloway is congratulated by his teammates after scoring.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, C. Simpson, S. Glancy, R. O’Donnell, D. Anderson, R. Bernard, R. Crawford, Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, C. McAulay, Jor. Galloway. Subs: R. Connor, S. Innes, M. Jarrett, R. Kinnaird.
Tynecastle: R. Watt, L. Grant, N. Kelly, M. Leslie, G. Page, A. MacDonald, C. Stokes, M. Barfoot, M. Burgess, J. Smith, E. Greig. Subs: E. Saunderson, J. Ramsay, E. MacIntosh, S. Costello, J. Guy, A. Heaps, K. Ngwenya.
The Shipyard’s performance was as dreary and miserable as the weather as they slumped to a 5-2 defeat against Coldstream in the South Region Challenge Cup at Recreation Park on Saturday. It took the Shippy until the 62nd minute to register a shot on target and that came through the aid of a deflection and when they did finally score it came off the backside of Coldstream’s Ross Straughan who unfortunately for him managed to score at both ends. The fine win less than two weeks ago against Lothian Thistle, now seems a distant memory following the two dismal displays that have followed. Selection problems are still a massive issue as the injury list shows no sign of shortening and work commitments are also having an effect as the manager try’s to pick a team. Continue Reading