Same old story as Shippy lose at Dunbar.
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.
Referee: G. Haynes.
Goals galore in Shippy thriller.
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.
Referee: B. Cooper.
Shippy edged out in Fife derby.
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.
Referee: K. Maskell.
Early goals defeat Shipyard.
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.
Referee: A. Gamble.
Shippy slump to cup defeat.
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
Shippy punished after sloppy start.
The combination of nine players missing from the squad and the loss of a couple of early goals left the Shipyard staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat as a ruthless Tranent ran up seven without reply in this conference B match at Forester Park on Saturday. The threadbare squad that produced that fine result in midweek was depleted even further with Sam Glancy and Robbie Crawford unavailable. Callum McAulay returned from suspension to go straight back into the starting eleven.
The pitch was in excellent condition and the sun was shining as the match kicked off and it was the Shipyard who created the first chance as Johnny Galloway was found at the edge of the box but his shot was weak and never troubled Haris Alysandratos in the Tranent goals. The hosts took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Kayne Paterson was allowed to cut in from the left and bend his shot into the bottom corner beyond the outstretched hand of Ryan Adamson. The Shippy conceded a sloppy second goal in the 9th minute when a punt up the park deceived the defence and Chris Robertson was able to run onto the ball and lob it over the advancing Adamson. The Shippy were getting forward and the Tranent defence did not look too comfortable with Reece Brown and McAulay both unable to capitalise on errors at the back. Any hopes of the Shippy taking anything from the match all but disappeared inside 20 minutes when Jamie Devlin turned in a low cross from the right. Reece Bernard headed a Johnny Galloway cross wide before another injury concern for the Shipyard when Jordan Galloway had to limp off and be replaced by B. Trialist. Bernard saw his shot held and Charlie Simpson had an attempt off target but in between those chances Paterson scored a 4th for Tranent when he slotted past Adamson from close range.
It took Tranent only three minutes of the second half to increase their lead when Devlin got on the end of a cutback and fired the ball home from the centre of the box. The home team were now dominating proceedings and created a few chances and Paterson took one of these opportunities to complete his hat-trick when headed home from six yards. Tranent probably saved the best till last with quick passing move up the park that saw Paterson on the end of it to score his fourth and his team’s seventh of the match. At the end of the day credit must go to Tranent for their fine attacking display, and for the Shipyard, they just have to take their medicine, lick their wounds and turn their attention to next Saturday’s home South Region Challenge Cup tie against Coldstream at Recreation Park. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Tranent Juniors: H. Alysandratos, R. Berry, C. Inglis, L. Hawkins, A. Christie, B. Miller, C. Robertson (M. McGovern), I. Black, J. Devlin (D. Whitson), K. Fisher (B. Barrett), K. Paterson. Unused Subs: S. Rutherford & R. Stirling.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, C. Simpson, A. Trialist, R. O’Donnell, P. Bell, S. Strang, Jor. Galloway (B. Trialist), R. Bernard, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway, C. McAulay. Unused Subs: S. Innes & M. Jarrett.
Referee: S. MacLean.
Shipyard record fine victory.
Most people would no doubt have been surprised by this result but if the truth be told, the only surprise was that the margin of the Shippy’s victory was only 1-0. It should definitely have been two, the Shipyard were denied a perfectly good goal by the assistant’s flag, and it might have been three or four given the chances that went a begging. The Shipyard arrived at Saughton Enclosure with a depleted squad with Ross Lennie and Scott Powrie out injured following the Bo’ness game. Dean Anderson, Rab Kinnaird, Callum McAulay, Tom Graham and JP McPhail were also missing for various reasons.
Lothian were on top in terms of possession in the first half hour but neither keeper had been called into action other than when Shippy keeper Ryan Adamson held an in-swinging free-kick from Rees Smith. The Shipyard took the lead in the 32nd minute through Johnny Galloway when the young midfielder gathered a fine pass inside the Lothian box. Although Kevan Swain blocked his first effort Galloway was able to knock the loose ball into the unguarded goal. It should have been 2-0 three minutes later when Johnny Galloway again knocked the ball in after Robbie Crawford’s excellent strike came back off the post. However, the Shippy joy was short-lived when the assistant unbelievably flagged for offside, though Galloway was clearly onside when the initial shot was struck. The Shipyard had a penalty claim turned down in the 38th minute and again it was Johnny Galloway who was giving the hosts problems. Galloway was in the thick of the action once more with a slide rule pass that set up Reece Brown but the striker shot wide from a good position.
Johnny Galloway scored the Shippy winner.
The Shipyard continued to press at the start of the second half and Brown maybe should have been more selfish and took on the shot rather than squaring the ball into the box where Lothian were able to clear the danger. A Reece Bernard effort was held by Swain as the Shippy continued to take the game to the hosts. Stuart Cooper missed a decent opportunity for Lothian when he could not find the target from close range following a corner, while at the other end Brown saw his fierce shot saved at the expense of a corner. Another Shipyard corner in the 73rd minute was begging to be knocked home as the ball travelled all the way across the face of goal. Lothian made a double substitution with 15 minutes remaining as they changed both strikers in an effort to put some pressure on the Shipyard defence. The changes had an effect as the home team pushed for an equaliser and started creating chances. Smith headed over though it looked like Adamson may have got a touch on the ball. Connor McDonald had a couple of attempts in the closing minutes but on both occasions, he could not find the target.
The Shipyard were able to see out the remaining minutes without further ado and in the process deservedly gathered their first three league points of the season at a venue that has never been kind to the Shipyard in the past. Saturday (06/10/2018) see’s the Shippy on the road again with Forester Park, Tranent being the destination for a League Conference B match against Tranent Juniors.
Lothian Thistle HV: K. Swain, D. Moore, R. Smith, S. Cooper, G. Munro, C. McGregor, L. O’Donnell, K. Brown, O. Ali (R. Hutchison), M. Smith (F. Mendes), C. McDonald. Unused Subs: K. Wilson, S. Wringe, C. O’Brien, C. Begbie, R. Dixon.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, C. Simpson, S. Glancy, R. O’Donnell, P. Bell (A. Trialist), S. Strang, Jor. Galloway, R. Bernard, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway. Unused Subs: B. Trialist, S. Innes, M. Jarrett.
Referee: I. Snedden.
Bo’ness’ experience undoes Shipyard.
Another of the ex-super league big guns visited Recreation Park on Saturday and again the Shippy gave a good account of themselves against the experience and strength of Bo’ness United. Manager Grant Brough would be pleased with the amount of good goal-scoring chances his team are creating, however, to avoid suffering a 3-0 defeat, some of these chances need to be taken. There was a welcome return for Sam Glancy who had missed the last few weeks due to work commitments.
A strong west wind was blowing as the teams took to the field and it was the visitors who had it behind them in the first half. Shipyard keeper Ryan Adamson had to stretch to turn away a dangerous corner then dived low to his right to save well struck drive. A great driven ball across the face of the Bo’ness goal found no takers as the Shippy started to impose themselves on the game. Adamson held a headed effort from Chris Donnelly before the Shipyard should have taken the lead in the 20th minute. A delightful Glancy free-kick into the box was begging to be knocked home but all the Shippy got was a corner as their players seemed to be on their heels as the ball drifted passed them with everyone waiting for the net to bulge. Bo’ness lost Joshua Watt to injury in the 23rd minute and he was replaced by Kieran Sweeney. Brian Morgan saw a long-range strike hit the post and then Adamson pulled off an excellent reflex save as Sweeney tried to back heel the ball in from six yards out. Bo’ness took the lead in the 37th minute when Adamson failed to gather a cross under pressure from Morgan and the United man was able to turn the loose ball home. It became 2-0 in the 43rd minute when a free-kick from the right was converted by Ali El-Zubaidi.
Reece Brown challenges for the ball.
The Shipyard started the second half brightly and almost got one back straight away but Robbie Crawford saw his acrobatic attempt strike the post and Bo’ness keeper Andrew Murphy reacted well to block the follow up. The Shipyard suffered an injury blow with Johnny Galloway limping off to be replaced by Scott Powrie. Jordan Galloway saw his shot saved and with the Shipyard exerting a bit of pressure Bo’ness were happy to see another ball into the box deflected wide. Young Shippy forward Reece Brown then had two attempts in as many minutes as he firstly saw his shot held before Murphy found his second strike more difficult to deal with and was happy to push the ball away at the expense of a corner. Bo’ness came back into the match with a looping header back across the goal not too far away and a William Snowdon volley rising over the bar. Bo’ness went 3-0 ahead in the 83rd minute and sealed the points with a fine goal. A clever pass through the Shipyard defence found Sweeney in space and he made no mistake from around twelve yards. Brown had another shot that went wide as the match entered the final few minutes and the visitors saw the game out without further ado to claim the three points while the Shipyard are still looking for their first league victory after four matches.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, C. Simpson, S. Glancy, R. O’Donnell, R. Lennie, S. Strang, R. Bernard, R. Crawford, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway (S. Powrie), Jor. Galloway (D. Anderson). Unused Subs: P. Bell, S. Brough, M. Jarrett.
Bo’ness United: A. Murphy, J. MacDonald, I. Syme, W. Snowdon, A. El-Zubaidi, M. Gemmil, B. Morgan, C. Donnelly, A. Mackenzie (J. Rintoul), N. Prentice (A. Shirra), J. Watt (K. Sweeney). Unused Subs: M. Wright, A. Marshall.
Referee: A. Strang.