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.
Shipyard bow out with their heads held high.
The Shipyard’s Scottish Cup run came to an end at Recreation Park on Saturday as they went down 4-1 to Cumbernauld Colts, however, the Shippy gave a very good account of themselves against their Lowland League opponents and it was not until the 78th minute that the Colts opened up a two-goal advantage. A fourth goal in the closing minutes made the scoreline a bit harsh on the Shipyard as the visitors capitalised on a tiring home defence. Recent signing Robbie Crawford made his debut in Shipyard colours and there was a return for Dean Anderson who missed the win at Hawick last week. Continue Reading
Shippy progress after comfortable win.
Another long road trip in a cup competition produced another win on the road as the Shippy eased past Hawick Royal Albert 3-0 at Albert Park on Saturday in the South Region Challenge Cup. The Shipyard travelled to the borders with a much-depleted squad due to injury and unavailability, resulting in the management team taking places on the bench. New signing Robbie Crawford was one of those missing due to work commitments. Continue Reading
Shippy edged out in five goal thriller.
The Bell and the Shippy served up a five-goal thriller at Moorside Park with the home team edging it 3-2. The Shippy were two nil down midway through the second half, however, two goals in a minute from Reece Brown brought the scores level before Calum Smith scored what turned out to be the winner with ten minutes remaining. The Shipyard made one enforced change from last week’s Scottish Cup win with Ross Lennie replacing the injured Rab Kinnaird.
Bluebell created an opening in the 4th minute and after the Shipyard defence blocked the ball it fell for Smith but he drove his shot off target. Good build up between Pete Bell and Johnny Galloway set up a chance for brother Jordan but he miscontrolled the ball as he found space in the box. The Shippy passed up a glorious chance to take the lead in the 8th minute as Jordan Galloway saw his close-range effort saved by keeper James Lennox. Brown tested Lennox again in the 16th minute with the keeper happy to touch his powerful strike over. Smith shot wide again for the home team before the Shippy had to change keepers with Macaulay Jarrett picking up an injury and he was replaced by Ryan Adamson. The sub keeper was in the thick of the action within a minute of his introduction as he saved well low to his left before Bell completed the clearance. The resultant corner was headed wide from inside the six-yard box. Adamson saved confidently from Barry Sibanda and the Shipyard went straight up the other end and missed another gilt-edged chance. Callum McAulay broke clear and bore down on goal but he could only direct his shot into the side netting much to the frustration of the Shipyard contingent. As the half drew to a conclusion Dundonald went ahead in controversial circumstances. They were awarded a penalty when their forward went down in the box and there could only have been minimal contact if any at all but the award was given and Archie Campbell made no mistake from 12 yards.
Reece Brown nets his first goal.
The Shipyard suddenly found themselves up against it as the Bluebell raced into a two-goal lead three minutes into the second period as Smith headed home a cross from the right-hand side. The Shippy had a great chance to get back into the game within a minute but when Jordan Galloway burst into the box his effort was neither a cross or a shot and Lennox gathered easily. Most of Dundonald’s chances were falling to Smith and again Adamson was able to save his headed effort. Jason Penman saw his driven effort flash narrowly wide in the 65th minute and remarkably instead of it possibly being 3-0 to the home team within 90 seconds it was 2-2. Twice within the space of a minute McAulay fed Brown with delightful crosses and the young striker made no mistake on both occasions as he confidently stroked the ball home. The Bluebell now realised they had a game on their hands and they set about trying to regain the lead. Adamson saved another headed attempt and he looked on as a powerful strike from Scott Durie was deflected wide for a corner. Dundonald went ahead with ten minutes remaining with a quick break following a Shipyard attack. Smith gathered the ball in the middle of the box, stepped inside his marker and fired the ball beyond Adamson. The Shipyard pushed on looking for another equaliser and their case wasn’t helped when McAulay saw red after receiving a second yellow for dissent. Given what the referee had ignored throughout the match McAulay could consider himself a touch unlucky. Dundonald were now happy to wind down the clock and see out the game and pick up the three points. The Shipyard players can be pleased with their performance against one of the more fancied teams to win the conference, indeed on another day they would have taken a least a point from this game.
Jordan Galloway goes close.
Dundonald Bluebell: J. Lennox, M. Forbes (S. Walton), S. Durie, C. Wedderburn, S. O’Neil, D. Wallace, B. Sibanda (L. McKenzie), C. Smith, A. Campbell, M. Ness. Unused Subs: M. Dunlop, C. Wilson, B. Rogerson, J. Russell.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Jarrett (R. Adamson), R. Lennie, P. Bell, R. O’Donnell, D. Anderson, S. Strang, C. Simpson (A. Trialist), Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, C. McAulay, Jor. Galloway (S. Powrie). Unused Sub: R. Bernard.
Referee: T. Ormiston.
Girvan sunk by Galloway goal.
The Shipyard recorded another away day William Hill Scottish Cup win, this time on the Ayrshire coast, as Girvan were defeated by a solitary goal in this 2nd preliminary round tie. In all honesty, the Shippy could and should have won more convincingly against the new look home side but the woodwork and some poor decision making in the final third meant Girvan were still in the tie until the referee blew for full time. The only goal of the game arrived in the 55th minute following good work from Reece Brown, which allowed Jordan Galloway the simple task of rolling the ball into the unguarded net. The Shippy had travelled southwest without Ross Lennie, Sam Glancy and John Paul McPhail but were able to welcome back Ryan Adamson as he recovered from his broken thumb. Continue Reading
Rose bloom in second half.
The Shipyard fought manfully against conference leaders and possible title favourites Bonnyrigg Rose at Recreation Park on Saturday but no-one could deny that the visitors superior quality shone through in the end. That being said, it was not so long ago that the Shippy were embarrassed by the same opponents in the Scottish Cup, but with the whole playing squad and management team totally changed, that horror result was never likely to be repeated. Indeed it was not until the 78th minute that Bonnyrigg would feel the game was safe. The fact that the Shipyard’s leading goalscorers both had to be substituted in the first half due to injury certainly never helped the cause. The Shipyard were without the suspended Tam Graham and the unavailable Sam Glancy for the match. Continue Reading
Ten man Shippy advance in style.
The Shipyard bounced back from their midweek disappointment to blow away Ormiston in the 1st round of the Football Nation Cup. Despite being reduced to ten men with over half an hour remaining, they continued to dominate proceedings as they ran out 5-1 winners. The Shippy were 3-1 ahead when Tam Graham was dismissed but they did not let the numerical disadvantage affect them, in fact they looked like adding to their tally every time they went forward. Continue Reading