reverted to type again on Saturday following last week’s fine win by snatching
defeat from the jaws of victory as the usual frailties came back to haunt them.
They had their visitors from the south west on the rack during a dominant opening
spell as they played some great football and how the Shipyard only had one goal
to show for the way they bossed the game was mystifying. Threave weathered the
storm and stunned the hosts with two quick goals at the start of the second half,
once more the defending left a lot to be desired, and held on to proceed to the
next round. Both teams were frustrated by what they felt was inconsistent decision
making from the referee and the Shipyard were the most aggrieved as what looked
a good penalty shout just prior to half-time was waved away and a well worked
move which was finished expertly by Ross Lennie was inexplicably chalked off as
the referee gave offside. Harsh in the extreme! Sam Glancy made a welcome return
from Injury as he started his first game of the season and there was a
substitute Shipyard debut for loan signing Nathan Harley. Benn Hutchison
remained side-lined due to his bout of illness.
Robbie Crawford saw his shot blocked by Threave keeper Jake Gemmell in the 3rd minute as the Shippy started quickly and they were ahead in the 8th minute as a Jonny Galloway free-kick was headed home by Iain Millar despite valiant attempts to keep the ball out. Crawford went close again in the 11th minute as his snapshot hit the outside of the post. Crawford then saw his bicycle kick attempt drift wide following good build up as at this stage a second goal looked inevitable. Reece Brown then burst into the box and shot across the face of goal when a pass may have been the better option. Threave then came into the match and Shipyard keeper Michael Gibb saw his first real action as he saved from Daniel Thom and Lewis Todd. Rovers were enjoying a good spell and put a couple of decent balls across the face of goal but no one could capitalise on them. Brown switched to the right-hand side and twice outpaced the defence but could not convert as he firstly hit the keeper with a strike and then drove wide. Brown and Crawford were giving the Threave back line no end of trouble but could not create that all important second goal. The Shipyard has a massive penalty shout a minute before half-time as Glancy appeared to be brought down from behind but the referee saw nothing amiss. Ryan O’Donnell cut out a dangerous cross that Gibb gathered as the half drew to a close.
The second period started as dramatically as the first with three goals in the first ten minute, albeit, sadly for the Shippy, a fine Lennie finish was disallowed by a highly controversial offside decision. Threave equalised on 48 minutes when the Shipyard conceded possession and Thom galloped away before finishing in style as he shot past Gibb. Lennie left the field injured after the offside incident and shortly after his team were behind when a free-kick floated into the box was headed home by Liam Patterson at the back post. The game turned into a very scrappy affair after this with both teams growing more and more frustrated at what they thought were poor decisions given against them. Threave were determined to hold onto their lead, though Sandy Strang missed a great chance for the Shippy when he latched onto a Crawford cutback but he missed the target from a good position. Substitute Harley was way off target with a free header following another corner and as the Shippy looked to take the match to extra time a Galloway effort drifted narrowly wide in what turned out to be the last chance of the match.
travel to face Ormiston again on Saturday (21/9/2019) as the reverse league
fixture takes place in East Lothian, kick-off 2.30pm.
Shipyard: M. Gibb, C. McQuade, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, Jon.
Galloway, R. Crawford, R. Lennie (N. Harley), R. Brown, S. Strang, S. Glancy
(A. Watt). Unused Subs: Jor. Galloway, G. Dolan, A. Cooper, D. Hunter, R.
Rovers: J. Gemmell, B. Jaekel, C. Jamieson, L. Patterson, B. Wilson, A. Uphill,
L. Todd, J. McMurdo, S. Milligan, D. Thom, K. McKie (S. Handling). Unused Subs:
N. Brown, J. Patterson.
At the end
of the day it was three points, three goals, a clean sheet and the monkey off
the back. Maybe the scoreline did not reflect the true story of the match,
Ormiston will point to a penalty miss when the score was 1-0 and a decent
amount of possession, nonetheless, the Shippy took their chances and when
called upon keeper Michael Gibb repelled everything that came his way. As
manager Stuart Innes said after the match “we have played better recently and
lost, so I will take the win and build on it.” As expected, Jason Finlay will
be out for a few weeks following the injury he picked up last week at
Haddington and Benn Hutchison was missing through illness.
There was not a lot of action in the early exchanges as both teams struggled to settle but that changed in the 13th minute as the Shipyard moved into the lead with a simple goal. From a Robbie Crawford corner Andy Watt converted with a header from around six yards. Ormiston could have been level two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty after Connor McQuade committed a foul just inside the box. Chris Hogg struck his kick low to Gibb’s right, however, the young Shippy keeper was equal to the task and pushed the ball round the post at the expense of a corner. Watt and Crawford both saw shots held by the visitor’s keeper Kieran Beveridge and Watt was denied by the keeper again following good build up from Jonny Galloway and Ross Lennie. The Shipyard doubled their advantage on 29 minutes with an almost carbon copy of the first. This time it was Iain Millar on the end of a Crawford corner and big Milzy nodded home at the back post. Gibb palmed away a dangerous cross before making a good save on the 40-minute mark when he was at full stretch to touch away an Anes Subasic effort. The Shippy were on the back foot for the closing minutes of the half but Ormiston failed to trouble Gibb any further.
Dean Hunter replaced the injured Ross Lennie at the break forcing the Shippy into a change of formation. On 57 minutes a speculative Crawford effort struck the junction of post and bar before being cleared. Big Milzy seemed keen to get another goal and went close twice within a minute. A header from another corner looked a goal all the way until Beveridge produced a great save to deny him. From the resultant corner the ball broke to the giant defender and he hooked a shot onto the top of the net. Millar was involved again as Watt headed over after getting on the end of his long throw. With 12 minutes remaining Kyle Forbes missed a chance to get his team back into the match when he miscued at the back post and with the clock approaching 90 minutes Subasic lobbed over after a defensive slip. Reece Brown fired across the face of goal from a tight angle, however, deep in added time Brown got his goal thanks to a brilliant run from Jonny Galloway who skipped past the Ormiston defence and when the ball broke to Brown, he was able to put the ball away from close range.
The Shipyard are back at Recreation Park again on Saturday (14/09/2019) with Threave Rovers the visitors in the South Region Challenge Cup 2nd round. Kick-off 2.30pm.
Shipyard: M. Gibb, C. McQuade (Jor. Galloway), G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, I.
Millar, Jon. Galloway, R. Crawford, S. Strang, A. Watt (G. Dolan), R. Lennie
(D. Hunter), R. Brown. Unused Sub: A. Cooper.
Beveridge, K. Korpalski, R. Cochrane, R. Fairnie (S. Ballard), T. Prior, C.
Hogg, L. Reid (C. Scott), T. Ruwona, S. Brown, A. Subasic, K. Forbes (D.
The shipyard’s winless run continued at Millfield on Saturday as they narrowly lost to Haddington, however, on this occasion they can feel unfortunate as both Hi Hi goals came by virtue of two penalties, both converted by Gordon Harris. The first came courtesy of the ridiculous new hand ball rule, the ball being deflected on to Jason Finlay’s hand and the second for a clumsy challenge just inside the box. Unfortunately the ref was not in such a generous mood at the other end as a blatant push went unpunished. The Shipyard were still without the long term injured Sam Glancy and big Milzy was unavailable.
Haddington had the majority of possession and chances in the first third of the match but did not have too many efforts on target with Michael Gibb dealing confidently with much of what the Hi Hi threw at him, outwith the penalty, obviously. the Shippy grew into the game as the half wore on and were rewarded with an equaliser when Finlay stabbed the ball home at the back post with 39 minutes on the clock. Haddington had Dale Cornet to thank a few minutes later when he gathered the ball at his left hand post to prevent the visitors turning the match totally on it’s head.
The Shippy were more on the front foot at the start of the second half and Robbie Crawford was giving the hosts more to think about as he went close on a couple of occasions. Ross Lennie and Grant Skinner both had chances to put the Shipyard in front before the Shippy defence conceded another spot kick when Gabri Auriemma was the victim of a clumsy challenge. Harris converted again showing the importance of a confident and regular penalty taker as he made it six out of six for the season. In truth there was not much more in the way of action after this other than a couple of injuries, with the Shipyard scorer Finlay being the worst casualty as he left the field with four minutes remaining.
The Shipyard return to Recreation Park on Saturday for a vital bottom of the table clash against Ormiston as they look to get a win on the board. Kick off is 2.30pm.
Haddington Athletic: D. Cornet; A. Simpson; G. Harris (J. Keenan); J. Hamill. G. Cunningham; C. Watson; S. Tulloch (S. Conlon); R. King; R. Hutchison (H. Law); G. Auriemma; K. Grant. Unused Subs: J. Brownlee; S. Russell; C. Muir.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; C. McQuade (Jor Galloway); G. Skinner; R. O’Donnell; D. Hunter; S. Strang (B. Hutchison); R. Crawford; Jon. Galloway; E. Stanfield (A. Watt); R. Lennie; J. Finlay. Unused Subs: A. Trialist & A.Cooper.
do you start with this one? We had eleven goals, it could easily have been
fifteen, possibly more. One thing for sure is that the defences were not on
top. It must be a nightmare for both managers to pick the pieces out of this game.
There were some good finishes among the goals, a freakish one and a few the
defenders will be disappointed with. For the record, no one could point the
finger at the keepers. The Shipyard had one change from the Raith Rovers game
with Andy Watt replacing Evan Stanfield up front.
Here we go they and apologies in advance if I have missed something out. Leith had a chance in the first few seconds, however, the forward fluffed his lines from what looked like an offside position. Jason Finlay was then on hand to clear off the line following a corner. The Shipyard then started to create a bit of pressure and in the 13th minute they took the lead when Watt headed home from a corner. Watt then had a shot saved as the Shippy enjoyed a good spell and that pressure paid off as they went two up. Great build up play released Jason Finlay and he took a touch before rifling an angled drive beyond Leith keeper Ben McGinley. Leith came roaring back and looked all set to reduce the deficit until Michael Gibb pulled off a sensational save as he had to change direction as a fierce shot took a big deflection off Iain Millar. Then from a corner the ball struck the Shipyard bar and the follow up shot was cleared off the line by Connor McQuade. Despite Leith claiming the ball had crossed the line video evidence proved otherwise. The visitors were not to be denied and Greg Kerr headed home from a corner in similar fashion to the Shipyard’s Watt. Leith made it all square five minutes before the interval when Daniel Garvey burst through and slipped the ball past Gibb. Watt had another chance as he broke through but his effort didn’t trouble McGinley, however, the next strike certainly troubled the Leith keeper as Jonny Galloway fired home from distance to give his side the half-time lead.
it didn’t take long for a goal to arrive in the second half when Kerr was
allowed to drive forward and fire a low shot into the corner of the net from
the edge of the box. The Shipyard got their noses in front again in the 53rd
minute when sub Ben Hutchison drove into the box and crossed for Watt. The big
striker made a hash of his attempt but had the savvy to lay the ball on a plate
for Ross Lennie who gleefully lashed the ball home. A couple of minutes later
and the Shippy re-established a two-goal lead thanks to another super strike
from Jonny. This time he curled a left foot shot inside the post giving
McGinley no chance. The Shipyard then had a couple of chances to surely close
the game out as twice Watt failed to convert from crosses played in from the
wings. Then came the moment that possibly changed the game as Leith got back
into the match with that freakish goal that was mentioned earlier. There was
absolutely no danger as James Redpath made ground down the left-hand side but
when he delivered what was surely a cross, he found the postage stamp corner
with Gibb only able to look on. The Shipyard spurned another gilt-edged chance
after 71 minutes when sub Robbie Crawford again delivered a great ball but
Lennie did not make good contact and McGinley gathered easily. The visitors
drew level with ten minutes remaining when Kerr pounced on a loose ball in the
box after Gibb had initially saved. Leith scored what proved to be the winner
with six minutes remaining when the Shippy defence failed to clear a free-kick
floated into the box and Kerr knocked in his fourth and his teams sixth of the
certainly an entertaining game for the spectators to watch on a gloriously
sunny day in Burntisland, however, although the Shipyard can take some
confidence from their forward play, defensively they would be alarmed at the
amount and type of goals that were conceded.
Shipyard: M. Gibb, C. McQuade, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, Jon.
Galloway, R. Brown (R. Crawford), R. Lennie (Jor. Galloway), A. Watt, S. Strang
(B. Hutchison), J. Finlay. Unused Subs: A.
Cooper, D. Hunter, A. Trialist.
Athletic: B. McGinley, C. Pont, R. Nisbet, E. Morrice, D. Garvey, K. Brown, S.
Philp, G. Kerr, B. Mackenzie, J. Redpath, M. Shaw. Subs: J. Pennell, C. Mein, K.
Mitchell, R. Day, S. Froude.
This was a
match where the Shippy gave as good as they got against their League One
opponents for the best part of seventy five minutes but when the assistant never
raised his flag for what looked to be a simple offside decision, the stuffing
was knocked out of the Shippy boys as the Rovers went 2-0 ahead. The Shipyard
conceded the predictable early goal after six minutes, however, they quickly
put that setback behind them and went about their business in a determined
fashion and played some good football.
There was a healthy crowd inside Recreation Park for this Fife Cup tie as both sets of fans were a bit more enthusiastic than some about the game taking place. Michael Gibb was called into action after five minutes when he saved from one of the Rovers trialists, a young Burntisland boy as it happens, but was beaten by the same man a minute later as his teammate got away from the Shipyard defence and set him up for an easy finish. There wasn’t too much in the way of goalmouth action for the rest of the half with both sides’ defences standing firm.
The Shippy had
a great chance to draw level two minutes into the second period when Ross
Lennie did not get enough on a Jason Finlay cross to turn the ball home. With there
still only being one goal between the teams the Shipyard were far from out of
it but unfortunately that changed with 14 minutes remaining. Another of the
Raith trialists appeared to be yards offside as he chased a through ball,
however, he remained composed and ignored the appeals for offside and finished
well. The visitors scored two late goals that was harsh on the Shipyard and did
not give a true reflection of the match. That being said, Grant Anderson
produced a sublime finish after the ball broke to him at the corner of the box
and there was nothing Gibb could do as the ball nestled in the top corner. The
fourth goal did not lack controversy either as Grant Skinner went down holding
his face after tangling with a Rovers trialist. The referee and his assistant
saw nothing untoward and allowed play to continue and while the Shipyard
players stopped expecting to hear the whistle, the Rovers players didn’t and
after a bit of a scramble Dylan Tait knocked the ball home.
welcome Leith Athletic to Recreation Park on Saturday as we get back to league
business. Kick-off is 2.30pm.
Shipyard: M. Gibb, C. McQuade (Jor. Galloway), G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, I.
Millar, S. Strang, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway, E. Stanfield (R. Crawford), J.
Finlay (A. Trialist), R. Lennie. Unused Subs: A. Cooper, P. Bell & R.
Rovers: R. Munro, F. Mendy, D. McKay, J. Watson, J. Smith, D. Tait, A.
Trialist, B. Trialist, C. Trialist, D. Trialist, E. Trialist. Subs: D. McGurn,
M. Millar, K. MacDonald, G. Anderson.
players seem devoid of confidence at the moment as they surrendered meekly to
Dalkeith Thistle in the 2nd round of the Football Nation Qualifying
Cup. Over the piece the scoreline was about right and other than a
controversial handball penalty decision, the Shipyard had little to complain
about. Seven players being unavailable for one reason or another doesn’t help
matters, nonetheless, the players given the chance to impress didn’t grasp the
opportunities handed to them.
The Shippy had the strong wind behind them as the game kicked off and Andy Watt had a shot on target after three minutes though Thistle keeper Shea Dowie had little difficulty in dealing with it. Dalkeith took the lead in the 6th minute through Mikey Bennett who easily stepped inside his man and curled the ball into the corner of the net, just out of Michael Gibb’s reach. Gibb then saved bravely in a one on one situation which saved the referee’s blushes given how far offside the Thistle striker was. Twice in a few minutes Reece Brown set up chances for Watt, however, on both occasions the bustling striker’s efforts were saved. Gibb held a well struck Guy Kerr free-kick in the 36th minute while at the other end a Watt header was off target. The Shipyard survived a couple of scares as half-time approached as firstly Gibb parried a Bennett drive and then Ryan O’Donnell was relieved to see his sliced clearance narrowly clear his own bar.
some early second half pressure as Danny McFadden was firstly off target and he
then saw another attempt tipped over by Gibb. The home team doubled their lead
from the resultant corner as Stephen Woods had the simple task of nodding home
at the back post. The Shippy were almost back in the game after 61 minutes when
Connor McQuade’s shot hit the keeper and then the post before the danger was
cleared. The game was done and dusted four minutes later when Bennett was
allowed all the time in the world to turn and fire the ball beyond the diving
Gibb. The Shipyard pulled a goal back through a fine left foot strike from
Robbie Crawford and for the next few minutes Dalkeith were rattled though the
Shippy never tested Dowie. Any slim Hope’s the visitors had were doused when
referee awarded Dalkeith a penalty under the new handball rule. Kerr
confidently tucked the spot kick away. Watt was unlucky to see his angled drive
blocked by the legs of Dowie before the match drew to a close in controversial circumstances.
Crawford was unfortunate to see his shot cleared off the line, however, he was
not so fortunate when he was cleaned out by Dowie and not given the penalty the
challenge merited. Everyone was surprised when the referee blew, expecting him
to point to the spot rather than signal for full time with barely 30 seconds of
added time played.
continue to come thick and fast with two games in the next week at Recreation
Park with Raith Rovers visiting for a Fife Cup tie on Tuesday night kick-off 7pm
and Leith Athletic coming across the bridge on Saturday for a league match
which kicks off at 2.30pm.
Thistle: S. Dowie, R. Aitchison, R. Clelland, G. Kerr, S. Woods, K. Doig (G.
Aitken), L. Currie, D. Leslie (J. Burrows), D. McFadden, M. Bennett (A. Wilson),
J. McPartlin. Unused Subs.
Shipyard: M. Gibb, Jor. Galloway, I. Millar, R. O’Donnell, D. Hunter, C.
McQuade, R. Crawford, S. Strang, A. Watt, Jon. Galloway (P. Bell), R. Brown. Unused
Subs: A. Cooper & R. Connor.
The Shipyard were bowing out of the Scottish Cup before it had barely started following a shocking start to the match as they conceded three highly avoidable goals in the first fifteen minutes. To make matters worse the Shippy were passing up glorious chances at the other end to either equalise or pull a goal back during a frenetic first half. The visitors enjoyed good spells of pressure throughout the ninety minutes but were given a lesson in finishing as Lochee, particularly in the first half, were clinical. The final 20-25 minutes were played out in farcical conditions as torrential rain throughout the second half made areas of the pitch unplayable, that being said it would have taken a brave man to abandon the match with the home team 7-0 up. The referee’s advice not to pass the ball into the sodden areas of the pitch raised a few eyebrows.
With only thirty seconds on the clock the Shipyard defence misjudged a long diagonal ball and it opened up for Reece Ritchie to give his team the lead. The Shippy should have been level in the 5th minute when presented with a glorious chance, however, Scott Hynd failed to hit the target with a header following a corner. A fierce Robbie Crawford strike after eight minutes saw Lochee keeper Jordan Millar produce a great save but a minute later the hosts doubled their lead as they broke quickly and Danny Cavanagh finished from inside the box. Again, the Shipyard pushed forward with Dean Hunter heading over from a corner and shortly after Josh Binnington dragged his effort across the face of the goal. Following a Shipyard corner Lochee broke up the park and showed how it should be done as Danny Millar made it three. 15 minutes played and to all intents and purposes the Shipyard were out of the cup. Nonetheless, the Shippy never threw the towel in and Crawford missed an absolute sitter when he headed wide with 21 minutes on the clock. The Shipyard were forced into a change when Benn Hutchison limped off to be replaced by Jason Finlay. Michael Gibb made his first save of note in the 37th minute when he got down low to gather the ball. The Shipyard fell asleep shortly before half-time as Lochee were able to work a short corner and when the ball was delivered it was Kevin Buchan’s header that made it 4-0.
management team decided use all their substitute options up at the break by replacing
Sandy Strang and Scott Hynd with Connor McQuade and Reece Brown. The match
restarted in torrential rain with the crowd scurrying for cover to save
themselves from being drenched. Brown had a chance straight after the break
which the keeper saved but the same pattern continued as the hosts went up the
park and scored again. Gibb would have been disappointed with his defenders because
after making a good save only Ryan Blair reacted and he knocked the ball home
to make it 5-0. Buchan scored a sixth soon after and at this point everyone in
the Shipyard camp were fearing the worst. The Lochee defence were determined to
keep a clean sheet as they blocked everything that was fired at them and
anything that did get passed them was gathered by Millar. Lochee were starting
to create a lot of chances as the Shippy defence began to tire and it was no
surprise when Ritchie scored number seven on the hour mark. The pitch was
starting to deteriorate rapidly, particularly in the Shipyard 18-yard box, though
the match officials did not show, openly at least, any signs of concern.
Despite the margin of the lead, should the players safety have been more
important? Thankfully nobody was injured as a result of the pitch conditions.
Brown produced two great strikes that forced Lochee keeper Millar into full
stretch saves and the Shippy’s Millar headed one of the corners over in what
was the last attempt at goal.
can be happy with the amount of opportunities they created but disappointed not
to convert at least two of them and possibly more. That being said the amount
of chances that Lochee had and the number of soft goals conceded was alarming.
Shipyard: M. Gibb, S. Strang (C. McQuade), D. Hunter, I. Millar, R. Lennie, R.
Crawford, Jon. Galloway, B. Hutchison (J. Finlay), S. Hynd (R. Brown). Unused
Subs: Jor. Galloway, R. O’Donnell, A. Watt, A. Cooper.
Despite the poor weather a very healthy crowd turned up to see this Centenary Challenge Match at Recreation Park on Tuesday night. Other than the result it was still a great night for the Club as we started the celebrations of, 100 years of Burntisland Shipyard FC. Without the assistance of several people at Dunfermline we would not have had a match, so special thanks goes to Drew Main, Jim Leishman, Ross McArthur, Greg Shields and his staff for making the game happen. Also a big thanks to all the Pars fans who turned up to support their team. We would also like to thank Dunfermline for the gifts they presented us with prior to the match.
It was always going to be a difficult task for the part-time Shipyard players against the mainly young full-time opposition, however, the Shippy gave a good account of themselves in the first half and went in at the break only a goal down, scored by A Trialist in the 13th minute, though a bit of composure in front of goal may have seen the Shippy level at the break.
The second half was a much more one sided affair and within five minutes of the restart Dunfermline had the game sewn up as goals from Matthew Todd and Josh Edwards made it 3-0 to the visitors. The usual array of substitutions took place thereafter as the Pars in particular made full use of their large squad. Two more goals in the final ten minutes through Cameron Graham and B Trialist saw Dunfermline run out comfortable 5-0 winners in the end. Shippy manager Stuart Innes was reasonably happy with the work rate and effort his players put in and felt on another night his team may have notched a goal or two.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; S. Strang (P. Bell); G. Skinner; D. Hunter (B. Trialist); I. Millar; Jon Galloway (Jor. Galloway); R. Crawford; R. Lennie; E. Stanfield (R. Brown); A. Trialist; J. Finlay.
Dunfermline Athletic: C. Gill; M. Bowman; J. Edwards (M. Fenton); T. Lang (J. Robertson); D. Devine (T. Bragg); P. Allan (B. Trialist); L. Sawers; S. Morrison (A. Arnott); Q. Coulston (C. Graham); M. Todd (B. Walls); A. Trialist. Unused Subs: B. Swinton (GK) & C. Burt (GK).