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Tynecastle 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Shippy nipped as Crabbe grabs hat-trick.

The Shipyard suffered another defeat on Wednesday night, this time to Tynecastle, but at least the hosts had to work for their 4-0 victory as the Shippy produced a much more determined performance than they had at Stirling on Saturday. Indeed it took two contentious offside decisions to present Tynecastle with their first half goals and when you throw in a penalty for the third it would be fair to say it was that kind of night. Continue Reading

Stirling University 6 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Students teach Shippy a lesson.

The Shipyard’s nightmare season continued in Stirling as the local students ran out all too easy 6-0 winners at the Gannochy sports Centre. After conceding a shocker of a goal in the 5th minute it was one way traffic as the students racked up four goals in the opening 45 minutes. The Shippy did improve in the second period but lost a goal at the start and finish of the half as the hosts rounded off the scoring. Cammy Lambie returned in goals as he replaced Marcus Taylor with a trialist starting up front in place of Denis Ginc. Continue Reading

Leith Athletic 9 Burntisland Shipyard 0

No sunshine on Leith for Shippy as hosts run riot.

The Shipyard’s victory in their last match against Heriot Watt University seemed a distant memory as they fell back into their pre-Christmas form at Meadowbank 3G as Leith Athletic ran out easy winners scoring nine goals in the process. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 3 Heriot Watt University 2

Thrilling comeback secures first win.

Could this have been the turning point of the Shippy season? You wouldn’t have thought so as the game entered the final 15 minutes. Sure the students were down to 10 men after Ryan Higgins had needlessly picked up second yellow card when he blocked a quickly taken free-kick. But when Anton Dowds missed the target with a header to complete his hat-trick it must have flicked a switch with the Shipyard players as they laid siege to the Heriot Watt goals and scored three times in a ten minute spell to stun the visitors and take their first three points of the season. The Shipyard hadn’t played that badly in the first 75 minutes having created some decent chances, however, the goals conceded were disappointing. A free header from a corner and a free-kick from distance gave Dowds his brace but both goals could have been defended better. Continue Reading

Friendly match finishes all square

Burntisland Shipyard 2-2 Tynecastle U/20’s.

The Shipyard drew 2-2 with visitors Tynecastle U/20’s in this friendly encounter at Recreation Park on Saturday. Despite twice falling behind to the Under 20 League leaders the Shippy drew level with goals from a trialist in the first half and Sean Cusick in the second. The draw was the least the team deserved as they dominated possession, particularly in the first half, and with a bit of luck may have went on to gain a moral boosting win. The match gave Chris and Craig a chance to blood some trialists and over the piece they did not disappoint. As normal with these matches the raft of substitutions, seven in total for the Shippy, disrupted the flow in the second half but it was a very worthwhile exercise at the end of the day.

Friendly match arranged

The Shipyard will host Tynecastle FC U/20’s in a friendly match at Recreation Park on Saturday 7th January kick of 1.30pm.

Peebles Rovers 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Shippy suffer another defeat.

It was one of those days for the Shipyard as it seemed every decision went against them and this unfortunately led to frustrations boiling over with two red cards handed out to the angry and somewhat disillusioned Shippy squad. The Shipyard travelled south without recent signing Conor Drury though Sean Doyle, Sean Cusick and Tommy Hall returned to the squad.

Peebles were on top in the early stages with keeper Cammy Lambie having a couple of efforts to deal with. Arran Haddow saw his snapshot at the other end fly over the bar shortly before James Runciman missed the best chance so far when he shot over from a good position. David Lindsay also missed a great chance as the home side maintained the upper hand but Haddow almost stunned them just before the break when his drive from the edge of the box narrowly cleared the bar.

The Shipyard made a change early in the second half as it seemed only a matter of time before the referee sent off Cusick, however, his replacement Sean Doyle was involved in creating the best chance of the match so far. Doyle and Lee Halpin linked up to create a chance for Ewan Fotheringham and the diminutive midfielder should have done better than shoot straight at keeper Ben McGinley. Lambie pulled off a good save shortly before Peebles broke the deadlock when the ball went in off the unfortunate Shippy defender Craig Hamilton. Shipyard coach Chris Maxwell was then sent to the stand as he contested yet another contentious decision that went against his team. Following a Shipyard free-kick Haddow again went close when he poked the ball wide, though when the ball was played in to the area Doyle was clearly impeded as he went to get on the end of the delivery but the ref did not pull play back to award the penalty. Peebles then rubbed salt into the Shipyard wounds by going up the park and doubling their lead, albeit in highly controversial circumstances. The Rovers forward looked yards offside when he put the ball in the net and when the referee awarded the goal it was too much for keeper Lambie and he was shown a red card for comments made to Mr McGregor. It was now very much mission impossible for the Shippy though Callum McAleavey went close with a headed effort. Peebles scored their third with twelve minutes remaining when Alan McMath hooked in from close range. Replacement keeper Kenny Ford pulled off a good save from Rovers sub Robbie Renwick before the game finished with another controversial incident. Doyle burst into the area and when McGinley dived at the attacker’s feet he appeared to bring him down though the ref thought otherwise and once again the Shipyard were punished as the home team broke up the park and scored their fourth.

The league now heads into a winter break with the Shipyard not back in competitive action until 14th January 2017 when they travel west to take on the University of Stirling.

Peebles Rovers: B. McGinley; J. Dodds; M. Cockburn; B. Brown; C. Smith; G. Rossi; S. Keith (J. Newell); L. Zavaroni (R Renwick); A. McMath (C. Robertson); D. Lindsay; J. Runciman

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Lambie; D. Hyslop; E. Fotheringham; C. Hamilton; S. Wilson; C. McAleavey; A. Haddow; K. Ford; S. Cusick (S. Doyle); C. Allison (T. Hall); L. Halpin.

Referee: G. McGregor.

Lothian Thistle HV 6 Burntisland Shipyard 1

Shippy sunk by dominant Thistle.

Despite the heroics of keeper Cammy Lambie the Shipyard were still on the end of a heavy defeat at the hands of Lothian Thistle HV at Saughton Enclosure on Saturday. What disappointed the Shipyard management team most was the nature of the goals that were conceded. Chris and Craig felt four of the goals were avoidable though did admit that but for Lambie’s performance Lothian would still have scored that amount of goals. The Shipyard squad was bolstered by the debuts of Conor Drury and Craig Hamilton and the appearance of trialist to Lee Halpin. Unfortunately, injury and the Christmas party season meant that several players were unavailable.

Lambie pulled off a couple of good saves in the early minutes while a Chris Maxwell effort at the other end was deflected wide for a corner. The hosts took the lead in the 19th minute when the Shippy needlessly gave away possession in their own half and when the ball was squared to James Guy he made no mistake from 15yards. The pressure continued and it was no surprise when Lothian made it two from a corner after 31 minutes though the Shippy defence really should have cleared the ball before Anthony Muir bundled the ball home from close range. Lambie pulled off another couple of good saves before he somewhat blotted his copybook by gifting Lothian their third. His poor kick out fell to Guy and he produced a fine finish to notch his second of the match. The Shipyard pulled a goal back just before half time after a persistent Halpin forced Lothian to cough up possession and when Donald Hyslop gathered the ball he produced a great finish to beat keeper Kevin Swain placing his strike over him and high into the net.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the home team dominated with the Shipyard defending resolutely, however, in the 56th minute Guy completed his hat-trick as he volleyed in at the back post. Guy then then scored his fourth in the 65th minute as he capitalised on another defensive mistake this time lobbing the ball over Lambie from the edge of the area. Jamie Devlin scored Lothians sixth in the 73rd minute when he tapped in from close range. The Shipyard stuck at it and almost got one back in the 78th minute but Swain pulled off a fine save to deny Halpin after he broke clear of the Lothian defence.

Lothian Thistle HV: K. Swain; D. Moore; S. Mackenzie; P. Crawford; G. Munro; A. Muir; W. Hare; J. Mungall; J. Guy; J. Devlin;L. O’Donnell.

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Lambie; D. Hyslop; C. Hamilton; K. Ford; C. McAleavey; C. Drury; R. Calder; A. Haddow; E. Fotheringham; L. Halpin; C. Maxwell.

Referee: P. Hanlon.