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Edinburgh University 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0


The Shipyard report card would have read “must do better” as they came up short against the students of Edinburgh University. The Shippy travelled to East Peffermill for this SFA South Region Challenge Cup 2nd round match against their Scottish Lowland league opponents after a two week break but in a reasonably confident mood given their showing in the last outing against Kelty Hearts. With Craig Anderson still nursing a hamstring injury, Sandy Strang moved into the centre of defence alongside Pete Bell and Dean Anderson made his debut at left back. Continue Reading

Youth Cup tie fixture confirmed

The Shipyard U/20,s SFA Youth Cup 3rd Round tie against Motherwell FC has been confirmed and will take place at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie with a 12 Noon kick off.


Shippy youngsters head to Motherwell after Youth Cup draw.



The Shipyard U/20’S have been paired with Motherwell in the draw for the 3rd round of the SFA Youth Cup which was made at Hampden Park today.

The trip to Lanarkshire is their reward for seeing off Livingston in the previous round and they are sure to face a huge task against the Premiership club who won the trophy as recently as 2016, beating Hearts in the final at the National Stadium. On hearing the draw coach Chris Maxwell said “You enter these competitions in the hope of getting a tie against Premiership opposition. To be playing a team such as Motherwell is fantastic for the boys. Who would have thought that barely a dozen games into our existence we have a game of this magnitude to look forward to”.

The match is scheduled to take place on or before Sunday 29th October 2017.

Full match information will be published in due course.



Burntisland Shipyard 0 Kelty Hearts 4

Kelty prove too strong for luckless Shipyard.

The fine weather ensured a good crowd turned up for the first ever Fife derby in the East of Scotland League as newcomers Kelty Hearts visited Recreation Park. It was also NonLeagueDay2017 which brought a few more visitors to the ground. The Shipyard were missing Tam Graham and new signing Robbie Gibson from last week but Callum McAleavey returned after suspension. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard U/20 3 Livingston U/20 2

Lions tamed by super Shippy.

The Shipyard U/20’s took a major scalp on Sunday afternoon with a well deserved 3-2 win over Livingston in the SFA Youth Cup 2nd Round at Recreation Park. The Shippy youngsters more than matched their SPFL Championship opponents and despite keeper Craig Richardson pulling off a fabulous save at the death, it was Livi keeper Andrew McNeil who impressed more as he kept his side in the match with some fine saves as the Shipyard looked to build on their 3-1 lead at the start of the second half.

It took the Shipyard only two minutes to break the deadlock when Ross Watt slotted the ball home at the second attempt after breaking clear of the visitors defence. Livi had a chance in the 11th minute but Jack Ogilvie shot over from the corner of the six yard box. Livingston did get level in the 16th minute through Levi Kinchant, who scored from the penalty spot after the Shippy defender was harshly penalised for a tackle just inside the area. The home team were back in front in the 28th minute when a Kyle Walls cross cum shot beat Livi keeper McNeil all ends up as it flew into the roof of the net. Richardson pulled off a great save to deny Kieran Campbell as he got on the end of a corner, while McNeil matched him at the other end with an outstanding save from a Kieran Annandale free-kick. Annandale was not to be denied though as he put his side 3-1 ahead when he knocked home the loose ball following a corner.

Ross watt scores the first goal for the Shipyard

McNeil made another great save as he blocked a headed effort from a corner as the Shippy looked to close the match out, however, his team were back in it in the 67th minute when after Richardson saved well, the loose ball was headed home by the Livingston forward. Livingston pressed for an equaliser but the Shipyard defence kept them at bay, none more so than when Richardson dived full stretch to push away a thunderbolt from 22 yards.

Naturally everyone at the Club was delighted with the result but perhaps none more so than proud coach Chris Maxwell when he said “I just want to start by saying a massive thank you to everyone who came along to support the lads today! I was very pleased with the way we handled the game and showed great character to see the game out. Livingston became stronger as the game progressed and we started to tire but we kept our shape and stuck with the plan and defended well in the later stages. There were some very good individual performances and we worked well as a team and that is good to see”. Chris reserved praise for his young keeper when he added ” A special mention to young goalkeeper Craig Richardson who had a Man of the Match performance with some cracking saves late on in the game”.

Shippy players celebrate Kyle Walls’ goal.

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Richardson, K. Annandale, K. Walls, L. Thompson, B. McCann, C. Fisher, R. Brown, C. Watt, R. Watt, F. Gallagher, Johnny Galloway.  Subs: K. Akbar, Jordan Galloway, S. Dunsmore. Unused Subs: J. George & S. Cusick.

Livingston: A. McNeil, J. Gregory, W. Romanes, K. Campbell, D. White, M. Knox, L. Kinchant, J. Ogilvie, J. Hamilton, C. Henderson, K. Sampson. Subs: R. Hamilton, J. Dunn, L. Chiwara, J. Fullerton, S. Hay.

Referee: B. Dickson.

Heriot Watt University 3 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Shipyard edged out in five goal thriller.

It was scant consolation to the Shipyard that this was a fantastic game and a great advert for the East of Scotland League, as the Shippy left Riccarton with nothing to show for their efforts as Heriot Watt came from behind to take the three points. It was an end to end match with both sides enjoying periods of domination though both management teams would be disappointed with the amount of chances their teams passed up. The hosts would have been unhappy at going in all square at the interval given their possession and chances they had. That being said, the roles were reversed in the second half and it was the Shippy’s turn to create and miss several decent chances, especially when leading 2-1.
Shippy keeper Sean Malpas held a long range shot in the 7th minute and Craig Anderson cut out a dangerous cross as the students started on the front foot. The hosts remained on top as a shot was blocked at the expense of a corner, a Scott Powrie tackle saved a certain goal and a headed effort from the resultant corner hit the base of the post. Brian Breen missed the visitors first clear cut chance in the 17th minute when he knocked the ball over after getting on the end of Brodie Hamilton’s cross. Breen then headed over from a Callum McAulay cross as the Shippy started to impose themselves on the game. Sandy Strang came to the Shipyard’s rescue in the 23rd minute when he raced back to clear the ball off his own line when Malpas was beaten after racing from his line. Heriot Watt took the lead just shy of the half hour mark and the Shippy manager was furious at the manner in which the goal was conceded. A corner from the right found it’s way to the back post and Adam Woolven was able to volley the ball into the net from around six yards. Breen headed a Powrie cross wide but the Shipyard were living dangerously on occasions but with half-time approaching the Shippy drew level when Sam Glancy lashed the ball home after Keeper Callum Reid flapped at a cross.

Sam Glancy scored his first goal for the Shippy

Whatever was said in the dressing room at the interval made an impact as a different Shipyard come out for the second half and within a couple of minutes Reid did well to block Glancy’s drive. Then Breen curled his free-kick just wide of the target but after Anton Dowds went close for Heriot Watt the big man was not to be denied as he drove his powerful shot low into the corner after engineering the opportunity himself. Malpas gathered a high ball at the second attempt before Breen went close again, this time shooting over from 18 yards. Heriot Watt had a huge let off in the 61st minute when McAulay drove a free-kick into the six yard box and they were mightily relieved when the ball ricocheted into keeper Reid’s arms. Ten minutes later the Shippy survived a scare when a driven shot beat Malpas but came back off the post and the Heriot Watt player following up lacked the composure to knock the ball home. The students drew level with eight minutes remaining when Ronnie Napier turned in the loose ball after Malpas had saved bravely at the feet of Dowds. The Shipyard were reduced to ten men when the trialist substitute reacted angrily to having his shirt pulled and left the referee with no option but to show him the red card. Being a player down did stop the Shipyard attacks and Reid had to be on his toes to touch over McAulay’s wicked free-kick and Breen once again went close but failed to hit the target with his powerful strike. Heriot Watt broke quickly with three minutes remaining and sucker punched the Shippy when Mark McGovern turned in a low cross from the right. The Shippy almost got a leveller deep in added time when a Pete Bell cross cum shot crashed back off the bar and the Shipyard contingent had their heads in their hands when Powrie agonisingly headed the loose ball wide.
Next Saturday (7th October) sees the first ever Fife derby in the East of Scotland League when Kelty Hearts visit Recreation Park to face the Shipyard. Kick off is 2.30pm.
Heriot Watt University : C. Reid, A. Snoddy, S. Munro ( C. Smith), N. Laurenson, A. Woolven, F. Watt, C. Macher, C. Lane, R. Napier, A. Dowds, G. MacDonald ( A. Breen).
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, S. Powrie, P. Bell, S. Strang, C. Anderson, S. Glancy, R. Kinnaird ( O. Ferry), C. McAulay, B. Hamilton (A. Trialist),T. Graham (M. Black) B. Breen.
Referee: J. Stewart.


Burntisland Shipyard U/20 v Livingston U/20

It’s the turn of the Shipyard Under/20’s to kick off the Scottish Cup campaign on Sunday when the face SPFL Championship side Livingston FC at Recreation Park.

The match kicks off at 2.00pm and admission prices are: Adults £2 & Concessions £1.

Come along and see some of tomorrow’s stars in action.

Hot & Cold drinks and snacks available.


Burntisland Shipyard 2 Ormiston 0

Shippy pull away from lower reaches of table with another win.

The Shipyard recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Ormiston on Saturday and had the Shippy players taken some of the chances they created, then the visitors from East Lothian would have suffered a heavier defeat. As it was, the two early goals from returning pair Scott Powrie and Rab Kinnaird were enough to ensure the three points remained at Recreation Park. Marc Black joined Powrie and Kinnaird in the starting eleven with Steven Wilson, Brodie Hamilton and the suspended Callum McAulay dropping out. Continue Reading