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Kinnoull 0-0 Burntisland Shipyard

Stalemate in Perth.

The Shipyard produced a solid, gritty and resilient performance as they gained a valuable point following a 0-0 draw against Kinnoull at Tulloch Park on Saturday. Once again, the Shippy had a whole host of players missing due to the usual suspension, injury, holiday and work commitment issues, however, those that came in, to a man, all produced sterling performances and didn’t let themselves or the club down. In particular, trialist keeper Ryan Couser, where it looked like nothing would get passed him had we played all night, deserved special praise for a faultless display. Aedan Brown, Ryan O’Donnell and Declan Pierce all started having had little football in recent weeks, all played their part and it was hard luck on Brown as an injury kept him inside at the interval. His trialist replacement also played his part in the Shippy keeping a clean sheet. The more regular starters also played their part as they covered every blade of grass on the heavy pitch. Indeed, Ben Anthony was extremely unlucky not to snatch a late winner as his driven shot was touched onto the post by Kinnoull keeper Jordi Duncan.

The first chance of the match fell to Kinnoull in the 10th minute but Kyle Woolley blasted over from inside the box. A Sam Glancy free kick delivered to the back post caused some panic in the home defence and they were happy to scramble the ball away from danger. Couser was twice forced to save low down from long range shots as the hosts struggled to make any inroads against a resolute Shippy rearguard. Just before the interval Patrick Brown skied an attempt over the bar.

Ben Couper replaced the injured Brown at the commencement of the second half. Jack Wilson had a half chance at the back post but he was unable to get the ball on target. The Shippy then had a penalty claim turned down when Iain Millar appeared to be pushed in the box, however, the referee had spotted a tug before the incident took place. As the gloom gathered Kinnoull started to dominate the match as the Shipyard showed signs of tiredness and the visitors had a let off in the 73rd minute when the ball struck the base of the post and bounced back into Couser’s grateful arms. At the other end a Rhys Wardlaw shot was deflected wide for a corner and from the set piece Wilson headed into the keeper’s hands. Couser then produced an astonishing save as he stuck out his right arm and somehow clawed away Kieran Donald’s effort. As the game entered the final minute a free kick was played short to Anthony and he cut inside before driving the ball towards goal and it looked like it was destined for the bottom corner until Duncan matched his counterpart at the other end with an equally impressive save. The Shipyard saw out the five minutes of added time to get the point that they probably deserved given the circumstances. Manager Dave Costello was happy after the game when he said “I am delighted with how the boys played today. They gave me everything and I can’t ask for anymore.”

Next Saturday (03/12/2022) we welcome Glenrothes to Recreation Park for another Fife derby. Kick-off is at the usual time of 2.30pm.

Kinnoull: J. Duncan; K. Woolley (B. Ragan); L. Woolley (T. McCluskey); G. Donald (A. Philips); A. Frydryrychowicz; S. Burton; S. Fergus; C. Robertson; P. Brown; J. McKenzie (K. Donald); M. Smith. Unused Subs: C. Scott; F. Morrison; L. Osinski.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Couser; A. Brown (B. Couper); R. O’Donnell; M. James; I. Millar; S. Orrock; D. Pierce; R. Wardlaw; B. Anthony; J. Wilson; S. Glancy.

Referee: M. Walsh.