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).
Referee: C. McNab.