Leith prove to be too strong.
A new look shipyard side went down by four goals to nil against Leith Athletic at Recreation Park but it was not until the fiftieth minute that Leith were able to breech a resolute home defence. As the Shipyard began to tire Leith added three more goals to make their win more emphatic. New manager Myles Allan had five new faces making their debuts for the Shipyard.
The Shipyard had the first chance in the 3rd minute when Stephen Connor saw his shot held at the near post. Leith were then dealt a blow when Craig Hume had to be replaced by Douglas Thom after only ten minutes when he picked up an injury. Kyle Boggie went close for Leith before Martyn Melia in the Shipyard goal saved well at his near post. It was Leith who had most of the pressure with Liall Robertson clearing an effort off the line and Jason Stevens hit the outside of the post when he found space in the box at a corner. Twice within a couple of minutes Melia again kept the Shipyard level as he made vital saves. The biggest let off came for the Shipyard in the 39th minute when Chris Beaton somehow put the ball over the bar from close range when it looked easier to score.
The Shipyard replaced the injured Blair Grubb with Paul Wilson at half time and within five minutes Leith forged ahead. Boggie was on hand inside the six yard box to turn the ball home after a deep cross was played back into the box. Two minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when Beaton guided a header from a Kenneth Hall free-kick beyond Melia. A cross from Stephen Barrie in the 67th minute was deflected in off a Shipyard defender to give Leith their third. Although the Shipyard tried hard they could not find a way past the Leith defence and in the last minute Barrie scored from close range to make it four. Leith manager Derek Riddel said afterwards “I knew this would be a difficult game today and we had to work hard for 50 minutes to get ahead. I am delighted to get the three points today. I’m sure Burntisland will take points off our promotion rivals when they come here. Shipyard manager Myles Allan Said “We showed good effort and workrate but rode our luck a bit in the first half. You could see the boys tire in the second half and Leith punished us. Most of the boys just met each other for the first time today, so with two training sessions next week they will get to know each other better. I also hope to have more signings by the time we travel to Berwick next week.”.
Burntisland Shipyard: Melia; Grubb (Wilson); Grieve; Innes; McKay; Bell; Small; Robertson; Connor; Napier; Peoples. Subs: Tierney; Houston; Allan.
Leith Athletic: Gordon; Stevens; Hall; Lowson; Tainsh; Cairns; Barrie; (Cornago); Hume (Thom); Boggie (Tulloch); Beaton; Tracy. Subs: Combe; Davidson.
Referee: K. Maskell