Glendale Plastics League
Burntisland Shipyard. 0 Rosyth Civil Service. 2
Both teams served up a great match in fine sunny weather on a good playing surface at Recreation Park. There was plenty of goalmouth action and some controversy to keep everyone interested. Gareth Jack, Neil Ferguson and Owen McCue returned to the starting line after Thursday’s poor show at Bowhill. Rosyth had ex Shipyard players Craig Reid, Colin McKean, Barry Tillier and Grant Brough in their squad.
The Shipyard should have been ahead after only 3 minutes when Bristow gathered a pass from Muirhead and bore down on the Rosyth defence. Instead of passing to the unmarked Johnston straight away he delayed his pass and Johnston was then caught offside, to waste a good opportunity. Rosyth started to put the Shipyard under a fair bit of pressure but , the Shipyard defence stood up to what they had to offer, before Chalmers made a good save in the 27th minute. In the 36th minute a cross from the right was only parried out by Chalmers but the Shipyard defence managed to hack the ball clear. Play swung back to the other end and the Rosyth defence managed to clear the ball under pressure. In the 43rd minute Jack found himself free in the box and lobbed Rosyth keeper Clarke only to see his effort rebound off the post and fall into the keepers hands. Right on half time Chalmers done well to turn a free-kick round the post for a corner.
After a half-time roasting from manager Whitehead the Shipyard started the second half well and should have been ahead in the 49th minute. After a scramble in the box Bristow appeared to touch the ball over the line but, Clarke cleared the ball away. The Referee decided he was not certain it was over the line and did not award the goal. Undeterred, the Shipyard kept up the pressure and on 55 minutes a Bristow effort was cleared off the line for a corner. Chalmers then came to the Shipyard’s rescue saving with his feet after the Rosyth forward broke clear. On the hour mark it was Cook who went close for the Shipyard when he headed a corner into the side netting. Rosyth broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute when Ferguson’s miss hit shot deceived Chalmers and rolled into the net. A minute later it was 2-0 and again Ferguson was the scorer, this time knocking in a ball from the left, with the Shipyard appeals for offside ignored. Rosyth had a chance to tie it up but, Brown was in the right place to clear the headed effort off the line. 2 minutes from time Millar showed great skill on the edge of the box to create an opening for himself, however, his shot was easily gathered by Clarke. The Shipyard can feel aggrieved about the result, particularly not being awarded the goal but, in football you have got to take your chances when on top. The match was well handled by referee Joss Blake.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Brown; Reid(Morris); Muirhead(Allan); Cook; Jack; Ferguson(Huskie); Millar; Johnston; McCue; Bristow; Unused Sub: McCrindle.
Rosyth Civil Service: Clarke; Cooper; Reid; McKean; Harwood; Wotherspoon; Guild; Lambie; Tillier; Ferguson; Brown. Subs: Penman; Brough; Deas; Harrison.
Referee: J. Blake.