The fact that both teams came off the pitch disappointed that they had not won the match probably indicated that a draw was the correct result. That being said, the Shipyard can rightly point to a missed penalty on the stroke of half-time costing them all three points. Both keepers were kept busy in what was an entertaining match with both Michael Gibb and the visitors Tom Kerr making crucial saves, none more so than the aforementioned penalty save. As expected Jonny Galloway did not recover from the injury he picked up in midweek with him joining Sam Glancy and Ryan O’Donnell on the sidelines.
The Shippy were first to create a chance when in the 7th minute young Jason Finlay saw his shot blocked and Peebles replied immediately with Gibb saving a David Lindsay effort. Andy Watt headed an Iain Millar long throw wide while Ross Lamb shot over for the visitors. Gibb saved well from Nicolas Salazar and Robbie Renwick dragged an attempt wide before Rovers took the lead when Salazar fired low into the corner after 25 minutes. The Shipyard had a couple of chances they failed to convert shortly after the opener and they kept the pressure on Peebles as Evan Stanfield shot straight at Kerr. Watt then fed Benn Hutchison but the midfielder shot wide. The Shippy were then handed a golden opportunity to equalise when Stanfield was brought down in the box, however, Millar’s spot kick was comfortably saved by Kerr.
Reece Brown replaced Stanfield for the Shippy at half-time and Peebles were forced into a change as Callum Crawford came on for the injured Ross Lamb. Hutchison saw has header from a Finlay free-kick held and Gibb saved a Lindsay dead ball strike. Salazar could have doubled his sides lead when one on one with Gibb, however, the keeper blocked his strike which saved us from controversy as the Peebles striker was clearly offside. Finlay dragged a shot wide before the Shipyard drew level in the 73rd minute. Substitute Brown placed a fine left foot strike into the corner of the net from the edge of the area giving Kerr no chance. Robbie Crawford could have won it for the Shipyard but Kerr bravely blocked at point blank range and Brown was off target from a decent position as the Shippy finished the stronger, though Pete Bell had to be on his toes to clear from inside the six-yard box as Peebles threatened in the dying seconds.
The Shipyard host Dunfermline Athletic in their centenary match on Tuesday 6th August kick-off 7pm before heading to Dundee to face Lochee United in the Scottish Cup on Saturday kick-off 3pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. Lennie, G. Skinner, S. Strang, I. Millar, B. Hutchison, R. Crawford, C. McQuade (P. Bell), A. Watt (Jor. Galloway), E. Stanfield (R. Brown), J. Finlay.
Peebles Rovers: T. Kerr, B. Gettel, A. Matthews, C. Smith, B. Brown, G. Lamb (C. Crawford), R. Lamb, D. Lindsay, N. Salazar, D. Brown, R. Renwick (M. McEwan).
Referee: M. Harris.