Hammy strike steals the show
The Shipyard got back to winning ways thanks to a stunning goal from Mark Hamilton. His 19th minute free-kick finding the top corner of the net. Hammy was one of three changes from last week with Gordon Grieve and Martyn Melia, who made his debut, joining him in the starting eleven, they replaced Andy Martin, Steven McAndrew and Liall Robertson.
Ormiston had a couple of early efforts in the first ten minutes through Young and McEwan, though neither unduly troubled Melia in the Shipyard goal. Gray headed over a Hamilton free-kick before James Whyte cleared an Ormiston effort off the line with Melia beaten. Neish showed good skill on the edge of the Ormiston box but his shot was high over the bar. The Shipyard broke the deadlock in the 19th minute and what a goal it was. The Shipyard won a free-kick 22yards from goal and Mark Hamilton flighted the ball into the top corner for a great goal and his first of the season. Hamilton tried his luck a few minutes later but his left foot shot lacked the power to trouble keeper David Simmonds. Ormiston were still well in the match though Melia was not under any great pressure as the finishing was poor. In the 39th minute Craig Hatton powered forward and unleashed a drive from 25yards that smashed back off the post with the keeper beaten.
Melia was called into action twice in the early stages of the second half as he had to dive low to save two well hit shots. In between, Hatton made space at the edge of the box but his shot was straight at the keeper. A Shipyard corner from the left found its way to Neish at the back post, however, his shot was snatched and blazed over. Twice Ormiston had chances to draw level but both times the shots from Jordan Young and Craig Fisher were rushed as they bore down on Melia, when a bit of composure was required. Brough showed great skill to get to the bye-line but his cross was cleared for a corner. From the corner Stuart Gray’s header hit the top of the bar and went over. James Whyte had to use all his experience to keep Ormiston at bay as he made several good tackles inside his own area throughout the match. In the 72nd minute Hatton did well to set up Gordon Grieve only for the latter to see his shot well saved. Grieve was getting forward more and he managed to get a shot away that drifted wide of the post, though it looked like the keeper had it covered. Again Grieve got forward and he put in a great cross that Hatton met with his head. However, Simmonds instinctively put his hands up to block the ball and he gathered at the second attempt. With time running out an Ormiston free-kick from around the half way line was left by everyone and Melia had to be sharp to push it round the post. Ormiston went close from the corner as a headed effort was just wide and three minutes into added time there final chance came and went when another header was off target. Manager Whitehead said after the game. I’m delighted to get the three points and get off to a winning start in the league. We could have had another couple of goals with the efforts that hit the post. However, we had to defend well as Ormiston had a fair bit of possession around our box”.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Melia; Brown; Brough; Gray; Whyte; Grieve; Hamilton; Lamont; Neish; Hatton (Drury); Dow (Wilson). Unused Sub: Cook.
Ormiston: Simmonds; Davidson; Cornhill; S. Fisher; Fairnie; Adams; Carter (Weir); C. Fisher; Auld (Ramage); Young; McEwan. Unused Subs: Clancy; Handley; Miller.
Referee: S Crichton.