Penalty miss proves crucial before controversial ending.
The Shipyard were left gobsmacked that what looked to be a last gasp equaliser was wrongly flagged offside as Scott Powrie knocked the loose ball home after the Coldstream defender played the ball into his path. It was still unclear after the match had concluded as to why the assistant raised his flag but certainly goalscorer Powrie was onside. Despite that setback the Shippy only had themselves to blame for not taking something from the match as a fresh air swipe from keeper Sean Malpas gifted Coldstream their opener and a second half penalty miss when Tam Graham blasted the ball over the bar and out of the ground proved to be crucial.
Sam Glancy was missing through suspension together with the injured pair of Kenny Ford and Robbie Gibson and manager Grant Brough decided against calling up any of the under 20 squad with their big cup tie against Motherwell coming up less than 24 hours later.
Very little happened in the early stages as both teams struggled to come to terms with the strong wind that was blowing down the park, in particular, the Shipyard as any balls played forward had too much weight on them to find a teammate. Shane Bonnington went close for the visitors in the 15th minute as his left foot strike just went wide of the post, however, the drama began in the 28th minute in what was a nightmare for Shippy keeper Malpas. Pete Bell played the ball back to the keeper and under pressure from Gary Windram, Malpas swiped at the ball, missed it completely and left Windram with the simple task of rolling the ball into the unguarded net. Windram might have done better a few minutes later rather than skew his shot wide of the goal. The home team had done nothing until the 38th minute but they almost equalised in spectacular fashion when Graham’s thunderous 30 yard free-kick came crashing back off the bar and Brodie Hamilton following up, was unable to convert the loose ball.
Brough tore into his players at the interval following their disappointing first-half showing and whatever was said seemed to work as within five minutes they were presented with an opportunity to draw level. Powrie was tripped in the box and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot, however, the chance was passed up when Graham blasted the ball high over the bar and into the graveyard behind the ground. Five minutes later the Shipyard were punished for that miss when Bonnington gave his side a two-goal lead when he converted a cross at the back post. The Shipyard immediately had a chance to pull one back but were thwarted when Jamie Shiel pulled off a fantastic save to deny Hamilton as his header from a Brian Breen cross looked a certain goal. At the other end Malpas made an important save as he tipped a long range shot over the bar denying Coldstream what would surely have been a decisive third goal. The Shippy got back into the game in the 65th minute when Shiel could not deny Hamilton this time as he nodded home Breen’s cross. The visitors restored their two-goal lead five minutes later when Windram broke clear of the Shipyard defence and fired the ball across Malpas and in at the far corner. The Shippy clawed their way back into the game again when Shiel could only parry substitute Owen Ferry’s shot into the path of Graham and the big man could not miss from a few yards out. With the game in added time and Coldstream pinned back, Powrie though he had earned his side a point when he knocked a loose ball home following the visitor’s failure to clear a low cross from the left but the jubilant scenes were cut short by the assistants raised flag.
The Shipyard are on the road next Saturday (04.11.2017) when they travel south to face Eyemouth United. Kick off 2.00pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, S. Powrie, D. Anderson (B. Saunders), P. Bell, C. Anderson, S. Strang (O. Ferry), R. Kinnaird, C. McAulay, B. Hamilton, T. Graham, B. Breen. Unused Sub: C. Lambie.
Coldstream: J. Shiel, R. Dixon, C. Chamberlain, A. Common, C. Beasley, K. Strang, S. Bonnington, K. Lee, M. Corfield, G. Windram, B. Paterson. Subs: G. Davidson, P. Johnson.
Referee: K. Maskell.