Shippy pull away from lower reaches of table with another win.
The Shipyard recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Ormiston on Saturday and had the Shippy players taken some of the chances they created, then the visitors from East Lothian would have suffered a heavier defeat. As it was, the two early goals from returning pair Scott Powrie and Rab Kinnaird were enough to ensure the three points remained at Recreation Park. Marc Black joined Powrie and Kinnaird in the starting eleven with Steven Wilson, Brodie Hamilton and the suspended Callum McAulay dropping out.
Both teams forced fruitless corners in the opening couple of minutes before the Shipyard took the game by the scruff of the neck. Brian Breen saw his shot held in the 12th minute before he set up the opener sixty seconds later. Breen’s persistence paid off as he won the ball wide on the left and when his cross came in Powrie had the easy task of knocking the ball home from three yards. Four minutes later the Shippy doubled their lead when Kinnaird burst clear of the Ormiston defence and calmly placed the ball beyond advancing keeper Aaron Jones. The visitors were presented with a great chance in the 21st minute after a Callum McAleavey slip allowed the Ormiston forward a clear sight of goal, however, Shippy keeper Sean Malpas denied him with a fine save. Owen Ferry could have scored his side’s third on the half hour mark but he headed Breen’s cross wide. The visitors task then got a who harder when Nicky Cairns received a second yellow card which saw his team reduced to 10 men. Cairns could have no complaint after receiving his first card for backchat to the referee and the second for a tackle that would have been more suited to Murrayfield. Even though they had a player less the visitors stuck with it and Nathan Stokes was unlucky to see his strike from 12 yards hit the outside of the post as half-time approached.
A Trialist replaced the injured Ben Saunders at the break and ten minutes into the second half Tam Graham replaced the tiring Powrie. Breen header a corner wide in the 56th minute and a few minutes later he saw his powerful drive parried and although Sam Glancy latched onto the rebound the Ormiston keeper was back up to save the midfielders shot. Breen was becoming more and more involved in the game but he could not find the net as he shot wide after getting on the end of Graham’s flick on. Mark Law drove narrowly wide for Ormiston as the visitors refused to buckle. Breen’s search for a goal continued as this time he was thwarted by the keeper’s legs after being put through one on one with him. Graham’s delicate flick from a Kenny Ford cross was well saved in the 85th minute before the keeper Jones produced a great double save seconds later. Firstly, he clawed away a curling cross and when the ball broke to Ferry he saved his attempt too. The Shippy were also reduced to ten men when in a rare breakaway McAleavey’s last ditch tackle brought the Ormiston forward down and he left the referee with no option but to show him the red card. In the closing minutes Kinnaird just failed to get on the end of a Breen cross and Breen himself saw two more attempts saved as he just could not find a way past the impressive Jones in the Ormiston goals. Deep in added time Malpas showed he had lost none of his concentration has he back pedalled to tip over a speculative long-range attempt.
Absent manager Grant Brough would probably have enjoyed sipping on his Sangria, in the sunshine, as news of the result filtered through to him.
The Shipyard are on their travels next Saturday (30th) as they head to Oriam at Riccarton to face Heriot Watt University. There is Scottish Cup action at Recreation Park on Sunday 1st October as the Shipyard U/20 team face Championship side Livingston in the SFA Youth Cup 2nd Round. Admission to this match is Adults £2 Concessions £1.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, B. Saunders (A. Trialist), P. Bell, M. Black (K. Ford), C. McAleavey, S. Strang, O. Ferry, S. Glancy, B. Breen, S. Powrie (T. Graham), R. Kinnaird. Unused Subs: C. Lambie, J. George, D. Ginc.
Ormiston: A. Jones, P. Gray, R. Cochrane (C. Thomson), J. Rogers-Jones, J. Bathgate, S. Ballard, S. Tulloch (D. Nash), N. Cairns, N. Stokes, M. Law, B. Millar (M. Doig). Unused Subs: D. Heron & G. Millard.
Referee: S. Brown.