Benji nets hat-trick as Shippy hit five.
The Shipyard gained a long overdue win after beating Newburgh 5-3 at Recreation Park on Saturday, thanks in part to a first half Ben Anthony hat-trick. Although, delighted to get the win manager Dave Costello bemoaned the concession of three goals and only scoring five when he said “I thought the boys played very well in what were difficult conditions as they knocked the ball around confidently. If they had taken a few more of the many chances they created I would have been very happy.” He went on to add “Losing the goal just before half-time was disappointing, however, credit to the boy for a fine finish. We switched off at 5-1 and conceded preventable goals which made the scoreline, in my mind, tighter than it should have been.”
The heavy rain that had fallen in Burntisland prior to kick-off had thankfully stopped, leaving the players with only the strong westerly wind to deal with. The Shippy kicked off with the elements behind them and Newburgh were finding it difficult to get out of their own half. The first goal of the match arrived in the 9th minute when Benji latched onto a short pass back, beat the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net. Benji was constantly in the thick of the action and he saw his shot deflected wide for a corner. He did not have to wait long for another chance and this time he made no mistake as he netted to make it 2-0. The Shippy top scorer dummied a great pass from Craig Watt to give himself space to run into and he smashed the ball home at the near post giving Newburgh keeper Calum Sutherland no chance with 23 minutes on the clock. Ben’s brother Darrell was not going to be upstaged by his sibling and he got on the score sheet six minutes later, albeit, somewhat fortuitously, as he headed home young Dan Thomson’s wayward strike. Benji saw a shot hit the bar and then Sutherland blocked his effort with his legs. The loose ball spun up in the air and the wind would have taken the ball over the line but for a last ditch clearance. Benji completed his hat-trick and made it 4-0 in the 40th minute when he fired the ball over the head of Sutherland from some 25 yards. The visitors pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Gino Yunnissi acrobatically converted following a corner that wasn’t cleared at the first attempt.
The Shipyard quickly added a fifth goal at the start of the second half through Jack Wilson. The burly striker showed great strength to hold off the defender to turn and he calmly slotted the ball home from around eight yards out. Newburgh pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute through a great strike though it needed a bit of good fortune to cross the line. Kyle Buik was afforded time to line up his shot from distance and was unlucky to see it hit the post. However, his team’s luck changed when the ball hit Shippy keeper Scott Costello in the face and bounced over the line. Benji saw a deflected strike hit the post before Newburgh pulled another goal back as substitute Kieran Dobie shot home from inside the area. As hard as he tried Benji could not get his fourth goal as he hit the woodwork once again, this time with an angled drive. In the 90th minute Sam Glancy, who had been the driving force for the Shippy in the second half, saw his powerful strike drift narrowly wide.
Next Saturday we make the short trip to face Lochgelly Albert at Gardiners Park. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; R. O’Donnell; J. Galloway; M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt (S. Strang); D. Thomson; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; J. Wilson. Unused Subs: M. Miller; G. Clarke; F. Anderson; M. Douglas; M. Gibb.
Newburgh: C. Sutherland; A. Johal; R. Simpson; A. Cameron; A. Edwards; A. Grainger; E. McCafferty; G. Yunnissi; K. Buik; J. Hutchison; R. Kinnear. Subs: K. Dobie; J. Smart; Y. El Seedawy.
Referee: K. Lindsay.