11 goal thriller at Recreation Park.
Well, where do you start with this one? We had eleven goals, it could easily have been fifteen, possibly more. One thing for sure is that the defences were not on top. It must be a nightmare for both managers to pick the pieces out of this game. There were some good finishes among the goals, a freakish one and a few the defenders will be disappointed with. For the record, no one could point the finger at the keepers. The Shipyard had one change from the Raith Rovers game with Andy Watt replacing Evan Stanfield up front.
Here we go they and apologies in advance if I have missed something out. Leith had a chance in the first few seconds, however, the forward fluffed his lines from what looked like an offside position. Jason Finlay was then on hand to clear off the line following a corner. The Shipyard then started to create a bit of pressure and in the 13th minute they took the lead when Watt headed home from a corner. Watt then had a shot saved as the Shippy enjoyed a good spell and that pressure paid off as they went two up. Great build up play released Jason Finlay and he took a touch before rifling an angled drive beyond Leith keeper Ben McGinley. Leith came roaring back and looked all set to reduce the deficit until Michael Gibb pulled off a sensational save as he had to change direction as a fierce shot took a big deflection off Iain Millar. Then from a corner the ball struck the Shipyard bar and the follow up shot was cleared off the line by Connor McQuade. Despite Leith claiming the ball had crossed the line video evidence proved otherwise. The visitors were not to be denied and Greg Kerr headed home from a corner in similar fashion to the Shipyard’s Watt. Leith made it all square five minutes before the interval when Daniel Garvey burst through and slipped the ball past Gibb. Watt had another chance as he broke through but his effort didn’t trouble McGinley, however, the next strike certainly troubled the Leith keeper as Jonny Galloway fired home from distance to give his side the half-time lead.
Unsurprisingly it didn’t take long for a goal to arrive in the second half when Kerr was allowed to drive forward and fire a low shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. The Shipyard got their noses in front again in the 53rd minute when sub Ben Hutchison drove into the box and crossed for Watt. The big striker made a hash of his attempt but had the savvy to lay the ball on a plate for Ross Lennie who gleefully lashed the ball home. A couple of minutes later and the Shippy re-established a two-goal lead thanks to another super strike from Jonny. This time he curled a left foot shot inside the post giving McGinley no chance. The Shipyard then had a couple of chances to surely close the game out as twice Watt failed to convert from crosses played in from the wings. Then came the moment that possibly changed the game as Leith got back into the match with that freakish goal that was mentioned earlier. There was absolutely no danger as James Redpath made ground down the left-hand side but when he delivered what was surely a cross, he found the postage stamp corner with Gibb only able to look on. The Shipyard spurned another gilt-edged chance after 71 minutes when sub Robbie Crawford again delivered a great ball but Lennie did not make good contact and McGinley gathered easily. The visitors drew level with ten minutes remaining when Kerr pounced on a loose ball in the box after Gibb had initially saved. Leith scored what proved to be the winner with six minutes remaining when the Shippy defence failed to clear a free-kick floated into the box and Kerr knocked in his fourth and his teams sixth of the afternoon.
It was certainly an entertaining game for the spectators to watch on a gloriously sunny day in Burntisland, however, although the Shipyard can take some confidence from their forward play, defensively they would be alarmed at the amount and type of goals that were conceded.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, C. McQuade, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, Jon. Galloway, R. Brown (R. Crawford), R. Lennie (Jor. Galloway), A. Watt, S. Strang (B. Hutchison), J. Finlay. Unused Subs: A. Cooper, D. Hunter, A. Trialist.
Leith Athletic: B. McGinley, C. Pont, R. Nisbet, E. Morrice, D. Garvey, K. Brown, S. Philp, G. Kerr, B. Mackenzie, J. Redpath, M. Shaw. Subs: J. Pennell, C. Mein, K. Mitchell, R. Day, S. Froude.
Referee: R. Bowie.