Shipyard suffer embarrassing defeat
The Shipyard’s season hit rock bottom as they suffered a humiliating 9-2 defeat at the hands of bottom of the league Easthouses Lily. Paul Ferrier, Owen McCue and the injured James Whyte were missing from the previous week’s starting eleven. They were replaced by Steven McAndrew, Shaun Lamont and Ryan Rutherford.
The Shipyard started brightly and Rutherford was unlucky to be adjudged offside in the first minute. McAndrew made good ground down the right hand side and seemed to be caught in two minds as his ball into the box was too close to the keeper, though he almost caught him out as Young had to back pedal to gather the ball. Lily took the lead when Graeme Young latched onto a through ball and fired it into the corner of the net. It was 2-0 soon after when Martyn Melia failed to deal with a low shot to his right hand side. Easthouses continued to dominate and Melia saved well from John Hunter and G. Young shot wide. Mike Brown was penalised for pulling back a player in the Shipyard area and Stuart Love scored from the spot. Confusion between Brown and Melia led to G. Young scoring Easthouses fourth goal and as the clock passed the thirty minute mark Easthouses scored again to make it 5-0. The half ended on a sour note as Mark Brough had to be carried off after receiving a nasty gash to his leg. (After attending hospital Mark had two stitches inserted into his leg and is expected to be out for three to four weeks).
Easthouses kept up the pressure on the shipyard defence and it was no surprise when G. Young scored again in the 50th minute. The Shipyard then had a spell of pressure and twice Brendan Napier burst forward, beat a couple of opponents but could not find the target. The hosts again showed the Shipyard how it was done as a cross to the back post was easily headed home by Jason Young to make it 7-0. The Shipyard grabbed a consolation goal and what a goal it was as Rutherford unleashed an angled shot into the top corner leaving the Lily keeper helpless. Lily then kicked off and scored again and it was that man Graeme young who scored again, knocking the ball in at the back post. Rutherford again pulled a goal back for the Shipyard when he scored at the second attempt after his initial shot had been blocked. Lily sub Craig Downie saw his effort come back off the post and Rutherford almost completed his hat-trick as his free kick was just off target. It was probably fitting that Graeme Young rounded off the scoring as he again capitalised on hesitancy in the Shipyard defence to score his fifth and Easthouses ninth.
Teams: Easthouses Lily: B. Young; A. Conlon; J. Shields; D. Arthur; R. Cameron; S. Love; J. Young; E. Smith; G. Young; S. Borthwick; J. Hunter. Subs: J. Currie; D. Watson; C. Downie; J. Baigrie; C. Stupart.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Melia; M. Brown; M. Brough (T. Williams); G Grieve; S. Gray; S. McAndrew; M. Hamilton; B. Napier (P. Wilson); R. Rutherford; S. Lamont B. Grubb). Unused Sub: S. Robertson.
Referee: G. MacVicar.