10 man Shippy overpowered by Ormiston.
Once again the Shipyard defence could not cope with the pace and power of the Ormiston forwards with Yusif Bernawi in particular giving them a torrid time. 4-0 might have flattered Ormiston but until the Shippy cut out the individual mistakes they will continue to concede goals on a regular basis. Keeper Cammy Lambie signed for the club during the week with big goalie Marcus Taylor still on the side-lines; along with fellow long term absentee Marc Black and the team suffered another injury setback as Connor Allison pulled up in the warm up.,
Despite it being bitterly cold, playing conditions were fine for the game though the low sun did cause some problems before disappearing behind the trees. Lambie pulled off a couple of saves early on from Graeme Purves and Bernawi without being over stretched while at the other end an Alan Hynd long range strike was on target. The Shippy fell behind after 15 minutes when Bernawi turned his man some 30 yards from goal, drove forward and then calmly put the ball behind Lambie. The Shipyard could have been level seven minutes later when Yanni Iliopoulos latched on to a poor pass back but with only keeper Daryl Johnstone to beat he shot weakly into the big keepers arms. Minutes later a Sean Doyle drive was deflected for a corner as the Shipyard enjoyed a good spell in the match. Two minutes before the break Lambie did well to thwart Bernawi as he saved with his legs.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first until the 60th minute when both teams were dramatically reduced to 10 men. After a tackle from Iliopoulos the handbags were out and Kevin Amagou received a caution for his part in the fracas, his second of the match and he was subsequently sent off. Iliopoulos received a straight red for his part, though after the game the ref’s explanation regarding the incident, left more questions than answers. This appeared to be a turning point in the game as Ormiston took complete control and pinned the Shipyard back. Lambie saved from Purves before the home team increased their lead when a deep cross from the left found its way to the back post were Alasdair Simpson stooped to head home. The game was up for the Shippy in the 74th minute when Bernawi again caused all sorts of problems and when the ball fell to Mark Samson he made no mistake from a tight angle. Shipyard sub Arran Haddow headed wide in a rare attack but it was Ormiston who scored again with six minutes remaining when a drive from outside the area was deflected, leaving Lambie helpless as the ball hit the net.
Ormiston: D. Johnstone; R. Fairnie; M. Samson; Z. Walker; K. Smith (R. Ferguson); R. Cowan; K. Amagou; A. Simpson (C. McArthur); Y. Bernawi; N. Cairns; G. Purves (T. Carr).
Burntisland Shipyard: C. Lambie; D. Hyslop; R. Calder; C. McAleavey; D. Roberts; K. Ford; T. Hall (A. Haddow); A. Hynd; S. Cusick; S. Doyle (A. Haddow); Y. Iliopoulos.
Referee: G. Haynes.