Shippy punished after sloppy start.
The combination of nine players missing from the squad and the loss of a couple of early goals left the Shipyard staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat as a ruthless Tranent ran up seven without reply in this conference B match at Forester Park on Saturday. The threadbare squad that produced that fine result in midweek was depleted even further with Sam Glancy and Robbie Crawford unavailable. Callum McAulay returned from suspension to go straight back into the starting eleven.
The pitch was in excellent condition and the sun was shining as the match kicked off and it was the Shipyard who created the first chance as Johnny Galloway was found at the edge of the box but his shot was weak and never troubled Haris Alysandratos in the Tranent goals. The hosts took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Kayne Paterson was allowed to cut in from the left and bend his shot into the bottom corner beyond the outstretched hand of Ryan Adamson. The Shippy conceded a sloppy second goal in the 9th minute when a punt up the park deceived the defence and Chris Robertson was able to run onto the ball and lob it over the advancing Adamson. The Shippy were getting forward and the Tranent defence did not look too comfortable with Reece Brown and McAulay both unable to capitalise on errors at the back. Any hopes of the Shippy taking anything from the match all but disappeared inside 20 minutes when Jamie Devlin turned in a low cross from the right. Reece Bernard headed a Johnny Galloway cross wide before another injury concern for the Shipyard when Jordan Galloway had to limp off and be replaced by B. Trialist. Bernard saw his shot held and Charlie Simpson had an attempt off target but in between those chances Paterson scored a 4th for Tranent when he slotted past Adamson from close range.
It took Tranent only three minutes of the second half to increase their lead when Devlin got on the end of a cutback and fired the ball home from the centre of the box. The home team were now dominating proceedings and created a few chances and Paterson took one of these opportunities to complete his hat-trick when headed home from six yards. Tranent probably saved the best till last with quick passing move up the park that saw Paterson on the end of it to score his fourth and his team’s seventh of the match. At the end of the day credit must go to Tranent for their fine attacking display, and for the Shipyard, they just have to take their medicine, lick their wounds and turn their attention to next Saturday’s home South Region Challenge Cup tie against Coldstream at Recreation Park. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Tranent Juniors: H. Alysandratos, R. Berry, C. Inglis, L. Hawkins, A. Christie, B. Miller, C. Robertson (M. McGovern), I. Black, J. Devlin (D. Whitson), K. Fisher (B. Barrett), K. Paterson. Unused Subs: S. Rutherford & R. Stirling.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, C. Simpson, A. Trialist, R. O’Donnell, P. Bell, S. Strang, Jor. Galloway (B. Trialist), R. Bernard, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway, C. McAulay. Unused Subs: S. Innes & M. Jarrett.
Referee: S. MacLean.