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Newburgh Juniors 2-2 Burntisland Shipyard

Ten man Shippy have to settle for draw.

The Shipyard’s winning start to 2022 came to a halt under controversial circumstances at East Shore Park on Saturday. Although remaining unbeaten following the 2-2 draw the Shippy were extremely aggrieved at some crucial decisions that went against them, none more so than the denial of a penalty and the second yellow card shown to Scott Orrock shortly before half-time. Orrock was clearly fouled inside the six-yard box but to everyone’s astonishment, the referee, after a delay, decided the Shippy midfielder was guilty of simulation and flashed a second yellow.

Manager Dave Costello was forced into a couple of changes with Scott Costello and Ben Anthony unavailable due to work commitments with a trialist keeper and Luke Mahady taking their places. Lewis Ross made his first start for the club replacing Matty Miller at full back.

Keatsy took his tally to six in three games with another double.

Newburgh took the lead in the 5th minute through Michael Perrie when he gathered a through ball and slipped at passed the keeper. Despite looking suspiciously offside the goal was allowed to stand. That lead lasted barely a minute as Shaun Keatings continued his hot streak in front of goal as he curled in another beauty from the edge of the area. Dan Thomson had a shot at goal in the 13th minute having been set up by Keatings, however, Newburgh keeper Mark Robertson was able to block the shot. Perrie then headed a free-kick wide at the other end two minutes later. There was not much in the way of goalmouth action thereafter though Newburgh probably saw more off the ball and had the advantage territorially. The big incident described previously came in the 42nd minute when following a set piece, the hosts struggled to clear the ball and when it arrived at Orrock’s feet he was brought down. No penalty, a red card and the Shippy down to ten men for more than half the match was the strangest of outcomes to say the least.

Unwarranted red card was shown to Scott Orrock.

Costello shored up his midfield for the start of the second half with Darrell Anthony replacing the unfortunate Mahady. Keatings saw an acrobatic effort clear the bar and at the other end the Shippy keeper gathered a low ball. The Shippy took the lead in the 73rd minute with another stunner from Keatings. The Shippy were awarded a free-kick some 25 yards out and to the right-hand side of the box. With everyone expecting a cross to the back post Keatsy curled the ball around the wall and beat keeper Robertson at his near post. The ten men had played well in the second half and deserved their lead. Shippy substitute Jordan Galloway drove a powerful low shot on target that Robertson saved confidently. Newburgh shocked the visitors by drawing level in the 90th minute when the keeper fired a free-kick from the halfway line into the Shipyard area and following confusion in the Shippy defence Andrew Reade got his head to the ball and it found the back of the net. There was still time for the Shippy to create one last chance but Anthony saw his shot blocked and Newburgh were able to clear the danger before the Shippy forwards could capitalise. Manager Costello had mixed emotions after the match when he said, “I am extremely proud of my players given the difficulties they faced throughout the match. Keatsy once again came up with a couple of great finishes”. Costy would not be drawn on the performance of the referee when asked after the match.

Newburgh Juniors: M. Robertson; G. Stapleton; L. Caulfield; A. Johal; S. Kirkham; A. Cameron; A. Reade; R. Marshall; K. Fraser; M. Perrie; D. Byrne. Subs: S. Sanaghan; R. Simpson; M. Harper; J. Doyle.

Burntisland Shipyard: A. Trialist; L. Ross; L. Henderson (M. Miller); S. Orrock; I. Millar; C. Watt; S. Keatings; D. Thomson (J. Galloway); L. Mahady (D. Anthony); J. Wilson; S. Glancy. Unused Subs: S. Strang & J. Thomson.

Referee: A. Strang.