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Burntisland Shipyard. 3 Kettle United. 1

Shipyard brew up good win

The Shipyard put last week’s disappointment behind them to record a fine win over Kettle United at Recreation Park. Although eventually finishing the match with 9 men they held on comfortably to win. Manager Whitehead made one change to the starting line up from last week with Whyte coming in for Cook.

The game started with neither team threatening in the opening few minutes, it wasn’t until the 7th minute that Kettle had the first attempt but the striker dragged his shot wide. The Shipyard then had a bit of possession without troubling the Kettle goal. In the 18th minute a Kettle free-kick from the edge of the box hit the Shipyard wall and bounced into the arms of Chalmers. It was now Kettle who were pressing though again there was no real threat to the opposition goal. The Shipyard had their first attempt on target in the 35th minute when Johnston saw his shot held by Thomson in the Kettle goal. The Shipyard broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute with a wonderful strike from James Whyte. He broke through a couple of tackles at the edge of the box then unleashed a ferocious drive that gave the keeper no chance.

The early exchanges in the second half were even with nothing of note for either keeper to do. A McCue free-kick in the 58th minute from the left hand side was caught comfortably by Thomson. However, he was beaten a minute later as Neil Johnston latched onto a through ball and was clean through on the keeper and his cool finish made it 2-0 to the Shipyard. Six minutes later it was 3-0 as Owen McCue rose at the edge of the box with the keeper and headed the ball over him. McCue turned to find the ball at his feet and rolled the ball into the net with the Kettle defence trying in vain to clear the ball away. Chalmers was finally called into action again in the 67th minute, holding a long range effort. It was the Shipyard who almost scored again when a deep cross from Whyte was headed towards goal by Johnston and his effort hit the top of the bar and went over. Kettle got back into the game after a blunder by Chalmers. Collecting a pass back, he was closed down quickly by Jamie Leslie and was dispossessed. Leslie was all alone and able to roll the ball into the empty net. In the 75th minute an audacious strike from all of 40 yards by Whyte crashed of the bar with the keeper beaten. 10 minutes from time the Shipyard were reduced to 10 men after T. Williams misjudged a long ball and with the kettle player through he pulled him down and as last man the referee sent him off. Kettle were pushing hard for a second goal and had a good chance when a cross into the box was scooped over the bar from close range. Grieve then blocked a goal bound effort with his head before the Shipyard were sensationally reduced to 9 men. This time it was Whyte who was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for kicking the ball away. That was to be the last action of a match that the Shipyard deserved to win and afterwards manager Whitehead said “I thought there were some good performances today in what was a fine result against a good team. It was only individual errors towards the end that gave Kettle any chance of pegging us back”

Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; McAndrew; Whyte; T. Williams; Grieve; Small; M. Hamilton; Leishman; McCue; Johnston; J. Williams(Dow). Unused Subs: S. Hamilton; Cook; Paul; Houston.

Kettle United: Thomson; G. Simpson; Easthaugh; Gallacher; Rankin; Morgan; Anderson; Wilson; B. Simpson; Blackwood; Leslie. Subs: Rintoul; Hampton; McBride; Grewer.

Referee: S Chrichton.