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Burntisland Shipyard. 4 Fair City. 0

Shipyard sink City with 4 goal salvo.

The Shipyard kept up their good league form with a fine 4 – 0 victory over Fair City at Recreation Park on Saturday. With Leishman and Russell unavailable manager Whitehead brought Whyte and T. Williams back into the starting 11.Unusually the Shipyard were shooting towards the pavilion end in the first half and it only took them 4 minutes to break the deadlock when Bryan Cook headed home a McCue corner. Referee MacDonald was well positioned to see that the ball had crossed the line despite the Fair City defender hooking the ball away. In the 10th minute Chalmers had to save with his legs after a Fair City forward burst clear of the Shipyard defence. 4 Minutes later and the Shipyard went two ahead when keeper Robson failed to hold a Whyte shot and Tam Williams was on hand to lash the ball into the net. After the second goal Fair City had a good spell of pressure and passed up three good scoring opportunities missing the target on each occasion. The Shipyard finished the half as they had started, on the attack and McAndrew shot narrowly wide. Just before the half-time whistle the Shipyard attack beat the offside trap and when Small crossed into the box, McCue dummied the ball but, M. Hamilton could not get the ball out of his feet to get a shot away.

5 minutes into the second half saw Small shoot across the face of the goal after a throw in had been knocked down to him. In the 54th minute McCue shot over from 20 yards then J. Williams shot wide after the ball broke to him. The Shipyard went 3 –  0 ahead on the hour mark when after good build up play both Johnston and J. Williams saw their attempts blocked by the keeper, however, when the ball fell to Owen McCue he made no mistake from 10 yards. The Shipyard were now well on top and playing some good stuff with McCue causing the City defence all sorts of problems. It was no surprise when he was heavily involved in the 4th goal, bursting into the box he was brought down for a penalty. He got up and took the kick himself, beating the keeper to make it 4 – 0. In the 75th minute McAndrew tried his luck from wide on the right but saw his shot sail over the bar. Chalmers still had to be on his toes and he done well to hold a shot from around 12 yards that came through a forest of legs. The last effort at goal came from T. Williams but, his free-kick went narrowly over the bar.

After the match a delighted Billy Whitehead said “That was a great performance. When they came down here in the League Cup at the start of the season it was them who played all the football and deserved to win. Today those roles were reversed and some of the passing and movement today, particularly in the build up to the third goal was excellent. There were some very good performances and it would be hard to pick a man of the match”.

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

Fair City: Robson; Ballingal; Barnett; Dott; Simpson; Ferguson; Jay; Taylor; Nairn; Mackay; Blyth. Subs: Williams; Beattie; Wylie; Birrell; Swan.

Referee: G. MacDonald.