The Shipyard are rapidly becoming the draw specialists with their third in a row as it ended goalless between Stirling Uni and Shippy, with both teams having their keepers to thank. Both Scott Costello and Yan Gromov Godik turned in fine performances making numerous saves ensuring the score sheet remained blank. The Shipyard squad was stretched to the limits with no fewer than seven players unavailable for various reasons. Shipyard manager Dave Costello was full of praise for his players when he spoke after the match saying “I can’t praise the boys highly enough for the commitment and character they showed. The twelve guys that took the field and played in such heat were a credit to themselves.” He went on to say, “I thought Scott was very good today, making some crucial saves and was probably our man of the match.”
Shipyard started well and spurned a great chance to open the scoring with four minutes on the clock. The ball was worked to Darrell Anthony whose shot was parried by Godik and it fell to Ben Anthony with Godik once again parrying the strike. At the other end Costello saved from Jack Docherty in the 9th minute and then from Cameron McKinley five minutes later. B. Anthony had a couple of strikes at goal around the twenty minute mark, however, neither troubled Godik. Costy blocked an attempt from Docherty and from the resultant corner a headed effort hit the outside of the post. D. Anthony had a shot blocked by the defence and then B. Anthony saw his shot cleared off the line as the half drew to a close.
Eight minutes into the second half Costello was again in action as he saved from Stuart Frankland and at the other end Shipyard claimed for a penalty as B. Anthony went down in the box, however, the referee correctly waved play on. D. Anthony did well to engineer some space in the box and his shot from the angle was pushed round the post by Godik. Shipyard had a couple of scares late on when a corner was headed over and right at the death Iain Millar produced a great block to deny the hosts.
We are back in action at Recreation Park on Wednesday night (28/07/2021) when Hawick Royal Albert United come calling on league duty. Kick-off is at 7.30pm with the gates opening at 6.30pm. Admission is £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. Season tickets are valid.
Stirling University: YG. Godik; D. Elder; A. Perris; F. Binnie; R. Fraser; C. McKinley; J. Docherty; D. Oliphant; S. Frankland; F. Bainbridge; A. Neilly.
Subs: LD. Yoon; F. Goodlad; L. Morris; A. McIvor; L. Innes; R. Aiken.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; L. Henderson; M. James; I. Millar; S. Glancy; R. Gallacher (B. Trialist); A. Trialist; B. Anthony; R. Brown; D. Anthony.
Tremendous Shippy fight back in eight goal thriller.
This was a Jekyll and Hyde performance of the highest order from Shippy at Oakley on Tuesday night. Four goals down with half an hour on the clock things looked ominous to say the least, therefore, who would have thought that with fifteen minutes remaining the visitors were level and pushing for a winner. That fifth goal never arrived; however, it was not for the lack of trying and it took a fine save from Oakley keeper Brett Young to deny Ben Anthony, saving low at his near post. Doubles from Craig Martin and Stuart Love gave United their four goal lead with Darrell Anthony, Reece Brown, Lee Henderson and Iain Millar netting for Shipyard.
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine in front of the shirt sleeved crowd, with a healthy amount making the journey from Burntisland to watch the action. As seems to be the case when Shipyard visit Oakley the hosts get an early goal and with seven minutes on the clock Martin headed home from a corner. Brown saw a 28yard free-kick drift wide of the target before Martin doubled Oakley’s lead in the 23rd minute with another header. Two goals in as many minutes from Love, the first a solo effort and the second another header, had Oakley on easy street. Crucially, Shippy were able to reply quickly when D. Anthony was able to finish off a move involving Brown and brother Ben in the 34th minute. A second goal for Shipyard arrived three minutes later when B. Anthony’s cross was headed home by Brown at the back post. Martin had an opportunity to complete his hat-trick but he saw his header go wide of the target.
Young saved a shot from D. Anthony and B. Anthony watched his drive hit the side netting with Shippy now on top and looking for another. The third goal came in the 72nd minute from an unlikely source but what a goal it was as Henderson collected the ball some 35yards from goal and smashed an unstoppable strike beyond Young. Two minutes later and unbelievably it was all square. Young did well to turn a Mark James header round the post and from the resultant corner big Millzy bulleted his header home. Oakley were still in it and Scott Costello did well saving with his legs. Shipyard were reduced to ten men in the 90th minute when Sandy Strang received a second yellow card, possibly for persistent fouling, which was harsh given how the game had been played. B. Anthony had an ambitious shot stopped and Sam Glancy miscued his free-kick from a decent position. Oakley were enjoying a spell of pressure, keeping the Shipyard’s defence on their toes and Love headed wide from a good position. B. Anthony then saw his powerful strike saved at the near post with 95 minutes on the clock. The referee finally brought this enthralling encounter to a halt after playing seven minutes of added time.
Shipyard manager Dave Costello praised his players when he said, “The sprit, determination and never say die attitude the players showed was fantastic, however, they all know that they have to cut out the errors as we won’t always come back from such a position.”
Oakley United: B. Young; R. Gruar; B. McAdam; C. Docherty; R. McGill; M. Allan; C. Martin; R. Bernard; M. Mooney; S. Love; S. Day. Subs: A. Jones; C. Runciman; J. Cowan; J. Harrison; K. Young; J. McCullagh.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; L. Henderson; M. James; I. Millar; S. Glancy; S. Strang; J. Urquhart (R. O’Donnell); B. Anthony; R. Brown; D. Anthony. Unused Subs: J. Galloway & G. Ross.
It ended honours even at Recreation Park as visitors Heriot Watt University twice came from behind to earn a draw on the opening day of the season. Ben Anthony scored early on and Reece Brown netted with a sublime free-kick, however, the students replied with a penalty and a fine curling effort to earn their point.
There were two new signings in the Shippy squad with Lee Henderson starting and Nathan Feeley taking a place on the bench. Mark James started as a trialist with Josh Urquhart, also a trialist, on the bench. On a sun-drenched day in Burntisland it did not take the hosts long to make their mark as B. Anthony volleyed home a Shaun Keating cross, with the ball going through the keeper’s legs before two minutes had elapsed. Keatings then saw his headed attempt blocked inside the six-yard box as Shipyard pressed for a second. Heriot Watt were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute when James was adjudged to have committed a foul on the left-hand side of the box. It looked soft but the visitors were happy to accept the decision and once the dust had settled Russel Cairns rolled the ball into the corner sending Scott Costello the wrong way. Iain Millar headed wide from a set piece and from another dead ball situation Shippy regained the lead. The hosts were awarded a free-kick some twenty five yards from goal and Reece Brown placed a beauty into the corner and despite a valiant effort from Heriot Watt keeper Alex McMahon, who got a touch on the ball but he could not keep it out.
Heriot Watt were on the attack more at the start of the second half and Costello saved well low down to his left and from the resultant corner the ball was knocked wide of the far post. The students drew level with 58 minutes on the clock when Gregor MacDonald was allowed to gather a throw in, turn and he was able to direct a curling strike into the top left-hand corner with Costello well beaten. Costello saved with his legs on 62 minutes as the visitors gained control of the match and Shippy had a let off when an angled shot hit the post and bounced clear. With the clock ticking down Shipyard were awarded a free-kick around thirty yards from goal and McMahon had to tip B. Anthony’s powerful strike over at the expense of a corner. The game finished with Shipyard attacking, forcing a couple of corners but nothing materialised from them and the game concluded all square.
New Shippy manager Dave Costello spoke after the game and said “I have only had two training sessions with the boys and given the fact they missed a lot of training due to Covid issues I can’t praise them highly enough. To a man they gave me everything and followed the game plan to a tee.” Costy went on to say “I don’t like to single players out but I must praise Mark James for his performance. I asked him to play in a position that he is unfamiliar with and he turned in a man of the match performance.”
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; L. Henderson; M. James; I. Millar; S. Glancy; S. Strang (J. Urquhart); S. Keatings; B. Anthony; R. Brown (N. Feeley) (G. Ross); D. Anthony (J. Galloway).
Heriot Watt University: A. McMahon; T. Teviotdale; A. Chingwalu; J. Thomson; J. Wishart; S. Peggie; I. Mackie; C. Smith; G. MacDonald; R. Cairns; D. Potter. Subs: C. Reid; A. Shrive; H. McLeod; C. Stewart; J. Kennedy; E. Kerr; A. McCreadie.
Following the resignation of Stuart Innes as manager the Club has moved swiftly to replace him by appointing Dave Costello as his successor. “Costy” needs no introduction to followers of the Shippy with him having played for the Club over two previous occasions, winning many trophies during both spells and he coached his Shipyard 99’s group to unprecedented success in Fife youth football. Club Chairman Andy MacDougall expressed his delight at the appointment and said “I am pleased that Costy has accepted the job. He is a local lad who knows the club inside out, he brings plenty of experience and importantly for me, he has that winning mentality that I’m confident he will instil into his squad.”
Dave is a full-time coach working for Fife Council and has a wealth of coaching experience behind him. He will be assisted by Ross Gallacher who is stepping up from player to coach. Ross has experience behind him having managed Lochgelly Albert before joining the Shippy last season. Dean Ewing will also be part of the team, with Deano also a full time coach, working alongside Costy at Lumphinnans. Ryan Connor is remaining with the Club in his goalkeeping coaching role.
The Club would like to put on record its thanks to Stuart for all the hard work and effort he put into the job and we wish him well for the future.
The Shipyard continue their build up to the new season with a trip along the coast on Tuesday night (06/07/2021) to face East Fife FC. This is a closed doors match with no spectators allowed. However, you can catch all the action on a live stream via East Fife TV at a cost of £3. Go to eftv.info for all the details. Kick-off for the match is 7.45pm.
On Saturday (10/07/2021) we welcome Blackburn United to Recreation Park for a friendly match. Kick-off for this game is 2.30pm and spectators will be allowed access to the ground under strict Covid 19 restrictions. A controlled entry system for track and trace will be in place, face masks must be worn on entry to the ground, hand sanitiser will be available around the ground and 2m social distancing must be observed. Refreshments will be available at the match with again Covid 19 protocols in operation. Entry to this match is free though a donation at the gate would be most welcome.
Season tickets for the forthcoming campaign will be on sale in the 1919 bar before and after the match. Adults: £70/Concessions: £42
The Club is pleased to announce that Season Tickets will be available to purchase from Saturday 19th June 2021 at the clubhouse between 12 noon and 2pm. An adult ticket costs £70 and a concession ticket costs £42.
The ticket will be valid for all fourteen home East of Scotland League matches. Walk up prices for the 2021/22 season will be £6 for adults and £4 for concessions, therefore, a season ticket will cost the same as last seasons prices giving good value for money.
For any further information use the Contact the Club box at the bottom of the home page on the website.
South Region Challenge Cup and King Cup draws made.
With the new season only a few weeks away the draws for cup competitions have gotten underway with the King Cup, for EoS First Division clubs only, being the first drawn. The Shipyard were handed an away tie in the first round against Preston Athletic, ironically the last team we played in a competitive match back in December 2020. A Darrell Anthony hat-trick helped the Shippy to a 4-1 win. The winner of the match will be away to Kinnoull in the second round. We have only faced the Perth side once since they joined the East of Scotland League two seasons ago, when a Robbie Crawford double gave the Shippy a 2-1 victory at Tulloch Park in October 2019. Dates for these ties will be determined in due course.
The new regionalised South Region Challenge Cup was drawn last Friday with the Shipyard receiving a bye in the first round of the North East section before being given a home draw in the second round against Lowland League outfit University of Stirling. This match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 16th October 2021. The Shippy have only ever faced the University on one occasion previously and that was way back on November 2nd 2012, in what was our first season the EoSFL. Stirling were the reigning EoSFL champions when they rolled into town for an East of Scotland Qualifying Cup tie and they were far too strong for the Shipyard comfortably winning 5-0.