The Shipyard’s season plunged to a new low on Saturday as they suffered a 5-0 home defeat to Edinburgh South at Recreation Park. There were the usual mitigating circumstances of player unavailability through Injury, suspension and being otherwise engaged. A situation that hopefully eases sooner rather than later as we look get the campaign back on the rails. There was one change to the team that performed so well against University of Stirling last week with Gregg Clarke replacing the suspended Darrell Anthony.
It’s clear to see that confidence is low among the players as they looked nervous in the early stages and the Shippy were punished for their first mistake as Scott Costello’s poor clearance fell straight to William Scott. The burly striker fired the ball home from the edge of the box with six minutes on the clock. There was nothing in the way of goalmouth action until South doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Shipyard conceded a free-kick some 25 yards from goal and although Jordan Cropley’s effort was nothing special it was still good enough to find the net. The Shippy almost got a goal back in the 32nd minute when Shaun Keatings tried his luck from distance and was unfortunate to see his shot crash back off the bar. The loose ball fell kindly for Clarke; however, the youngster could not direct his attempt on target.
The Shipyard needed a good start to the second half if they were to get back into the match but that proved not to be the case as they were reduced to ten men within three minutes of the resumption. A long kick out from Antal Tompos beat the Shipyard defence and Scott Orrock denied a goalscoring opportunity as he pulled down Sean Jamieson at the edge of the box giving the referee no option but to send him off. The Shipyard were being pinned back now and South also had the benefit of the strengthening wind behind them as they searched for more goals. Their third goal arrived in the 56th minute when a cross from the right hand side was turned into the net by Scott. Two minutes later it was four as David Stewart knocked the ball home following a corner that was laid into his path. The Shippy kept plugging away and Ben Anthony was unlucky to see his shot drift wide. Sam Glancy went even closer as his fine strike came back off the post and bounced clear. South rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute when Jamieson got to a loose ball first a found the back of the net.
After the match manager Dave Costello bemoaned the lack of players available to him when he said “I am missing too many players at the moment to field a settled side, though I hope to see two or three back next week. The performance today was nowhere near as good as last week or what I expect from the boys.”
Next week we travel to face Newburgh Juniors in the first leg of back to back games against them. The match at East Shore Park kicks off at 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; S. Strang (F. Anderson); M. Miller; S. Orrock; J. Wilson; C. Watt; S. Keatings; D. Thomson (J. Anthony); B. Anthony; S. Glancy; G. Clarke (H. Eddouss). Unused Sub: M. Gibb.
Edinburgh South: A. Tompos; D. Stewart (J. Riley); D. Ndiweni; R. Kerr, J. Young. S. Martin; A. Hunter; W. Scott; S. Jamieson; J. Kerr (T. Aitchison); J. Cropley. Unused Sub: S. Collins.
The Shipyard passed up a great chance to take a Lowland League scalp in the South Challenge Cup as they conceded an equaliser with the last kick of the game, well actually it was a header but you get the idea. There were ninety four minutes on the clock when Matthew Burrows headed home from a corner to take the match into extra-time. It could have been oh so different had Ben Anthony converted an eightieth minute penalty awarded after Shaun Keating had been brought down in the box.
It was a makeshift defence that lined up for the Shippy with regulars Iain Millar, Mark James and Ryan O’Donnell all missing on the day. Add in the long term injured Lee Henderson, Josh Urquhart and Raymond Crichton and you can appreciate the difficulty Dave Costello had in putting together a back four. That being said, those that filled the positions did so with aplomb and can be very satisfied with their performances.
The visitors created the first chance of the match in the fourth minute forcing Shippy keeper Scott Costello to save with his feet. The Shipyard replied with a long range effort from Sam Glancy before B. Anthony broke down the left and burst into the box, however, his shot from a tight angle was blocked by keeper Yan Gromov Godik. Dan Thomson shot over before the Shippy took the lead in the nineteenth minute. From a set piece Jack Wilson did well in the box and laid the ball into the path of B. Anthony who fired low into the corner for his 13th goal of the season. Sandy Strang was in the right place to make a good clearance as the Uni looked for a quick response to falling behind. Calum Rae was unlucky to see his strike hit the bar after connecting with a right wing cross from Jamie Penker. Costello then saved low down from a Conor Doan header as the visitors enjoyed a good spell of pressure.
A great move down the left flank involving Craig Watt, B. Anthony and Keatings resulted in the latter curling a shot narrowly wide. Stirling missed a great chance in the 55th minute as firstly Costello saved well and then Scott McArthur fired the loose ball against the bar from a good position. He really should have scored. Rae saw his acrobatic attempt fly over the bar in what was his last action of the match as he was immediately replaced by Louis Kennedy. Costello comfortably saved a Robbie McGale Free-kick as the Shippy defence remained resolute while at the other end Keatings drove forward and was unfortunate to see his fierce drive come back off the post with Godik beaten. B. Anthony then shot straight at the keeper though his shot lacked the power to trouble him. The Shipyard were handed a golden opportunity to wrap up the match when they were awarded a penalty with ten minutes remaining. The referee adjudged that Keatings had been fouled close to the by-line and pointed to the spot. Once the dust had settled B. Anthony’s weak strike was easily saved by Godik and the danger was cleared. A scramble in the Shippy area ended with Euan McGill prodding the ball towards goal but the ball drifted wide of the post. With the game deep into added time the Uni grabbed an equaliser when Burrows rose unchallenged to power his header into the top corner sparking wild scenes among the visiting players, more of relief than anything else probably as they knew they had gotten off the hook.
Buoyed by their late equaliser Stirling started extra-time strongly and took the lead in the 93rd minute when James Berry fired a powerful shot into the corner of the net giving Costello no chance. A tired Shipyard were not offering much going forward and it was no surprise when the visitors added a third in the 109th minute when McGill headed home a Jason Jarvis cross. D. Anthony was red carded for a second yellow as the game entered the closing stages with Stirling in control against the ten men hosts.
Manager Costello was full of praise for his players after the game when he said “We played well today, better than we have been of late and defensively very good, particularly given how we had to line up with Sandy, Scoots, Jack and Matty all outstanding with big Scott pulling off some great saves. I know Stirling spoke about missing good chances, however, you won’t get a better chance than a penalty and had we taken that chance there would have been no way back for them.” He went on to add “Their fitness told in the end but to keep them out for ninety four minutes was a credit to how my players performed and we can take a lot of positives and encouragement from that.”
We are back to league business next Saturday (23/10/2021) as we host Edinburgh South at Recreation Park. Kick off is 2.30pm and once again your support will be most welcome.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; S. Strang; M. Miller; S. Orrock; J. Wilson; C. Watt (G. Clarke); S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; D. Thomson (H. Eddouss). Unused Sub: M. Gibb.
University of Stirling: Y. Godik; M. Burrows; A. Hutchinson (R. McGale) (J. Stokes); E. McGill; J. Berry; C. Doan; S. McArthur (J. Jarvis); C. Downie; J. Penker; C. Rae (L. Kennedy); J. Thompson. Unused Subs: M. Lavery; J. Taylor.
A bumper crowd of 211 enjoyed their first taste of Friday night football at Recreation Park but sadly for the hosts, they could not produce the result the bulk of the crowd were looking for. Despite the Shippy taking an early lead it was Lochore who came out on top as they established a 3-1 lead, which was pegged back to 3-2 as the game entered the final fifteen minutes, however, the Shipyard could not force an equaliser while probably enjoying their best spell of the match. The injury hit Shipyard squad was bolstered with four loan signing coming in from Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts as Iain Millar, Shaun Keatings, Lee Henderson, Nathan Feeley, Josh Urquhart and Raymond Crichton remained side-lined.
There were five ex-Shipyard players in the Welfare squad and it was one of them who gifted Shipyard the lead in the eighth minute. A cross into the box was headed into his own net by Ethan Anderson giving keeper Dale Wotherspoon no chance, with the ball going in off the post. It did not take the visitors long to restore parity as Joe Kirby finished off a good move with a composed finish. Shipyard keeper Scott Costello produced a great save from a close range header and at the other end Ben Anthony shot wide from a good position. Ben then passed up a great opportunity in the 33rd minute when he knocked the ball over from close range.
Lochore made a dream start to the second half with a goal from Sean Cusick in the 47th minute. Shipyard manager Dave Costello made a couple of changes as he looked to get back into it, however, Lochore scored again as Kirby rifled the ball home from the edge of the box with 66 minutes on the clock. Shipyard reduced the deficit in the 75th minute when Jack Wilson powered a header home from a fine Jordan Galloway cross. Shipyard pushed looking for an equaliser but they could not breach a stubborn Lochore defence.
Costello said after the match “I am obviously disappointed with the result but on the positive side I thought the loanees did well in what was a difficult game for them to come in to.”
Next Saturday (16/10/2021) Shipyard face Lowland League side University of Stirling in the second round of the Challenge Cup. Kick off at Recreation Park is 2.30pm. Another big home support would be most welcome.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello, M. Miller, S. Glancy, R. O’Donnell, M. James, C. Watt, S. Orrock (H. Eddouss), D. Anthony (J. Galloway), B. Anthony, J. Wilson, D. Thomson.
Lochore Welfare: D. Wotherspoon, M. Christie, S. Small, L. Thomson, E. Anderson, P. Thomson, C. Murray, E. Sutherland, S. Cusick, J. Kirby, R. Crawford. Subs: A. Doig, K. Hicks, L. Celentano.
We should have been talking about fine goals from Jack Wilson and Reece Brown instead of a red card to Shippy keeper Scott Costello. The big goalie unceremoniously brought down Brown outside his area and the resultant red card was quickly shown. However, the referee somehow missed a blatant offside in the build-up and allowed play to continue, resulting in the dismissal. A late penalty awarded to the Glens, converted by Graeme Walker, and a second yellow card shown to Darrell Anthony for his part in the incident summed up how the day went for the Shipyard. From the back of the stand there seemed to be little in the coming together but the referee thought otherwise and penalised Anthony for a tug of the shirt. Even before kick-off Shippy had a problem as they had to reshuffle their pack as Connor McManus felt his hamstring tight and Scott Orrock took his place in the starting eleven. There was a very healthy crowd inside Warout Stadium including a large contingent from Burntisland to watch this eagerly anticipated Fife derby.
The Glens started on the front foot forcing an early corner which was subsequently headed over and then Walker headed wide. When play switched to the other end Shippy took the lead with a great goal. Matty Miller powered down the right wing and when he crossed into the box Wilson bulleted home his header giving Adam Shaw in the Glens goal no chance. Just after the half hour mark Costello made two similar saves low to his left from Callum Kinnes and Brown respectively. Glenrothes drew level on the stroke of half-time when they were awarded yet another a free kick, this time just outside the box. Brown stepped up and curled a great strike into the corner with Costello left helpless.
The big talking point of the game came within a minute of the restart with the afore mentioned offside/red card incident. With Costello off Wilson had to be sacrificed to allow Michael Gibb to take over in goals, his first appearance of the season following his recovery from the broken ankle he sustained pre-season. Although Glenrothes had plenty of the ball in and around the Shippy area, Gibb was relatively untroubled other than saving a Brown strike and watching a Stephen King shot go wide. Shippy looked like they would see this out, however, the did not bargain for the referee giving the Glens a penalty for an innocuous challenge in the box. D. Anthony was sent off and when the dust had settled Walker calmly slotted the ball home to give his team the win. After the match manager Dave Costello said “They struggled to break us down when we only had ten men, so the game plan worked in that respect. I thought Rod and big Milzy were outstanding at the back, giving them very little opportunity. I can’t believe that Reece was not given offside in the build up to Scott’s red card but we just have to take it on the chin and move on.”
We do not have a match this Saturday with our next match scheduled to be away to Kinnoull on Saturday 2nd October. Our home match against Lochore Welfare has been moved to Friday 8th October with kick off at Recreation Park being at 7.30pm.
Glenrothes: A. Shaw; C. Kinnes; C. Lumsden; L. Grierson; M. Gibb; R. McInnes; R. Brown (L. Schiavone); K. Bell; G. Walker; S. King (D. Honeyman); F. Kay. Unused Subs: C. Richardson; E. McQuade; S. Russell.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Millar; S. Orrock; R. O’Donnell; I. Millar (C. McManus); C. Watt (S. Strang); S. Keatings (J. Galloway); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; J. Wilson (M. Gibb). Unused Sub: R. Gallacher.
A hangover from the Scottish Cup defeat? Missing key players? A one off performance? These are questions that need to be answered, quickly, if the Shipyard are to get back amongst the leaders at the top of the table. Credit to Peebles as they played well and capitalised on the chances that came their way, however, some of the defending in the build up to their goals was questionable to say the least. Iain Millar was suspended with Cameron Shaw and Craig Watt was unavailable along with the growing list of long term injuries.
Shipyard started well with Jordan Galloway shooting just over with a minute on the clock and then Sandy Strang headed a corner down into a dangerous area but no one could get on the ball after keeper Cameron Hanratty pushed the ball out. Peebles took the lead when possession was conceded around the halfway line at the expense of a corner. The Shipyard were sleeping when the flag kick was played back to Ross Lamb and from the corner of the box, he smashed the ball home. Ben Anthony had a good chance in the 26th minute when he burst clear with Hanratty doing well to save with his legs. Scott Costello tipped over a drive on the half hour mark and B. Anthony shot wide a couple of minutes later. Shippy survived a huge scare when Costello had to come to the edge of his area to block and Mark James was in the right place to block the follow-up shot. Scott Orrock missed a chance following his surging run forward, when a poorly hit clearance fell to him, but he could not direct his strike on target. B. Anthony also shot over as the half drew to a conclusion.
Peebles doubled their lead seven minutes into the second period when the home defence allowed the ball to be worked across the park and Mark Shiels knocked the ball home. Shaun Keatings shot wide before Shippy missed their best opportunity of the match so far. A delightful ball was played into B. Anthony with not a soul near him in the box, however, he sclaffed his shot weakly into the keeper’s hands. Peebles put the game beyond the Shipyard with 15 minutes remaining when Shiels scored his second following more calamitous defending. B. Anthony was off target again before Shippy pulled a goal back when Strang headed home powerfully from a corner. Hanratty then pulled off a stunning save to deny Darrell Anthony after his strike was deflected. Jack Wilson headed an Orrock cross wide as Shippy tried in vain to get another one back as the clock ticked down. Shipyard conceded a fourth in a dreadful fashion as Costello tried to beat his man following a pass back, only to be dispossessed by David Lindsay who gleefully knocked the ball into the empty net.
We travel to the Warout Stadium next week (18/09/2021) to face Glenrothes in a Conference B league match.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; S. Glancy; M. James; S. Strang; J. Galloway (C. McManus); S. Keatings (JP McPhail); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Orrock; J. Wilson. Unused Subs: R. Gallacher & M. Gibb.
Peebles Rovers: C. Hanratty; G. Tickle; C. Mitchell; L. Andrew; M. Kinross; D. Lindsay; R. Lamb; M. Shiels; L. MacLean; B. Blair; R. Walker. Subs: D. Skinner; C. Smith; J. Dodds; L. Cormack.
The Shipyard bowed out of this season’s Scottish Cup in the cruellest of fashion as they lost a penalty shoot out to Dalkeith Thistle. A rip roaring cup tie had the crowd enthralled with goals, incident and controversy and over the two games it was no surprise that it took penalties to separate the sides. Dalkeith will now travel to face Clydebank in the next round. The game finished 3-3 at the end of ninety minutes and it was still all square after each team had taken their regulation five kicks, with Iain Millar hitting the post for Shippy and Duncan Muir blasting high and wide for the Jags. In sudden death both scored their first kick before Sandy Strang saw his kick saved by Shea Dowie leaving Matthew Johnston to net the winner. Mark James, Sam Glancy and Craig Watt all returned to the team for this replay.
Shipyard started well with Darrell Anthony seeing his drive tipped over by Dowie and Jack Wilson headed over from a corner. Darren Leslie headed wide in the thirteen minute before he broke the deadlock shortly after when he got in between two Shippy defenders to head into the net. Worse was to follow for Shipyard as Jack Morgan was brought down in the box and Leslie beat Scott Costello from the spot. The Shipyard were now very much up against it and were forced into an early change when Nathan Feeley limped off to be replaced by Ben Anthony. Wilson saw his drive punched clear by Dowie before a major flashpoint in the 41st minute. Shaun Keatings challenged Callum Bielski in the air with the Dalkeith man suffering a nasty cut to the head with it being clear that the contact was accidental, a view backed by the match officials. After a few seconds delay Bielski got up and stamped on Keatings’ foot and pushed him over, right in front of the officials’ eyes, leaving the ref with no option but to send him off once he had been patched up. Keatings was in the thick of the action again as his long range effort hit the top of the bar then B. Anthony had his shot blocked on the stroke of half-time.
The hosts created a great chance at the start of the second half but Josh Davidson could not get on the end of the cross delivered from the right-hand side. The Jags were rueing that miss a couple of minutes later as the Shipyard pulled a goal back when Wilson headed home a Keatings cross. The Shipyard contingent were buoyed by this, however, that positivity was short lived when Stephen Woods bundled home from a corner to make it 3-1 and re-establish their two goal lead. With thirteen minutes remaining B. Anthony found the net with a powerful drive to get Shippy right back in it and seconds later it was all square as the ball was knocked in from close range with either Wilson or home defender Johnston getting the final touch. It was one way traffic now with Shippy pinning the Jags back with Wilson seeing his shot deflected. Dowie then kept his side in the cup with two outstanding saves as he firstly denied B. Anthony whose curling shot looked destined for the top corner and then possibly an even better stop to prevent Wilson’s effort finding the net.
In the shootout, B. Anthony, Keatings, Wilson, D. Anthony and Jordan Galloway netted for the Shippy with Millar and Strang missing. Grieg Callaghan, Ross Aitchison, Darren McTernan, Jack Burrows, Scott Walker and Johnston were on target for Dalkeith with Muir the only one to miss.
We are back to league action on Saturday (11/09/2021) with Peebles Rovers visiting Recreation Park. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Dalkeith Thistle: S. Dowie; M. Johnston; R. Aitchison; G. Callaghan; S. Woods; J. Burrows; D. Leslie; D. Muir; J. Davidson; J. Morgan; C. Bielski. Subs: J. Grandison; D. McTernan; C. Leslie; R. Weston; S. Walker; K. Giese; J. Mackie; S. Ferguson.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; S. Glancy (S. Strang); M. James (J. Galloway); I. Millar; S. Orrock; S. Keatings; D. Anthony; C. Watt; N. Feeley (B. Anthony); J. Wilson. Unused Subs: JP. McPhail & R. Connor.
Following today’s draw for the 1st round of the Scottish Cup the winners of our replay against Dalkeith Thistle will travel to face West of Scotland Premier Division side Clydebank. The Bankies currently sit second in the division, one point behind leaders Auchinleck Talbot having played one game more. Clydebank are unbeaten in their league campaign having won eight and drawn four of their twelve matches. It is sure to be a tough tie whether ourselves or Dalkeith progress to face them at Holm Park on Saturday 18th September 2021.
The Shipyard and Dalkeith will have to do it all again next week after the teams drew 1-1 in front of a great crowd at Recreation Park. It was so pleasing for everyone at the club to see so many people from the town come out and support the team. The tie will be replayed next week at Kings Park Stadium with the winners facing Clydebank in the next round on Saturday 18th September. Ben Anthony opened the scoring for Shippy early on with Ross Aitchison equalising for the Jags after 21 minutes. Despite the best efforts of both teams neither could force a winner with both keepers making crucial saves and at the end of the day it was probably a fair result.
Shippy manager Dave Costello was forced into making three changes from last week with Mark James, Sam Glancy and Craig Watt all unavailable, Cammy Shaw, Scott Orrock and Nathan Feeley came in to replace them in the starting eleven.
Shipyard started on the front foot with Shaun Keatings driving forward before shooting just wide. The home team took the lead in the sixth minute when B. Anthony broke clear, he rounded the advancing keeper and slotted the ball home despite the best efforts of the Jags defence to block his strike. Matty Miller was in the right place to head clear following a corner before Thistle drew level on 21 minutes. A deep ball was played to the back post and Aitchison ghosted in to knock the ball home with a composed finish. The visitors started to dominate the game and went close in the 34th minute with Jack Morgan and Josh Davidson both having shots blocked and four minutes later Morgan saw Shippy keeper Scott Costello get a slight touch on his angled drive diverting it for a corner.
Shipyard spurned a great chance on the hour mark when Orrock got down the left-hand side and squared for Feeley, however, the striker saw his attempt blocked and Keatings was flagged offside as he attempted to bundle the ball over the line. Dalkeith thought they had taken the lead when Costello spilled the ball following a fierce strike but they were denied by the offside flag too. Jack Wilson saw his shot drift wide and Feeley was thwarted by a brave block from Jags keeper Shea Dowie. In the closing minutes Costello pulled off a great save from a Greig Callaghan drive and at the other end Shippy sub-Jordan Galloway saw his shot blocked by a defender with the keeper beaten. Shipyard nerves were jangling as Dalkeith forced a corner with time almost up, however, the defence stood firm and subsequently, we will have to do it all again next week. Shippy manager Costello said after the game “We had chances to win it as did Dalkeith and both keepers made good saves. I should have Jamesy, Rooney and Sam back for next week which will give me more options if I want to make changes. Once again, I thought big Milzy was outstanding, winning everything both in the air and on the ground, in what was a dominant performance.”
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; C. Shaw (C. McManus); R. O’Donnell; I. Millar; S. Orrock; S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; N. Feeley (J. Galloway); J. Wilson. Unused Subs: S. Strang; JP. McPhail; M. Gibb.
Dalkeith Thistle: S. Dowie; M. Johnston; R. Aitchison; S. Woods; G. Callaghan; J. Burrows; D. Leslie (J. Mackie); D. Muir; J. Davidson (R. Weston); J. Morgan; C. Bielski (D. McTernan). Unused Subs: K. Giese; S. Walker; J. Grandison; C. Miller; J. McAlpine.