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2009/2010 Season

Cupar Hearts. 7 Burntisland Shipyard. 0

Glendale Plastics League

Cupar Hearts. 7 Burntisland Shipyard. 0

The Shipyard had no answer to Cupar at Duffus Park in their final game of a poor season. Unavailability, travel difficulties, injury and suspension made manager Whitehead’s job of fielding a team almost impossible.

From the outset it was Cupar who did all the pressing and scoring after only 2 minutes ensured it would be a long night for the Shipyard defence. Two more goals were scored before half-time and Scott Chalmers kept the score down with a fine save from a penalty kick. The second half started in the same fashion and when Cupar were awarded a second penalty, this time it was converted in fine style. Although the Shipyard threatened now and again Cupar continued to score at regular intervals and finished up with a total of seven.

Now that the season is over it will give the manager a chance to build his own squad for the next campaign and hopefully the club can have a better season with a bit more stability all round.

Teams: Cupar Hearts: McEwan; Fraser; Gilfillan; McLean; Sharp; McInroy; L. Sibanda; Smith; M. Reilly; Johnstone; Pryde; Subs: G.Reilly; Makein; Anderson; Kinhart; Tulleth.

Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Brown; Aitken; Morris; Allan; Huskie; Muirhead; Brough; Johnston; O’Hanlon; McCue.

Referee: J. Cooper.

Burntisland Shipyard. 2 Eastvale. 6

Challenge Cup 2nd Round

Burntisland Shipyard. 2 Eastvale. 6

The Shipyard turned in a lacklustre performance against Eastvale, which was disappointing after some good performances in recent matches against top opposition. The Shipyard conceded an incredible SIX goals in 27 minutes either side of half-time. Unfortunately for manager Billy Whitehead,  Hamilton and Millar dropped out through suspension, Cook and Ferguson were still injured.

The Shipyard had the first chance after 11minutes when Brown received a short corner from McCue, however, his shot was held by keeper Gardner. Eastvale were next to have an effort a minute later and Chalmers saved from Armit. In 25 minutes Chalmers was called into action again, this time to save a header from a free-kick. In 27 minutes Bristow headed over from a McCue cross. Then Bristow intercepted a pass-back pushed the ball by Gardner, however, Gardner used his strength to hold Bristow off to let the ball roll out for a goal kick. At this point the Shipyard collapsed when Eastvale scored 2 goals in as many minutes through a fine Beaumont strike and a Miller shot after running through unchallenged. The Shipyard rallied briefly and saw a Bristow shot go over the bar. Right on half-time the unmarked Armit made it 3 – 0 to Eastvale.

The second half continued in the same fashion with Eastvale in control and after 51 minutes it was Kerr who was allowed to run through unchalleged to make it 4 – 0. The Shipyard again rallied and Aitken saw his free-kick saved and O’Hanlon also saw his shot saved. In the 61st minute Eastvale scored a fifth when again the forward was free and he lobbed Chalmers. 3 minutes later it was 6 – 0 when the ball broke in the box to the Eastvale player and he fired it home. At this stage it seemed that Eastvale were going to score at will, however, substitute Mark Brough pulled a goal back for the Shipyard after rounding the keeper. In 85 minutes the Shipyard pulled another goal back when Brian Muirhead scored the goal of the game with an excellent free-kick from 25 yards. All in all Eastvale fully deserved their emphatic win and left the Shipyard looking forward to the end of the season and the chance to rebuild.

Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Aitken; Brown; Muirhead; Morris; Huskie; Forrest; Johnston; O’Hanlon; Bristow(Brough); McCue. Unused Sub: Allan.

Eastvale: Gardner; Thomson; Halley; Kennedy; Winn; Beaumont; Kerr; Forrester; Miller; Armit; Coull. Subs: McLeish; Kirk; Laing.

Referee: K. Maskell.

Leven United. 1 Burntisland Shipyard.1

Glendale Plastics League

Leven United.1 Burntisland Shipyard.1

The Shipyard dented Leven’s title aspirations at King George V Park with a late penalty equaliser, handing the initiative to Cupar for the League run in. Manager Whitehead had the luxury of almost a full squad with only Cook, Ferguson and Forrest being out.

In 6 minutes the Shipyard had the first effort on goal when after good build up, Huskie had his shot blocked. Leven responded immediately and Chalmers saved after a long ball was latched on to in the box. From the corner the ball broke to a Leven player but he shot wide. Leven were now putting the Shipyard defence under pressure and had three attempts at goal in as many minutes but, found Chalmers in fine form. Leven continued to dominate the first half with Chalmers pulling off another couple of saves. The Shipyard lost Allan to injury during the first half and he was replaced by Muirhead. Just on half-time a good run from Brown was wasted by a poor shot.

In the second half the Shipyard had the best of the early exchanges with a McCue free-kick being held by Seath in the Leven goal. 3 minutes later the same player put in a good cross but, there were no takers. In the 62nd minute a short corner from the Shipyard saw Aitken get a shooting opportunity but, his right foot effort was weak. Leven had the best chance of the match when McInnes burst through the Shipyard defence, only for Brown to put him under pressure and force him to shoot wide. Substitute O’Hanlon then shot over after good work from McCue. In 70 minutes Hamilton was next to try his luck with a shot from the edge of the box that also went over. Two minutes later Millar got into a good position but could not deliver a cross. In 73 minutes a swirling cross had Chalmers in trouble and he managed to palm the ball onto the bar before it was hacked clear. When the ball was worked back into the box Murray was standing all alone, looking suspiciously offside, he controlled the ball and fired it passed Chalmers to give Leven the Lead. The Shipyard stuck to the task and Brown and Bristow both had shots just wide. In 85 minutes O’Hanlon appeared to be fouled in the box and the referee agreed. Much to the Leven player’s disgust he awarded a penalty. Brian Muirhead kept his cool to blast the ball high into the net for a deserved equaliser. Leven tried to get the winner but the Shipyard defence stood firm and Leven’s efforts were all in vain.

Teams: Leven United: Seath; Beattie; S. Murray; Smith; Lamont; McInnes; K. Murray; Orrock; Read; J. Murray; Rowbotham. Subs: McLuskie; D.Murray; Gartshore; McDonald.

Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Brown; Aitken; Allan (Muirhead); Morris; Huskie (Bristow); Hamilton; Millar; Johnston; Bell (O’Hanlon); McCue. Unused Sub: Brough.

Referee: J. Blake.

Burntisland Shipyard. 2 Lumphinnans United. 2

Glendale Plastics League

Burntisland Shipyard. 2 Lumphinnans United. 2

Both teams served up a very good game at Recreation Park. Lumphinnans with no fewer than seven ex-Shipyard players in their ranks plus three out injured, obviously arrived with something to prove. Shipyard manager Whitehead made one change to the starting line-up from Saturday with Allan replacing the injured Cook. Brown somehow recovered from his injury to take his place in the team.

Lumphinnans broke the deadlock in the 8th minute with Sartarello scoring a trademark headed goal, rising at the back post to beat keeper Chalmers to the ball and head over him into the net. Johnston had a chance a minute later to equalise but, his effort was wide. Johnston went close again in the 13th minute, this time the keeper parried the ball away but, only to O’Hanlon who saw his shot blocked for a corner. Lumphinnans almost caught the Shipyard out with a quick free-kick but, Chalmers was alert to save comfortably. Both teams were creating opportunities and Johnston turned and shot over. A free-kick from Muirhead was high and wide, then Lumphinnans had a chance when Dair had a shot saved by Chalmers. In the 31st minute after a great run from Hamilton,  his left foot shot was heading in until McGregor somehow tipped it onto the underside of the bar and the ball was scrambled clear. Then a minute later the Shipyard hit the woodwork again when O’Hanlon’s speculative shot left the keeper stranded but, his effort bounced back off the post. Dair again had a good chance when he was through on Chalmers but, he could not beat him as Chalmers gathered the ball. On 40 minutes Lumphinans took a 2-0 lead when Sutherland struck a fine left foot shot over Chalmers and into the net. The Shipyard had the last chance of the half when Allan headed over from Brown’s corner.

Johnston had the first chance of the second half for the Shipyard but, McGregor blocked his shot. Chalmers then produced a good save from Hardie,before Adamson headed wide from a good position. The Shipyard were back in the game in the 53rd when O’Hanlon, the keeper and a defender all went for the ball and it broke to Neil Johnston who rolled the ball into the empty net. The Shipyard were pressing for an equaliser but could not create a clear cut chance. In the 70th minute substitute Forrest had a shot at goal which went well wide, then 3 minutes later Huskie crossed to McCue who laid the ball off to Hamilton, his scuffed shot fell to O’Hanlon but, he could not direct his effort on goal. 4 minutes from time Mark Hamilton scored a fine equaliser for the Shipyard striking a great shot from 20 yards over the keeper and into the net. Lumphinnans were now happy to settle for a draw as the Shipyard were now on top and looking the stronger team. There were to be no more goals in what was a hard fought contest with a draw probably the fair result, though the Shipyard may point to the two efforts that hit the woodwork as being the closest to another goal.

Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Morris (McCue); Aitken; Muirhead; Allan; Brown (Bell); Hamilton; Millar (Forrest); Johnston; O’Hanlon; Huskie. Unused Subs: Brough and McCrindle.

Lumphinnans United: McGregor; Cochrane, Hardie; McMillan; Robinson; Sutherland; Dair; Harvey; Adamson; Sarterello; Child. Subs: Thomson; Lynas; Stenhouse; Lister.

Referee: G. MacDonald.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts. 0 Burntisland Shipyard. 4

Glendale Plastics League

Inverkeithing H.S. 0  Burntisland Shipyard. 4

The Shipyard recorded a much needed win against losing Fife Cup Semi-Finalists Inverkeithing at Ballast Bank. Although both sides were below strength, it was the Shipyard who dominated most of the game and some poor finishing was all that stopped the Shipyard from running up a huge score. Manager Whitehead was boosted by the return from injury of Cook, Brown and Muirhead but was missing Bristow, McCue and Ferguson among others.

In 4 minutes O’Hanlon had the first chance after some good build up but shot wide. 3 minutes later it was O’Hanlon again with a chance after receiving a pass from Johnston, his shot was stopped by the keeper Harley’s legs. From the resultant corner Millar had a free header but, put it over the bar. In the 9th minute Inverkeithing had their first chance when Hamilton was short with a headed passback, centre forward Satha gathered the ball but, his lobbed effort was over the bar. In 10 minutes O’Hanlon had another chance and shot wide again. In the 13th minute the goal that the Shipyard had been threatening arrived when after good passing from Hamilton and Millar, O’Hanlon miss kicked his shot but, it fell to the unmarked Neil Johnston at the back post and he knocked the ball over the line. The Shipyard were playing some good football and pinning Inverkeithing back. In 20 minutes Aitken played in a great free-kick from the left that Millar somehow put over from 3 yards out. Brown then had a shot at goal but fired over from 20 yards. In the 25th minute Chalmers was called into action to tip a great free-kick effort from around 30 yards over the bar. In the 31st minute O’Hanlon turned provider, setting up Huskie with a great chance but, Huskie delayed his shot and the defence closed down his attempt. Good interplay between Millar and Johnston set up the former for a shot at goal which sailed over the bar. Still it was the Shipyard doing all the attacking and in the 34th minute a good run and cross from Huskie set up Hamilton but, he headed wide. 2 minutes later Muirhead won the ball in midfield and passed to Johnston who made good ground down the wing. Muirhead continued his run into the box and when Johnston returned the ball to him, he suffered a nose bleed and went on to fluff two efforts at goal. The Shipyard suffered another injury blow when Cook fell awkwardly and damaged his knee, he was replaced by Allan. Despite all the pressure it was Inverkeithing who should have scored  after 40 minutes when Dey shot wide with the goal at his mercy. The last action of the first half saw Millar miss another chance when O’Hanlon and Brown set him up but he blazed his shot over.

The second half almost got off to a sensational start when from the kick-off Millar shot from the halfway line, only to see the Inverkeithing replacement keeper tip the ball onto the bar and over. From the corner the Shipyard increased their lead when Myles Allan rose at the back post to head in O’Hanlon’s corner kick. In 49 minutes a Muirhead free-kick was well held by the keeper. 3 minutes later O’Hanlon had another attempt, this time the keeper was made to work and saved his shot. Huskie was next to have a go and saw his shot from 12 yards well saved by the keeper. 2 minutes later saw Johnston have a shot at goal that the keeper saved with his legs, Hamilton’s follow-up shot was wide of the target.  More injury woe followed when Brown suffered a nasty shin injury coming off the worst in a 50/ 50 challenge and had to be replaced. Huskie then saw a header go over the bar before, great play between Hamilton and Millar saw the latter clean through on the keeper. In trying to round the keeper he was tripped and a penalty was awarded, to everone’s surprise the keeper was not sent off. This was to prove crucial as he pulled off a fantastic save from Millar’s kick. O’Hanlon was through on the keeper in the 80th minute and was once again thwarted, this time by the keepers legs. Greig O’Hanlon was not to be denied though as a minute later Johnston beat the offside trap to run through before passing to him for an easy tap-in. In the 85th Minute Neil Johnston completed the scoring when again beating the offside trap, this time he did not square the ball, instead rolling the ball passed the keeper and into the net. The Inverkeithing keeper was not happy with the offside decision and was sent off for his protests. This resulted in the original keeper (they swapped position at half-time) going back in goals. It was not to be Millar’s day in front of goal as he again was off target in the 89th minute hitting his shot over the bar. He did however, still produce a man of the match performance.

Teams: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts: Harley; Urbaniak; Simpson; McGillvary; Wilson; Wardrop; Dodman; Jamieson; Satha; Appleby; Gordon. Subs: Dey and Hardie.

Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Morris; Aitken; Muirhead; Cook (Allan); Brown (Dziennik); Hamilton; Millar; Johnston; O’Hanlon; Huskie.

Referee: J. Stokoe.

Burntisland Shipyard. 0 Kettle United. 2

Glendale Plastics League

Burntisland Shipyard. 0 Kettle United. 2

The Shipyard today again struggled to field a team due to injury and unavailability, opponents Kettle United were also understrength, in what was a very low key match on a cold and windy afternoon in Burntisland.

The first few minutes of the game were very uneventful and it wasn’t until the 17th minute that the first chance was created when good link up play between Hamilton and Millar gave the latter a shooting chance but, he blasted over. A minute later Hamilton struck a free-kick from fully 30 yards but, it was straight at the keeper. Chalmers was first called into action a minute later and held the effort easily. In 23 minutes the Shipyard were hit with yet another injury blow when Chris Miller limped off to be replaced by manager Whitehead. It was Whitehead who almost broke the deadlock when his powerful header from a Corner was tipped over the bar by Kettle keeper Clements. From the resultant corner Hamilton headed just wide. In 32 minutes Kettle were not given offside and Chalmers done well to block the shot from the in rushing forward. O’Hanlon had a  chance for the Shipyard after good work from Johnston but, he shot wide.In the 40th minute Eastaugh of Kettle had a shot from a narrow angle saved by Chalmers. A minute later from almost an identical position Moffat did find the net with a fine strike to put Kettle ahead. Just on half-time McCue crossed to Johnston who headed wide.

It was 10 minutes into the second half before another chance came along and Johnston really should have equalised. He done well to shield the ball from a throw in, then turn but he shot over from the corner of the 6 yard box. In 64 minutes Johnston had another effort when he headed over from a corner. 4 minutes later in what was their first attack of the second half, Kettle made it 2-0 with another fine finish, this time from Hampton who hit a loose ball over Chalmers from the edge of the box. In 78 minutes Kettle then hit a free-kick over the bar from distance. Shipyard substitute Beveridge then remarkably had three chances in as many minutes to give the Shipyard some hope. Firstly in 89 minutes he miss hit a left foot shot that trickled into the keepers hands, then he could not get a good connection as he stretched at the back post to meet a low cross and the ball went wide. In injury time the ball broke to him 12 yards out, this time his powerful shot just went wide of the post. Although the Shipyard were unlucky to lose, Kettle took their chances when they came along.

Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Ferguson; Aitken; Morris; Dziennik(Mi. Beveridge); Huskie; Hamilton; Millar(Whitehead); Johnston; O’Hanlon; McCue.

Kettle United: Clements; Moffat; Montgomery; G. Simpson; B. Simpson; Wainwright; Morgan; Hampton; Campbell; Eastaugh;S. Beveridge. Subs: Grewar; Ma. Beveridge; Gallacher; Harris.

Referee: R. Malcolm

Eastvale. 5 Burntisland Shipyard. 1

Glendale Plastics League

Eastvale. 5  Burntisland Shipyard. 1

A patched up Shipyard side turned in a very poor performance at Greig Park, Windygates. Still beset by injury and unavailability Manager Whitehead had only 13 players to choose from and some of them were nowhere near fit.

On a very bumpy pitch it was the Shipyard who had the first chance  after 10 minutes when Allan headed on a free-kick but, the stretching O’Hanlon could not keep his shot down. Two minutes later a corner from the Eastvale right had to be scrambled clear for another corner. Eastvale broke the deadlock from another corner when Connolly scored with a free header. 10 minutes later Cook pulled up trying to cut out a long ball which left Douglas a free run on goal, he managed to score at the second attempt. Cook could not continue and had to be replaced by Brough. In 30 minutes the Eastvale keeper Gardner dropped a long ball and just managed to gather before it crossed the line. In 34 minutes great work on the byeline by O’Hanlon saw him pass to Johnston, who laid the ball off to Hamilton but his shot was off target. The Shipyard got back into the match when a free-kick from McCue was powerfully headed home by Myles Allan. The game came to a bizarre halt when shipyard manager Billy Whitehead thought the ball was out of play and caught the ball, however it was still at least a yard in play. Everyone did see the funny side of it though and the ref gave a drop ball. In the 43rd minute Eastvale should have increased their lead, when the Shipyard stopped, appealing for an offside that never came, 4 Eastvale players were through on goal but Chalmers managed to block the effort. On the stroke of half-time Eastvale did get another, when a free-kick was parried by Chalmers only Forrester followed in to score easily and make it 3 – 1.

A minute into the second half and the Shipyard had another let-off when Chalmers misjudged another long ball but, the Eastvale player shot narrowly wide. In 49 minutes it was Brown’s turn to misjudge  a long ball, with it slicing off his foot to Douglas who squared to Connolly and he scored his second goal. A good run by McCue set up Millar who cut inside a defender and smashed a great shot just over the bar with the keeper beaten. In 75 minutes it was 5 – 1 when the ball was headed home at the front post from another well delivered corner. 6 minutes from time the Shipyard’s Millar was sent off for a second bookable offence. To round off a bad night for the Shipyard the showers were not working properly.

Teams: Eastvale: Gardner; Kerr; Murrie; Kennedy; Winn; Thomson; Connolly; Forrester; Miller; Armit; Douglas. Subs: Laing; Coull; Allan; Westwood; Kirk.

Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Morris; Aitken; Allan; Cook(Brough); Brown; Hamilton; Millar; Johnston; O’Hanlon; McCue. Unused Sub: Muirhead.

Referee: P. McAvinue.

Strathmiglo United. 2 Burntisland Shipyard. 1

Glendale Plastics League

Strathmiglo United. 2 Burntisland Shipyard. 1

The Shipyard were decimated by call off’s for this match with no fewer than 12 players being unavailable for one reason or another, even a guy just watching the game was asked to take a sub shirt. The match was played on a very poor surface, on a cold but bright night.

The Shipyard were first to show and after 2 minutes Millar shot just wide after a lay off from Johnston. In 9 minutes the Shipyard took the lead when Hamilton crossed for Kevin Huskie to score, with a well placed header. The Shipyard went close again when O’Hanlon crossed but Johnston could not get a touch on the ball. Strath’s first chance arrived when McCreadie burst through, although he looked offside, Chalmers blocked his effort. The Shipyard were dealt a blow when Muirhead was forced off injured, he was replaced by McCrindle making his Shipyard debut. In the 19th minute McCreadie headed over from a good position but, two minutes later it was the Shipyard back on the attack. Millar was fouled on the edge of the box and McCue’s powerful free- kick was headed over for a corner, with the keeper looking beaten. In 37 minutes Anderson hit a free-kick for Strath that Chalmers saved comfortably. In the Shipyard’s next attack Johnston showed great skill to bring the ball down on his chest and then produce an overhead kick that Sampson saved. Back came Strath and McCreadie shot wide from 20 yards. In 44 minutes Strath broke down the right and when Cook failed to clear, McCreadie got a touch on the ball but Chalmers was there to smother it. This was to be Cook’s last involvement as he injured himself in trying to clear. His replacement was the mercurial Robertson or Nappy to his friends. The Shipyard had the last effort of the first half but, O’Hanlon’s lobbed shot was well over the bar.

The second half started with the Shipyard now without two of their starting back four. It was the Shipyard who went close in 47 minutes when the ball broke to O’Hanlon and from a tight angle he blasted an effort just wide of the near post. O’Leary of Strath then drove in a shot that Chalmers held. In 54 minutes McCreadie again had a chance which was saved, though the Shipyard defence were justified in claiming for a blatant push. Johnston then gathered the ball midway in the Strath half, held off a challenge but shot over. Johnston was involved again, this time linking with McCue to set up Millar, who had his shot charged down. In 71 minutes McCue then put in a great cross from the left but, there were no taker’s. Strath equalised when the Shipyard were down to ten men with McCrindle off receiving treatment. O’Leary was afforded space in the box and struck a fine left foot shot into the net. McCrindle could not continue and Whitehead had to come on to replace him. Strath then scored what turned out to be the winner with 4 minutes to go when a ball in from the right was swept into the net from around 10 yards. The Shipyard could count themselves unlucky after putting in a good show, especially with so many missing, in a game well handled  by referee Martin.

Teams: Strathmiglo United: Sampson; O’Leary; Slaven; Duncan; Ritchie; Nicoll; Anderson; McKie; McCreadie; Ford; McLaughlin. Subs: Patrick; Calder.

Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Brown; Muirhead(McCrindle) (Whitehead); Allan; Cook(Robertson); Huskie; Hamilton; Millar; Johnston; O’Hanlon; McCue.

Referee: N. Martin.