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2021/2022 Season

Burntisland Shipyard 1-0 Kinnoull

Don’t you know it pump it up, the Shippy are going up!

Well then!!! We got there in the end, securing a top seven finish and a place in the new first division for next season. The 1-0 victory over Kinnoull sealed the deal and it sent the vast majority of the 197 in attendance at Recreation Park home in a jubilant mood. Although it was a narrow win the Shippy were well worth the three points as they had several excellent chances to score more goals and also kept the visitors to very few sights of goal. Manager Dave Costello said after the game “I’m absolutely delighted for everyone. We had to be at a good level today as Kinnoull came here to give us a game, however, we were up for it and I thought we were dominant for much of the game. I would have been happier if we had converted a couple more of the chances that came our way as it’s always a bit tense with only a one goal lead in the closing minutes.” He went on to add “I am very proud of my players today. They did everything I asked of them and to a man they gave their all. I must give a special mention to big Jack who moved into defence today and kept their top scorer Rhys Davies quiet.”

Benji finds the net for the vital goal.

Costy had his usual selection headaches with regulars Mark James and Craig Watt suspended so he decided to go with Jack Wilson partnering big Millzy in the centre of defence.

The Shipyard started the game on the front foot and put some pressure on the visitor’s defence and they had a Darrell Anthony “goal” correctly disallowed for handball. Kinnoull’s first opportunity arrived in the 17th minute but Davies’ effort was never going to trouble Scott Costello in the Shipyard goals. The Shippy missed a great chance in the 31st minute when D. Anthony got his head to a wicked Shaun Keatings free-kick delivery but the midfielder could not keep his attempt on target. His brother Ben then saw his header saved by Kinnoull keeper Lukasz Osinski.

Jack Wilson was outstanding at the back.

Kinnoull missed their best chance of the match in the 48th minute when indecision in the Shippy defence allowed Davies a chance but the striker could not put his lobbed effort on target. The Shipyard were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute when the referee adjudged that Keatings’ drive from outside the area was handled in the box. Despite vociferous complaints from the Kinnoull players the ref was not going to change his mind and once the dust had settled Benji tucked the spot kick away to give his side a precious lead. News was filtering through that Heriot Watt University were surprisingly winning easily and scoring at will against Luncarty so the Shippy new that only a win would do. The Shipyard were awarded another penalty in the 62nd minute and the only argument this time was about the lack of punishment administered to the defender who brought down Dan Thomson as he bore down on the keeper. Most in attendance thought a red card was inevitable and they were astonished when not even a yellow was flashed. Osinski saved Benji’s kick this time and although Benji got to the rebound first perhaps brother Darrell was in a better position to knock the ball home instead of Osinski saving again. Costello saved an Anthony Holt free-kick before the Shippy were given a boost when Mark Smith received a second yellow card reducing Kinnoull to ten men. The Shipyard should have sewn the game up two minutes later when Benji burst clear but with only Osinski to beat the big keeper got the better of him again blocking his shot. To rub salt into the Shippy striker’s wounds Osinski saved the follow up too. Darrell almost sealed it with five minutes remaining but his angled drive swerved away from the far post. The Shippy were able to see out the remaining five minutes plus the four added without any problems and the final whistle was greeted with jubilant scenes amongst the players and spectators.


Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; R. O’Donnell; J. Wilson; I. Millar; S. Orrock; S. Keatings (S. Strang); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy (R. Crichton); D. Thomson (J. Galloway). Unused Subs: L. Ross; S. Walton; R. Connor.

Kinnoull: L. Osinski; K. Woolley; C. Scott (F. Wilson); P. Anderson; L. Woolley; P. Brown; A. Philips (C. Robertson); A. Holt; R. Davies; M. Smith; B. Ragan. Unused Subs: J. Chisholm; T. McCluskey; R. Kinnaird; J. MacKenzie; J. Duncan.

Referee: A. Simmonds.

Luncarty 3-0 Burntisland Shipyard

Shippy lose in Perthshire.

The quest for a top seven finish will go right down to the wire following the weekend results. A 3-0 defeat for the Shippy coupled with a last gasp 1-0 win for Heriot Watt University leaves the gap at two points with one game remaining. Both teams are at home on Saturday with the Shipyard hosting Kinnoull while the Uni welcome Luncarty.

The Shippy travelled to Perthshire on Friday night to face Luncarty and came away empty handed following a disappointing lose, their first league defeat since 9th December. The circumstances of the defeat frustrated manager Dave Costello and he said after the match. “We didn’t deserve to lose three nil. I don’t think Luncarty created a whole host of chances, the first two goals were very poor defensively and before the third there is a clear foul on Sam in the build-up. We had three goals disallowed for offside and big Jack hit the bar so we were well in the game. We also had two shouts for penalties which unsurprisingly were turned down.” When asked about the officials’ performance he would not be drawn and only said “It’s not worth it. Everyone here seen it. When Deano, one of the mildest mannered people you could meat gets booked for complaining and raising his voice then I’m sure you get the picture.” Costello’s observations were certainly echoed by the large Shipyard support in the crowd with many baffled by the youthful officials’ decisions.

Keatsy was unlucky on more than one occasion.

The Shippy got off to the worst possible start as Luncarty took the lead in the 4th minute when Iain Millar slipped allowing Aaron Carlon to deliver a cross that was headed home by the unmarked Olly Hamilton. A Shaun Keatings drive was parried away by home keeper Mike Patton and a Millar head flick from a Stuart Walton long throw was booted clear. A scrambled effort that went in was correctly ruled offside, however, a Keatings curling strike into the top corner looked to be well onside but unfortunately the officials’ thought otherwise. Darrell Anthony saw his powerful shot pushed away as the Shippy looked the more likely at this stage. It was the hosts who scored a second in the 41st and once again a cross from the right-hand side was not dealt with and Ben Scarborough had the simple task of knocking the ball home.

Jack saw his strike come back off the bar.

The second half was only eight minutes old when Luncarty scored a third when Scarborough curled a great effort into the top corner. Shippy sub Jack Wilson hit the bar with a thunderous strike before Keatsy was booked for diving despite there being a clear foul on the winger. Ben Anthony then saw a “goal” disallowed for an apparent offside as the Shippy kept going in search of something from the match. In the dying stages Mark James was red carded for something he said to his manager that the referee seemingly didn’t like.

On Saturday (28/05/2022) we are at home to Kinnoull in what promises to be a tense conclusion to the season where three points will seal a top seven finish whatever happens at the Oriam. We look for your continued excellent support to help get the team over the line. Kick-off at Recreation Park is at 2.30pm.

Luncarty: M. Patton; D; Walker; K. Sinclair; D. Dobie; L. Mackie; C. Mitchell; K. Dewar; K. Green; B. Scarborough; O. Hamilton; A. Carlon. Subs: J. Yates; S. Nicol; S. Burton; S. Sutherland; C. Anton.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; L. Ross; R. O’Donnell; M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt (S. Orrock); S. Keatings (J. Galloway); D. Anthony (S. Strang); B. Anthony; S. Glancy (J. Wilson); S. Walton (D. Thomson). Unused Subs: M. Miller & R. Connor.

Referee: S. McLelland.

Lochore Welfare 1-3 Burntisland Shipyard

Anthony brothers secure the points.

The Shipyard took a huge stride towards securing a top seven finish with a well-deserved win in a fiercely contested match against Lochore Welfare at Central Park on Saturday. The 3-1 win see’s the Shippy move five points clear of Heriot Watt University with two games remaining for both clubs.

Ryan O’Donnell, Shaun Keatings and Sam Glancy replaced Matty Miller, Scott Orrock and Jack Wilson from last week’s win at Hawick. This wasn’t a game for the faint hearted as both teams gave their all with some meaty challenges being put in all over the park. However, that didn’t detract from what was a good game of football.

Darrell celebrates his opener.

The first chance of the match fell the way of Dan Thomson and the big midfielder saw his driven shot pushed away by Welfare keeper Declan Morgan for a corner. The home team replied with a ball fired across the face of the Shippy goals. The Shipyard made the breakthrough in the 26th minute when Darrell Anthony headed home following a long throw in from the right-hand side. Lochore rarely threatened for the remainder of the half with the Shippy content with their lead.

Benji fires home the third goal.

The game became much more open in the second half with Thomson twice and Lewis Ross having efforts blocked. Good work from Ben Anthony set up Keatings but Morgan was well placed to hold his shot. Against the run of play Lochore drew level in the 63rd minute when Calum Murray rose unchallenged at the back post to head home from a corner. The parity lasted not much more than a minute as Benji latched onto a Craig Watt ball and calmly slotted the ball beyond Morgan, much to the delight of the away support. Welfare were dealt a blow when Matthew Christie received a second yellow card leaving them to see out the rest of the match a man light. Murray shot wide for the hosts before the Shippy really should have sealed it. Benji broke clear and rounded the keeper and looked certain to score, however, he delayed his shot allowing a defender to get back and block. Substitute Sandy Strang headed wide from the resultant corner and at the other end Watt did well to head a powerful strike over at the expense of a corner. The Shippy sealed the win and the vital three points in added time as Benji gathered the ball at the edge of the box and drove the ball into the bottom corner sparking jubilant scenes on and off the pitch. After the match manager Dave Costello said “I’m delighted. I though we put in a great performance today, dominating for much of the match. We scored three, should have had more and I can’t recall Scott making a save. To a man they all gave me everything.” He went on to add “We’re not over the line yet but we have put ourselves in a very good position with only two games remaining.”

The next match takes place on Friday evening (20/5/22) as we travel to face Luncarty in the penultimate match of the season. Kick-off at Brownlands Park is at 7.30pm. The Club is running a bus to the match and a limited number of seats can be booked through the usual channels.

Lochore Welfare: D. Morgan; K. Harris (S. Cusick); C. Murray; E. Anderson (A. Wood); M. Christie; E. Sutherland; J. Kirby; P. Thomson; L. Thomson; S. Renton; S. Small. Unused Sub: J. Adam.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; L. Ross; R. O’Donnell; M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt; S. Keatings; D. Anthony (S. Strang); B. Anthony; S. Glancy; D. Thomson (J. Galloway). Unused Subs: S. Walton & R. Connor.

Referee: R. Bowie.

Hawick Royal Albert 1-4 Burntisland Shipyard

Shippy ease to comfortable win.

The Shipyard gathered another three points on the road after a 4-1 win at lowly Hawick on Saturday. Goals from Ben Anthony, Jack Wilson, Jordan Galloway and Raymond Crichton sent the Shippy fans in attendance at Albert Park home happy. Despite Wilson being sent off in the 79th minute with the score at 2-0, the visitors were not knocked off their stride and remained in control and only a very harsh penalty awarded to Hawick, converted by Lewis Swaney, gave the hosts some consolation. Regulars Shaun Keatings, Sam Glancy, Ryan O’Donnell and Stuart Walton were all missing, however, there was still a strong 16-man squad that travelled to the borders.

The task was quite simple for the Shipyard players, get three points and move on to the next match and they set about their business confidently as they created a couple of early chances. A Wilson pass set up Anthony and Albert keeper Sam Scott did well to push away the powerful shot. Then the roles were reversed as Wilson’s lobbed effort was cleared. The Shippy came close in the 25th minute as Benji’s curling effort came back off the post. The deadlock was broken in the 32nd minute when Benji was pulled back in the box. It was a clear penalty with many surprised that the referee took no action against the offending Hawick defender. Scott was unlucky as he got a hand to Anthony’s strike but could not keep the ball out of the net. Hawick were by no means out of it and it took a great save from Scott Costello to deny Davis Hope whose header looked net bound.

Costy produced a vital save shortly before half-time.

Iain Millar headed a corner wide before the Shippy doubled their lead in comical fashion. Scott came out to clear the ball but took a fresh air swipe at the ball. Wilson gathered the loose ball and looked set to score, however, Scott recovered and dived at the ball only for Wilson retain possession and knock it past a couple of recovering defenders and into the net. Scott remained grounded requiring attention to an injury though he was able to continue after two or three minutes. Was it a foul? The referee didn’t think so and the Shippy were looking comfortable two goals ahead. Mark James hit the woodwork from another Shipyard corner as the visitors remained in control and it soon became 3-0 as substitute Jordan Galloway rifled home a free-kick from the edge of the box. Hawick were awarded a somewhat controversial penalty in the 90th minute when the referee adjudged that Lee Henderson had fouled Swaney. There appeared to be no contact whatsoever as the big striker went down but there was enough to convince the referee otherwise. Swaney dispatched the spot kick past Costello sending him the wrong way. There was still time for the Shippy to grab another goal as Crichton latched onto Sandy Strang’s flick on and Mondo produced a composed finish to beat Scott.

Jamesy turned in another solid display.

Manager Dave Costello spoke after the game saying “I thought we did well today on what was a difficult pitch. We have scored four goals away from home so I am pleased with that. We coped very well after Jack was sent off and overall, we defended very well, not giving Hawick many opportunities at all.”

Next Saturday we travel the short distance to Crosshill to face Lochore Welfare in what is sure to be another tough game. Kick-off at Central Park is at 2.30pm.

Hawick Royal Albert United: S. Scott; J. Shankie; T. Fowler; D. Hope; S. Solley; L. Robertson; L. Swaney; E. Gray (R. Inglis); R. McPherson (J. Ngoa); G. Ford; K. Murphy (D. Kemp).

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; L. Ross; M. Miller (L. Henderson); M. James; I. Millar; C. Watt (J. Galloway); D. Thomson (S. Strang); S. Orrock (R. Crichton); B. Anthony; J. Wilson; D. Anthony. Unused Sub: R. Connor.

Referee: D. MacKinnon.

Easthouses Lily MW 1-2 Burntisland Shipyard

Late rally secures all three points.

The Shipyard produced a stirring fightback to take three vital points against nine man Easthouses Lily MW at Newbattle Complex on Saturday. Goals from substitute Stuart Walton and Jack Wilson secured the victory as the home side lost their discipline in the last 20 minutes resulting in them finishing the game with nine men, as the Shippy pressed for an equaliser and ultimately a winner. Manager Dave Costello made three changes from last week’s game against Glenrothes with Shaun Keatings suspended, Scott Costello unavailable and Walton dropping to the bench. Mikey Couser, Scott Orrock and Jack Wilson came in to replace them.

Easthouses took the lead in the 10th minute following a free-kick and despite the Shippy seeing plenty of the ball they could not fashion an equaliser in the first half. As the second half wore on and still no sign of a goal coming Costy made a triple substitution with 25 minutes remaining with Jordan Galloway, Raymond Crichton and Walton coming on for Matty Miller, Dan Thomson and Sandy Strang. Shortly after this change the Shipyard were handed a numerical advantage as Easthouses were reduced to 10 men. The Shippy were now exerting a lot of pressure on the hosts and their discipline let them down again as a second player saw red giving the visitors a two man advantage. Almost immediately the Shipyard drew level as Walton scored his first goal for the Club with ten minutes remaining. Although the clock was ticking down the Shippy remained composed and disciplined and they got their reward when Wilson headed home for a late winner.

Big Jack headed late winner for the Shippy.

Manager Dave Costello was relieved after the match when he said “That was as poor as we have been in a long time, particularly the first half, and I had a few choice words to say to them at the interval. At this stage of the season and where we find ourselves, it’s all about the points rather than the performance, so I am relieved that we got there in the end.” He went on to say, “We deserved to win as we created chances and limited them to very few so in that respect I am happy but other than two or three good individual performances there in not many more positives I can take.”

There is no game scheduled for next Saturday but the boys will be back in action on 07/05/2022 as we make the long trip to face Hawick Royal Albert United. The Club will be running a bus to this match and details of arrangements will be announced in due course through our social media platforms.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Couser; M. Miller (S. Walton); R. O’Donnell; M. James; I. Millar; S. Orrock; S. Strang (J. Galloway); S. Glancy; B. Anthony (L. Henderson); D. Thomson (R. Crichton); J. Wilson. Unused Subs: R. Connor & L. Ross.

Referee: C. Macrae.

Burntisland Shipyard 2-2 Glenrothes

Late goal denies Shippy all three points.

The Shipyard had to settle for a share of the spoils as Glenrothes scored a last minute equaliser to deny the hosts all three vital points. The Glens will probably say they deserved at least a draw and it would be hard to argue with that, however, the fact that the Shippy played out the last few minutes with ten men was certainly pivotal in them getting their goal. Manager Dave Costello was denied the services of several players with Lewis Ross, Craig Watt, Scott Orrock, Darrell Anthony and Jordan Galloway all unavailable and Jack Wilson was only fit enough to take a place on the bench. That being said those that came in showed the depth of squad Costy now has at his disposal as they all acquitted themselves very well.

The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute when a cross from the righthand side was headed home by Lea Schiavone. The Shippy responded well to this setback and Glens keeper Adam Shaw could only look on as a left wing cross hit the top of his crossbar. The Shipyard were level after twelve minutes with a very similar goal to the opener as Sandy Strang headed home a crossed ball. The game settled after the frantic opening with neither keeper being unduly tested other than Shaw saving a Dan Thomson strike. The visitors went close three minutes before half-time as Conor Schiavone saw his fierce drive smash back off the post.

Shippy players celebrate Benji’s goal.

The Shippy were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute when Shaw came out to challenge Ben Anthony. The Shippy man clearly got to the ball first and Shaw’s challenge left the referee with no option but to point to the spot. The only issue was what colour of card the referee would show and he was lenient in showing a yellow. Anthony smashed the spot kick home to give his side the lead. On the hour mark Shaun Keatings saw his effort go just wide. Glenrothes were pushing hard for an equaliser given their need to get the points and keep up with Oakley and Preston at the top of the league, however, the Shipyard were defending resolutely with Scott Costello in fine form. There was a let off for the Shippy with ten minutes remaining as a header from a corner hit the bar and Costello produced a great save to block the follow up. The Shipyard were dealt a major blow in the 83rd minute when Keatings saw red as he picked up a second yellow card leaving his team to play out the final minutes a man light. It almost didn’t matter as Benji had an opportunity for a third as he found himself in a similar position to the penalty award. This time Shaw didn’t lunge in and Anthony was pushed wide and when he got his shot away there was a defender in place to block his shot. In hindsight he maybe should have tried his luck and taken the shot early. Glenrothes equalised on the 90-minute mark when substitute Reece Brown’s shot beat Costello with the aid of a deflection. There was a final scare for the Shippy in the fourth minute of added time when Costello had to punch Brown’s free-kick over the bar.

Big Sandy was on target for the second game in a row.

Manager Dave Costello had mixed feelings after the match when he said “It is what it is. Would we have held on to the lead if we still had 11 men? Possibly! We played well and showed good character to come from behind and take the lead. We were then resilient at the back and I felt we were ok other than an odd scare and it took a deflected shot to beat Big Scott.”

Next Saturday (23/04/2022) we travel to Easthouses for another important league match as the season heads towards a conclusion with vital points at stake. Kick-off at Newbattle Complex is at 2.30pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; R. O’Donnell; M. James; I. Millar; S. Walton (L. Henderson); S. Keatings; D. Thomson; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; S. Strang (R. Crichton). Unused Subs: J. Wilson & R. Connor.

Glenrothes: A. Shaw; C. Kinnes; C. Lumsden; S. King; R. McInnes; D. Honeyman; L. Schiavone; K. Bell; C. Schiavone; S. Cargill; J. Collins. Subs: J. Crowe; A. McCallion; D. Blyth; R. Brown; I. McManus; F. Kay.

Referee: W. McAleese.

Burntisland Shipyard 1-0 Dundonald Bluebell

Galloway goal gives Shipyard win.

The Shipyard didn’t let the loss of four regular starters bother them, as those who came into the team in place of them proved to be more than ample replacements, indeed, all of them playing vital roles in securing the 1-0 win over Dundonald Bluebell, in the League Cup at Recreation Park on Saturday. Sure, the Shippy rode their luck at times as the Bluebell dominated for spells and created chances, however, Scott Costello and his back four were resolute in defence with Costy pulling off some great saves with the defenders giving their opponent no time or space to get their attempts on target. When a great opportunity came the Shipyard’s way Jordan Galloway made no mistake as he lashed the ball home. Craig Watt, Darrell Anthony, Sam Glancy and Jack Wilson were all absent and they were replaced by Ryan O’Donnell, Mark James, Dan Thomson and Sandy Strang. Galloway then had to replace the unlucky Shaun Keating with only 13 minutes on the clock with the winger picking up a hamstring injury.

Jordan shows his delight after opening the scoring.

Dundonald created a good opportunity in the 7th minute when the ball was squared to Paul McManus and although the striker may have done better, Costello still made a good save to deny him. The visitors continued to hold the upper hand as they dominated possession, however, the quality in delivery was not there with their manager not slow in letting his players know about it. Most of the danger came from set piece deliveries into the box and any attempts were mainly headers that never troubled Costello.

Costy pulled off a stunning late save to deny Dundonald.

Half-time substitute Barry Sibanda broke clear of the Shippy defence in the 59th minute but he was thwarted by the boot of Costello. A free-kick played into the Dundonald box created havoc, however, the ball would not drop kindly for a Shippy player to get an effort at goal. At the other end Dundonald almost broke the deadlock when Ross Drummond smashed the ball off the underside of the bar with the Shippy defence clearing the danger. The Shipyard stunned Bluebell when they took the lead in the 70th minute through Galloway. Ben Anthony did superbly to hold the ball up when he was denied space to get a strike away and when the ball was played to Galloway his perfectly placed shot gave Bluebell keeper James Lennox no chance, much to the delight of the home crowd. The visitors were getting more frustrated and none more so when they had a “goal” disallowed by the referee for offside. Anthony then needlessly got himself sent off as he received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, for the second time in the game, leaving his team to play out the final minutes a man short. He had keeper Costello to thank as the big keeper pulled off an unbelievable save in the 93rd minute. When the ball fell to Lewis McKenzie, he looked certain to score but he could only look on in disbelieve as Costy reactively stuck out his left arm and pushed the ball away to safety. It truly was an outstanding save.

Jamesy was solid throughout the match.

Manager Dave Costello was naturally delighted though he wasn’t getting carried away when he spoke after the match saying “I am extremely proud of my players today. To a man they all played their part with Mark James and Ryan O’Donnell in particular doing well given the lack of game time they have had recently. We have to be realistic though, we won against the run of play, that being said, my players did what they were asked to do and restricted Dundonald in terms of clear-cut chances and big Scott came up with the saves when asked to do so.” He went on to add “The only disappointment for me today was Benji picking up a needless red card, though thankfully it never came back to bite us.”

Currently we have no scheduled match until Glenrothes visit Recreation Park for a League match on Saturday 16th April 2022.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; L. Ross; R. O’Donnell; M. James; I. Millar; S. Orrock (M. Miller); S. Keatings (J. Galloway); S. Strang; B. Anthony; D. Thomson; S. Walton. Unused Subs: L. Mahady & R. Connor.

Dundonald Bluebell: J. Lennox; S. Durie; A. Hendry; C. Wilson; B. Rogerson; L. McKenzie; P. McManus; R. Drummond; S. Husband; D. Ormiston; J. Mackie. Subs: B. Sibanda; S. Gilfillan; K. Fotheringham; K. Dall; L. Johnstone; D. Fleming.

Referee: A. Budd.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 1-1 Burntisland Shipyard

Inverkeithing deny 10 man Shippy.

Manager Dave Costello was disappointed to leave Dalgety Bay with only a draw when he said after the match “I thought we played well today, particularly when we went down to ten men and we certainly could have won this. We had chances when we were a man short and although Scott pulled off a great save at the death it would have been a travesty had we lost.” He went on to add “I was pleased with the performance of a lot of the players today, Rooney was excellent until he was unfortunately sent off, Benji put in a tireless shift and might have added to his goal, Scoots was dominant in the middle of the park and I was delighted with Stuart Walton’s display on debut. He just ran out of steam but he will get stronger as we go. Nobody let me down and all the subs that came on played their part.”

Lewis Ross, Shaun Keatings, Darrell Anthony, Ben Anthony and Sam Glancy all returned to the starting eleven following last week’s match and there was also a debut for new signing Walton. Josh Urquhart, Lee Henderson, Dan Thomson, Mark James, Luke Mahady and Sandy Strang were the players who dropped out. There were no fewer than three Strang’s on the team lines with two of Sandy’s brothers representing Inverkeithing.

Darrell and Millzy celebrate Benji’s goal.

The crowd at Dalgety Bay was boosted by a large contingent who made the short journey along the coast from Burntisland for this eagerly anticipated Fife derby. Unfortunately for the spectators there was very little in the way of goalmouth action in the first half until the hosts took the lead in controversial circumstances just before the interval. With the Shipyard in possession the referee halted play so that an Inverkeithing player could receive treatment to an injury. Astonishingly, he awarded an uncontested drop ball to Inverkeithing and with the Shippy players complaining about the decision they lost concentration. The goal arrived as the ball was played wide and when the cross came in Grieg Spence was on hand to nod the ball home.

Costy pulls off a good save.

Inverkeithing didn’t hold the advantage for long as two minutes into the second half the Shipyard were level. A long throw from Walton was headed on at the near post by Iain Millar and when the ball broke to Benji he rattled home the equaliser. Another decision that upset the visiting contingent led to the Shippy being reduced to ten men. It appeared that Millar had committed a foul on the Inverkeithing player, however, the referee said he was playing an advantage and penalised Craig Watt for his part in the incident. That being his second yellow he was subsequently sent off. Was it a case of mistaken identity? After a bit of a reshuffle in the Shipyard rear-guard they settled and had the better of the exchanges creating some chances with one in particular that Benji might have done better with. There was a moment of concern towards the end when a shot seemed to be heading in at the top corner but Scott Costello was equal to it and made a great save to avert the danger.

Rooney repels the flying Inverkeithing forward.

Next Saturday (26/03/2022) we welcome Dundonald Bluebell to Recreation Park for the final League Cup Section D match with the kick-off reverting back to the normal time of 2.30pm.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts: Mitchell; Brough; Patterson; Scullion; Hynd; Liddell; Murray; B. Strang; Kelly; Morris; Spence. Subs: Gibb; Annandale; Cowie; Simpson; Hall; Doss. E. Strang.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; L. Ross; J. Wilson (R. O’Donnell); S. Orrock; I. Millar; C. Watt; S. Keatings (J. Galloway); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Walton (J. Urquhart); S. Glancy. Unused Subs: L. Mahady; S. Strang; R. Connor.

Referee: I. Snedden.