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.
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.
The Shipyard’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday as they went down 2-0 to Preston Athletic at Recreation Park. The visitors deserved their win; however, the outcome might have been different had Ben Anthony converted a first half penalty with the score at 0-0. Both the goals conceded came from defensive mistakes which was disappointing given how well the team has been playing and, on the day, not many of the boys reached the levels they have been producing. Mark James and Raymond Crichton both failed to recover from the injuries they picked up against Luncarty on Wednesday night, joining long term absentees Lee Henderson and Josh Urquhart on the sidelines. Ryan O’Donnell and Sandy Strang came into the starting eleven.
The torrential rain that fell before kick off had eased and the game got underway with only light rain falling and the pitch had absorbed the downpour well. The visitors were still smarting following Shippy’s win in the King Cup at Prestonpans a couple of weeks ago and started strongly with Kyle Somers shooting over in the first minute. The Panners were very much on top in the first fifteen minutes before Shipyard started to impose themselves on the match with Brandyn Bain parrying a B. Anthony shot round the post for a corner. Shipyard were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the nineteenth minute when Preston conceded a penalty thanks to a needless handball by Somers. B. Anthony’s spot kick was poor and Bain saved easily diving low to his right. Kieran Jack dragged a shot wide for the visitors and a ball across the face of the Shipyard box had to be cleared at the expense of a corner. Preston took the lead in the 32nd minute with Paul Currie claiming the goal though it looked like Iain Millar got the last touch following Scott Costello saving with his foot from a driven effort.
Shipyard made a change at half-time with Strang being replaced by Scott Orrock who was making his first appearance of the season after being out injured for months. The hosts made a decent start to the second half without troubling Bain too much and the visitors remained dangerous with Costello coming to the edge of his area to block. Shaun Keatings saw his powerful drive saved and from the corner Millar headed just wide. Marc Malloy missed a great chance to extend his teams lead in the 62nd minute but looked on in agony as he slid his shot narrowly wide from around twelve yards. Costello saved low down from the same man a minute later before Preston got their second, one that Costello will want to forget as he fumbled Malloy’s shot over the line despite his best effort to keep it out. Bain saved well from B. Anthony and then had a comfortable save from Darrell Anthony’s free-kick. In the dying embers of the match Millar received a second yellow for a rash challenge close to the touchline.
Manager Dave Costello said after the game “We were not at it at all today. Obviously if Benji scores with the penalty things might have been different, however, we were not fluent today and not much went right for us. We still defended reasonably well but I am disappointed with the goals we conceded. We now look forward to the Scottish Cup next week against Dalkeith and I am glad we have a week to prepare for it.”
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; S. Keatings; M. Miller (C. Shaw); R. O’Donnell; I. Millar; S. Glancy; S. Strang (S. Orrock); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; C. Watt; J. Wilson (N. Feeley). Unused Subs: J. Ferguson & R. Connor.
Preston Athletic: B. Bain; K. Austin; C. Innes; M. O’Connor; T. Prior; E. Williams; K. Jack; P. Currie; M. Malloy; J. Grotlin; K. Somers. Subs: C. Pennycuick; R. Young; M. Woodcock; B. Archibald; M. Hamilton; S. McCole; N. Stokes.
The biggest crowd of the season so far turned up at Recreation Park to see this top of the table clash between Shippy and Luncarty, though some may have turned up to see the floodlights on for the first time. None of the 126 spectators would have left disappointed as the two teams served up a hard fought and thoroughly entertaining match under the bright lights shining down on the pitch. When the dust had settled both teams would probably have been satisfied with the point, that being said, so would the other teams at the top end of the table as one point now separates the top seven. The Shipyard squad was boosted by the signing of Craig Watt from Glenrothes with “Rooney” back at Shippy having spent many successful years in Costy’s youth team. Raymond Crichton returned from a period of working away from home but sadly his comeback was all too short, as he left the field injured with barely fifteen minutes on the clock. Sandy Strang recovered from the knock he picked up against Easthouses to take a place on the bench, Shaun Keatings missed out through suspension.
Jack Wilson had the first attempt at goal in the 8th minute after receiving a pass from Ben Anthony, however, he was unable to keep his effort down as it cleared the crossbar. Shippy had a scare when Scott Costello got caught in possession as he tried to dribble round the Luncarty forward and the big keeper was relieved when the ref blew for offside as the play developed. Luncarty were also appealing for a penalty on the back of Costy’s challenge. Sandy Strang replaced the injured Crichton after sixteen minutes slotting into the middle of the park. The visitors took a grip of the game for a period and an angled shot from No9 hit the outside of the post and No14 shot wide shortly after. At the other end Luncarty keeper Sorley dived low to save from B. Anthony, with the Luncarty defence happy to scramble the ball away at the expense of a corner. From the corner Iain Millar powered a header towards goal and was denied by a goal line clearance. Shippy broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute when following a corner, the ball fell to Darrell Anthony some 25 yards out. The midfielder took a touch then drove the ball towards goal with it taking a deflection before finding the back of the net. It might be one for the dubious goals panel with Mark James claiming the final touch. That was the last meaningful action for James as he had to be replaced at half-time due to injury. He was replaced by Ryan O’Donnell before the resumption.
Luncarty had plenty of the ball and got into some promising positions, however, they did not create any clear-cut chances and had a weak penalty claim dismissed by the referee. Watt headed over for the Shippy from a corner but it was from another set piece at the other end that drew the visitors’ level when Kirkaldy headed Anton’s flag kick in with the aid of a deflection at the back post. Watt went even closer from another Shippy corner, this time his header was on target but it was cleared off the line. D. Anthony curled a shot wide as both teams looked for a late winner and Costello had to be on his toes as he held the ball from yet another headed attempt from a corner.
After the game manager Dave Costello said “That was a very hard-fought game and we had to defend well against a good team. Once again, I have to praise the back four who were immense and Rod came on at half-time and slotted in seamlessly. We created some good chances and, on another day, either Milzy’s or Rooney’s headers might have found the net rather than being cleared.”
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; C. McManus; M. James (R. O’Donnell); I. Millar; S. Glancy; R. Crichton (S. Strang); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; C. Watt; J. Wilson. Unused Subs: S. Orrock; C. Shaw; J. Galloway; R. Connor.
The Shipyard gathered another three points on Saturday and maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over visitors Easthouses Lily MW. Not for the first time it was the Anthony brothers with the goals as Darrell opened the scoring and Ben’s double in the second half sealed the victory, with his second an outstanding individual effort. Once again, the sun was shining in Burntisland as the match kicked off with a healthy crowd in attendance. Shippy’s injury list had eased slightly though the goalkeeping coach and three trialists were listed on the bench.
Shipyard had a chance with barely a minute having elapsed as Jack Wilson found space in the box, however, Lily keeper Liam Amos blocked his shot. Shippy took the lead with eighteen minutes on the clock when D. Anthony rose highest in the box to powerfully head home from a corner. The hosts continued to have the greater possession though no clear cut chances were created and the visitors should have punished them on 37 minutes but Iain Millar and keeper Scott Costello both bravely blocked goal bound efforts. D. Anthony almost scored a carbon copy of his goal, however, this time he couldn’t keep his header under the bar.
Shippy went close with a Shaun Keatings free-kick at the start of the second half and Wilson headed a Keatings cross wide on the hour mark. Shippy doubled their lead in the 68th minute when Wilson played B. Anthony through on goal and the striker kept his composure and coolly slotted the ball home. Easthouses almost got one back but Lewis Russell’s fierce drive hit the bar and went over. It was all over with nine minutes remaining as B. Anthony scored a wonderful solo goal. Benji gathered the ball deep inside his own half and beat two players out wide as he drove forward, he cut inside and beat the same players again then fired the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box sparking wild celebrations on and off the park. Keatings was shown a red card for something he said in the aftermath of the goal leaving Shipyard to play out the final few minutes with ten men. https://twitter.com/BAnthony_VGS/status/1426593274953965571?s=09 (see goal by pasting link into your browser)
After the match manager Dave Costello was full of praise for the defenders when he said, “Once again I have to give great credit to my defence for keeping another clean sheet with big Milzy outstanding.” He went on to add “Benji probably gets man of the match for his goals with the second really special, that being said, it was very much a team performance. The negatives were big Sandy’s injury and obviously Keatsy getting a red card, especially with the games coming thick and fast.”
On Wednesday night (18/0/2021) we welcome Luncarty to Recreation Park for our first match or at least part of it, under the floodlights, with another match against Preston Athletic on Saturday (21/08/2021) again at Recreation Park.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; C. Shaw; M. James; I. Millar; S. Glancy; S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Strang (C. McManus); J. Wilson. Unused Subs: S. Orrock, JP. McPhail; J. Ferguson; B. Hoskin; R. Connor.
Easthouses Lily MW: L. Amos; M. Hunter; R. McQueenie; C. McBeth; J. White; M. Brown; A. Elliot; L. Smith; R. Currie; C. Robertson; C. Beattie. Subs: P. McDermott; L. Russell; D. Taylor; L. Sives; K. Brown; R. Connell.