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Coldstream 2-3 Burntisland Shipyard

Shippy gain vital win on the road.

The Shipyard gathered a vital three points with a 3-2 win over Coldstream at Home Park on Saturday. Goals from Lewis Ross, Sam Glancy and Darrell Anthony secured the win, a victory that should have been more comprehensive than the final result given how dominant the Shippy were in the opening forty five minutes. The fact that the Shipyard were only two goals ahead at the interval was a disappointment as several good chances went a begging in what was probably as good a half as the team has played all season. The concession of a goal in the first minute of the second period galvanised the hosts and they grew in confidence and put the Shippy defence under much more pressure than they had in the first half and although the Streamers drew level late on, Darrell’s goal soon after had the Shippy ahead again.

The Shippy got off to a great start with a goal inside the opening ten minutes when Ross’ looping header dropped in at the back post following a Shaun Keatings corner. Ben Anthony saw his free-kick blocked and brother Darrell had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when he appeared to be fouled inside the area. Glancy then flashed a drive just over the bar before Coldstream also had a penalty appeal turned down with the claim being for a tug on the shirt. Benji saw a shot go just wide before he delivered a sublime cross that Nathan Feeley just failed to connect with. That was to be Nathan’s last meaningful action as he limped off shortly after following a knock to his ankle. His replacement Dan Thomson almost made in immediate impact as his bicycle kick attempt was blocked and Darrell saw his follow up header cleared off the line. The Shippy doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Glancy smashed the ball home from 25 yards for his second goal of the season.

The Shipyard got off to a nightmare start in the second half as they conceded an avoidable goal inside the first minute as hesitation at the back allowed Thomas Grey to capitalise and prod the ball home from six yards. Keatings hit the outside of the post from a tight angle as the visitors still looked menacing going forward. The Shippy defence did well to scramble the ball away as it bounced around the box and Mikey Couser had to be on his toes to tip an effort over the bar. The hosts drew level in the 81st minute and again there was hesitancy in the Shippy defence as Matt Corfield was able to find the net. The parity was short lived as the Shipyard regained the lead with their next attack. When the ball fell to Darrell, he drove the ball home from the corner of the six yard box to seal the points and ultimately a fully deserved victory.

After the match manager Dave Costello said” I was very pleased with our first half performance, we created numerous chances, took two of them and didn’t give Coldstream many sights of our goal. The second half was not so good but we showed great character to regain the lead. Previously, it’s a game we might well have lost in the end but the boys were resilient and got the win they deserved.”

Next week (15/10/2022) we travel to Alex Penman Park to face Kirkcaldy & Dysart in the quickly rearranged postponed match from a couple of weeks ago. Kick-off is at the usual time of 2.30pm.

Coldstream: M. Hall; M. Freire; K. Ingram; C, Heugh; J. Whitehead; G. Windram; B. Wright; B. Jackson; M. Corfield; T. Grey; J. Brannan. Subs: I. Gray; M. Fox; B. Paterson; R. Aitchison; K. McRitchie; T. Hume; K. Ainslie.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Couser; L. Bell; L. Henderson (R. Crichton); L. Ross; I. Millar (R. O’Donnell); S. Orrock; S. Keatings (J. Galloway); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; S. Glancy; N. Feeley (D. Thomson). Unused Subs: R. Connor; A. Brown; D. Pierce.

Referee: P. Dawson.