Defensive lapses prove costly
No one would deny that Bonnyrigg deserved their victory and had they taken more of their chances it would have been by a wider margin, however, what was disappointing from the Shipyard’s perspective was the manner in which the four goals were conceded, which is unfortunately becoming a recurring problem. The fact that all the goals were gift wrapped will concern the Shippy management team, albeit they can take some encouragement from the dogged, determined and quality defending that kept the hosts at bay, particularly in the second half. Once again, the Shippy squad was depleted through injury and unavailability with Scott Hynd, Benn Hutchison, Sam Glancy and Dean Anderson all missing.
The Shipyard got off to a disastrous start and it was one that keeper Ryan Adamson will want to quickly forget. An innocuous free-kick into the box should have been food and drink for the keeper but he inexplicably dropped the ball and Louis Swanson couldn’t believe his luck as he was left with the simplest of opportunities to open the scoring. The Shippy defence looked decidedly shaky and they could count themselves fortunate not to lose another following a scramble in the box after another mistake with 15 minutes on the clock. Adamson held a shot from Keith Lough before another defensive mistake led to the Rose doubling their lead with Lough lobbing the ball over Adamson. The Shippy keeper knocked away a headed effort from a corner but he was undone on the stroke of half-time as the Shipyard conceded another shocker. A long clearance from Rose keeper Michael Andrew’s sailed through the heart of the Shipyard defence and Lough scored a carbon copy of his first goal.
Bonnyrigg were denied a fourth goal by the width of the post before the Shippy had a spell of possession and created a couple of opportunities. Andy Watt burst clear but his strike lacked the accuracy to trouble Andrews. The big keeper was scrambling a couple of minutes later when Callum McAulay’s excellent cross was begging to be knocked home and he was thankful one of his defenders was able to clear at the expense of a corner. Arron Murrell saw his shot hit the outside of the post in the 61st minute, however, he was not to be denied his goal as it came two minutes later thanks to another howler. Murrell latched onto Reece Bernard’s poor pass back and strode forward before placing the ball beyond Adamson. McAulay drove wide for the Shippy and Kerr Young was just off target for the Rose following a free-kick. McAulay was then in the action in his own box as he cleared an attempt off the line. Watt missed a good chance for the Shipyard before the visitors scored a consolation goal in the last minute. Robbie Crawford showed great skill as he burst into the box and he set up substitute Reece Brown who finished from close range. At the end of the day it could have been a lot worse, that being said, better defending could have made the scoreline a bit closer than it was.
Next Saturday (02/03/2019) the Shippy return to Recreation Park as familiar faces Heriot Watt University visit for a King Cup 2nd Round tie. Kick-off is 2.30pm.
Bonnyrigg Rose: M. Andrews, D. Brett (J. Brown), N. Martynuik, K. Young, E. Moyes, A. Horne (L. Currie), L. Swanson, A. Nelson, K. Lough, A. Murrell, R. Gray (L. Turner). Unused Subs: K. McGachie, J. Stewart, B. Young.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway, R. O’Donnell, R. Lennie, S. Strang, R. Bernard (C. Simpson), R. Kinnaird (R. Brown), Jon. Galloway, A. Watt, C. McAulay, R. Crawford. Unused Subs: P. Bell & M. Jarrett.
Referee: G. Haynes.