Shippy slump to cup defeat.
The Shipyard’s performance was as dreary and miserable as the weather as they slumped to a 5-2 defeat against Coldstream in the South Region Challenge Cup at Recreation Park on Saturday. It took the Shippy until the 62nd minute to register a shot on target and that came through the aid of a deflection and when they did finally score it came off the backside of Coldstream’s Ross Straughan who unfortunately for him managed to score at both ends. The fine win less than two weeks ago against Lothian Thistle, now seems a distant memory following the two dismal displays that have followed. Selection problems are still a massive issue as the injury list shows no sign of shortening and work commitments are also having an effect as the manager try’s to pick a team.
Despite the incessant rainfall from early morning the pitch was in excellent condition as the teams took to the field under a leaden sky. Coldstream had a couple of early chances with Macaulay Jarrett saving well from Phil Bright and Shane Bonnington shooting wide. There was nothing else of note until the 38th minute when the visitors took the lead. Sandy Strang conceded a free-kick out wide and when the set piece was delivered Straughan was on hand to head the ball home. Coldstream added a second in added time when Jarrett fumbled a corner and Kristian Dixon smashed the ball in from close range. There was controversy in the build up as the referee indicated for a corner to be taken from the wrong side of the pitch.
The Shipyard showed signs of improvement in the second half and had more possession in the Coldstream half, however, chances were still not being created and when one finally arose in the 62nd minute it took a deflection on Reece Bernard’s shot to make it difficult for Elliot Turnbull to make the save. Coldstream went three ahead thanks to an acrobatic overhead kick from Matt Corfield after the ball had been headed back to him following a deep cross. This started a flurry of goals as the Shippy pulled one back thanks to Straughan’s O.G but any thoughts of a comeback were short-lived as Corfield smashed in a long range effort moments later. Bright added a fifth for Coldstream as the Shippy threw caution to the wind and pushed men forward and Robbie Crawford knocked home a loose ball with twelve minutes remaining to reduce the deficit. The Shippy produced their best spell in the final few minutes as Johnny Galloway and Callum McAulay(twice) went close but the damage was done earlier in the match and it was all too little too late to try and salvage the cup tie.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Jarrett, C. Simpson, P. Bell (S. Innes), R. O’Donnell, S. Strang, R. Bernard, Jor. Galloway (S. Glancy), Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, C. McAulay, R. Crawford. Unused Sub: R. Connor.
Coldstream: E. Turnbull, I. Gay (J. Logan), T. Malcolm, R. Straughan, M. Fox, M. Corfield, S. Bonnington (B. Paterson), K. Dixon, G. Windram, P. Bright, K. Lee. Unused Subs: S. Briggs, J. Fairbairn, J. Taylor.
Referee: G. MacDonald.