Hammy goal leads the way to another victory
With Wallsgreen park frost bound the fixture was switched to Recreation Park which was playable after a morning inspection. The Shipyard took full advantage of being at home and chalked up a more comfortable victory than the scoreline suggested. A late goal from Bowhill made it a more difficult last few minutes than it could have been for the Shipyard, though in all fairness it was still the Shipyard that looked the more likely to score. The same eleven that thrashed Strathmiglo last week started again this week, with the only change being that Bryan Cook was added to the squad and took his place on the bench.
It took a while for the match to get going and it was not until the 6th minute that the first attempt arrived when Ferrier shot over from the edge of the box. Russell fired in a shot that Bowhill keeper McFarlane fumbled round the post for a corner. When the ball broke to Bowhill’s Byrne just inside the Shipyard box, he could not keep his shot down and it sailed harmlessly over. In the 19th minute a free-kick was fired across the Shipyard six yard line but there were no takers. The Shipyard broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Mark Hamilton found space just inside the area and his shot from 16yards seemed to take a slight deflection before nestling low into the corner of the net. Two minutes later Ferrier went on a good run, but when he got into the box and shot his effort was blocked. Craig Russell made it 2 – 0 on the half hour mark when the ball dropped to him in the box after a corner and he smashed the loose ball into the net from six yards. Ferrier was presented with another chance when Grieve found him with an excellent through ball, but unfortunately Ferrier’s finish was poor. Again Ferrier was in the thick of the action as half-time loomed. After good build up between Dow and McCue, Ferrier gathered the ball in the box only to be quickly closed down as he lined up a shot. Just on half-time Martin fumbled a free-kick and he had to react quickly to boot the ball clear.
In the 53rd minute Ferrier showed good skill just outside the Bowhill box, where he turned his man and fired a powerful shot just over the bar. The Shipyard were enjoying a fair spell of pressure and when McCue fired in a dangerous low cross to the back post, Ferrier’s first time shot fizzed back across the face of goal and out for a goal kick. In the 65th minute McCue then sent a wonderful 40 yard cross field pass to Dow, however, McFarlane did well to block his shot from the edge of the box. The Shipyard had a massive appeal for a penalty when S. Reilly, lying on the ground, appeared to control the ball with his hand. In fairness to the referee it would have been very difficult for him to see from the position he was in. Ferrier then saw a close range header cleared off the line as the Shipyard looked to sew the game up. In the 74th minute Whyte stepped up to fire a 25 yard free-kick just wide. As the match entered the final fifteen minutes Bowhill were now starting to push the Shipyard defence back and C. McGuinness fired over from the edge of the box. Bowhill pulled a goal back when a cross from the left was met by substitute A. Reilly and his header looped over Martin and into the net. With five minutes to go McCue made ground down the Shipyard left and when his cross was met by Dow at the near post, he was frustrated to see it rebound back off the post and away to safety. Paul Wilson saw a shot held by McFarlane late on as the Shipyard comfortably held onto their lead in the closing minutes.
Billy Whitehead was very pleased after the game saying “I thought we were in control throughout the match and should have won more easily. Even though Bowhill got a goal back, I still remained confident we would win. The boys passed the ball very well in what were difficult underfoot conditions and they all deserve credit for their performance”.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Martin; McAndrew; Brough; Williams; Whyte; McCue; Hamilton (Gray); Grieve; Russell (Wilson); Ferrier; Dow. Unused Subs: Lamont; Cook.
Bowhill Rovers: McFarlane; Oliver; Reid; S. Reilly; Kirkham; C. McGuinness; Martin; Kinnell; Moffat; Byrne; Gay. Substitutes: A. Reilly; Paterson; S. McGuiness; Digman.
Referee: J. Ross.