St Monans Swallowed up as run continues
The Shipyard eased into the 3rd round of the Fife Cup with a comfortable victory over St Monans at Recreation Park. Three goals in a six minute spell midway through the first half put the Shipyard in command and a red card to Fraser Carr on the stroke of half-time made St Monans’ task almost impossible in the second half. The Shipyard added a couple more in the second half. However, a mixture of three changes being made and some sloppy play denied the spectators more goals to savour. The Shipyard team showed two changes from last week with the unavailable James Whyte being replaced by Owen McCue and Scott Chalmers replacing the rested Andy Martin.
St Monans created the first chance of the match but the shot was hit over the bar. The first opportunity for the Shipyard came through a set piece that saw McCue strike his free kick from 20 yards over the top. McCreadie did well to create a chance for Dow when he cut the ball back to the edge of the box, however, although his shot was on target it lacked the power to trouble Black in the St Monans goals. The Shipyard were gaining control of the match and were starting to create chances. Firstly, a good run and cross from Brough flashed across the face of goal. A McAndrew free kick found the head of Russell but he could not get his effort on target. The Shipyard did break the deadlock in the 20th minute when McAndrew played a great ball through the St Monans defence that Paul Ferrier latched onto and neatly flicked the ball beyond the advancing keeper. St Monans missed a chance to draw level when Jardine volleyed wide from a decent position. St Monans were made to rue that miss when Ferrier did well on the by-line and crossed for Steven Dow to knock the ball home from close range. In the 26th minute the Shipyard went three ahead when Paul Ferrier received a fine pass from McCreadie and produced a great finish giving Black no chance. Twice in the space of a few minutes Wishart had chances for St Monans but, firstly he shot over and then he headed straight at Chalmers in the Shipyard goals. A minute before half time St Monans were reduced to ten men when Carr was sent off after his second bookable offence.
The Shipyard started the second half looking to take advantage of their extra man and had the St Monans goal under siege. Russell drove wide from 14 yards, then after Ferrier’s shot was saved, McCreadie’s follow up was blocked. McAndrew crossed to McCue but his volleyed effort came off the side of his foot and flew wide. A couple of shots were blocked by defenders throwing themselves in front of the ball and then Black stopped a Ferrier shot with his outstretched leg. A fourth goal finally arrived in the 58th minute and what a goal it was. When a cross from the right found its way into the box, Steven Dow was on hand to spectacularly volley the ball into the net for a great goal. Hamilton shot straight at the keeper and then Williams headed wide from a McCue free kick before St Monans pulled a goal back in strange circumstances. A free kick from some forty yards out was left by everyone and when the ball arrived in the middle of the box it took a strange bounce that left Chalmers wrong footed and landed in the back of the net. In the 67th minute Kevin McCreadie made it 5 – 1 when Dow played a pass to Ferrier who unselfishly passed to McCreadie who could not miss from close range. As the shipyard made changes they seemed to take their foot of the gas and Chalmers did well to hold a shot in the 69th minute. Then Jardine found space at the back post and saw his effort hit the bar before Chalmers was able to gather the dropping ball. St Monans were also being frustrated by the referee’s whistle as twice play was brought back for offside after the ball found its way into the Shipyard net. McCue missed a good chance to end his scoring drought, but he missed the target with a free header at the back post. In the next couple of minutes substitutes Grieve and Wilson both had shots at goal. In the 89th minute Brough showed great skill down the flank and crossed to McCreadie, who saw his header hit the bar before the keeper gathered it. Shipyard claims that the ball had crossed the line were waved away. The last action of the game again saw McCreadie get on the end of a cross, this time from Wilson, but he could not direct it on target. Billy Whitehead was naturally pleased after the game and said “That was a good win and the circumstances gave me a chance to give all the substitutes a fair bit of game time. We are on a good run at the moment and hopefully we can keep it going and progress further in this cup and also the Scottish”.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; McAndrew; Brough; Williams; Cook; Dow (Wilson); Hamilton (Grieve); McCue; Russell (C. Martin); Ferrier; McCreadie. Unused Sub: A. Martin.
St Monans Swallows: Black; Gordon; Purves; Carr; McGilvary; Jardine; Roberts; Redpath; Watson; Fyall; Wishart. Subs: Marr; Bissett; Smith.
Referee: E. Cunningham.