More woe for the Shipyard as Inverkeithing win again
Inverkeithing again seen off the Shipyard, for the second time in three weeks, though this time the Shipyard put up more of a fight and had they taken some of their chances they may well have still been in the cup. Heavy rain before the match and a lot of loose grass on the pitch made conditions difficult with players slipping and sliding, particularly in the early stages. Manager Whitehead had for the first time in a while enough players to fill the bench and even had to leave someone out altogether.
Inverkeithing had the first chance in the 6th minute but, the player shot wide. Wilson had the first chance for the Shipyard a couple of minutes later and keeper Mushet blocked with his legs. Russell should have done better in the 15th minutes when he received a pass in the box, though the keeper was out very quickly to gather the ball. Inverkeithing took the lead in the 25th minute when a free kick from distance was smashed high into the net. Russell again had an opportunity, this time the keeper touched his back header over the bar.
The Shipyard started the second half on top and Hamilton saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected for a corner. In the 50th minute a McCue free kick was just over the bar. A minute later McCue played a great ball into Russell but he made poor connection and the chance was lost. McCue again played a fine cross into the box and this time it was Brough who failed to turn the ball in. The Shipyard were made to rue those missed chances when Inverkeithing scored their second goal on the hour mark. The ball was played to the back post where the unmarked player lashed a fine left-foot shot into the net. T. Williams headed over a corner as the Shipyard kept up the fight. A long range shot had Chalmers back pedalling in the Shipyard goal and he was in position to watch the ball hit the top of the bar and go over. In the 72nd minute McCue missed a great chance to bring the Shipyard back into it, when played in by sub McAndrew he blasted high and wide with only the keeper to beat. Another McCue corner was scrambled clear as no Shipyard player could get a shot away. Both Russell and J. Williams failed to get on the end of another ball played across the 6 yard box. Inevitably, as the Shipyard pressed for a goal, they were caught on the break as the ball was played out to the left and when the cross was played in, it was knocked in first time at the back post. With a couple of minutes remaining Grieve crossed low into the box but again the ball eluded the Shipyard forwards.
After the game Billy Whitehead bemoaned the missed chances and said” we have got to start taking our chances, how many balls were played into the 6 yard box and no one could put the ball in the net?”
Teams: Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts: Mushet; Wilson; J. Stewart; L. Slimmings; Morris; A. Stewart; Miller; S. Slimmings; Brechin; Strang; Ritchie. Subs: Rennie; Briggs; Jamieson; Fraser; Ewan.
Burntisland Shipyard: Chalmers; Grieve; Whyte; T. Williams; Smart; Brough (Marshall); Hamilton; McCue; Russell; Wilson; (McAndrew) J. Williams. Unused Subs: Cook; Dow; Doyle.
Referee: G. Farmer.