Own goal proves the turning point in tight match.
The Shipyard’s first visit to Tynecastle’s impressive new home at Meggatland ended in disappointment as the hosts took the points thanks to a 4-2 win. Although Meggatland is the home of Borourghmuir Rugby Club, the pitch was in excellent condition for this Conference B league match and the large size of the playing surface seemed to suit the Shipyard players. The Shipyard travelled to Edinburgh with a depleted squad, however, this did not have a huge effect on the team as those who took to the field gave a good account of themselves.
The Shipyard were on top in the early stages as they took the game to their opponents and in the 10th minute a fine crossfield ball from Pete Bell found the impressive Robbie Crawford who outpaced the home defence, though his cross was cleared for a corner. The Shipyard took the lead from the set piece when Andy Watt was on hand to lash the loose ball home from close range when Tynecastle failed to clear the danger. Three minutes later a good Reece Bernard pass found Watt and he almost got another but he was denied by his namesake, Tynecastle keeper Robert watt, who held his strike. Tynecastle started to exert a bit of pressure on the Shippy rear-guard as Ryan Adamson held a shot from Niall Kelly. Ryan Ferguson then headed over from a corner. Tynecastle drew level just after the half hour mark from the penalty spot as Adamson’s ill-advised rush from his line and subsequent tackle on Calum Helm left referee Michael Addy with no option but to point to the spot and Helm dusted himself down before beating Adamson from 12 yards. Jonny Galloway’s free-kick drifted wide as the visitors looked to regain the lead, however, they were stunned three minutes before half-time when Taylor Hendry gathered the ball at the edge of the box and placed his shot into the corner of the net giving Adamson no chance.
The Shipyard were almost level inside the first minute of the second half but Bernard’s drive shaved the outside of the post. Adamson gathered a strike from Matthew Combe while a minute later Kelly might have done better inside the Shippy six-yard box before the danger was cleared. A free-kick to the Shipyard in the 62nd minute almost produced a goal but Watt saved well at his near post from Crawford after the ball fell to the Shippy winger. The youngster was in the thick of the action a minute later and this time he was upended as he drove into the Tynecastle box leaving Mr Addy with another easy decision to make as he pointed to the spot. Watt converted with aplomb as he lashed the ball home to make it all square with 64 minutes on the clock. A Callum McAulay 20 yarder was on target in the 67th minute but a piece a bad luck shortly after gifted the hosts the lead again. Bell rose to head clear a corner from the left-hand side but unfortunately the ball came off the top of his head and ended up in the top corner. This setback typified the luck the Shipyard are having at the moment as they were on top prior to the unlucky own goal. A fierce Bernard drive was brilliantly parried away by Watt as the Shippy tried to level the match again. Tynecastle scored a fourth goal with six minutes remaining as Calum Elliot played the ball to substitute Jordan Smith who had the easy task of knocking the ball home from close range. Smith might have had another in the dying embers of the game but he headed wide from the centre of the goals.
Tynecastle: R. Watt; D. Greig; S. Lynch (A. MacDonald); R. Ferguson; M. Leslie; C. Elliot; N. Kelly (J. Smith); C. Milligan; T. Hendry; M. Combe (M. Burgess); C. Helm. Unused Subs: M. Torrance; C. Sutherland; C. Stokes; I. Moffat.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson; R. O’Donnell; P. Bell; S. Strang; D. Anderson; R. Bernard; R. Crawford; Jon. Galloway; A. Watt; C. McAulay; Jor. Galloway (R. Brown). Unused Subs: S. Innes & M. Jarrett.
Referee: M. Addy.