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Rosyth 1-3 Burntisland Shipyard

Shippy come out on top in Fife derby

The Shipyard picked up a valuable three points at the Fleet Grounds as they beat Rosyth 3-1 on Saturday. Goals from Ben Anthony, Rhys Wardlaw and Cammy Lewis ensured the victory with Lewis’ goal six minutes from time finishing off Rosyth’s hopes of getting something from the match. Scott Orrock failed to recover from injury and Mark James felt ill before the match with Dan Thomson taking his place in the starting line up. There was a place on the bench for new signing Declan Pierce.

It took the match a while to ignite on a grey and damp afternoon as neither side looked like creating a chance never mind scoring in the opening exchanges. The first attempt came from Benji; however, his curling shot was easily gathered by Blair Penman in the Rosyth goals. The Shipyard were awarded a penalty after nineteen minutes when Iain Millar was dragged down in the box at a set piece, and it was an easy decision for the referee. Benji stepped forward and although Penman went the right way, the strike was too powerful and accurate for the big keeper to stop. Tam Hampson put an attempt over the bar from a right wing cross but it was the Shipyard who scored again in the 26th minute as Wardlaw ran on to a Millar pass, held off a defender and fired the ball beyond Penman for his first Shipyard goal. Rosyth had a couple of headed efforts off target, something that infuriated the Shippy management team given the freedom the Rosyth players had.

Rhys Wardlaw nets his first Shipyard goal.

Rosyth pulled a goal back in the 50th minute and it was a disaster for keeper Scott Costello. He came out for a for a free kick that was launched from around the halfway line and totally misjudged the flight of the ball and only succeeded in pushing the ball into the net. It was a freak goal but one that was most welcome for Rosyth as they had struggled to create much and seriously trouble Costy. That being said, Rosyth were boosted by the goal and Costy did well to hold a low long range drive. Sam Glancy saw his shot go over the bar and at the other end a headed effort hit the top of the bar with the hosts claiming Millzy had handled the ball, however, the referee gave a goal kick. A Darrell Anthony attempt had Penman diving low to save as the Shippy midfielder tried to keep his scoring streak going. Rosyth were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute when Shaun Keatings was penalised for a trip in the area. Costello redeemed himself following his earlier gaff when he dived to his right and held Hampson’s weak shot. The game was now flowing from end to end as firstly Keatings saw his free kick held and then Rosyth went close as Darren Ormiston shot across the face of goal. Hampson then hooked his effort high and wide from the corner of the six yard box. The Shipyard sealed the victory in the 84th minute when Jack Wilson expertly headed the ball on for young Lewis to latch onto and he showed great strength and composure to slide the ball beyond Penman. Hampson’s day went from bad to worse when he received his marching orders for retaliating following a challenge from Liam Bell. The Shipyard were then able to see out the final few minutes untroubled and collect the three point. Manager Dave Costello was happy after the match when he said “Once again we showed character today as we dug in after conceding the goal. Obviously, Scott made a mistake but he didn’t dwell on it and went on to make a vital save to keep us ahead. Also, it was good to see young Rhys and Cammy get on the score sheet.”

Costy saves Rosyth penalty.

Next week (05/11/22) we welcome Dunipace to Recreation Park for another important league match. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Rosyth: B. Penman; D. Hall; J. Denholm; R. McDonald; J. Penman (G. Nutt); C. Strang; T. Hampson; J. Tapping; M. Ness; G. Page (K. Dall); D. Ormiston (C. McAulay). Unused Subs: G. Leighton; M. Gallacher; M. Jarrett; F. Binnie.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; D. Thomson; L. Bell; L. Ross; I. Millar; S. Glancy; B. Anthony; D. Anthony (R. Crichton); R. Wardlaw (C. Lewis); J. Wilson; S. Keatings. Unused Subs: A. Brown & D. Pierce.

Referee: G. MacDonald.