Burntisland Shipyard 0-2 Leith Athletic FC 07.03.15

Burntisland Shipyard FC 0-2 Leith Athletic FC
East of Scotland, King Cup, 2nd Round
Saturday 7th March 2015, 2:30pm
at Recreation Park, Burntisland

Leith Athletic progressed to the quarter-finals of The King Cup, with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Burntisland Shipyard in some testing conditions at Recreation Park.

On heavy ground and with the wind blowing the length of the park, the hosts won the toss and elected to play into the wind first half.  Leith started brightly and tried to take advantage of the strong wind behind their back.

The visitors had a shout for a penalty in the 5th minute of the game.  A Chris Barrie free kick struck the wall, before the ball found its way to Jamie Lauder.  His scooped pass over the Shipyard defence seen Robbie Mason in on goal.  A combination of a last ditch challenge by Peter Bell and a challenge by Barry Thomson seen loud shouts for a penalty kick, but protests were waved away by referee Maskell.

Burntisland were playing on the counter and soaking up the pressure well, whilst trying to get forward themselves.  A quick break down the right seen Joh Paul McPhail play the ball wide to Dale Robertson.  His ball into the box missed everyone, with Kevin Masson unable to connect.

Leith eventually took the lead in the 43rd minute.  Barrie picked the ball up wide and played it into Mason, but he was challenged by Todd Arthur and the ball fell to Shaun Keatings.  Stephen Baigan nipped in on his blind side to rob possession, before firing a right foot effort beyond Thomson from the edge of the box.

In first half stoppage time, it was 2-0 with the elements playing a big part in proceedings.  A corner from the left by Baigan deceived everyone in the Shipyard box, before sailing into the back of the net.

Half-Time: Burntisland Shipyard 0-2 Leith Athletic FC

With the wind at their backs, the host looked to capitalise early on and Kevin Masson picked the ball up wide.  He drove down the line and his cut back was met by Robertson, but he could only hit the side netting.

The game became stretched and on the hour, Lauder picked the ball up in midfield.  He drove forward and played the ball in to Euan Campbell.  He came inside, but was unable to get his effort on target.

Late in the game, Campbell played in Kerr Allan whose effort on goal was blocked.  The ball fell to Lewis Tracey and as his effort crept wide of the post, Chris Beaton almost got on the end of it to tap home.

Full-Time: Burntisland Shipyard 0-2 Leith Athletic FC

Highlights are available on our You Tube Channel

Leith Athletic FC: Gordon, Allan, Barrie, Lowson, Melvin, Mason, Tracey, Lauder, Hainey, Ferguson, Baigan. Subs: Beaton, Campbell, Glynn, Burns, Murray.

Burntisland Shipyard FC: Thomson, Bell, Lowe, Arthur, Anderson, Keatings, Masson, Napier, McPhail.  Subs: Doig, Bouhaddou, McLeod, Mushet.

Referee: Keith Maskell (Star by Markinch)

Managers' Comments:

"We went into the game on Saturday with very little information on our opponents, but everything I'd heard about them since Alex {Lowe} and Neil {McLeod} had taken over, suggested that we'd be in for a tough game.

The weather was brutal with the wind blowing the length of the pitch.  The pitch itself was heavy, but still playable and before the game, it was possible that a mistake might end up deciding this one.

We wanted to play into the wind first half, but lost the toss, so we needed to try and get ourselves in front by half time and see what transpired second half.  As it was, we had lots of the ball, but lacked a bit cutting edge in the final third.  It took us 43 minutes to get on the score-sheet, but it was a good move to get into the area we were in and a good strike from Stephen {Baigan}.  Thankfully, we got a second goal quickly after to make the half-time team talk a bit easier.

Second half, we knew Burntisland would try to come at us, but we defended really well and it's good for the team to get our eleventh clean sheet of the season.  We had a couple of half chances second half, but never tested their keeper enough.  However, we're in the draw for the next round from what could have been a potential banana skin.

Brendan Napier has caused us problems in the past and I thought that he was good again on Saturday, getting into some good areas.  I was also impressed with young John Paul McPhail who played up top on his own, but never stopped running.  He caused us some problems throughout the game and had a couple of half-chances to score.

We're delighted to get into another quarter-final and here's hoping we get a good draw in the next round.  We've got a tough semi-final next week against Easthouses, before a big league game the following week against Craigroyston.

We had a few missing again on Saturday, but James {Hainey} and Sean {Melvin} from the 20's came in and proved their worth yet again with a couple of good performances.  The average age of our starting eleven on Saturday was only 23 and that was with two guys in their 30's included so again, our younger guys coming through have been a great help.  We're now starting to get some players back and hope to see Gary {Black} and Sean {Murphy} back running this week, along with Lachlan {Thom} who is back from his weekend away."



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