League - Conference B Dundonald 3 - Burntisland 2 Smith (2), Campbell,
The bell entertained fife neighbours Burntisland Shipyard on Saturday in an East of Scotland Conference B league game looking for 3 points to ensure the club stayed top of the table.
The game started with the visitors showing lots of energy and pressing the home side all over the park. Indeed the visitors missed a glorious chance in the 8th minute when Jordan Galloway saw his close-range effort saved by Lennox. The Bluebell were
struggling to get into the game at this point with an inept start that was frustrating the home crowd. Lennox again came to the Bluebells rescue on 16 minutes when he touched Browns drive over the bar.Shipyard were forced to change keepers on 22 minutes with the injured Jarrett being replaced by Adamson.The Bluebell started to see more off the ball now and Adamson saved from Smith and Sibanda in the space of 2 minutes. A slack pass by Wallace allowed McAulay to go clear through on Lennox but the Shippy striker put a poor effort into the side netting.Just on half time the Bell took the lead when Penman was brought down as he broke into the box and Campbell netted the resulting spot kick.
Half Time 1-0
Bluebell started the 2nd half in far better fashion than they played in the 1st and doubled their lead on 47 minutes when a delightful cross by Campbell was headed home by Smith. At this point despite the Bell not playing well they were looking comfortable in terms of winning the game.Campbell should have scored a third for the bell on 60 minutes but he put his free header straight into the arms of goalkeeper Adamson.However, to great credit to the Shippy they refused to lie down and prompted by the impressive midfield performance of Jonathon Galloway they got themselves back in the game with two quick goals on 66 and 68 minutes with both goals almost identical as poor defending by the home side allowed McAuley twice to feed Brown who made no mistake on both occasions. Two each now and the Bell went from looking comfortable to needing to lift themselves to regain the lead against spirited opponents. Adamson again saved from Smith and a Scott Durie effort was deflected wide as the home side eventually started to get into rhythm penning the visitors back.It was no surprise on 81 minutes an excellent cross by Penman was superbly controlled by Smith before he smashed the ball past the Shippy keeper to get the Bluebell back in front.Mcaulay was sent off for Burntisland in the closing minutes as the Bluebell saw out the game comfortably.
Full Time 3-2
Not a great performance by Dundonald but winning when playing poorly is a good habit to get into. Credit must be given to Burntisland Shipyard who were well organised and fought hard all day.
Lennox, Forbes, Durie, Wedderburn, O’Neil, Wallace, Sibanda, Smith, Campbell and Ness. Subs Walton, McKenzie, Rogerson, Dunlop, Wilson and Russell GK
Challenge Cup Dundonald Bluebell v Tranent
Saturday 5th February 2022
Kick off 2-30pm