United find Shipyard is no safe harbour

Burntisland Shipyard 5

Kelso United 0

United woes continued as they crumbled to defeat at Recreation Park in Fife.

Kelso had a few glimpses of goal and on better days striker Jordan Hopkinson could have had a hat-trick, but the home side were more clinical in front of goal and ran out comfortable winners.

“The boys are disheartened getting beaten every week and the heads went down after the second goal,” commented manager Prof Blaikie.

“Even though we brought in a couple of new players, the performance was still below par.

United had the first chance at goal in the ninth minute as Jordan Hopkinson swung in a corner from the left and Ebrima Sillah Sillah rose above the defence, but his header sailed over the bar.

Shipyard took the lead in the 19th minute as John Paul McPhail drove down the left channel and crossed into the box, where Adam Doig was running in at speed to blast home.

Hopkinson could have equalised four minutes later as he was through on the keeper, having been set up by Sillah Sillah, but the front man drove over the bar from six yards.

The home side increased their advantage midway through the half as a long ball was fired from the right touchline and Brendan Napier found space between the United central defenders to shoot home.

William Stewart in the United goal then thwarted a couple of Burntisland attacks, before the Fife side made it three six minutes before the break as Stewart parried a shot from McPhail and Kevin Masson was quick to react to net from close range.

Midway through the half, Hopkinson was denied by a full-length save by home keeper Jordan Mutch as the Edinburgh boy burst through the middle.

United held out until the 73rd minute, when Doig skipped through three United tackles before delivering a cross onto the head of substitute Blair Smart, who made no mistake from six yards.

Shipyard rubbed salt in the wounds as they scored the fifth in the penultimate minute of the game.

A kick out from Stewart was aimed for Hill, who was then robbed by Smart, and the big striker coolly rounded the Kelso keeper to slide into the net.