Grotlin Hat-trick Has Burntisland Out At Sea.

Central Taxis East Of Scotland League

Saturday 16th September 2017

Preston Athletic 6-1 Burntisland Shipyard

Preston Athletic enjoyed another heavy win at Pennypit Park when they defeated Burntisland Shipyard 6-1 in the East Of Scotland League on Saturday to add to the eight they scored at Coldstream last time out.

Burntisland almost got off to a dream start in the third minute when Brodie Hamilton collected a Brian Breen pass, created space for a shot but agonisingly saw his strike crash back off the post. Luck continued to elude Burntisland as Alexander Dimitrov was able to gather the ball and bear down on keeper Sean Malpas before producing a cool finish for 1-0. The Shipyard defence was struggling to cope with the pace and movement of the Preston forwards and Malpas pulled of a couple of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay. The Shippy replied with a Breen header that flew over the bar before Preston doubled their lead in the 18th minute with Jonny Grotlin on hand to knock home a low cross. Grotlin scored again in the 37th minute when he burst into the box and scored from around 10 yards. The fourth goal came on 44 minutes as Jonny Grotlin completed his hat-trick as he converted at the back post.

The visitors got on the scoresheet on 50 minutes  when Brian Breen scored with a stunning strike as Preston keeper Craig Pennycuick could only look on as the big forward’s left foot strike from outside the box flew over his head and into the net. Breen almost scored again two minutes later but his shot from inside the six-yard box came back off the post.

Preston went on the attack as Alexander Dimitrov almost got on the end of a low cross inside the six-yard box but he was inches away from making contact. Back at the other end the Burntisland had a penalty claim turned down when Breen appeared to be held down as a corner came into the box but the referee chose to wave play on. The referee then ended any chance of the Shipyard getting anything out of the match when he red carded Callum McAulay for foul and abusive language. Despite being a man down Burntisland kept at it and Breen dragged a shot wide in the 79th minute. Malpas produced a smart save in the 82nd minute when he blocked a shot from Steven Campbell.  The referee awarded the hosts a penalty when Steven Campbell went down under minimal pressure from sub Marc Black as they challenged for the loose ball. Justice was probably done when Jack Jardine hit the post with his effort from 12 yards. Preston made the most of their extra man in the closing minutes and added another two goals from Greg Binnie and substitute Kieran Jack.

Next up for the Panners is a trip to Fife in the East Of Scotland League Cup Quarter Final against Kelty Hearts at New Central Park. Kick off is 2.30pm.

Preston Athletic: C. Pennycuick, M. McFarlane, C. Inglis, D. Liddle, S. Campbell, D. Pennycuick (J. Jardine), J. Cochrane (K. Jack), M. Woodcock, G. Binnie, J. Grotlin, A. Dimitrov (J. Whiteman).

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, K. Ford ( T. Graham), P. Bell, S. Wilson (M. Black), C. McAleavey, S. Strang, O. Ferry, S. Glancy, B. Hamilton, C. McAulay, B. Breen. Unused Subs: C. Richardson, C. Anderson, B. Saunders.

Referee: G. Haynes.