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20 May 2013
Peterhead 0 East Fife 1 (0-1 on aggregate)
Division 2 Playoff Final Second Leg, Balmoor Stadium,
Sunday 19th May 2013
Match report by Liam Thomson
East Fife Pull Off The Great Escape!
The Fifers left Peterhead with a stunning victory which means that they avoid the drop to the basement league and Second Division football will again be played at Bayview next season.
With the tie finely balanced after Wednesday’s scoreless first leg, a goal just after half time from David Muir was enough to claim all the spoils.
The Fifers knew that it would be a difficult fixture. After all The Blue Toon hadn’t lost for eleven straight matches prior to this game. However the Methil team displayed a gritty and fierce determination to overcome Jim McInally’s side in a match which will be remembered for some time by the Fife faithful.
It was the home team that had the first opportunity of the game when Rory McAllister hit a cross-cum-shot from the right that went across the face of the goal after only a couple of minutes of play
East Fife’s first attempt came a few minutes later when Paul Willis fired a drive over the woodwork.
The opening period carried on from the first leg with the two teams slugging it out knowing how much was at stake.
In the 20th minute central defender David White came to the rescue for The Fife when he cleared the ball off the line after Andy Rodgers’ shot had beaten goalkeeper Calum Antell.
After the half hour mark Peterhead dominated and credit to East Fife that they held out until half time. Some last gasp valiant defending was required as the home team applied a huge amount of pressure
Bryan Gilfillan went close with a header from a David Cox corner, and in the 38th minute Antell had to be alert to make a terrific save from a McAllister effort tipping it around the post.
It was three minutes after the interval when the all important goal came. Paul Willis sprinting down the right flank was prevented from crossing the ball after he was slide tackled by an opposing defender and the ball went out for a corner kick. Craig Johnstone delivered an excellent ball deep into the area and David Muir was on hand to prod home sparking huge celebrations amongst the very impressive and vociferous travelling support.
The Balmoor side tried to respond shortly afterwards when McAllister, who was Peterhead’s best player of the afternoon, managed to get a shot in after the ball fell to him from a blocked David Cox attempt, but Antell was equal to it.
As one would expect, the final ten minutes was incredibly tense as both sides pressed to find a goal. McAllister came close twice and Paul Willis nearly wrapped it up for The Fifers when he found himself with space in the area but Graeme Smith in the Peterhead goal denied him twice.
When the final whistle went it was the signal for scenes of joy reminiscent of five years ago when the East Fife supporters poured on to the pitch at Fir Park when their team clinched the Third Division Championship away to East Stirling.
Having secured their Second Division survival, the club now eagerly anticipate a number of mouth watering fixtures against Fife rivals Dunfermline Athletic and Glasgow giants Rangers in what promises to be a hugely exciting 2013-14 season.
Peterhead: G Smith, Sharp, Ross, R Smith, Noble, Redman, Cowie, Gilfillan (Bavidge 81), Cox, McAllister, Rodgers. Subs Not Used: Jarvie, McCann, McGlinchey, Fitzgerald.
East Fife: Antell, Durie, Johnstone, Muir, White, Campbell, Willis, Smith, Samuel, McManus (Barr 74), McBride. Subs Not Used: Brown, Gormley, Sloan, Keenan.
19 May 2013
The Board, Manager and Players would like to thank all our supporters who made the long journey to Peterhead today – and those who were there in spirit.
Our fans out-shouted, out-chanted and out-sang the rest of the crowd throughout the match.
There’s no doubt that it had an influence on the team and they showed that they were responding with their tremendous victory.
The scenes at the end will stay in everyone’s memory for years to come.
Well done and thanks again.
See you next season – in Division Two!
C’mon the Fife.
19 May 2013
19 May 2013
We go into today's crucial playoff away to Peterhead with a good deal of confidence.
Solid recent performances have shown the team to be playing better together than before and we've every reason to expect to be still in the 2nd division come the final whistle!
For our fans going to the match there seems to be a fair bit of fog around so maybe you should allow a bit more time.
The Peterhead Social Club at the ground is very welcoming and we'd recommend it for some refreshment before the game and hopefully some celebratory drinkies afterwards.
C'mon the Fife!