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Four first half goals from East Fife helped Gary Naysmith’s men to a 4-2 victory over Annan Athletic at the Galabank on Saturday afternoon.
The game got off to a frantic start with the hosts shading the play in the snowy conditions but it was East Fife who took the lead through Jamie Insall in the 7th minute.
The on-loan striker prodded home from close range after gaffer Naysmith’s corner found Nathan Austin who hit the post with a well struck effort and the rebound fell to Insall who duly obliged.
East Fife then doubled the lead in the 36th minute as Austin grabbed his 17th of the season following a mistake from Annan defender Martin McNiff which allowed the 21-year-old to burst through the hosts backline and produce a tidy finish.
The Fifers added to their advantage just three minutes later as Jason Kerr notched his first ever senior goal with a fine header from a flighted Naysmith free-kick much to the delight of the travelling Fife army.
A good opening period then turned into a dream one as Austin once again linked up well with strike partner Insall and the Hibs man stood up a cross from the right byline which Kyle Wilkie volleyed home to make it 4-0 at the half.
Annan came out firing after the break clearly buoyed by a Jim Chapman team talk and went close twice through striker Peter Weatherson but Fifers goalkeeper Liam Kelly was on hand to produce two fine saves.
It took the home side until the 84th minute to make the breakthrough as Greig McDonald fired past Kelly.
Annan then pulled another back through McDonald once again in added time but the Fifers work was done in a fine first half display as Naysmith’s men moved up to third in the League Two table.
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