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Stirling V East Fife 14May2014

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Stirling Albion 1 East Fife 2

League One Playoff Final First Leg, Forthbank Stadium

Wednesday 14th May 2014

Match Report by Liam Thomson

East Fife will take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg of their League One play-off final against Stirling Albion.

The Fifers won at Forthbank Stadium on Wednesday night to move a step closer to securing their place in the third tier of Scottish football for another season.

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East Fife V Clyde 10May2014

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East Fife 2 Clyde 1

(2-2 on aggregate, East Fife win 7-6 on penalties AET)

League One Playoff Semi Final Second Leg, Bayview Stadium

Saturday 10th May 2013

Match Report by Liam Thomson

There was a pitch invasion at the end of this enthralling encounter with East Fife fans ecstatic to see their side progress to the playoff final where they will meet Stirling Albion with the added spice that the Forthbank side are managed by former Fife captain Greig McDonald.

This was the proverbial match for the neutral but for supporters of both sides it was a rollercoaster of emotions as the two teams fought it out to the bitter end, only being separated by a very tense penalty shoot out.

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Ayr V East Fife 3 May 2014

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Ayr United 4 East Fife 1

Scottish League One, Somerset Park

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Match Report by Liam Thomson

Despite suffering a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Ayr United at Somerset Park, East Fife will go into the League One play-offs for the second consecutive year after Arbroath lost out to Airdrieonians.

The Honest Men, roared on by a bumper crowd after the club slashed admission prices for the match, were worthy winners securing their place in the Championship play-offs.

Following last weekend’s home defeat at Bayview East Fife manager Gary Naysmith opted to shuffle around the team changing from a 4-3-3 formation to a 4-4-2 with Kevin Smith partnering Liam Buchanan upfront.

Whilst the home team were at full strength, the Fifers were without a number of first team players including: Gary Fisher, Ross Brown and Kevin Rutkiewicz. The experienced Stephen Hughes was also unavailable.

There were two changes to the previous week’s starting line up with Stephen O’Neil and Jonathan Stewart coming in for Hughes and Nathan Austin who dropped to the bench.

The visitors almost drew first blood very early on when Ayr keeper David Hutton diverted a Kevin Smith effort around the post with his out-stretched leg.

Buchanan had a penalty shout ten minutes later when he appeared to be bundled over in the box by Martyn Campbell but referee Crawford Allan was having none of it.

Durie then got a flick on a McBride cross which was gathered by Hutton before the Fifers came very close to scoring when Craig Johnstone hit the woodwork from outside the box with a cross-cum-shot.

The visitors more than matched the home team in the first half and were extremely unfortunate to head for the dressing room at the interval one goal down. The opener came in the 42nd minute when Craig Malcolm beat East Fife goalkeeper Greg Paterson with a lobbed finish after latching onto a long ball from Adam Hunter.

The away team had an opportunity to reply almost straight away but Liam Buchanan unfortunately put his header over the woodwork.

In the second period Mark Roberts’ side really stepped it up and East Fife struggled to compete with the Honest Men who were ruthless in front of goal.

Within eight minutes of the restart Ayr increased their lead with Malcolm on the score sheet again when Michael Donald set the striker up for a simple finish from very close in.

Shortly afterwards East Fife’s top scorer Liam Buchanan hit a lovely strike from the edge of the area which forced Hutton into making a very fine save tipping the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

In the 63rd minute Malcolm completed his hat trick striking the ball into the left corner after being played in by Donald, leaving the visitors with a humongous task to try and find a way back.

Just over ten minutes later Ayr added another goal through Brian Gilmour who fired the ball past Greg Paterson to put the outcome of the match beyond any doubt.

Eight minutes from time Liam Buchanan got a consolation goal for the Fifers when he headed in a Craig Johnstone corner from close range.

The visiting fans were soon cheered up as news trickled through from New Broomfield that Airdrie had doubled their lead against bottom team Arbroath.

East Fife now travel to play Jim Duffy’s Clyde team at Broadwood Stadium in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

 

Ayr United: Hutton, Hunter, Pope, Campbell (McAusland 31), Lithgow, Gilmour, Forrest, McLaughlin, Moffat, Malcolm (Shankland 76), Donald Subs not used: Newman (GK), Kyle, Crawford, Marenghi, McGowan

East Fife: Paterson, Thom, Johnstone, Campbell, Mbu, O’Neill (Austin 59), Durie, J Stewart (Barr 41), Buchanan, Smith, McBride (Clarke 76) Subs not used: Rooney (GK), Cowan, McKenzie, Maskrey

Referee: Crawford Allan

Attendance: 1,952

 

 

 

East Fife V Brechin 260414

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East Fife 1 Brechin City 2

Scottish League One, Bayview Stadium, Saturday 26th April 2014

Match Report by Liam Thomson

East Fife’s fate is still in their own hands despite losing out by two goals to one against Brechin City at Bayview. With Arbroath also on the end of the same score line against Dunfermline Athletic, the Fifers travel to Ayr next weekend knowing that a victory will guarantee them a place in the League One Playoffs.

Despite the fact that Brechin City ensured their own survival in League One last weekend the Fifers expected a tough match having not recorded a victory against their Angus opponents since 24th March 2012.

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