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Berwick Rangers 0 East Fife 3

Scottish League Two, Shielfield Park

Saturday 25th April 2015

Match Report by Liam Thomson

( for Jim Corstorphine’s Match Photos click HERE )

 

East Fife moved within touching distance of qualifying for the League One playoffs after they comprehensively defeated Colin Cameron’s Berwick Rangers side at Shielfield Park.

 

Going into the match the Fifers welcomed back fit again Liam Smith and Allan Walker. However manager Gary Naysmith was unable to play as he recovers from a calf injury and he joined skipper Stevie Campbell on the sick list.

 

The visitors started the match brightly and very early on Ross Brown went close with a shot which former Fife keeper Michael Andrews tipped over the woodwork.

 

After that both teams fought hard and there was a real midfield war of attrition with neither side giving much away.

 

That changed though in the 35th minute when the Fifers managed to breach the Berwick defence. Kevin Smith beat a Berwick defender before firing a left footed shot past Andrews into the right corner of the goal from fifteen yards out.

 

Not long after the half-time break the Methil men almost doubled the deficit when Allan Walker latched onto a lovely long ball forward by Scott Smith before driving an effort from twenty yards out which the Berwick goalie did well to save flipping the ball out for a corner kick.

 

A couple of minutes after that chance the home side nearly got a leveller through captain Stephen Tulloch but Ross Brown came to the rescue for the Fifers as he hacked the midfielder’s header off the line.

 

East Fife responded with a counter attack and the deadly Nathan Austin almost added to his tally for the season when Liam Smith whipped a delightful ball into the area which Austin connected with but his volley went over.

 

Gary Naysmith’s side were given a boost in the 63rd minute when their opponents were reduced to ten men after Lee Currie was given his marching orders for lashing out at Scott Smith.

 

The visitors extended their lead in the 71st minute when Page headed home a rebound following a scrap in the area.

 

With seven minutes left on the clock, Kevin Smith wrapped up the match with a composed finish after good play by Austin who dispossessed Maxwell before squaring the ball to his fellow forward.

 

Berwick Rangers: Andrews, Jacobs (Lavery 68), Maxwell, Cameron, Fairburn, Tulloch, Wilkie, Currie, Russell, Henderson, Gold (Willis 61) Subs not used: Gray, Young, Dillon, Martynuik, Bleakley

 

East Fife: Fleming, L Smith (Dickson 60), S Smith, Extabeguren, Page, Mullen, Brown, Leyden, Walker (Cook 87), K Smith, Austin (Adeyemo 85) Subs not used: Barr, McAleer, Riordan, Millar

 

Referee: Steven Kirkland

 

Attendance: 523

FIFE SUNK BY LATE SUCKER PUNCH!

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Annan Athletic 2 East Fife 1

Scottish League Two, Galabank

Saturday 18th April 2015

Match Report by Liam Thomson

For Jim Corstorphine’s Match Photos Click HERE

East Fife were caught with a very late sucker punch as they went down to Annan Athletic. Fortunately results elsewhere meant that despite the defeat Gary Naysmith’s men still lie in a play-off spot with two matches remaining.

Going into the game East Fife were able to add fit-again Alan Cook and Lewis Barr to the squad, however they were without injured trio Stevie Campbell, Liam Smith and Alan Walker.

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East Fife 1 Albion Rovers 0

Scottish League Two, Bayview Stadium

Saturday 11th April 2015

Match Report by Liam Thomson

( For Jim Corstorphine’s Match Photos Click HERE )

The visiting fans from Coatbridge arrived in Methil hoping that their team would clinch the title but their celebrations will have to wait at least another week after East Fife produced a very professional performance to give their play-off ambitions a real boost.

What was even more impressive about the victory over the top of the table side was that the Fifers were dealt a few blows prior to the match with a number of injury call-offs. Liam Smith, Alan Cook, Lewis Barr and Stevie Campbell were all unavailable which meant that Gary Naysmith was only able to name four substitutes whilst Albion Rovers had the relative luxury of having seven players on the bench.

Early on in the match the home side went near to getting the opener when a wind assisted corner from Ross Brown bounced off the top of the woodwork.

Other than that both sides struggled to create any clear opportunities until the half hour mark when the deadlock was broken. Kevin Smith picked up a long ball forward before taking the ball to the by-line and then cutting it back to Sean Dickson who managed to beat Neil Parry in the Albion goal.

Shortly before the break the Wee Rovers should have scored an equaliser when Edward Ferns was presented with a gilt-edged chance six yards out but fortunately for the Fifers he blasted the ball over.

In the second period East Fife had a penalty shout when Michael Dunlop appeared to handle the ball in his area but much to the dismay of the home support referee Alan Newlands was having none of it.

 

Albion Rovers rallied in the latter stage of the match applying a fair amount of pressure on their hosts, with Chris Cadden going  close on a couple of occasions. Firstly he hit the post and then he struck a half-volley from the edge of the area that went just over the bar.

 

 

East Fife: Millar, Mullen, S Smith, Brown, K Smith (Riordan 91), Leyden, Austin, Naysmith, Extabeguren, Dickson (Adeyemo 93), Page Subs not used: Fleming, McAleer

 

Albion Rovers: Parry, Cadden, Phillips, Young (Love 86), R Dunlop, M Dunlop, Ferns (Gemmell 56), Fisher, McGuigan, Davidson, McKenzie (Chaplain 69) Subs not used: Hughes, Mullen, Stevenson, McCluskey

 

Referee: Alan Newlands

 

Attendance: 707

BEATEN AT BROADWOOD

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Clyde 1 East Fife 0

Scottish League Two, Broadwood Stadium, Saturday 4th April 2015

Match Report by Liam Thomson

( For Jim Corstorphine’s Match Photos Click HERE )

East Fife are still in a play-off position but Gary Naysmith will know that his team will have to play better than they did in this match if they are to remain there.

 

In truth there was very little to choose between Clyde and East Fife in this scrappy affair as both teams huffed and puffed but failed to create many palpable chances. However it was the Bully Wee that managed to find the net once and that was all that was needed to win all three points.

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2 Queen's Park 35 19 61
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