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Fifers held by Shire on SPFL League Two trophy day

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Trophy presentation

(Credit: Jim Corstorphine)

East Fife were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon at Bayview by East Stirlingshire as Gary Naysmith’s men were presented with the SPFL League Two trophy.

Nathan Austin had the opening chance of the match but failed to convert after Richard Barnard got down well to block the effort that looked goalbound.

Both sides frustrated one another in what was a dull affair in the opening period but the game sprung into life just six minutes after the break.

Michael McMullin lined up a free-kick from 25-yards out and rifled the effort home past an outstretched Liam Kelly in the Fifers goal.

East Fife though responded in fine fashion as skipper Kevin Smith charged down a defensive clearance and after shots from Jamie Insall and Kyle Wilkie the ball found it's way back to Smith who rifled home.

Naysmith’s men went on the offensive in search of the winner but failed to find that elusive opening as the game entered the final stages.

Nathan Austin and Stevie Campbell were given standing ovations by the 1,163 in attendance as their Fife careers came to an end in perfect fashion as the final whistle sparked scenes of celebration with the SPFL2 trophy being handed over to the Methil men.

Three-star Fifers sweep Montrose aside to go seven points clear in SPFL League Two

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Bayview pre-Montrose

 (Copright: East Fife Football Club)

East Fife 3 (Page 13’, Campbell 16’, N Austin 24’)  Montrose 0

East Fife XI: Kelly, Mercer, Kerr, Page, Naysmith (Mullen 77’), Wilkie, Campbell (Brown 86’), Slattery, Smith, N Austin, Insall (Coote 78’)

Subs not used: Goodfellow, McManus, O’Kane, J Austin

Montrose XI: Millar, Comrie, Steeves, Masson, Clarke (Harwood 29’), Pascazio, McWalter (Ferguson 56’), Webster, Fraser (Milne 82’), Campbell, Mallagaray.

Subs not used: Butter, Martynuik, Hester, McLeod

Booked: Masson, Fraser (Montrose)

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance: 854

East Fife hauled themselves seven points clear at the top of SPFL League Two in the race for the title with a fine 3-0 victory over Montrose at Bayview.

Three goals in eleven first-half minutes were all that was needed for Gary Naysmith’s men as another quick start put the Methil men into a commanding position.

East Fife opened the scoring with some quick-thinking as a short corner found Kevin Smith who drilled the ball across the box for Jason Kerr to shoot but after a flick and a deflection Jonathan Page wheeled away in delight claiming the opener.

The Fifers came forward again and just three minutes later doubled the advantage as skipper Smith won a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Stevie Campbell stepped up and lashed the ball home into the top corner of the net in emphatic fashion to notch his second of the campaign.

Nathan Austin then quickly added a third for the East Fife as gaffer Naysmith played an inch perfect ball over the top and Fash latched onto it to slot home past Jordan Millar in the Montrose goal.

With 24 minutes on the clock the Fifers were in command at Bayview and it could've been more as Kyle Wilkie saw an effort fly wide of the mark following another set-piece.

East Fife were well worth the lead at the break holding Montrose to little action in front of Liam Kelly’s goal.

The second half began in much the same vein with Wilkie seeing two efforts narrowly miss the target from distance.

Campbell then came closest to adding to the lead though, as a low driven effort from the edge of the box almost squirmed underneath Millar in the visitor’s net.

Naysmith’s men were relatively untroubled as the Fifers held on to extend the lead at the top of the SPFL League Two table to seven points with three games remaining.

Kerr lifts Fifers over Arbroath at Gayfield Park

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Gayfield Park

(Copyright: East Fife Football Club)

Arbroath 0 East Fife 1 (Kerr 26)

Arbroath XI: Fleming, Wilson (Williams 70), Little, Munro, Lowdon, Linn, Whatley, Gold, Ramsay, Rutherford (Reid 76), Skelly (Hester 61)

Subs not used: Johnston, Alvarez, Stewart, Brodie

East Fife XI: Kelly, Mercer, Kerr, Page, Naysmith (Mullen 72), Brown (Murray 57), Slattery, Campbell, Smith, Wilkie, Smith, Austin (McManus 86)

Subs not used: Goodfellow, Coote, O'Kane, Insall

Booked: Smith (East Fife)

Referee: Graham Beaton

East Fife moved four points clear at the top of SPFL League Two following Saturday's 1-0 win over Arbroath at Gayfield Park.


Queen's Park hold Fifers to Bayview draw

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Jamie Insall goal v Queens Park

(Copyright: Jim Corstorphine)

East Fife 1 (Insall 2') Queen's Park 1 (Duggan 21')


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