Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 12th August 2017
East Fife 1 (Hurst 56’)
Alloa Athletic 0
East Fife XI: Goodfellow, Dunsmore, Docherty, Watson, Slattery, Duggan (Linton 89’), Hurst (Wilkie 70’), Millar, Gordon, Flanagan (Wilson 77’), Willis
Subs: Cordery, Reilly, Mutch
Alloa Athletic XI: Parry, Taggart, Crane, Graham, Meggatt, Robertson, Cawley, Flannigan, Malcolm, Fleming, Cook (Renton 65’)
Subs: McDowall, Hetherington, Thomas, McKeown, Martin, McDonald
Referee: Colin Steven
East Fife welcomed Alloa Athletic to Bayview for the first home match of the season and it was the hosts who picked up their first points of the season thanks to a second half strike by Greg Hurst. Manager Darren Young made one change to the side that lost to Stranraer last time out; Kyle Wilson making way for Hurst to make his full East Fife debut.
The first chance of the match fell the way of the home side when Nathan Flanagan cut inside from the right but his shot was blocked by the Alloa defence, the rebound fell to Pat Slattery who couldn’t find the target with his back to goal. The visitor’s best chances of the game fell within a couple of minutes of each other when first Ryan Goodfellow produced an excellent save to deny Craig Malcolm at point-blank range before Goodfellow produced another fine stop from Callum Crane’s cross-come-shot.
The home side were passing the ball about well and good link up play between Paul Willis and Chris Duggan gave the former a sight of goal on 18 minutes and Alloa ‘keeper Neil Parry was at full stretch to keep out his shot. At the other end Iain Flannigan tried his luck with a volley from 25-yards but it sailed way over before Jon Robertson strike from 30-yards flew just wide of the left-hand post on 26 minutes.
Duggan got a couple of opportunities before the half hour mark when first he was played in by Aaron Dunsmore but couldn’t keep his shot down before showing great technique to twice lift the ball over defender’s heads, trying to find space to get a shot away.
Flanagan curled a shot narrowly over from 25-yards on 37 minutes before Alloa had the final chance of the half when Scott Taggart got on the end of a cross but could only send his header well wide of the target.
East Fife started the better side after the break and almost found a break through 5 minutes after the re-start when Flanagan got to the by-line and sent in an inviting cross but good defending by Darryl Meggat prevented Hurst from heading into an open goal. Hurst wasn’t to be denied, however, scoring his first East Fife goal on 56 minutes when Parry missed a cross from the right by Willis leaving Hurst with a tap in the centre of the goal. Hurst should have added a second 10 minutes later when Parry failed to hold a free kick from Mark Docherty; Hurst reacted quickest but could only hit the bar much to the relief of the Alloa stopper.
The home side were content to sit in as the visitors pressed for an equaliser but the failed to break down a well-drilled East Fife defence. Substitute Kris Renton did manage to get a shot away 3 minutes from time but it was never going to trouble Goodfellow.
A fantastic and hard-fought win for East Fife with great performance all over the park.
East Fife supporter Jock McInnes will be travelling to Italy and trekking to the summit of Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest and most active volcano, in a kilt and an East Fife strip at the end of the month to raise money for scottish national heroes in the form of if the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust.
Jock is a former Sargent in the Black Watch who has raise over £1.5m for charity and was awarded an MBE from the Queen in 2014 for services to charity. Jock’s previous challenges include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Toubkal and Mount Elbrus (highest mountain in Europe), trekking across the Sahara Desert (twice) and Gobi Desert, taking aid to school kids in Nepal and accompanying Dundee FC supporters to the summit of a mountain in Morocco.
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It’s the first home league game of the season tomorrow as East Fife entertain Alloa Athletic at Bayview Stadium. The Methil men have done well on their new surface with a draw against county rivals Dunfermline Athletic and a win over Elgin City.
Although disappointed with the outcome of last week’s campaign opener at Stair Park, Manager Darren Young was keen to highlight the positives from the narrow defeat and has added to his squad with the acquisition of defender Scott Linton who will bring strength in depth in addition to his experience at Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton and Clyde.
The visitors from Clackmannanshire narrowly missed out on promotion last season, going down in the play-offs final to Brechin City and the Fifers can expect another stiff challenge from Jim Goodwin’s men, who were also unfortunate to concede a late equaliser at home to Raith Rovers last Saturday.
The Wasps were impressive throughout the 2016-17 campaign, winning both league encounters between the sides at the Indodrill Stadium, while the meetings at Bayview both ended all square. Prior to that goals from Bobby Barr and Paul Willis earned a 2-1 victory for East Fife back in April 2013.
Supporters of both clubs are reminded that they are welcome to enjoy refreshments at the stadium bars before and after the game.
The following ticket arrangement apply for our league match against Raith Rovers on the 26th of August.
Adults - £15
Concessions (Over 60s/Students) - £12
Child (Under 16s) - £5
Season Ticket Holders
Match tickets will be available for collection from Thursday 10th August from the club office during normal office hours. Season ticket holders should bring along match voucher no. 2 from their season ticket booklet. Your ticket will be held in the office and can be collected any time before 3 pm of the 26th of August.
Season ticket holders can also purchase additional tickets from 10am on Thursday 10th August. Please have your season ticket available.
Supporters Club Members
Supporters Club members are invited to purchase tickets from 10am on Thursday 10th August. Please have your Supporters Club membership card available. The office closes at 5 pm on Thursday and is open Friday 9am till 4 pm and Saturday 10 am till 3 pm.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from 9.15am on Monday 14th August.
Any queries, drop us an email or give us a call.
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 5th August 2017
Stranraer 1 (Hamill 65’)
East Fife 0
Stranraer XI: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Bell, Anderson, Turner (Woods 66’), Hamill, Thomson (Agnew 66’), Wallace (Okoh 81’)
Subs: Lang, McGowan, Currie, Stoney
Booked: Bell, Barron
East Fife XI: Goodfellow, Dunsmore, Docherty, Watson, Gordon, Slattery (Wilkie 73’), Wilson (Hurst 66’), Millar, Flanagan, Duggan, Willis
Subs: Young, Reilly, Cordery
Referee: Kevin Graham
East Fife kicked off their League campaign with a trip Stranraer but left empty-handed following a 65th minute Jamie Hamill strike. Manager Darren Young made one change to the side that conquered Elgin City last time out with Ben Gordon returning from suspension to replace Ben Reilly.
The first chance of the match fell to the visitors when Nathan Flanagan was played in by Paul Willis but his left-footed strike was straight at goalkeeper Cameron Belford. A couple of minutes later, good play by Willis on the left presented Chris Duggan with a chance but his shot on the turn was well over. Flanagan had another opportunity from a free kick from 20-yards but couldn’t find the target.
The home side were creating a lot of the early running and had their first sight of goal on 12 minutes when Grant Anderson picked out former Fifer Ryan Wallace with a cross from the right but Ryan Goodfellow was able to turn his volley behind. Goodfellow was called into action again a couple of minutes later to deny Kyle Tuner from close range.
Wallace had two great opportunities to open the scoring within a couple of minutes when first he fired over from 20-yards with only Goodfellow to beat before he dragged his shot wide from a couple of yards as the clock ticked past the half hour. Pat Slattery should have put the visitors in from 10 minutes before the break when he latched onto a loose pass from Jamie Hamill and raced in on goal but put his shot wide of the target. Wallace saw his free kick from 25-yards rebound off the bar at one end before David Barron somehow managed to turn Aaron Dunsmore’s strike behind running backward towards his own goal on the stroke of half time. An eventful first half in which either side could have been a couple of goals up, all to play for at the break.
Goodfellow pushed away a powerful drive by Anderson just before the hour mark before Stranraer scored what proved to be the only goal of the match when Wallace broke upfield before playing in Hamill who fired passed Goodfellow from 12-yards. Substitute Paul Woods went close to adding a second on 70 minutes but found the side netting from a good position. East Fife had one final chance into injury time by Mark Docherty’s free kick from the edge of the box was blocked by the home defence.
A disappointing result for East Fife but there are positives to take into the rest of the season.
East Fife get their 2017-18 league campaign underway tomorrow when they make the long journey to Stair Park to face Stranraer, co-incidentally the venue of the final game of last season.
Manager Darren Young will have been heartened by the 3-2 win against Elgin City in his side’s last outing and will be hoping that the lengthy injury list is beginning to improve following influential midfielder Kyle Wilkie’s return to the team after seven months on the sidelines. The recent loan signing of Greg Hurst from St Johnstone has also given the squad a boost ahead of the game.
Stranraer, like the Methil men, faced a challenging Betfred League Cup set of opponents, coming up against Partick Thistle, St Mirren, Livingston and Airdrieonians in their section. Although not registering a win, the Stair Parkers put in a disciplined performance against Premiership opposition at Firhill last Saturday before losing out to a late goal, and will be looking forward to a league season opener against a side that they have a good record against in recent years. Manager Stevie Farrell has made several key signings during the close season including former Bayview favourite Ryan Wallace.
As previously mentioned, the Fifers have found points hard to come by in previous visits to Stranraer recently. Indeed you have to go as far back as September 2012 to find an East Fife win, when doubles from Gareth Wardlaw and Jamie Pollock helped secure a memorable 6-2 success. Bobby Barr and Paul McManus were also on target that afternoon.