Saturday, August 15, 2009

Match Report: Stenhousemuir v East Fife (Scottish 2nd Division)

East Fife took a point away from Ochilview today but was a very different looking side to the one that won their home opener against Brechin City last weekend.

With striker Paul McManus out through injury, boss Stevie Crawford gave himself the nod, in what was otherwise an unchanged 3-5-2 line up again.

Stenhousemuir were the ones to open the scoring with a screamer of a long range free kick after just 5 minutes from Pat Scullion.

The goal was wind assisted, in very blustery conditions, and the weather helped Stenny to be the better team in the half.

It was East Fife who netted the next goal though, equalising two minutes before half time thanks to some great work out wide by Crawford. Stevie beat his man well, whipped over a perfect cross and David Muir was there again to head home from close range, for his second goal of the season.

East Fife controlled much of the second half, but couldn't find a way through. Stenhousemuir had three great chances to restore their lead in the last fifteen minutes, hitting the woodwork twice from close range, with Scott Dalizel just clipping the bar with his effort. Perhaps they shouldn't have concentrated on filming a "crossbar challenge" in midweek training after all!

At that point, the Fife faithful would have been happy to just go home with a point there and then but then contrived to miss their own great chance to take all three with the last kick of the game, in a goalmouth scramble.

It ended a goal apiece and a point apiece though, but worryingly we didn't look as threatening going forward today. It was the back three that took most of the plaudits, along with Lloyd Young and Robert Campbell.

We're trying to play good passing football though and that is pleasing to see. We just need to be a little less shot shy.

Still, we'd have taken four out of our first six possible League points two weeks ago. Onwards and upwards. The Smokies are next.

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