Saturday, October 10, 2009

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

East Fife ended the first quarter of their season today. Still in fifth place but now only four spots off the bottom spot, in a day when the teams below them pulled off a string of surprising results.

With the addition of new signing, ex Dundee United starlet Jamie McCunnie, in midfield, hopes were high that one of our gaps in the team, a strong midfield dynamo, would now be filled. This seemed to be the case for around the first five minutes, when McCunnie looked full of promise, before the rest of the team seemed to decide to miss out the midfield from the action altogether and just follow Dave Baikie style punt and rush tactics.

It wasn't a bad game to watch, but East Fife offered very little and basically had one real chance in the whole match to make something happen for them.

Dumbarton had the best chance in the first half, but found Stewart Baillie in fine form as he saved Scott Chaplain's volley on 16 minutes.

Paul McManus had East Fife's best chance near the start of the second half but sent his effort wide from a good position and the home side were soon punished for this miss when Denis McLaughlin scored the only goal of the game after 58 minutes, when the Fife defence failed to clear the danger following another Dumbarton attack.

Dumbarton were nothing special and looked no better than a strong Third Division side. What that means for East Fife, is anyone's guess, but with the League now tightening up, a couple of bad results will see us right down there in the middle of a relegation dogfight.

If that proves to be the case then I'm not sure that our current squad have the ability or the stomach to get us out of such a situation.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 0 - 1 Dumbarton

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