Saturday, August 21, 2010

So that's how it feels.

On so many occasions in recent seasons, East Fife have dominated games or should have taken something from games, only to see it grabbed away from them, often in the closing minutes through a spate of late goals.

It's not a nice feeling when it's done to you. Now we know how it feels for the boot to be on the other foot.

Peterhead must be gutted that they left Bayview this afternoon with nothing to show for their endeavours, whilst East Fife rode away laughing in their Dick Turpin masks.

The Blue Toon should have been out of sight had they taken their multitude of chances. As it was, all they had to show for all their pressure was a Martin Bavidge goal two minutes before the break.

With seemingly little hope of East Fife getting back into things as the game ticked into the last quarter of an hour, we got one of those lucky breaks that ended up turning the game.

As the ball deflected up in the air from Scott Durie's cross, Craig Johnstone was on hand to volley home to tie things up on 76 minutes.

Six minutes later and we were in a surprise and undeserved lead when Robert Sloan lobbed a perfect free kick on the edge of the box over the wall and into the net, with the Peterhead goalie totally left standing.

The 2-1 final score was just what we needed though. A defeat would have meant one point from our opening nine, but now we sit on four and mid table in sixth place, with a goal difference of zero.

As time ticks away on the transfer window, everyone connected with the Club, including boss Stevie Crawford, knows where our problems lie. We don't want to keep harping on about our shoddy defence but they were exposed time and time again today and if Peterhead had had their shooting boots on, the final result could have been a very different story.

If we can fight back and grind out wins when rank rotten though, then the hopes are still there. If we can tighten up the back line at the same time, then we should have a very exciting remainder of the season ahead of us.

Plugging that hole is proving difficult and I can see time running out before we are able to do this. Waiting till January could be disasterous for us. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

Dumbarton next. A very winnable game and a chance to open up an early seven point gap between the two of us.

C'mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 2 - 1 Peterhead

EAST FIFE: Brown, Durie, Young, Smart, Deland (Sloan 75), Linn, Murdoch, Muir, Johnstone (Ovenstone 88), Hislop, Byrne (Crawford 63) [Subs Not Used: Baillie, Cargill]

ATT: 565


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