Saturday, September 11, 2010

Another Saturday, another away match for the Fife, another goalfest and at the end of it all, another pointless exercise.

It all looked like being so different when Kurtis Byrne fired the Fife into a 14th minute lead and we went in at half time looking pretty comfortable.

What we didn't know at that point was that the turning point of the match happened at the 33 minute mark, when Stewart Murdoch was forced off injured and was replaced by John Ovenstone.

East Fife's defensive frailities have been there for all to see this season, but the signs have also been there that a Murdoch/Jonny Smart pairing at the back were starting to click and be a lot tighter.

Losing Murdoch seemed to send the defence into shambles mode and the man to exploit that was ex Fife hitman Chris Templeman.

As is so often the case with the Fife, a player who turned out to be useless for us, gets a new lease of life (and waistline by the looks of it) at another club and comes back to haunt us.

Temps did this in style with a second half hat trick, tieing the game up after 54 with his first, before volleying the home side into the lead with thirteen minutes to go.

When John Ovenstone headed the Fife back level with just four minutes to go, it looked like a fair share of the points would be the end result. That's even how some stations reported the final result!

Sadly for East Fife though, Temps wasn't finished yet and hit the Loons' winner with basically the last kick of the game, four minutes into stoppage time.

Another heartbreaking late loss that we saw so many of last season. Let's hope we're not going down that road again and let's hope we get the albatross of not getting anything away from home off our necks soon.

We're just going to have to accept that it's going to be a high scoring season for us at both ends. As someone joked on the forum, maybe we'll be the first team to both score and concede a hundred goals in a season. It's starting to look that way!

Back at fortress Bayview next week though. Let's hope for some more points from home and a bit more hunger and fight to boot as that was severely lacking in today's second half performance.

C'mon the Fife.

EAST FIFE: Brown, Muir, Durie, Smart, Murdoch (Ovenstone 33), Young, Sloan, Johnstone (Tansey 79), Linn, Byrne, Hislop (S Campbell 82) [Subs Not Used: Baillie, Cargill]

ATT: 590


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