Saturday, September 4, 2010

East Fife's dreams of a first national Cup competition semi final spot for 56 years were shattered at Palmerston today by a rampant Queen of the South side in today's Alba Challenge Cup Quarter Final.

The 5-0 scoreline flattered the First Division side, who were on the back foot for most of the first half but they grew in confidence after the first goal and there was no looking back after their second shortly after the start of the second half.

The Fife faithful had been dreaming of their first national semi final since the 1954 League Cup defeat to Motherwell thwarted their attempts to land an unprecedented fourth League Cup trophy win.

It was not to be though, but things could have been so different if East Fife had turned their early domination into a goal or two.

All that good early work counted for nothing though when Paul Burns hit home from close range after 32 minutes and when he added his, and Queens', second two minutes after half time things started to look bleak for the Fife.

When East Fife sub John Ovenstone headed into his own net for the home side's third, there was no way back.

Queens confidence grew and as they relaxed and knocked the ball around, Burns got his hat trick with another close range knock in with eleven minutes remaining.

The home side went nap in the final minute when Bob Harris scored from a free kick and although Fife goalie Michael Brown's positioning was questionable, it didn't really matter.

So a 5-0 final and what a difference a week makes after last Saturday's demolition of Peterhead at Bayview. Still, we're still leading 6-5 in the results for the past eight days.

Back to the bread and butter stuff next week, with a trip to Station Park to take on Forfar. Sure that matters a lot more, but a Cup semi final and possibly final would have been braw.

Although we shipped five today, the defence didn't look all that bad. Two thrashings to higher league opposition so far this season shows the gulf between the top First and the Second Division teams just now. We did beat Stirling though but they're shit and we were at home.

And there we seem to have our current problems in a nutshell. We can't seem to win away and are still looking for our first away win, or even point, this season. Hopefully that will change up at Forfar in a week's time.

Let's hope so. C'mon the Fife.

EAST FIFE: Brown, Muir, Smart, Murdoch, Durie, Linn, Byrne, Sloan (Cargill 74), Johnstone (Ovenstone 57), Hislop (Crawford 79), Young [Subs Not Used: Baillie, Deland]

ATT: 1,751

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