Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It was always going to happen. We all knew it deep down and we can't act surprised.

East Fife legend Kenny Deuchar came back to East Fife tonight, sadly turning out for another side in black and gold, and helping his new Livingston team to a 4-2 victory over the Fife in dramatic fashion, netting a hat-trick in the process.

Deuchs has made the move Almondvale following his release from Falkirk, where he has spent the season as nothing more than a bit part player on the bench. He's now joined Livingston until the end of next season.

Now the question on the lips of all Fife fans is could we have got him back at Bayview? Did we try? Knowing our current financial plight, I'm guessing no is the answer to both of these questions.

The good doctor's star has started to wane a little bit after his goalscoring exploits with Gretna and his surprise move to the US to play for Real Salt Lake. He's never really set the heather on fire since returning to Scotland. He can still do a job though at the lower level of Scottish football and he showed that this evening to East Fife's peril.

Things were looking good for the Fife, going in at half time one up from a Stevie Crawford goal. Livingston fought back quickly after the break though, with Deuchar tying things up after 57 minutes.

Kenny obviously felt guilty after scoring against us and made amends four minutes later when he brought down Craig Johnstone in the box and Robert Sloan converted the penalty to put the Fife back ahead.

The lead was also only to last four minutes before Deuchar once again fired Livingston level on the 65 minute mark.

East Fife saw their chances of a win increase when Livingston's Mick O'Byrne was sent off with ten minutes remaining. Unfathomably for the Fife though, it was Livingston who turned up the heat in the closing minutes, scoring twice. Iain Russell shot home after 82 minutes before Deuchar completed his hat-trick with a header with three minutes to go. Bastard!

Heartbreaking and infuriating all rolled in to one.

The defeat has sent East Fife back towards the relegation zone, now sitting perilously one point off the play-off spot and three off the bottom, whilst propelling Livingston back to the top of the pile.

The lack of games, the loss of key loan players, the current financial plight of the Club and the mauling at the hands of Aberdeen in the Cup, have shaken the belief of many Fife fans that John Robertson has turned things around and a push for the playoffs was still a possibility.

It's how we respond in the next few games that will shape our season. We need something to get the good feelings back. Let's hope that can start on Saturday at home to bottom placed Dumbarton. A defeat will mean a long four months awaits us.

Mon the Fife.

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