Thursday, February 24, 2011

We asked Forrest Gump what he thought about watching East Fife this season. "They're like a box of chocolates" he replied. "Because you never know what you're going to get?" we said. "No, because they're fucking bad for your health". We nodded.

What last night's emphatic 4-0 victory over Ayr United at Somerset Park told us more than anything was that we perform best when there's not many Fife fans in attendance!

It was a much needed and surprising victory for the black and gold and a win that lifts them out of the relegation zone, two points clear of a severely struggling Peterhead side and with two games in hand.

The manner of the victory was also pleasing. It was a dominant performance from start to finish. Well maybe not straight from the start. Ayr did look lively in the early exchanges and had a couple of good chances which were way off target. After Jim Hamilton fired the ball home after 31 minutes, there was no looking back for the Fifers.

The opening goal came when Bobby Linn cracked a 20 yard effort off the bar, with Hamilton quickest to react to scramble home the rebound.

New boy Ryan Wallace endeared himself to the Fife faithful in his first full start, adding a second three minutes later when Ayr keeper David Crawford couldn't hold on to a Div Muir effort and Wallace pounced to send East Fife in 2-0 at the half.

The Fife continued the fine work after the break and Hearts loanee Matthew Park added a third on 49 minutes with a breathtaking solo effort that saw him pick the ball up at the half, waltz past four Ayr players and coolly slot home past Crawford.

Ayr hit the post and Hamilton cracked a spectacular 25 yard effort off the bar, before Wallace rounded off the scoring with his second, and the Fife's fourth, on 66 minutes.

A pretty good all round performance. Lloyd Young was looking particularly fine in the middle and the defence look composed. An overall disciplined and workmanlike performance against a very poor Ayr side.

For the 20 or so East Fife fans that made the journey, it was all worthwhile. What we really need to do now though it to actually string a run of wins together. That's been hard to do this season and last, but no better time to do it than now.

Mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: Ayr United 0 - 4 East Fife

EAST FIFE: Brown, Durie, Park, Ovenstone, McGowan, Muir (Smart 90), Linn (Fagan 62), Wallace, Hamilton (Hislop 68), Young, Johnstone [Subs Not Used: Collier, Cargill]

ATT: 789

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