Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm not sure that we can really class two wins on the bounce "a run", but with the up and down season East Fife have had, we're going with it!

The Fife followed up their vital 3-1 win against Peterhead on Tuesday night with a victory by the same scoreline against Alloa Athletic this afternoon at Recreation Park.

The damage was all done in the first half.

Alloa had some great early chances but it was East Fife who ended up taking the lead.

Craig Johnstone fired home a Steven Hislop cross to open the scoring after 34 minutes, then came a rare sight for the black and gold - goals for us in stoppage tme. Two to be precise.

First Alloa's Ross Philp turned a Bobby Linn cross into his own net, then moments later Stoney made it three when he nabbed his second.

Alloa had the Fife on the rack for a lot of the second half but Michael Brown made some tremendous stops in the Fife goal to keep them at bay for most of the half.

The only blip of the afternoon came when Michael McGowan fired home a 66th minute penalty, but this was to only be scant consolation for the Wasps, with the Fife defence holding firm and not allowing them to get back into the game.

It was heavy Alloa pressure as they pushed for more but it was East Fife who had the ball in the net again late on, but Linn's goal was ruled offside.

A great win and some good team performances. It was also nice to see the players applaud the fans at the end after all that's happened this week.

The win catapulted the Fife up the table to fifth, thanks to their superior goal difference. Six points behind Forfar now, with a game against Airdrie looming on Tuesday and then a home game against the Loons next Saturday.

There's a chance we could be sitting in the playoff spots this time next Saturday. After all the crazyness that this week has brought, I don't think any of us expected that.

Mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: Alloa Athletic 1 - 3 East Fife

EAST FIFE: Brown, Smart, McGowan, Ovenstone, Park, Young, Muir, McCulloch, Johnstone, Hislop (Fagan 74), Linn [Subs Not Used: Lyness, Durie, Murdoch, Cargill]

ATT: 579

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