Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Forget Stamford Bridge. The eyes of the world should have been on a bigger game tonight. It was a match with massive repercussions for the remainder of the season. Sadly only a season low crowd of 314 witnessed it.

East Fife entertained fellow strugglers Peterhead this evening and the 3-1 victory for the Fifers has plunged Peterhead into all sorts of relegation problems. Stenhousemuir's 3-1 victory at home to Ayr though hasn't exactly eased East Fife's own ones yet though either.

It was an excellent, well deserved victory as the players responded to Saturday's woeful performance and the criticism being levelled at some of them. The best way to answer your critics is to give them the two fingers on the football field and that's just what the black and gold did tonight.

I should have put money on underfire captain Steven Hislop getting on the scoresheet this evening. You just knew he'd have been really up for it and he was. Of course the slaggers will take the credit and never give the player any.

Hissy fired the Fife in front after 22 minutes, when he hit home a Bobby Linn cross into the bottom corner.

Boaby doubled the advantage himself ten minutes later, with another long range cracker. He's had a few of those this season and this one was certainly one of the most vital, in a game that East Fife just simply couldn't afford to lose.

It was 2-0 at the interval and the Fife basically wrapped things up nine minutes into the second half, when Linn got his second of the night with another long range effort, a free kick from 20 yards out.

Martin Bavidge pulled one back on 73 minutes, with a great long range strike of his own, but there was to be no dramatic late fightback like at Balmoor a few weeks ago and East Fife coasted to the three points.

The win keeps East Fife out of the relegation zone in 8th place, three points clear of Stenny in the relegation playoff spot. East Fife's superior goal difference basically makes this a four point gap.

Peterhead are now on a run of six games without a win and have fallen two points adrift having played two games more than the Warriors.

It was a fine, spirited team performace. What we needed to see but we need to keep this going.

Mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 3 - 1 Peterhead

EAST FIFE: Brown, Smart, Muir, Ovenstone, McGowan, Park, Young (Cargill 63), McCulloch, Johnstone, Linn, Hislop [Subs Not Used: Lyness, Fagan, Murdoch, Brewster]

ATT: 314

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