24 July 2016
Betfred League Cup Group A, Bayview Stadium, Saturday 23rd July 2016
East Fife 2 (Page 37’, McManus 50’)
Peterhead 1 (Brown 25’)
East Fife XI: Muir, Mercer, Slattery, Kane, Page, Kerr, Lamont, Smith (O’Hara 66’), Wilkie (Brown 22’), Naysmith, McManus
Subs Not Used: Goodfellow, Gray, Mutch, Austin
Peterhead XI: Smith, Strachan, Noble, Ross, Rumsby, Dzierzawski (Blockley 53’), Stevenson, Brown, McAllister, Ferry (Redman 1’), Riley (McIntosh 40’)
Booked: Redman, Brown,
Subs Not Used: Hobday, Samuels, Baptie, Adams
Referee: Kevin Graham
East Fife extended their lead at the top of the Betfred Cup Group A with a 2-1 victory over fellow League 1 side Peterhead at Bayview. Gary Naysmith made two changes to the side that dispatched Dumbarton on Tuesday with Wullie Muir and Pat Slattery coming in for Ryan Goodfellow and the suspended Scott Robinson. New signing Kevin O’Hara took his place on the bench.
Prior to kick-off, a minutes silence was held in memory of former East Fife goalkeeper Dick Donnelly who made 107 appearances between 1960 and 1964. The game had only just kicked off when Peterhead’s Simon Ferry, who suffered a back spasm in the tunnel, was replaced by Jamie Redman. The first chance of the match fell to Peterhead. Rory McAllister beat the offside trap but the striker failed to control the ball with only Muir to beat.
East Fife had to make an early substitution of their own when Kyle Wilkie made way for Ross Brown after 22 minutes. It was Brown who had the home side’s first chance, the Peterhead defence doing well to turn his shot away for a corner. The visitors had started the brightest and took a deserved lead on 25 minutes. McAllister’s weak free kick should have been an easy save for Muir but the ‘keeper could only spill the ball into the path of Jordan Brown who tapped in from 5-yards. East Fife were level before the interval when Jonathan Page’s header, from a Mark Lamont corner, looped over Graeme Smith.
East Fife went ahead soon after the re-start. Good footwork by Ross Brown saw him bundled over in the box by Kevin Dzierzawski and referee Kevin Graham pointed to the spot. Paul McManus stepped up to score his second goal in as many games. Peterhead presses for an equaliser with Rory McAllister twice going close within a couple of minutes. Firstly his drive was turned round the post by Muir before his headed from the resulting corner rebounded off the upright with Muir beaten. New East Fife loan signing Kevin O’Hara was introduced with 25 minutes to play and almost added his name to the score sheet late on but his shot was just the wrong side of the post.
After the match Assistant Manager Dougie Anderson spoke to East Fife TV:“Peterhead are a good team who have established themselves in League 1. I think regardless of who we played today it would have been a hard game. I think it’s quite fortunate we can say it because we’ve won but it’s a hard, hard start to a season at part-time level when you go Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday. You could probably see that in terms of the intensity we tried to play with today that we couldn’t quite match from the previous two games. Some of the boys who have played in all of these games certainly felt it. I thought what we showed today was determination and character.”
“We said that, outside the four wall of the changing room, expectation that when you played Dundee, and probably Dumbarton as well, we’re in leagues below and we might not get a result. We always thought that we would compete but today was the bread and butter. We’re going to faced Peterhead, and teams like them, in the league campaign and it’s very easy to take your eye off the ball in terms of thinking you’ve done a great job against Dundee and Dumbarton. We emphasised that, it was going to be a different type of game, probably a more physical game; you won’t get as much time on the ball as we maybe did against higher opposition. I thought that the lads, after 20 minutes or so, came to terms with it. We’re delighted with the result and where we stand in the group.”
“There are a lot of positives to our start to the season. I think the back four being kept the same have done a fantastic job. McAllister is a quality player and we’ve limited him to a few bits and pieces so credit to our back four. He is a good player, he holds it in well and links up and they had to be on their toes.”
“It was a physical game and that was a pleasing side that we stood up to that and we matched that. I don’t think anybody will come and play against East Fife now and find it easy. We have players that can look after themselves but can also play. I think that shows we can handle all different types of challenges in terms of the quality of Dundee and Dumbarton and Peterhead are a decent team as well. A bit more physical but we stood up to that.”
“We’re delighted with where we are just now but we need to make sure we go to Forfar and finish the job off”.
23 July 2016
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Dumbarton 0 - 2 East Fife
East Fife v Peterhead
Saturday 23rd July at 3.00pm
SPFL League 1
SPFL League 1