We still have a number of squad kit donations avaliable ahead of the 2017/2018 league campaign. Your name/business will appear beside your chosen player on both the official club website and our award-winning match day programme The Bayview. Kit donation is £100 for either home or away strip.
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Phone: 01333 426323
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Betfred League Cup Group B
Tuesday 25th July 2017
East Fife 3 (Duggan 57’, Docherty 66’ (P), Willis 82’)
Elgin City 2 (Reilly 49, 79,)
East Fife XI: Goodfellow, Dunsmore, Docherty, Watson, Slattery, Wilson, Millar, Flanagan (Inglis 89’), Willis, Duggan, Reilly (Wilkie 78’)
Elgin City XI: Waters, Cooper, Smith, McHardy, Bronsky, McGovern, Dodd (Reid 62’), Cameron, Reilly, Sutherland (McLeish 75’), Allan (McKinnon 83’)
Subs: Eadie, Wilson, Dear
Booked: Allan, McHardy
Referee: Scott Millar
Elgin City were the visitors to Bayview on matchday 4 of the Betfred Cup where East Fife ran out 3-2 winners after an entertaining second half. Manager Darren Young made one change to the side the lost to Hearts at the weekend with Nathan Flanagan replacing defender Ben Gordon who was serving his suspension for the red card picked up last time out.
The visitor has the first chance of the match when Jordan Allan broke forward at pace, his shot beating Ryan Goodfellow in the East Fife goal but Craig Watson was on hand to stop the ball on the line. East Fife enjoying the majority of the possession but it was Elgin who enjoyed the better chances in the first half and had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Scott Millar on 21 minutes. Goodfellow had to be alert shortly before the break to keep out a goal-bound header from Stephen Bronsky.
Elgin took the lead 3 minutes after the interval when Thomas Reilly’s free kick from the stand-side touchline evaded everyone to creep into the bottom corner. East Fife reacted well to going a goal down and scored a deserved equaliser on 58 minutes when Chris Duggan found the back of the net from close range – the first East Fife goal of 2017/2018 much to the relief of the home fans.
Kyle Wilson went close to adding a second a minute later when he latched on to a through ball from Mark Docherty but Elgin ‘keeper Marc Waters was out quickly to collect. Paul Willis was next to go close for the home side but his shot from close range to a deflection on its way through before East Fife were awarded a penalty on 65 minutes when Pat Slattery was taken out in the box. Docherty placed the ball on the spot and found the corner to put East Fife in front for the first time in the match.
Duggan could have added a third on 72 minutes when he robbed Daryl McHardy in midfield and raced in on goal; his first shot saved by Waters before sending the follow-up narrowly over. Willis had the ball in the net a minute later after getting on the end of a cross from Nathan Flanagan but the flag was raised for offside against the winger. Kieran Millar was next to have a go with a shot 8-yards but Waters did well to save with his legs.
Elgin grabbed an equaliser against the run of play when Reilly latched onto a loose ball to score his second of the match. The goal was harsh on East Fife as they had been by far the better side in the second half but they weren’t to be denied a first win of the season. Nathan Flanagan, who had been causing problem for the visitors all game, unleashed a shot that Waters could only parry into the path a Willis to score what proved to be the winner.
Some shaky moments but a thoroughly deserved and confidence boosting win for East Fife just in time for the start of the league campaign in a couple of weeks.
After the match against St Johnstone on Saturday, 29th July, Darren Young, Manager, and Tony McMinn, Asst Manager, will be holding a question and answer session in the Jeek fleming Lounge. Please remember, the match kicks off at 12 noon. Bar will be open at 11am and the admission prices to the match are £5 for an adult and under 16s are FREE.
East Fife conclude their Betfred League Cup campaign for 2017-18 tomorrow night when they entertain Elgin City at Bayview Stadium. Unfortunately, despite Darren Young’s men’s best efforts, the Fifers are now out of the running for a place in the next stage, but there have been many positives to take, particularly after Saturday’s second-half showing against Hearts at Tynecastle when they had their Premiership opponents on the back foot at times with a spirited display.
Opponents Elgin City find themselves in a similar position, having been on the receiving end of a 6-0 defeat at East End Park, but putting in an improved performance last Tuesday at home to Hearts, going down to a solitary Kyle Lafferty goal.
In contrast to Saturday’s meeting with Hearts, East Fife and Elgin City are no strangers to each other, having served up several hard fought encounters in the race to the championship in 2015-16. The clubs have only locked horns on one previous occasion in the League Cup, with goals from Rob Ogleby and Ryan Wallace giving the Methil men a 2-1 win in July 2011 at Bayview. Brian Cameron was the man on the mark for the visitors. The Bayview faithful will need no reminding that their favourites followed up this victory by defeating Dunfermline Athletic and Aberdeen, before eventually going down to Kilmarnock in the quarter final at Rugby Park.
The Fifers squad should be along the usual lines, with Ben Gordon looking set to miss out after being the recipient of two yellow cards on Saturday.
Betfred League Cup Group B
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Hearts 3 (Lafferty 22’, 86’(P), Berra 70’)
East Fife 0
Hearts XI: Hamilton, Smith, Souttar (Petkov 45’), Berra, Walker (Stockton 77’), Buaben, Lafferty, Cowie (Martin 62’), McGhee, Grzelak, Goncalves
Subs: Noring, Nowak, Brandon, Moore
Booked: McGhee, Stockton
East Fife XI: Goodfellow, Dunsmore, Docherty, Watson, Slattery, Duggan, Wilson, Millar, Gordon, Reilly (Flanagan 75’), Willis
Subs: Wilkie, Inglis, Mutch, Young
Referee: Nick Walsh
East Fife travelled to face Hearts on matchday 3 of the Betfred Cup but left empty-handed as Premiership side ran out 3-0 winners at Tynecastle. Manager Darren Young made two changed to side that drew with Dunfermline on Tuesday with Ryan Goodfellow and Kieran Millar stepping in for Nathan Flanagan and the injured Thomas Cordery.
The home side could have been ahead on 6 minutes when Michael Smith beat the offside trap but saw his shot rebound off the inside of the post into the arms of Goodfellow. Hearts were doing all the running in the early stages and passed up another two great opportunities inside the first 15 minutes when first captain Christophe Berra couldn’t find the target after losing his marker at a corner before Kyle Lafferty headed wide from a couple of yards.
East Fife’s first sight of goal occurred on 17 minutes when a break upfield by Mark Docherty saw Chris Duggan cushion the ball down for the onrushing Ben Reilly. Reilly was beaten to the ball by Berra but the defender’s clearance ricocheted off Reilly and flew narrowly wide. Hearts broke the deadlock on 22 minutes when Lafferty got on the end of Smith’s cross to head past Goodfellow from close range.
Lafferty almost doubled the lead 10 minutes later but for a timely intervention from Ben Gordon. Hearts continued to press; this time Jamie Walker denied by a smart stop from Goodfellow. East Fife’s best opportunities in the first half came from set pieces with former Fife ‘keeper Jack Hamilton struggling under high balls and being bailed out on more than once occasion by his defence.
East Fife had to weather a storm of a different kind after the break after the heavens opened and puddles started to form on the Tynecastle surface. Summer football anyone???? It was the visitors who adapted best to the conditions; Duggan beating the offside trap a couple of minutes after the restart but no one was able to get on the end of his cut back. A good break by Aaron Dunsmore saw the ball reach Paul Willis unmarked at the back post but was denied by a great save from Hamilton.
Just before the hour mark, Willis was again denied by Hamilton who managed to hold at the second attempt with Duggan waiting to pounce. When the conditions easing, Hearts started to regain control of the match with Walker going narrowly wide with a volley on 65 minutes before terrific defending by Gordon denied Esmael Goncalves. The home side grabbed a second goal on 70 minutes when Berra rose highest to head home from a corner. Walker should have made it three 5 minutes later but dragged his shot wide from a couple of yards.
Kyle Wilson found the side netting for East Fife on 77 minutes before the striker almost set up Kieran Millar with a tap in on 81 minutes but the Hearts defence were able to clear before Dunsmore saw his shot saved by Hamilton. Gordon was sent for an early bath 5 minutes from time, picking up his second booking bringing down Gongalves inside the box; his first coming following an altercation with Cole Stockton in the middle of the park 10 minutes earlier. Lafferty placed the ball on the spot and sent Goodfellow the wrong way for his second of the afternoon.
There were chances at both ends as the game drew to a close; Duggan forcing Hamilton into a decent save with his effort from 40-yards before Goncalves heading narrowly over into stoppage time.
A much better performance from East Fife after the break; more creative, more confident but the hosts ran out deserved winner. Onwards to Tuesday for our final group match of the Betfred Cup when Eglin City visit Bayview.
Following the completion of our Betfred Cup Group B matches on Tuesday, we continue our preparations for our forthcoming Ladbrokes League 1 campaign by welcoming a St. Johnstone XI to Bayview on Saturday 29th July with a 12 pm kick off.
Adults - £5
Under 16s - Free