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.