Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:16
Forfar Athletic 1 East Fife 4
Forfar Athletic are now in the middle of a relegation dog-fight, and if they don't show more desire and ability over the next four matches, they are for the drop. This display could best be described as lacklustre, and as the troops left the field at full time, news spread that both Stirling Albion and Albion Rovers had gained points, rubbing salt into the gaping wound. In recent weeks the Loons have lost matches, however have created chances and have always looked like they were capable of winning, but not today.
Straight from the off East Fife looked like they wanted to boss things, and within the first five minutes had had two efforts on target. It wasn't much later before they opened the scoring. Janczyk sent a simple ball for DALZIEL to chase, he advanced past Shaughnessy and shot past Greg Paterson for goal number one. A minute later the visitors doubled their lead. Linn and Sloan worked a short corner before a cross was met by the head of WALLACE who powered the ball past the stranded keeper.
Forfar did hit back though, Iain Campbell's throw in was chested down by Kevin Motion, and Hilson hit the ball sweetly, but unfortunately inches over the target. But minutes later the Loons had reduced the Fifer's lead. Another Campbell throw in was flicked on into the heart of the penalty box, and as the visiting defenders failed to properly clear any danger, KEVIN BYERS stepped forward to stab the ball home from 10 yards out. Forfar pressed for the rest of the half without creating any further clear-cut chances.
If you were a betting man, you'd wager a lot that the Boss had given his side "pelters" at half time. If he did, it didn't work as the second half was a disappointing repeat of the first, with East Fife working well, and finishing clinically, with the Loons creating nothing more than half chances and defending poorly. This was no more evident than on 53 minutes when WALLACE was allowed to skip past three defenders before placing the ball into the corner of the net.
East Fife went on the create more chances and the Loons had Paterson to thank for keeping the score down after he made two great stops to prevent McCormack and Dalziel from scoring, both from headers. Forfar did have possession, but they failed to create anything clear cut and it was no surprise when the visitor's added a fourth. Wallace, who had been a thorn in Forfar's side all game, ran at the defence before laying the ball off for DALZIEL to slot home from 12 yards out.
A really disappointing performance from Forfar, but based on recent matches, they can create numerous chances, and indeed take them, as Brechin City and Stirling Albion will testify. Over the remaining four weeks this must be repeated, and the leaking defence sorted out, otherwise we will enter the play off lottery, or even worse.
Match Report by Kevin Brown.