Sunday, 19 February 2012 09:06
East Fife 4 Forfar Athletic 0
After some encouraging signs against Dumbarton, the Boss stuck to the same starting line up in a bid to move further away from the bottom two. But those hopes were dealt a blow as Forfar Athletic were hit for four at Methil. The scoreline certainly flattered the Fifers, however it was again poor defending that cost the Loons dearly as the home side didn't have to work too hard to bag their goals.
Of course Forfar's cause would have been helped if East Fife hadn't been awarded a controversial spot kick after only 10 minutes. The home side won three corners on the trot, the first saw Chris Templeman clear the ball behind, the second saw Craig Wilson do like wise, before the third cross reached the penalty area before a player from both sides fell after a challenge. A penalty was awarded as the Forfar defence looked stunned, and ROBERT SLOAN took full advantage and put his side a goal up. Five minutes later a long throw in on the left found SLOAN and Barry Sellars tussle for the ball, and after the former won the challenge he hammered a low 20 yard effort past McCallum for his and his side's second.
Forfar did buckle down and tried to get back into the game,and when Nicky Low and Iain Campbell combined well, with "Yano" delivering an inch perfect cross, Chris Templeman rose well but headed wide. Then on the half hour mark when Low was felled on the edge of the penalty box, Martyn Fotheringham lifted his free kick over the home wall, but straight into the arms of Michael Brown. But minutes later, it was 3-0. McCulloch lost the ball to Hislop on the right, the striker then avoided the challenge of Campbell before firing past McCallum, the keeper did well to divert the shot off the post, but the danger was not properly cleared and when the ball returned to HISLOP, he made no mistake from close range. Prior to half time the Loons created one more chance, a long accurate pass from Joe Shaughnessy picked out Hilson, and he in turn found Templeman 20 yards out, he took a touch before drilling a fierce shot on target, Brown stopped the effort, but the ball sneaked between his legs, although this did take any sting out of the shot and he gathered safely at the second attempt.
The Loons enjoyed most of the play during the second half, and when the Boss made a triple substitution bringing on Coyne, Mowat and Ross Campbell they were obviously throwing everything at the home defence. Templeman met a Fotheringham cross but headed wide, a long ball from Iain Campbell split open the defence and Dale Hilson stabbed his effort beyond the on-rushing Brown, and alas the wrong side of the post and following a neat pass inside to Templeman, he was away to pull the trigger, but Steven Campbell cleared the danger. then to rub salt into Forfar's wounds, East Fife scored. McCulloch was deemed to have fouled out on the flank, and when Sloan curled in a great cross RYAN WALLACE met if perfectly and headed into the corner of the net. To Forfar's credit, they never gave up fighting, however they failed to break down the stuffy home defence.
Forfar now face two more away matches, to Champion contenders Arbroath, and relegation partners Albion Rovers, let's hope there will be something to cheer about at the end of both games.
Match Report by Kevin Brown.