East Fife

  • 11-11-14
  • 5th in Scottish League Two

    Heart of Midlothian 3-0 East Fife

    Kyle Lafferty bagged a brace as Hearts marked John Souttar's shock return to the starting line-up with a comfortable 3-0 Betfred Cup win over 10-man East Fife.Lafferty opened the scoring with a towering header after 22 minutes, with the delightful chipped assist for coming from Souttar, turning in a classy display on his return from six months of injury torment.He has been absent since suffering a devastating Achilles tear against Celtic in January and, despite a cameo in a practice game against Civil Service Strollers in midweek, was not expected to be in contention for a senior return for another fortnight.However, he was afforded the first 45 minutes and showed little sign of rustiness, albeit East Fife - horribly depleted by injuries - offered scant resistance to the hosts, with Christophe Berra and Lafferty finding the net after the break.Michael Smith took just five minutes to fire a warning shot across the bows of the Methil men, ghosting in to the box and rattling the post with a ferocious right-footed drive before his compatriot Lafferty headed a gilt-edged chance inches wide.Lafferty made amends when he deftly directed Souttar's delivery beyond Ryan Goodfellow.Isma Goncalves and Jamie Walker both forced excellent saves from the distinctly overworked Goodfellow as the hosts dominated the first period.The Fifers endeavoured to pinch a goal after the break, with Paul Willis forcing Jack Hamilton into two sharp low saves, however the encounter was put to bed when Berra powered home Malaury Martin's corner for his first goal in maroon since January 2008.And Lafferty added gloss to the scoreline from the penalty spot after Gonclaves had been felled in the box, with Ben Gordon receiving a second yellow card for the offence.
    • 7Y
    • PA Sport

    East Fife

    SOCCER

      Swindon dumped out of FA Cup after upset defeat to Eastleigh

      Non-league Eastleigh produced a shock upset as they claimed a 3-1 victory over Swindon to book their spot in the FA Cup second round.Jai Reason, Andy Drury and Mikael Mandron were on the scoresheet as the Spitfires stunned their Sky Bet League One hosts, who scored a consolation late on through Nathan Delfouneso in the first-round replay.The National League side took a 16th-minute lead when Reason finished off a flowing move, which included a clinical one-two between the midfielder and Scott Wilson.Former Ipswich winger Reason attempted to double his tally two minutes later but his 25-yard strike was held on the dive by Lawrence Vigouroux, before seeing a similar chance deflected behind.The Robins had a glorious chance to equalise in the 31st minute but Luke Norris fired straight at Ryan Clarke when slipped through by an audacious outside of the foot pass by Michael Doughty.The lead was doubled when Mandron fed Drury on the counter attack, before the midfielder coolly beat Swindon goalkeeper Clarke and slotted in.In the 74th minute the upset was completed when Wilson was dragged down by Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Mandron dispatched the penalty via Vigouroux's elbow.The Robins grabbed a consolation with 11 minutes to go when Delfouneso charged down Clarke's goal kick.But Eastleigh have now reached the second round for the third year in a row, having never reached that stage beforehand, and notched their second win against a Football League side.
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      • PA Sport

      East Fife

      SOCCER

      East Fife

      SOCCER

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      2023-24 SPFL League Two Ladder

      TeamGPWDLGDP
      Stenhousemuir3618144+1968
      Peterhead3616128+1960
      Spartans FC3615138+1058
      Dumbarton3616911+1257
      East Fife36111114-144
      Forfar Athletic3691512-742
      Elgin City36101016-2440
      Bonnyrigg Rose3691215-139
      Clyde3691116-1238
      Stranraer369918-1536

      2023-24 Team Leaders

      Scottish League Two

      Rankings

      Scottish League Two

      Goal Difference
      -1
      Tied-5th
      Goals Scored
      46
      Tied-6th
      Assists
      27
      6th
      Goals Conceded
      47
      6th