Fifers are ready for the off, says striker Derek

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Derek Riordan helped shoot down Elgin at the weekend and then set his sights on firing East Fife into League One.

The Fifers booked their place in the promotion play-offs after ending any lingering hopes Annan had of catching them with a 3-1 win over Jim Weir’s side.

In truth it was a position the Fifers never really looked like giving up as they built on a professional win at Berwick seven days previous.

Riordan’s killer third goal put the points beyond doubt after Kevin Smith had already put the Fifers two up with a brace.

Attention now turns to this week’s fixtures against a Stenny side who haven’t won a game since early March.

And Riordan is buzzing to get going.

He said: “This is the first time I’ve played in a play-off and I’m looking forward to it.

“I love playing football, I love playing in every game and I love scoring goals so hopefully I can get another one on Wednesday.”

It was another three goals for the Methil men who are scoring at will at the moment.

Going into the play-offs, which start tonight at Bayview before Saturday’s return fixture at Ochilview, Riordan says it’s crucial the Fifers continue to build on good recent form.

“This win will give us confidence going into the game and we’re scoring a lot of goals at the moment,” he said.

“I got one and Kev Smith has got another two so the game can’t come quickly enough for us.

“I was disappointed to only get one goal against Elgin - I had another chance with a lob which was pretty horrific to be fair.

“I knew I should have scored that.

“Their ‘keeper wasn’t even the biggest of keepers but he managed to get his hands up to catch it.”