Back down to earth with a severe thump

METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Dumbarton; RYAN WALLACE MISSES A PENALTY'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

METHIL;'EAST FIFE V Dumbarton; RYAN WALLACE MISSES A PENALTY'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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FOR every bit as good as East Fife were in their midweek cup win over Dunfermline, they were equally as bad against Dumbarton on Saturday.

John Robertson’s side struggled to get any foothold in a game which was completely bossed by Alan Adamson’s Sons - who had been rooted to the bottom of the table before the clash.

In truth, the margin of the win didn’t flatter the visitors, who also saw a shot cleared off the line in the first few minutes - and Martin McBride only inches away from netting another.

A high, wide and not so handsome strike from John Ovenstone was the only real chance the home side had during the opening exchanges.

McBride netted the opener after 17 minutes when he curled home a strike from the edge of the East Fife box which gave Michael Brown no hope.

Bryan Prunty netted the first of his four goals just a few minutes later when he rifled home.

Prunty was allowed space after picking up a loose ball to dispatch past Brown to make it 3-0 before Jamie Lyden put the visitors four up and home and hosed by half-time, after he nodded home.

Any reaction East Fife had hoped for following the half-time break wasn’t forthcoming as the slick Sons started