Bayview for thrills in seven-goal clash

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FOR a while in this fixture, there seemed a real possibility that the famous scoreline created by the Two Ronnies for these sides might actually arrive.

The game, at times, resembled a basketball fixture as the action swung from end to end, and ultimately provided seven goals, some outstanding saves from three goalkeepers and a red card.

The game had opened pretty tamely as both sides got a feel for each other, before it burst into life on the 15-minute mark, when John Ovenstone crashed a header home from a Craig Johnstone corner kick.

The speed with which Forfar replied set the tone for the rest of the game and they were back level within a few minutes, when Levenmouth lad Kevin Byers netted after Mark Ridgers had blocked his original effort.

East Fife nudged themselves back into the lead a short while later, though, when Martyn Fotheringham’s headed clearance dropped at the feet of David Muir, who lashed home from just inside the box.

Methil boss John Robertson has often bemoaned his side’s lack of luck this year and it appeared to be out again when Forfar pulled level.

Fotheringham was able to make a bee-line for the bye-line and his cutback ended up being turned into his own net by Ovenstone.

The strike-force combination of Wallace and Rob Ogleby has been one of the success stories at Bayview this year and the duo combined well to put Robertson’s men back in the lead shortly before the break.

The action refused to let up and it didn’t take long for the second 45 to pick up from where the first left off.

Ridgers saved well from Chris Templeman but his save fell kindly for Joe Shaughnessy, who bundled the ball home.

Templeman forced a further two saves out of Ridgers as Forfar tried to take the lead for the first time in the game.

But their cause was hardly helped with 75 minutes on the clock when ‘keeper Adam McHugh saw a straight red card for a last-man challenge on Ogleby.

The Fifers made their advantage count when Ogleby returned the earlier favour from Wallace and set up his partner to net the winner.

East Fife - Ridgers, Durie, Park, Ovenstone, White, Muir, Linn (Sloan 87), Smith, Ogleby (Dalziel 87), Wallace, Johnstone (Cook 73). Subs (not used) Hislop, Brown.

Forfar Athletic - McHugh, Hegarty, McCulloch, Bolochoweckyj, Shaughnessy, Byers (R Campbell 86), Fotheringham, Brown (Gibson 86), Templeman (Patterson 76), Crawford, Low. Subs (not used) I. Campbell, Mowat.

Attendance - 533. Starcheck ‑ Wallace 3 points, Ovenstone 2, Ridgers 1.

Starcheck table - Ryan Wallace 17, Bobby Linn 11, Mark Ridgers 10, Scott Durie 7, Michael Brown 6, Rob Ogleby 6, Matthew Park 5, John Ovenstone 5, Craig Johnstone 4, Steve Campbell 3, Darren Smith 3, Chris Innes 2, David White 2, Steve Hislop 1, David Muir 1, Lloyd Young 1.