East Fife 0-1 Kilmarnock

East Fife's Joe Mbu strolled through the game against Killie.
East Fife's Joe Mbu strolled through the game against Killie.

Kevin Drinkell urged the Fifers to show more belief in themselves after testing Killie at New Bayview.

Allan Johnston’s side was packed with SPL experience, boasting Scotland forward Kris Boyd and former Hearts defender Darren Barr amongst it’s starting XI.

Things looked ominous for East Fife when, after just a minute of the game gone, the visitors took the lead when Ryan Harper was picked out unmarked inside the box and allowed time to lob Michael Andrews.

In truth East Fife looked completely out of sorts during the opening spell with Jeroen Tesselaar almost finding Boyd with a cross along the six yard box.

Luckily for the Fifers Joe Mbu was in place to clear the danger.

Tesselaar then himself fired a shot towards goal which the Methil men dealt with.

To their credit East Fife gradually woke up from their early slumber and as the half went on played themselves right back into the game.

It’s been difficult over pre-season not to be impressed with Liam Gormley who seems to be really growing in confidence as each game passes.

The striker, who was paired with trialist Pat Clarke up front, almost pulled East Fife level when his strike on target called Antonio Reguero into action.

Scott McBride was the next to test the Killie ‘keeper when he burst through from midfield onto goal.

But McBride, like Gormley, found Reguero equal to the task.

East Fife almost started the second half the same way Johnston’s men had started the first when Ryan Stewart’s shot grazed the crossbar just a few seconds after the re-start.

From there the subs began to flow, disrupting the tempo of the game, as both bosses changed things around.

One of the changes the Fifers made was to push Alexis Dutot from defence into midfield and the Frenchman looked every bit as classy and assured as he did at the back.

East Fife assistant Drinkell said he hoped the side could take some confidence from yet another good performance against a team from a higher league.

He said: “The big thing for us is getting them to believe in themselves.

“We put them out there against Wolves and they matched them and then again against Kilmarnock.

“I still think there’s more to come from them if they believe in themselves and work harder, pass and create chances.

Drinkell added: “In the last 10-15 minutes of the game it was us who were pushing on looking for the goal.

“We just need to start games not thinking ‘oh they’re better than us’ or ‘we’ll be lucky to survive here’.”