East Fife take revenge on regular bogey team

Robert Sloan takes the acclaim after his corner forced 'keeper Grindlay to fumble into his own net
Robert Sloan takes the acclaim after his corner forced 'keeper Grindlay to fumble into his own net
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A RUN of six defeats in a row against Dumbarton ended when East Fife scored their best ever away win over the third top side on Saturday.

The only change to the line-up was a starting place for Scott Dalziel in place of Steve Hislop, while there was a return to the bench for injury victims John Ovenstone, David Muir and Paul McQuade.

The visitors took the game to Dumbarton right from the beginning – and how well it paid off.

They got an early opening when, from a Robert Sloan cross, Ryan Wallace was first to react and headed home at the near post.

Dumbarton, however, were making the Fife defence work hard at the other end and Michael Brown had to make a decent save from Agnew.

A corner led to the Fifers’ second goal midway through the half.

In an attempt to get hold of an East Fife delivery, home keeper Grindlay only managed to push the ball over his own line to double the Fifers’ lead.

Dumbarton tried to pull one back from kick-off with an attack down the left and only good defending by Darren McCormack stopped a dangerous situation developing, with Dargo lurking.

However, the game was virtually killed off a minute later when Wallace ran on to a Dalziel header, got in behind the home defence and finished off well from 10 yards out.

David White, at the heart of the defence, had broken up the odd home attack and proved his worth again when he closed down Walker, when the Sons man looked likely to get in a telling effort.

Another Linn run towards the home goal provided a chance for Darren Smith but the midfielder missed the target.

Linn also tried to get Dalziel clear, but was snuffed out.

Wallace turned provider six minutes into the second half when he found Scott Dalziel, who beat a defender, before calmly chipping the home keeper for the fourth goal of the afternoon.

Wallace tried hard to get his hat-trick, but he had little luck in front of goal with one attempt being blocked by Nugent and another by Lithgow.

He also turned provider when he laid on an excellent chance for substitute, Paul McQuade, but he contrived to shoot past.

The home side’s best chance of the game fell to man of many clubs, Craig Dargo who, amazingly, managed to hit the bar from extremely close in.

East Fife ‑ Brown, Durie, Cook, McCormack, White, Janczyk (Muir 73), Linn, Smith (Ovenstone 88), Dalziel (McQuade 66), Wallace, Sloan. Subs ‑ Martin, Collier.

Dumbarton ‑ Grindlay, Nugent, McNiff, Wallace (Kennedy 54), Lithgow, Gilhaney, Gray (Graham 54), Nicoll, Agnew, Walker (Prunty 74), Dargo. Subs ‑ Lyden, Gastal.

Referee ‑ C. Richmond.

Attendance ‑ 713.

Starcheck ratings - Wallace 3 points, Linn 2, Brown 1.

Starcheck table - Ryan Wallace 41, Bobby Linn 36, Michael Brown 22, Mark Ridgers 17, Darren Smith 17, Robert Sloan 13, Craig Johnstone 12, Rob Ogleby 11, Steve Campbell 10, Scott Durie 10, John Ovenstone 9, Matthew Park 8, David White 8, Steve Hislop 5, David Muir 3, Andrew Cook 2, Chris Innes 2, Neil Janczyk 1, Lloyd Young 1.