Fife head into Celtic clash full of confidence

Teri Skivington nets for the Fifers.
Teri Skivington nets for the Fifers.
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East Fife.............................8

Falkirk...............................1

East Fife welcomed Falkirk Ladies to Leven on Sunday looking to ensure they are still top of the league going on to their League Cup semi final next week against Celtic at Barrowfield.

Falkirk should have gone ahead after their central midfielder lost her marker and found herself free at the edge of the box for a cut back, but she cannoned her shot off the crossbar.

Falkirk played a long ball beating the Fife defence but Walas was was quick of her line to sweep up any danger.

After a nervy first few minutes, Skivington eased any nerves by putting the Fifers ahead on eight minutes.

An excellent ball from Graham released Skivington, who took one touch before lobbing the advancing keeper from an acute angle.

Fife were two up two minutes later again though Skivington. McAllister played Wheatley, who squared the ball for Skivington to shoot into the bottom left corner.

Fife were now dominating the game and were awarded a free kick on 12 minutes after Skivington was upended 25 yards out.

Liz Anderson stepped up to send a whipped free kick over the wall and high in to the net, leaving the keeper no chance.

Wheatley was next on the scoreboard on 24 minutes after superb play between Skivington and Nicholson on the edge of the box releasing Wheatley to slot confidently home.

Guppy scored a well deserved goal on 30 minutes after a fantastic solo run before cutting in and rocketing a great left footed shot in at the near post.

Skivington completed her first half hat trick on 42 minutes when McAllister played her in, and she beat two players before firing a right footed shot beyond the keeper. Wheatley added another just before half time, after great play from

Clark in midfield played Nicholson in on the right.

Her cross was met by Skivington who passed to Wheatley. She turned sharply and fired home from six yards out.

The second half started with chances falling to Guppy, Skivington and Wheatley but it was Falkirk that got the first goal of the second half. A clearance from the Fife defence was met by an on rushing midfielder. Her pass found the Falkirk striker but her blocked shot rebounded wide and her high shot looped over Walas.

Fife did have the last goal of the game after Skivington received the ball with her back to goal from Tennant, before turning her marker and curling a right footed shot round the keeper and inside the post.

Player boss Liz Anderson said, “I was really pleased with our first half performance, it has been the best team performance so far this season.

“Our passing and movement was exceptional and Skivington, Nicholson and Guppy in particular was outstanding.

“We now need to really focus on our semi final away to Celtic next weekend, and go into the game as underdogs, but with nothing to fear.”