East Fife 2-0 Albion Rovers

East Fife will win by bigger margins than this, but it's doubtful they'll play too much better.

Saturday, 4th March 2017, 6:57 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
Scott Robinson congratulates Chris Duggan after his opener. Picture by George Mcluskie.
Scott Robinson congratulates Chris Duggan after his opener. Picture by George Mcluskie.

The scoreline only tells half the story of the match, with East Fife simply excellent all over the park.

From front to back the Methil side were really at it, and had they not managed to break down a stubborn Rovers resistance it would have been a complete injustice.

Going forward the team was a joy to watch, playing some top class one and two touch football in and around the Albion Rovers 18 yard box.

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It was a performance full of confidence and belief, both in themselves, and each other to take hold of the ball and zip it around.

There were no passengers, as each and every East Fife player looked hungry to get the ball and use it.

Although it may be unfair to pick out individuals on a day when the whole side was bang on, Scott Robinson in particular was eye catching.

The former Hearts midfielder looks to be really enjoying his football at Bayview and he was at the centre of everything East Fife created.

Jesse Curran, on loan from Dundee, was another who stood out with the youngster showing total comfort on the ball and displaying some neat and tidy touches.

As usual, their creativity was complimented by the work rate of Ross Brown whose efforts to win the ball and move it on allowed the creative players in the side to do their stuff.

It was just a day when the whole team did their jobs perfectly.

But it took until the start of the second half for the home side to break the deadlock.

In keeping with the level of performance across the park, the goal was an absolute peach.

Curran clipped a niced cross into the box where the ball was met flush on the volley by Chris Duggan who smashed his strike high into the roof of the net.

Rovers found themselves two goals down just a few minutes later when Ross Dunlop's pass back wasn't cleared by 'keeper Ross Stewart and Duggan was first to react, tapping the loose ball into an empty net.

The two goals couldn't have been more different, and showed the striker at his very best.

Home boss Barry Smith said: “Chris Duggan showed what he’s capable of with his first goal and just being a striker for his second.

“The boys are really capable and it was probably the best they’ve been at passing the ball.

“The most pleasing thing for me is that we responded in the right manner from Tuesday night.

“We defended from the front which helped the back four.

“The whole team worked very hard as a unit.”