EAST FIFE’S fans had to suffer New Year derby day despair as they were turned over by local rivals Cowdenbeath.
The hosts ran out convincing winners thanks to strikes from Jordan Morton, Colin Cameron, Mark Ramsay and Marc McKenzie.
The result leaves Cowdenbeath six points clear at the top of the division, with the Fifers now looking over their shoulders in third bottom.
But it could have been a different story had a Bobby Linn corner, which was turned goalwards by Steven Campbell, not been cleared off the line after just a couple of minutes.
Cowdenbeath took the lead when McKenzie and Morton combined well to slice open the East Fife defence.
On-loan Hearts man Morton unleashed an unstopable shot which gave Mark Ridgers no chance.
John Ovenstone saw a header drop just over the cross-bar for East Fife with a John Armstrong effort turned off the line by Darren Smith.
Linn lashed a strike goalward as the visitors pressed for an equaliser in the second 45, but it was Cowden who netted next, when Cameron’s strike beat Ridgers with the aid of a deflection.
Ramsay and McKenzie put the result out of doubt with late strikes as the clock ticked down, much to the frustration of the large and vocal East Fife faithful.
Cowdenbeath - Flynn, Cowan, Armstrong, Mbu (Adamson 77), Linton, Ramsay, Cameron, Robertson, Morton (Coult 79), McKenzie, Stewart (Milne 79). Subs (not used) Bejaoui, Naismith.
East Fife - Ridgers, Durie, Ovenstone, Campbell, Cook, Smith (McQuade 80), Muir (Sloan 74), McCormack, Linn, Wallace, Ogleby. Subs (not used) Brown, Johnstone, Hislop.
Attendance - 485.
Referee - Brian Colvin.
Starcheck ratings - Smith 3 points, Ridgers 2, Linn 1.
Starcheck table - Ryan Wallace 24, Bobby Linn 21, Mark Ridgers 17, Darren Smith 12, Craig Johnstone 11, Rob Ogleby 11, Michael Brown 9, Scott Durie 9, Matthew Park 8, John Ovenstone 7, David White 4, Steve Campbell 3, David Muir 3, Chris Innes 2, Steve Hislop 1, Lloyd Young 1 Robert Sloan 1.