East Fife 0-0 Peterhead

Bobby Barr had a first half chance for the Fifers.
Bobby Barr had a first half chance for the Fifers.

WINNER will take all in Peterhead on Sunday after East Fife and the Blue Toon couldn’t be separated in Methil.

Both sides created umpteen chances to win the game in as an entertaining a 0-0 draw as you’ll see.

As the torrential rain poured down the sliding tackles were flying in as the game was peppered with fouls during the early stages.

The conditions almost helped Peterhead, who had been on a ten game winning run, grab the lead when a cross was caught up in the wind before eventually being headed goal ward by Brian Gilfillan.

Fife ‘keeper Callum Antell, though, was equal to it.

The visitors kept up the pressure on Antell’s goal as East Fife failed to hold onto possession for any length of time.

The Fifers had a massive let off when the normally lethal Rory McAllister somehow managed to blast over the bar from six yards.

Peterhead refused to give up their grip on the game and it was McAllister again who created their next chance.

The forward burst in on Antell’s goal and rounded the ‘keeper only to watch as his heavy touch allowed the ball to run away from him and let the Fifers scramble back to clear.

It would have been something of an injustice but it should have been the Fifers who snatched the lead.

Bobby Barr chased a long Craig Johnstone clearance in on goal.

Graeme Smith looked to have plenty of time to pick up the ball but he dithered and allowed Barr to nick it from under his feet.

The relieved ‘keeper spared his blushed by falling on top of the ball.

The Fifers steadily got themselves back into the game with Scott Durie unlucky to see his drive blocked by Graeme Sharp.

East Fife ‘keeper Antell kept the sides equal when he blocked an Andy Rodgers strike after the forward race in one on one.

The introduction of Collin Samuel from the East Fife bench seemed to spark new life into Billy Brown’s side and it was the home team who ended the game the better.

Liam Gormley had a late chance to secure the win for the Fifers but his header from close range failed to trouble Smith.

Methil boss Billy Brown seemed content with the draw.

He said: “I was happy with what I saw tonight.

“If we’d showed a little bit more of that during the season then I don’t think we’d be in the position that we’re in.

“Peterhead are a good team, they’ve been on a good run, but we defended well and we had a couple of chances as well.

“We looked a bit nervous in the first half but I thought we were a lot better in the second.

“It’s still all to play for and maybe we’re just a wee bit better away from home.”

East Fife - Antell; Durie, Johnstone, Muir, White, Campbell, Willis, Smith, Wardlaw (Samuel 47), Barr (Gormley 75), McBride.

Subs - McManus, Sloan, Brown.

Peterhead - Smith; Sharp, Noble, Ross, Smith, Cowie, Cox, Redman, McAllister, Gilfillan, Rodgers (McCann 82).

Subs -McGlinchey, Fitzgerald, Jarvie.

Att - 826.