Fifers fight back to beat Forfar 2-1

Greg Paterson pulls off a stunning save to keep the Fifers in the game.
Greg Paterson pulls off a stunning save to keep the Fifers in the game.

If it took East Fife’s new side 45 minutes to gel, they certainly showed in the second half what a force they could be for the remainder of the season.

Bayview boss Gary Naysmith handed debuts to four new signings, Kevin Smith, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Stephen O’Neill and Marc McKenzie.

All four impressed with Smith busy up front, Rutkiewicz controlling at the back and McKenzie and O’Neill grabbing the goals which won the game.

East Fife started with a real spring in their step and Rab Douglas had to be at his best to stop a close range Joe Mbu drive.

But the visitors gradually worked their way into the game and looked the most likely to break the deadlock.

An Iain Campbell drive was well held by Greg Paterson before Dale Hilson fired an effort just wide with the Fife ‘keeper beaten.

Dick Campbell’s side had started the game in fifth place and five points clear of the Fifers.

They looked to be on their way to making that gap even wider when they grabbed the lead on the half hour mark.

Omar Kader found space to scampered down the line and his cross picked out Gavin Swankie who made no mistake from eight yards.

The Bayview surface, which survived a pitch inspection over an hour before kick-off, began to cut up, but credit goes to both sides who still put on a display as the game swung from end to end.

Rutkiewicz almost pulled East Fife level but his shot was stopped on the line by Campbell.

East Fife started the second half as brightly as they started the first and it wasn’t long before they grabbed a deserved equaliser.

With no pass on, McKenzie opted to try his luck from long range and his effort caught a massive deflection off Darren Dods and beyond Douglas.

The goal gave the Fifers a real shot in the arm and, boosted by their new signings, they battered the visitors for the remainder of the game.

Scott Durie was unlucky with a drive which, again, caught a wicked deflection, this time off Campbell, but spun over Douglas’s bar.

The Methil men peppered the Forfar goal and eventually got their reward.

Douglas pulled off a great save from Liam Buchanan with the ball going out for a corner.

From the resultant set-piece Forfar were unable to clear their lines and O’Neill was on hand to ram the ball home.

The Fifers held on for a crucial win which now gives them some daylight between themselves and the relegation play-off spot.