Fifers snatch unlikely victory

Bobby Barr weaves his way around the Ayr defence.
Bobby Barr weaves his way around the Ayr defence.
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AN AMAZING turn around in fortunes saw East Fife go from what appeared to be a well beaten side to taking all three points.

The Fifers lost two early goals and could have been further behind at the break.

However, a stunning second half saw a comeback which brought all three points to Methil.

Still missing from the East Fife line-up were Michael Brown, Steven Campbell, Paul McManus, Gareth Wardlaw and Darren McCormack.

Things quickly turned sour for the visitors when a lack of communication between Calum Antell and David White saw the centre half turning a Sinclair cross into his own net.

Ayr took confidence from this and pushed forward at every opportunity, playing some excellent stuff, with East Fife looking a bit rusty after their two-week break from action.

With 17 minutes gone, it looked as if it would take a miracle for East Fife to take anything from the game when Kyle McAusland put the home side two clear.

Bobby Barr tried to inspire the Fifers but nothing was going right for Billy Brown’s men.

The Fife boss made a double substitution in the second half, bringing on Collin Samuel and Robert Sloan, and the impact was immediate.

A cross from Barr was not cleared and Scott McBride pulled one goal back.

Jamie Pollock was then brought down in the box and McBride made no mistake from the spot.

An injury to Darren Smith forced East Fife to play for a while with 10 men, but he soon returned to the action.

The Fifers had their tails up and White made amends for his previous own goal when he banged in a 90th minute winner.

Ayr United – Brown, McAusland, John Robertson, Brownlie, Twaddle, Crawford, Sinclair, Hunter, Marenghi (McStay 63), Winters (Roberts 81), Moffat. Subs (not used) William Muir, Ross Robertson, McGill.

East Fife – Antell, Durie, White, Forster, Johnstone (Sloan 51), Robert Barr, Muir,Darren Smith, Willis (Pollock 62), Jamieson (Samuel 51), McBride. Subs (not used) Collier, Gormley.

Attendance – 943.

Referee – Greg Aitken.

Starcheck ratings – McBride 3 points, Barr 2, White 1.

Starcheck table – Bobby Barr 16, Michael Brown 13, David Muir 11, Darren Smith 8, Calum Antell 7, Scott McBride 7, Robert Sloan 7, Paul McManus 5, Paul Willis 4, Darren McCormack 3, Jamie Pollock 3, Collin Samuel 3, Gareth Wardlaw 3, Andy Collier 2, Scott Durie 2, Liam Gormley 2, Scott Smith 2, Ross Brown 1, Steven Campbell 1, Sean Jamieson 1, Craig Johnstone 1.