More thrills, but crucial decisions go against Fifers

Kyle Wilkie was at the heart of things for the Fifers.
Kyle Wilkie was at the heart of things for the Fifers.

East Fife and Elgin don’t do things by halves.

Seven days before this game the Fifers shared eight goals and three red cards with East Stirlingshire while Elgin were involved in a six goal thriller as they went down 4-2 at Clyde.

At the weekend there was further drama as both sides served up another cracker at Borough Briggs.

The Fifers impressed, despite shipping two goals in the first five minutes, and were on the wrong end of some ropey calls by the officials.

The Fifers got off to the worst possible start with Elgin taking the lead inside the first minute when Brian Cameron latched onto a through ball from midfield and lashed his strike past Goodfellow.

It was a nightmare start and the writing was on the wall that the long journey north would see the Fifers return pointless just a couple of minutes later.

East Fife went two goals down when Craig Gunn deflected a Cameron strike into the back of the net.

The term ‘character’ is often bounded about in football circles but at the weekend the Fifers showed it in abundance.

Despite Elgin looking like they could score every time they broke forward, Gary Naysmith’s side refused to curl up and try to prevent further damage.

Instead they dusted themselves down and fought fire with fire.

At the heart of things was Kyle Wilkie and he reduced the deficit by curling a fine effort past Mark Hurst.

The goal really sparked the Fifers into life and they went on to dominate the rest of the half.

The scores were evened when Kieran MacDonald managed to skin his marker and hit the touchline before sending a pinpoint cross to Austin who had a simple tap in.

Fans had no idea what to expect in the second 45.

It was the hosts managed to get the lead once again with East Fife having grounds to complain about the goal.

A cross was swung into the box but as the keeper Ryan Goodfellow came out to collect he was barged into my a clutch of Elgin attackers.

He spilled the ball and it broke kindly for Darryl McHardy who rifled home.

East Fife looked to get level and Nathan Austin broke into the Elgin box only to be hampered in his run..

To his credit he stayed on his feet and crossed for Kevin Smith whose shot clipped the outside of the post.

In the dying moments the Fifers had yet more reason to feel aggrieved when Naysmith was penalised for a foul on the edge of his box.

Daniel Moore rubbed salt into the wounds by firing a deflected free-kick home.