Pars come out on top 3-0 but trialist Fifers impress

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East Fife kicked off their pre-season campaign against Fife rivals Dunfermline Athletic with a host of trialists on show.

And credit should go to both sides for doing their best to play at a tempo which made the match an entertaining watch.

Gary Naysmith stripped eight trialists for the game, including former Pars Finn Graham and Scott Mercer.

During an opening spell which the home side bossed, Mercer in particular showed that he could be a shrewd signing at right back by the Bayview gaffer.

Kevin Smith went closest for the home side with a drive which hit the side netting before Dunfermline muscled their way into the game and grabbed the opener.

Ryan Williamson galloped down the line and his cross was pinpoint to Michael Moffat who slammed past Ryan Goodfellow.

Dunfermline doubled their lead when Moffat was allowed to burst through into the East Fife half and pick out David Hopkirk.

He had little trouble finding the net from eight yards.

Rather than forcing fans to endure the tedium of swapping players every five minutes throughout the second half, the Pars mercifully subbed almost their entire team in one move early on.

The fresh legs of the opponents forced the Fifers to really stretch themselves to keep up with the pace.

The result was insignificant as East Fife’s trialists showed they’d be more than a match for any opponent in League Two.

Joe Cardle netted a third for the visitors when he tapped home a Ross Caldwell cross.

Boss Gary Naysmith said he was pleased with what he saw from his side.

“In the first half especially we more than matched them,” said the gaffer.

“Over the course of the game we probably had more chances than Dunfermline.

“But that’s a negative in itself in that you’ve created so many chances but not scored from them.

“As the game went on it became difficult for us because Dunfermline were able to change nine and we only had a squad of 16 players.

“We knew we would struggle when they brought their fresh players on and I’m pleased with what I got from them.”