Pars cruise to Fife derby win

Greg Paterson stops an early Ross Forbes penalty.
Greg Paterson stops an early Ross Forbes penalty.

Dunfermline took revenge for East Fife’s win at East End Park earlier in the season as they cruised to a 3-1 win at New Bayview.

The two goal margin of victory didn’t flatter the Pars who easily could have been a few goals to the good by half time.

Dunfermline could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty as the Fifers came up well short.

Gary Naysmith fielded an unchanged side from the one which had come back so impressively to beat Forfar 2-1 the week before.

While the Bayview surface may have been in great condition for the time of year, both sides had to competed against a swirling wind.

Dunfermline coped with the conditions better and were offered a great chance to break the deadlock with just five minutes on the clock.

Lawrence Shankland’s strike was judged to have been stopped by the hand of Gary Naysmith and referee David Somers pointed to the spot.

Debut boy Ross Forbes though found Greg Paterson equal to his spot kick.

The Pars grabbed a deserved lead shortly afterwards when Joe Mbu failed to clear a Ryan Williamson cross.

Forbes wasn’t to be denied a second time and his finish gave Paterson no chance.

East Fife failed the really threaten the Pars defence as Jim Jefferies’ men dominated.

The best the Fifers could come up with was a Kevin Smith looping cross which caught the wind and almost landed in Ryan Scully’s net.

Young Williamson was impressive down Dunfermline’s right wing and he had a hand in the Pars’ second goal.

His cross picked out former East Fife striker Ryan Wallace and the front man rattled home from close range.

Dunfermline kept up the pressure on their hosts’ goal and grabbed a third goal which sealed the win.

Williamson again had a hand in it when his back post cross was collected by Danny Grainger.

The former Hearts left-back, another making his debut for Dunfermline, fired in a shot which made its way into the net under the body of Paterson.

The scrappy goal pretty much summed up what was a miserable afternoon in the Kingdom derby for the Methil men.

Their fans were given some reason to cheer just a couple of minutes later, though, when Smith released Paul Willis.

The sub looked to have taken himself too wide but to his credit fired in a shot which beat Scully.

Sadly a comeback never looked likely and East Fife will now face to tricky away games at Brechin City and Stenhouseuir.