Saints march over Fifers in 4-0 win

Allan Fleming - East Fife
Allan Fleming - East Fife

Saint Johnstone, who play their first competitive game of the season next week, proved to be just too far ahead in their pre-season preparations.

A first half blitz of three goals in the opening 20 minutes pretty much killed of the game as any sort of contest.

Bayview boss Gary Naysmith spoke after the Fulham game of his desire to face tough competition from sides who’d keep the ball and make his side do the running - and that’s just what he got.

The Saints were impressive from the first whistle and played at the sort of pace East Fife, with all due respect to the other clubs, simply won’t come up against in League Two.

After just a couple of minutes Frazer Wright hit the post with a header but it took the Scottish Cup winners only a couple of minutes more to open the scoring.

Stevie May picked out Michael O’Halloran on the wing and he cut in from the left before slamming an effort past Allan Fleming in the East Fife goal.

The visitors were on the front foot and doubled their lead when Scotland under-21 international May this time cut in from the right and again found a way past Fleming.

The Methil side was under wave after wave of heavy attack as Saints continued to play at a high tempo.

Number three, and goal of the game, came when Steven Maclean volleyed home a David Wotherspoon cross.

The visitors started the second half as they finished the first and were awarded a penalty a few minutes into the second 45 when Ewan Moyes pushed over Chris Kane.

Fleming, though, was equal to Maclean’s effort.

Kane completed the scoring when he turned and netted from close range with half an hour to play.