East Fife feel the sting of Barry Ferguson's Wasps

East Fife’s second game of the season ended in defeat in the wee county, with boss Darren Young admitting his side hadn't been ruthless enough.

Monday, 9th August 2021, 10:57 am
Updated Monday, 9th August 2021, 10:57 am

New recruits Kyle Connell and Jamie Semple went straight into Young's starting XI and proved they’ll bea crucial part of the Fife side this term.

Semple marked his debut with a stunning goal while Connell was unlucky not to add his name to scoresheet.

Steven Boyd handed the home side the lead shortly before the half hour mark but East Fife recovered well, Danny Denholm almost pulling the visitors level before the break.

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Chris Higgins breaks up an Alloa attack

They continued that improvement after the interval and got the goal they deserved, Semple lashing an unstoppable effort high beyond goalkeeper David Hutton.

The goal was no more than East Fife deserved and they went off in pursuit of a second.

Connell had a chance, Semple another, with Sean Brown also testing Hutton.

They couldn’t get their noses in front, but Alloa could, and a quickfire double from Conor Sammon and Boyd wrapped up the victory.

East Fife struggle to breach the Alloa goal

Post match, boss Darren Young told EFTV: “I don't think there was too much in it in the first half but we probably defended a bit more than we had to.

"I didn't feel we were under too much pressure and then with the first opportunity they get they score.

"We changed the formation at the start of the second half and then for the first 20 or 25 minutes we absolutely dominated until they scored.

"We got a tremendous goal from Jamie who did very well on his debut along with Kyle and then had another two opportunities.

Jamie Semple opens his account for East Fife in style. All pics Kenny Mackay

"Even at the end of the first half, Danny Denholm was through and Connor McManus has a shot blocked as well.

"If we had got the second goal we’d have fancied ourselves but, at the same time, their goal comes out of nothing.

"They then get the two goals within two minutes which knocks the stuffing out of you.

"If we had shown that ruthlessness and cutting edge we could have been 3-1 up and not 3-1 down.”

Fernandy Mendy ensures there's no way through for Liam Newton
Fife midfielder Liam Watt tries to create an opening for the visitors
East Fife's Danny Denholm tries his luck as East Fife attempt to work their way back into the game
East Fife found themselves up against a stiff Alloa resistance
Danny Denholm takes a tumble inside the Alloa box