In pictures: East Fife 2-1 Dumbarton

East Fife were never really likely to get dragged into a relegation battle, but they still had a job to do at Bayview on Saturday.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 8:18 am
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 8:28 am
The Dumbarton defence is put under pressure from Liam Watt

Following Tuesday night's defeat at Airdrie, there was still a very slim chance that a bad run of results could see the Fifers hauled into a nervy scrap to stay clear of the relegation play-offs.

They extinguished that threat in style at the weekend, the narrow margin of the victory not a fair reflection of how dominant Darren Young's side were.

The Fife manager made a few changes from the midweek loss, and two of those coming in, Jordan Hart and Aaron Steele, were both outstanding.

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Greig Spence was handed a start by boss Darren Young

Across the park East Fife were very much on top of their game, stringing together some excellent passages of play.

At the centre of almost everything created was the in-form Danny Swanson and he played a key role in East Fife's opening goal.

The Fifers put together a neat move up the park with some terrific one-twos.

The ball was worked to Swanson who sliced open the Dumbarton defence and found Aaron Dunsmore.

Ross Dunlop clears the danger

Dunsmore took a first touch before slamming his effort high beyond Sam Ramsbottom.

Ramsbottom was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and was relieved to watch a Miller Fenton cross lack a finish.

It was one way traffic as East Fife dominated and with just over 20 minutes to go they doubled their lead.

Liam Watt's corner was blocked but he was given a second chance to deliver and this time picked out Steele who provided the finish.

Ross Davidson starts another move up the park for East Fife

Dumbarton continued to battle and with 10 minutes to go pulled one back.

East Fife were robbed of possession inside their own box and the impressive PJ Crossan latched onto the loose ball and beat Hart.

Fife boss Young said: “Dumbarton have a lot to play for so it wasn’t going to be an easy game.

“We had a lot of bodies missing but the guys who came on showed up well.

Defender Millen Fenton impressed after coming on as an early substitute

“It’s the business end of the season now so the big thing was getting the three points and making sure things were done and dusted.”

Liam Newton was an imposing force in the middle of the park as East Fife dominated
The end of the season is coming too early for Danny Swanson who is getting better with every game
Sean Brown had a chance to settle things but his shot was blocked by Sam Ramsbottom. All pics by Kenny Mackay