In pictures: East Fife 3-0 Cowdenbeath

With just seven days to go before the competitive season kicks-off, East Fife showed real signs of progress with their match sharpness in this 3-0 win.

By Scott Inglis
Monday, 4th July 2022, 10:20 am
Updated Monday, 4th July 2022, 10:20 am
East Fife put pressure on the Cowdenbeath goal during the second-half of Saturday's game
East Fife put pressure on the Cowdenbeath goal during the second-half of Saturday's game

The hosts had an early sight of goal when some good link-up play between Scott Shepherd and Alan Trouten gave Shepherd a sight of goal.

The striker was able to get hit shot away but it failed to trouble the Cowden goal.

The game may have been billed as a friendly but there was a competitive element to it, the visitors in particular not holding back in the challenge.

East Fife stay on the front foot during Saturday's commanding win

It took until the half hour mark for the first shot at goal to be registered but it ended up in East Fife opening the scoring, Trouten skipping past a couple of defenders and finding the net from six yards.

Just five minutes later it was 2-0 when the lively Jack Healy was in the right place at the right time to finish from six yards out.

Cowdenbeath had a goal ruled out for offside a few minutes before half-time as the opening period came to an entertaining end.

Both sides made changes at the break but it didn’t bring down the tempo of the match as both sides looked sharp ahead of next week’s cup fixtures starting.

Jack Healy was introduced as an early sub and made a real impact. All pics by Kenny Mackay

Another terrific move up the park from the home side resulted in the game’s third goal when Brogan Walls was clattered to the ground by Jordan Armstrong inside the box.

It was a stonewall penalty and Stewart Murdoch made no mistake from the spot.

Cowdenbeath were forced to play the bulk of the second 45 with only 10 men following an injury to a trialist defender.

Having used all their subs, the officials couldn’t let them send one of those taken off back on.

Summer signing Alan Trouten opened the scoring

Fife boss Stevie Crawford said: “It was pleasing to see the shape that we’ve been trying to do in and out of possession was coming off.

“I’m really happy with it, it was a decent work-out.

“I felt for Mo (Ross, Cowdenbeath manager) because it’s one of these games where I would have preferred 11 v 11.

“Their boy was concussed and I wasn’t against them putting another player on but the officials have to stick to the rules.”

Brogan Walls was busy in the centre of the park
Midfielder Liam Newton tries to get his name on the scoresheet
East Fife announced the signing of Ryan Schiavone pre-match
Striker Scott Shepherd was taken off early in the game as a precaution against injury