Match Report: East Fife 2-0 Airdrie

The Methil men celebrate Jack Hamilton's opener. Pic by Kenny Mackay.The Methil men celebrate Jack Hamilton's opener. Pic by Kenny Mackay.
The Methil men celebrate Jack Hamilton's opener. Pic by Kenny Mackay.
East Fife reminded everyone of their qualities as they stormed back to form at Bayview.

Darren Young's side went into the game at the foot of League One but made a mockery of their lowly position throughout the 90 minutes.

They were ruthless in front of goal and mean spirited at the back.

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It was a much needed performance, and victory, and one which they more than merited against a Diamonds side who have been attracting plaudits for their attacking play this season.

Airdrie are no mugs and to beat them the Fifers needed their big players to turn up.

Turn up they did, the likes of Scott Agnew, Chris Higgins, Stewart Murdoch and Ryan Wallace having arguably their best games of the season.

Jack Hamilton was unplayable and young Liam Newton had his finest game in an East Fife shirt.

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It's possibly a bit unfair to single out players because each and every one of them put in a terrific shift for their club.

Hamilton was in the mood from the first whistle and was unlucky to have an early effort ruled out for offside.

The striker looked to have timed his run perfectly before finishing.

The on-loan Livi striker should have done better when he nodded a Ross Davidson cross wide moments later.

But he wouldn't be denied a third time.

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Wallace was provider with an inch perfect cross and Hamilton made no mistake from close range.

East Fife were well worth their lead with Airdrie not showing the attacking menace they have in previous games.

A Thomas Robert free-kick, which came crashing off the crossbar, was the best they could boast of.

East Fife knew they needed to grab the second goal of the game and did just that 10 minutes after the re-start.

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The visitors were guilty of giving up possession to easily inside their own half and, as Callum Fordyce attempted to clear his lines, his kick was blocked by Hamilton.

The ball broke behind the Diamonds defender and sent Hamilton scampering clear on Max Currie's goal.

The striker made no mistake, sending a composed finish past the Airdrie goalie.

Boss Young said: “It was a superb performance; we played the way we trained.

“We spoke during the week about the intensity in training on Tuesday and Thursday which was brilliant."

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