Match report: East Fife 2-0 Forfar Athletic

Jack Hamilton slams home East Fife's opening goal. Pic by Kenny Mackay.Jack Hamilton slams home East Fife's opening goal. Pic by Kenny Mackay.
Jack Hamilton slams home East Fife's opening goal. Pic by Kenny Mackay.
Forfar managed to escape Bayview on the wrong end of a scoreline that at least looks narrow on paper.

The truth is East Fife should have added at a lot more goals having created enough chances to win a couple of games of football.

This season the club's home form has been excellent and when they can start to match that on their travels then the climb up the league will be a swift one.

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From the first whistle Darren Young's side stamped their authority on this game.

Scott Agnew had an early penalty claim snubbed before Craig Watson and Ryan Wallace both chanced their luck.

The visitors failed to really trouble Brett Long's goal at all with the Bayview keeper having as comfortable a game as he's had for a long time.

The only surprise was that it took East Fife almost half an hour to turn their dominance into a goal.

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Forfar conceded a free-kick inside the East Fife half but failed to organise themselves properly to defend it.

East Fife punished them in style.

Stewart Murdoch's excellent delivery up the park found Jack Hamilton.

The on-loan Livingston striker's first touch was sublime and took him past his marker.

There was still work to do but Hamilton smashed his finish beyond Marc McCallum.

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Forfar managed to steady themselves and put together some neat passages of play but at no point did they really look like finding the back of the net.

The home side's second goal came shortly after the restart.

Danny Denholm's strike was beaten away by McCallum but only to the feet of Hamilton.

Again, though, his effort was blocked, but it was third time lucky with Denholm on hand to knock the ball home.

Denholm, enjoying his best game in a Fife shirt for a while, almost made it 3-0 a couple of minutes later but his shot from close range was brilliantly turned away by McCallum.

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Home boss Darren Young said: “We always like to get to that 10 to 13 points target at the start of the season and we’re on 10 just now with a game in hand.

“If we win that then we’re where we want to be.

“It’s a shorter season so hopefully we can get on a wee run now.”

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