SATURDAY proved to be a memorable day for both Raith Rovers and East Fife.
There was an incredible end to the match at Stark’s Park as Rovers snatched a point against relegation rivals Ayr United with the last kick of the ball, while the Bayview men recorded a stunning 4-0 victory over one of their bogey teams, Dumbarton, to keep themselves in the hunt for promotion.
Rovers had to play for an hour with 10 men after striker Brian Graham, who had given his side an eighth minute lead with a close range finish, was red carded for head-butting Ayr’s Eddie Malone.
The visitors took advantage of the extra man in the second half with a penalty from Mark Roberts and a free-kick from Malone with 11 minutes left putting them 2-1 ahead.
However, in the fourth minute of added time, Stark’s Park erupted as substitute Damian Casalinuovo struck his first goal in almost two years to earn a vital point which could make all the difference to Rovers’ first division survival hopes.
For the full match report, the thoughts of Raith striker John Baird, and all the build-up to this Saturday’s match in Dundee, pick up a copy of this week’s Fife Free Press, out on Thursday.
Over in Dumbarton, East Fife took a fourth minute lead through a Ryan Wallace header, and then finished the Sons off before half-time with two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half as an own goal by Dumbarton ‘keeper Stephen Grindlay was followed by a second goal for Wallace.
Scott Dalziel added a fourth early in the second half as Gordon Durie secured his first win as Fife manager. For more on the match, and all the build-up to the trip to Brechin on Saturday, pick up a copy of this week’s East Fife Mail, out on Wednesday.
In the penultimate weekend of the Elite League ice hockey season, Fife Flyers suffered back-to-back defeats with a 6-2 reverse in Breahaed on Saturday followed by a 5-1 home loss to Cardiff Devils on Sunday.
For the match reports, player interviews and the build-up to the final weekend of the season pick up a copy of Thursday’s Fife Free Press.