East Fife beat Elgin in second half thriller

In a match where nothing except pride was at stake, both sides put on a show for the 331 supporters who came along to New Bayview on Tuesday evening.

Elgin produced the first chance of the half early on when Jordan Allan broke free in the box; his left footed shot squirmed past Ryan Goodfellow but Craig Watson was back on the line to clear the danger.

The home sides first effort of the game was easily saved by Marc Waters at his near post when Chris Duggan fired in a driven effort to the near post.

Thomas Reilly then saw a lofted effort go high and wide before a weak header by Duggan was easily saved by Waters in the Elgin goal.

In a first-half where neither side seriously tested the keepers, it looked like going in 0-0 at the break, until the 43rd minute when Elgin won a corner. The Reilly set-piece delivery found the head of Bromsky but his effort was cleared off the line by Kieran Millar as well as Ryan Goodfellow possibly getting a hand to the effort too.

It was City who took the lead just four minutes in the second half, however.. Thomas Reilly floated a ball into the box from a free-kick wide on the the left hand side. Nobody touched it and the cross-come-shot caught goalkeeper Goodfellow by surprise as it nestled into the corner of the net.

This seemed to kick Darren Young’s men into life with an equaliser coming only eight minutes later. Mark Docherty floated a delivery in from the right and Chris Duggan was there at the back post to finish.

Midway inside the second period and the Fife had the lead. Patrick Slattery, filling in at left-back for East Fife due to an injury crisis at Bayview, was fouled inside the area by opposite full-back Matthew Cooper. New Bayview captain Mark Docherty stepped up and slammed the ball home from 12 yards.

The men from Methil then looked to kill the game off. Nathan Flannigan and Kieran Millar saw efforts blocked before Duggan again got a shot away, this time being saved by Waters. However, it was City who equalised on 79 minutes. Matthew Cooper drove the ball in and Goodfellow palmed the ball away – only to the feet of Reilly, who, from 10 yards, slotted the ball home before running to the small band of away supporters to celebrate.

With the game heading to penalties, both sides gave it one last push to try seal the victory within 90 minutes. Nathan Flannigan – the on-loan St Mirren winger – was impressive all evening and after jinking his way into the area, fired a shot in; Waters saved but Paul Willis was on hand to restore the lead for the second time of the evening.

Despite late pressure, Jim Weir’s men couldn’t create another opportunity to level the game. Elgin looked to have ran out of steam as the second half wore on with the League One side making them pay.

FULL TIME: East Fife 3-2 Elgin City

Attendance: 331

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