“I thought I done really well considering it was my debut” – Ben MacKenzie happy with his senior bow

East Fife were forced to throw St Johnstone’s teenage goalkeeper Ben MacKenzie into senior action for the first time on Saturday afternoon against Albion Rovers, as the Fifers ran out 2-0 winners.
MacKenzie, speaking to the press following his senior debut against Albion Rovers six days ago, said:
“I don’t think it could have gone much better, to be honest – maybe we could have scored a few more goas, as we had a lot of chances, but, so did they to be fair; we defended really well – it was one of the best games we have had in a while. The fans deserved [a performance like] that, it was good to get a win.
[My saves came] at crucial times, as well: at 0-0 and then just after half-time, also. If we had let them back into it, then, you are up against it for the whole of the second-half. With guys like Pagey [Jonathan Page, in the team, it helps, as] they are always talking. It is good to have a back four in front of you, like that.”
The on-loan St Johnstone keeper recently moved on loan to Bayview and got his chance against Brian Kerr’s side after Ryan Goodfellow missed out through concussion.
“I have played a few Under-20’s matches before but I had never played for an SPFL side yet, so, I was a bit nervous, but, it is still just 90 minutes. Goody felt the concussion on Monday or Tuesday and I got told on Tuesday that I would be playing; it allowed me to mentally prepare [myself], although, it is unfortunate for Goody. I am just glad I got my chance. I thought I done really well, considering it was my first game.
It was difficult kicking into the wind – although it is always windy here: the wind machine never seems to be off! In the second-half, I felt my kicking was better and I had a few saves and caught some crosses – overall, I done well, I’d say. It was good to get the win, we needed to get some points [on the board] to keep ourselves away from the team’s at the bottom of the league; we’ve been trying to do that for a few weeks, so, I am quite proud of that.”
Fifers gaffer Darren Young was impressed by the teenager’s performance after stepping into the limelight in Methil.
“Big Ben coming in, with Goody being out injured, was outstanding. He is only 18 or 19 and that was his debut, so, congratulations and well done to him. He played a big part for us, especially at 0-0. [Alan] Trouten was through and he done great to get down and get the block in. He had a couple of good saves, as well as that – he is a big, strong, character and [today] it is good for the boy and hopefully that will continue.”

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