An unexpected pleasure
We've not won at New Bayview for about 4 seasons so this expansive romp on a nice afternoon was a pleasant and unexpected pleasure for the small travelling support.
Our much changed side saw regular fullbacks Baxter and Macca return with Busch at centrehalf and White in goal. Kerr and Doris were rested and Swankie out injured. In came Samuel, Birse and Falkingham returned.
Early on, our defence looked very wobbly and EFife went close a few times. But it was a differenbt matter going forward with sheerin and Falkingham dictating play in the middle. A Sheerin shot tooak a wicked deflection and landed for Samuel to slot home neatly after 8 minutes. Then a great forward break down the right by Samuel saw him tee up Caddis for a clinical finish. One amazing incident saw Macc, trying to clear near our goal cannon the ball off the bar then White saved the rebound off Macca's head - hilarious
Second half we carved out a few chances and then clever lay by Caddis on the right allowed play to go on (it would have been offside) and Sibanda finished the cross. Two young sibs came on - McWalter (for Falky) and Robertson (for Samuel). At the death, Muir scored after the ball pinged around our ara after a corner
Good to see us pass it around well and create space and chances. We might need to tighten up at the back though - another team might make us pay.
From the Sunday Mail ARBROATH geared up for the play-offs by cruising to victory.
Collin Samuel, Liam Caddis and Lee Sibanda crushed any last slim hopes the Fifers might have had of an end-of-season showdown before David Muir grabbed a late reply.
Arbroath’s delighted player-boss Paul Sheerin admitted: “We haven’t played well recently so it was good to get the win before we face Dumbarton.
“We rested a few players and hopefully haven’t picked up any injuries so that is a bonus.”
The Fifers spurned a number of chances with Ryan Wallace heading over and Scott Dalziel nodding the ball against an upright.
Disappointed Fifers boss Gordon Durie added: “We probably created more chances than them throughout the game but they were more clinical.”