East Fife 0 - 0 Peterhead

Wednesday 15th May 2013
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

Play-off deadlock remains

East Fife and Peterhead played out a goalless draw in the first-leg of their Irn-Bru Second Division play-off final.

Peterhead, runners up to champions Rangers in the fourth tier this year dominated the first half before the Fifers came into the contest, which remains tightly poised ahead of Sunday's second leg at Balmoor.

Injury-ravaged Peterhead went into the match searching for an 11th consecutive win and Andy Rodgers, one of the men playing through the pain, volleyed wide from the edge of the box in the 17th minute.

Midway through the half, visiting midfielder Bryan Gilfillan volleyed tamely wide from David Cox's cross.

Top scorer Rory McAllister then twice tried his luck but East Fife reached the interval unscathed.

Early in the second half a corner from Craig Johnstone almost caught out Peterhead goalkeeper Graeme Smith, before Scott Durie, Paul Willis and Scott McBride launched speculative efforts.

At the other end, Dean Cowie smashed over as the hour approached, but Colin Samuel called Smith into action twice more as East Fife played their part in a more even 45 minutes.

Home keeper Calum Antell did well to parry a Rodgers shot to safety before Willis and McAllister spurned headed opportunities from corners for their respective sides in the closing stages.

OfficialJohn Beaton
Attendance826
VenueBayview Stadium
Kick Off
East Fife 0 - 0 Peterhead
0:11
Offside flag raised against Gareth Wardlaw
0:12
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
1:24
Offside flag raised against Robert Barr
1:25
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
1:57
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
4:46
Foul on David Cox
4:54
Free Kick taken by Bryan Gilfillan
5:16
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
7:16
Foul on Scott Durie
7:22
Free Kick taken by David White
7:50
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
8:35
Foul on Rory McAllister
8:38
Free Kick taken by David Cox from the left wing
9:00
Cross from David Cox
9:11
Clearance by Steven Campbell
9:18
Foul on David Cox
9:21
Free Kick taken by David Cox from the left wing
9:26
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
10:10
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
11:09
Foul on Scott McBride
11:16
Free Kick taken by Scott Durie from the right wing
13:52
Offside flag raised against Scott McBride
13:53
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
15:03
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
16:47
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers using his left foot from the centre penalty area
17:02
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
18:28
Foul on Rory McAllister
18:33
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
19:04
Cross from Scott Ross
19:08
Shot taken by James Redman from the centre penalty area
19:26
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
20:22
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
21:40
Cross from David Cox
21:44
Shot taken by Bryan Gilfillan with his right foot from the centre penalty area
21:59
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
22:00
Foul on Paul Willis
22:09
BOOKING: James Redman of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
22:24
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone from the left wing
22:41
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline
23:38
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right byline
24:00
Clearance by Steven Campbell
24:15
Cross from David Cox
24:28
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
24:45
Foul on Ross Smith
24:51
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
25:11
Offside flag raised against Rory McAllister
25:13
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
26:28
Offside flag raised against Robert Barr
26:29
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
29:06
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
29:31
Offside flag raised against Rory McAllister
29:32
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
31:35
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the centre penalty area
31:53
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
32:59
Foul on Gareth Wardlaw
33:09
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone
34:24
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the right penalty area
34:34
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
34:59
Clearance by Steven Campbell
36:37
Shot taken by David Cox using his left foot
36:50
Block taken by Scott McBride
36:53
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right byline
37:14
Save made by Calum Antell
37:46
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
40:43
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
41:16
Foul on Darren Smith
41:24
Free Kick taken by Darren Smith
42:11
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline
42:51
Shot taken by Bryan Gilfillan with his right foot from the centre penalty area
43:09
Clearance by David White
44:14
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
44:18
BOOKING: Scott McBride of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
Half Time
East Fife 0 - 0 Peterhead
Second Half Started
East Fife 0 - 0 Peterhead
45:56
Foul on Bryan Gilfillan
46:01
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
47:43
Substitution for East Fife: Collin Samuel on for Gareth Wardlaw
48:26
Cross from Craig Johnstone
48:30
Clearance by Steven Noble
48:34
Foul on Scott Durie
48:43
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone from the right wing
49:14
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
49:40
Shot taken by Scott McBride using his left foot from the centre penalty area
50:03
Save made by Graeme Smith
51:18
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
52:14
Shot taken by Scott Durie with his right foot
52:25
Block taken by David Cox
53:10
Cross from Paul Willis
53:14
Save made by Graeme Smith
53:36
Shot taken by Scott McBride using his left foot
53:50
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
54:23
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline
54:58
Clearance by Rory McAllister
57:34
Shot taken by Dean Cowie with his right foot from the centre penalty area
57:47
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
58:58
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers with his right foot from the right penalty area
59:11
Block taken by David Muir
59:16
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
59:32
Clearance by David Muir
60:12
Shot taken by Collin Samuel with his right foot from the centre penalty area
60:26
Save made by Graeme Smith
61:22
Shot taken by Collin Samuel with his right foot from the centre penalty area
61:33
Save made by Graeme Smith
62:00
Foul on James Redman
62:14
Free Kick taken by David Cox from the right wing
62:24
Cross from David Cox
62:30
Save made by Calum Antell
63:05
Foul on Steven Noble
63:18
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble
64:03
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers with his right foot
64:14
Save made by Calum Antell
64:19
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
66:01
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
67:16
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
68:18
Foul on Collin Samuel
68:28
Free Kick taken by Paul Willis
69:00
Shot taken by Paul Willis with his right foot
69:14
Save made by Graeme Smith
69:55
Cross from Paul Willis
69:58
Save made by Graeme Smith
73:26
Foul on David Cox
73:30
Free Kick taken by David Cox from the left wing
73:56
Cross from David Cox
74:21
Shot taken by Bryan Gilfillan with his right foot from the right penalty area
74:30
Block taken by Steven Campbell
74:33
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
75:07
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
75:36
Foul on David Muir
75:41
Free Kick taken by David White from the right wing
76:21
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
76:25
Substitution for East Fife: Liam Gormley on for Robert Barr
77:27
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
78:44
Corner taken by Scott Durie with his right foot from the left byline
79:08
Shot taken by Paul Willis from the centre penalty area
79:22
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
80:06
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
81:15
Shot taken by David Cox using his left foot from the left six yard line
81:28
Block taken by Scott Durie
81:31
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline
82:04
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
82:07
Substitution for Peterhead: Ryan McCann on for Andrew Rodgers
83:14
Foul on Dean Cowie
83:20
Free Kick taken by Ross Smith
83:53
Shot taken by James Redman with his right foot from the right penalty area
84:11
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
85:22
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot
85:34
Block taken by David White
85:36
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
86:28
Foul on Liam Gormley
86:37
BOOKING: Scott Ross of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
86:50
Free Kick taken by Scott McBride
87:15
Shot taken by Scott McBride using his left foot
87:30
Corner taken by Scott Durie with his right foot from the left byline
88:02
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
89:20
Foul on Rory McAllister
89:26
BOOKING: Craig Johnstone of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
89:37
Free Kick taken by Rory McAllister
90:00+0:02
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
90:00+0:55
Foul on Paul Willis
90:00+1:01
Free Kick taken by Scott Durie from the right wing
90:00+1:23
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+1:40
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
90:00+2:25
Foul on David White
90:00+2:33
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
Full Time
East Fife 0 - 0 Peterhead

East Fife

vs

Peterhead

0
Goals
0
8
Shots
14
6
On Target
8
2
Off Target
6
3
Crosses
6
5
Corners
8
20
Throw Ins
20
3
Saves
6
5
Clearances
2
21
Goal Kicks
12
5
Blocks
1
13
Free Kicks
15
4
Offside
2
2
Yellow Cards
2

East Fife

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Calum Antell
02.Scott Durie
03.Craig Johnstone (90+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.David Muir
05.David White
06.Steven Campbell
08.Darren Smith
10.Robert Barr 77+0' Tactical
07.Paul Willis
09.Gareth Wardlaw 48+0' Serious Injury
11.Scott McBride (45+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

21.Michael Brown
16.Robert Sloan
12.Liam Gormley 77+0' Tactical
14.Paul McManus
15.Collin Samuel 48+0' Serious Injury

Peterhead

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith
04.Scott Ross (87+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Ross Smith
10.Bryan Gilfillan
02.Graeme Sharp
03.Steven Noble
06.Dean Cowie
07.David Cox
08.James Redman (23+0: Unsporting behaviour)
09.Rory McAllister
11.Andrew Rodgers 83+0' Tactical

Substitutes

21.Paul Jarvie
13.Conner McGlinchey
12.Ryan McCann 83+0' Tactical
16.Jake Fitzgerald

Fife waiting on duo

East Fife manager Billy Brown will name his side to face Peterhead at New Bayview after fitness tests on Stevie Campbell and Collin Samuel who both sat out training on Monday due to slight knocks.

Brown is confident that the duo will feature and he also has fit-again Darren McCormack available.

The Methil manager knows that his men are facing an in-form side.

"Peterhead have won 10 games in a row and that is a terrific achievement in any league," said Brown.

"They will be tough opponents but if we play like we can we can take an advantage into Saturday's game.

"The one thing we have to do is to have an error-free defensive display as they have good front men who could punish us."

Peterhead are battling an injury crisis.

Callum Macdonald and Davie Ross, who have had knee surgery, are sidelined along with Martin Bavidge, who has a hamstring problem.

Manager Jim McInally has praised a host of players who are playing despite not being fully fit.

McInally said: "The players ended the season with eight successive wins and that carried on with wins home and away over Queen's Park in the play-off semi-final.

"However it has come at a price as a number of them are really patched and strapped up now."

Stephen Noble, David Cox, Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister are the worst affected.

McInally added: "These guys are giving us everything and more and hopefully they can keep it going for two more games.

"East Fife will be boosted by their success over Berwick so we will have to battle hard."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Queen of South 36 69 92
2 Alloa Athletic 36 27 67
3 Brechin City 36 13 61
4 Up Forfar Athletic 36 -7 54
5 Down Arbroath 36 -10 52
6 Stenhousemuir 36 0 49
7 Ayr United 36 -12 41
8 Stranraer 36 -28 37
9 East Fife 36 -15 32
10 Albion Rovers 36 -37 24

Updated 4/05/2013 at 16:57

 
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