Peterhead 0 - 1 East Fife

Sunday 19th May 2013
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Muir settles play-off for East Fife

East Fife will be playing Second Division football next season after David Muir's goal proved enough to inflict a first defeat in 12 matches on Peterhead.

Muir struck three minutes after the break in their second leg to register the only goal of the play-off at Balmoor after Wednesday's first leg finished goalless.

It was only the Fifers' third win in their last 21 games but it was enough to ensure Peterhead, who had won their previous 10 successive matches prior to the midweek stalemate, will find themselves in the Third Division once again next term having finished runners-up to champions Rangers.

Both sides showed their intentions early on, Rory McAllister firing off target for the hosts from distance before Paul Willis volleyed over for the Fifers.

Collin Samuel and McAllister, again, tried their luck before Peterhead striker Andrew Rodgers forced Calum Antell into a block in the 20th minute.

Opposite number Graeme Smith did well to tip Paul McManus' drilled effort around a post while Antell did likewise to keep out a free-kick from the lively McAllister at the other end as the first half drew to a goalless close.

The tie was finally blown wide open just three minutes after the break as Craig Johnstone's inswinging corner was converted right-footed from close range by Muir, whose third goal of the season followed his effort in East Fife's play-off semi-final victory over Berwick.

Smith again denied McAllister with another fine save before Peterhead's chances dried up, with the hosts racking up more bookings than goalscoring opportunities as the clash entered the closing stages.

McAllister, Peterhead's most likely source of an equaliser, twice fired off target in the final six minutes, with Willis denied a second for the Fifers by Smith.

Ross Smith then saw his injury-time header blocked by Scott Durie as Peterhead suffered their first defeat since the start of March and East Fife remained in the Second Division.

OfficialKevin Clancy
Attendance1,855
VenueBalmoor Stadium
Kick Off
Peterhead 0 - 0 East Fife
1:01
Hand Ball taken by James Redman
1:04
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone
1:42
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot
1:58
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
3:25
Cross from Paul Willis
3:32
Clearance by Graeme Sharp
3:35
Corner taken by Scott Durie with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
3:54
Clearance by Graeme Sharp
4:35
Shot taken by Paul Willis with his right foot from the centre penalty area
4:51
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
5:26
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
5:52
Save made by Calum Antell
7:58
Foul on Steven Noble
8:02
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
8:54
Cross from Paul McManus
9:03
Save made by Graeme Smith
10:35
Shot taken by Collin Samuel using his left foot from the left penalty area
10:54
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
11:31
Foul on Scott Ross
11:36
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
14:23
Offside flag raised against Paul McManus
14:24
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
15:56
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
16:35
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot
16:52
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
17:27
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
17:57
Foul on David Muir
18:04
Free Kick taken by David White
19:37
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers with his right foot from the right penalty area
19:45
Save made by Calum Antell
20:04
Foul on Collin Samuel
20:09
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone
22:48
Offside flag raised against Paul Willis
22:50
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
23:24
Offside flag raised against Andrew Rodgers
23:25
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
24:48
Shot taken by Paul McManus using his left foot from the left penalty area
24:59
Save made by Graeme Smith
25:05
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
25:31
Shot taken by David White from the left six yard line
25:44
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
26:42
Hand Ball taken by David Muir
26:45
Free Kick taken by Rory McAllister
27:15
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot
27:29
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
27:53
Foul on Scott McBride
27:57
Free Kick taken by Scott Durie
28:36
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
29:15
Cross from David Cox
29:23
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
30:12
Offside flag raised against Rory McAllister
30:14
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
30:17
BOOKING: Rory McAllister of Peterhead given yellow card for dissent
31:00
Shot taken by Paul Willis with his right foot from the left penalty area
31:10
Save made by Graeme Smith
32:00
Shot taken by Bryan Gilfillan using his left foot from the left penalty area
32:13
Save made by Calum Antell
32:29
Foul on David Cox
32:37
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
34:28
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
34:52
Clearance by Craig Johnstone
34:57
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
35:35
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline
36:07
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
37:04
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot
37:14
Save made by Calum Antell
37:19
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
37:49
Shot taken by Ross Smith from the left six yard line
38:04
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
40:13
BOOKING: Darren Smith of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
40:24
Foul on Rory McAllister
40:28
Free Kick taken by Rory McAllister
40:52
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot
41:03
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
43:58
Foul on Rory McAllister
44:02
Free Kick taken by Ross Smith
44:05
BOOKING: David White of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
44:40
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
45:00+0:26
Foul on Paul Willis
45:00+0:34
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone
45:00+1:00
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline
45:00+1:25
Save made by Graeme Smith
Half Time
Peterhead 0 - 0 East Fife
Second Half Started
Peterhead 0 - 0 East Fife
45:42
Hand Ball taken by James Redman
45:45
Free Kick taken by Paul Willis from the left wing
46:12
Foul on Ross Smith
46:18
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
47:26
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
47:53
Shot taken by David Muir with his right foot from the centre penalty area
47:53
Peterhead 0 - 1 East Fife
GOAL scored by David Muir with his right foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
48:43
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the right byline
49:08
Clearance by Steven Campbell
49:16
Shot taken by Dean Cowie with his right foot
49:27
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
50:29
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
51:31
Foul on Steven Campbell
51:35
Free Kick taken by Steven Campbell
51:56
Shot taken by Collin Samuel with his right foot
52:07
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
53:30
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the right penalty area
53:38
Save made by Graeme Smith
53:42
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
55:10
Cross from Craig Johnstone
56:43
Foul on Dean Cowie
56:50
Free Kick taken by David Cox
57:43
Offside flag raised against Rory McAllister
57:45
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone
58:18
Shot taken by Collin Samuel with his right foot
58:30
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
59:27
Cross from Steven Noble
59:37
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
60:06
Cross from James Redman
60:13
Save made by Calum Antell
62:53
Cross from Steven Noble
62:59
Clearance by Scott McBride
63:27
Cross from Rory McAllister
63:32
Clearance by David White
67:04
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers with his right foot
67:16
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
68:44
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
69:27
Foul on David Muir
69:31
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone from the right wing
69:33
BOOKING: Ross Smith of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
70:20
Cross from Craig Johnstone
70:26
Clearance by Bryan Gilfillan
71:10
Offside flag raised against Paul McManus
71:11
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
72:49
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
73:07
Substitution for East Fife: Robert Barr on for Paul McManus
74:53
Foul on Collin Samuel
74:54
BOOKING: David Muir of East Fife given yellow card for dissent
74:56
Free Kick taken by Paul Willis
75:01
BOOKING: Scott Ross of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
77:22
Shot taken by Paul Willis with his right foot
77:34
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
79:22
Foul on Craig Johnstone
79:25
Free Kick taken by Craig Johnstone
80:28
Foul on Steven Campbell
80:31
Free Kick taken by Calum Antell
80:54
Substitution for Peterhead: Martin Bavidge on for Bryan Gilfillan
81:39
Corner taken by Scott Durie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
82:11
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
82:38
Foul on David Cox
82:41
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble from the left wing
83:02
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the left penalty area
83:21
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
84:24
Corner taken by Craig Johnstone using his left foot from the left byline
85:03
Shot taken by David Muir from the left six yard line
85:13
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
85:29
Shot taken by Rory McAllister using his left foot
85:46
Block taken by Darren Smith
85:54
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
87:15
Cross from Graeme Sharp
87:22
Save made by Calum Antell
87:38
Foul on David Cox
87:41
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
88:04
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the left penalty area
88:18
Goal Kick taken by Calum Antell
89:55
Shot taken by Paul Willis with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+0:16
Save made by Graeme Smith
90:00+0:21
Corner taken by Collin Samuel with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
90:00+0:33
Offside flag raised against Collin Samuel
90:00+0:34
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+1:31
Corner taken by David Cox using his left foot from the left byline
90:00+1:55
Shot taken by Ross Smith from the left six yard line
90:00+2:05
Block taken by Scott Durie
90:00+2:07
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
Full Time
Peterhead 0 - 1 East Fife
Result
Peterhead 0 - 1 East Fife

Peterhead

vs

East Fife

0
Goals
1
15
Shots
11
6
On Target
4
9
Off Target
7
6
Crosses
4
12
Corners
7
37
Throw Ins
29
6
Saves
6
3
Clearances
4
10
Goal Kicks
15
0
Blocks
2
14
Free Kicks
14
3
Offside
4
2
Hand Balls
1
3
Yellow Cards
3

Peterhead

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Graeme Smith
02.Graeme Sharp
03.Steven Noble
04.Scott Ross (76+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Ross Smith (70+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Dean Cowie
07.David Cox
08.James Redman
10.Bryan Gilfillan 81+0' Tactical
09.Rory McAllister (31+0: Dissent)
11.Andrew Rodgers

Substitutes

21.Paul Jarvie
14.Conner McGlinchey
12.Ryan McCann
16.Jake Fitzgerald
15.Martin Bavidge 81+0' Tactical

East Fife

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Calum Antell
02.Scott Durie
03.Craig Johnstone
04.David Muir (75+0: Dissent)
05.David White (45+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Steven Campbell
08.Darren Smith (41+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Paul Willis
09.Collin Samuel
10.Paul McManus 74+0' Tactical
11.Scott McBride

Substitutes

21.Michael Brown
12.Robert Barr 74+0' Tactical
15.Robert Sloan
16.Dale Keenan
14.Liam Gormley

Strachan missing for Peterhead

Peterhead will again be without Ryan Strachan through suspension as a place in the Second Division sits on a knife-edge after they played out a goalless draw with East Fife in midweek.

Callum MacDonald and Davie Ross remain sidelined after knee surgery with Martin Bavidge absent due to a hamstring problem.

However, Stephen Noble, David Cox, Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister will all feature despite suffering from knocks.

Balmoor manager Jim McInally said: "You could see in the first game that the players are showing wear and tear after a long season.

"Despite tiredness in both camps the two teams will slug it out until the final whistle.

"Hopefully Peterhead will be the team that are still standing but we need to show composure to win and secure promotion."

East Fife striker Gareth Wardlaw will not be able to get the goals his team require to stay in the Second Division after he sustained a knee injury in Wednesday night's first leg.

Defender Darren McCormack will also sit this one out as he nurses an ankle injury, with New Bayview manager Billy Brown hoping it will be his side that draw first blood.

Brown said: "This will be an incredibly tight game and the first goal could prove to be crucial. They are a strong and confident side but if we can get ahead our players can be strong and confident as well.

"We showed in the second half that we can cause Peterhead problems when we pass the ball around and hopefully we can do that and get a goal this time."

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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