Peterhead bottom of League 1 after defeat at East Fife

Peterhead dropped to the foot of the cinch League 1 table as East Fife leapfrogged them with their first win of the season at Bayview on Saturday.

By Scott Inglis
Sunday, 29th August 2021, 8:33 am
It turned into a difficult afternoon for Scott Brown and Peterhead at Bayview (pic: Kenny Mackay)
It turned into a difficult afternoon for Scott Brown and Peterhead at Bayview (pic: Kenny Mackay)

But the 3-0 margin of the win was perhaps a bit cruel on the who had impressed during the first 45 in particular, hitting the woodwork three times.

However East Fife were a different proposition after the interval and goals from Kevin Smith, Connor McManus and Danny Denholm got them up and running for the campaign.

The Blue Toon settled into the game well and looked the most likely to open the scoring during the early stages.

Scott Brown’s terrific run down the left wing ended with him getting a cross in which only lacked a finish.

They stayed on the front foot and the hosts had goalie Scott Gallacher to thank when he got down brilliantly to tip a Niah Payne drive onto the post.

Minutes after this the visitors hit both the post again and the bar as they kept East Fife penned in.

But the Fifers defended brilliantly and went in at the break with the scoreline even.

They were much improved after the interval and really put Peterhead to the sword.

The second half was only seconds old when they took the lead.

A looping cross wasn’t cleared by the Peterhead defence and the ball broke kindly for the impressive Jamie Semple.

He picked out strike partner Kevin Smith at the back post, the club skipper finding the net from close range.

But there was plenty of football still to be played and nobody has anything given to them for free by Peterhead.

They battled for a goal as they tried to get back into the game and avoid being sent to the foot of League One by their hosts.

The second goal was always going to be crucial, and it went the way of East Fife.

Semple was again proving a handful and hard to handle for the Peterhead defence.

When the ball broke for him inside the area he was toppled to the ground by Jason Brown.

It was a stonewaller and McManus was as cool as you like from the spot.

East Fife now just had to see out the win, but added a third when Andrew Osei-Bonsu skinned his man before crossing for Danny Denholm to net.