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Forfar Athletic 0 East Fife 4

Sunday, 07 October 2018 09:30

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Forfar Athletic’s winless run continued on Saturday after a 4-0 defeat at home to East Fife.

Three first-half goals from Kevin Smith, Scott Agnew and Rory Currie saw the Fifers flying before Agnew completed the scoring in the second half.

Four changes were made from the previous week’s draw with Montrose, Travis was unavailable while Munro, Hilson and Reilly dropped to the bench; Mackintosh, Malone, Wilson and Aitken replacing them.

The Loons had the first chance as John Baird fired just over while at the other end Ross Davidson failed to test Marc McCallum.

East Fife took the lead after just nine minutes; a Scott Agnew free kick saw Kevin Smith unmarked at the back post and he sent his header past McCallum.

Baird looked to get Forfar back on level terms with a volley that forced a great save by former Loons loanee Brett Long before he sent another opportunity wide of the mark.

Dylan Easton was also given a great chance when a good passing moved ended in Matthew Aitken’s backheel finding Easton but his shot was sent wide by the oncoming Long.

Forfar were to rue their missed chances as the Fifers doubled their lead in the 32nd minute; Liam Watt’s corner wasn’t cleared properly and Agnew was more than happy to send a powerful effort into the top corner.

Aitken headed wide from a Bain corner but East Fife made it three at the other end shortly after as Rory Currie was played through and he slotted past McCallum.

Easton sent a low effort at the keeper on the stroke of half-time with the Loons looking to get back into the game.

Agnew fired over early in the second half as he looked for his second of the afternoon while Baird sent an effort across the face of goal with Forfar struggling to find a way past the visiting defence.

In the 57th minute the lead was extended and it was Agnew who grabbed his second and East Fife’s fourth with a low driven effort that squeezed past McCallum.

The Loons were still creating chances despite the scoreline but were failing to hit the target as Baird and Ross Meechan fired over, Dale Hilson saw his shot blocked while Baird headed at the keeper from an Easton corner.

Currie could have added a fifth for the visitors in the 64th minute when he latched onto a long ball but sent his chance just past the post.

Following this chances were few and far between with East Fife sub Kyle Bell firing at McCallum in the 70th minute.

The final clear cut opportunity fell to Currie in the 87th minute when a Scott McBride cross found him; his header failing to trouble McCallum but the damage had already been done.

The loss sees Forfar eighth in the league after the first quarter of the season and they will hope to end their poor run of form when they visit Stenhousemuir in a fortnight.

Match report by Lee Smith

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