Dominating Loons back on form with a 3-1 win at Bayview

Forfar re-started their season with a deserved 3-1 win in Methil as they faced East Fife for the second time this season.

Dick Campbell’s men had found themselves at the wrong end of the table going into the game but knew things would look a lot healthier if they managed to wrestle the three points away from the Fifers.

James Dale opens the scoring for Forfar Athletic against East Fife on Saturday.

James Dale opens the scoring for Forfar Athletic against East Fife on Saturday.

They did exactly that - and with some style.

From the very start it was Forfar who dominated the game, limiting the Fifers to just a few chances in front of their own crowd.

Forfar got off to a good start and Dale Hilson should have opened the scoring when he found himself one on one with Greg Paterson.

The winger, though, saw his effort saved by the ‘keeper who got down well to block his shot.

At the other end a Craig Johnstone drive would have broken the deadlock had Darren Hill not pulled off a fine point blank stop.

It wasn’t long until Campbell’s side grabbed the game’s opening goal, though.

James Dale was picked out inside the box and he managed to weave his way around a couple of East Fife defenders before firing his strike past Paterson.

East Fife looked to make their home advantage count and force their way back into the game.

Nathan Austin and Liam Buchanan combined well with former Dunfermline man Buchanan firing in a shot which was again saved by Hill.

The Fifers were looking dangerous on the break and Robbie Neilson was next to test Hill with a drive which whistled inches past the 

Willie Aitchison’s side were having their best spell of the game and it was no surprise when they pulled level.

But there was a degree of good fortune about their equaliser as Scott Durie’s well hit drive was fumbled by Hill, the ball somehow squirming under his body and into the goal.

East Fife immediately pressed for a second and Austin almost put them in front but he was unlucky to watch his effort come back off the crossbar.

That really was it as far as East Fife’s contribution went as Forfar would go on to dominate the rest of the game.

The next goal went to the visitors and again there was a goalkeeping fault behind it.

Hilson’s strike was on target but it looked as if Paterson would be able to deal with it pretty comfortably.

However, the ball seemed to bobble in front of the Fife goalie and that was enough to put him off and concede the second.

East Fife didn’t really trouble Hill too much as the game went on that and only really had an Austin chance of note.

It was no surprise then that it was the visitors who grabbed the next, and final, goal of the game.

Some good work down the middle of the park resulted in the ball being played out to Swankie.

He decided to go for goal himself and cut in before beating Paterson.