Eskvale men out of luck in Fife

Eskvale travelled to Fife on Saturday to take on Dunfermline City in what was an upstairs-downstairs game as far as the league table read.

Everything seemed to be going according to the script as captain Iain Scott swept an impressive shot right into the bottom corner to open the scoring after good work from Matty Black.

Soon after, it was 2-0 with Black involved again. Clever play from the young winger and Dave McIntosh saw the ball fall again to Scott, who hit a goal-of-the-season contender across the face of goal and high into the side net.

Dunfermline began to cut off access to Eskvale’s impressive left side. They pulled the scores level with two quick goals – a good passing moved was finished off nicely, to be followed shortly by a well executed short corner routine. Another short corner from the home side was completed just before half time to give the hosts the lead that their play had barely merited.

With the final bit of drama in the half, John McCrossan finished off a good Eskvale move, but was denied the goal by a hotly-disputed umpiring decision.

The second half was played at a blistering pace. Eskvale pulled level after Steve Pride did well to squeeze the ball home from a seemingly impossible angle, but a further short corner ensured that the teams did not stay level long, the home side again going one ahead.

Pride was in no mood to give up, and finished a lovely solo run with a well-placed finish, but again the hosts went up the other end of the pitch to claim one back.

Dunfermline got themselves two ahead with another clinical strike past Arron Bailey. Captain Scott looked to have won his side a penalty after knocking the ball past the Dunfermline ‘keeper only to be brought down, albeit accidentally, by the keeper as he tried to block the ball. The umpire was however unimpressed.

Eskvale did get a penalty stroke eventually after more good play from Pride saw the ball knocked off the line by an accidental foot. John McCrossan stepped up to take it, but in keeping with his team’s fortunes for the day, the keeper comfortably blocked the shot, and in doing so tied up the points.

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