The Terrace

East Fife 3 – 1 East Stirlingshire

Posted in East Stirlingshire by terraceradio on August 6, 2007

East Stirlingshire

The Terrace’s newly adopted club, East Stirling, made a losing start to the 2007/08 season and we all have to hope that it doesn’t point to another season of struggle for the perennial ‘worst side in Scotland’. The Shire’s first game of the season was always going to be a tough one, travelling to an East Fife side who spent most of last season hovering around mid-table in the third division.However, that pre-season optimism; that hope; the belief your team will defy the odds and have a stormer of a season is no different with East Stirling – despite thier recent record. Indeed, Shire manager Gordon Wylde would have delighted going into the Bayveiw dressing room at 0-0, after a half in which East Stirling certainly didn’t look as inferior to East Fife as some may have expected.However, that good first half counted for very little just seconds into the second half when East Fife took the lead through former Motherwell man Steven Nicholas, the pedigree of whom suggests East Fife were of a calibre to go on and win comfortably. That was easier said than done, though, and East Stirling managed to steady the ship after the opener and avoid the opening of the floodgates that some may have expected.

Better was to come for The Shire on the hour mark when they equalised through summer signing from juniors side Kilburnie Ladeside, Joe Savage, who silenced the home fans and at the same time engraciated himself immediately to Shire fans. An unlikely win, and a dream start to the new season seemed possible at Bayveiw for East Stirling as the away side pushed on. But hopes of a stunning win were dashed in the final ten minutes as the class of East Fife told over the increasingly tired Shire troops.

First of all Greig McDonald scored to put the home side 2-1 up before the game was well and truly put to bed by Paul Stewart just 3 minutes before the end to wrap up a good day for East Fife – although with a few scares they may not have expected.

East Stirling: Hill, Doyle, McBride, King, Thywissen, Kelly, McKenzie, Brand, Savage, McLaren, Ure. Substitutes: Moffat, McBride, Struthers

East Stirling will need another committed performance to achieve a respectable result as they travel to First Division Hamilton (on the back of beating Dunfermline) on Tuesday on CIS Cup business, before they welcome Dumbarton to Firs Park next week – where they will be looking to get the first points of this new season on the boards

East Stirling (unofficially sponsored by The Terrace) current league position:

9th, P1, W0, D0, L1, Pts 0

Next Fixture: Hamilton (A), Tues 7th Aug