East Fife too strong for Shippy in Fife Cup.
The Shipyard bowed out of this season’s Fife Cup after going down 7-0 to a strong East Fife team at New Bayview last night. A Paul McManus hat-trick, a double from Kevin O’Hara and strikes from Scott Mercer and Jamie Insall saw the Methil team through to next round of the competition.
East Fife were ahead after five minutes through a fine long range strike from Mercer and they kept up the pressure on the Shippy goal but found Marcus Taylor in good form. The big keeper was beaten again in the 25th minute when Insall tapped in from close range after a Pat Slattery shot came back off the post. McManus got his first on the half hour mark with a left foot shot and got his second and his team’s fourth nine minutes later.
Kevin O’Hara got his first goal of the night in the 56th minute and his second in the 68th minute before he was subbed a few minutes later with George Good replacing him. McManus completed his hat-trick and the scoring when he made it 7-0 in the 83rd minute when he nodded home after a Tony Wallace effort was blocked.
The Shippy rarely got forward to trouble Mark Hurst in the home goal and the young keeper celebrated his call up to the Scotland U/21 squad with an easy night between the sticks.
East Fife: M. Hurst; S. Mercer; P. Slattery; C. Kane; R. Brown; J. Insall; T. Wallace; G. Naysmith; J. Austin; P. McManus; K. O’Hara. Subs: G. Good; K. Wilkie; M. Lamont.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Taylor; B. Saunders; L. Fleming; L. McIntosh; K. Ford; D. Roberts; C. McAleavey; A. MacDonald; D. Taylor; T. Hall; M. Black. Subs: G. Cusick; G. Buckley; B. Paterson; S. Doyle; D. Butt; N. McKay; C. Winter.
Referee: J. Curran.