The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Fifers will not let up in bid to secure place in top five, insists Young
East Fife may only need a point from their trip to Airdrie tomorrow night to seal a top-five place, but Darren Young insists his side will be heading there to win.
Saturday’s victory not only put East Fife’s top-five ambitions into their own hands, but also saw them muscle back into the promotion play-off zone.
That’s where Young wants his side to be come the end of the campaign, so is intent to leave nothing to chance by ensuring first they take all three points tomorrow to give them that platform.
He said: “We’ll be going into that game looking to win, there will be no sitting back and trying to defend.
“We’ll play the way we did against Peterhead and try to get the ball down, pass it and be expansive. If we get opportunities, then hopefully we take them.
“We want to aim for the top four but, first things first, we have to get into the top five.
“Now the boys have put themselves in a good position.
“From our point of view, it was great to see them come back into the game and not let it affect them and just keep playing the way they were playing.”
It was a game that had it all, three goals, some world-class saves and a couple of red cards.
Josh Rae in the Peterhead goal was exceptional and denied Danny Denholm early on.
Peterhead took the lead shortly before the 25-minute mark when Scott Brown’s drive was deflected into the path of Hamish Ritchie.
Ritchie had all the time he needed to pick his spot and did exactly that.
East Fife enjoyed the bulk of possession but came up against a Peterhead goalie in inspired form.
Ryan Wallace, Scott Agnew and Ross Davidson were all denied by sublime stops.
On 68 minutes came the moment which changed the course of the match. Wallace was scampering clear on goal only to be hauled down by Andrew Mcdonald on the edge of the box.
Mcdonald saw red and East Fife took just a couple of minutes to make their advantage count, Denholm heading home a Wallace corner.
From there only one team was going to win and the Fifers notched No 2 just a couple of minutes later when Agnew floated an excellent finish into the top corner.
The numbers were evened in the closing minutes when Craig Watson collected his second booking.