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The Herald - Herald Sport - - WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP SEMI-FINAL -

A BAR­REN re­sult proved most fer­tile for

The point se­cured in the 0-0 draw at was enough to give them the League Two ti­tle as re­sults else­where worked in their favour.

With Dun­fermline hav­ing se­cured the League One ti­tle, it means two tro­phies will re­side in the King­dom of Fife.

Gary Nay­smith, the East Fife man­ager, rated it as his big­gest achieve­ment in the game, bet­ter than win­ning his first cap for Scot­land, and is al­ready look­ing ahead to next sea­son.

“If we can re­cruit five or six play­ers, we can make a real push for the play-offs next sea­son,” he said. “I firmly be­lieve we have every­thing in place. We maybe can’t of­fer big money but there’s no bet­ter part-time set-up in Scot­land when you look at our pitch, train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and how the play­ers get treated by the club.”

play-off hopes suf­fered when they went down 3-1 at home to bot­tom club

who played for the sec­ond half with 10 play­ers af­ter Max Wright was sent off.

and who are still in the play-off pic­ture, drew 1-1. In League One, hoisted them­selves to the brink of the play-offs with a hand­some 4-1 win over cham­pi­ons Brad McKay gave Dun­fermline a half-time lead, but Stran­raer stormed back through goals from Mark McGuigan, Andy Stir­ling and a dou­ble from Craig Mal­colm.

“We needed a big re­ac­tion af­ter be­ing a goal down,” ad­mit­ted man­ager Brian Reid, whose team was at the foot of the ta­ble at Christ­mas. “We’ve scored eight goals and had only one against in the last two home games.

“We need to look af­ter our­selves now and not worry about oth­ers. With the con­fi­dence and the way we’re play­ing, then I have no fears.”

Allan John­ston, the Dun­fermline man­ager, could not take much from the game. “I don’t think you could take many pos­i­tives,” he said. “Phys­i­cally, we looked like we were bul­lied a bit there, we looked like wee boys at times.

“There was some good play in the first half, but we def­i­nitely need to with­stand the phys­i­cal part of the game as well. It is maybe some­thing that some of them will learn, hope­fully.”

hoisted them­selves off the bot­tom of the ta­ble with a 5-1 win against and

2-0 win at left their op­po­nents at the foot of the ta­ble.

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