Important win for 2003's
By Steve Antoniewicz
Swifts win to open up gap on teams below
Jeanfield 2003's overcame a determined East Fife at the Riverside on Saturday.
With Jeanfield only four points ahead of East Fife, a home win was vital to keep Swifts clear of the teams below and to close the gap on Glenrothes Strollers in 4th.
A slow start saw East Fife take the lead, with a free kick conceded on the left hand side. Slack marking allowed the fife player to knock the ball home from close range.
That seemed to be the wake-up call Jeanfield needed. Nice team play, again up the left saw the ball reach Joe Jeffers who had pulled wide to receive the ball. He evaded two challenges before picking out a cut back from the by-line. Finlay Duncan did the rest with a fine first time left foot finish to level the game after 15 minutes.
The second followed shortly after, again Jeffers was involved, this time dropping deep he held the ball up near the halfway line and waited for Daniel O'Callaghan to run beyond before slipping the ball into his path. O'Callaghan's first touch took him beyond the defender and one-on-one with the goalkeeper, with the keeper committed and closing ground, he drove the ball low into the net to secure the lead. 2-1 after 20 minutes.
With confidence flowing, Jeanfield were creating chances at will, but a series of off-sides frustrated the home team. It wouldn't take long for a third to follow though. Jeffers and O'Callaghan again combined and O'Callaghan rode two challenges and with the goalkeeper again off his line, O'callaghan flighted the ball into the far corner of the net from 25 yards. 3-1.
But Jeanfield would rue their missed opportunities when against the run of play East Fife pulled a goal back. The Fifers put together a neat move on the Jeanfield right, the ball was played across the box, the Swifts midfield didn't track the run, a simple finish pegged the score back just before half time. 3-2 HT
With some impetus East Fife started the second half on the front foot, but a change for Jeanfield would bring the fourth goal. Jorge Palma Montano came on for Roger van Schalk and his pace and fresh legs sent him free on the breakaway, he knocked the ball passed the keeper and before the defender could clear Jeffers tucked it home at the back post.
A second yellow card for Scott Peebles shortly after would change the game again. With the extra man East Fife exerted pressure and claimed a third goal with fifteen minutes left but the Swifts ten men managed to hold on for a deserved win.
MOTM Daniel O'Callaghan.
Jeanfield 2003' face Glenrothes strollers in the next match 11am KO at Riverside on Saturday 4th May.