Scottish League One
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East Fife 0-1 Rangers

Rangers are two wins away from the League One title after a stoppage-time penalty from Lee McCulloch broke brave resistance from East Fife.

Pat Clarke tripped David Templeton to concede the spot-kick as the visitors stepped up the pressure late on.

The award came shortly after home keeper Greg Paterson had denied Templeton with a fine save.

In dour match of few chances, Nicky Law struck the woodwork for Rangers in the first half.

East Fife rarely threatened in attack but will feel hard done by after turning in a well-organised defensive display.

Following a largely turgid opening half-hour, Law smacked the ball off a post as a shot from Lee Wallace broke into his path.

Rangers were thwarted again moments later as Templeton danced past a series of defenders only for his shot to be comfortably taken by Paterson.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with Rangers dominating possession but finding East Fife difficult to break down.

Templeton always looked Rangers' most likely source of a goal and a looping effort was cleared off the line by East Fife defender Joe Mbu.

McCulloch and Andrew Little were both foiled and Paterson was at full-stretch to push away Templeton's curling shot as the game headed towards a goalless conclusion, until substitute Clarke made his ill-timed challenge.

Line-ups

East Fife

  • 1Paterson
  • 2CowanBooked at 63mins
  • 3Durie
  • 8FisherSubstituted forO'Neillat 22'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 4RutkiewiczBooked at 87mins
  • 5Mbu
  • 7McKenzie
  • 6Campbell
  • 11SmithSubstituted forClarkeat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forAustinat 88'minutes
  • 10Hughes

Substitutes

  • 12Thom
  • 14Stewart
  • 15Johnstone
  • 16O'Neill
  • 17Austin
  • 18Clarke
  • 21Shaw

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 5Wallace
  • 8Black
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 7TempletonBooked at 75mins
  • 4AirdSubstituted forCrawfordat 86'minutes
  • 10ShielsSubstituted forLittleat 66'minutes
  • 9Daly
  • 11Law

Substitutes

  • 12Little
  • 14Smith
  • 15Peralta Sosa
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Crawford
  • 18Faure
  • 19Sanchez Cribari
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
4,020

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home3
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, East Fife 0, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, East Fife 0, Rangers 1.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 0, Rangers 1. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Rangers. David Templeton draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Pat Clarke (East Fife) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Pat Clarke (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Andrew Little (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

Attempt saved. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Liam Buchanan.

Attempt saved. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Fraser Aird.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Kevin Smith.

Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

Attempt saved. David Templeton (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Marc McKenzie (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Stephen Hughes (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Stephen O'Neill (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

Booking

David Templeton (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by David Templeton (Rangers).

David Cowan (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. David Templeton (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andrew Little (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

Attempt missed. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andrew Little replaces Dean Shiels.

Booking

David Cowan (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Cowan (East Fife).

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Marc McKenzie (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers2725207077
2Dunfermline2717281753
3Stranraer2512671242
4Ayr2610610-936
5Stenhousemuir278910-1033
6Brechin279414-1131
7Forfar258512-329
8Airdrieonians276714-1825
9East Fife267415-2625
10Arbroath276318-2221
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