Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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East Fife 2-3 St Mirren

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Highlights: East Fife 2-3 St Mirren

St Mirren overcame East Fife at New Bayview to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Cammy Smith fired the Buddies ahead before half-time but Chris Duggan's penalty levelled matters in the second half.

A brace of strikes from Lewis Morgan put the visitors in command.

And though Duggan scored another spot-kick late on, St Mirren did enough to reach the last eight, the draw for which will be made on Sunday.

Jack Ross' St Mirren had caused an upset in the previous round - beating Premiership Dundee - and the Championship side were now seeking to avoid a cup shock against League One East Fife.

The Fifers, on an unbeaten 11-game run, began well and thought they had taken the lead when Nicky Paterson bundled a corner over the line only for referee Don Robertson to blow for a free-kick in St Mirren's favour.

And the visitors took full advantage when they went ahead. The home defence failed to clear a deep cross into the box and Smith calmly clipped the ball over the outstretched arms of Ryan Goodfellow in the home goal.

East Fife came out the traps quickly in the second half and Scott Robinson was denied an equaliser when a last-gasp lunge by Harry Smith cleared the ball off the line.

However, the Methil side did not have long to wait before they drew level.

Ross Brown was bundled to the ground inside the box by Davis and Duggan duly made no mistake from the spot.

Ross brought on Morgan for Rory Loy and his impact on the game was instantaneous.

Stevie Mallan played a through ball to Morgan inside the East Fife box and the substitute showed great composure to fire the ball beyond Goodfellow into the left corner of the net.

And Morgan secured the Paisley side's place in the last eight when he fired a magnificent 25-yard shot around a ruck of home defenders into the bottom corner.

East Fife continued to push forward and deep into stoppage time referee Robertson awarded the home side their second penalty of the day after Davis was judged to have handled.

Duggan was again on target but this was to be the final kick of the game with St Mirren safely through.

East Fife manager Barry Smith: "The players gave me everything. That's all I can ask for.

"We were against a team from a higher division and they should have more quality but I didn't think there was much between the teams.

"The boys kept fighting and when we got the equaliser in the second half we looked like the team that was going to push on. Unfortunately, we conceded a disappointing goal and we struggled to get back into it after that."

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "When you go into any cup tie, getting through is ultimately the most important thing.

"It was a very difficult match played in very difficult conditions. East Fife made it very difficult so we are delighted to be through.

"East Fife started the game better than us and adapted well to the conditions. But once we got ahead I thought we were better and in the second half the game became much more open."

Line-ups

East Fife

  • 1Goodfellow
  • 2WattSubstituted forKaneat 12'minutes
  • 6Kerr
  • 5Page
  • 16Penrice
  • 19PatersonBooked at 39mins
  • 3Slattery
  • 8BrownSubstituted forInsallat 75'minutes
  • 14Robinson
  • 10SmithSubstituted forLamontat 66'minutes
  • 9Duggan

Substitutes

  • 4Kane
  • 7Lamont
  • 15Insall
  • 18Austin
  • 21Flockhart

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 24DavisBooked at 90mins
  • 44Eckersley
  • 20StorieBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMorganat 66'minutes
  • 42Magennis
  • 10Mallan
  • 22McGinn
  • 11SmithSubstituted forFjeldeat 90+1'minutes
  • 16LoySubstituted forSuttonat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 3Irvine
  • 7Clarkson
  • 9Sutton
  • 15Baird
  • 17Morgan
  • 23Fjelde
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
1,483

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, East Fife 2, St. Mirren 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, East Fife 2, St. Mirren 3.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 2, St. Mirren 3. Chris Duggan (East Fife) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Harry Davis (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Harry Davis (St. Mirren) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Paul Fjelde replaces Cameron Smith.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jonathan Page.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Patrick Slattery.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Patrick Slattery.

Attempt saved. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 1, St. Mirren 3. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Chris Kane (East Fife).

John Sutton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jamie Insall (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Jamie Insall replaces Ross Brown.

Attempt missed. Chris Duggan (East Fife) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 1, St. Mirren 2. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Mallan.

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Scott Robinson (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Morgan replaces Craig Storie.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Mark Lamont replaces Kevin Smith.

Booking

Craig Storie (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Penrice (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Storie (St. Mirren).

Chris Kane (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Storie (St. Mirren).

Jonathan Page (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by James Penrice.

Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Patrick Slattery.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Rory Loy.

Attempt saved. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 1, St. Mirren 1. Chris Duggan (East Fife) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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