Match ends, Arbroath 2, East Fife 1.
Arbroath 2-1 East Fife
Arbroath gave their chances of avoiding relegation a boost with a narrow win over nearest rivals East Fife.
The visitors raced into an early lead when Liam Buchanan took full advantage of a quick Stephen Hughes free-kick.
The Smokies hit back quickly when Michael Travis tapped home easily to send the teams in level at the break.
The comeback was complete 13 minutes from time when Paul McManus grabbed his third goal in four games to move Arbroath within a point of safety.
- 7LinnSubstituted forRobertsonat 80'minutes
- 9McManusSubstituted forMcWalterat 90'minutes
- 2CowanSubstituted forClarkeat 87'minutes
- 4RutkiewiczBooked at 89mins
- 7McKenzieSubstituted forAustinat 74'minutes
- 11BarrSubstituted forStewartat 67'minutes
- Don Robertson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Arbroath 2, East Fife 1.
Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Durie (East Fife).
Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Arbroath. Kieran McWalter replaces Paul McManus.
Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.
Dayle Robertson (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).
Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Joe Mbu.
Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces David Cowan.
Attempt saved. Stephen Hughes (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Arbroath. Dayle Robertson replaces Bobby Linn.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael Travis.
Attempt blocked. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath).
Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Arbroath 2, East Fife 1. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Colin Hamilton with a cross.
Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Marc McKenzie.
Foul by David Banjo (Arbroath).