Scottish League Cup - Group B
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Forfar Athletic win 5-4 on penalties

East Fife 4 Forfar 5 - the comedy result that finally came true (on penalties)

Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe, who died in 1984, was a supporter - and one-time president - of Luton Town

It was the scoreline that the late, great Eric Morecambe always used to joke about but had never come true - until now.

East Fife 4 Forfar 5 was the much-loved comedian's idea of the ultimate tongue-twister for anyone trying to read out the football results.

On Sunday, that result finally happened for the first time in the fixture's history - sort of.

The Scottish League Cup Group B tie between the sides went to penalties after a 1-1 draw. And the score in the shootout? East Fife 4 Forfar 5.

Had he lived to see that, it would surely have raised a smile from Morecambe, who came up with the score as a jokey greeting whenever he met his friend James Alexander Gordon, the popular announcer who read the classified results on the BBC for 40 years.

"Eric never called me James," Gordon, who died in 2014, once recalled. "Whenever I saw him over a 20-year period, he would say 'East Fife 4 Forfar 5'. I've got a tape of that."

Before Sunday, there had been two occasions when the scoreline almost occurred. In April 1964, it happened with the wrong team at home - finishing Forfar 5 East Fife 4. And in October 2011, a meeting between the sides ended East Fife 4 Forfar 3.

Anton Dowds claimed the opener on Sunday for East Fife, who had Chris Kane sent off before John Baird equalised.

Group games go to penalties under the League Cup format. With the shootout score at 4-4, Forfar keeper Marc McCallum saved Daryl Meggatt's kick before Thomas Reilly converted to seal a bonus point for the visitors - and make a little piece of sporting history.

The new season begins

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Social media reaction to East Fife v Forfar
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Social media reaction to East Fife v Forfar

Line-ups

East Fife

  • 1Long
  • 4KaneBooked at 28mins
  • 5Dunlop
  • 6Watson
  • 17Meggatt
  • 16Davidson
  • 20BellSubstituted forDunsmoreat 30'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 11AgnewSubstituted forThomsonat 66'minutes
  • 12McBrideSubstituted forSlatteryat 66'minutes
  • 15Dowds
  • 10Smith

Substitutes

  • 2Dunsmore
  • 7Thomson
  • 8Slattery
  • 9Court
  • 14Watt
  • 21Couser

Forfar

  • 1McCallum
  • 3Bain
  • 5TravisBooked at 49minsSubstituted forKellyat 77'minutes
  • 4MunroBooked at 37mins
  • 2Meechan
  • 7FraserSubstituted forWhyteat 69'minutes
  • 6Reilly
  • 8MacKintosh
  • 11Baird
  • 10Easton
  • 9Hilson

Substitutes

  • 12Malone
  • 14Whyte
  • 15Kelly
  • 16Coupe
  • 17Starkey
  • 18Clark
  • 21Muir
Referee:
Lloyd Wilson
Attendance:
420

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamForfar
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, East Fife 1(4), Forfar Athletic 1(5).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, East Fife 1(4), Forfar Athletic 1(5).

  3. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(4), Forfar Athletic 1(5). Thomas Reilly (Forfar Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Penalty saved! Daryll Meggatt (East Fife) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(4), Forfar Athletic 1(4). Dylan Easton (Forfar Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(4), Forfar Athletic 1(3). Anton Dowds (East Fife) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(3), Forfar Athletic 1(3). Ross Meechan (Forfar Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Penalty saved! Ross Davidson (East Fife) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(3), Forfar Athletic 1(2). Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(3), Forfar Athletic 1(1). Brett Long (East Fife) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty saved! John Baird (Forfar Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(2), Forfar Athletic 1(1). Aaron Dunsmore (East Fife) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(1), Forfar Athletic 1(1). Andy Munro (Forfar Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 1(1), Forfar Athletic 1. Craig Watson (East Fife) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  15. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins East Fife 1, Forfar Athletic 1.

  16. Full Time

    Second Half ends, East Fife 1, Forfar Athletic 1.

  17. Post update

    Anton Dowds (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Darren Whyte (Forfar Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Slattery (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Andy Munro.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County22003036
2Alloa21105325
3Arbroath31115505
4Dundee Utd302123-12
5Elgin200204-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Montrose32012116
2St Johnstone21101015
3Falkirk21012113
4East Fife302112-12
5Forfar201113-22

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT22007256
2Cowdenbeath32015506
3Hearts21103215
4Raith Rovers201113-21
5Cove Rangers300315-40

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline22004046
2Brechin21102114
3Dundee21014133
4Stirling310236-33
5Peterhead301205-52

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr22005146
2Partick Thistle22004136
3Stenhousemuir31024403
4Morton310245-13
5Albion200206-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston32103128
2Annan Athletic32015146
3Airdrieonians21014223
4Hamilton201101-11
5Berwick200207-70

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth330012399
2Motherwell21106154
3Stranraer201146-22
4Edinburgh City3012110-92
5Clyde201114-31

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dumbarton311134-15
2Kilmarnock21104224
3St Mirren20202204
4Queen's Park21012203
5The Spartans302134-12
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