Greg Shields' reserve side were comfortable winners of the Fife Cup at East End Park last night, dominating the game and playing some good football in the process. 22 year old Tom Lang was the team's oldest player, playing in central defence alongside 18 year old captain Paul Brown. East Fife fielded a few first team players but were no threat to the Dunfermline side at any stage of the game.
The Pars side included Vinnie Steels, listed as a trialist. The 18 year old, on Burnley's books, had a very good game and it was refreshing to see an old fashioned winger, taking the ball past the fullback time after time, and whipping over inviting crosses into the box. His burst of pace was also noticeable. The whole team played well and once again midfielder Paul Allan was excellent in possession, a tidy player who rarely wastes a ball.
The first half had echoes of the first team's Betfred Cup games at East End Park this season: racing to a 3-0 lead and although unable to add any further goals in the second period, never in danger of letting the opposition back into the game. The opening goal came after 22 minutes when Tom Lang headed in from a Matty Bowman corner kick. Five minutes later, it was 2-0: East Fife's defenders failed to clear the ball and then brought down Lewis Sawers inside the box. Gabby McGill scored from the spot.
In the 37th minute it was 3-0: Steels' cross was finished expertly by 17 year old Cammy Graham, who was impressive throughout the match.
There were no further goals in the second half but the introduction of 3 Pars' substitutes provided further encouragement for the future. 16 year olds Quinn Coulson, Aaran Dair and Kieran Mitchell all contributed to some quick and incisive passing moves. The ball was played on the ground throughout and the team's link-up play was very good to watch.
After the final whistle, the team collected their winners' medals and Paul Brown lifted the trophy. Winning is a good habit to get into and games such as this are a further step in the development of this young squad.
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