Away From The Numbers

St Mirren Pre Season Friendly Match Report

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Following a couple of low key bounce matches, East Fife's pre-season continued tonight with their first real test, against a pretty much full strength St Mirren side at Bayview.

The SPL outfit fielded a number of their new signings and a couple of trialists and ran out 2-1 winners.

Billy Mehmet opened the scoring for the Buddies with 20 minutes gone. Saints new signing Lee Mair, who was acquired in the summer from Aberdeen, doubled the lead with a strong header on 71 minutes.

One of our own new signings, Mark Staunton, replied for the Fife, with the aid of a deflection, with twelve minutes remaining and although East Fife pushed for the equaliser, that's how the game finished.

For the Fife faithful in the small crowd, it was the first chance for many to run the eye over our own new signings.

John Ovenstone and Jonny Smart looked quite solid at the back, in the 59 minutes they got together, and although it will take a few games for them to get the same understanding that Smarty had with Steven Tweed, it should give us a very strong and reliable centre half pairing.

New captain Scott Thomson didn't really stand out, but he did only play the first half and a few games and training sessions should let us see what we have in him come the start of the season.

Stuart Baillie got the start in goal, with Michael Brown having a slight injury, and looked confident and played well. He made a number of important saves and stops that kept the Fife in the game. There should definitely be some good competition for the number one spot this season.

Up front is still going to be the problem and the area many feel still needs strengthening. Missing Paul McManus, it was hard to tell what our final front pairing will produce until we see Shagger and possibly Staunton paired together or possibly another new signing.

East Fife had two possible new boys on show.

Mark Cowan played up front and is a 19 year old striker who was with Hearts last season. He was the Jambos top scorer in the under 19 League and the joint top scorer in the overall League (with 13 goals). Strange that Hearts decided to free him and not loan him out but their loss will hopefully be our gain and he comes highly rated.

The other newbie on show was Darren Gourlay, a 19 year old defender who was previously with Peterborough but hails from Edinburgh. He played for both the reserve and under 19 Posh teams last season.

With ten East Fife changes over the course of the game, it's hard to read too much into things just now but overall, Stevie seems to be putting together a good squad that wants to play good football and we're already optimistically looking forward to the season starting.

EAST FIFE: Stewart Baillie (Andrews Stobie 72), Darren Gourley (Michael Bruce 45), Guy Kerr (Johnny McRae 59), John Ovenstone (Paul Nugent 59), Jonny Smart (Darren Thomson 63), Scott Thomson (David Muir 45), Bobby Linn (Aaron Conway 54), Lloyd Young (Shaun Fagan 45), Mark Staunton (Trialist 86), Mark Cowan (Stevie Crawford 72), Stuart Cargill