How it happened: Clyde 2 East Fife 1

Clyde faced a crunch clash at Broadwood on Thursday night against East Fife in the final fixture of the regular League 1 season.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 9:33 pm
Clyde need to follow Saturday's win over Dumbarton with another against East Fife to avoid a relegation play-off (pic: Craig Black Photography)

The Bully Wee went into the game in second bottom spot, two points behind Dumbarton who had played all their games.

Only a win would be enough for Danny Lennon’s side to avoid a perilous relegation play-off. Draw or lose and it’s off to Stranraer on Saturday for the semi-final first leg.

Here’s how events at Broadwood unfolded

How it happened: Clyde v East Fife from Broadwood

Last updated: Thursday, 06 May, 2021, 19:42

  • Clyde 2 (Love 40, Goodwillie 82 ) East Fife 1 (Agnew 49pen)
  • Clyde get the win they need to keep them out of the relegation play-offs
  • Ally Love finally breaks the deadlock for dominant hosts on 40 minutes but Scott Agnew equalises for the visitors from the penalty spot four minutes after the restart
  • David Goodwillie puts Clyde back in front with eight minutes left
  • Clyde’s season is over

Previously . . . on Clyde v East Fife

It’s only just over a week since East Fife were last at Broadwood . . . for the game that never was with the visitors refusing to play because a Clyde player has returned a positive Covid-19 test.

East Fife were subsequently fined £11,000 - with £10,000 suspended - and the game rescheduled for tonight.

It’s the third meeting between the sides and East Fife have won the previous two, 3-1 at Broadwood in March and 1-0 at Bayview in April.

Clyde’s last win over East Fife was in January 2020, David Goodwillie and Tom Lang on target in a 2-1 victory.

Danny Lennon’s first game as Clyde manager was against East Fife - a Scottish Cup tie in 2017 which the Fifers won 2-0.

East Fife have other good memories of Broadwood. They clinched the League 2 title there with a goalless draw in April 2016.

Tom Lang celebrates after scoring the winner for Clyde against East Fife in 2020

Lennon: We know how much this means - we will give everything

Clyde boss Danny Lennon says he and his players know just how much victory tonight will mean to the Bully Wee fans

“I wish I could put every single supporter in a Clyde jersey for this match, because the passion that they have for this club oozes out of them and that is such a great thing to have in both football and life in general.

“We know what this means to them and, together, we will go out to try and achieve what we have set out to do. We will give everything.”

Danny Lennon’s first game in charge of Clyde was against East Fife in 2017

Two changes for Clyde from Saturday’s win over Dumbarton.

David Mitchell returns in goal instead of youngster David Wilson and Ewan Otoo takes the place of Craig Howie who suffered a fractured cheekbone against the Sons.

The East Fife line-up includes a familiar face around Broadwood in former Cumbernauld Colts striker Sean Brown, on loan to the Fifers from East Stirlingshire.

CLYDE: Mitchell, Bain, Otoo, McNiff, Rumsby, Cuddihy, Robertson, Lamont, Goodwillie, Cunningham, Love.

SUBS: Wilson, McGlinchey, Jack, Munro, Jamieson, Thomson, Butterworth, Ritchie-Hosler.

EAST FIFE: Hart, Steele, Dunlop, Watson, Dunsmore, Fenton, Davidson, Agnew, Spence, Brown, Watt.

SUBS: Dow, Allan, Newton, McKinnon, Healy, Denholm, MacKenzie

REFEREE: Chris Graham

We’re under way at Broadwood

Clyde have made a bright start here. Couple of early forays and a mazy run into the box by Ewan Otoo which ended with Hart saving low at his right-hand post

Ross Cunningham tries his luck for Clyde with a free-kick from 30 yards but his curling effort, well struck, is too high

Great opportunity for Cunningham, unmarked 12 yards out after being played in by Ally Love, but he gets underneath his shot and it sails over

One-way traffic at Broadwood as Martin McNiff is unable to get a decent connnection from a corner from the left. But it’s still goalless

22: East Fife chance

First real chance for the visitors but Brown screws his effort well wide from the edge of the box

25: East Fife threat

Spence header from an Agnew cross flashes just wide as the visitors begin to work their way into the game

Goodwillie has a chance for the hosts but an East Fife defender is in the right place to block his shot

36: Cunningham again

Another chance for Clyde as a cross finds Cunningham in space inside the box . . . but again he can’t find the target, steering his shot wide

Cunningham cross from the left turned back across by Goodwillie and Love is on hand to net from close range

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