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.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Arbroath

  • 01 Wood
  • 02 Little
  • 03 Hamilton
  • 08 Banjo
  • 05 Travis
  • 06 Keddie
  • 07 Linn (Robertson - 80' )
  • 04 Nicoll
  • 10 Cook
  • 09 McManus (McWalter - 90' )
  • 11 Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 12 Robertson
  • 14 Deuchar
  • 15 Lindsay
  • 16 Yao
  • 17 McWalter
  • 18 Smith
  • 21 Morrison

East Fife

  • 01 Paterson
  • 02 Cowan (Clarke - 87' )
  • 03 Durie
  • 20 Hughes
  • 04 Rutkiewicz Booked
  • 05 Mbu
  • 07 McKenzie (Austin - 74' )
  • 06 Johnstone
  • 10 Smith
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 11 Barr (Stewart - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Thom
  • 14 O'Neill
  • 15 Stewart
  • 16 Austin
  • 17 Clarke
  • 18 Campbell
  • 21 Shaw
Ref: Don Robertson
Att: 679

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

6 5

Corners

5 5

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arbroath 2, East Fife 1.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arbroath 2, East Fife 1.

90:00 +2:16

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:16

Foul by Scott Durie (East Fife).

90:00 +1:43

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Kieran McWalter replaces Paul McManus.

88:35 Booking

Booking Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

88:28

Dayle Robertson (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:28

Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).

86:50

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

86:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces David Cowan.

82:43

Attempt saved. Stephen Hughes (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Dayle Robertson replaces Bobby Linn.

78:11

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael Travis.

77:54

Attempt blocked. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:27

Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath).

77:27

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:42 Goal scored

Goal! 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.

73:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Marc McKenzie.

68:17

Foul by David Banjo (Arbroath).

68:17

Stephen Hughes (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Ryan Stewart replaces Lewis Barr.

62:46

Attempt saved. Marc McKenzie (East Fife) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:26

Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:26

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

61:37

Hand ball by Kevin Smith (East Fife).

59:40

Foul by David Banjo (Arbroath).

59:40

Scott Durie (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:45

Attempt saved. Scott Durie (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Arbroath 1, East Fife 1.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arbroath 1, East Fife 1.

45:00 +1:36

Attempt missed. Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00 +0:03

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by David Cowan.

42:01

Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath).

42:01

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:16

Paul McManus (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:16

Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).

38:12

Attempt missed. Stephen Hughes (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34:51

Attempt missed. Michael Travis (Arbroath) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

34:44

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

34:33

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

34:07

Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:07

Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

32:13

Foul by Alan Cook (Arbroath).

32:13

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:20

Attempt saved. Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

27:56

Attempt missed. Michael Travis (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

27:44

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

24:40

Attempt saved. Alan Cook (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:47

Foul by Paul McManus (Arbroath).

23:47

Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:46

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

21:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 1, East Fife 1. Michael Travis (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Cook with a cross.

20:36

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

19:52

Foul by Stephen Hughes (East Fife).

19:52

Paul McManus (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:03

Foul by Stephen Hughes (East Fife).

19:03

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:22

Marc McKenzie (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:22

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

16:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, East Fife 1. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Hughes.

15:55

Scott Durie (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:55

Foul by Paul McManus (Arbroath).

14:00

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

13:16

Attempt missed. Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

11:27

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Richard Little.

4:39

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Bobby Linn.

4:20

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Richard Little.

3:45

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Richard Little.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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