Nathan Austin hit the winner on the stroke of half-time to maintain East Fife's League One survival hopes.

Forfar went in front after 32 minutes when Martyn Fotheringham's cross was nodded home by Chris Duggan.

But the lead was short-lived as Liam Buchanan lashed in from close range.

And the visitors were ahead after Kevin Smith's delivery was stroked in by Austin for his third goal of the term. Buchanan later hit the crossbar as the Fifers made it back-to-back wins.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Forfar Athletic

  • 01 Hill
  • 04 Fusco
  • 03 Baxter
  • 08 Fotheringham
  • 05 Malcolm
  • 02 McCabe (Malin - 36' )
  • 07 Kader (Swankie - 76' )
  • 06 Dale Booked
  • 09 Templeman (Campbell - 83' )
  • 10 Duggan Booked
  • 11 Hilson

Substitutes

  • 12 Malin
  • 14 Swankie
  • 15 Thomson
  • 16 McLelland
  • 17 Campbell
  • 18 Gibson
  • 20 Salmon

East Fife

  • 01 Hamilton
  • 02 Durie
  • 03 Johnstone
  • 06 O'Neill (McKenzie - 68' )
  • 04 Rutkiewicz
  • 05 Campbell (Thom - 81' )
  • 07 Austin (Stewart - 86' )
  • 08 Barr Booked
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 11 Hughes
  • 10 Smith Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Thom
  • 14 Woolley
  • 15 Stewart
  • 16 Stewart
  • 17 McKenzie
  • 18 Inkango
  • 21 Shaw
Ref: David Somers
Att: 539

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

4 5

Corners

7 2

Fouls

17 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 2.

90:00 +3:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 2.

90:00 +0:44 Booking

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

88:21 Booking

Booking Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

88:10

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

88:10

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:00

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:59

Foul by Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic).

85:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Jonathan Stewart replaces Nathan Austin because of an injury.

85:12

Foul by James Dale (Forfar Athletic).

85:12

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:30

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

84:00

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:58

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

83:11

Attempt missed. Nathan Austin (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

82:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Ross Campbell replaces Christopher Templeman.

80:53 Booking

Booking Lewis Barr (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

80:47

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:47

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

80:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Gary Thom replaces Steven Campbell.

79:33

Attempt missed. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:03

Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:03

Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).

76:31

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Swankie replaces Omar Kader.

73:20

Foul by Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic).

73:20

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:15 Booking

Booking James Dale (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

70:07

Foul by James Dale (Forfar Athletic).

70:07

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

69:42

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

69:19

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Kevin Smith.

67:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Marc McKenzie replaces Stephen O'Neill.

66:32

Hand ball by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

65:52

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

62:08

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

62:08

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

60:37

Foul by Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic).

60:37

Nathan Austin (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:59

Attempt missed. Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

58:02

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

58:02

Kevin Smith (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:12

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

56:12

Steven Campbell (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:52

Attempt saved. Stephen Hughes (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:27

Foul by Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic).

55:27

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:02

Foul by James Dale (Forfar Athletic).

55:02

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:39

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:39

Foul by Kevin Smith (East Fife).

53:12

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49:00

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:54

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

48:02

Attempt missed. Nathan Austin (East Fife) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

46:31

Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:31

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

46:02

Attempt missed. Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

45:48

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Stephen Hughes.

45:00

Second Half begins Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 2.

45:00 +3:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 2.

45:00 +2:47

Foul by Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic).

45:00 +2:47

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

45:00 +1:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 2. Nathan Austin (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Smith with a cross.

44:57

Attempt missed. Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

41:12

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

41:12

Steven Campbell (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:45

Martyn Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:45

Foul by Stephen Hughes (East Fife).

40:20

Attempt missed. James Dale (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

39:52

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Scott Durie.

38:19

Foul by Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic).

38:19

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

37:26

Attempt missed. James Dale (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

36:29

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:29

Foul by Scott Durie (East Fife).

35:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Neil McCabe because of an injury.

34:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 1. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

33:53

Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

32:30

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:30

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

31:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 1, East Fife 0. Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martyn Fotheringham with a cross.

31:23

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

31:07

Attempt saved. Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

30:41

Attempt saved. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:00

Attempt missed. Stephen O'Neill (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

25:19

Attempt missed. Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

23:40

Foul by Lewis Barr (East Fife).

23:40

James Dale (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:18

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Stephen O'Neill.

20:05

Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).

20:05

Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:50

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

19:50

Foul by James Dale (Forfar Athletic).

16:21

Attempt missed. Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

16:06

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Darren Hill.

15:49

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

15:00

Martyn Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:57

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

6:03

Attempt saved. Martyn Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

5:35

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

5:19

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

5:19

James Dale (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:30

Nathan Austin (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:30

Foul by Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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