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East Fife 0-1 Rangers

By Alasdair LamontSenior football reporter, BBC Scotland

Rangers are two wins away from the League One title after a stoppage-time penalty from Lee McCulloch broke brave resistance from East Fife.

Pat Clarke tripped David Templeton to concede the spot-kick as the visitors stepped up the pressure late on.

The award came shortly after home keeper Greg Paterson had denied Templeton with a fine save.

In dour match of few chances, Nicky Law struck the woodwork for Rangers in the first half.

East Fife rarely threatened in attack but will feel hard done by after turning in a well-organised defensive display.

Following a largely turgid opening half-hour, Law smacked the ball off a post as a shot from Lee Wallace broke into his path.

Rangers were thwarted again moments later as Templeton danced past a series of defenders only for his shot to be comfortably taken by Paterson.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with Rangers dominating possession but finding East Fife difficult to break down.

Templeton always looked Rangers' most likely source of a goal and a looping effort was cleared off the line by East Fife defender Joe Mbu.

McCulloch and Andrew Little were both foiled and Paterson was at full-stretch to push away Templeton's curling shot as the game headed towards a goalless conclusion, until substitute Clarke made his ill-timed challenge.

Line-ups

East Fife

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Paterson
  • 2CowanBooked at 63mins
  • 3Durie
  • 8FisherSubstituted forO'Neillat 22'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 4RutkiewiczBooked at 87mins
  • 5Mbu
  • 7McKenzie
  • 6Campbell
  • 11SmithSubstituted forClarkeat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forAustinat 88'minutes
  • 10Hughes

Substitutes

  • 12Thom
  • 14Stewart
  • 15Johnstone
  • 16O'Neill
  • 17Austin
  • 18Clarke
  • 21Shaw

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 5Wallace
  • 8Black
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 7TempletonBooked at 75mins
  • 4AirdSubstituted forCrawfordat 86'minutes
  • 10ShielsSubstituted forLittleat 66'minutes
  • 9Daly
  • 11Law

Substitutes

  • 12Little
  • 14Smith
  • 15Peralta Sosa
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Crawford
  • 18Faure
  • 19Sanchez Cribari
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
4,020

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home3
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, East Fife 0, Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, East Fife 0, Rangers 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! East Fife 0, Rangers 1. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty Rangers. David Templeton draws a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Pat Clarke (East Fife) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Booking

    Pat Clarke (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Andrew Little (Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Liam Buchanan.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Fraser Aird.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Kevin Smith.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Greg Paterson.