A hat-trick from Adam Davidson helped East Fife claim the three points against Kelty Hearts in what was a top of the table clash.
East Fife were the first to threaten in Leven, when Jack Matheson slipped in Jordon Mackenzie who fired his shot just wide of the post in the 4th minute. Mackenzie had another great chance after getting on the end of a James Paterson cross but once again his shot just went off target from the edge of the box in the 10th minute.
Kelty Hearts got their first chance of the game in the 12th minute when Jack Gillespie managed to get on the end of a lofted through ball. However, he couldn’t keep his volley under control as it went over the bar.
East Fife continued their pressure as Kelty Goalkeeper Tayler Martin denied a close ranged header from Mackenzie in the 18th minute. Mackenzie was unlucky again in the 25th minute as Adam Davidson made a superb run down the wing and found the head of Mackenzie who couldn’t keep it down.
Kelty had their best chance of the first half as defender Troy Stein teed up a long-ranged effort which was smartly denied by East Fife goalkeeper Kyle Anderson in the 27th minute. As both teams both attempted to break the deadlock.
Robbie Thomson was unlucky not to put the hosts ahead after his volley went well over the bar in the 36th minute.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 38th minute as Davidson tapped the ball in and finished off what was a stunning passing move by East Fife.
Kelty were unfortunate not to hit back immediately as Lennon Halliday’s shot went wide after a good cross from Gillespie in the 42nd minute. Which was also the climax of what was a very end-to-end first half.