DUNFERMLINE Athletic Ladies are out to keep the pressure on league leaders East Fife Development as they bounced back from cup disappointment last weekend.

Angie Comrie’s team were back in Scottish Women’s Football League (SWFL) North/East Division action against McDermid Ladies, and secured a 3-0 victory.

A brace from Alex Davie and an effort from Lauryn Hynd ensured that the Pars bounced back from their Scottish Cup exit seven days prior, against Bonnyrigg Rose, to stay in the hunt for the title.

East Fife, who have played one game more than Athletic, are one win away from becoming champions but are not in action this weekend.

Dunfermline, however, make the trip to Buchan Ladies United today knowing that three points will keep them in contention.

“We need to win to keep the pressure on East Fife, who have a free week,” Comrie said this week.

“Buchan will be a hard game but I believe in all the girls and their ability and, with the right attitude, I believe we can bring the three points home.

“East Fife need to win their next game and they will win the league. Anything can happen in this league and we’re secretly hoping results go our way.”

Dunfermline travel north having defeated Buchan 7-2 at home last month but lost to this weekend’s opponents away from home in May.

Although an East Fife victory at home to Stonehaven on November 27 will secure them the title, Comrie was pleased with her side’s win over McDermid Ladies, and the performances of three under-18s that were given an opportunity to play.

“Frankee Paterson, who stepped up and went in goals for us, did really well and kept a clean sheet, and Morgan Murray and Katie Robertson slotted in seamlessly too,” she continued.

“They will hopefully be joining up with the ladies next season.

“The ladies bounced back really well against McDermid. I think nerves got the better of us in the first half; we got our goal against the run of play, but a goal is a goal at the end of the day.

“The second half saw us play the way I knew they could. McDermid didn’t know what to do.

“It was like the ladies had something to prove, especially after last week’s defeat. There was some great and very unselfish play from the players, and it was a well-deserved victory.”

The current Dunfermline Athletic Ladies side came together earlier this year after the previous team withdrew from last year’s Scottish Women’s Football Championship.

It is now linked officially to Dunfermline Athletic after they joined forces with the Pars Foundation, the charity arm of the football club which runs kids’ and community classes, to create a team to compete in the women’s senior leagues.

After facing Buchan, the Pars host Dryburgh Athletic on November 27.