Dunfermline Athletic 3
Arbroath 0
Scottish League (Championship)


Dunfermline 

3 - 0

Arbroath


Scottish League (Championship)
Tuesday, November 28th, 2023
East End Park
Attendance: 3,226
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Josh Edwards (48)
Craig Wighton (74)
Craig Wighton (90)
None.

Team Managers
James McPake Stuart Malcolm

Starting Eleven
Deniz Mehmet
Sam Fisher
Chris Hamilton
Ewan Otoo
Kane Ritchie-Hosler
Paul Allan
Joe Chalmers
Josh Edwards
Matty Todd
Owen Moffat
Lewis McCann
Derek Gaston
Aaron Steele
Tam O'Brien
Colin Hamilton
Scott Stewart
Craig Slater
Michael McKenna
David Gold
Keaghan Jacobs
Jermaine Hylton
Jay Bird

Bench
Miller Fenton
Harry Sharp
Max Little
Alex Jakubiak
Aaron Comrie
Michael O’Halloran
Craig Wighton
Ali Adams
Ricky Little
Jess Norey
Darren Lyon
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan
Mark Stowe

Substitutions
Aaron Comrie for Kane Ritchie-Hosler (58)
Michael O’Halloran for Matty Todd (63)
Craig Wighton for Owen Moffat (63)
Alex Jakubiak for Sam Fisher (66)
Darren Lyon for David Gold (30)
Ricky Little for Jay Bird (74)

Cautions
Michael O’Halloran (81) Tam O'Brien (38)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ross Hardie (Referee)
Gordon Crawford & Colin McAlpine (Assistants)





Photography by dafc.co.uk

Match Report


In this previously postponed fixture Dunfermline faced an Arbroath side under the caretaker management of Stuart Malcolm, Arbroath’s Head of Recruitment Barry Sellars and former St Johnstone player, Liam Craig.

James McPake made two changes from the side that faced Raith Rovers the previous Friday meaning Matty Todd and Kane Ritchie-Hosler started in place of Aaron Comrie and Alex Jakubiak and it was the same starting eleven that started the last league game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Arbroath team showed just one change from that knocked out of the Scottish Cup by League Two side, The Spartans. Keaghan Jacobs came in for the injured Ryan Dow. The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end but after early Pars pressure it was the home side who forced the first corner in fifth minute. Unfortunately Michael McKenna met the cross first to clear.

It was 11 minutes further on when Ritchie-Hosler earned a corner on the right but taken short from Joe Chalmers to Paul Allan the cross was all too easily cut out. Lewis McCann made a run through the middle but his 19th minute shot from 18 yards out went into the hands of the Arbroath keeper, Derek Gaston.

The keeper came out on top again when Owen Moffat accepted a Josh Edwards pass and fired a5 him from 24 yards out. Arbroath no.24 Jermaine Hylton was then unceremoniously flattened by Sam Fisher to hand the Red Lichties a 24th minute free kick but McKenna’s attempt to the right of the four man wall deflected off Todd and it was Craig Slater who got in a shot but it was well wide left.

Three minutes later Jay Bird conjured up an on-target shot from the left side that Deniz Mehmet dropped to his right to hold. On the half hour the first substitution of the match saw Darren Lyon replace David Gold but this was a game that required something to raise the atmosphere.

Ritchie-Hosler’s efforts to get around the Arbroath defence earned a 34th minute corner that McKenna cleared again but then the Arbroath captain flattened Ritchie-Hosler and McCann would have an opportunity from a free kick 30 yards out. His shot was deflected for a corner on the left that Fisher met but headed on to the roof of the net.

The final chance of the half fell to McCann but his header was off target. That concluded the first half and the teams went in level.

Half time: Dunfermline 0 Arbroath 0

The second half was only in its third minute when the deadlock was broken. A ball in from the right set up Todd and there were appeals for a penalty as he hit the deck. Play continued though and Moffat drove the ball on target only for Gaston to beat it away. Fortunately the chance then fell to EDWARDS who crashed the ball into the far side of the goal. 1-0

Edwards had a chance quickly thereafter but this time forced on to his right foot he could not find the target. Play was halted in 51 minutes when Kane Ritchie-Hosler picked up a shoulder injury that resulted in him being stretchered off. Play resumed after a seven minute stoppage with the introduction of Aaron Comrie off the bench.

Things got worse for Dunfermline as they lost another two players in three minutes. Owen Moffat and Sam Fisher were helped off meaning the introduction of Craig Wighton, at the same time as Matty Todd was subbed by Michael O’Halloran and Alex Jakubiak for Fisher.

O’Halloran was immediately fed a pass from McCann that sent him up the left wing and his cross created danger until Colin Hamilton hooked it away. Jakubiak had only been on the park three minutes when he cut back another threatening ball from the left but the defence conceded a 69th minute corner. The second goal would come not from the setpiece but from a surging run down the right by O’Halloran. His cross in was played back by Jakubiak for McCann to shoot, that effort was pushed away by Gaston and Wighton’s follow up was also stopped by the keeper. However WIGHTON was handily placed to convert in 73rd minute when he received a great delivery in from Comrie. 2-0

Jakubiak provided the chance of a second for Wighton when he broke into the left side of the Arbroath box to feed the striker at the near post. Unfortunately it was just a corner that came from that as the defence blocked him out.

Dunfermline continued to pressurise the Angus side’s defence with McCann’s delivery cut out for a corner and then O’Halloran belting the ball wide left from the top of the box. In 89 minutes another O’Halloran run teed up Wighton but his attempt was diverted over the crossbar.

The third goal did arrive in 90th minute. McCann’s attempt from the left side of the box was only half saved by Gaston and WIGHTON had an easy job in seeing the ball over the line. 3-0

McCann’s 97th minute cross from in front of the North West saw Wighton race to head home but he could not connect and only he ended up in the net. Arbroath left the right side open again two minutes later but again neither Wighton or Jakubiak could meet the ball.

In the tenth minute of stoppage time Michael McKenna went down with an injury and with the stretcher deployed again referee Ross Hardie came to be sensible conclusion blowing for full time in fifteenth minute of added time.

After a pretty tame first half that James McPake would later call stuffy, the improvements in the second half made it a bit of a one sided game eventually. The three points lifted Dunfermline into fourth place, the only downside injuries to Kane Ritchie-Hosler (dislocated shoulder) and Sam Fisher (ankle).

Match report written by Dunfermline Athletic Official Website



Squad Statistics (as at November 28th, 2023)


2023-24 All Time
Age
Derek Gaston (GK)36 18 - 158 -
Tam O'Brien32 15224121
Aaron Steele21 191191
Colin Hamilton31 6 - 35728
David Gold30 20229118
Michael McKenna32 19522850
Craig Slater29 19 - 19 -
Scott Stewart27 2021499
Keaghan Jacobs34 11 - 31 -
Jay Bird22 196196
Jermaine Hylton30 165165
Ricky Little (sub)34 17 - 38113
Darren Lyon (sub)28 4 - 4 -






League Table (as at November 28th, 2023)


No league table has been added for this season.