Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Hibernian

Saturday, 1st Apr 2017

Ladbrokes Championship: East End Park, Saturday 1st April kick off 3.00pm

Dunfermline Athletic welcome the league leaders to East End Park on Saturday. With six matches remaining, Neil Lennon`s Hibs remain 10 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship after drawing 0-0 with Greenock Morton on Wednesday night.

Dunfermline defeated Morton last time out so this could be a close game.

League Record v Hibernian

Pld

W

D

L

105

22

35

48

The win in April 2007 ended a run of over five years since Dunfermline recorded an SPL win over Hibs at East End Park. After the Edinburgh side smashed their thirteen year gap without a win with their 4-1 victory back in March 2005, they continued that winning habit. The meeting of the clubs at East End Park on 23rd October 2006 was Jim Leishman`s final match in charge, Jim threw in the towel after the 4-0 Monday night defeat.

Milestones Hibernian (home)

Last League Victory

07/04/07

1-0

SPL

Last League Defeat

22/10/16

1-3

Championship

Best League Victory

19/03/62

4-0

Div One*

Worst League Defeat

28/02/81

0-5

First Div

*Pre league reconstruction

The Pars have won only two of the last 12 meetings, Hibs have won eight and there have been two draws. .

Last Twelve League Matches v Hibernian

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

25/02/17 A 2-2 [0-1] Boyle [0-2] Cummings, [1-2] McMullan, [2-2] Higginbotham
22/10/16 H 1-3 [1-0] Higginbotham,[1-1] Ashcroft og. [1-2] Holt (pen), [1-3] Graham .
13/08/16 A 1-2 [0-1] Richards-Everton og, [1-1] Reilly, [1-2] Cummings
07/05/12 A 0-4 [0-1] Doherty, [0-2] Doyle, [0-3] O`Connor,[0-4] Hanlon
14/01/12 H 2-3 [1-0] Kirk, [1-1] Griffiths, [1-2] O`Connor, [2-2] Buchanan, [2-3] Griffiths
05/11/11 A 1-0 [1-0] McCann
17/09/11 H 2-2 [0-1] Sproule, [0-2] O`Connor, [1-2] R Thomson, [2-2] Hanlon (og)
07/04/07 H 1-0 [1-0] McGuire
30/12/06 A 0-2 [0-1] Killen, [0-2] Killen (pen)
23/10/06 H 0-4 [0-1] Sproule, [0-2] Killen, [0-3] Benjoullen, [0-4] Killen
21/01/06 A 1-3 [0-1] Riordan, [1-1] Donnelly, [1-2] Riordan, [1-3] Fletcher .
26/10/05 H 1-2 [0-1] O`Connor, [0-2] O`Connor, [1-2] Mason

Last League Meeting at East End Park 22 October 2016
Dunfermline 1 Hibernian 3


A Higginbotham cross into the six yard box resulted in Geggan being pushed over and Referee Alan Muir pointed to the spot. HIGGINBOTHAM hit the 22nd minute penalty kick low to the right with Ofir Marciano going the wrong way. At last a successful penalty! 1-0

Ten minutes into the second half KEATINGS created and then finished a great opportunity. The Hibee cut along the 18 yard line before smashing a left footed shot that deflected off Ashcroft and past Murdoch. 1-1

Midway through the second half Hibs pressure ended up with Lee Ashcroft pushing over Andrew Shinnie as he broke into the box. Referee Alan Muir awarded a penalty and issued a yellow card to the Pars no.12. Grant HOLT stepped up to hit the spot kick past Murdoch giving the Pars keeper little chance. 1-2

Brian GRAHAM came on for Grant Holt with two minutes left on the clock and within three minutes he was on the end of a Shinnie cut back from the left byeline to crash the ball past Murdoch from ten yards out. 1-3

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton (Paul McMullan 81), Andy Geggan (c), Nat Wedderburn, Kallum Higginbotham (Michael Moffat 69): Farid El Alagui (David Hopkirk 68), Gavin Reilly.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Rhys McCabe, Callum Fordyce, David Hutton (GK)

HIBERNIAN: Ofir Marciano: David Gray (c), Paul Hanlon, Liam Fontaine, Darren McGregor. John McMinn, Fraser Fyvie, Lewis Stevenson, Grant Holt (Brian Graham 88), James Keatings (Martin Boyle 58), Andrew Shinnie.
SUBS NOT USED: Martin Bartley, Jason Cummings, Jordan Forster, Alex Harris, Ross Laidlaw (GK).

Recent Form

Dunfermline Hibernian
Current League Position
6 1
League Points
35 59
Goal Difference
-1 +26
Last 6 Match Form
DWDDLW LWWDWD
Home / Away League Record
P14, W4, D6, L4 P15, W9, D4, L2

Hibs have lost only twice on the road this season at Dundee United in December and St Mirren at the beginning of March. They have won only one of their last four away games. Dunfermline have lost only two of their last twenty games but won only two of their last ten.

Form last six matches

 . .Dunfermline  .  . Hibernian
 . Morton (A) W 1-0  . Morton (H)) D 0-0
 . Ayr United (H)  L

 .0-1

 . Falkirk (H) W 2-1
 . St Mirren (A) D 0-0  . Dumbarton (H) D

2-2

 . Queen of South (H) D 1-1  . Dundee United (A)) W

1-0

 . Dumbarton (H) W  .5-1  . Ayr United (H) W 3-1
 . Hibernian (A) D 2-2  . St Mirren (A) L 0-2

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Morton):
Sean Murdoch (c): Andy Geggan, Callum Morris, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Nat Wedderburn: Kallum Higginbotham, John Herron (Rhys McCabe 73), Paul McMullan (Joe Cardle 90): Nicky Clark, Michael Moffat (David Hopkirk 88).
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Michael Paton, Gavin Reilly, Cammy Gill (GK)

HIBERNIAN (v Morton): Ofir Marciano: Efe Ambrose, Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon (Jordan Forster 87), Lewis Stevenson: Martin Boyle, James Keatings, John McGinn, Martin Bartley, Grant Holt (Brian Graham 66), Jason Cummings (Dylan McGeough 87).
SUBS NOT USED: Fraser Fyvie, Brian McLean, Scott Martin, Ross Laidlaw (GK)

Referee will be Greg Aitken. 

Come on ye Pars!



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