Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : Alloa Athletic

Sat, 7th Sep 2019 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 2

Saturday, 7th Sep 2019

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup: starting debuts for Lang, McGill and Kiltie. Greg Kiltie (29) 1-0: Robert Thomson (40) 1-1: Allan Trouten (53) 1-2:

It has been a week where opposition has combined to thwart leader`s plans and this was yet another unwelcome example of an opposition whose strength conspired to disappoint all the optimism.

Alloa Athletic provided the opposition for the second season running running in the Challenge Cup. Now named after its sponsors Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers, both sides were hoping to take the ‘biscuit’ and be in the draw for the Fourth Round on Tuesday lunchtime.

Stevie Crawford made five changes to his starting eleven. Cammy Gill was in for Ryan Scully in goals, Tom Lang and new signing Greg Kiltie made their debuts, Gabby McGill his starting debut and Matty Todd in the team. Making way for them were Danny Devine, Kevin Nisbet, Josh Coley and Lewis McCann who was on international duty with the Northern Ireland U21s.

Alloa Athletic manager Peter Grant made two changes leaving out Robbie Deas (cup tied with Celtic U20s) and Blair Malcolm to bring in Steven Hetherington and Jon Robertson. It was the visitors who kicked off attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end against a Dunfermline side that shaped up 4-3-2-1 with McGill in the striking role.

Both sides string passes together in the opening exchanges but first threat came when former Par Robert Thomson earned an eighth minute corner on the left. Lee Ashcroft met Iain
Flannigan’s delivery to clear the danger.

Five minutes later Paul Paton was forced into conceding another corner on the left and this time it was Todd who was first to Flannigan’s delivery heading clear. There were a couple of Pars moves but their passing let them down and then Kiltie was dispossessed on the quarter hour as he tried to drive forward.

Next minute though the on loan player produced a great pass to put Aaron Comrie through and Andy Graham slid in to make sure the ball went behind. Lang was unlucky from Kyle Turner’s corner, his powerful header directing the ball wide right.

The crowd rallied behind the Pars as Lewis Martin broke into the left side of the Alloa box and keeper Neil Parry as he spilled his effort to save and his defence swept up. The half way point was reached with Alloa possibly having as much possession as their hosts and trying their best to spread their passes around.

The 24th minute of the match saw the first real attempt on goal, Todd releasing a low shot from 30 yards out that Parry had to dive to his right to hold. Two minutes later a good build up was punctuated by a Kiltie shot from 20 yards out but the ball cleared the Alloa crossbar.

At the other end an Alloa cut back dropped for Trouten and Cammy Gill made a good save to turn the ball over the bar. From the Alloa corner Dunfermline broke and scored. Ashcroft’s header reached McGill on the right and his break saw the ball switched right for Turner and slickly returned for KILTIE. The debut boy coolly netted bottom right from 16 yards out. 1-0

That was the keeper Neil Parry’s last involvement. Unable to continue the 33 year old was assisted off by two physios and Chris Henry became the first sub of the match.

Turner was fouled on the left and his free kick was destined for Ashcroft at the far post until Liam Dick headed behind. Turner’s corner was then defended but the Fifers kept up the pressure and Kiltie tested the new keeper with a shot from 20 yards that was held.

The Wasps were to live up to their nickname when they sting back five minutes from the interval. Dick powered a shot from the left side of the box and although Gill appeared to get a touch, Lang could not clear at the far post and somehow THOMSON got in to squeeze the ball home. 1-1

Sub keeper Henry blocked Ashcroft’s downward header from a Turner corner and the sides went on all square.

Half time: Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 1

No changes on either side as Turner got the second half underway and the Pars played most of the opening five minutes in the Alloa half without producing a shot at goal. Todd was the main provider but his crosses from the left did not create any goalscoring opportunities.

In 53 minutes however a Robertson ball in from the right was deflected towards TROUTEN on the top of the box and his shot went in off the base of the right goalpost. Yet another East End Park goal from a player who claims to love playing here. 1-2

There was almost a third Alloa goal straight away but Thomson’s overhead kick went over the top. He was then to be subbed by another former Par, Liam Buchanan.

On the hour Dunfermline made two tactical substitutions and one enforced. Andy Ryan and Kevin Nisbet came on for Matty Todd and Gabby McGill while Josh Edwards replaced Tom
Lang who walked off carrying what looked like a hamstring problem. Martin moved into the centre of the defence.

Beadling got wide right to cross a 64th minute ball to Kiltie at the near post but Henry won the ball. Alloa were certainly pushed back deeper but still there was no route through them. Receiving the ball from Turner, Ryan blasted an effort over the bar from the right side of the penalty box.

With just twenty minutes remaining O’Hara sent Cawley down the right and despite Edwards attempts to stop the cross got over a dangerous ball that Martin headed clear. Kiltie and Turner controlled the ball on the left edge of the Alloa box but when Kiltie shot his aim was wide right.

Alloa were proving hard to break down, they packed their defence forcing Paton to try a shot distance that was wildly off target. A 79th minute corner was played back to Turner but Alloa cleared from his second bite.

Three minutes later Taggart conceded a corner, again from the right and this time Nisbet met the ball at the far post but headed wide. An 85th minute corner resulted from a Turner free kick but again the defence came out on top. Beadling went down on the Alloa penalty spot and required treatment.

Pressure was on Alloa all the way to the end including the five added minutes. Sub Blair Malcolm had to come off with an injury meaning the opposition ended up with ten men. There was an appeal for a penalty when Beadling’s shot was blocked by Trouten but the Wasps hung on to see the tie out.

DUNFERMLINE: Cammy Gill: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Tom Lang (Josh Edwards 61), Lewis Martin: Paul Paton (c), Tom Beadling, Matthew Todd (Andy Ryan 60): Kyle Turner, Gabby McGill (Kevin Nisbet 60), Greg Kiltie.
SUBS NOT USED: Danny Devine, Josh Coley, Stuart Morrison, Ryan Scully (GK)
SCORERS: Kiltie (29)

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Neil Parry (Chris Henry 32): Jon Robertson, Andy Graham, Scott Taggart, Liam Dick: Steven Hetherington: Kevin Cawley, Alan Trouten, Iain Flannigan, Kevin O`Hara (Blair Malcolm 76), Robert Thomson (Liam Buchanan 57).
SUBS NOT USED: Adam Brown, Cameron O`Donnell, Nathan Gilhooley, Paul Gillespie.
SCORERS: Thomson (40), Trouten (53)

REFEREE: Steven McLean
WEATHER: Sunny 14C
ATTENDANCE 1448

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Preview Alloa Athletic

Saturday, 7th Sep 2019

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup, Saturday 7th September v Alloa Athletic, 3.00pm kick off at East End Park.

For the second season running Dunfermline Athletic will host Alloa Athletic in the Challenge Cup. This year it is called the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup, last year it was the Irn Bru Cup but no matter what it’s called it’s clear that whether it’s to take the biscuit or let the fizz out, the East End Park club will be out for revenge this Saturday.

Dunfermline have lost only won of their last seventeen matches against Alloa Athletic but last October’s 4-2 win on penalties was sufficient to knock the Pars out of the Irn Bru Cup. For both Athletics this third round tie is their first involvement in this season’s Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

The teams have met 77 times and the Fifers have the advantage with 35 wins to Alloa’s 28. 24 matches have been drawn. In cup competitions the teams have met 26 times and the Pars are ahead 14-6 in those with six having been drawn.

Milestones v Alloa Athletic (home)
Last home win | 19/05/13 | 1-0 | First Division Play off
Last home defeat | 18/09/76 | Second Division
Best home win: | 30/01/58 | 8-1 | Second Division
Worst home defeat: | 11/09/1886 | 4-8 | Scottish Cup
Last home goalless draw | 15/09/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First home league meeting: | 10/09/21 | 0-1 | Division Two

Last 12 meetings against Alloa Athletic

One Alloa win, seven Dunfermline wins with four drawn in a period stretching back over 34 years.

09/03/19 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
05/01/19 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Championship
03/11/18 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
13/10/18 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Irn Bru Cup
15/09/18 | Dunfermline 0 Alloa Athletic 0 | Championship
21/01/17 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 3 | Scottish Cup
19/05/13 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | Div One Play off
15/05/13 | Alloa Athletic 3 Dunfermline 0 | Div One Play off
26/08/08 | Dunfermlne 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
26/09/01 | Dunfermline 3 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
20/08/91 | Dunfermline 4 Alloa Athletic 1 | League Cup
05/05/85 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 0 | Second Division

Last year in the Irn Bru Cup
Saturday 13th October 2018
Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2
Alloa won 5-4 on penalties

The visitors were to go ahead in the eighth minute as a result of two unfortunate touches. Firstly a stray pass from Andy Ryan allowed Alloa to break down the left forcing a throw in 18 yards out and when Louis Longridge cleverly stole the ball away from the throw in, Alloa gathered and picked out Alan TROUTEN in front of goal. His shot seemed to deflect off Lee Ashcroft giving Lee Robinson no chance of keeping it out. 0-1

The Pars shooting eventually paid off in 28 minutes, Louis LONGRIDGE firing a good attempt in from 25 yards that gave keeper Neil Parry little chance. 1-1

The second half started really well for the Pars with Glad All Over striking up within two minutes. El Bakhtaoui slipped a great ball through for L Longridge to run on to and then strike a shot that came back off the left upright and in the scramble to net the rebound Alloa conceded a penalty. Louis LONGRIDGE made no mistake from the spot kick to put the Pars 2-1 up.

The away team found an equaliser on 70 minutes. It was Dario Zanatta who made the goal getting in a deadly cross from the left that TROUTEN swept home from close in. 2-2. The match ended all square and would be decided on penalties.

Penalty shoot out:
Alloa to take first at the McCathie Stand end
1 Scott Taggart scores bottom right after Lee Robinson is yellow carded
2 James Craigen scores to right 1-1
3 Flannigan nets bottom left
4 Louis Longridge scores down the middle 2-2
5 Dario Zanatta nets low right
6 Myles Hippolyte left footed stroke low right 3-3
7 Alan Trouten delicately in right
8 Tom Beadling nets bottom right 4-4
9 Andy Graham nets bottom left
10 Aidan Connolly left footed shot to right is saved 4-5

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin (Tom Beadling 66), Aidan Connolly: Andy Ryan (Myles Hippolyte 68), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Thomson, Stuart Morrison, Lewis McCann, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: L Longridge (28, 47 pen.)

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Andy Graham (c), Reis Peggie, Liam Dick: Kevin Cawley, Jon Robertson, Alan Trouten, Iain Flannigan: Connor Shields (Adam Brown 66), Dario Zanatta.
SUBS NOT USED: Greig Spence, Ahmed Aloulou, Zdrako Karadachki, Chris Henry (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

DUNFERMLINE
Arbroath (A) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-2
Celtic (A) L 1-2 AET
Queen of the South (A) D 1-1
Dundee (H) D 2-2
East Kilbride (H) 4-0

ALLOA ATHLETIC
Queen of the South (A) W 1-0
Arbroath (H) L 0-1
Morton (A) L 1-4
Partick Thistle (H) D 1-1
Arbroath (A) W 3-2
Stirling Albion (H) W 2-1

Recent Form

After a confidence building Betfred campaign where they won their group and defeated Premier League opponents St Mirren, and an impressive display against Dundee and Celtic, Dunfermline are now seeking to end a run of five matches without a win.

Alloa finished second in their Betfred Cup group that was won by Hibs. They picked up a point in their opening game at home to Partick, then lost to Morton and Arbroath before picking up their first three points at Palmerston last Saturday.

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 9th
League Points: 2
Goal Difference: -3
League Record: P4 W0 D2 L2 GF3 GA6
Last Six Match Form: WDDDLL

ALLOA ATHLETIC
League Position: 7th
League Points: 4
Goal Difference: -3
League Record: P4 W1 D1 L2 GF3 GA6
Last Match Form: WWDLLW

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Josh Coley (Harry Cochrane 65), Paul Paton (c), Tom Beadling (Gabby McGill 76), Lewis McCann (Andy Ryan 83): Kyle Turner: Kevin Nisbet, .
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Morrison, Matthew Todd, Josh Edwards, Cammy Gill (GK)

ALLOA ATHLETIC (v Queen of the South): Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Robbie Deas, Andy Graham, Liam Dick: Iain Flannigan, Blair Malcolm, Kevin Cawley, Alan Trouten (John Robertson 61), Kevin O`Hara (Adam Brown 80), Robert Thomson (Liam Buchanan 85)
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron O`Donnel, Andy Stirling, Paul Gillespie, Chris Henry (GK).

Other Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup Third Round ties

Connah’s Quay Nomads v Cove Rangers
Stenhousemuir v New Saints
Waterford v Heart of Midlothian Colts
Airdrieonians v Bohemians
Wrexham v Ayr United
Kelty Hearts v Solihull Moors
Ballymena United v Rangers Colts
Formartine United v Glenavon
Inverness Caley Thistle v Morton
Montrose v Partick Thistle
St Mirren Colts v Stirling Albion
Dundee United v Arbroath
Clyde v Queen of the South
Raith Rovers v Falkirk
Dundee v Elgin City



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