Dunfermline 1 Celtic 2Monday, 16th Feb 1998
Scottish Cup Fourth Round:
East End Park`s first ever live televised match as Dunfermline took on Wim Jansen’s Celts.
Stephane Mahe (50) 0-1:
Harald Brattbakk (67) 0-2:
David Bingham (81) 1-2:
It was a spirited performance from the Fifers though they were outplayed for periods of the game and virtually surrendered midfield to the visitors. Celtic started strongly and forced Dunfermline into defensive mode from early on. Celtic had claims for a penalty when Harald Brattbakk fell over Andy Tod in the penalty box and soon thereafter in 27th minute Morten Weighorst had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside.
The decision looked harsh at the time and television did little to concur with the match officials. Weighorst was yellow carded for too much protesting Three minutes later Dunfermline got their best chance of the half after George Shaw ran out to meet Stewart Petrie’s corner kick which the Dunfermline no.11 lofted over for Andy Tod to head down a fierce effort that brought Gould acrobatically across the goal to remarkably retain a clean sheet
Right on half time Brattbakk broke free deep into the Dunfermline penalty box but Westwater was out quickly to save with his feet.
Half time: Dunfermline 0 Celtic 0
Hamish French came on for John Fraser at half time. On 50 minutes Stephane MAHE was allowed to twist and turn inside the Pars penalty box by Ivo Den Bieman and the Frenchman slotted home a shot that only just landed inside Westie’s left hand post
On 67 minutes Larrson picked up a loose ball although in doing so it did look as though he handled it and then let Jackie McNamara set up BRATTBAKK for his first goal against Premier opposition
With Curran on for Den Bieman and Dave Bingham for Shaw Dunfermline attempted to put a better complexion on things and were rewarded when BINGHAM ran intelligently towards French’s cross from the right and sidefooted the ball from behind him into the net.
Craig Brown nominated Scott McCulloch Man of the Match Dunfermline looked much improved after their mid winter hibernation. They fairly woke up in the last fifteen minutes, just a pity they didn’t play like that a bit earlier but they should look forward to the next few league matches with renewed hope.
SUBS NOT USED:
SCORERS: Bingham (81)
YELLOW CARD: Smith, Petrie
CELTIC: Jonathan Gould: Alan Stubbs, Marc Rieper, Stephane Mahe, Tommy Boyd, Jackie McNamara (Simon Donnelly 88), Paul Lambert, Morten Wieghorst, Craig Burley, Henrik Larsson, Harald Brattbakk (Darren Jackson 89)
SUBS NOT USED: Enrico Annoni
SCORERS: Mahe (50), Brattbakk (67)
YELLOW CARD: Stubbs, Wieghorst
REFEREE: Willie Young
NEXT MATCH: v Dundee United (Home) Saturday 21st February 1998
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