Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2011-2012 : Motherwell

Sat, 27th Aug 2011 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 2 Motherwell 4

Saturday, 27th Aug 2011

Andy Barrowman in for David Graham as Pars take on Motherwell Higdon (11) 0-1. Murphy (26) 0-2. Humphrey (55) 0-3; Cardle (69) 1-3. Cardle (88) 2-3; Higdon (90) 2-4.

Andy Dowie v Motherwell

DUNFERMLINE 2 MOTHERWELL 4

MATCH PICTURES
East End Park was in prime condition for the first meeting between Dunfermline Athletic and Motherwell since May 2007.  Back then both teams minds were on a relegation battle but this time it was happily a different story. A win would take the Pars to the top of the Premier League for the first time since November 1989 and a draw would be enough to take the Fir Park club back into pole position.  All that would change presumably when the Old Firm games were played on Sunday.

Andy Barrowman came in for David Graham in the only change from the Dunfermline team that started at Tannadice. Shaun Hutchinson dropped out in Motherwell`s one alteration to the team that lost to Rangers. The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the town end and retained possession for the opening two minutes. Dunfermline found it hard to get much time on the ball and except for a Cardle run their task remained purely defensive.

Chris Humphrey and Austin McCann

Not surprisingly it was the Steelmen who forced the first corner in six minutes but the defence held. Four minutes later Chris Humphrey caught up with the ball on the byeline to cut back but Alex Keddie intercepted with Higdon waiting at the far post. Motherwell were to take the lead in 11 minutes when Jamie Murphy set up a chance between Higdon and Lasley. Michael HIGDON beat his team mate to stick the ball into the bottom left from 12 yards out.

Gallacher came to the Pars rescue five minutes later after Humphrey again raced down the left to deliver a dangerous cross that the green stripped keeper took off the head of Higdon.  Andy Barrowman took the ball in a challenge 30 yards out but Motherwell were awarded a free kick in 21minutes.  Tom Hateley struck an effort at goal and the deflection off the Dunfermline wall took the ball on to Gallacher`s right hand post.

Paul Gallacher v Motherwell

Motherwell were in complete command and extended their lead in 26 minutes when Jamie MURPHY finished a penetrating run from 30 yards out  by drilling the ball with the help of a deflection, into the Pars net off Keddie.  The luckless Keddie was yellow carded in concededing another free kick and Motherwell continued to keep the pressure on the Fifers.

As half time approached Dunfermline had better territorial advantage and Cardle won their first corner kick of the game in 37 minutes but the former Airdrie man`s inswinger from the left was punched clear. Andy Kirk was penalised for the challenge on the keeper.

Chris Humphrey terrorised the left side of the home defence who fortuntely held out and went in two goals down. It had been a great first half from Motherwell and the Pars really needed to take a firmer grip of the game, if their unbeaten SPL record was going to last.

Half Time: Dunfermline 0 Motherwell 2

Jason Thomson v Motherwell

The second half started with a little more Pars promise; Barrowman got deep down the right but his cross towards the six yard box was intercepted.  Nevertheless the home fans were spurred into song for the first time in the game.

David Graham,was introduced for Barrowman after just eight minutes and immediately Kirk got the better of Stephen Craigan but his cross was turned behind for a corner.  Cardle`s delivery was cleared and play swept quickly to the other end.  HUMPHREY cut in from the right brushing aside the challenges of McCann and Keddie before firing the ball on to the far post and into the net.

Graham took the pressure off with an attacking move that delivered the ball into the box but Motherwell were not to be troubled. Graham, Cardle and Kirk combined and earned a 61st minute corner. Before that was taken Jim McIntyre made a double substitution with Paul Willis in his SPL debut and Ryan Thomson taking over from Mason and Burns.

Paul Willis v Motherwell

The corner and then a Cardle free kick after Craigan flattened Willis, were both easily stopped.  Motherwell keeper Randolph dived forward to cut out a Willis cross as the Pars continued to be frustrated by their opponents. Then in 69 minutes sub David Graham gave Dunfermline something to cheer up their fans when his shot from 23 yards out took a deflection off CARDLE to claw a goal back.

Dunfermline 1 Motherwell 3

Graham tormented the defence again taking the ball left to allow himself a cross that unluckily found no one. Willis had a surging run but overhit the push forward, then Cardle crossed from the right and this time Kirk headed the ball on target but straight into Randolph`s hands.  Things looked better for McIntyre`s team as they tried for another goal that could make the final minutes tough for the visitors.

An 80th minute cross from the left again by Graham created a chance when Kirk turned the ball back into the path of Jason Thomson but it was on his left foot and he hammered the chance over the bar.  Hateley impeded Cardle as he raced on to a long ball but nothing was given.  Then the Pars no.7 took on the defence and opted to shoot but failed to hit the target.

Joe Cardle nets Dunfermline`s second ~ 2-3

In 88 minutes a break from Willis on the centre line sent CARDLE into the box and his shot took a deflection off Craigan to make it 2-3. This might have created an exciting finale but within two minutes however, Motherwell restored their two goal lead.  Humphrey again made the space on the right fed Nicky Law who laid the ball into the six yard box where HIGDON slid in to score the Lanarkshire side`s fourth goal of the afternoon.

Motherwell`s Michael Higdon makes it 4-2

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Andy Dowie, Alex Keddie, Austin McCann (c); Paul Burns (Paul Willis 61), Gary Mason (Ryan Thomson 61), Martin Hardie, Joe Cardle; Andy Barrowman (David Graham 53), Andy Kirk.
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin Rutlkiewicz, Liam Buchanan, Kerr Young, Chris Smith (GK)
SCORERS: Cardle (69, 88)
YELLOW CARD: Burns (23), Keddie (28)

MOTHERWELL: Darren Randolph; Tom Hateley, Tim Glancy, Stephen Craigan (c), Steven Hammell; Chris Humphrey, Keith Lasley, Steven Jennings, Nicky Law; Michael Higdon, Jamie Murphy
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Carswell, Jonathan Page, Robert McHugh, Steven Lawless, Ross Forbes, Jordan Halsman, Lee Hollis (GK).
SCORERS: Higdon (11, 90), Murphy (26), Humphrey (55)
YELLOW CARD: Craigan (64)

REFEREE: Euan Norris
WEATHER: Fine but rain towards the end, 14C
ATTENDANCE 4462

NEXT MATCH: (home) Fife Cup Semi Final v Raith Rovers
Tuesday 30th August 2011, kick off 7.00pm

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Preview Motherwell

Thursday, 25th Aug 2011

This will be the 109th league meeting between these sides and Motherwell are well ahead having won 46 so far to Dunfermline`s 36.

Motherwell v Dunfermline 14/10/06

After the shock Scottish Communities League Cup exit at New Bayview on Tuesday night, the Pars will be desperate to put that behind them. If defeat by a side near the bottom of the Second Division is followed by a home win over Motherwell that would, in the absence of Old Firm games, take Dunfermline to the top of the SPL!

Motherwell return to East End Park for the first time since May 2007.  Stuart McCall`s side have been the early league leaders but suffered a serious setback with the 3-0 defeat at home to Rangers on Sunday. That said the Steelmen gave a good account of themselves and are bound to be a difficult hurdle between the Pars and their first home win of the season.

Premier League v Motherwell (Home)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

28

10

9

9

42

40

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After 28 Premier League games at East End Park the Pars are ahead 10 - 9 on wins and nine have been drawn so its a fairly even chance. Saturday though will bring together virtually totally different sides; Stephen Craigan and Gary Mason are the sole survivors from the last meeting at the end of 2006-07.

Milestones Motherwell (Home)

Last League Victory#

07/05/07

4-1

SPL

Last League Defeat#

26/12/06

0 - 2

SPL

Best League Victory*

19/08/59

6 - 0

Div One*

Worst League Defeat*

24/09/60

1 - 6

Div One*

* Pre Reconstruction

Motherwell v Dunfermline 14/10/06

This will be the 109th league meeting between these sides and Motherwell are well ahead having won 46 so far to Dunfermline`s 36.  In the last twelve league meetings, Dunfermline have won only three, Motherwell have won six with three matches drawn.

Last Twelve League Matches v Motherwell

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

07/05/07 H 4-1 [1-0] O`Brien,,[2-0]  Wilson, [3-0] Glass (pen.), [3-1] McDonald (pen), [4-1] Hamilton
31/03/07 A 0-2 [0-1] McDonald, [0-2} McDonald
26/12/06 H 0-2 [0-1] Fitzpatrick, [0-2] McDonald
14/10/06 A 1-2 [0-1] McDonald, [1-1] Crawford, [1-2] Clarkson
23/04/06 A 3-2 0-1] Paterson, [1-1] Campbell [2--1], Burchill [-1]; , Mason,  [3-2] Craigan 
28/01/06 H 1-1 [1-0] Young, [1-1] Hamilton [1-1]
29/10/05 H 0-3 [0-1] Kerr, [0-2] Corrigan, [0-3] Hamilton
06/08/05 A 0-1 [0-1] Hamilton

02//03/05

H 0-0  

27/11/04

A 1-2 [0-1]Tod og, [[0-2] Foran, [1-2] Tod

11/09/04

H 1-1 [1-0], Brewster,[1-1] McDonald

24/04/04

H 3-0 [1-0] Nicholson, [2-0] Dempsey, [3-0] Derek Young

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Motherwell have started the season well only being toppled off top spot by Rangers on Sunday.  Their three wins have been over Inverness Caley Thistle, Hearts and St Mirren. Their match against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park was drawn.

Dunfermline have drawn both their opening SPL games but wins at McDiarmid Park and Tannadice have help bring the points tally to eight.

Dunfermline Motherwell 
Current League Position
4 2
League Points
8 10
Goal Difference
+2 +2
Last Six Match Form
DWDWWL DWWWLW
League record this season 
P4, W2, D2, L0 P5, W3, D1, L1

In midweek both clubs turned out away to lower league teams in the Scottish Communities League Cup.  Motherwell overcame Clyde 4-0 on Wednesday night while everybody knows what happened when Dunfermline came up against East Fife.

    Form last six home / away
   Dunfermline  (home)     Motherwell  (away)
  Inverness Caley Th D

3-3

  Clyde W 4-0
  St Mirren D

0-0

  St Mirren W 1-0
  Falkirk W

3-0

  Kilmarnock D

0-0

  Raith Rovers W

2-1

  Celtic L

0-4

  Queen of the South W

6-1

  Dundee United L 0-4
  Partick Thistle D 0-0   Hearts D 3-3

Last Time Out in SPL

DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United): Paul Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Andy Dowie, Alex Keddie, Austin McCann (c); David Graham, Paul Burns, Gary Mason, Martin Hardie, Joe Cardle; Andy Kirk (Andy Barrowman 57)
SUBS: Chris Smith (GK), Ryan Thomson, Paul Willis, John Potter, Liam Buchanan, Kerr Young.

MOTHERWELL (v Rangers): Darren Randolph; Stephen Craigan, Steven Hammell, Tom Hateley, Shaun Hutchinson, Steven Jennings, Nicky Law, Chris Humphrey, Keith Lasley, Michael Higdon, Jamie Murphy
SUBS: Stuart Carswell, Jonathan Page, Robert McHugh, Steven Lawless, Ross Forbes, Jordan Halsman, Lee Hollis (GK).

Referee will be Euan Norris who last officiated a Pars match in the Co-operative Insurance Cup at Ibrox where Dunfermline scored twice.

C`mon ye Pars!

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