Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2011-2012 : Motherwell

Tue, 24th Jan 2012 Kick Off: 19:45

Motherwell 3 Dunfermline 1

Tuesday, 24th Jan 2012

Selection same again Pars. Craigan red card (17). Ojamma (29) 1-0; Law (52) 2-0; Kirk (63) 2-1; Humphrey (80) 3-1.

For Dunfermline`s first visit to Fir Park since 2007, it was no surprise that Jim McIntyre named the same starting eleven that brought success at Kilmarnock on Saturday. Motherwell preferred last Saturday`s impressive sub, Henrik Ojamma in place of Omar Daley,   So it was an Estonian for a Jamaican when the home side kicked off attacking the goal in front of the 380 strong travelling support.

Dunfermline had the first shot of the night in 68 seconds when Andy Barrowman and Liam Buchanan combined at the top of the box but when laid back for Mark Kerr the new boy smashed high over the bar from 25 yards. David Graham intercepted a Motherwell pass on the midway line but Stephen Craigan mopped up well to deny any opportunity to burst through.

Motherwell tried a patient build up but on two occasions ran the ball out for goal kicks. As the game went on though their build up improved and Alex Keddie had a good clearance.  Ojamma produced some trickery on the right but Keddie prevented the ball getting to the awaiting Michael Higdon in the penalty box. It was growingly concerning as Motherwell pegged the Pars back. Paddy Boyle was the next to impress with some necessary defending.

After quarter of an hour an offside decision from Assistant Referee James Bee was controversial. Higdon was offside but Ojamma possibly not as he broke through the Pars defence.  Next minute Dunfermline might have had a penalty when Shaun Hutchison eased Joe Cardle off the ball on the left side of the penalty box.

The match boiled over in 17 minutes when a head movement by Stephen Craigan was aimed at Andy Barrowman.  Referee Alan Muir showed the Irish defender a red card and the Pars striker saw yellow.  Stuart McCall withdrew striker Jamie Murphy with Tim Clancy to restore his defence.

Cardle`s free kick from the incident was fired to the far side and that allowed Keddie and Buchanan a swish in the six yard box but the home side knocked the ball out as far as Gary Mason but he could not hit the target. Against the ten men the Fifers pushed up with Cardle running in to try a shot at goal from 20 yards but his effort nearly hit the corner flag on the right.

On 26 minutes Barrowman required physio Kenny Murray`s attention but he could do nothing for the calf injury so Andy Kirk came on as the Pars first substitute. Motherwell then struck to open the scoring. Powerful play from 20 year old OJAMMA put himself through on the left side. He was not closed down and drove a low shot into the far corner of the net from 20 yards. It looked as though Iain Turner would safely hold it but the ball took a bounce over him and it was 1-0 in 29 minutes.

Clancy was shown yellow next in conceding a free kick on the right of the penalty box. The free kick led to several successive corners and there were penalty claims. The most likely when Dowie was upended in going out of the six yard box. There was a Dowie shot cleared off the line and a Cardle free kick headed on target by Buchanan but blocked and cleared.

Every time a Motherwell player went down the home crowd shouted for a decision and they were making a tremendous din and turning the pressure up on the referee. It was Ojamma though who was shown the next card prompting chants of "you don`t know what you`re doing." Kerr did know what he was doing however as he constructed a good passing move with him eventually getting the chance from the right side of the box but that was dealt with after the former Aberdeen captain was given a second bite of the cherry.

As the board went up to reveal two added minutes Kirk and Buchanan combined wide on the left but yet again the Motherwell defence broke that down. In added time Turner clutched a shot from half way and the half time whistle arrived with the ten men one up. Dunfermline did not manage to take advantage of the sending off and if anything the home side seemed fired up because of it. As for the red card decision maybe trial by Sportscene will convince the home eyes. But then it might reveal two good Pars penalty claims.

Half Time: Motherwell 1 Dunfermline 0

The second period started with Motherwell overcoming their disadvantage yet again. The Steelmen created problems for the defence through Ojamma and he squared the ball to Nicky LAW who smashed the ball high into the net from 22 yards. 2-0.

While Motherwell could string together passes,Dunfermline were the opposite. Paul Willis came on for Cardle in 56 minutes as Jim McIntyre tried to change the course the game was taking. Two minutes later Well forced their first corner of the night and Turner did well when under pressure he punched away Hateley`s delivery.

When the Pars did get the space Kerr passed wide left to Boyle who advanced down the left to cross. Andy KIRK met the ball to send a sweet volley past the helpless Darren Randolph. The goal gave Dunfermline the expected boost and they were quickly up in front of their own supporters again, winning a corner but failing to convert the good chance at the far post.

At the mid point of the second half Boyle pumped over another cross that Willis challenged for but the Pars lost out as Kirk was adjudged to have backed into his marker. Dunfermline looked livlier and played the game much more in the opposition half. Willis won another corner and the Pars were all over their opponents until Randolph came to clutch Mason`s cross.

There was much more promise in the way Dunfermline looked and they must have been relieved to see Ojamma substituted with 18 minutes to go. Graham took a pass from Willis and sent the ball wide for Boyle and there was another cross for Well to take. It was Willis who got the next shot on target but his left footed effort from 20 yards took a deflection and the keeper held.

Martin Hardie replaced Liam Buchanan for the last quarter of an hour. In 78 minutes Graham made an electric run down the left and his cross fell to Kirk but he struck the shot wide left. Unfortunately the goal that was wanted came at the wrong end. It was a long ball from Randolph that was flicked on by Higdon to HUMPHREY and the 22 year old sub scored his first goal since his visit to East End Park in August. 3-1.

For the final ten plus three added minutes Motherwell continued to compete and make sure that they limited the Pars chances. So for the second time this month the Pars failed to beat a team reduced to ten men for more than three quarters of a game. Motherwell go back into third place and Dunfermline remain 12th, one point behind Hibs.

Scottish Premier League

MOTHERWELL: Darren Randolph; Tom Hateley, Shaun Hutchinson, Stephen Craigan, Steven Hammell,; Henrik Ojamaa (Bob McHugh 72), Keith Lasley, Steven Jennings, Nicky Law (Chris Humphrey 76); Jamie Murphy (Tim Clancy 19), Michael Higdon
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Bradley, Omar Daley, Stuart Carswell, Ross Forbes
SCORERS: Ojamma (29), Law (52), Humphrey (80)
YELLOW CARD: Clancy (32), Ojamma (40), Higdon (75)
RED CARD: Craigan (17)

DUNFERMLINE: Iain Turner; Andy Dowie, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Alex Keddie, Paddy Boyle; David Graham, Mark Kerr, Gary Mason (c), Joe Cardle (Paul Willis 56); Liam Buchanan (Martin Hardie 75), Andy Barrowman.(Andy Kirk 27).
SUBS NOT USED: John Potter, Ryan Thomson, Shaun Byrne, Chris Smith (GK)
SCORERS: Kirk (63)
YELLOW CARD: Barrowman (17)

REFEREE: Alan Muir
WEATHER: Still 5°C

NEXT MATCH: (away) SPL v Aberdeen
Saturday 28th January, 2012, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Motherwell

Sunday, 22nd Jan 2012

Coming just days after a morale boosting 3-0 win at Kilmarnock, this is a match that cannot come quick enough.

Andy Dowie v Motherwell

This match was postponed on 28th December because of storm damage to the stadium.  Now this game in hand gives the Pars the opportunity to leapfrog eleventh placed, Hibs. Coming just days after a morale boosting 3-0 win at Kilmarnock, this is a match that cannot come quick enough.

In 25 Premier League meetings at Fir Park, Dunfermline have managed six wins and six draws so as the Pars search for points to lift them off the bottom spot in the league, Motherwell would not appear to be the best place to going.

Premier League v Motherwell (Away)













The last visit to Motherwell was in March 2007 when a Scott McDonald double ended any hopes of a Pars win.  The last league victory at Fir Park was in April 2006 when goals from Iain Campbell, Mark Burchill and Gary Mason did the trick.

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Milestones Motherwell (Away)

Last League Victory




Last League Defeat




Best League Victory



Div One*

Worst League Defeat



Div One*

*Pre league reconstruction

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The last twelve league matches have seen two wins for Dunfermline, seven for Motherwell and three draws.  The most recent meeting at East End Park in August this year ended up with a 4-2 away win.

Last Twelve League Matches v Motherwell





27/08/11 H 2-4 [0-1] Higdon, [0-2] Murphy, [0-3] Humphrey, [1-3] Cardle, [2-3] Cardle, [2-4] Higdon
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  [3-1], 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


H 0-0  


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


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

Andy Kirk v Motherwell

Motherwell had a great start to the season but have gone through a lean spell, taking just two points from the last five games.  Having held third place for a while, they now lie fifth in the league and if anything their achilles heel is their home form. They won the first two against Inverness Caley Thistle and Hearts but since then they have only taken full points from one of their following eight games - that was a 1-0 win over Aberdeen. At Tannadice on Saturday they required a Michael Higdon four minutes from time to register a draw after three league defeats in a row.

Motherwell  Dunfermline
League Points
35 17
Current League Position
5 12
Goal Difference
-1 -24
Last Six League Form Home / Away
Home / Away Record
P10, W3, D3, L4 P11, W4, D1, L6

Paul Willis v Motherwell

Dunfermline have just 17 points from 22 games and the incentive on Tuesday night is that a victory would lift them off the foot of the table. Hibs but with a vastly inferior goal difference.  Away form has been better than home form with three wins from the ten games on the road but they have taken only one point from the last league games.

   Recent Form - home / away
  Motherwell (home)  




  Dunfermline (away)
  Inverness Caley Th L 0-1   Kilmarnock W 3-0
  Queens Park W 4-0   Inverness Caley Th D 1-1
  St Mirren D 1-1   Hearts L 0-4
  Dundee United D 0-0   Rangers L 1-2
  Celtic L 1-2   Celtic L 1-2
  Kilmarnock D 0-0   St Mirren L 1-2

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (last time out v Kilmarnock): Iain Turner; Andy Dowie, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Alex Keddie, Paddy Boyle; David Graham, Mark Kerr (Ryan Thomson 93), Gary Mason (c), Joe Cardle; Liam Buchanan (Martin Hardie 88), Andy Barrowman (Andy Kirk 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Smith (GK), John Potter, Shaun Byrne, Kerr Young.

MOTHERWELL (last time out v Dundee United): Darren Randolph; Steven Hammell, Shaun Hutchinson, Stephen Craigan, Nicky Law, Keith Lasley, Omar Daley, Steven Jennings, Tom Hateley, Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon
SUBS: Tom Bradley, Robert McHugh, Stuart Carswell, Ross Forbes, Henrik Ojamaa, Chris Humphrey, Tim Clancy

Steve Jennings returned after injury and suspension to provide a boost to Stuart McCall`s side in Dundee on Saturday. 

The Referee will be Alan Muir. The 36-year-old has taken charge of ten SPL games in this campaign, including Kilmarnock`s 1-1 draw with Dundee Utd, Rangers` 2-0 win at McDiarmid Park, Kilmarnock`s 1-0 win over both Hearts at Tynecastle and Rangers at Rugby Park and, most recently, Inverness CT`s 2-1 victory of Aberdeen a week past Saturday.

Alan will be ably assisted on the day by James Bee and Ross Haswell, with Greg Aitken on fourth official duties. Referee observer is Ray Morrison and the SPL delegate is Ally Dawson.

Come on ye Pars!

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