Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2021-2022 : Queen of the South

Sat, 2nd Oct 2021 Kick Off: 15:00

Queen of the South 1 Dunfermline 0

Saturday, 2nd Oct 2021

cinch Championship: three changes as Allan, O’Hara and Wighton start. Lee Connelly (85) 1-0:

Seventh placed Queen of the South, without a point from their three home league matches hosted a Dunfermline side without a win in their last eight matches. It seemed that someone was going to be happy after 90 minutes of football.

Peter Grant had selection doubts for Wednesday night’s derby at Stark’s Park and for this match he was without captain Graham Dorrans. Paul Allan stepped back into midfield while Owain Fôn Williams wore the armband. Kevin O’Hara and Craig Wighton second half subs on Wednesday were handed starts while Reece Cole and Nikolay Todorov were on the bench which also contained the returning Lewis McCann.

For Queen of the South, Allan Johnston made four changes - Euan East, Ben Liddle, Calvin McGrory and Niyah Joseph making way for Alex Cooper, Harry Cochrane, Ruben Soares-Junior and new signing on loan from Kilmarnock, 21 year old Innes Cameron.

The rain blew in from the open end of the ground as Dunfermline emerged from below the stand opposite the main stand. It was the home side who kicked off with the home fans at their back.

It was a tentative start from both sides with Queens having the edge territorially and it was their no.10 Lee Connelly who produced the first shot of the afternoon sending his eighth minute effort from 25 yards out wide left.

It was eight minutes later when Dunfermline were almost presented with a chance when keeper Solomon Brynn miscleared. The ball narrowly missed O’Hara but dropped for Wighton 25 yards out but he was closed out before he could release a shot. Next minute Kai Kennedy was on target from 25 yards out but his effort was deflected wide right for a corner. Edwards delivered and Ryan Dow had no joy in getting in the telling shot and after a bit of a goalmouth scramble Queens got themselves out of trouble.

Connelly pumped a 24th minute corner over from the right and Mark Connolly headed clear. Max Johnston and Willie Gibson threatened with balls in from the right but nothing that the defence could not deal with. The visitors were restricted to trying counterattacks none of which worked too well.

Thirteen minutes from the end of the first half Soares-Junior nodded on for Paul MacKay in front of the Dunfermline goal and Fon Williams saved the header as the offside flag was raised.

In 41 minutes a corner was conceded softly on the left and when Connelly crossed Dow cleared. Play switched to the other end but Edwards deep down the left failed to get past Willie Gibson.

It was a half that got bogged down in midfield, plagued with misplaced passes and yielding only three shots in the entire 45 minutes. The second half has to be better.

Half time: Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 0

The Pars forced their second corner of the game just three minutes into the second half but Brynn fisted away Edwards cross and Queens tried a counterattack that was prevented by O’Hara’s speedy covering back.

Fon Williams was called upon in 55 minutes to block a well struck attempt by Alex Cooper and Connolly hooked away the loose ball. Four minutes past before the best chance so far for the visitors. Pybus crossed from the left and O’Hara met the ball with a header that he sent wide left from just ten yards out.

Midway through the second half with the game at stalemate Peter Grant sent on Nikolay Todorov to replace Craig Wighton. The Fifers pushed up with several passes involving Allan, Comrie, Dow and Pybus before Kennedy broke through the middle to release a shot that travelled outside the left goalpost.

Dom Thomas came on for Ryan Dow in 77 minutes but it was Kennedy who broke into the top of the Queens box but his pass to O’Hara was just too strong. Then in 82 a trademark run across field by Thomas allowed him to pick out O’Hara to his left but as the ball was rifled into the net the offside flag was raised.

The home side had pushed up forcing a corner on the left and had the Pars pinned back. Todorov blocked a Fitzpatrick shot but the ball was not cleared and Roberto Nditi fired a block that landed back for Lee CONNELLY to crash the ball at an angle from the left into the far side of the Fifers net. 85 minutes on the clock and 1-0 to the home side.

Connolly headed another Edwards corner over the bar in 89 minutes. Kennedy to Edwards to a Thomas but his shot was blocked. Lewis McCann had replaced Paul Allan in the first minute of time added on and he got a chance but unfortunately blasted that wildly over the top.

So it was the Palmerston Park club who won their first league match of the season and a long fruitless journey back up the M74 for Dunfermline who sit tenth with four points.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Solomon Brynn: Max Johnston, Paul McKay, Roberto Nditi, Josh Debayo, Alex Cooper (Ben Liddle 75), Harry Cochrane, Innes Cameron, Willie Gibson (c), Lee Connelly (Ruari Paton 90+4), Ruben Soares Junior (Aiden Fitzpatrick 64).
SUBS NOT USED: Ally Roy, Calvin McGrory, Euan East, Charlie Cowie (GK).
SCORERS: Connelly (85)

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams (c): Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Vytas Gašpuitis, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow (Dom Thomas 77), Paul Allan (Lewis McCann 90+1), Dan Pybus, Kai Kennedy: Kevin O’Hara, Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 67)
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Leon Jones, Reece Cole, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

REFEREE: Steven McLean
WEATHER: Wet 10°C
ATTENDANCE 1071

NEXT MATCH: cinch Championship (home) v Kilmarnock, Saturday 16th October 2021, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.

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Preview Queen of the South

Saturday, 2nd Oct 2021

cinch Championship (away) v Queen of the South, Saturday 2nd October 2021, kick off 3.00pm at Palmerston Park

This Saturday Dunfermline travel to Dumfries to take on a Queen of the South side that currently sits sixth in the Championship just two points better off that the Fifers. The Doonhamers last home league win was on 27th February when they defeated the Pars 1-0.

Milestones away to Queen of the South
Last win | 01/02/20 | 3-2 | Championship
Last defeat | 27/02/21 | 0-1 | Championship
Best League win | 02/05/09 & 14/04/82 | 3-0 | Division One
Worst League defeat | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One
Last Goalless Draw | 15/12/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First Fixture | 24/04/26 | 1-2 | Division Two (old)
Highest Aggregate | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One

Last time at Palmerston Park

Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 27th February 2021


Queen of the South 1-0 Dunfermline
Sat, 27th Feb 2021

Queen of the South capitalised on Dunfermline’s poor away form to register their third win in a row.

It looked like the Fifers luck had changed when they were awarded an 11th minute penalty. Craig Wighton was upended by James Maxwell right in front of goal and referee Mike Roncone pointed to the spot. McManus took responsibility for the penalty but fired low to the right and Ferguson went the right way to save.

The hosts scored what turned out to be the only goal of the game five minutes into the second half. Jones provided the trickery on the left and although Watson blocked the on loan Middlesbrough player’s shot, the ball fell nicely to Willie GIBSON and he crashed his 20 yard effort into the Dunfermline net.

The visitors would end the game with ten men after Lewis Mayo was shown a second yellow and Dunfermline were left to puzzle how with so much possession and good play they failed to take any points home.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Rohan Ferguson: Willie Gibson, Gregor Buchanan, Rhys Breen, James Maxwell, Rhys McCabe, Ayo Obileye, Isaiah Jones, Calvin McGrory, Niyah Joseph (Dapo Mebude 62), Euan East.
SUBS NOT USED: Aidan Fitzpatrick, Tommy Goss, Stephen Dobbie, Kieran McKechnie, Dom McMahon, Josh Rae (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Kyle Macdonald, Paul Watson (c), Lewis Mayo, Josh Edwards: Dom Thomas (Scott Banks 73), Steven Whittaker (Iain Wilson 68), Kerr McInroy, Fraser Murray: Craig Wighton, Declan McManus (Kevin O’Hara 68)
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Turner, Lewis McCann, Vytas Gašpuitis, Cammy Gill (GK)

Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South

Date: H/A F-A WDL League
17/04/21: (H) W 3-1 Championship
27/02/21: (A) L 0-1 Championship
31/10/20: (H) W 3-2 Championship
07/03/20: (H) D 1-1 Championship
01/02/20: (A) W 3-2 Championship
02/11/19: (H) W 2-0 Championship
10/08/19: (A) D 1-1 Championship
20/04/19: (A) L 1-2 Championship
02/03/19: (H) W 1-0 Championship
15/12/18: (A) L 0-0 Championship
20/10/18: (H) L 0-1 Championship
31/03/18: (H) W 3-1 Championship

In the last twelve meetings, Dunfermline have won six, Queen of the South four and two have been drawn.

Recent Form

Last Saturday Queen of the South manager Allan Johnston felt that the least they should have left Inverness with was a point.

This season Queen of the South have succeeded where Dunfermline didn’t - win away to Raith Rovers. Their other three points were won with an away win at Cappielow. They have yet to win any league points at home and have not drawn a league match this season.

Dunfermline have now drawn their last three matches but have shown fighting qualities in these games that gives encouragement and hope that they could secure the victory at Palmerston Park that would lift them off the foot of the table.

Last six matches

DUNFERMLINE
Raith Rovers (A) D 1-1
Hamilton Accies (H) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 0-0
Ayr United (A) L 0-3
Arbroath (H) L 0-3
Rangers (A) L 0-5

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 1-2
Arbroath (H) L 0-2
Raith Rovers (A) W 1-0
BSC Glasgow (H) W 3-0
Hamilton Accies (H) L 1-2
Morton (A) W 3-2

League Record

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 10th
League Points: 4
Goal Difference: -8
League Record: P7 W0 D4 L3 GF3 GA11
Last Six Match Form: LLLDDD

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
League Position: 7th
League Points: 6
Goal Difference: -4
League Record: P7 W2 D0 L5 GF8 GA12
Last Six Match Form: WLWWLL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers):
Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Vytas Gašpuitis, Josh Edwards: Graham Dorrans (c): Ryan Dow, Dan Pybus (Dom Thomas 72), Reece Cole (Kevin O’Hara HT), Kai Kennedy: Nikolay Todorov (Craig Wighton HT)
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Paul Allan, Leon Jones, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Inverness Caley Thistle): Solomon Brynn: Max Johnston (Ruari Paton 87), Paul McKay, Josh Debayo, Euan East, Willie Gibson, Roberto Nditi, Ben Liddle (Ruben Soares Junior 67), Calvin McGrory (Aidan Fitzpatrick 73), Lee Connelly, Niyah Joseph.
SUBS NOT USED: Alex Cooper, Udoka Chima, Matthew Henderson, Charlie Cowie (GK).

Other cinch Championship matches

Hamilton Academical v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Kilmarnock v Raith Rovers
Morton v Arbroath
Partick Thistle v Ayr United



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