The first match of the cinch Championship will be at home to Airdrieonians. Despite the Pars being undefeated against them they were a side that proved difficult opponents last season over the four matches in League One.
Milestones v Airdrieonians at home
Last Victory | 23/08/14 | 3-0 | League One
Last Defeat | 29/01/16 | 0-1 | League One
Best Victory | 11/11/61 | 6-2 | Division One (old)
Worst Defeats | 14/09/46 | 0-5 | Division Two (old)
02/09/78 | 0-5 | League Cup
Last Goalless Draw | 23/08/08 | Division One
First Meeting | 27/11/26 | 0-2 | Division Two
Last Time at KDM Group East End Park
Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians
Saturday, 18th February 2023, League One
Former Dunfermline keeper David Hutton was the Airdrie hero coming off the bench to save a Kyle Benedictus penalty. Just seven days after serving up a seven goal thriller these two teams met again. The visitors opened the scoring in 38 minutes. Cammy Ballantyne was deep inside the Pars penalty box to receive a pass from Telfer and his cut back found STANWAY in front of goal to stab home. 0-1
The much sought after Dunfermline goal took until 73 minutes and it was the combination of the two subs that did the job. A short taken corner to Chalmers corner on the left was crossed and met by TODOROV at the near post. 1-1
Eight minutes from the end McCann made a break into the opposition box and when he prodded the ball through defenders Wighton’s attempts to finish were halted by keeper Josh Rae’s challenge. A second yellow was shown to the Diamonds keeper and referee Ross Hardie awarded a penalty. Former Pars keeper David Hutton came on as Stanway was sacrificed. Benedictus hit the 84th minute penalty to the left side and Hutton dived the correct way to parry the ball away.
DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Chris Hamilton (Joe Chalmers 65): Robbie Mahon (Lewis McCann 55), Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Chris Mochrie: Matthew Todd (Nikolay Todorov 65): Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Kevin O’Hara, Ewan Otoo, Paul Allan, Miller Fenton, Max Little (GK).
AIRDRIEONIANS: Josh Rae: Cammy Ballantyne, Callum Fordyce (c), Ben Stanway (David Hutton 83), Euan Deveney, Rhys McCabe, Craig Watson, Adam Frizzell, Charlie Telfer, Gabby McGill, Calum Gallagher (Salim Kouider-Aïssa 90)
SUBS NOT USED: Justin Devenny, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Lewis McGregor, Lachie Byrd, Joe Dixon, Dean McMaster, Bright Prince
Last twelve meetings
Airdrieonians have won four, Dunfermline three and five have been drawn. The Lanarkshire side are undefeated in their last five visits to Dunfermline.
League One Airdrieonians 1-1 Dunfermline 22/04/23
League One Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 18/02/23
League One Airdrieonians 3-4 Dunfermline 11/02/23
League One Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 27/08/22
First Division Airdrieonians 3-0 Dunfermline 23/04/16
First Division Dunfermline 0-1 Airdrieonians 29/01/16
First Division Airdrieonians 0-2 Dunfermline 14/11/15
First Division Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 26/09/15
First Division Airdrieonians 3-2 Dunfermline 02/05/15
First Division Dunfermline 2-2 Airdrieonians 17/01/15
First Division Airdrieonians 3-1 Dunfermline 13/12/14
First Division Dunfermline 3-0 Airdrieonians 23/08/14
League One Position: 1st
League Points: 81
Goal Difference: +42
League Record: P36 W23 D12 L1 GF63 GA21
Last Six Competitive Match Form: WDWWDL
League One Position: 3rd
League Points: 60
Goal Difference: +31
League Record: P36 W17 D9 L10 GF82 GA51
Last Six Competitive Match Form: WLWWWW
Rhys McCabe’s side were the highest scorers in the lower leagues last season, finding the net 82 times across their 36 matches. They conceded 51, 30 more than Dunfermline!
Last Six Results
Albion Rovers (A) W 3-0
Kilmarnock (H) L 0-2
Annan Athletic (H) W 4-0
Raith Rovers (A) D 1p-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Hearts (H) D 1-1
Bonnyrigg Rose (A) 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) W 3-2
Dundee (H) W 1-0
Dumbarton (H) 2-0
Hamilton (A) L 1-2
Hamilton (H) W 1-0
Last time out
DUNFERMLINE (v Albion Rovers): Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher (Kyle Benedictus 49), Rhys Breen, Ewan Otoo: Aaron Comrie, Paul Allan, Chris Hamilton (c) (Joe Chalmers 53), Josh Edwards: Andrew Tod, Craig Wighton, Lewis McCann (Taylor Sutherland 74).
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Liam Hoggan, Max Little (GK)
AIRDRIEONIANS (v Bonnyrigg Rose): Josh Rae: Cammy Ballantyne, Callum Fordyce (c), Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Rhys McCabe, Craig Watson, Murray Aitken, Charlie Telfer, Josh O’Connor, Calum Gallagher (Lewis McGregor 80), Nikolay Todorov (Dean McMaster 16)
SUBS NOT USED: Justin Devenny, Elliot Dunlop, Dom Kavanagh, Alasdair Spalding, Corrie Fellows, Kyan Gunn, David Hutton (GK).
Other cinch Championship fixtures
Arbroath v Dundee United (Friday)
Morton v Ayr United
Inverness Caley Thistle v Queen’s Park
Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers
Inverness Caley Thistle
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