Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Alloa Athletic

Saturday, 15th Sep 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Saturday 15th September 2018, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.

Following the Irn Bru Cup draw this will be the first of three matches against Alloa Athletic in the next nine. However it is almost 34 years since Alloa Athletic last travelled to meet Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park for a league match on 27th October 1984.

The most recent home match against Alloa was the second leg of First Division play off on 19th May 2013, a match the Pars won 1-0 but not enough to counter the 3-0 defeat in the first leg.

Before meeting twice in the space of four days the last meeting was on 26th August 2008 when an Andy Kirk goal saw the Pars through by 1-0 to the next round of the League Cup. Before that on 26 September 2001 Barry Nicholson and Gary Mason (2) were the matchwinners for the Pars in a straightforward 4-0 victory in the same competition.

Milestones v Alloa Athletic (home)
Last home win | 19/05/13 | 1-0 | First Division Play off
Last home defeat | 18/09/76 | Second Division
Best home win: | 30/01/58 | 8-1 | Second Division
Worst home defeat: | 11/09/1886 | 4-8 | Scottish Cup
Last home goalless draw: never
First home league meeting: | 10/09/21 | 0-1 | Division Two

Last 12 meetings against Alloa Athletic

21/01/17 | Alloa 2 Dunfermline 3 | Scottish Cup
19/05/13 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | Div One Play off
15/05/13 | Alloa Athletic 3 Dunfermline 0 | Div One Play off
26/08/08 | Dunfermlne 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
26/09/01 | Dunfermline 3 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
20/08/91 | Dunfermline 4 Alloa Athletic 1 | League Cup
05/05/85 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 0 | Second Division
26/02/85 | Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline 3 | Second Division
27/10/84 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Second Division
26/03/83 | Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline 1 | First Division
03/01/83 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 0 | First Division
06/11/82 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 2 | First Division

Last time at East End Park
Sunday 19 May 2013, Division One Play Off
Dunfermline 1 Alloa 0

On Sunday 19th May Dunfermline Athletic were relegated as a result of failing to claw back the three goal deficit from the first leg against Alloa Athletic.

The only goal of the game came in 73 minutes when Josh Falkingham’s cross from the right evaded the heads of the Pars attackers and Alloa defenders to drop for SMITH and at an angle from the left he drilled his shot into the bottom right of the Alloa goal.

As the clock ran out few chances came Dunfermline’s way and their fate was sealed when Stephen Husband was red carded in 86 minutes for high kick that felled Darren Young. Falkingham almost carved a route to goal and Craig Dargo had a run. A Smith shot was beaten away by Bain and in 90 minutes Kerr Young had a good header tipped over the bar by the keeper.

DUNFERMLINE: Michal Hrivnak; Ross Millen, Kerr Young, John Potter (Craig Dargo HT), Alex Whittle; Josh Falkingham (c), Stephen Husband, Chris Kane, Andy Geggan; Ryan Thomson, Allan Smith.
SUBS NOT USED: Shaun Byrne, Lewis Martin, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Scott Bain; Michael Doyle, Ben Gordon, Jason Marr. Daryll Meggat, Ryan McCord (Darren Young 60), Kevin Moon, Stephen Simmons, Graeme Holmes, Calum Elliot, Kevin Cawley.
SUBS NOT USED: Jonathan Tiffoney, Mark Docherty, Martin Grehan, Craig McDowall (GK).

Alloa Athletic have played ten competitive matches this season. They have already met Dundee United three times and on every occasion the matches have been drawn. They played Ross County back to back as well so they have not had easy games but they have registered wins in their cup matches against Arbroath, Elgin City and Stirling Albion.

Form Last Six Matches

Boreham Wood (A) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 0-3
Ayr United (A) L 1-4
Hearts (H) L 0-1
Inverness Caley Thisle (A) W 2-1
Ross County (H) L 1-3

Dundee United (A) D 1-1
Dundee United (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley (A) D 2-2
Stirling Albion (A) W 3-1
Morton (H) L 0-2
Ross County (A) L 1-0

League Stats

Position: 8th
P4 W1 D0 L3
For 5 Against 12
Goal Difference -7
Points 3

Position: 9th
P4 W0 D2 L2
For 3 Against 6
Goal Difference: -3
Points: 2

Last Time Out

(v Boreham Wood): Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Mark Durnan, Jackson Longridge: Kallum Higginbotham (Myles Hippolyte 54), James Vincent, Joe Thomson (Malaury Martin 68), Robbie Muirhead: Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Louis Longridge (Aidan Connolly 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Ryan, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK).

ALLOA ATHLETIC (v Dundee United): Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Liam Dick, Andy Graham, Jon Robertson, Iain Flannigan, Adam Brown (Alan Trouten 57), Reis Peggie, Greg Spence (Ahmed Aloulou 74), Dario Zanatta, Connor Shields (Kevin Cawley 62).

Referee will be Mike Roncone.

Other Championship fixtures
Ayr United v Falkirk
Dundee United v Morton
Inverness Caley Thistle v Partick Thistle
Queen of the South v Ross County

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