Preview KilmarnockSaturday, 12th Feb 2022
cinch Championship (away) v Kilmarnock, Saturday 12th February 2022 at Rugby Park, kick off 3.00pm
Both Dunfermline and Kilmarnock played Ayr United in their last matches, the Pars drew 1-1 and Killie lost 2-1. As everyone knows that can give little indication of how this match might go but both sides are badly in need of points, Dunfermline to get out of the ninth place that Ayr’s win resulted in and Kilmarnock to narrow their five point deficit to Arbroath above them.
Dunfermline have not played a league match at Rugby Park since 21st January 2012. That day they re-wrote the record book as the Pars won at Rugby Park in the league for the first time for over nineteen years ago. Boxing Day goals two from Hamish French and one from Craig Robertson secured the points in a First Division match back in 1992 and in 2012 the 3-0 win came with goals from Andy Barrowman, Joe Cardle and Liam Buchanan to give Dunfermline their first ever Premier League win there at their 19th attempt.
Milestones Kilmarnock (Away)
Last Victory | 13/10/20 | 3-0 | League Cup
Last Defeat | 10/09/11 | 2-3 | SPL
Best Victory | 16/11/74 | 4-2 | Division One
Worst Defeat | 02/12/06 | 1-5 | SPL
Last Goalless Draw | 26/12/01 | SPL
First Meeting | 28/08/26 | 3-2 | Division One
*Pre league reconstruction
Last Meeting at Rugby Park
Kilmarnock 1-1 Dunfermine (abandoned)
Sat, 18th Dec 2021
Four Championship places separated the teams but the Ayrshire men started 15 points better off. Dunfermline were seeking a second away league success after their victory in Inverness in November had broken their run without success since October the previous year.
At the second of two second minute corners Graham Dorrans was deemed to have fouled Jack Sanders and referee Craig Napier awarded a penalty. Oli SHAW stepped up and scored with a right footed shot to the bottom left and although Owain Fôn Williams went the right way he couldn’t stop the goal. 1-0
In 20th minute the Fifers were back on level terms. Ryan Dow rounded his man on the left edge of the Killie box and when he got the break of the ball, was able to cut the ball back. McCann was too close to connect but WIGHTON finished in style giving the on loan Middlesbrough keeper no chance. 1-1
The fog crept in with the dusk coming down but the second half restarted. The far side of the ground was becoming increasingly difficult to see and in 63 minutes the match halted. The referee consulted with both managers and the match was given a five minute postponement to see if the fog might clear somewhat. With no improvement and visibility not good, the match was abandoned in what would have been the 70th minute.
KILMARNOCK: Zach Hemming: Jack Sanders, Dylan McGowan, Euan Murray, Brandon Haunstrup, Blair Alston, Rory McKenzie, Chris Burke, Fraser Murray, Scott Robinson, Oli Shaw (Callum Hendry 57).
SUBS NOT USED: Lee Hodson, Stephen McGinn, Dan Armstrong, Rumarn Burrell, Steven Warnock, Sam Walker(GK)
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd, Graham Dorrans (c), Paul Allan, Ryan Dow: Craig Wighton: Lewis McCann
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Graham, Kyle Macdonald, Kevin O’Hara, Kai Kennedy, Nikolay Todorov, Dan Pybus, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
Over the last twelve league meetings, Kilmarnock have had the upper hand winning seven of the contests. DA have managed to win only two with three games ending up all square.
Last Twelve League Matches v Kilmarnock
Date . .H/A F-A . . Scorers
16/10/21 H 2-2 [0-1] Hendry, [1-1] Thomas, [1-2] Shaw, [2-2] Comrie
12/05/12 H 1-2 [1-0] Willis, [1-1] Kelly, [1-2] Winchester
07/02/12 H 1-1 [0-1] Fowler, [1-1] Kirk
21/01/12 A 3-0 [1-0] Barrowman, [2-0] Cardle, [3-0] Buchanan
10/09/11 A 2-3 [1-0] J Thomson, [1-1] Heffernan, [1-2] Heffernan, [2-2] R Thomson, [2-3] Kroca
17/02/07 H 1-1 [0-1] Naismith, [1-1] Crawford
02/12/06 A 1-5 [0-1] Hay, [1-1] Crawford, [1-2] Di Giacomo, [1-3] Di Giacomo, [1-4] Nish, [1-5] Nish
09/09/06 H 3-2 [0-1] Invincible, [1-1] Young, [1-2] Wales, [2-2] Mason, [3-2] Crawford
04/03/06 A 0-1 [0-1] Invincible
03/12/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Boyd
10/09/05 A 2-3 [1-0] Burchill, [1-1] Dodds, [1-2] Boyd, [2-2] Derek Young, [2-3] Invincible
21/05/05 A 0-4 [0-1] Locke, [0-2] Dodds, [0-3] Boyd, [0-4] McDonald
Dunfermline are now undefeated in the last four and have registered three shut outs in the last six. Their two wins on the road in this Championship season have been at Inverness and Dumfries.
Kilmarnock were pre season favourites to go straight back up to the Premiership but they have made heavy weather of their campaign. The Ayrshire side have won just three of their last ten matches and lost their last two matches.
Last six matches
Ayr United (A) D 1-1
Queen of the South (A) W 2-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Hamilton Academical (H) W 1-0
Morton (A) L 0-5
Raith Rovers (A) D 0-0
Ayr United (H) L
Arbroath (A) L 0-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
Dundee United (H) L 1-2
Partick Thistle (A) D 1-1
Queen of the South (A) W 2-0
League Position: 9th
League Points: 23
Goal Difference: -15
Away League Record: P12 W2 D5 L5 GF11 GA19
Last Six Match Form: DLWDW D
League Position: 2nd
League Points: 40
Goal Difference: +11
Home League Record: P11 W5 D1 L5 GF13 GA10
Last Six Match Form: WDDWLL
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United): Jakub Stolarczyk: Aaron Comrie, Coll Donaldson, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus (Bobby Kamwa 69), Graham Dorrans (c), Joe Chalmers: Steven Lawless, Lewis McCann, Ryan Dow.
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin O’Hara, Paul Allan, Dom Thomas, Efe Ambrose Matthew Todd, Reece Cole, Leon Jones, Owain Fôn Williams (GK)
KILMARNOCK (v Ayr United): Zach Hemming: Brandon Haunstrup (Jason Naismith 71), Chris Stokes, Dylan McGowan, Lee Hodson (Dylan Tait 71): Rory McKenzie, Fraser Murray, Dean Campbell, Chris Burke, Oli Shaw (Daniel MacKay 81), Kyle Lafferty
SUBS NOT USED: Daniel Armstrong, Liam Polworth, Stephen McGinn, Calum Waters, Rumarn Burrell, Sam Walker (GK)
Referee will be Craig Napier who was the referee at the abandoned game.
Other Championship Fixture
Morton v Queen of the South
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