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Preview Stenhousemuir

Saturday, 24th Jul 2021

Premier Sports Cup: (home) v Stenhousemuir Saturday 24th July 2021, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park

The final match of the Premier Sports Cup brings Stenhousemuir to East End Park for the first time in over five years. The visitors have taken three points from their match against Dumbarton but are out of contention in Group H. The Pars with six require three more points to have any chance of progressing to the knock out rounds through winning the group or as one of the three group winners with the best records.

Milestones v Stenhousemuir (home)
Last Victory | 05/03/16 | 5-0 | League One
Last Defeat | 13/02/60 | 0-1 | Scottish Cup
Best Victory | 27/09/30 | 11-2 | Division Two
Worst Defeat | 25/02/50 | 1-4 | Scottish Cup
Last Goalless Draw | 08/03/14 | League One
First Meeting | 29/04/22 | 0-0 | Division Two

In head to heads, Dunfermline have won 47 of the 93 matches against Stenhousemuir but of the 47 home matches Dunfermline have won 29, 13 have been drawn and 5 lost. In the League Cup the sides have met three times at East End Park and Dunfermline are unbeaten but two of the matches were drawn.

Stenhousemuir have not won a game at East End Park since the pre-Stein era.

Last Twelve Matches v Stenhousemuir

The last twelve meetings between the clubs have all been in League One and the Pars have won 10, drawn 1 and lost 1.

05/03/16 | H | W | 5-0 | League One
06/02/16 | A | W | 3-0 | League One
19/12/15 | H | W | 1-0 | League One
19/09/15 | A | W | 5-0 | League One
21/03/15 | A | W | 1-0 | League One
14/02/15 | H | W | 3-2 | League One
15/11/14 | A | L | 0-1 | League One
13/09/14 | H | W | 2-0 | League One
08/03/14 | H | D | 0-0 | League One
02/01/14 | A | W | 2-1 | League One
09/11/13 | H | W | 3-2 | League One
24/08/13 | A | W | 5-4 | League One

Last Meeting at East End Park
League One, 5th March 2016
Dunfermline 5 Stenhousemuir 0

The home side had been top of the table since the first week in December en route to the League One title. They took 28 minutes to break down the Warriors defence.

Euan Murray (later to become Pars captain) halted Byrne`s run to give the Pars a free kick 25 yards out. That was thrashed on target by Talbot but his effort came off the wall and FALKINGHAM was nicely placed on the edge of the box to drill in his third goal of the season. 1-0

Three minutes later Alan Cook was yellow carded as Byrne was again the victim but this time, from possibly 23 yards out, PATON scooped the ball over the wall to find the top left corner of the Warriors net. 2-0

The third Pars goal duly came in 54 minutes and it was a fine finish by EL BAKHTAOUI thrashing the ball into the roof of the net from just twelve yards out. The chance was past through the penalty box from Paton, Cardle and then to Faiss who brought his total for the season to 24. 3-0

It was a fine ball by McCabe that sent Hopkirk away down the right and his perfect pass in behind Malcolm reached WALLACE for a rudimentary finish 15 minutes later. 4-0

In 77 minutes Rhys McCabe`s defence splitting pass put Wallace through on goal, he evaded a defender but keeper Colin McCabe caught him and was shown red. Sub keeper Jamie Barclay came off the bench as Cook was withdrawn, and saved WALLACE`s initial try but the Pars striker followed up to net his eighth goal of the season. 5-0

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch; Craig Reid, Brad McKay, Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot; Michael Paton, Shaun Byrne, Josh Falkingham (c)(Rhys McCabe 66), Joe Cardle; Michael Moffat (Ryan Wallace 60), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (David Hopkirk 67).
SUBS NOT USED: Paul Joseph Crossan, Lewis Martin, Shaun Rooney, David Hutton (GK).
SCORERS: Falkingham (28), Paton (31), El Bakhtaoui (54), Wallace (69, 79 pen)

STENHOUSEMUIR: Colin McCabe; Jamie McCormack, Euan Murray, Stuart Malcolm (c), Ross Meechan, Ciaran Summers; Alan Cook (Jamie Barclay (GK) 78), Stephen Stirling, Carlos Mazana-Martinez (Mark Gilhaney 66), Anthony Marenghi (Colin McMenamin 66), Lewis Small.
SUBS NOT USED: Liam McCroarty, Jason Scotland, Kieran Millar, Mark Allan.

Last Six Matches

Dunfermline’s first home match with fans since 7th March 2020 was an impressive 5-1 win over League One, Dumbarton.

Stenhousemuir have won one and lost two of their Premier Sports Cup matches this season. After a win at Dumbarton, they lost narrowly to Partick Thistle and kept close to St Mirren until losing a 94th minute goal that the Paisley men a 3-1 win.

Dumbarton (H) W 5-1
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 4-2
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2
Raith Rovers (H) D 0-0
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-1

St Mirren (H) L 1-3
Partick Thistle (H) L 1-2
Dumbarton (H) W 2-1
Brechin City (A) W 1-0
Albion Rovers (H) L 0-1
Annan Athletic (A) D 1-1

Last Season

Scottish Championship
League Position: 4th
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +4
Home League Record: P14 W9 D3 L2 GF24 GA13

Last Six Match Form: LDLWLW

League Two
League Position: 6th
League Points: 26
Goal Difference: -10
Away League Record: P11 W2 D3 L6 GF10 GA22

Last Six Match Form: DLWWLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE v Dumbarton): Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson (Vytas Gašpuitis HT), Ross Graham: Kyle Macdonald, Paul Allan (Dan Pybus HT), Dom Thomas (c), Josh Edwards (Miller Fenton 82): Kevin O’Hara, Nikolay Todorov (Matty Todd 77), Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Owain Fôn Williams (GK)

STENHOUSEMUIR (v St Mirren): Ryan Marshall: Ross Lyon, Sean Crighton, Nicky Jamieson, Bernard Coll, Ross Forbes, James Lyons (Euan O`Reilly 57), Nat Wedderburn, Jamie Mills (Adam Brown 83), Robert Thomson (Darren Christie 74), Thomas Orr.
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Anderson, Cammy Graham, Ryan Tierney, Graeme Smith (GK).

Referee will be Kevin Clancy.

Other Group Match
St Mirren v Partick Thistle (Sunday 25th July ko 3.00pm)

Knock-out rounds

The eight group winners and three best runners-up progress to the second round, where they are joined by the five clubs competing in European competitions - Rangers, Celtic, Hibernian, Aberdeen and St Johnstone, who are also the cup holders.

The seeded teams in the last 16 will be the five European entrants and the three group winners with the best records.

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