Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2006-2007 : Kilmarnock

Sat, 9th Sep 2006 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 3 Kilmarnock 2

Saturday, 9th Sep 2006

Stevie Crawford re-lives the dream with a fairytale return

Dunfermline were afforded the luxury of four unforced changes from the side that faced Aberdeen two weeks ago. Out went Greg Ross, Souleymane Bamba, Jamie McCunnie and Andy Tod to make way for Stephen Simmons, Calum Woods, Stevie Crawford and Jim Hamilton. Kilmarnock brought in David Fernandez and Gary Wales in place of Colin Nish and Peter Leven.

Bright sunshine greeted Stevie Crawford back to East End Park as Kilmarnock kicked off attacking the Norrie McCathie Stand end. The opening play seemed to be all in the direction of De Vries with an early corner raising appeals for a Killie penalty as Aaron Labonte took the ball away. Dunfermline did force a corner but the optimism of the home support was soon to be deflated.

With just under ten minutes gone an Allan Johnson pass to the top of the Pars penalty box picked out Danny INVINCIBLE who drilled the ball past De Vries to net into the far left of the goal.

Kilmarnock carved out another good chance with Grant Murray racing down the right in 17th minute to cut back an inviting pass that slipped through the penalty box without a Kilmarnock touch. Dunfermline were finding it difficult to get a grip of the game with the visitors quite comfortable to break down anything coming their way.

A 24th minute driving run from Labonte was the most positive play so far from the Pars but after beating two players his lay off to Crawford was fired too powerfully across the Kilmarnock box and the chance was gone. Four minutes later Morrison made ground down the left and then cut into the penalty box before trying to pick out Darren Young. His captain could only feed the ball back to Gary Mason who drove a strong effort narrowly over the crossbar from 23 yards out.

The Fifers kept up the pressure with a 35 yard free kick chipped into a dangerous area by Morrison but Simmons` challenge was brushed aside and when the ball came back out Calum Woods tried to launch a shot on goal from distance but the defence was quickly out to block.

At the other end a Garry Hay cross was headed down by David Fernandez, a corner resulted but again De Vries held easily. Play was quickly back at the Killie end with an Owen Morrison cross being headed at Graeme Smith by Simmons. A late McGuire tackle on Naismith 22 yards out handed Killie another good opportunity but Gary Wales swung the ball over the five man wall and the Dunfermline crossbar.

Scott Wilson neatly headed away a fine Naismith cross from the left but with the next attack Dunfermline got the equaliser they badly needed. Morrison who had enjoyed space on the left created the chance, gaining ground before flighting a ball to the far side of the Killie six yard box. Stephen Simmons rose to head the ball beyond the red shirted keeper and Darren YOUNG ran in at the far post to convert.

Minutes later the Pars captain was presented with another good chance after Labonte had cut a nice pass into the D at the top of the box but the shot went wide left.

Half Time: Dunfermline 1 Kilmarnock 1

Crawford and Young restarted the game with Dunfermline replacing Calum Woods with Greg Ross. An early chance came Crawford`s way as he raced on to a through ball but Graeme Smith was quickly out to blast a clearance which broke fortunately for him off one of his own defenders.

Mason lost possession and a fine individual effort from Gary WALES in the seventh minute of the half put Kilmarnock back into the lead. Displaying fine skills the Killie no.10 sent Scott Wilson the wrong way to round him and hammer home into the bottom right from 22 yards out.

Wilson denied Naismith with next attack sustaining an injury in his challenge that earned the Killie man a yellow card. The management decided a change was needed and Freddie Daquin came on for Stephen Simmons. Immediately the right side was deployed and a chance broke to Crawford that had the McCathie Stand rising to their feet but Smith got across his goal to catch the shot that was deflected off one of his defenders.

Pars corners ensued and the home support began to be a force although Labonte had to be at his very best to take the ball off Invincible after he fed off Fernandez to break on goal. Daquin dispossessed Hay to go on a run up the right but he ran out of space. Hamilton won a corner and Morrison`s delivery was thrashed at goal by Daquin but the defence blocked.

The 73rd minute brought the much sought after equaliser when Owen Morrison popped up on the right to send over a testing ball to the far post. Two Dunfermline went for it and the ball broke kindly to Gary MASON who slotted home from six yards.

Stevie Crawford nutmegs Smith to net winner

Jim Jeffries replaced Fernandez with former Par Colin Nish and with ten minutes remaining and Young was back in a defensive role to stop Wales` run on goal. At 2-2 the game was still wide open but the dream was to be lived out. With 84 minutes on the clock in his return debut Stevie CRAWFORD cemented his adoration in the hearts of the East End faithful. Collecting a ball from Morrison on the left wing he rounded both Gordon Greer and Grant Murray before sticking a right footed finish under Smith from eight yards.

What a match twice behind and then finding a road to victory. The legend that was Stevie Crawford returned to the present tense in dramatic fashion and the home fans will take much more of this.

DUNFERMLINE: Dorus de Vries; Aaron Labonte, Scott Wilson, Phil McGuire, Calum Woods (Greg Ross HT); Darren Young (c), Stephen Simmons (Frederic Daquin 61), Gary Mason, Owen Morrison; Stevie Crawford, Jim Hamilton
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie McCunnie, Andy Tod, Souleymane Bamba, Iain Williamson, Roddy McKenzie (GK)
SCORERS: Young (41), Mason (73), Crawford (84)
YELLOW CARD: Young (51), Morrison (86)

KILMARNOCK: Graeme Smith; Gordon Greer, Grant Murray, Frazer Wright, Gary Hay: Jamie Fowler; Danny Invincible (Paul di Giacomo 88), Allan Johnson, Steven Naismith, David Fernandez (Colin Nish 80), Gary Wales
SUBS NOT USED: Peter Leven, Rhian Dodds, Ryan O`Leary, Jamie Adams, Chad Harpur (GK)
SCORERS: Invincible (10), Wales (52)
YELLOW CARD: Naismith (57)

REFEREE: Kenny Clark
WEATHER: Sunny 19°C
ATTENDANCE 4510

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Preview Kilmarnock

Wednesday, 6th Sep 2006

Fifth placed Killie are the next opponents for Dunfermline.

Dunfermline v Kilmarnock

It`s seven wins to six in the fifteen Premier League games played at East End Park, with Killie having a slight advantage on goal difference.

Premier League v Kilmarnock (home)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

15

7

2

6

22

26

The Pars last SPL victory over Kilmarnock was way back in the match that was the last in Dunfermline colours for Craig Brewster.

Milestones Kilmarnock (home)

Last League Victory

20/11/04

4-1

SPL

Last League Defeat

03/12/05

0-1

SPL

Best League Victory

06/10/51

5-2

Div B*

Worst League Defeat

17/04/99

0-6

SPL

*Pre league reconstruction

Over the last twelve meetings, Kilmarnock have had the upper hand winning seven of the contests. DA have managed to win only twice with three games ending all square. Kris Boyd had a habit of scoring against us so now he has left though home chances must be improved.

Last Twelve League Matches v Kilmarnock

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

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
23/05/05 A 0-4 [0-1] Locke, [0-2] Dodds, [0-3] Boyd, [0-4] McDonald
19/02/05 A 1-2 [0-1] Naismith, [1-1] Christiansen [1-2] Boyd
20/11/04 H 4-1 [1-0] Nicholson, [2-0] Mehmet, [3-0] Wilson, [3-1] Wales, [4-1}Brewster
29/08/04 A 0-1 [0-1] Invincible
03/04/04 H 2-1 [0-1] Invincible, [1-1] Nicholson, [2-1] Crawford

17/01/04

A

1-1

[0-1] McSwegan (pen), [1-1] Crawford

18/10/03

H

2-3

[0-1] McSwegan, [1-1] Crawford, [2-1] Crawford, [2-2] Shields, [2-3] McSwegan

17/05/03

H

2-2

[1-0] Crawford, [2-0] Mason, [1-2] McDonald, [2-2] Boyd

16/03/03

A

1-1

[1-0] Shields (og), [1-1] Boyd


Craig Brewster celebrates
Brew`s last goal as a Par was against Killie

Recent Form

With two points Dunfermline hold the league up but with the new injection of some new, yet well kent, faces to the squad added to hopefully, some older ones returning from injury there can be some optimism for the match against Jim Jeffries`s Killie. The Ayrshire men have eight points from their five SPL matches and so they sit fifth.

Recent Form

Dunfermline
Home

L
Aberdeen
0-1

D
Ayr United
0 - 0

D
Dundee United
0 - 0

D
Rangers
1 - 1

L
Falkirk
1 - 2

L
Hearts
1 - 2

Kilmarnock
Away
D
Rangers
2-2
D
Queen of South
2-2
W
Falkirk
2-1
D
Dundee United
0-0
W
Hibs
2-1
L
Celtic
1-4

Kilmarnock last time out v Rangers at Rugby Park:- Graeme Smith, Jamie Fowler, Frazer Wright, Gordon Greer, Gary Hay: Allan Johnson (Rhian Dodds 82), Grant Murray, Peter Leven (David Fernandez 45), Steven Naismith, Colin Nish (Gary Wales 45), Danny Invincible
Subs not used:- Cameron Bell (GK), Paul di Giacomo, Ryan O`Leary, Jamie Adams

Come on ye Pars!

 



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