Forfar Athletic 2 Dunfermline 4Saturday, 26th Dec 2015
Ladbrokes League One: two changes for Pars trip to Forfar - Rooney and Cardle in for Byrne and Hopkirk. El Bakhtaoui (18) 0-1; Campbell (41 pen.) 1-1; El Bakhtaoui (49) 1-2; Cardle (60) 1-3; Travis (73) 2-3; Wallace (79) 2-4;
Forfar's all weather pitch easily withstood the Boxing Day monsoon that had caused several matches across Scotland to be postponed. Allan Johnston made two changes for the match. For the second week running a sub who came on to score the winning goal was rewarded with a starting place. This time it was Shaun Rooney who was rewarded, Andy Geggan moved into midfield and Joe Cardle returned in place of David Hopkirk. That meant that Shaun Byrne also found himself on the subs bench.
Forfar's newly appointed manager, Gary Bollan made two changes to the side that drew with Albion Rovers. Darren Hill was in goal following the departure of Rab Douglas and Kerr Hay was preferred to Andrew Black.
The teams changed ends before the hosts kicked off and immediately forced a free kick some 27 yards out. Iain Campbell curled a left footed effort around the Pars wall and it was the right goalpost that denied Forfar the opener with just under 60 seconds gone. Rooney then headed the loose ball away but it was quite a let off for the Fifers.
In seventh minute it was Forfar's turn to be saved by the woodwork. Cardle did the hard work laying the ball off for Rooney whose blast rebounded back off the far post.
It was five minutes later when Faissal El Bakhtaoui dispossessed an opponent to send Michael Moffat towards go and when he slipped the ball left for Cardle the Pars no.11 had his shot blocked. Two minutes later Cardle got to the byeline to cut back to the unmarked Michael Paton but his effort from 15 yards was also blocked. Next Cardle collected from a Paton corner on the left but drove his effort into the sidenetting at the near post.
Dunfermline were to take the lead in 18th minute when Faissal EL BAKHTAOUI latched on to a really slack ball from centre back Rose. The Pars player took his chance with a finely placed shot just inside the right post for the opener. 0-1
Cardle complained when he was upended in the box by Martyn Fotheringham and was not awarded a penalty but Moffat struck the loose ball but failed to find the net. Forfar responded and took play to the Pars. Kerr Hay was stopped from sending in a cross by Talbot after the right winger had taken advantage of a Ben Richards-Everton clearance that cannoned forward off Martin. Then a combination of Richards-Everton and McAusland kept the ball out as Forfar successfully got a cross into the Pars six yard box.
Campbell had another opportunity from a 37th minute free kick but this time Moffat took the string out of it before Murdoch held under his bar. Murdoch was not given the opportunity to save from a Travis cross in 40 minutes. Rooney was adjudged to have pushed Denholm as he rose to meet the cross and Forfar were awarded a penalty kick. Iain CAMPBELL stepped up and netted off the right goalpost. 1-1
So it ended level when the half came to an end but Dunfermline had had many more shots at goal than their oppponents and made the better passing moves. With 53% first half possession in the first half with two corners to Forfar's one. The Fifers just need to take advantage of their supriority in the second half.
Half time: Forfar Athletic 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1
The rain continued to pelt down on Station Park as the second half got underway. A 48th minute free kick 35 yards out was awarded after El Bakhtaoui was crowded out and when Falkingham drove a low effort at goal Hill spilled the ball out and the Pars were denied a penalty when Nicol appeared to cut down Rooney in the six yard box.
A Pars goal was only a minute away. Rooney got to the byeline and his cross was defended out by Nichol only as far as to EL BAKHTAOUI 22 yards out and he sent an unstoppable shot into the top right corner of the Forfar net. 1-2
Dunfermline looked much comfortable with the lead. McAusland and Rooney were forward for a free kick in from the left and the town defence was kept busy as Cardle and Paton piled in cross after cross. El Bakhtaoui then flicked the ball over the defence to send CARDLE in for the Pars third. Finding himself through on Darren Hill he chipped the Forfar keeper to net impressively. His celebratrion was equally good as high fived the entire front row of the stand on his way back to half way. 1-3
Falkingham was unsuccessful with a 35 yard free kick and Martyn Fotheringham blasted a good chance over the bar from the edge of the six yard box before Allan Johnston introduced David Hopkirk and Ryan Wallace for the final quarter of the match. Michaels Moffat and Paton were the players taken off.
Wallace forced Hodge into conceding a 71st corner and Hill took Richards-Everton's header at his second attempt. Play switched to the other end and the big centre half looked to have got away with a desperately short pass back, covering back to take the ball first in tackling Swankie. A corner on the right was the reward much to Swankie's discontent but when that setpiece came in TRAVIS was able to rise and head home. 2-3
McAusland headed wide from a corner won by Wallace before a defence splitting pass from Falkingham sent WALLACE through on goal. Evading the offside trap the Pars sub drew Hill and slotted home from an angle from the right for the 79th minute fourth. 2-4
Talbot sent a cross through the six yard box, there were two further corners from the right and a powerful effort from 28 yards by Cardle that Hill did really well to keep out. Hill turned a good attempt from Wallace out for another corner.
The home fans were making their way home having conceded defeat long before Referee john McKendrick brought the soggy match to an end. A good result for Dunfermline, three important points, another feast of goals against Forfar and still six points clear of second placed Ayr United.
SUBS NOT USED: Andrew Black, Chris Templeman, Michael Kennedy, Dayle Robertson, Jason King (GK)
SCORERS: Campbell (41 pen.), Travis (73)
YELLOW CARD: Martin (29), Travis (35)
DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch; Shaun Rooney, Marc McAusland, Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot; Michael Paton (David Hopkirk 67), Andy Geggan(c), Josh Falkingham, Joe Cardle; Michael Moffat (Ryan Wallace 67), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Shaun Byrne, Mickael Antoine-Curier, Rhys McCabe, Paul Joseph Crossan, David Hutton (GK).
SCORERS: El Bakhtaoui (18, 49), Cardle (60), Wallace (79)
YELLOW CARD: Talbot (20), Rooney (40)
REFEREE: John McKendrick
WEATHER: Heavy rain 6C
NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes League One: (home) v Cowdenbeath, Saturday 2nd January 2016, 3.00pm kick off at East End Park.
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Preview Forfar AthleticSaturday, 26th Dec 2015
The Boxing Day fixture sees Dunfermline travel to Station Park to face Forfar Athletic.
Following a string of bad results their long serving manager Dick Campbell was relieved of his role last weekend and after seven and a half years the Loons have a new manager in Gary Bollan. Bollan who played for no fewer than eight Scottish league club arrives at Forfar after two and a half year spells at both Livingston and Airdrieonians. The 42 year old Dundonian will be well versed in what to expect from Allan Johnston's league leaders.
It is a measure of how much things have changed that when Dunfermline played Forfar in the league first time around it was the Angus side who were the league leaders. This season Dunfermline first played Forfar Athletic in the Petrofac Training Cup. That Tuesday night's 3-0 win at Station Park was overshadowed by the double leg break to Ryan Williamson in the closing minutes but the winning goals came from a Michael Moffat penalty (32), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (44) and another from Michael Moffat (82).
The League game at Station Park brought the Pars just their fourth win in the last ten visits. It was all thanks to a Joe Cardle hattrick with Andy Geggan rubbing it in with an added time fourth.
Forfar Athletic (away)
|*Pre league reconstruction|
In the last twelve meetings, Dunfermline have won five, Forfar four and three have been drawn.
|Last 12 Matches v Forfar Athletic|
|W||3-0||Petrofac Training Cup|
|11/05/13||H||W||6-1||Division One Play Off|
There have been 69 previous league fixtures between the clubs. In total Dunfermline have won 40 league encounters to Forfar's 19 and ten matches have been drawn. The Pars took only one point from a possible twelve last season and amassed just five from the season before but this season Forfar must be sick of the sight of the Pars who they have played three times including the Petrofac Training Cup tie, conceded eleven goals and scored none.
|Last six League games|
|Home / Away League Record|
|P9, W2, D1, L6||P9, W6, D2, L1|
The season started well for Dick Campbell's Forfar Athletic. They had good wins in the early rounds of the Petrofac and League cups, they won their first three league games and by the time they won at Brechin City on 12th September, Dunfermline Athletic were the only team to have got the better of them over 90 minutes. Then things went badly wrong, Forfar have not won any of their twelve subsequent league games.
|Form this season - home / away|
|Queens Park||W||2-1||Albion Rovers||D||1-1|
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Stenhousemuir): Sean Murdoch; Andy Geggan (c), Marc McAusland (Shaun Rooney HT), Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot; Michael Paton (Ryan Wallace 66), Shaun Byrne, Josh Falkingham, David Hopkirk, Michael Moffat (Joe Cardle 41), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Spence, Rhys McCabe, Mickael Antoine-Curier, David Hutton (GK).
FORFAR ATHLETIC: (v Albion Rovers: Rab Douglas; Andrew Black, Kevin Nicoll (Kerr Hay 45), Michael Rose, Michael Travis, Iain Campbell; Martyn Fotheringham (Derek Young 74), Bryan Hodge, Danny Denholm (Craig Smith 88); Martin, Gavin Swankie.
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Templeman, Michael Kennedy, Dayle Robertson, Jason King (GK)
Referee will be John McKendrick
Come on ye Pars!
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