Dunfermline 1 Queen of the South 0Saturday, 2nd Mar 2019
Ladbrokes Championship: Aidan Connolly starts in place of Louis Longridge. Ryan Blair (74) 1-0:
Ryan Blair’s first goal for Dunfermline Athletic secured the Pars fourth successive win, one that lifted them into a play off position.
Stevie Crawford made one change to his starting line up, preferring Aidan Connolly to Louis Longridge who found himself on the bench beside his brother Jackson.
For Queen of the South their manager, Gary Naysmith brought in former Par Fraser Aird, Barry Maguire making way for the Canadian internationalist. Injuries including Josh Todd who scored the Queens winner last time here, meant that the visitors had only five subs on their bench. The Doonhamers had lost five matches in a row but they were hoping that the bad luck that had contributed to those poor results, would be behind them.
Stephen Dobbie got the match underway with Queens attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end. First chance came Dunfermline’s way in three minutes. A James Craigen ball into the box saw Kallum Higginbotham connect in front of goal but he sent his effort at keeper Alan Martin.
Three minutes later a foul on Lyndon Dykes handed Queens a free kick on the edge of the box but Dobbie shot low and outside the right post. On the left side of the box Kyle Jacobs received a good pass from Dobbie to send the ball across the Pars box but the defence held.
On the quarter hour Scott Mercer launched a cross in from the right and Michael Doyle’s header then directed the ball wide right. Next a Dobbie cross was sent behind by Lee Ashcroft but the defence cleared only for Aird to belt the ball from 35 yards but straight at Ryan Scully.
Dobbie embarked on a 19th minute run and was unlucky that his one two off Dykes on the edge of the box failed. When Bruce Anderson was fouled on the edge of the box Ryan Blair took charge of the 23rd minute free kick. He hit a great shot round the five man Queens wall to cause Martin to pull off a fantastic one handed save high up to the top left corner.
Next opportunity came in 31 minutes when Highinbotham chipped an inviting ball into the opposition box but with the pitch wet with fresh rainfall Williamson slipped as he tried to make the cut back. The Fifers were beginning to show more signs of a threat with a few series of passes and more play territorially in the opposition half.
Queen of the South reclaimed the superiority however in the final ten minutes of the first half. Dobbie had a drive from 25 yards that was deflected behind off Tom Beadling and from Aird’s corner on the right there was a bit of a scramble with Callum Fordyce blocked out as he tried to move the ball closer to goal.
Dobbie fired another in from the left but that was cut out before the next chance from a Williamson cut back that picked out Anderson and his touch took the ball narrowly wide left.
Aird has a pop from 25 yards that just didn’t curl enough to find the net at the right post. Then from a Michael Doyle cross Williamson put his keeper under pressure with a strong pass back but Ryan Scully kept it out and it was to remain goalless at the interval. There had been five shots apiece but the stats showed advantage Queens 53% to 47%.
Half time: Dunfermline 0 Queen of the South 0
First showing in the fifth minute of the second half was a 20 yard effort from Connolly that was rising all the way and cleared Martin’s crossbar. Blair hit a long ball for Anderson and in trying to usher it out Brownlie concedes a corner on the left but when that came over Devine was penalised for a push that flattened his marker.
Connolly created danger with a 58th minute cross that Jacobs headed clear from under his crossbar. Unfortunately for him he was substituted next minute to make way for Louis Longridge.
The sub’s first task was to thwart a good move between Mercer and Doyle that looked like getting the former Par in on goal. Longridge’s confident intervention was a welcome relief.
Back at the other end a Williamson cross caused further trouble and Longridge was prevented a return as Queens conceded another corner. The crowd rallied and the corner allowed Ashcroft to rise and knock the ball down with Anderson flicking the shot over the bar.
Jackson Longridge then joined his brother on the park, Kallum Higginbotham was withdrawn and James Craigen moved to right midfield. Two corners ensued from the left but Queens skimmed the ball away with just the inrunning Beadling landing up in the net.
Dobbie had been quiet this half but in 73 minutes his cross was spilled by Scully thankfully with Doyle homing in the keeper he recovered the ball.
He had produced the best effort of the first half so it was justice when Ryan BLAIR made the 74th minute breakthrough. J Longridge sent the square ball in from the left and the on loan player opened his Dunfermline account with a powerful shot low to the keeper’s left. 1-0
With ten minutes remaining Brownlie was shown yellow for his take out of Anderson 28 yards out. Blair drove the free kick into the Queen of the South wall but the Pars turned up the pressure with L Longridge picking out Anderson from the left, his header being held by Martin.
Gary Naysmith committed his final two subs immediately before an 85th minute corner was taken. Andy Stirling and Barry Maguire replaced Darren Brownlie and Iain Wilson and there was some serious defending to be done. Dykes got in two good efforts with L Longridge stopping the first and the second driven into defenders.
Stirling got himself through to bullet an attempt over the crossbar before L Longridge had the chance to finish the contest. He gathered Anderson’s delivery from the right and looked like sticking it away but Martin came out and got enough on it to direct the ball wide.
The Dumfries men finished strongly and had two really good opportunities to grab an equaliser. Some dogged defending and a Scully save from a Maguire header kept them out. The home side extend their shut out record to 373 minutes.
The win, their fourth successive in the Championship, took Dunfermline to their highest league position since the opening day of the season.
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Todd, Callum Smith, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: Blair (74)
YELLOW CARD: Blair (38)
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Darren Brownlie (Andy Stirling 85, Michael Doyle, Fraser Aird (Ian McGrath 78), Kyle Jacobs, Iain Wilson (Barry Maguire 85), Stephen Dobbie, Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Connor Murray, Jack Leighfield (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Brownlee (80)
REFEREE: Gavin Duncan
WEATHER: Cloudy 9C
NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship (away) v Alloa Athletic, Saturday 9th Match 2019, 3.00pm kick off at Indodrill Stadium.
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Ladbrokes Championship: Saturday 2nd March 2019, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.
What a difference three wins make. Not so long ago Dunfermline were looking waryingly over their shoulders as the teams at the foot narrowed the gap on the seventh placed Pars. Nine points later the Fifers can eye up taking fourth place with a win over Queen of the South.
That’s all possible since Inverness Caley Thistle are still involved in the Scottish Cup. Queens have had a spell of indifferent form yet we know that they are capable of big results having this season thumped Ayr United 5-0, Ross County 4-0 and Dundee 3-0.
Milestones Queen of the South (Home)
Last League Victory: 31/03/18: 3-1: Championship
Last League Defeat: 20/10/18: 0-1: Championship
Best League Victory:
30/12/72: 6-1: Div One (old)
16/04/11: 6-1 First Division
Worst League Defeat: 09/12/17: 2-5: Championship
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Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve meetings, QOS have won four and four have been drawn. Only one Pars win in the last six meetings.
Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
Date: H/A F-A WDL League
15/12/18: (A) 0-0 L Championship
20/10/18: (H) 0-1 L Championship
31/03/18: (H) 3-1 W Championship
24/02/18: (A) 0-0 D Championship
09/12/17: (H) 2-5 L Championship
14/10/17: (A) 0-0 D Championship
06/05/17: (A) 1-0 W Championship
07/03/17: (H) 1-1 D Championship
17/12/16 (A) 2-2 D Championship
27/08/16: (H) 0-1 L Championship
16/04/11: (H) 6-1 W First Division
26/02/11: (A) 3-1 W First Division
Last time at East End Park
Saturday 20th October 2018
Dunfermline 0 Queen of the South 1
Dunfermline‘s focus was on Stephen Dobbie who had scored eleven goals in his previous seven league matches. He almost nicked to score a late winner but the attentions of both Danny Devine and James Craigen kept him out. Queens did however get in to score in 84th minute. Malaury Martin was brushed off the ball and sub Adam Frizzell raced away releasing the ball to Josh TODD speeding down the left channel to receive the pass that he swept past Lee Robinson from the edge of the box. 0-1
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin (Joe Thomson 85), Aidan Connolly: Andy Ryan (Aidan Keena 79), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 71).
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Ryan Williamson, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Callum Fordyce (Callum Semple 86), Michael Doyle, Jordan Marshall: Andy Stirling (Adam Friizzell 79), Kyle Jacobs, David Norman (Owen Bell 73), Josh Todd: Stephen Dobbie (c), Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Connor Murray, Robbie Ivison, Daniel Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
SCORERS: Todd (84)
Form Last Six Matches
Partick Thistle (H) W 3-0
Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
Ross County (H) L 1-2
Morton (A) D 0-0
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-3
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
Morton (A) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (H) L 1-2
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Aberdeen (A) L 1-4
Falkirk (A) L 0-3
Dundee (A) W 3-0
Having started 2019 with wins over Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County, Queen of the South went on to lose their next five league games. Queens three away league wins have been at Dunfermline, Inverness and Falkirk.
Since defeating Dundee 3-0 in the William Hill Scottish Cup, QOS have lost five matches in a row.
The Pars have now won three back to back league games. Confidence will be high as will be the expectations.
League Position: 5th
League Points: 34
Goal Difference: -2
Home League Record: P13 W4 D3 L6 GF12 GA14
Last Six League Match Form: LDLWWW
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
League Position: 7th
League Points: 30
Goal Difference: +3
Away League Record: P13 W3 D4 L6 GF13 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: WLLLLL
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle): Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, James Craigen: Kallum Higginbotham (Matthew Todd 84), Tom Beadling: Joe Thomson, Ryan Blair: Louis Longridge (Aidan Connolly 75), Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, Stuart Morrison, Callum Smith, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ( v Morton): Alan Martin: Scott Mercer (Andy Stirling 80), Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Darren Brownlie, Michael Doyle, Barry Maguire, Kyle Jacobs, Iain Wilson (Fraser Aird 89), Stephen Dobbie, Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Ian McGrath, Jack Leighfield (GK).
Referee will be Gavin Duncan, his first match officiating at East End Park since the match against Falkirk in April 2017 when he awarded the Bairns a hotly disputed penalty and red carded Lewis Martin.
Morton play Falkirk on Friday night but the Dunfermline v Queen of the South match is the only other Championship fixture at the weekend.
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