Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : Alloa Athletic

Sat, 9th Nov 2019 Kick Off: 15:00

Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 1

Saturday, 9th Nov 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: Pars unchanged starting eleven. Alan Trouten (17 pen.) 1-0: Kevin Nisbet (33 pen.) 1-1: Kevin Cawley (72) 2-1

For the third season running these two Athletics were in the same league and this trip to the Indodrill Stadium on a cold and sunny November afternoon saw Dunfermline field the same starting eleven for the third successive match. No surprise at all given the back to back wins over Queen of the South and Arbroath with shut outs in both.

Stevie Crawford made two changes to his bench however to make room for Lewis McCann and, returning after six months out, Joe Thomson.

Alloa Athletic manager, Peter Grant, was without Steven Hetherington but Kevin Cawley returned for them in an otherwise unchanged team.

After one minute silence to respect Remembrance Weekend it was the visitors who kicked off attacking the goal at the south end and it was there that the first corner of the match occurred in the third minute. When Andy Ryan delivered from the right, Lee Ashcroft challenged for the ball at the far post but sent it wide left.

Alloa defended another two corners just four minutes later, Ryan’s from the right tipped behind by Jamie Macdonald and Kyle Turner overhitting the one from the left. When the ball was returned Andy Graham and then Robbie Deas headed away the danger.

Adam Brown and then Jon Robertson pushed forward for Alloa. Paul Paton headed away their first corner but Kevin O’Hara retrieved the ball and put in a useful cross from the left that Ryan Scully held.

Back at the other end Greg Kiltie created the next chance but Ryan was disappointed with his half struck shot. Then a moment of weakness let the Fifers defence down. Josh Edwards attempted to see the ball behind for a goal kick but he was robbed of possession on the left byeline by Scott Taggart and the cross for O’Hara 12 yards out, right in front of goal, saw Ashcroft go in and although he cleared, referee Craig Napier pointed to the penalty spot as O’Hara was floored. That habitual goalscorer against the Pars, Alan TROUTEN sunk the 17th minute spot kick sending Scully the wrong way. 1-0

After Kiltie earned a 23rd minute free kick on the right, Ryan sent in a decent delivery but that was headed away and Paton’s crashed return was blocked by the defence.

When Turner intercepted an Alloa pass inside his own half he was able to send Kevin Nisbet away up the right. As he cut along the inside of the box, evading Robertson he was taken down by the outstretched foot of Trouten and again the referee was pointing to the spot. NISBET took responsibility for the setpiece and tucked the ball away in the bottom left with Macdonald diving in the right direction but beaten by the pace. 1-1

The goal was no less that Dunfermline deserved, they had been playing some good football and merited being back on level terms. Next Kiltie produced a diving header that the Alloa keeper held and for the home side O’Hara was able to squeeze in a shot from the left side of the Pars box but he blasted the ball well wide and high.

There was a further blow for the Wasps when they lost Adam Brown through injury five minutes from half time. He had been one of the home side’s most influential players and he was replaced by one time Par, Robert Thomson.

Dow, Ryan and Turner all had powerful shots blocked as the Pars were all over their opponents. Nisbet had possession deep in the Alloa box but despite all the efforts the teams went in all square.

Half time: Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline 1

The heavy half time rain relented for the restart but in the failing light the branding from the new Lidl store stood out like a sun behind the full stand housing the Dunfermline Athletic fans.

Alloa has started the half the better but in 52 minutes they survived loud appeals for another penalty when the ball struck Robertson sixteen yards out.

After a couple of Taggart crosses were blocked, Trouten latched on to the ball and in trying to force his way in from the right forced a 55th minute corner that the home side over hit. Nisbet then brought a great save out of Macdonald after Dow had taken advantage of a misplaced pass that was blocked and came back to Nisbet. The resultant corner saw Ashcroft hard the ball on to the crossbar.

The tempo had risen and any thought of the cold weather was long forgotten. Macdonald flew out to punch away another Dunfermline cross before another Taggart cross was slid behind at the near post by Martin. When Blair Malcolm delivered Scully took care of it.

Another handball claim when Ryan’s 63rd minute shot was stopped by Malcolm went unpenalised. Graham however received a telling from the ref for pulling down Ryan 26 yards out. When Nisbet drove the ball into the wall there were more appeals for a penalty but play continued and Turner belted his effort to convert the loose ball narrowly over the bar.

Kiltie sent Nisbet away down the left channel, he cut inside when challenged and released a good effort from the edge of the box that again tested Macdonald. Alloa then took an opportunity to take a 72nd minute lead. From a quickly taken corner Iain Flannigan from 30 yards out on the right, dispatched a difficult ball to just beyond the far post where CAWLEY raced in to send his diving header past Scully. 2-1

Lewis McCann was introduced in place of Andy Ryan for the last thirteen minutes. The Pars searched for an equaliser but McCann’s first pass into the box was blocked and Kiltie drove his opportunity over the top.

A bigger miss however was Cawley’s 83rd minute effort where he tried to tee up the perfect shot before sending a blistering shot over the bar. McCann and then Dow won corners on the right but the home defence held.

Nisbet picked out Tom Beadling with a cross from the left but the 85th minute subs’ blasted net bound effort was deflected behind off the diving Deas and McCann then headed Kiltie’s corner narrowly over the bar.

Gabby McGill was also thrown on as the Pars tried to salvage a point but dogged defending by the Clackmannanshire outfit saw them over the line for the three points and up to eighth.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Jamie MacDonald: Scott Taggart, Andy Graham c), Robbie Deas, Blair Malcolm: Kevin Cawley, Jon Robertson, Iain Flannigan, Adam Brown (Robert Thomson 40): Alan Trouten, Kevin O`Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Buchanan, Nathan Gilhooley, Cameron O`Donnell, Paul Gillespie, Chris Henry (GK)
SCORERS: Trouten (17 pen.), Cawley (72)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards (Gabby McGill 87): Ryan Dow, Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner (Tom Beadling 85) Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet, Andy Ryan (Lewis McCann 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Harry Cochrane, Danny Devine, Joe Thomson, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: Nisbet (33 pen.)

REFEREE: Craig Napier
WEATHER: Sunny 6C
ATTENDANCE 1602

NEXT MATCH: William Hill Scottish Cup (away) v Stranraer, Saturday 23rd November 2019, kick off 3.00pm at Stair Park

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Preview Alloa Athletic

Saturday, 9th Nov 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 9th November 2019, kick off 3.00pm at the Indodrill Stadium.

Following three wins out of the last four matches, Stevie Crawford takes his team to Alloa in the quest of another three points.

Milestones v Alloa Athletic (away)
Last Victory | 09/03/19 | 1-0 | Championship
Last Defeat | 16/05/13 | 0-3 | First Div Play Off
Best Victory | 11/02/48 | 6-0 | Division B (two)
Worst Defeat | 26/04/52 | 4-5 | Division B (two)
First League meeting | 18/02/22 | 0-2 | Division Two

This is the 64th league match between the clubs and Alloa with 22 wins marginally hold the advantage. 20 have been drawn and 21 won by Dunfermline.
Although there have been cup knock outs and play off reversals, the Pars have not actually lost a league match to Alloa Athletic since May 1979.

Last time at Indodrill Stadium
Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline Athletic 1
Championship, Saturday 9th March 2019


Another 1-0 win, the fourth in their last five games kept the Pars in fourth place. Alloa dropped to the foot of the table after Partick Thistle scored a late winner against Dundee United. Unfortunately it was to be Dunfermline’s last win of the 2018/19 season.

After no goals in the first half the Fifers appeared to resume the more industrious and it took Devine intervention to create what turned out to be the 53rd minute winner. Further up the field than expected the centre back picked out Joe Thomson on the right and his cross was stuck away superbly into the bottom right by Bruce ANDERSON, 0-1

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Liam Dick, Sam Roscoe, Andy Graham, Jack Hamilton (Jordan Kirkpatrick 60), Steven Hetherington Iain Flannigan, Alan Trouten (Jack Aitchison 79): Dario Zanatta, Connor Shields (Kevin Cawley 84).
SUBS NOT USED: Jon Robertson, Reis Peggie, Adam Brown, Chris Henry (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling, Ryan Blair: Joe Thomson, Louis Longridge, Kallum Higginbotham (James Vincent 77): Bruce Anderson (Myles Hippolyte 85).
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Mark Durnan, Matthew Todd, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

Last 12 meetings against Alloa Athletic

Two Alloa wins, six Dunfermline wins with four drawn in a period stretching back over 35 years.

28/09/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 1 | Championship
07/09/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 2 | Tunnock’s CW Cup
09/03/19 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
05/01/19 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Championship
03/11/18 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
13/10/18 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Irn Bru Cup
15/09/18 | Dunfermline 0 Alloa Athletic 0 | Championship
21/01/17 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 3 | Scottish Cup
19/05/13 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | Div One Play off
15/05/13 | Alloa Athletic 3 Dunfermline 0 | Div One Play off
26/08/08 | Dunfermlne 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
26/09/01 | Dunfermline 3 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won three of their last six matches, Alloa Athletic have won only one of their last six, but that was a home win over Dundee United!

DUNFERMLINE
Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Arbroath (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-2
Ayr United (H) W 3-2
Morton (A) D 1-1
Alloa Athletic (H) D 1-1

ALLOA ATHLETIC
Arbroath (A) L 1-2
Dundee (H) L 0-3
Queen of the South (H) D 2-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 2-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-3
Dundee United (H) W 1-0

Current League Stats

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 6th
League Points: 16
Goal Difference: +2
League Record: P12 W4 D4 L4 GF15 GA13
Last Six League Match Form: DDWLWW

ALLOA ATHLETIC
League Position: 9th
League Points: 10
Goal Difference: -10
League Record: P12 W2 D4 L6 GF12 GA22
Last Six League Match Form: DWDDLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow, Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet, Andy Ryan (Tom Beadling 75).
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Harry Cochrane, Danny Devine, Josh Coley, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)

ALLOA ATHLETIC (v Arbroath): Jamie MacDonald: Jon Robertson, Scott Taggart, Andy Graham, Robbie Deas: Steven Hetherington, Iain Flannigan, Adam Brown (Liam Buchanan 77), Blair Malcolm (Robert Thomson 63), Alan Trouten, Kevin O`Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Nathan Gilhooley, Cameron O`Donnel, Chris Henry (GK)

Other Championship Fixtures
Dundee v Dundee United (Friday)
Arbroath v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Partick Thistle v Morton
Queen of the South v Ayr United

Admission Prices
Adults: £17
Senior Citizens (over 65): £9
Juvenile (under 16): £4



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