Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2009-2010 : Dundee

Sun, 17th Jan 2010 Kick Off: 15:00

Dundee 3 Dunfermline 2

Sunday, 17th Jan 2010

IRN BRU First Division, Dundee. Macca on the bench. Griffiths (3) 1-0. Graham (10) 1-1. McMenamin (16) 2-1. Kirk equaliser 2-2 (50). Griffiths (82) 3-2.

After the traumatic week following last Saturday`s Scottish Cup fixture it was a welcome relief to get back to football.  Following an absence from competitive football since 13th December last year, Jim McIntyre named himself on the bench.  The starting eleven was unchanged but Graeme Holmes also returned to the subs list with Alex Burke and Paul Willis dropping out.

Dundee`s Gary MacKenzie was sent off early in the second half in the match against Airdrie United so he was suspended for the visit of Dunfermline. The table topping side that lost to the bottom club in the league brought in Kyle Benedictus, Colin McMenamin and Gary Harkins for this Sunday fixture. Brian Kerr and Pat Clarke found themselves relegated to the bench.

Leigh Griffiths scores for Dundee

The Dee kicked off attacking the goal in front of the travelling support and it took just 125 seconds before Leigh GRIFFITHS got a tap in at the right goalpost to open the scoring. Richie Hart did the damage with a penetrating run eventually laying the ball off to Eddie Malone who played a one two with Hart to get in behind the right side of the Pars defence.  Malone`s cross gave the former Livy striker an easy start.

Dunfermline`s first chance came from a Willie Gibson diagonal ball in seven minutes that Rab Douglas came out to hold in front of the inrushing Andy Kirk. The equalising goal was not far off however - just three minutes. Steven Bell passed the ball out of defence after Neil McGregor had won possession 25 yards out. Austin McCann ran on to the ball and through Steven McDougall it quickly reached David Graham on the left wing. GRAHAM cut inside and launched a great right footed shot from the edge of the box that rattled into the top right of the Dundee`s net.

David Graham

The lead lasted only six minutes with Craig Forsyth this time creating the skill to destroy the Pars defence. From a central position he shrugged off challenges to slip the ball right to Griffiths for a square ball that McMENAMIN turned past Fleming to make it 2-1.

Colin McMenamin scores v Dunfermline

A Greg Ross cross was sent narrowly wide by Nick Phinn but then after McGregor was yellow carded for hauling down Harkins, Hart sent a dangerous ball from the free kick on the left and Griffiths was just inches short of heading in number three.

In 28 minutes the Fifers had a chance of their own when Phinn lifted the ball towards Bell in the Dundee penalty box.  His header down went to Kirk but he could only get in a poor connection and Douglas cleaned up.  McDougall and Bell worked up another chance for Gibson five minutes later but it was Phinn who got in the shot but that unfortunately was skied over the top.

Jim Lauchlan gets to grips with Andy Kirk

The visitors survived a 37th minute corner awarded after Ross was short with a pass back and Fleming had to come and boot away the danger.  His clearance rebounded off McMenamin for a corner!  The final seven minutes of the half were dominated by Jim McIntyre`s side. Benedictus was yellow carded for stopping Graham`s run on the edge of his box and Gibson`s strike from the setpiece was parried by Douglas for Laughlin to head behind.

Gibson sent the corner over from the right but McGregor`s header at goal was headed away by the Dundee defence.  McDougall centred another chance but Douglas took care of that to ensure that his side led at the break.

Dundee 2 Dunfermline 1
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The Pars were out early for the restart and they certainly pressed from the kick off winning a corner in just 10 seconds. The home side dealt with Gibson`s delivery and then his return from the defended ball. In 47 minutes the former Killie player also tested Douglas with a shot from 20 yards but then just three minutes later Andy KIRK made it 2-2. 

Andy Kirk celebrates goal at Dundee

McDougall floated over a strong ball from the right that Graham returned into the six yard box. Bell appeared to miss the chance but the Pars top goalscorer was on hand to accept the opportunity.  The Pars had their tails up now and the support was in full song as Bell sent an effort from 20 yards narrowly wide left and then McDougall teased the defence before sending his high.

Dunfermline were now winning all the balls in midfield and home fans were growing increasingly concerned.  Rightly so in 62 minutes Douglas was beaten by a Nick Phinn shot from a Gibson corner and the prospects of a home win were sinking. Griffiths took the heat off his defence winning a corner off Andy Dowie but play was soon back up in front of the Pars fans.

Dundee v Dunfermline

McDougall`s cross was headed out and then Gibson was denied a corner.  Kirk was wide left to set up McDougall but Lauchlan made a timely interception.  Dundee began to look ragged and their only response was a Hart shot from distance that found the stand.

Greg Ross was the next to power a shot on target and the Dundee keeper just managed to hold on to it.  The one way traffic continued with Graham scooping a 69th minute attempt over the keeper and the bar.  A McCann cross was headed on by McDougall but just evaded Kirk.

With fifteen minutes remaining Joe Cardle replaced the exhausted Gibson.  Ross made a driving run before crossing in a good ball that Eric Paton coolly chested into Douglas` hands. Kerr clashed with Phinn in 78 and while he received treatment McIntyre and Holmes warmed up in front of the Pars support.

in 81 minutes Griffiths  hammered a great shot from 25 yards that Fleming stopped and then held. But one minute later the striker rocketed another fierce shot that Fleming could only parry and GRIFFITHS followed up to bury the ball in the bottom left. 3-2.

Friendly Dundee boos greeted McIntyre`s replacement of McDougall and they almost had more to boo as both the sub and McGregor got oh so close to a cross into the six yard box.  Dunfermline continued to press adding to the Dundonians nervousness.  Ross almost picked out Macca with a long ball towards the Dundee box and the player / manager got up high above the defenders but not high enough.

Jim McIntyre v Dundee

As the match entered its 90th minute McCann chipped a free kick over the defence but McIntyre was offside as he tried to connect.  Graham had a 92nd minute shot over the bar, then Macca drove the ball into defenders and it was to end with Dundee opening a 17 point gap over the Fife club.

A cruel result at the end of a cruel week.  The Fifers deserved much more for their second half efforts.

DUNFERMLINE: Greg Fleming; Greg Ross, Neil McGregor, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann (c); Willie Gibson (Joe Cardle 75), Steven Bell, Nick Phinn, David Graham; Steven McDougall (Jim McIntyre 83), Andy Kirk.
SUBS NOT USED: Graeme Holmes, Calum Woods, Greg Paterson (GK).
SCORERS: Graham (10), Kirk (50)
YELLOW CARD: McGregor (20)

DUNDEE: Rab Douglas; Eric Paton, Jim Lauchlan, Kyle Benedictus,, Eddie Malone; Richie Hart (Brian Kerr 68), Gary Harkins, Maros Kimpl, Craig Forsyth, Colin McMenamin, Leigh Griffiths (Pat Clarke 87)
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Casement, Darren Young, Derek Soutar (GK).
SCORERS: Griffiths (3, 82), McMenamin (16)

REFEREE: Iain Brines
WEATHER: Bright 5°C
ATTENDANCE 5201

NEXT MATCH: (away) First Division v Partick Thistle
Saturday 23rd January 2009, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Dundee

Wednesday, 13th Jan 2010

The Pars have won only one out of the last twelve games against Dundee, with five draws and six defeats. Dundee are unbeaten in the last ten meetings with the Pars.

Graham Bayne scores for Dunfermline

The Pars trip to Dundee is delayed until Sunday so that Tannadice can host Hibs on Saturday. No matter how well Queen of the South do at Ross County or Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Dundee will still sit top of the league when they take on the Pars.

Pars v Dundee: The Full League Record
  P W D L F A
At East End Park 51 24 11 16 89 71
At Dens Park 51 12 13 26 59 102
Division One (before 1975) 46 14 12 20 73 85
Division Two (before 1975) 6 1 0 5 8 32
First Division (since 1975) 14 3 5 6 11 10
Premier League (since 1975) 17 5 7 5 15 18
TOTALS 102 36 24 42 148 172

Last victory over Dundee on their home patch was seven visits back in October 2004 when goals from Scott Thomson and Derek Young secured the points.  In 102 league meetings with Dundee, 36 have been won by Dunfermline to Dundee`s 42.

Milestones Dundee (Away)

Last League Victory

23/10/04

2 - 1

SPL

Last League Defeat

12//09/09

1-0

First Division

Best League Victory

01/04/72

5 - 1

Div One*

Worst League Defeat

22/03/47

0 - 10

Div B*

*Pre league reconstruction

The Pars have won only one out of the last twelve games against Dundee, with five draws and six defeats. Dundee are unbeaten in the last ten meetings with the Pars.  The last Pars win was at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Harkins scores for Dundee

Last Twelve League Matches v Dundee

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

31/010/09 H 1-1 [0-1] Harkins. [1-1] Bayne
12//09/09 A 0-1 [0-1] Harkins (pen.)
31/03/09 H 1-1 [0-1] Malone, [1-1] Woods
 01/01/09 A 0-1 [0-1] Paton
08/11/08 H 0-1 [0-1] Antoine-Curier
13/09/08 A 0-0
22/03/08 H 0-1 [0-1] Daquin
05/01/08 A 0-0
01/12/07 H 0-1 [0-1] McDonald
15/09/07 A 1-1 [1-0] Hamilton, [1-1] McDonald
07/05/05 H 5-0 [1-0] Derek Young, [2-0] Derek Young, [3-0] McDonald og, [4-0] Skerla, [5-0] Derek Young
09/04/05 A 1-2 [1-0] Darren Young, [1-1] Lovell, [1-2] Sancho

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Last time the Pars went to Dens Park, Dundee were sitting fourth and Dunfermline fifth.  Both sides had six points after four games.  Now the Dee sit top on 40 points - 14 better than Dunfermline.

Dundee Dunfermline
Current League Position
1 6
League Form Home / Away
WWWWDL WWWLDD
League Points
40 26
Goal Difference
+13 +2
League Record Home / Away
P11, W8, D2, L1 P8, W3, D2, L3

Dundee have lost only one home match in the league this season.  That was on 3rd January when Airdrie United won 1-0.  In addition only Queen of the South and Inverness Caley Thistle have left with a point.  Dunfermline have lost three away games including the first trip to Dundee in September.

   Recent Form this season - home / away
  Dundee (home)  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline (away)
  Airdrie United L 0-1   Ayr United L 0-1
  Morton W 3-1   Queen of the South W 2-1
  Ayr United W 3-1   Raith Rovers L 2-1
  Queen of the South D 0-0   Inverness CT D 1-1
  Airdrie United W 2-1   Ross County D 0-0
  Raith Rovers W 2-1   Partick Thistle L 0-2

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Stenhousemuir): Greg Fleming; Greg Ross (Calum Woods 61), Neil McGregor, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann (c); Willie Gibson (Joe Cardle 59), Steven Bell, Nick Phinn (Alex Burke 65), David Graham; Steven McDougall, Andy Kirk.
SUBS NOT USED:  Paul Willis, Greg Paterson (GK).

DUNDEE (v Airdrie United):  Rab Douglas; Eric Paton, Jim Lauchlan, Gary MacKenzie, Eddie Malone; Richie Hart, Brian Kerr, Maros Kimpl (Darren Young 76), Craig Forsyth, Pat Clarke (Colin McMenamin 62), Leigh Griffiths
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Casement, Kyle Benedictus, Derek Soutar (GK).

Gary MacKenzie was sent off early in the second half in the match against Airdrie so he is suspended for the visit of Jim McIntyre`s team. There are no Dunfermline Athletic suspensions for this match.

Referee will be Iain Brines.

Come on ye Pars!



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