Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2022-2023 : Forfar Athletic

Tue, 28th Jun 2022 Kick Off: 19:30

Forfar Athletic 0 Dunfermline 6

Tuesday, 28th Jun 2022

Pre Season Friendly: Kevin O`Hara (16) 0-1; Lewis McCann (26) 0-2: Matty Todd (40) 0-3; Kevin O`Hara (57) 0-4: Miller Fenton (76) 0-5: Nikolay Todorov (86) 0-6.

Three goals in each half gave Dunfermline a resounding win in this pre season friendly played on the newly laid Station Park surface. Kevin O`Hara notched two with the other goals shared around four of his team mates.

The visitors made two changes from the side that started against Cove Rangers on Saturday - Kyle Macdonald and Joe Chalmers taking the places of Aaron Comrie and Paul Allan. Forfar gave debuts to 19 year old Aberdeen winger Kevin Hanratty and Ben Armour and they also listed five trialists.

Dunfermline kicked off and in just the second minute called upon Tomas Brindley to clear off the goal line after Kevin O`Hara had forced an early corner and Rhys Breen met Chalmers delivery. James McPake`s side went ahead in 16 minutes when Lewis McCann won possession and squared the ball for Chalmers to tee up O`HARA for a low right footed finish from just outside the Forfar box. 0-1

The Pars kept up the pressure seeking a second and midway into the half a super ball from Craig Wighton picked out O`Hara but his cross was intercepted. Then Wighton forced a 25th minute corner but Hutton cleared Chalmers cross. Next minute McCANN made it 0-2 as he latched on to a poor clearance and from just inside the box to find the net at the near post.

An O`Hara cross caused home keeper Marc McCallum to create a mix up in the Forfar defence but Todd`s shot was deflected away. Forfar had a short spell of better play but five minutes from the break another O`Hara cross was tipped behind for a corner on the left and this time from the right side of the Loons box, TODD impressively volleyed Chalmers corner home from 15 yards out, 0-3.

Half Time: Forfar Athletic 0 Dunfermline 3

Forfar made six substitutions before play resumed. Matty Aitken, Gary Harkins, Callum Moore, Darren Whyte, and Trialists #22 and #24 came on for Andy Munro, Chris Slater, Kyle Hutton, Ben Armour and Trialist#18. Dunfermline were unchanged until the hour mark. Before that however O`HARA had doubled his tally. Breen lost the ball in his own half, won it back, drove forward and passed to the striker who slotted away from the right side of the box, beating the keeper at his near post. 0-4

Edwards, Breen and McCann then made way for Nikolay Todorov, Paul Allan and Trialist#21. Sam Young and Andrew Tod followed in 71 minutes taking over from Hamilton and Todd. In between Wighton forced a 68th minute corner and when taken short to him by Chalmers returned it for the former Ayr United midfielder to test the keeper.

In 76 minutes Miller Fenton and Trialist#16 replaced Macdonald and O`Hara and FENTON was immediately on the scoresheet beating the newly introduced sub keeper as the ball was switched in from the right side to eventually pick out the unmarked man. 0-5

Five became six just four minutes from the end as TODOROV headed home a headed Tod cross. An impressive display of goalscoring but more game time for the players who appear to be benefiting from all the hard work James McPake says he is putting them through in pre season.

FORFAR ATHLETIC: Marc McCallum (Lewis Sanderson 76): Roberto Nditi, Tomas Brindley, Kyle Hutton (Trialist #24, HT), Yusuf Hussain (Darren Whyte HT), Craig Slater (c)(Callum Moore, HT), Andy Munro (Gary Harkins HT), Trialist #8 (Trialist #5, 65), Kevin Hanratty, Ben Armour (Trialist #22, HT), Trialist #18 (Matty Aitken HT)
SUBS NOT USED: Gary Irvine

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet, Kyle Macdonald (Miller Fenton 76), Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen (Paul Allan 60) , Josh Edwards (Trialist #21, 60), Matthew Todd (Andrew Tod 71), Chris Hamilton (Sam Young 71), Joe Chalmers (Michael Beagley 82), Kevin O’Hara (Trialist #16, 76), Lewis McCann (Nikolay Todorov 60), Craig Wighton (Jake Rennie 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Archibald (GK)
SCORERS: O`Hara (16, 57), McCann (26), Todd (40), Fenton (76), Todorov (86)

REFEREE: Greg Soutar
WEATHER: Damp 14°C

NEXT MATCH: Pre Season Friendly (away) v Stenhousemuir, Saturday 2nd July 2022 behind closed doors

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Preview Forfar Athletic

Tuesday, 28th Jun 2022

Pre Season Friendly (away) 7.30pm v Forfar Athletic, kick off at Station Park.

Dunfermline will provide the opposition as Forfar Athletic ‘christen’ their new Station Park playing surface on Tuesday night. By coincidence Dunfermline were also the ‘Loons’ opponents ten years back for what was the first game to be played on an artificial surface at the ground.

On that occasion however it was a Challenge Cup first round tie and the home side won 3-2. Joe Cardle and Andy Barrowman had the visitors 2-1 up at half time but Danny Denholm and Gavin Swankie turned the tie in the second half.

Milestones Forfar Athletic (away)

Last Victory | 26/12/15 | 4-2 | League One
Last Defeat | 16/08/14 | 0-2 | League One
Best Victory | 24/02/73 | 6-0 | Division Two*
Worst Defeat | 05/10/13 | 0-4 | League One
*Pre league reconstruction

Last Meeting
Pre Season Friendly, Saturday 29th June 2019
Forfar Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1

22 players feature in opening friendly with Kyle Turner scoring the only goal of the match in 20th minute.

Lewis McCann did well to dispossess Ross Meechan as he attempted to shield the ball out for a goal kick. His cut back from the left byeline set up TURNER who struck his shot sweetly into the net 0-1.

FORFAR ATHLETIC: Marc McCallum: Ross Meehan (Jamie Bain HT), Sean Burns (Murray MacKintosh 64), Darren Whyte, Michael Travis (Scott Robertson HT) Mark Docherty, Dale Hilson (Gary Irvine 64), Callum Tapping (Matthew Aitken 64), Andy Jackson, Ross Forbes, Jordan Kirkpatrick (Connor Coupe HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Jack Allan, Sam McGuff (GK).

FIRST HALF: Ryan Scully: Stuart Morrison, Tom Lang, Lee Ashcroft, Josh Robertson: Callum Smith, Tom Beadling, Paul Allan, Kyle Turner, Lewis McCann
SECOND HALF: Cammy Gill: Paul Brown, Euan Murray, Thomas Bragg, Lewis Martin: Paul Paton: Ryan Dow, Matty Todd, Trialist: Kevin Nisbet, Andy Ryan.
SUBS NOT USED: Kieran Swanson, Lewis Sawers, Lucas Berry, Lewis Crosbie

Last Six Matches


Cove Rangers (A) W 2-0
Queen’s Park (H) L 0-1
Queen’s Park (A) D 0-0

Queen of the South (H) L 1-2

Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1

Ayr United (H) W 2-1

Annan Athletic (H) D 1-1
Annan Athletic (A) L 0-1
Stenhousemuir (H) D 0-0
Kelty Hearts (A) D 1-1
Annan Athletic (H) W 5-1
Edinburgh City (A) L 0-2

League Record


Championship League Position: 9th

Championship League Points: 35

Goal Difference: -17

Away League Record: P18 W2 D6 L10 GF14 GA29

Last Six Match Form: WLLDLW


League Two Position: 2nd

League Two Points: 60

Goal Difference: +21

Home League Record: P18 W10 D5 L3 GF34 GA17

Last Six Match Form: LWDDLD

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Cove Rangers):
Deniz Mehmet, Aaron Comrie (Kyle Macdonald 62), Kyle Benedictus (c) (Sam Young 73), Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards (Miller Fenton 77): Matthew Todd (Joe Chalmers 62), Paul Allan (Michael Beagley 83), Chris Hamilton (Andrew Tod 73), Kevin O’Hara (Trialist 83), Lewis McCann (Jake Rennie 83), Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 62).
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Archibald (GK)

FORFAR ATHLETIC (v Annan Athletic): Marc McCallum: Ross Meechan, Sam Fisher, Darren Whyte, Tomas Brindley, Callum Moore: Stefan McCluskey, Gary Harkins (PJ Crossan 90), Craig Slater, Steven Warnock, Matthew Aitken (Scott Shepherd 90)
SUBS NOT USED: Luke Strachan, Craig Thomson, Grant Anderson, Kyle Hutton, Archie Thomas, Yusuf Hussain, Lewis Sanderson (GK).

Forfar manager Gary Irvine has secured the return to Station Park of both Roberto Nditi and Tomas Brindley and they should feature against Dunfermline.

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