Dunfermline 0 Kilmarnock 1Tuesday, 5th Jul 2022
Pre Season Friendly: Dan Armstrong (24) 0-1:
The final pre season friendly ahead of the Premier Sports Cup getting underway on Saturday brought Championship winners Kilmarnock back to East End Park. Both sides named eleven substitutes so how this game would pan out was a case of wait and see.
For the home fans it was a chance to welcome new manager James McPake and his assistant Dave Mackay and of course the first opportunity to view their new signings Kyle Benedictus and Chris Hamilton.
The Kilmarnock starting eleven included Liam Polworth who was on loan to Dunfermline in the latter part of the previous season, Lewis Mayo, Fraser Murray and Kerr McInroy all of whom had been loanees the year before.
Trialist#20 started in goal for Dunfermline and he was tested by Murray in just the fourth minute, his stop being swept away by Benedictus. The Fifers first chance came four minutes later when Kyle Macdonald playing on the left flank flighted in a cross from the right that Kevin O’Hara headed over the crossbar.
Killie keeper held an 18th minute shot from Joe Chalmers after receiving a lay off from Craig Wighton. Then midway through the half a fine pass from O’Hara played Wighton deep into the right side of the Killie box but MacDonald just six yards out could not get the vital touch on the cross.
Dunfermline then lost a soft goal as the Trialist keeper came for a ball delivered from a free kick in his own half by Walker and headed on by Cameron. Unfortunately the young Trialist spilled the ball out of his hands and Dan ARMSTRONG stuck away what turned out to be the only goal of the game in 24th minute. 0-1
The home side immediately had a good chance to equalise as Wighton travelled deep into the Killie box but Sam Walker blocked the shot from the left side when a cut back to O’Hara might have been a better choice.
The Pars Trialist keeper pulled off a fine save in 34 minutes after Rory McKenzie slipped the ball into the penalty box for McInroy but his well struck shot was beaten away by the man on black. Armstrong accepted a Murray pass to crash a cross through the Pars box as Kilmarnock finished the half with increased possession in the home half.
Innes Cameron flashed a shot narrowly wide right, closely followed by a good McInroy attempt that was also off target. After a bright start for Dunfermline, the visitors got more and more of the match. Still it took a disappointing goal to separate the sides at the break.
Half time: Dunfermline 0 Kilmarnock 1
Before the second half kicked off James McPake fielded three substitutes with Trialist#16, Paul Allan and Lewis McCann taking the places of Aaron Comrie, Joe Chalmers and Kyle Macdonald. Unfortunately a fourth sub was needed within five minutes after Rhys Breen was injured in a tackle in the Kilmarnock half. Nikolay Todorov was the fourth sub as Chris Hamilton and Craig Wighton each dropped back a level accordingly.
Killie’s half time sub Oli Shaw fired a 58th effort wide left before Dunfermline came close with several Todorov chances that were kept out one way or another. The big Bulgarian striker next connected with an Allan corner from the right but his header bounced just wide of the left goalpost.
There was a special East End welcome for 72nd minute sub Andrew Tod, son of Pars legend Andy Tod, who replaced Kevin O’Hara. Walker held an in swinging Allan corner from the left but the Ayrshire team were controlling play with their possession. Sub Steven Warnock broke through but his shot was held by the Pars keeper.
It would end 1-0 and it had been a good test against full time opponents who should be a force in the Premiership this season.
SUBS NOT USED: Trialist#15, Miller Fenton, Sam Young, Michael Beagley, Jake Rennie, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
KILMARNOCK: Sam Walker: Lee Hodson (Steven Warnock 79), Ash Taylor (Jack Sanders 63), Lewis Mayo: Alan Power (Brad Lyons 68): Dan Armstrong (Dylan McGowan 63), Liam Polworth (Bobby Wales 89), Rory McKenzie (David Watson 79), Kerr McInroy (Oli Shaw HT), Fraser Murray (Calum Waters 63), Innes Cameron (Kyle Connell 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Lafferty, Curtis Lyle (GK).
SCORERS: Armstrong (24)
REFEREE: Gavin Duncan
WEATHER: Dry 18°C
NEXT MATCH: Premier Sports Cup (away) v East Fife, Saturday 2nd July 2022, kick off 3.00pm at Bayview Stadium.
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Preview KilmarnockTuesday, 5th Jul 2022
Pre season friendly (home) Tuesday 5th July 2022, kick off 7.30pm at East End Park
Dunfermline host a pre season friendly against Kilmarnock on Tuesday night. The teams had contrasting fortunes last season both exiting the Championship after a season where the eventual champions won both their home games and drew on both visits to East End Park.
Derek McInnes’ side has been preparing for their return to the Premiership with a friendly at Falkirk and then a short spell on the Costa Del Sol where they played Lincoln Red Imps and Charlton Athletic.
Milestones (home) v Kilmarnock
Last League Victory | 09/09/06 | 3-2 | SPL
Last League Defeat | 12/05/12 | 1-2 | SPL
Best League Victory | 06/10/51 | 5-2 | Div 2*
Worst League Defeat | 17/04/99 | 0-6 | SPL
Last Goalless Draw | 26/02/22 | 0-0 | Championship
First Meeting | 03/01/27 | 2-3 | Div 1*
*Pre league reconstruction
Last Time at East End Park
Scottish Championship, Saturday 26th February 2022
Dunfermline 0 Kilmarnock 0
Dunfermine 0-0 Kilmarnock
Sat, 26th Feb 2022
There was much disappointment with the single point from this match since Dunfermline had the best chance of the game when Efe Ambrose, on his home debut, hit the crossbar in the second half.
The game would finish without a goal and the point enough to keep the Pars ahead of Queen of the South. Dunfermline thwarted Kilmarnock’s efforts to win three games in a row but with both sides seeking three points, a point a piece was probably the right result.
DUNFERMLINE: Jakub Stolarczyk: Matty Todd, Coll Donaldson, Efe Ambrose, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus, Joe Chalmers: Steven Lawless, Graham Dorrans (c) (Dom Thomas 70), Ryan Dow: Lewis McCann (Kevin O’Hara 58).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Rhys Breen, Paul Allan, Reece Cole, Miller Fenton, Owain Fôn Williams (GK)
KILMARNOCK: Zach Hemming: Jack Sanders (Jason Naismith HT), Chris Stokes (c), Euan Murray, Calum Waters: Stephen McGinn (Dylan Tait 68): Chris Burke (Daniel MacKay 68), Blair Alston (Declan Glass 76), Rory McKenzie, Fraser Murray: Kyle Lafferty (Oli Shaw 87).
SUBS NOT USED: Charlie McArthur, Dean Campbell, Dan Armstrong, Sam Walker (GK)
Over the last twelve league meetings, Kilmarnock have had the upper hand winning six of the contests. DA have managed to win only two with four games ended up all square.
Last Twelve League Matches v Kilmarnock
Date . .H/A F-A . . Scorers
09/04/22: A 0-2 Lafferty [0-1], Shaw [0-2]
26/02/22: H 0-0
12/02/22 A 1-2 [1-0] Lawless, [1-1] Lafferty, [1-2] Lafferty
16/10/21 H 2-2 [0-1] Hendry, [1-1] Thomas, [1-2] Shaw, [2-2] Comrie
12/05/12 H 1-2 [1-0] Willis, [1-1] Kelly, [1-2] Winchester
07/02/12 H 1-1 [0-1] Fowler, [1-1] Kirk
21/01/12 A 3-0 [1-0] Barrowman, [2-0] Cardle, [3-0] Buchanan
10/09/11 A 2-3 [1-0] J Thomson, [1-1] Heffernan, [1-2] Heffernan, [2-2] R Thomson, [2-3] Kroca
17/02/07 H 1-1 [0-1] Naismith, [1-1] Crawford
02/12/06 A 1-5 [0-1] Hay, [1-1] Crawford, [1-2] Di Giacomo, [1-3] Di Giacomo, [1-4] Nish, [1-5] Nish
09/09/06 H 3-2 [0-1] Invincible, [1-1] Young, [1-2] Wales, [2-2] Mason, [3-2] Crawford
04/03/06 A 0-1 [0-1] Invincible
Last Six Matches
Forfar Athletic (A) W 6-0
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
Charlton (N) W 1-0
Lincoln Red Imps (D) 2-2
Falkirk (A) W 4-1
Raith Rovers (A) D 1-1
Arbroath (H) W 2-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 1-2
Championship League Position: 9th
Championship League Points: 35
Goal Difference: -17
Home League Record: P18 W5 D8 L5 GF22 GA24
Last Six Match Form: LLDLWW
Championship League Position: 1st
Championship League Points: 67 (c)
Goal Difference: +23
Away League Record: P18 W8 D6 L4 GF22 GA13
Last Six Match Form: LWDWDW
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Forfar Athletic): 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)
KILMARNOCK (v Charlton): Zach Hemming (Sam Walker 45), Jack Sanders, Ash Taylor (Dylan McGowan 60), Lewis Mayo, Alan Power (Kerr McInroy 68), Liam Polworth (David Watson 68), Rory McKenzie (Brad Lyons 68), Fraser Murray (Steven Warnock 80), Dan Armstrong (Lee Hodson 80), Innes Cameron (Calum Waters 80), Kyle Lafferty (Oli Shaw 68).
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