Dunfermline 1 Queen of the South 4Saturday, 26th Sep 2009
No way back after losing three goals in the last seven minutes of the first half
Dunfermline were without Calum Woods for the visit of Gordon Chisholm`s side. He joined the injury list that included Stephen Glass, Steven Bell and David Graham. The visitors handed a debut to Dennis Wyness, on loan from St Mirren but they too were missing key players in Steven Tosh, Stewart Kean, David Weatherston, Neil Scally and Craig Barr.
Joe Cardle came in for Jim McIntyre`s team with Greg Ross switching to right back.Queens kicked off but Ross was heading the ball into Fleming`s hands with only nine seconds gone.
The Pars then enjoyed all the chances in the opening twenty minutes. Firstly Cardle played a neat one two off Bayne on the edge of the D before releasing a sharpattempt that Ludovic Roy spilled but his defence mopped up before Nick Phinn could touch the ball home.
Next Willie Gibson had a shot blocked and then from a long Scott Muirhead throw in on the left, Phinn just failed to connect in front of goal and Cardle`s return from the right was cut out.
Phinn`s 13th minute shot was blocked by Steven McKenna, a Gibson one blocked and then shots from both Bayne and Gibson fell wide right.It was midway through the half before the team in blue got in a shot but Rocco Quinn`s attempt from 15 yards went well over the top.
The Dumfries side suffered a set back when David Hutton had to come bon to deputise for the injured Roy in 25 minutes. The substitute keeper was mighty pleased to see Gibson`s pop shot from outside the penalty box go wide left of target.
Queen of the South gradually began to enjoy more possession but it was totally against the run of play when they snatched a 34th minute lead.New boy WYNESS got the better of McGregor down on the left side of the Pars box to cut inside and laced the ball past Fleming from eight yards.
Possibly fearing their Manager`s half time wrath, Dunfermline came back at their opponents with Burke seeing his shot blocked and then Cardle blasting a shot into the defenders 12 yards out.
Everything looked so just when a Pars equaliser duly arrived in 37th minute; a Bayne cross from the right byeline expertly headed home by PHINN. Unfortunately QOS were to score three in the following seven minutes.
Former St Mirren defender Mark McAusland got away with a tackle on Cardle when the Pars player was clearly taken out. Cardle had ran on to a Bayne lay off but the home side were still arguing for a penalty when Paul BURNS lobbed the ball into the far left of the Pars net from 20 yards just two minutes after the equaliser.
Muirhead forced a fine save out of Hutton in the next minute for the first of two Dunfermline corners but a long ball out of defence saw Fleming come out to the edge of his box only to lose the race with Paul BURNS and the no.7`s nod on could not be stopped on the line by Muirhead.
Right on half time Muirhead and Burns tangled on the right edge of the penalty box and Referee Frank McDermott pointed to the spot! Derek HOLMES took the responsibility and Fleming was given no chance to prevent the deficit becoming three.
Half Time: Dunfermline 1 Queen of the South 4
Chris Higgins replaced Neil McGregor for the start of the second half and Holmes had an early effort that was well wide right.Burke was yellow carded for trying to take a quick free kick further distancing Mr McDermott from the East End faithful.
Derek Holmes had a crack at goal in 52 but Fleming pulled off a fine save while at the other end Cardle hit one wide and the crossbar also came to the visitors assistance.
Both sides committed substitutes with Barry Wilson getting an early opportunity to fire a free kick over Fleming`s bar.Andy Kirk was giving Dunfermline more penalty box presence and the Queens defending was desperate at times.
Hutton stopped another good Gibson effort as the match entered its final quarter. Two 70th minute corners did nothing to break the Queens defence and a slip up by Fleming from a Dowie back pass gifted the visitors a corner on the left.The Pars survived that thanks to McKenna`s drive narrowly taking the route outside the left post.
It became apparent that the goals Dunfermline required to rekindle the game were not going to come. Bayne`s powerful shot from a Cardle lay off four minutes from time was well beaten away by Hutton and the three points were never in any danger of not returning to Dumfries.
A fourth straight league defeat yet the opening twenty five minutes promised so much.
SUBS NOT USED: Austin McCann,, Paul Willis, Greg Paterson (GK)
SCORERS: Phinn (37)
YELLOW CARD: Cardle (18), Bayne (42), Burke (51)
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Ludovic Roy (David Hutton 25); Craig Reid, Steven McKenna, David Lilley, Mark McAusland, Bob Harris; Paul Burns, Rocco Quinn, Willie McLaren (Jamie McQuilken 61); Dennis Wyness (Barry Wilson 63), Derek Holmes
SUBS NOT USED: Gerry McLauchlin, Jim Thomson.
SCORERS: Wyness (34), Burns (39, 43), Holmes (45+1)
YELLOW CARD: Harris (18), McKenna (89)
REFEREE: Frank McDermott
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Preview Queen of the SouthThursday, 24th Sep 2009
The Pars have won nine of the last twelve league meetings.
For their 7th home league game of the campaign this Saturday, the Pars are hosts to Queen of the South at East End Park. Queens won on their last visit to Dunfermline in the Alba Challenge Cup back in August and their 2-0 league win in January was their first at East End Park in over 53 years.
|Pars v Queen of the South: The Full League Record|
|At East End Park||29||20||5||4||73||30|
|At Palmerston Park||32||11||5||16||41||55|
|Division One (before 1975)||16||8||1||7||31||25|
|Division Two (before 1975)||16||8||0||8||35||31|
|First Division (since 1975)||21||12||6||3||39||24|
|Second Division (since 1975)||8||3||3||2||9||5|
Before Queens win in January Dunfermline had won ten and drawn five of the previous 15 fixtures in West Fife.
Milestones v Queen of the South (home)
Last League Victory
Last League Defeat
Best League Victory
Div One (old)
Worst League Defeat
Div Two (old)
The Pars have won nine of the last twelve league meetings.
Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
W D L
Seventh placed Pars face third placed Queens.
|Dunfermline||Queen of the South|
|Current League Position|
|League form: Last Six Games|
|P6, W2, D0, L4||P6, W3, D2, L1|
In the Co-operative Insurance Cup Queen of the South like Dunfermline, lost to SPL opponents on Wednesday night both by the odd goal in three.
|Recent Home / Away Form|
|Dunfermline Home||Queen of the South Away|
|Raith Rovers||L||0-2||Ross County||L||2-3|
|Raith Rovers||W||3-1||Ross County||L||2-0|
|Queen of the South||L||1-2||Dunfermline||W||2-1|
|Inverness Caley Thistle||L||0-1||Airdrie United||D||
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Hearts): Greg Fleming, Calum Woods (Joe Cardle 57), Scott Muirhead, Graeme Holmes, Neil McGregor, Andy Dowie, Greg Ross (Austin McCann 82), Alex Burke, Graham Bayne, Nick Phinn (Andy Kirk 75), Willie Gibson
SUBS NOT USED: Greg Paterson, Chris Higgins
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Rangers) : Ludovic Roy. Reid, Marc McAusland, Derek Lilley, Bob Harris, Paul Burns, Steven Tosh (Rocco Quinn 64), Stephen McKenna, Barry Wilson (Jamie McQuilken 72), Derek Holmes, David Weatherston (McLaughlan 83)
C`mon Ye Pars!
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