Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2006-2007 : Rangers

Sun, 13th Aug 2006 Kick Off: 14:00

Dunfermline 1 Rangers 1

Monday, 14th Aug 2006

Owen Morrison was the hero as Pars claim their first points of the season from Rangers at East End Park.

Rangers were unchanged from the team held to a 2-2 draw the previous Saturday by Craig Brewster`s Dundee United. That meant of course, the first ever visit to East End Park for at least half the visiting team. Dunfermline were without the injured Greg Shields (twisted knee) and Freddie Daquin (fractured cheekbone) but Andy Tod was back following suspension and Jamie McCunnie took Shieldsie`s place as he did at Falkirk when he came on as a 15th minute sub.

The sun came out as the kick off beckoned with Sammy starting his routine to "Armed and Extremely Dangerous". The furry mascot had no answer however to the striking problem facing the Pars and one was left hoping that the partnership of Tod and Burchill would come good for this first viewing of the season for Dunfermline Athletic live on Setanta.

Burchy and Gary Mason got the game underway East Stand after a lengthy pause for television`s OK and Mark Burchill was forward to pick up an Alan Hutton clearance and fire into the Stand from 20 yards after only 12 seconds! The promising start continued with Scott Wilson nearly getting enough on his header from Calum Woods free kick deep on the right. In the end the ball broke for Tod but his challenge was whistled for high feet.

Two chances then came Thomas Buffel`s way. The first came in 6th minute when indecision between Wilson and McKenzie let the Belgian internationalist in on six yards to send the ball narrowly wide of the right post. Then just two minutes later a misunderstanding between Bamba and Wilson almost proved fatal but Roddy McKenzie was out to thwart Buffel.

The Pars first clear cut shot in 11th minute was a 24 yard free kick from Stephen Simmons. Rangers lined up a five man wall with only Wilson, Bamba and Tod in the box, the ex Hearts man rocketed a shot through that Lionel Letiki held diving to his left. The keeper`s long clearance resulted in a Rangers free kick that McKenzie held from Libor Sionko. Next Sionko sent a dangerous ball in from the left and maybe it was fortunate that Charlie Adam used a hand as he tried to control the ball inside the six yard box.

Rangers first corner of the game in 17 minutes was cleared but at the expense of a head knock to Simmons. After treatment the midfielder was fit to continue but with the exception of a powerful run through Rangers by Calum Woods the Pars defence were kept fully deployed. The three at the back, that became five when necessary was working well but Sionko`s speedy run from the right playing a one two with his captain Dado Prso looked ominous in 27 minutes. Gary Mason put in a telling block as Sionko left go and when the ball broke to Phil McGuire, his clearance was belted off a Rangers player and canoned just outside the left goalpost.

Andy Tod had to leave the field in 34 minutes with blood flowing out of a gash sustained as he was squashed out in the Rangers penalty box. While down to ten men the home defence closed out a Rangers free kick from 25 yards out on the top of the D. The Ibrox side kept the Pars under severe pressure as half time got closer. A series of balls were cleared only for the Royal Blue shirts to collect and travel back towards the Pars goal.

Three minutes from the break a good delivery in from the right where Burchill and Simmons combined, was valiantly driven at by Mason but he could not get a connection as the ball whizzed through the six yard box. Toddy returned after two stitches that took ten minutes to administer and half time came without a score although there was a heart stopping moment when Muirhead`s pass back was light and McKenzie was swiftly out to blast the ball well into the Rangers half.

Half Time: Dunfermline 0 Rangers 0

No changes for the second half and first opportunity to alter the scoreline came in two minutes with Sionko blasting a break off McGuire into the Rangers supporters behind the goal. Steven Smith received a Prso prod to burst through the right side of the Pars defence in 51 minutes. His ball in to Buffel evaded Bamba but Buffel was blown up for the illegal use of a hand.

The Pars first corner of the match in 53rd minute led to a dangerous Prso break on the Dunfermline two man defence but Scott Wilson got back well to put in an extremely good tackle. A 57th minute corner put Rangers in with another good chance but Tod`s presence put off Prso and Sionko despatched another ball into the stand.

Gary Mason was the hero of the next Rangers corner after Rangers had made a double substitution on the hour. Kris Boyd and Chris Burke came on and within three minutes when Clement fed a neat pass into the path of Thomas BUFFEL on the right side of the box and the 25 year old slotted in at the far post.

Worse was to follow it would seem, as the Pars lost last season`s top scorer Mark Burchill with a groin injury and Owen Morrison came on in 66th minute. But matching the result of the Gers substitution, within three minutes MORRISON scored the equaliser. Letizi spilled a fine Simmons cross in from the right and the Irishman accepted the gift slotting home from six yards.

Suddenly Dunfermline saw their chance and pressure was turned up on the Rangers defence. Scott Wilson was deep into the opposition half and given time was able to release a good pass right for Mason to cut back from the byeline. Bamba just failed in the race for the ball and then Simmons had a crack at goal that was fended clear.

With 78 minutes gone Morrison swung in a high ball from the right that Letizi picked off Tod`s bandaged head. Rangers rallied as well and the game entered the final ten minutes at frantic pace. Buffel and Boyd made another chance and McKenzie`s footed save fortunately broke off Bamba into the orange shirted keeper`s hands.

Sub Lee Martin went around Greg Ross but Wilson was quickly in to concede the corner and kill the threat. Dunfermline were hanging on a bit with lots of desperate but effective, defending assisted by some wasted Rangers chances.

In the end it was Dunfermline who almost snatched the winner three minutes into added time when Woods accepted a poor Burke pass and the ex Liverpool player thrashed a shot into the left sidenetting from 30 yards.

A great morale boosting point then for the injury ridden Pars team and hopefully just the tonic required ahead of the next two matches on the road at Dundee United and Aberdeen.

DUNFERMLINE: Roddy McKenzie, Scott Wilson, Phil McGuire, Soulemayne Bamba; Calum Woods (Craig Wilson 94); Stephen Simmons, Jamie McCunnie, Gary Mason, Scott Muirhead (Greg Ross 58); Andy Tod (c), Mark Burchill (Owen Morrison 66)
SUBS NOT USED: Nick Phinn, Iain Campbell, Calum Smith, Dorus de Vries
SCORERS: Owen Morrison (69)
YELLOW CARD: Simmons (32), Woods (83)

RANGERS: Lionel Letizi; Alan Hutton, Julien Rodriguez, Karl Svensson, Steven Smith, Brahim Hemdani, Jeremy Clement, Libor Sionko (Chris Burke 60), Thomas Buffel, Charlie Adam (Lee Martin 71), Dado Prso (Kris Boyd 60)
SUBS NOT USED: Gavin Rae, Jose Pierre-Fanfan, Filip Sebo, Allan McGregor (GK)
SCORERS: Buffel (63)

REFEREE: Charlie Richmond
WEATHER: Sunny Intervals 17°C
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Preview Rangers

Thursday, 10th Aug 2006

The last dozen meetings between the two teams have seen ten Dunfermline defeats, one win and one draw. Seven of those defeats have seen the Pars concede three or more goals.

Ticket Information

The last meeting between these teams at East End Park served up a six goal thriller.  Twice ahead, the Pars were reduced to ten men when conceding a penalty that got the Ibrox club back on level terms and then trailing by a single goal the Pars were awarded a penalty deep into added time by referee Craig Thomson.  Darren Young stuck the penalty away and the Boxing Day fixture was full of Christmas cheer for Dunfermline fans.  Unfortunately points have been hard to win off Rangers as visitors. One win and five draws from the twenty five Premier meetings in Fife is not a great record.

Premier League v Rangers (Home)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

25

1

5

19

19

62

Rangers Home Milestones

As most Pars fans know, the goals in the famous two-nil win in 2003 that brought an end to the 33 year run without a league victory at East End Park over Rangers were scored by Stevie Crawford, and a certain Paulo Vanoli. No Pars fan wants to wait as long for the next win!

Milestones Rangers (Home)

Last League Victory

14/12/03

2-0

SPL

Last League Defeat

17/04/05

0-1

SPL

Best League Victory

14/04/65

3-1

Div One*

Worst League Defeat

04/10/58
11/08/34

1-7

Div One*

*Pre league reconstruction

Last Twelve League matches

The last dozen meetings between the two teams have seen ten Dunfermline defeats, one win and one draw.  Seven of those defeats have seen the Pars concede three or more goals.

Last Twelve League Matches v Rangers

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

25/03/06 A 0-1 [0-1] Kyrgiakos
26/12/05 H 3-3 [1-0] Tod, [1-1] Lovenkrands, [2-1] Burchill, [2-2] Lovenkrands, [2-3] Burke, [3-3] Darren Young
01/10/05 A 1-5 [0-1] Buffel, [0-2] Prso, [1-2] Hunt, [1-3] Nieto, [1-4] Lovenkrands, [1-5] McCormack
17/04/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Prso
15/01/05 A 0-3 [0-1] Thompson, [0-2] Andrews, [0-3] Rae
27/10/04 H 1-2 [1-0] Brewster, [1-1] Boumsong, [1-2] Novo

16/05/04

H

2-3

[1-0] Dempsey; [1-1] Ricksen; [1-2] Burke; [1-3]  McCormack; [2-3] Dempsey

23/03/04

A

1-4

[0-1] Hutton, [0-2] Lovenkrands, [1-2] Tod, [1-3] R de Boer, [1-4] Mols

14/12/03

H

2-0

[1-0] Crawford, [2-0] Vanoli (og)

13/09/03

A

0-4

[0-1]Thompson, [0-2] Mols, [0-3] Arveladze, [0-4] Capucho

25/05/03

A

1-6

[0-1] Mols, [1-1] Dair, [1-2] Cannigia, [1-3] Arverladze, [1-4] de Boer, [1-5] Thompson, [1-6] Arteta (p)

08/02/03

H

1-3

[0-1] McCann, [1-1] Brewster, [1-2]  Amoruso, [1-3] Caniggia

With no points from the first two SPL matches of the season a point or three off Rangers would be a great way to break the duck but Rangers smarting from being held to a draw at home to Dundee United last Saturday will be focussed on bagging the three points.

Last Six

Dunfermline
Home

L
Hearts
1-2

L
Inverness Caley Thistle
0-1

W
Livingston
3-2

D
Falkirk
1-1

W
Aberdeen
1-0

D
Dundee United
1-1

Rangers
Away

W
Motherwell
2-1
W
Hibs
2-1
W
Kilmarnock
3-1
D
Celtic
0-0

W
Dundee United
4-1

D
Hearts
1-1

Last Saturday the Rangers team that drew 2-2 with Dundee United was:-
Lionel Letizi; Alan Hutton, Julien Rodriguez, Karl Svensson (Chris Burke 57), Steven Smith, Brahim Hemdani, Jeremy Clement, Libor Sionko, Thomas Buffel, Charlie Adam (Kris Boyd 45), Dado Prso (Filip Sebo 70)
Subs not used: Allan McGregor, Rae, Jose Pierre-Fanfan, Antoine Ponroy

Only three players who played at Ibrox against the Arabs played on Boxing Day against the Pars.  Yes this will be Rangers Football Club, but do they know they are supposed to win?

Dunfermline`s injury list continues to grow but at least Greg Ross and Scott Morrison returned to Reserve League action in midweek.  Whoever takes the field for Dunfermline on Sunday nothing less than 100% commitment can be expected and Leishman will be out to create another upset to keep his after dinner stories fresh.

Remember its a 2.00pm kick off and the game is all ticket.

Come on ye Pars!



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