Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2006-2007 : St Mirren

Mon, 30th Apr 2007 Kick Off: 19:45

St Mirren 0 Dunfermline 1

Monday, 30th Apr 2007

The Big One - the big match and the big goal from Tam McMANUS who scored after 58 minutes.

It was a beautiful sunny night in Paisley and the tension mounted as the teams warmed up. It was to be the largest attendance of the season at St Mirren Park and both sets of supporters streamed in hoping to witness the sun going down on their opponents SPL life. This was to be the big relegation decider; a win would put Dunfermline just one point behind Saints but a defeat would increase the margin to seven points.

With everything at stake Stephen Kenny brought back Scott Wilson, Tam McManus and Stephen Glass after their cup exclusion meaning Darren Young and Jamie McCunnie found themselves on the bench and Phil McGuire served out his second of his two match suspension. St Mirren were unchanged from the side that won at Falkirk the previous Monday.

Prior to kick off it was the Pars fans who were winning in the volume stakes and certainly the travelling support looked to be full of great expectations. A barrage of around 50 beach balls rained down from the visitors stand before McIntyre and McManus got the game underway with the Pars attacking the goal in front of their own support.

Right away the Dunfermline players demonstrated that they were up for this game every bit as much as their fans. An Adam Hammill ball into the box in the second minute was aimed at Jim McIntyre but Hugh Murray`s challenge flattened him and play continued. Very soon a long throw by Muirhead found the head of McIntyre on the byeline but Chris Smith gathered the ball albeit not convincingly.

A fourth minute free kick 25 yards out on the left awarded after Murray chopped down McManus, was taken by Jim O`Brien but he was well above the crossbar with his attempt. St Mirren gradually managed to tame the visitors` initial enthusiasm, a John Sutton headed effort coming close from a Richard Brittain free kick from wide right.

A 16th minute corner from Brittain on the right was headed on target but de Vries held and another two minutes later was cleared by Greg Shields. Hammill was causing St Mirren problems and van Zanten in particular. His marker picked up a yellow card for a rather crude tackle and then challenged Hammill in the box at the other end where the Liverpool player might have gone to ground in a penalty claim.

St Mirren tried to get the ball forward but the most that was troubling de Vries was Sol Bamba`s numerous pass backs. The big man powered forward himself in 31st minute to trouble Chris Smith at the other end. Having intercepted a pass in the Saints half he played a 1-2 with McIntyre on the edge of the box. He controlled with his left and got the shot in with his right but he was wide right with the Pars best chance of the first half.

Hammill curled a ball over from the left that Smith grabbed from under his crossbar and in 37 minutes when he dispossessed van Zanten, he hit a shot well wide of target. Five minutes from the break it was the same Adam Hammill who shot from the edge of the box right side but the ball squeezed outside Smith`s left hand post.

Territorially the visitors were getting on top and the Paisley folk grew quieter only roused by a corner won after Stewart Kean`s cross was spectacularly headed behind by Bamba.

Hammill broke past van Zanten and Potter before Maxwell covered across to concede a corner. Surprisingly this was the Pars first corner, taken while the announcer informed us of one minute of added time, but Smith came out well to hold O`Brien`s delivery. So 0-0 at the break and Dunfermline were badly needing to get a goal in the second.

Half Time: St Mirren 0 Dunfermline 0

Urgency appeared to have struck the Pars as they took off from the restart. Shields was up to force a corner on the right after two minutes and when Glass sent that over McManus`s flick was well saved by Smith and he regained his composure to deal with a driven shot from Hammill at the edge of the box.

The keeper knew less when Hammill`s 52nd minute free kick was laid back by McIntyre to Scott Wilson at the edge of the box and a loud roar rose from the away stand as McManus diverted the defender`s shot past Smith. The linesman`s flag was quickly raised as the `scorer` was unfortunately ruled offside. In 55 minutes Hammill picked a route through the central defence but his eventual shot was blocked by the green shirted keeper.

Three minutes later Dunfermline struck with that much sought after goal. Stephen Glass started the move from the edge of his own box. He picked out McIntyre on half way who laid the ball into the path of Scott Muirhead. The former Dons player motored deep into the Saints half, choosing to give Hammill a touch on the wing, he was well placed to accept the return and drive a low shot on goal from the edge of the box. The shot was blocked by Kirk Broadfoot but Tam McMANUS was on hand to stick the ball past the keeper to send players and fans delirious. Tam`s second goal in as many games.

Cue much singing from the large travelling support matched by anxious calls from frustrated Buddies. Come on ye Pars echoed upfield as Hammill directed in another free kick from the left side but St Mirren cleared the overhit ball.

Nerves were not apparent as Shields and then Muirhead had some good headed clearances and Gary Mason powered his way out of a predicament. The cup finalists looked calm as they kept St Mirren out at two 77th minute corners. Vital seconds were eaten away as Billy Mehmet came on for the opposition and then when Jamie McCunnie replaced Hammill.

A second Dunfermline goal would have made the last ten minutes much more comfortable and that just about happened when O`Brien shuffled his way into space for a cross to the back post but McManus just failed to connect. Things got frayed in the last five minutes with St Mirren on more than one occasion, almost scrambling in an equaliser. Corners and free kicks came as Saints remembered that their simplest road to SPL safety was to net against their opponents.

After four minutes of added time the final whistle brought on the second great Pars celebration in six days. This time, however, we are not into Europe, not even assured SPL next season but one point behind St Mirren with three games each remaining. Just what effect will this victory have, the Pars first win in Paisley since 2000? One would expect a demoralising effect on St Mirren and a real boost to that momentum for the Pars. Never has Paisley looked so beautiful!

ST MIRREN: Chris Smith; David van Zanten, Ian Maxwell, John Potter, Kirk Broadfoot; Hugh Murray, Richard Brittain (Mark Corcoran 64), Garry Brady ( David McKenna 85), Alan Reid (Billy Mehmet 78), John Sutton, Stewart Kean
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Hinchcliffe, Ryan McCay, Eddie Malone, Paul Lawson
YELLOW CARD: van Zanten (22)

DUNFERMLINE: Dorus de Vries; Greg Shields (c), Souleymane Bamba, Scott Wilson, Scott Muirhead; Jim O`Brien (Darren Young 92), Stephen Glass, Gary Mason, Adam Hammill ( Jamie McCunnie 79), Tam McManus, Jim McIntyre (Jim Hamilton 89).
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Burchill, Owen Morrison, Calum Woods, Roddy McKenzie (GK)
SCORERS: McManus (58)
YELLOW CARD: Glass (49), Bamba (87)

REFEREE: Michael McCurry
WEATHER: Sunny 17°C
ATTENDANCE 10251

NEXT MATCH: (home) SPL v Motherwell, Monday 7th May 2007, kick off 7.45pm

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Preview St Mirren

Friday, 27th Apr 2007

There will be a great atmosphere at St Mirren on Monday night, hopefully a Pars win will shorten the journey home.

Ticket Information (ALL TICKET)


St Mirren v Dunfermline

With both St Mirren and Dunfermline picking up points in their desperate situation, the scene is set for a real show down at Love Street.  Monday`s meeting with St Mirren is only the second match between the clubs in Paisley since 31st March 2001. It will also be the last meeting between the clubs for at least fifteen months since relegation is almost certainly the destiny for one of the two. Worryingly it is actually five games back since Dunfermline won there, in March 2000.

In league matches between the clubs, the Pars hold the advantage overall with 35 wins to Saints 28.

League v St Mirren

Pld

W

D

L

73

35

20

28

Record win at Love Street is 5-0 when Bert Paton (2), Hugh Robertson, Hugh Maxwell and Jim Fleming did the damage in season 66/67. Saints have won by four goals a few times; 6-2 being the biggest result in February 1959 and they even scored one of the Pars two. 

Milestones St Mirren (Away)

Last League Victory #

04/03/00

2 - 0

SFL

Last League Defeat #

31/10/00

1 - 2

SPL

Best League Victory *

15/10/66

5 - 0

Div One*

Worst League Defeat*

18/02/59

2 - 6

Div One*

* Pre Reconstruction

Dunfermline won the first meeting this season against Gus MacPherson`s side in September. Of the last dozen matches Dunfermline have won three, St Mirren four and five have been drawn.

Last Twelve Matches v St Mirren
10-03-2007 Dunfermline Athletic

0-0

St Mirren SPL
16-12-2006 St Mirren

0-0

Dunfermline Athletic SPL
23-09-2006 Dunfermline Athletic

2-1

St Mirren SPL
28-04-2001 Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 St Mirren SPL
31-03-2001 St Mirren 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic SPL
16-12-2000 Dunfermline Athletic 2-0 St Mirren SPL
31-10-2000 St Mirren 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic Scottish League Cup
30-09-2000 St Mirren 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic SPL
04-03-2000 St Mirren 0-2 Dunfermline Athletic Scottish Division 1
19-02-2000 Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 St Mirren Scottish Division 1
30-10-1999 St Mirren 3-1 Dunfermline Athletic Scottish Division 1
11-09-1999 Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 St Mirren Scottish Division 1

Dunfermline have won three of their last SPL games and of course their cup result means that they have qualified for Europe. They badly need to retain that SPL staus if they want to put on a good show in Europe. First Division football would see them lose both players and any realistic chance that they would have on the higher stage.

St Mirren  Dunfermline
Current League Position
11 12
Last 6-Match Form
LDLDLW LDWLWW
Home/Away Record
P17, W3, D6, L8 P17, W1, D4, L12
Leading Scorers
John Sutton (8) S Crawford (5)
S Simmons (5)

St Mirren`s only win of 2007 came on Monday when they visited the Falkirk Stadium. With Dunfermline having narrowed the gap at the foot of the table to just one point Gus MacPherson`s side showed great desire in beating the Bairns 2-0. A Stewart Kean penalty and a goal early in the second half from Garry Brady was enough the ensure all three points were going back to Paisley. It was only their second away win since October but that puts immense pressure on the Pars to get a result in this the fourth last match of the campaign.

The Pars won at Inverness, lost at Motherwell but then defeated Hibs 1-0 and of course reached the Scottish Cup Final with a 1-0 win over Hibs in the replay last Tuesday. Defeat is unthinkable but a draw might well satisfy the home team. One point a piece would leave the margin at four, effectively five because of the Saints superior goal difference and there would be just nine points left at stake.

Recent SPL Form
St Mirren
Home

L
Rangers
0-1

D
Hibernian
1-1

L
Kilmarnock
0-2

D
M`well
0-0

L
Dundee United

0-1

Dunfermline
Away

L
Motherwell
0-2

W
Inverness CT
3-1

L
Celtic
1-2

L
Aberdeen
0-3

L
Falkirk
0-1

Teams last time out

DUNFERMLINE : Dorus de Vries; Greg Shields (c), Souleymane Bamba, Phil McGuire, Scott Muirhead; Jim O`Brien (Owen Morrison 69), Darren Young (Mark Burchill 77), Jamie McCunnie, Gary Mason, Adam Hammill (Greg Ross 89); Jim McIntyre.
SUBS: Roddy McKenzie (GK), Freddie Daquin.

ST MIRREN (v Falkirk): Chris Smith; David van Zanten, Ian Maxwell, John Potter, Kirk Broadfoot; Simon Lappin, Hugh Murray, Richard Brittain, Garry Brady, Alan Reid, John Sutton, Stewart Kean
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Hinchcliffe, Mark Corcoran, Billy Mehmet, Eddie Malone, Brian Mackay, Stephen McGinn, Paul Lawson

Phil McGuire serves out his two match suspension with this match but Scott Wilson will be available after his Scottish Cup suspension.  Tam McManus and Stephen Glass can return and both Jim Hamilton and Stevie Crawford played for the reserves in midweek.  Scott Thomson was withdrawn in the reserve match as a precaution when his thigh tightened and Stephen Simmons appears to be over his foot injury.  Selection will give Manager Stephen Kenny a happy problem. 

TICKET INFO FOR ST MIRREN

Dunfermline Athletic Fixtures:-
Monday 30th April v St Mirren (away)
Monday 7th May v Motherwell (home)
Saturday 12th May v Inverness Caley Thistle (away)
Saturday 19th May v Falkirk (home) 1:00pm kick off

St Mirren Fixtures:-
Monday 30th April v Dunfermline Athletic (home)
Saturday 5th May v Dundee United (away)
Saturday 12th May v Motherwell (away)
Saturday 19th May v Inverness Caley Thistle (home) 1:00pm kick off

SPL Split Explained

 



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