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Saturday, 7th Sep 2019

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup, Saturday 7th September v Alloa Athletic, 3.00pm kick off at East End Park.

For the second season running Dunfermline Athletic will host Alloa Athletic in the Challenge Cup. This year it is called the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup, last year it was the Irn Bru Cup but no matter what it’s called it’s clear that whether it’s to take the biscuit or let the fizz out, the East End Park club will be out for revenge this Saturday.

Dunfermline have lost only won of their last seventeen matches against Alloa Athletic but last October’s 4-2 win on penalties was sufficient to knock the Pars out of the Irn Bru Cup. For both Athletics this third round tie is their first involvement in this season’s Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

The teams have met 77 times and the Fifers have the advantage with 35 wins to Alloa’s 28. 24 matches have been drawn. In cup competitions the teams have met 26 times and the Pars are ahead 14-6 in those with six having been drawn.

Milestones v Alloa Athletic (home)
Last home win | 19/05/13 | 1-0 | First Division Play off
Last home defeat | 18/09/76 | Second Division
Best home win: | 30/01/58 | 8-1 | Second Division
Worst home defeat: | 11/09/1886 | 4-8 | Scottish Cup
Last home goalless draw | 15/09/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First home league meeting: | 10/09/21 | 0-1 | Division Two

Last 12 meetings against Alloa Athletic

One Alloa win, seven Dunfermline wins with four drawn in a period stretching back over 34 years.

09/03/19 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
05/01/19 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Championship
03/11/18 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
13/10/18 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Irn Bru Cup
15/09/18 | Dunfermline 0 Alloa Athletic 0 | Championship
21/01/17 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 3 | Scottish Cup
19/05/13 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | Div One Play off
15/05/13 | Alloa Athletic 3 Dunfermline 0 | Div One Play off
26/08/08 | Dunfermlne 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
26/09/01 | Dunfermline 3 Alloa Athletic 0 | League Cup
20/08/91 | Dunfermline 4 Alloa Athletic 1 | League Cup
05/05/85 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 0 | Second Division

Last year in the Irn Bru Cup
Saturday 13th October 2018
Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2
Alloa won 5-4 on penalties

The visitors were to go ahead in the eighth minute as a result of two unfortunate touches. Firstly a stray pass from Andy Ryan allowed Alloa to break down the left forcing a throw in 18 yards out and when Louis Longridge cleverly stole the ball away from the throw in, Alloa gathered and picked out Alan TROUTEN in front of goal. His shot seemed to deflect off Lee Ashcroft giving Lee Robinson no chance of keeping it out. 0-1

The Pars shooting eventually paid off in 28 minutes, Louis LONGRIDGE firing a good attempt in from 25 yards that gave keeper Neil Parry little chance. 1-1

The second half started really well for the Pars with Glad All Over striking up within two minutes. El Bakhtaoui slipped a great ball through for L Longridge to run on to and then strike a shot that came back off the left upright and in the scramble to net the rebound Alloa conceded a penalty. Louis LONGRIDGE made no mistake from the spot kick to put the Pars 2-1 up.

The away team found an equaliser on 70 minutes. It was Dario Zanatta who made the goal getting in a deadly cross from the left that TROUTEN swept home from close in. 2-2. The match ended all square and would be decided on penalties.

Penalty shoot out:
Alloa to take first at the McCathie Stand end
1 Scott Taggart scores bottom right after Lee Robinson is yellow carded
2 James Craigen scores to right 1-1
3 Flannigan nets bottom left
4 Louis Longridge scores down the middle 2-2
5 Dario Zanatta nets low right
6 Myles Hippolyte left footed stroke low right 3-3
7 Alan Trouten delicately in right
8 Tom Beadling nets bottom right 4-4
9 Andy Graham nets bottom left
10 Aidan Connolly left footed shot to right is saved 4-5

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin (Tom Beadling 66), Aidan Connolly: Andy Ryan (Myles Hippolyte 68), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Thomson, Stuart Morrison, Lewis McCann, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: L Longridge (28, 47 pen.)

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Andy Graham (c), Reis Peggie, Liam Dick: Kevin Cawley, Jon Robertson, Alan Trouten, Iain Flannigan: Connor Shields (Adam Brown 66), Dario Zanatta.
SUBS NOT USED: Greig Spence, Ahmed Aloulou, Zdrako Karadachki, Chris Henry (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

Arbroath (A) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-2
Celtic (A) L 1-2 AET
Queen of the South (A) D 1-1
Dundee (H) D 2-2
East Kilbride (H) 4-0

Queen of the South (A) W 1-0
Arbroath (H) L 0-1
Morton (A) L 1-4
Partick Thistle (H) D 1-1
Arbroath (A) W 3-2
Stirling Albion (H) W 2-1

Recent Form

After a confidence building Betfred campaign where they won their group and defeated Premier League opponents St Mirren, and an impressive display against Dundee and Celtic, Dunfermline are now seeking to end a run of five matches without a win.

Alloa finished second in their Betfred Cup group that was won by Hibs. They picked up a point in their opening game at home to Partick, then lost to Morton and Arbroath before picking up their first three points at Palmerston last Saturday.

League Position: 9th
League Points: 2
Goal Difference: -3
League Record: P4 W0 D2 L2 GF3 GA6
Last Six Match Form: WDDDLL

League Position: 7th
League Points: 4
Goal Difference: -3
League Record: P4 W1 D1 L2 GF3 GA6
Last Match Form: WWDLLW

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Josh Coley (Harry Cochrane 65), Paul Paton (c), Tom Beadling (Gabby McGill 76), Lewis McCann (Andy Ryan 83): Kyle Turner: Kevin Nisbet, .
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Morrison, Matthew Todd, Josh Edwards, Cammy Gill (GK)

ALLOA ATHLETIC (v Queen of the South): Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Robbie Deas, Andy Graham, Liam Dick: Iain Flannigan, Blair Malcolm, Kevin Cawley, Alan Trouten (John Robertson 61), Kevin O`Hara (Adam Brown 80), Robert Thomson (Liam Buchanan 85)
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron O`Donnel, Andy Stirling, Paul Gillespie, Chris Henry (GK).

Other Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup Third Round ties

Connah’s Quay Nomads v Cove Rangers
Stenhousemuir v New Saints
Waterford v Heart of Midlothian Colts
Airdrieonians v Bohemians
Wrexham v Ayr United
Kelty Hearts v Solihull Moors
Ballymena United v Rangers Colts
Formartine United v Glenavon
Inverness Caley Thistle v Morton
Montrose v Partick Thistle
St Mirren Colts v Stirling Albion
Dundee United v Arbroath
Clyde v Queen of the South
Raith Rovers v Falkirk
Dundee v Elgin City

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