Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Alloa Athletic

Friday, 30th Apr 2021

Scottish Championship (away) Friday 30th April 2021, 7.45pm kick off at the Indodrill Stadium behind closed doors

The final match of the Championship season sees Dunfermline Athletic travelling to face the already relegated Alloa Athletic.

Dunfermline will definitely be playing in the first leg of the Premiership Quarter Final play off which will be held on Tuesday 4th May (as amended by SPFL after this story went live) and the only thing remaining to be settled is against whom and where. The team in fourth place will host the third placed team in the first leg.

For the Pars a win could see them reach third place but that would depend on the already safe Queen of the South defeating Dundee. The Dens Park club will be going all out for a win though in the hope that they can leapfrog second placed, Raith Rovers if John McGlynn`s side do not manage to win at home to champions Hearts.

Milestones v Alloa Athletic (away)
Last Victory | 24/10/20 | 4-1 | Championship
Last Defeat | 09/11/19| 1-2 | Championship
Best Victory | 11/02/48 | 6-0 | Division B (two)
Worst Defeat | 26/04/52 | 4-5 | Division B (two)
First League meeting | 18/02/22 | 0-2 | Division Two

This is the 67th league match between the clubs and Alloa with 24 wins marginally hold the advantage. 20 have been drawn and 23 won by Dunfermline.

Although there had been cup knock outs and play off reversals, the Pars defeat at the Indodrill Stadium in November 2019 is their only away loss in a league match to Alloa Athletic since May 1979.

Last Time at Indrodrill Stadium
Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline 4
Saturday 24th October 2021, Championship

This was the Pars first away match of the delayed 2020-2021 league season and it got off to a very good start when a superb hooked ball from Fraser Murray sent Ryan DOW through to round the keeper for the seventh minute opener. 0-1

Alloa fought back and got their reward in added time at the end of the first half. Kevin CAWLEY met an Innes Murray ball in from the right and his header from the edge of the box looped over everyone into the net. 1-1

In 66th minute Kevin O’Hara came on for the injured Ryan Dow and the former Wasp really came back to sting his old club. Within 30 seconds O’HARA had his name on the scoresheet. A free kick taken by Fôn Williams created problems for Robertson whose header towards his keeper was intercepted by the sub who lifted the ball into the goal. 1-2

O’HARA certainly proved that he knew where the goals were at Alloa. Latching on to a neat interchange from sub Kyle Turner, through McManus for him to take into the box on the left side and hit the net just inside the right goalpost. 1-3

The possibility of a hattrick came with a 90th minute penalty kick awarded after Lynch had taken down Turner and referee Robertson pointed to the spot. Kevin O`HARA was handed the ball by McManus to step up and hammer the ball low to the keeper’s right. 1-4.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Reece Willison: Jon Robertson, Scott Taggart, Edin Lynch, Liam Dick: Kevin Cawley, Ray Grant, Innes Murray (Liam Buchanan 74), Lee Connelly (Stefan Scougall 63): Alan Trouten, Robert Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron O’Donnel, Andy Graham, Adam Brown, Blair Malcolm, Andy Wilson (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson (Lewis Mayo 51), Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Steven Whittaker: Fraser Murray, Iain Wilson (Kyle Turner 71), Dom Thomas: Ryan Dow (Kevin O’Hara 66), Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Kerr McInroy, Lewis McCann, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)

Last 12 meetings against Alloa Athletic

Three Alloa wins, five Dunfermline wins with four drawn in the last twelve meetings.

20/02/21 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 1 | Championship
24/10/20 | Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline 4 | Championship
28/12/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 3 | Championship
09/11/19 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
28/09/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 1 | Championship
07/09/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 2 | Tunnock’s CW Cup
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

Recent Form

Dunfermline’s win over Arbroath was their first back to back wins since November but they are now undefeated in their last five games. Away from home only Alloa has a worse record, Dunfermline`s only league success on the road was at Alloa earlier this season.

Alloa Athletic have won only one of their last twelve matches but at home only Dundee and Raith Rovers have defeated them in the six games since Hearts visit in January.

Arbroath (H) W 4-3
Queen of the South (H) W 3-1
Dundee ( H) D 0-0
Ayr United (A) D 1-1
Hearts (H) D 0-0
Raith Rovers (A) L 1-5

Morton (A) D 1-1
Raith Rovers (H) L 1-2
Hearts (A) L 0-6
Arbroath (A) L 1-2
Ayr United (H) D 2-2
Dundee (H) L 0-3

Current League Stats

League Position: 4th
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +5
Away League Record: P12 W1 D6 L5 GF14 GA20
Last Six Match Form: LDDDWW

League Position: 10th
League Points: 19
Goal Difference: -31
Home League Record: P13 W2 D5 L6 GF17 GA29
Last Six Match Form: LDLLLD
Last Six Home Match Form: WDDLDL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath):
Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Vytas Gašpuitis (Paul Watson 65), Lewis Mayo, Josh Edwards: Steven Whittaker (c): Dom Thomas, Declan McManus (Kerr McInroy 62), Ewan Henderson (Fraser Murray 79): Kevin O’Hara, Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, Paul Allan, Kyle Macdonald, Cammy Gill (GK)

ALLOA ATHLETIC (v Morton):Neil Parry: Scott Taggart, Andy Graham, Nicky Jamieson, Lucas Williamson, Steven Hetherington, Jon Robertson (Adam Brown 89), Ray Grant, Kevin Cawley, Alan Trouten (Liam Buchanan 66), Innes Cameron
SUBS NOT USED: Stefan Scougall, Lee Connelly, Innes Murray, Robert Thomson, Andy Wilson (GK), Reece Willison (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures
Arbroath v Morton
Inverness Caley Thistle v Ayr United
Queen of the South v Dundee
Raith Rovers v Hearts

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