Preview ArbroathWednesday, 14th Aug 2013
These sides haven't met on league business since season 1985-1986. Admission for Adults £15, Concessions £10, Under 12's £1.
The Pars first home league match of the 2013-14 season is against Arbroath. These sides haven't met on league business since season 85-86 and the Angus club have not registered a win at East End Park since December 1984. Since then their most recent visits have been on cup business but the Pars have successfully negotiated League Cup and Challenge Cup ties against them.
So far this season Dunfermline have won three matches out of three, successfully negotiating past Cowdenbeath in the Ramsden Cup, East Stirlingshire in the Scottish Communities League Cup and East Fife in the opening league game. In contrast Arbroath went out of the Ramsden to Stenhousemuir after extra time and penalties, Montrose dumped them out of the League Cup and Ayr United inflicted a 3-0 first league game defeat at Gayfield.
Last Twelve Matches v Arbroath
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None of the Pars team that faced Arbroath in the Co-operative Insurance League Cup on 31st July 2010 now remain at East End Park but Alex Keddie and Josh Falkingham have swapped sides. In that game three years ago Paul Sheerin headed his side into an early lead but Dunfermline hit back with four goals before Gavin Swankie curled the ball low into the net with just two minutes remaining. The scoring wasn't finished at that and Stuart Malcolm scored an own goal at the death to seal a fine win for the Pars.
DUNFERMLINE: Chris Smith, Calum Woods, Andy Dowie, Alex Keddie, Austin McCann (c); Paul Willis, Gary Mason, Nick Phinn, Joe Cardle; Pat Clarke (Steven McDougall 56), Andy Kirk,
SUBS NOT USED: Neil McGregor, Jordan White, Ryan Thomson, Kyle Allison (GK)
YELLOW CARDS: Clarke, Woods
SCORERS: Kirk (13, 76), Willis (75), McDougall (82), Malcolm (og 90)
ARBROATH: Darren Hill, Jay Shields, Kieran McAnespie (Ryan Suttie 48), Josh Falkingham, Stuart Malcolm, Danny Griffin, Gavin Swankie, Marc McCulloch, Jim Hamilton (McGowan 80), Jordyn Sheerin (Robbie Ross 82), Paul Sheerin.
SUBS NOT USED: McMullen, Burns
YELLOW CARDS: Falkingham, Malcolm
SCORERS: P. Sheerin (12), Swankie (88).
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v East Fife): Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Shaun Byrne (Josh Falkingham HT), Chris Kane, Andy Geggan (c); Ryan Ferguson (Craig Dargo 65); Ryan Wallace, Ryan Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Luke Johnston, Jordan Moore, Fayssal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Williamson, Michal Hrivnak (GK)
ARBROATH (v Ayr United): Scott Morrison, Michael Travis, Alex Keddie, Jonathan Lindsay, Colin Hamilton, Lari Yao (Paul Sheerin, 63), Bobby Linn, Ross Chisholm (Alan Cook, 62), Darren Smith, Graham Bayne, Steven Milne (Patrick Martin, 77)
SUBS NOT USED: David Banjo, Lee Sibanda, Christopher Scott, Tony Bullock (GK).
As well as Alex Keddie in their squad Arbroath could have former Pars youth player Lee Sibanda and former East End favourite, Graham Bayne who will be 34 next week. Stewart Petrie is the assistant to Paul Sheerin.
Referee will be Stephen Finnie.