Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Brechin City

Saturday, 3rd Sep 2016

Kick off 3.00pm at Glebe Park
Brechin City have lost the last four matches against the Pars.

This Saturday`s Irn-Bru cup tie takes the Pars back to Glebe Park. Brechin City and Dunfermline did not meet in any competitive fixtures for almost two decades but then met twelve times over the last three seasons in League One. Undefeated against the Fifers in season 2014-15, Brechin have now lost the last four matches against the Pars. The Dunfermline record in the last twelve games is six wins, three draws and three defeats. Overall the Fifers have won 38, drawn 10 and lost 9 of the 57 matches in which they have played Brechin City.

Milestones v Brechin City (away)

Last Victory

20/02/16

2-1

League One

Last Defeat

18/04/15

0-3

League One

Best Victory

07/03/79
08/08/15

6-1
6-1

Div Two
League One

Worst Defeat

07/11/31
18/04/15

0-3
0-3

Div Two
League One

The teams met in the opening game of the 2015-16 league season when the Pars left Glebe Park as 6-1 winners. Goals from Faissal El Bakhtaoui (8), Michael Moffat (23), Joe Cardle (31), El Bakhtaoui (44), Ryan Wallace (80) had Allan Johnston`s team well ahead before David Weatherston got a consolation in 89 minutes only for Josh Falkingham (90) to restore the five goal advantage.

That 6-1 win was the first victory there on league business since 4th January 1994. The August 2015 result also matched the best Pars result in Brechin, a 6-1 win in 1979 courtesy of a Mike Leonard hat trick and goals from Jimmy Mullin, Kevin Hegarty, and Walter Borthwick.

Last twelve meetings
2015/2016
League One Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City 26/03/16
League One Brechin City 1-2 Dunfermline 20/02/16
League One Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City 05/12/15
League One Brechin City 1-6 Dunfermline 08/08/15
2014/2015
League One Brechin City 3-0 Dunfermline 18/04/15
League One Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline 02/03/15
League One Dunfermline 0-1 Brechin City 24/02/15
League One Dunfermline 0-0 Brechin City 09/08/14
2013/2014
League One Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City 29/03/14
League One Brechin City 3-2 Dunfermline 25/01/14
League One Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City 23/11/13
League One Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline 14/09/13

Last time at Glebe Park - Saturday 20 February 2016

Ladbrokes League One: Allan Johnston went with the same starting eleven for the third match running. Josh Falkingham opened the scoring for the league leaders but Robert Thomson got Brechin back level in 17 minutes. Ben Richards-Everton scored what turned out to be the winner four minutes before half time. 

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith. Gary Fusco, Paul McLean, Lukas Culjak, Willie Dyer. Jonathan Tiffoney (David Weatherston 57 (Scott Shepherd 71)), Craig Molloy (Euan Smith 85), James Dale, Jamie Montgomery. Andy Jackson, Robert Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Johnston, Darren Dods, Darren McCormack, Patrick O`Neil (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch. Craig Reid, Brad McKay, Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot. Michael Paton (Ryan Wallace 81), Andy Geggan (c), Josh Falkingham, Joe Cardle (David Hopkirk 77). Michael Moffat, Faissal El Bakhtaoui. 
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys McCabe, Shaun Byrne, Shaun Rooney, Paul Joseph Crossan, David Hutton (GK).

Recent Form this season -
 . Brechin City  .

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 . Dunfermline
 . . East Fife (A)

 .W

2-1  . Queen of South (H)  .L

 .0-1

 . . Queens Park (H) D 0-0  . Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2
 . . Cove Rangers (H) W 4-1  . Hibernian (A) L 1-2
 . . Albion Rovers (A) W 2-0  . Dumbarton (H) W 4-3
 . . Stenhousemuir (H) W 2-1  . Dundee United (A) L  .0-2
 . . Falkirk (A)

L

0-2  . Inverness Caley (H)  . L  .1-5

Brechin got through to the Third Round of the Irn-Bru Cup by disposing of Highland League club Cove Rangers by four goals to one. On Saturday Brechin City travelled to Bayview and recorded a 2-1 win over East Fife with former Par Finn Graham netting the winner five minutes into the second half. That took their record to five matches without defeat.

Meantime at East End Park the 1-0 reversal at the hands of Queen of the South means that Dunfermline have won just once in their last six matches.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South):
David Hutton: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot: Rhys McCabe (Lewis Spence 80), Andy Geggan (c), Kallum Higginbotham (Paul McMullan HT), Michael Paton: Michael Moffat (Lewis Martin 64), Gavin Reilly.
SUBS NOT USED: Euan Spark, Callum Fordyce, Cammy Gill (GK)

BRECHIN CITY (v East Fife): Graeme Smith. Chris O`Neil (Paul McLean 75), Dougie Hill, Gareth Rodgers, Willie Dyer: James Dale, Finn Graham (Aron Lynas, 89), Euan Smith, Ally Love: Ross Caldwell, Andy Jackson.
SUBS NOT USED: Elliot Ford, Darren MacCormack, Gary Fusco, Darren Dods Patrick O`Neil (GK).

Referee will be Crawford Allan



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