Preview DumbartonSaturday, 17th Jul 2021
Premier Sports Cup v Dumbarton, Saturday 17th July 2021 kick off 3.00pm at East End Park
This is the seventh League Cup meeting with the Sons and the first at East End Park since August 1953. Dunfermline have won five and drawn one of the previous meetings in this cup.
At home the Pars have won 31 and drawn 8 of the 47 times that they have played Dumbarton at home.
Milestones Dumbarton (Home)
Last Victory | 28/04/18 | 4-0 | Championship
Last Defeat | 23/03/13 | 3-4 | First Division
Best Victory | 02/01/54 | 6-1 | Division 2
Best Victory | 26/08/53 | 6-1 | League Cup
Worst Defeat| 23/03/2013 | 3-4 | First Division
First Meeting | 11/01/1913 | 3-0 | Division 2
Last Goalless Draw | 20/03/82 | 0-0 | Division 1
The Pars have won nine of the last 12 meetings, two have been drawn and one lost.
Last 12 Matches v Dumbarton
Date | H/A | F-A | Res | Competition
06/10/20 | A | 1-0 | W | Betfred Cup
28/04/18 | H | 4-0 | W | Championship
06/01/18 | A | 1-0 | W | Championship
25/11/17 | H | 2-2 | D | Championship
26/08/17 | A | 4-0 | W | Championship
15/04/17 | A | 2-0 | W | Championship
04/03/17 | H | 5-1 | W | Championship
29/10/16 | A | 2-2 | D | Championship
06/08/16 | H | 4-3 | W | Championship
23/03/13 | H | 3-4 | L | Division One
05/01/13 | A |1-0 | W | Division One
24/11/12 | H | 4-0 | W| Division One
Last time at East End Park
Dunfermline 4 Dumbarton 0
Saturday 28th April 2018, Championship
Kallum Higginbotham (18) 1-0: Kallum Higginbotham (25) 2-0: Fraser Aird (45) 3-0: Ryan Williamson (66) 4-0:
With one point from this home match against ninth placed Dumbarton would have been enough to secure play off ties against Dundee United but with the opposition reduced to ten men in just ninth minute when their captain Craig Barr was red carded for his challenge on Andy Ryan, the task was made so much easier.
Dunfermline opened the scoring in 18 minutes. The goal came from a deep cross from Fraser Aird on the left that evaded the defence and Kallum HIGGINBOTHAM smashed the ball home from ten yards out. 1-0
Seven minutes past before HIGGINBOTHAM doubled his tally. He was picked out on the left side of the Sons box and he found the net with a superb finish, 2-0.
Fraser AIRD scored Dunfermline’s third on the stroke of half time, cutting in from the left to find the net with a great shot from an acute angle on the left.
Midway through the second half Ryan WILLIAMSON scored his first senior goal in his 111th appearance for Dunfermline Athletic. It was a Cardle who made the chance edging his way across the penalty box with the crowd screaming for a shot. It did not come but he slipped the ball right for the better placed full back to direct the ball home. 4-0 and what a celebration!
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft (Jason Talbot HT), Lewis Martin: Kallum Higginbotham(Joe Cardle 61), James Vincent, James Craigen, Fraser Aird: Andy Ryan, Nicky Clark (Declan McManus 67).
SUBS NOT USED: Dan Armstrong, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels, Cammy Gill (GK)
DUMBARTON: Jamie Ewings: David Smith, Craig Barr (c), Aidan Wilson, Dougie Hill: Stuart Carswell, Kyle Hutton, Liam Burt (Danny Handling 75), Iain Russell (Grant Gallagher 23), Andy Stirling: Kevin Nisbet (Mark Stewart 61).
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Gallagher, David Wilson, Dimitris Froxylias, Scott Gallacher (GK).
Last Six Matches
Dunfermline’s two matches this season have seen a win and a defeat but there are high hopes in this first home match with fans since 7th March 2020.
Dumbarton’s season didn’t kick off until Tuesday night and after leading at half time went down 2-1 to Stenny. Last season they avoided relegation by overcoming Stranraer and then Edinburgh City in the play offs.
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 4-2
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2
Raith Rovers (H) D 0-0
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-1
Arbroath (H) W 4-3
Stenhousemuir (H) L 1-2
Edinburgh City (H) L 0-1
Edinburgh City (A) W 3-1
Stranraer (H) W 1-0
Stranraer (A) D 0-0
Peterhead (H) W 3-2
League Position: 4th
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +4
Home League Record: P14 W9 D3 L2 GF24 GA13
Last Six Match Form: WLDLWL
League Position: 9th
League Points: 25
Goal Difference: -10
Away League Record: P11 W2 D3 L6 GF6 GA13
Last Six Match Form: WDWWLL
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v St Mirren): Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson, Ross Graham: Kyle Macdonald, Paul Allan, Dan Pybus, Dom Thomas (c)(Craig Wighton 62), Josh Edwards: Kevin O’Hara, Nikolay Todorov
SUBS NOT USED: Vytas Gašpuitis, Miller Fenton, Matty Todd, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
DUMBARTON (v Stenhousemuir): Ramsbottom: Andy Geggan, Ryan McGeever, Gregor Buchanan, Sam Muir: Stewart Carswell, Callum Wilson (Kirk McKnight 84), Conner Duthie, Eoghan Stokes (Kristian Syvertsen 68), Ross Maclean: David Hopkirk.
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Erskine (GK).
A few former Dunfermline players will be returning to East End Park with the Sons - David Hopkirk, Conner Duthie, Gregor Buchanan and the ever popular Andy Geggan.
2018: Dunfermline 4 Dumbarton 0
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