Preview East FifeWednesday, 7th Aug 2013
This is the first league meeting between the clubs for over a quarter of a century.
The opening league match of the Pars League One season pitches them into a Fife derby against East Fife. This is the first league meeting between the clubs for over a quarter of a century and the Methil club had a reasonable record against the Pars back then. So much so that it is ten league games back since Dunfermline last victory. That 5-1 win was on 7th October 1978 and primarily due to four goals from Irishman Mike Leonard.
Last Twelve Matches v East Fife
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Some would say that history of games played over 25 years ago aren't really going to give a pointer to what will happen this Saturday but even in the cup ties played in the last decade East Fife have proved to be stubborn opponents. In the most recent meeting at Bayview in the 2011-12 Scottish Communities League Cup, the Second Division team dumped SPL Dunfermline out 2-1.
Pars goalscorer in August 2011 was Liam Buchanan who will line up against the Pars this Saturday. Other possible opponents could be former Pars Paul Willis, Pat Clarke and Scott McBride. Dunfermline will field Ryan Wallace who was signed from East Fife at the start of the 2012-13 season.
While Dunfermline were winning at Ochilview on Saturday, East Fife were taking Morton to extra time thanks to two late goals from Buchanan. Allan Moore's side eventually overran their lower league opponents but the Pars will have noted the fighting spirit that East Fife are bound to return with given this is a Fife derby.
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v East Stirlingshire): Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Ryan Ferguson (Craig Dargo 74), Shaun Byrne, Chris Kane, Josh Falkingham (c)(Andy Geggan 27); Ryan Wallace (Jordan Moore 86), Ryan Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Luke Johnston, Michal Hrivnak (GK)
EAST FIFE (v Morton): Michael Andrews, Alexis Dutot, Joe Mbu, Scott Durie, Craig Johnstone, Paul Willis (Ryan Stewart 89), Pat Clarke (Nathan Austin 84), Jonathan Stewart (Bradley Grieve, 73), Ross Brown, Liam Buchanan, Cyrus Moosari
SUBS NOT USED: Daryl Falconer, Scott McBride
Referee at the First2 Finance Bayview Stadium will be Iain Brines