Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Elgin City

Thursday, 13th Jul 2017

Betfred Cup: Saturday 15th July 2017, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.
Adults £10, Concessions £5

Elgin City are Dunfermline`s first competitive opponents of the 2017-2018 season when they visit East End Park in the Betfred Cup. The League Two side missed out on a play off place by one point failing to level with Montrose and benefiting from the second best goal difference in their league.

Their fate was destined from 25th February the date of their last league win as they embarked on a twelve match winless run culminating with a 0-0 draw at home against Cowdenbeath on the final day of the season.

Elgin faced a strong Inverness Caley Thistle side last Saturday at Borough Briggs and ran out 2-0 winners with the goals coming in the final 25 minutes from Brian Cameron and sub Jamie Reid.

On Wednesday night they play the Mark Nicholson Testimonial match at home to a Celtic XI.

Elgin City have visited Dunfermline only once before, that was in the Scottish Cup in season 1982-83. On 29th January 1983 Dunfermline won 5-0 at home with doubles from Grant Jenkins and Gavin Tait adding to Derek Rodier`s early opener.

Last Meeting
Scottish Cup - November 2013

The only other time the sides have met was in the Scottish Cup in November 2013. The Pars scored five through Ryan Wallace (2), Jordan Moore (62) and Alex Whittle. Elgin scored three but it was 5-1 before Denis Wyness and Dachi Khutsushvili scored late on. Too late to alter the outcome.

ELGIN CITY: Ray Jellema, Ceiran McLean (Paul Harkins HT), Jamie Duff, Graeme Beveridge, Paul McMullen, Mark Nicholson (Dachi Khutsishvili 72), David Niven (c), Ally McKenzie, Shane Sutherland, Dennis Wyness, Craig Gunn (Sam Urquhart 54).
SUBS NOT USED: Adam MacLeod, Darryl McHardy, Ross McKinnon, Stuart Black (GK),

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully, Ross Millen, Alex Whittle, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Andy Geggan, Shaun Byrne, Stephen Husband (Ryan Ferguson 61), Ryan Wallace (Allan Smith 77), Josh Falkingham, Ryan Thomson (Jordan Moore 55).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Craig Dargo, Robert Thomson, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)

Elgin City have made several signings for season 2017-2018 including academy goalkeeper Thomas Dear, former Caley Thistle and Albion Rovers striker Calum Ferguson (22) and man of many clubs Jon Paul McGovern (36) has signed after being released by Clyde. Another former Caley Thistle forward Ali Sutherland (20) who joined in February has signed a new contract. 

Manager Jim Weir has snapped up defensive trio Cammy Eadie, Ross McKinnon and Stephen Bronsky after they showed up well in trial appearances.

All three played in Wednesday night’s 4-1 defeat against a young Celtic eleven for Mark Nicolson’s testimonial match.

Eadie (19) came through the ranks at Falkirk while fellow centre back Bronsky (23) was twice on the winning side for Annan Athletic against Elgin City last season.

Left-sided defender McKinnon (24) had a spell with Elgin in the past and has also seen service with Motherwell, Dumbarton, Alloa and Clyde.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers):
Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Jean-Yves M`Voto, Callum Morris (c), Lewis Martin: Kallum Higginbotham, Aaron Splaine (Callum Smith HT), Nat Wedderburn, Michael Paton: Joe Cardle: Declan McManus (Scott Lochhead 62).
SUBS NOT USED: Lee Ashcroft, Stuart Morrison, Conner Duthie, Brandon Luke, Cammy Gill (GK)

ELGIN CITY (v Inverness Caley Thistle): Marc Waters: Matthew Cooper, Trialist, Daryll McHardy, Trialist, Jon Paul McGovern, Chris Dodd, Brian Cameron, Chris McLeish, Thomas Reilly, Scott Smith,
SUBS: Steven Dunn (GK), Jamie Reid, Shane Sutherland, Calum Ferguson, David Wilson, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist.

Referee will be David Munro.

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