Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Kilmarnock

Saturday, 16th Oct 2021

cinch Championship (home) v Kilmarnock, Saturday 16th October 2021, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park

When Kilmarnock last visited East End Park it was for the last match Dunfermline Athletic was to play in the Scottish Premier League. Now as the teams meet Killie are sitting in second position well set up to bounce back into the Scottish Premiership at the first attempt. Dunfermline with just four league points badly need a home win to get them away from the foot of the Championship table.

It is 25 wins to 20 in the 56 League games played between the clubs at East End Park, with Killie having a slight advantage on goal difference.

Pld | W | D | L | F | A
56 | 25 | 11 | 20 | 80 | 83

Milestones (home) v Kilmarnock

Last League Victory | 09/09/06 | 3-2 | SPL
Last League Defeat | 12/05/12 | 1-2 | SPL
Best League Victory | 06/10/51 | 5-2 | Div 2*
Worst League Defeat | 17/04/99 | 0-6 | SPL
Last Goalless Draw | 25/03/89 | 0-0 | Div 1
First Meeting | 03/01/27 | 2-3 | Div 1*
*Pre league reconstruction

Last Time at East End Park
Dunfermline 1 Kilmarnock 2
SPL, Saturday 12th May 2012


This was the last match of the SPL season and Dunfermline’s last match in the top flight. Two goals in the last five minutes denied the Pars what would have been their second home win. Manager Jim Jefferies brought in Bernardo Domínguez, the Spanish goalkeeper he signed in March, for his Dunfermline Athletic debut. Alex Keddie returned after serving his one match suspension.

After McDougall was tugged by Shiels, Cardle sent the 20th minute free kick from midway inside the opposition half to find Buchanan at the far side of the penalty box that Buchanan headed to the near post where WILLIS had the easiest of tasks to turn the ball in for his first goal of the season. 1-0.

There were five minutes remaining when Kilmarnock got the equaliser that they had threatened for most of the second half. Keddie got a good block on a Shiels shot but the ball travelled to Liam KELLY who shot home from 25 yards giving the Pars new keeper no chance.

Pars fans thought that the lead had been restored within the minute but Kirk`s net bound header was helped in by an offside Hardie. Worse was to follow when the visitors produced a fine move to win the game.

Dayton made the break played in Shiels as the ball went wide for Toshney and his ball teed up WINCHESTER with a simple chance from close in. 1-2 and just two minutes plus three added to go.

DUNFERMLINE: Bernardo Domínguez: Jordan McMillan, Andy Dowie, Alex Keddie, Paddy Boyle; Paul Willis, Ryan Thomson, Mark Kerr (c), Joe Cardle (David Graham 64), Steven McDougall (Andy Kirk 64), Liam Buchanan (Martin Hardie 72).
SUBS NOT USED: Gary Mason, Shaun Byrne, Kerr Young, Chris Smith (GK)

KILMARNOCK: Kyle Letheren: Lewis Toshney, Michael Nelson, Ryan O`Leary, Ben Gordon, Liam Kelly, Ross Barbour (Jude Winchester 58), Lee Johnson, James Fowler, Dean Shiels, Gary Harkins (James Dayton 74), William Gros (Chris Johnston 68)
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron Bell; Danny Racchi, Lee Johnson, Ross Fisher

Over the last twelve league meetings, Kilmarnock have had the upper hand winning eight of the contests. DA have managed to win only two with two games ending up all square.  Goals from Darren Young, Gary Mason and then Stevie Crawford six minutes from time secured the Pars last home win over their, Jim Jefferies led, Ayrshire opponents in September 2006.

Last Twelve League Matches v Kilmarnock

Date H/A F-A Scorers
12/05/12 H 1-2 [1-0] Willis, [1-1] Kelly, [1-2] Winchester
07/02/12 H 1-1 [0-1] Fowler, [1-1] Kirk
21/01/12 A 3-0 [1-0] Barrowman, [2-0] Cardle, [3-0] Buchanan
10/09/11 A 2-3 [1-0] J Thomson, [1-1] Heffernan, [1-2] Heffernan, [2-2] R Thomson, [2-3] Kroca
17/02/07 H 1-1 [0-1] Naismith, [1-1] Crawford
02/12/06 A 1-5 [0-1] Hay, [1-1] Crawford, [1-2] Di Giacomo, [1-3] Di Giacomo, [1-4] Nish, [1-5] Nish
09/09/06 H 3-2 [0-1] Invincible, [1-1] Young,  [1-2] Wales, [2-2] Mason, [3-2] Crawford
04/03/06 A 0-1 [0-1] Invincible
03/12/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Boyd
10/09/05 A 2-3 [1-0] Burchill, [1-1] Dodds, [1-2] Boyd, [2-2] Derek Young, [2-3] Invincible
21/05/05 A 0-4 [0-1] Locke, [0-2] Dodds, [0-3] Boyd, [0-4] McDonald
19/02/05 A 1-2 [0-1] Naismith, [1-1] Christiansen, [1-2] Boyd

Recent Form

Dunfermline have now drawn three and lost three of their last six matches. They are still chasing their first league home win of the season.

In the Championship Kilmarnock have not lost a goal away from home and Dunfermline have not scored a goal at home. The visitors have not lost an away match in the league.

Last six matches

DUNFERMLINE
Queen of the South (A) L 0-1
Raith Rovers (A) D 1-1
Hamilton Accies (H) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 0-0
Ayr United (A) L 0-3
Arbroath (H) L 0-3

KILMARNOCK
Queens Park (H) W 3-1
Raith Rovers (H) L 1-3
Arbroath (A) D 0-0
Partick Thistle (A) W 2-0
Morton (H) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) W 3-1

League Record

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 10th
League Points: 4
Goal Difference: -9
League Record: P8 W0 D4 L4 GF3 GA12
Last Six Match Form: LLDDDL

KILMARNOCK
League Position: 2nd
League Points: 16
Goal Difference: +5
League Record: P8 W5 D1 L2 GF9 GA4
Last Six Match Form: WWWDLW

Above: Two former Pars now at Kilmarnock - Euan and Fraser Murray

Last Time Out in Championship

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South):
Owain Fôn Williams (c): Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Vytas Gašpuitis, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow (Dom Thomas 77), Paul Allan (Lewis McCann 90+1), Dan Pybus, Kai Kennedy: Kevin O’Hara, Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 67)
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Leon Jones, Reece Cole, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

KILMARNOCK (v Raith Rovers): Zach Hemming: Jason Naismith, Dylan McGowan, Euan Murray, Brandon Haunstrup (Daniel Armstrong 82), Stephen McGinn, Blair Alston, Rory McKenzie (Chris Burke 68), Liam Polworth, Scott Robinson (Callum Hendry 68), Oli Shaw
SUBS NOT USED: Jack Sanders, Lee Hodson, Brad Lyons, Sam Walker (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures

Hamilton Academical v Partick Thistle (Friday)
Ayr United v Queen of the South
Inverness Caley Thistle v Morton
Raith Rovers v Arbroath



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