Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Stranraer

Saturday, 23rd Nov 2019

William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round: Saturday 23rd November 2019 (away) v Stranraer, 3.00pm kick off at Stair Park, DG9 8BS

In the Scottish Cup Dunfermline have been drawn against Stranraer five times now, always away. This time the Fifers will face a Stranraer team sitting bottom of League One and their progress in the cup would be described as a bit of an upset.

Stevie Crawford and his side have consistently said over the last week that they will prepare properly and treat their opponents with respect but being able to put aside the stress of the league campaign, Stranraer have nothing to lose as most looking in, do not expected them to beat their Championship opponents.

Scottish Cup ties between the clubs have not all turned out in the Pars favour. In January 1954 a 4-1 victory was secured with two goals each from McSevenie and Candlish.

In February 1961 en route to lifting the Scottish Cup for the first time ever, the Fifers won 3-1 courtesy of goals from Harry Melrose, Charlie Dickson and Tommy MacDonald.

In January 1979 when after being held to a 1-1 draw at Stair Park, a Jimmy Mullin goal was the winner at home.

The most recent was in November 2014 when Jim Jefferies’ side drew 2-2 before losing the replay in his last match as gaffer at East End by three goals to one on 9th December.

The Galloway side have recorded just eight wins ever in the 50 league and cup games between the sides but four of these were in the last seven visits to Stair Park.

Milestones v Stranraer (away)

Last Victory | 17/10/15 | 3-0 | League One
Best Victory | 30/01/54 | 4-1 | Scottish Cup
Last Defeat | 16/04/16 | 1-4 | League One
Worst Result | 28/02/15 | 1-5 | League One

Last time at Stair Park
Scottish League One, 16th April 2016
Stranraer 4 Dunfermline 1

With the Pars having won the league three weeks prior to this match Stranraer went into the match with the greater incentive. Fourth place was the best Stranraer they could achieve but this win and then a win over Cowdenbeath saw them into the play offs where the6 knocked out Livingston but lost the final v Ayr United on penalties.

The Champions took the lead in 35 minutes when the Blues defending of a corner from the right was far from impressive. Michael Moffat was able to direct the ball towards goal only for Brad McKAY to tap home the opener. 0-1

The second half started badly for the Pars losing a soft goal in just the fourth minute. The defence looked sluggish as Ryan Thomson met the ball in front of goal and he teed up McGUIGAN who turned the ball in at the right post. 1-1

When play switched to the other end Scott Robinson conceded the corner on the left and Willie Gibson`s delivery was met by Craig MALCOLM 2-1.

Midway through the second half, Steven Bell gathered and cut the ball back to the unmarked Andy STIRLING whose shot swerved away from David Hutton to find the net just inside the right post. 3-1

Four minutes from full time Paul Cairney pumped the 30 yard free kick into the box where MALCOLM latched on to net the chance off the left post. 4-1

The match was well and truly over as a contest and the Pars impressive unbeaten away league record - unbeaten in their last 14 league matches on the road - was gone.

STRANRAER: Cameron Belford; Craig Pettigrew, Scott Robertson (Scott Rumsby 89), Steven Bell, Liam Dick; Andy Stirling; Ryan Thomson, Paul Cairney, Willie Gibson (Calvin Kemp 73), Craig Malcolm, Mark McGuigan (Jamie Longworth 87).
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Turner, Chris Aitken, David Barron, Max Currie (GK)
SCORERS: McGuigan (49), Malcolm (62, 86), Stirling (68)

DUNFERMLINE: David Hutton; Ryan Williamson, Brad McKay, Lewis Martin (Craig Reid 69), Jason Talbot; Ryan Wallace, Josh Falkingham, Scott Robinson, Conner Duthie (Shaun Byrne 61), David Hopkirk, Michael Moffat
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Cardle, Ben Richards-Everton, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Sean Murdoch (GK).
SCORERS: McKay (35)

Last twelve matches v Stranraer
Date H/A WDL F-A Scorers
16/04/16 A L 1-4 [1-0] McKay; [1-1] McGuigan; [1-2] Malcolm: Stirling [1-3]: Malcolm [1-4]
27/02/16 H W 6-1 [1-0] El Bakhtaoui, [2-0] Cardle, [2-1] McGuigan, [3-1] McKay, [4-1] El Bakhtaoui [5-1] Cardle, [6-1] Cardle
17/10/15 A W 3-0 [1-0] Moffat, [2-0] Richards-Everton, [3-0] Antoine-Curier
29/08/15 H W 3-1 [1-0] El Bakhtaoui; [2-0] Talbot; [3-0] Geggan [3-1] Longworth.
11/04/15 H W 1-0 [1-0] El Bakhtaoui
28/02/15 A L 1-5 [0-1] Gallagher; [1-1]Geggan (26), [1-2] Chris Aitken [1-3] Willie Gibson; [1-4] Jamie Longworth; [1-5] Jon McShane
20/12/14 H L 0-1 [0-1] McKeown
09/12/14 H L 1-3 [0-1] Winter, [0-2] Stephen Stirling, [1-2] Millen pen. [1-3] Longworth
29/11/14 A D 2-2 [1-0] Geggan, [2-0] Buchanan, [2-1] Gibson, [2-2] Geggan o.g.
30/08/14 A W 2-1 [1-0] Ugwu, [1-1] [2-1] Moffat
10/05/14 H W 3-0 [1-0] Geggan; [2-0] Geggan; [3-0] El Bakhtaoui 
07/05/14 A L 1-2 [0-1] Grehan; [1-1] El Bakhtaoui; [1-2] Bell.

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won three of their last six matches, Stranraer have only won three matches this season, all at home. A 6-0 win over Berwick Rangers in the Betfred Cup and over Raith Rovers and Clyde in the league.

Alloa Athletic (A) L 1-2
Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Arbroath (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-2
Ayr United (H) W 3-2
Morton (A) D 1-1

Airdrieonians (H) L 0-2
Raith Rovers (A) L 1-3
Clyde (H) W 3-0
Montrose (A) L 1-2
Dumbarton (H) D 0-0
East Fife (A) D 1-1

Current League Stats

League: Championship
League Position: 6th
League Points: 16
Goal Difference: +2
League Record: P12 W4 D4 L4 GF15 GA13
Last Six League Match Form: DDWLWW

League: League One
League Position: 10th
League Points: 10
Goal Difference: -13
League Record: P14 W2 D4 L8 GF16 GA29
Last Six League Match Form: DDLWLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Alloa Athletic):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards (Gabby McGill 87): Ryan Dow, Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner (Tom Beadling 85) Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet, Andy Ryan (Lewis McCann 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Harry Cochrane, Danny Devine, Joe Thomson, Cammy Gill (GK)

STRANRAER (v Airdrieonians): Max Currie: Jamie Hamill, Scott Robertson, Lee Hamilton, Jordan Allan, James Hilton (Leon Murphy 71), Carlo Pignatiello (David Smith 64), Connor McManus, Andy Stirling, Mark Stewart, Cameron Elliott (David Danganaat 75).
SUBS NOT USED: Robert Jones, Dale Burgess (GK).

Lee Ashcroft will serve a one match suspension and the referee will be Alan Newlands.

In the event of a replay it will be held at East End Park on Tuesday 26th November, 7.45pm kick off.

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