Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2006-2007 : Kilmarnock

Sat, 17th Feb 2007 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 1 Kilmarnock 1

Friday, 16th Feb 2007

One point but Pars fail to take advantage against ten men.

Jim Hamilton came in for for Mark Burchill and Kilmarnock brought in Colin Nish for Rhian Dodds as Dunfermline fans turned up with renewed optimism. Jamie Fowler kicked off for Killie attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end.

The Pars had much of the opening minutes with Adam Hammill firing over the crossbar in the third minute and three corners from the left putting the visitors under early pressure. Kilmarnock`s first chance came to Naismith in 9 minutes but Dorus de Vries stuck out his left foot to save.

Next minute however the Pars were not so lucky. A cross from the left dropped nicely for the Kilmarnock top goalscorer and after turning Phil McGuire Steven NAISMITH stuck the ball passed de Vries from 16 yards.

Dunfermline immediately tried to strike back with Stevie Crawford forcing Alan Combe to save an effort from outside the box. Hammill hit a 27 yard free kick wide to the right of goal and then he had another pop at goal but this time wide on the other side.

Kilmarnock sat back comfortable with their lead and this gave the Fifers a chance to go forward. In 22nd minute Greg Ross placed the ball in front of Jim O`Brien and his nice low cross was heading for Hamilton at the near post but he could not direct the shot goalwards as Simon Ford kept close to him.

Next O`Brien pumped the ball into the far side of the Killie six yard box and Alan Combe leapt for it but the ball went off a defender for a corner on the left. That produced nothing but there were appeals for a Pars penalty in 31st minute when Phil McGuire was pulled back at a free kick from the left.

Hammill then struck a fine effort that was goalbound from 23 yards but Combe touched it away to the right. Scott Wilson got half a chance from Stephen Glass` corner but the effort slipped wide right. Dunfermline continued to attack and it looked like Stephen Simmons was in in the 36th minute when he pounced on O`Brien`s lift through but Combe came out the better.

de Vries was kept alert with a fine strike from Rocco Quinn that he held well. At the other end Crawford tested Combe but it was not enough to beat the Kilmarnock keeper but a weak pass from Simon Ford brought a dramatic end to the first half. The defender lost the ball to Adam Hammill and chased the youngster back taking him down just 16 yards from goal. The last man tackle earned him a red card and Stevie CRAWFORD sent the spot kick into the left side beyond Combe to score Dunfermline`s first SPL goal since 15.47 on 10th December last year.

Half Time: Dunfermline 1 Kilmarnock 1

Playing against ten men the Pars immediately got stuck in to their Ayrshire opponents. In 53 minutes an O`Brien cross was met by Simmons and his header was on target for the top left before Combe pulled off a fine save. Kilmarnock kept de Vries warm with a Peter Leven free kick from the right touchline that the keeper held well.

Then two minutes later Wilson provided Simmons with a chance that Combe blocked but when the ball broke to Gary Mason it took a deflection off Fowler that kept the score level. It continued to be one way traffic with Crawford getting to the right byeline in 61st minute to cut back for captain Scott Wilson but his attempt went wide right.

Jim Hamilton headed Hammill`s 65th minute cross wide of the left post from 12 yards and next Hammill launched a free kick through the Kilmarnock box but no one touched it. Iain Williamson, a scorer for the reserves in midweek came on for Crawford as the Pars continued to push.

Kilmarnock managed to relieve their defence in 75th minute when a Greer free kick was touched on by Frazer Wright. Wilson failed to take the flick on and Colin Nish was given a great chance but his half hearted effort was easily gathered by de Vries.

McIntyre came on for Ross as everything went forward and it was the ex Killie man who delivered the ball for Hammill to control and fire on target. That was blocked but urged on by the despairing home support the Pars tried hard for the winner. As Greer closed in on him, O`Brien pulled his 86th minute opportunity wide left from 22 yards and as the game entered the three added minutes, Hammill set up Bobby Ryan but this time Wright was quickly in to block.

McIntyre had a chip through the six yard box but Dunfermline just could not invent a way to add to their tally. When referee David Somers blew for full time it felt like a defeat and two points that were badly needed had escaped.

Kilmarnock possibly competed more when down to ten men and for all Dunfermline`s pressure Alan Combe barely had a save to make. With St Mirren bagging a surprise point at Tynecastle it was not the best of days for the Pars. Stephen Kenny acknowledged that his team now has a mountain to climb but with 30 points still to play for it is far from over.

DUNFERMLINE: Dorus de Vries; Greg Ross (Jim McIntyre 81), Phil McGuire, Scott Wilson (c), Stephen Glass; Jim O`Brien, Stephen Simmons (Bobby Ryan 76), Gary Mason, Adam Hammill; Stevie Crawford (Iain Williamson 69), Jim Hamilton
SUBS NOT USED: Souleymane Bamba, Scott Morrison, Jamie Harris, Roddy McKenzie (GK)
SCORERS: Crawford (45)
YELLOW CARD: Mason (75)

KILMARNOCK: Alan Combe; Grant Murray, Frazer Wright, Gordon Greer, Simon Ford, Jamie Fowler, Steven Naismith, Rocco Quinn (Gary Locke HT), Peter Leven, Gary Wales, Colin Nish
SUBS NOT USED: Allan Johnston, Paul Di Giacomo, Ryan O`Leary, Alme Koudou, Graeme Smith (GK)
SCORERS: Naismith (10)
YELLOW CARD: Nish (45), Fowler (74), Locke (78), Murray (78)
RED CARD: Ford (44)

REFEREE: David Somers
WEATHER: Dry 10°C
ATTENDANCE 4500

NEXT MATCH: Fife Cup, (away) v Cowdenbeath, Tuesday 20th February 7.30pm kick off

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Preview Kilmarnock

Tuesday, 13th Feb 2007

On 9th September Kilmarnock were the opposition for Dunfermline first SPL win of this season. The Pars now need the double.

Dunfermline v Kilmarnock
Dunfermline v Kilmarnock Hospitality Offers

It`s eight wins to six in the sixteen Premier League games played at East End Park, with Killie having a slight advantage on goal difference.

Premier League v Kilmarnock (home)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

16

8

2

6

25

28

On 9th September Kilmarnock were the opposition for Dunfermline first SPL win of this season. The problem since then has been repeating that only St Mirren and Dundee United have been defeated in the league since then. 

Milestones Kilmarnock (home)

Last League Victory

09/09/06

3-2

SPL

Last League Defeat

03/12/05

0-1

SPL

Best League Victory

06/10/51

5-2

Div B*

Worst League Defeat

17/04/99

0-6

SPL

*Pre league reconstruction

Over the last twelve meetings, Kilmarnock have had the upper hand winning eight of the contests. DA have managed to win only three with one games ending all square.  The last meeting ended up being a Kilmarnock rout.

Last Twelve League Matches v Kilmarnock

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

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
20/11/04 H 4-1 [1-0] Nicholson, [2-0] Mehmet, [3-0] Wilson, [3-1] Wales, [4-1}Brewster
29/08/04 A 0-1 [0-1] Invincible
03/04/04 H 2-1 [0-1] Invincible, [1-1] Nicholson, [2-1] Crawford

17/01/04

A

1-1

[0-1] McSwegan (pen), [1-1] Crawford

18/10/03

H

2-3

[0-1] McSwegan, [1-1] Crawford, [2-1] Crawford, [2-2] Shields, [2-3] McSwegan

Dunfermline hold up the league up with 15 points from 27 matches.  Killie have 36 points and sit in sixth place, three points ahead of Falkirk. The CIS Insurance Cup finalists have managed two SPL wins in 2007, against Dundee United and Falkirk.  Since Christmas the Pars have played seven SPL matches and collected only one point.

Dunfermline Kilmarnock
Current League Position
12 6
Last 6-Match Form
WLLDWL LLWWWL
Home/Away Record
P13 W3 D2 L8 P13 W5 D1 L7
Leading Scorers
S Crawford (4) S Naismith (14)

Remarkably the Ayrshire side have conceded as many league goals as Dunfermline (43) but it is on the goalscoring front that they have done much better. They Pars are currently in the most barren period for goalscoring in the club`s league history; nine SPL matches back Stephen Simmons was the last to score a league goal in the 92nd minute of the 2-1 home defeat by Celtic on 10th December.

Recent Form

Dunfermline
Home

W
Hearts
1-0

L
Rangers
0-1

W
Rangers
3-2

L
Hearts
0-1

L
Motherwell
0-2

Kilmarnock
Away
W
Falkirk
2-0
L
Morton
1-3
L
Celtic
0-2
L
Aberdeen
1-3
W
Inverness CT
4-3

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE: Dorus de Vries; Greg Ross, Phil McGuire, Scott Wilson (c), Scott Morrison; Jim O`Brien, Stephen Simmons (Bobby Ryan 71), Gary Mason, Adam Hammill; Stevie Crawford (Jim Hamilton 61), Mark Burchill (Iain Williamson 74)
SUBS: Roddy McKenzie (GK), Souleymane Bamba, Scott Morrison, Scott Muirhead

KILMARNOCK ( v Rangers at Rugby Park): Alan Combe; Grant Murray, Frazer Wright (Gary Locke 46), Gordon Greer, Simon Ford (Allan Johnston 63), Jamie Fowler, Steven Naismith, Rhian Dodds, Rocco Quinn (Paul Di Giacomo 68), Peter Leven, Gary Wales
SUBS NOT USED: Graeme Smith (GK),  Jamie Hamill, Stephen Campbell, Iain Flannigan

Referee for this match will be David Somers.  For the 40 year old Tax man from Cumbernauld this will be his first time in charge of an SPL game in three and nine months.

Come on ye Pars!

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