Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2013-2014 : Stranraer

Sat, 26th Oct 2013 Kick Off: 15:00

Stranraer 1 Dunfermline 2

Saturday, 26th Oct 2013

Ryan Thomson in, Jordan Moore out with hamstring injury. Longworth (12) 1-0: Husband (49) 1-1: Falkingham (69) 1-2

1-2

MATCH PICTURES
Dunfermline took the trip down the A77 to Stranraer for the first time since 1996. Signs of the approach to this outpost of Scottish football include the car radio choosing to switch to BBC Radio Ulster and two ferry terminals. Stair Park looked in good condition and the stadium music included a measure of Big Country to welcome the Fifers.

Jim Jefferies was forced to makle one change, Ryan Thomson coming in for Jordan Moore who has a slight hamstring problem, Craig Dargo came in to complete the visitors` bench.

Steven Bell speaks to Andy Geggan and Ryan Thomson

Stranraer fielded the same eleven that faced Stenhousemuir meaning former Pars player Steven Bell in their starting eleven. He was trying to make a comeback following his career threatening injuries that led to him being released from the Fife club.

Rain started during the warm up and it got heavier by kick off obscuring the view of Loch Ryan that had been visible earlier from the main stand. The wind also intensified as Stranraer kicked off attacking the goal at the north end. Ryan Wallace was sharp into intercepting from the kick off and it was he who got in the first shot after just 28 seconds. Alex Whittle had travelled deep down the left and his cross was hit on target by the striker but blocked by a defender.

Stranraer were kept well out of things in the opening minutes and Thomson was unlucky not to do better when Ross Millen swung over a dangerous ball from the right. Millen had another cross soon after that keeper David Mitchell held before a Josh Falkingham cross was deflected behind.

Jamie Longworth put Stranraer 1-0 up

It had been all Dunfermline but Stranraer took their first good chance in 12 minutes. Jamie LONGWORTH ran on to the ball on the left side of the Pars box and on the angle tucked his sixth of the season past Ryan Scully, the ball entering just inside the far post. 1-0

Dunfermline pushed up to try and retrieve the disasppointment of going behind but were faced by eleven men up. The two Ryans upfront were getting service but struggled to get shots away and it was Falkingham again who had an attempt on 20 minutes but wide left.

Ryan Thomson v Stranraer

Two minutes later the Pars denied shots from Longworth and Stirling but when Chris Aitken thrashed the ball against the advertising boards many in the main stand thought it was the home side`s second. Stranraer came much more into the match as the half hour approached but the Pars defence handled their efforts well.

Andy Geggan launched a shot from distance after Whittle had made ground down the left again but the defence blocked. On 39 minutes Stephen Husband drove forward and given the opportunity popped a shot from distance towards the left side of the goal but Mitchell parried that away. Then Shaun Byrne had an attempt on target but not good enough to beat Mitchell.

Another half where Dunfermline played well but went in a goal down simply because their opponents took their chance.

Half Time: Stranraer 1 Dunfermline 0

The second half was in its fourth minute when Stephen HUSBAND drilled past Mitchell from a 30 yard free kick. Bell was yellow carded for bringing down Wallace and the Pars equalised from the setpiece. 1-1

Ross Millen and Stephen Husband

David McKenna replaced Jamie Longworth and it was sub who injected energy into the home team. He raced down the left twice before Bell got a chance from the second and Morris deflected the powerful effort away.

On the hour Falkingham`s challenge on Bell cut him to the ground and the former Pars player required treatment from the physio. Three minutes later Byrne picked out Wallace as he moved into the Stranraer box but the striker just couldn`t get the shot away. Whittle then pumped a ball in that Mitchell held and Wallace broke in again only for McGregor to sweep in to concede a corner.

When the corner came over from the right Morris went up for the ball and the loose ball was eventually cleared. Thomson was unlucky in front of goal when Mitchell punched the ball off his head and Byrne could not get enough on a shot when through in the box. The Fifers then got the goal they deserved. Wallace worked hard on the right to get the cross in and FALKINGHAM at the near post diverted the ball past Mitchell, 2-1.

Josh scores the winner

Falkingham was really well blocked out by the keeper on the other post just four minutes later and the keeper then stopped a long range attempt from Husband in 77 minutes when the heavy rain made it really hard to save.

McKenna tried a speculative lob on 80 minutes that kept Scully involved but it was one way by now and the Pars should really have made the margin greater. Thomson laid the ball off for Falkingham but he skied the shot over the bar.

Stranraer mounted a late rally but Morris held the defence strong. Young conceded an 87th minute free kick taking down McKenna 25 yards out and Corcoran took responsibility for the setpiece but sent that over the crossbar. The Galloway team piled forward but sub Robert Thomson was able to break on the counter only to have that stopped on the edge of the box.

Ryan Ferguson replaced Ryan Thomson in 94th minute but that only delayed the final whistle by a few seconds. So the Pars journeyed back with the three points and can take confidence into the even longer trip next week on cup duty to Elgin.

Pars fans in Stranraer

MATCH PICTURES

SPFL LEAGUE ONE

STRANRAER: David Mitchell; Frank McKeown, David McGregor, Scott Robertson, Mark Docherty; Steven Bell (Ryan Borris 93), Chris Aitken (Mark Corcoran 73), Andrew Stirling, Grant Gallagher, Martin Grehan, Jamie Longworth (David McKenna 51).
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Fahey, Lloyd Kinnaird.
SCORERS: Longworth (12)
YELLOW CARD: Bell (48), Robertson (88)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully, Ross Millen, Alex Whittle, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Andy Geggan, Shaun Byrne (Robert Thomson 83), Stephen Husband, Ryan Wallace (Allan Smith 76), Josh Falkingham, Ryan Thomson (Ryan Ferguson 94).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Craig Dargo, Fayssal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow
SCORERS: Husband (49), Falkingham (69)
YELLOW CARD: Morris (54)

REFEREE: Euan Anderson
WEATHER: 13°C Overcast wet windy
ATTENDANCE 622

NEXT MATCH: (away) Scottish Cup v Elgin City
Saturday 2nd November 2013, Kick Off 3.00pm

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Preview Stranraer

Wednesday, 23rd Oct 2013

Pars travel to Stranraer for first league game there since April 1995

Robert Thomson made his Dunfermline debut versus Stranraer

It was April 1995 when Dunfermline Athletic last travelled to Stranraer for a league match and it is 19 meetings back since Stranraer last won against the Pars.  In fact out of 35 fixtures between the two, the Galloway opposition have won just twice but both those wins were at Stair Park. For those preparing to support the Pars on Saturday bear in mind that Kilmarnock is basically only half way there!

Milestones v Stranraer (away)

Last Victory

14/08/96

2-1

League Cup

Last League Victory

08/04/95

1-0

Div One

Best Victory

30/01/54

4-1

Scottish Cup

Last Defeat

24/04/79

0-1

Div Two

Worst Result

11/09/76

0-3

Div Two

Luke Johnston scores Dunfermline's second

Last time Dunfermline went to Stranraer was in the League Cup on 14th August 1996 when they won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Hamish French and Allan Moore. The last league meeting there was on 8th April the year before when a Craig Robertson goal earned the points for the Pars.

Stranraer Dunfermline
Current League Position
5 4
League Results
LWDWWW WDWWLL
League Points
14 16
Goal Difference
-2 +3
Home / Away League Record
P5, W3, D1, L1 P4, W2, D1, L1

Allan Smith scores Pars third

Stranraer have lost four of their opening ten league games but have a good recent record being undefeated in their last five league games. Last Saturday they registered a win over second placed Stenhousemuir and Jim Jefferies will be very aware that the 3-1 win over them at East End Park was only really settled in the final ten minutes. The Pars have failed to win their last two away games, losing at Forfar and drawing at Brechin.

   Recent Form this season - home / away
  Stranraer  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline
  Stenhousemuir (H) W 1-0   East Fife (H) L 1-2
  Forfar Athletic (A) W 2-1   Forfar Athletic (A)

 L

0-4

  Arbroath (H) W 3-2   Ayr United (H)

 W

5-1

  Brechin City (A) D 1-1   Airdrieonians (H) W 2-1
  East Fife (H) W 2-0   Brechin City (A) D 1-1
  Airdrieonians (A) L 2-3   Stranraer (H) W 3-1

Josh Falkingham gets stuck in v Stranraer

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v East Fife): Ryan Scully, Ross Millen, Alex Whittle (RyanThomson 45), Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Andy Geggan, Shaun Byrne, Stephen Husband, Ryan Wallace (Ryan Ferguson 72), Josh Falkingham, Jordan Moore (Robert Thomson 59) 
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Allan Smith, Fayssal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow

STRANRAER (v Stenhousemuir): David Mitchell, Frank McKeown, David McGregor, Scott Robertson, Mark Docherty; B Trialist (Mark Corcoran 68),   Chris Aitken, Andrew Stirling (David McKenna 89), Grant Gallagher, Martin Grehan, Jamie Longworth (Ryan Borris 84).
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Fahey, Lewis Kinnaird, 

Referee will be Euan Anderson.

Watch ParsTV coverage 31/08/13: Dunfermline 3 Stranraer 1

Jim Jefferies & Stranraer Manager



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