Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2013-2014 : Brechin City

Sat, 29th Mar 2014 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 2 Brechin City 1

Saturday, 29th Mar 2014

Five changes in Pars starting XI. In come Millen, Martin, Falkingham, Thomson, El Bakhtaoui. Shankland (47) 1-0, Thomson (60) 1-1; Millen (90 pen.) 2-1

Dunfermline 2 Brechin City 1

For the visit of Brechin City Jim Jefferries made five changes to his starting eleven. Out went Williamson, Husband, Byrne, Forbes, Wallace; in came Millen, Martin, Falkingham, Thomson. El Bakhtaoui. With Paul McLean and Johnny Brown missing from the team that faced Rangers so Brechin brought in Greg Cameron and former Par Ryan Ferguson. Their ability to name just four substitues was possibly an indicator of their squad struggling for availability.

The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end and immediately pressed the Pars. Brechin had an uncomfortable level of possession in the opening eight minutes but Lawrence Shankland was given half a chance with a weak pass back to Graeme Smith but the striker stabbed the ball left of target from seven yards out. 

Faissal El Bakhtaoui v Brechin City

The first corners of the match came in tenth minute and these were for Brechin but after the first was headed back behind, Scully smothered the second after Jonathan Page had headed down the delivery in from the left. One forceful run down the right from Faissal El Bakhtaoui took play temporarily to the other end before Darren Petrie pumped in a free kick from the left edge of the box that Alex Whittle headed away.

Ryan Scully blocks Darren Petrie`s shot

Petrie made a surging run through the left channel beating several Pars players challenges and got in a shot that Scully took enough of the sting out of with his thigh for Page to sweep in behind and mop up behind the keeper.

In 17 El Bakhtaoui laced the ball into the box for Shankland to crash a good shot on target but Smith did really well to divert the effort over his crossbar. Allan Smith became the first sub of the match replacing Thomson who had sustained an ankle injury after 20 minutes.  Another City corner five minutes later saw Brechin captain Graham Hay get a free header at the left post but he headed over the bar.

Ryan Thomson is crunched by Craig Molloy

Graeme Smith then held an attempt from Allan Smith after he got his head to a Millen free kick. Dunfermline then showed signs of attempting to get a grip of the match with El Bakhtaoui evading challenges down the right to create danger. The ball was switched back to Falklingham who exchanged passes with Andy Geggan before trying a shot that was deflected for a corner.

A 34th minute corner was sent in from the right by Whittle but that was headed clear and Brechin took the game to the other end where former Par Robert Thomson shot wildly into the McCathie Stand. Bobby Barr next snatched a shot at goal but his direction was wayward right.

Josh Falkingham v Brechin City

After Martin became the third Dunfermline booking when he pushed over Alan Trouten, Steven Jackson launched the 28 yard free kick on target forcing Scully to touch the ball over his bar and when the corner came over from the right Craig Molloy sent the ball back over the crossbar. There was still time for Hay to test Scully from Brechin`s fifth corner of the match and the left post kept the match goalless after the the keeper turned it on to it. With the first half statistics showing 8 Brechin shots to the Pars 2, things would have to change for the second!

Half Time: Dunfermline 0 Brechin City 0

Alex Whittle goes down in challenge with Gerry McLauchlan

El Bakhtaoui and Shankland got the second half underway and a free kick was awarded against McLauchlan deep down the left. Millen whipped that in but Morris was penalised for his challenge with Smith for the crossed ball.  The opening goal came in the second minute of the half however. El Bakhtaoui sent an early ball in from the right that SHANKLAND met at the near post to divert the ball high into the net. 1-0

Lawrence Shankland nets the opener

The Fifers kept going forward with Smith powering a shot narrowly over the bar and then Millen producing another dangerous cross from the right. In 55 minutes Geggan`s header on another Millen cross was deflected for a corner on the left but City dealt with that.

The Angus side were then to get back on level terms when on the hour Bobby Barr fed the ball into the box for THOMSON to slot past Scully for his fifth Brechin goal. 1-1

Shankland was then unfortunate to be just too far ahead of Smith`s cut back from the right byeline. Thomson at the other end brushed off Millen to drill a shot on target that Scully thankfully blocked. Greg Cameron`s right footed free kick into the Pars box was cleared before Ross Forbes came on for Lewis Martin in 74 minutes.

The sub`s first delivery picked out Shankland on the edge of the box. With two men to his right he slipped it to El Bakhtaoui who was denied by a Smith save and then a Hay block on his follow up. Brechin defended dangerous balls in from three Pars corners. A Whittle cut back set up Smith for a drive from 18 yards but that was blotted out.

Allan Smith is taken down by Steven Jackson

As the match entered the final ten minutes Dunfermline upped it a gear trying to cash in on their far superior possession. Shankland appeared to be pushed away as he attempted to convert a Forbes cross. Then a Forbes free kick from 30 yards out on the right side was held by Graeme Smith as he dived low to his left hand post.

With one minute remaining Allan Smith earned a penalty for the Pars when he was taken out by a rash Steven Jackson tackle on the right side.  Ross MILLEN was given the task of converting the spot kick which he duly did placing the ball to the keeper`s left as went the other way. 2-1

Ross Millen celebrates his goal

The late goal proved to be the winner and coupled with East Fife`s win at Forfar, the Pars play off place was sealed.


Alex Whittle and Faissal El Bakhtaoui celebrate three points

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Jonathan Page, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Josh Falkingham (Stephen Husband 91), Lewis Martin (Ross Forbes 74), Andy Geggan (c), Ryan Thomson (Allan Smith 21), Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Lawrence Shankland
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Goodfellow (GK), Shaun Byrne, Lewis Spence, Ryan Williamson.
SCORERS: Shankland (47), Millen (90 pen).
YELLOW CARD: Falkingham (29), Whittle (37), Martin (43)

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith; Ryan Ferguson, Gerry McLauchlan, Graham Hay (c), Steven Jackson, Darren Petrie; Greg Cameron, Alan Trouten, Robert Thomson, Craig Molloy, Bobby Barr (Derek Carcary 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Allan Walker, Ewan Moyes, Craig Nelson (GK)
SCORERS: Thomson (60)
YELLOW CARD: McLauchlan (46), (86), Smith (90)

REFEREE: Nick Walsh
WEATHER: Sunny intervals, 7°C

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Saturday 5th April 2014, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Brechin City

Tuesday, 20th Mar 2018

Ladbroke Championship: (away) Tuesday 20th March 2018 7.45pm kick off at Glebe Park.

The last visit to Glebe Park in September it was top v bottom. On Tuesday night fifth placed Dunfermline travel to meet Darren Dods Brechin City still in search of their first league win. Dunfermline are the only team that has still to play Brechin twice and they crucially need to firstly secure the three points and then secondly enhance their goal difference if at all possible.

This meeting will be the 52nd league matches between the clubs and Dunfermline have won 35, drawn 8 and lost 8 so far.

Milestones v Brechin City (away)
Last Victory
23/09/17 3-0 Championship
Last Defeat
18/04/15 0-3 League One
Best Victory
07/03/79 6-1 Division Two
08/08/15 6-1 League One
Worst Defeat
07/11/31 0-3 Division Two
18/04/15 0-3 League One

The August 2015 result matched the best Pars result in Brechin, a 6-1 win in 1979 courtesy of a Mike Leonard hat trick and goals from Jimmy Mullin, Kevin Hegarty, and Walter Borthwick.

Last sixteen meetings
Dunfermline have won 13 of the last 16 meetings, teo have been lost, one drawn.

Championship: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 23/12/17
Championship: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 23/09/17
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 26/03/16
League One: Brechin City 1-2 Dunfermline : (W) : 20/02/16
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 05/12/15
League One: Brechin City 1-6 Dunfermline : (W) : 08/08/15
League One: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 18/04/15
League One: Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline : (D) : 02/03/15
League One: Dunfermline 0-1 Brechin City : (L) : 24/02/15
League One: Dunfermline 0-0 Brechin City : (D) : 09/08/14
League One: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 29/03/14
League One: Brechin City 3-2 Dunfermline : (L) : 25/01/14
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 23/11/13
League One: Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline : (D) 14/09/13
First Division: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 30/04/94
First Division: Brechin City 0-1 Dunfermline : (W) : 04/01/94

Last Meeting
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Brechin City 0 Dunfermline 3

This match was much closer that the scoreline suggests. The visitors went ahead in 28 minutes when Kallum Higginbotham`s ball in from a corner on the left travelled out to Lee ASHCROFT on the right side of the box and his low drive took a deflection as it travelled into the net. 0-1

The second Dunfermline goal ten minutes into the second half came from a classic Ryan Williamson move. Winning the ball on the right he pushed it towards the byeline, ran on to it again and surprised his marker by getting a first class cross in that Declan McMANUS rose to head home. 0-2

In 70th minute Sean Crichton rose to attempt to clear a cross but only succeeded in deflecting the ball away from his keeper`s clutches to allow Nicky CLARK an elementary finish chesting the ball home at the far post. 0-3

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith: Paul McLean, Ryan McGeever, Sean Crighton, Willie Dyer: James Dale, Finn Graham (Liam Watt 81), Chris O`Neill (Euan Spark 71), Jordan Sinclair, Connor McLennan (Ally Love 62), Kalvin Orsi.
SUBS NOT USED: Isaac Layne, Gary Fusco, Patrick O`Neil (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (Aaron Splaine 78), David Hopkirk (Callum Smith 68): Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 78), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Fraser Aird, Scott Lochhead, Cammy Gill (GK).

Form last six matches

Morton (H) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
St Mirren (A) L 0-2
Queen of the South (A) D 0-0
Livingston (A) D 0-0
Morton (A) L 1-2

Dumbarton (A) L 0-1
Dumbarton (H) L 1-3
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Falkirk (A) L 1-3
Queen of the South (A) L 0-2

Recent Form

League Position: 5th
League Points: 39
League Record: P28 W10 D9 L9 GF40 GA30
Goal Difference: +10
Last Six League Match Form: LDDLWD

League Position: 10th
League Points: 4
League Record: P27 W0 D4 L23 GF19 GA60
Goal Difference: -41
Last Six League Match Form: LLLLLL

Brechin City’s 1-1 draw at home to Morton on 6th January is the only interruption to a 14 match losing run.

Last Time Out

Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c) Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: James Craigen (Fraser Aird 76), Tom Beadling, James Vincent, Kallum Higginbotham, Declan McManus, Nicky Clark (Dan Armstrong 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Dean Shiels, Jason Talbot, Nat Wedderburn, Jean-Yves M’Voto, Cammy Gill (GK)

BRECHIN CITY (v Dumbarton): Patrick O`Neil: Euan Spark, Sean Crighton, Gary Fusco, Willie Dyer: Craig Storie (Callum Morrison 45), Finn Graham, Callum Tapping, Liam Watt: Kelvin Orsi , Dylan Mackin (Isaac Layne 63)
SUBS NOT USED: Paul McLean, James Dale, Euan Smith, Jordan Sinclair, Scott Costello (GK).

Referee will be Barry Cook.

Other Championship fixtures on Tuesday night
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