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Fixtures : 2023-2024 : Arbroath

Tue, 28th Nov 2023 Kick Off: 19:45

Dunfermline 3 Arbroath 0

Tuesday, 28th Nov 2023

cinch Championship: Matty Todd and Kane Ritchie-Hosler start. Josh Edwards (48) 1-0: Craig Wighton (73) 2-0: Craig Wighton (90) 3-0

In this previously postponed fixture Dunfermline faced an Arbroath side under the caretaker management of Stuart Malcolm, Arbroath’s Head of Recruitment Barry Sellars and former St Johnstone Liam Craig.

James McPake made two changes from the side that faced Raith Rovers the previous Friday meaning Matty Todd and Kane Ritchie-Hosler started in place of Aaron Comrie and Alex Jakubiak and it was the same Dunfermline starting eleven that started the last league game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Arbroath team showed just one change from that knocked out of the Scottish Cup by League Two side, The Spartans. Keaghan Jacobs came in for the injured Ryan Dow. The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end but after early Pars pressure it was the home side who forced the first corner in fifth minute. Unfortunately Michael McKenna met the cross first to clear.

It was 11 minutes further on when Ritchie-Hosler earned a corner on the right but taken short from Joe Chalmers to Paul Allan the cross was all too easily cut out. Lewis McCann made a run through the middle but his 19th minute shot from 18 yards out went into the hands of the Arbroath keeper, Derek Gaston.

The keeper came out on top again when Owen Moffat accepted a Josh Edwards pass and fired a5 him from 24 yards out. Arbroath no.24 Jermaine Hylton was then unceremoniously flattened by Sam Fisher to hand the Red Lichties a 24th minute free kick but McKenna’s attempt to the right of the four man wall deflected off Todd and it was Craig Slater who got in a shot but it was well wide left.

Three minutes later Jay Bird conjured up an on-target shot from the left side that Deniz Mehmet dropped to his right to hold. On the half hour the first substitution of the match saw Darren Lyon replace David Gold but this was a game that required something to raise the atmosphere.

Ritchie-Hosler’s efforts to get around the Arbroath defence earned a 34th minute corner that McKenna cleared again but then the Arbroath captain flattened Ritchie-Hosler and McCann would have an opportunity from a free kick 30 yards out. His shot was deflected for a corner on the left that Fisher met but headed on to the roof of the net.

The final chance of the half fell to McCann but his header was off target. That concluded the first half and the teams went in level.

Half time: Dunfermline 0 Arbroath 0

The second half was only in its third minute when the deadlock was broken. A ball in from the right set up Todd and there were appeals for a penalty as he hit the deck. Play continued though and Moffat drove the ball on target only for Gaston to beat it away. Fortunately the chance then fell to EDWARDS who crashed the ball into the far side of the goal. 1-0

Edwards had a chance quickly thereafter but this time forced on to his right foot he could not find the target. Play was halted in 51 minutes when Kane Ritchie-Hosler picked up a shoulder injury that resulted in him being stretchered off. Play resumed after a seven minute stoppage with the introduction of Aaron Comrie off the bench.

Things got worse for Dunfermline as they lost another two players in three minutes. Owen Moffat and Sam Fisher were helped off meaning the introduction of Craig Wighton, at the same time as Matty Todd was subbed by Michael O’Halloran and Alex Jakubiak for Fisher.

O’Halloran was immediately fed a pass from McCann that sent him up the left wing and his cross created danger until Colin Hamilton hooked it away. Jakubiak had only been on the park three minutes when he cut back another threatening ball from the left but the defence conceded a 69th minute corner. The second goal would come not from the setpiece but from a surging run down the right by O’Halloran. His cross in was played back by Jakubiak for McCann to shoot, that effort was pushed away by Gaston and Wighton’s follow up was also stopped by the keeper. However WIGHTON was handily placed to convert in 73rd minute when he received a great delivery in from Comrie. 2-0

Jakubiak provided the chance of a second for Wighton when he broke into the left side of the Arbroath box to feed the striker at the near post. Unfortunately it was just a corner that came from that as the defence blocked him out.

Dunfermline continued to pressurise the Angus side’s defence with McCann’s delivery cut out for a corner and then O’Halloran belting the ball wide left from the top of the box. In 89 minutes another O’Halloran run teed up Wighton but his attempt was diverted over the crossbar.

The third goal did arrive in 90th minute. McCann’s attempt from the left side of the box was only half saved by Gaston and WIGHTON had an easy job in seeing the ball over the line. 3-0

McCann’s 97th minute cross from in front of the North West saw Wighton race to head home but he could not connect and only he ended up in the net. Arbroath left the right side open again two minutes later but again neither Wighton or Jakubiak could meet the ball.

In the tenth minute of stoppage time Michael McKenna went down with an injury and with the stretcher deployed again referee Ross Hardie came to be sensible conclusion blowing for full time in fifteenth minute of added time.

After a pretty tame first half that James McPake would later call stuffy, the improvements in the second half made it a bit of a one sided game eventually. The three points lifted Dunfermline into fourth place, the only downside injuries to Kane Ritchie-Hosler (dislocated shoulder) and Sam Fisher (ankle).

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher (Alex Jakubiak 66), Chris Hamilton (c), Ewan Otoo: Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Aaron Comrie 58), Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Matty Todd (Michael O’Halloran 63), Owen Moffat (Craig Wighton 63): Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Harry Sharp (GK), Max Little (GK)
SCORERS: Edwards (48), Wighton (74, 90)

ARBROATH: Derek Gaston; Aaron Steele, Thomas O`Brien (c), Colin Hamilton, Scott Stewart: Craig Slater, Michael McKenna, David Gold (Darren Lyon 30), Keaghan Jacobs, Jermaine Hylton, Jay Bird (Ricky Little 74)
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Stowe, Kenan Dünnwald-Turan, Ally Adams, Jess Norey.
YELLOW CARD: O’Brien (38)

REFEREE: Ross Hardie

NEXT MATCH: cinch Championship (home) v Queens Park, Saturday 2nd December 2023, kick off 3.00pm at KDM Group East End Park

The winner(s) for the 50/50 DAFC v Arbroath 28 11 2023 draw which ended on November 28, 2023 8:30 pm was Ticket Number WEB7263

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Preview Arbroath

Saturday, 25th Nov 2023

cinch Championship (home) Tuesday 28th November 2023, kick off 7.45pm at KDM Group East End Park

This will be the first visit to KDM Group East End Park for an Arbroath team since Boxing Day 2021. For Arbroath this is the fourth of a sequence of five aways games while this is the fourth of five back to back home games for the Pars.

These two clubs have met 103 times and the Fifers have the advantage with 48 wins to Arbroath’s 34 with 21 games drawn. The sides have met 82 times in the league, Dunfermline have won 35, Arbroath 29 and 18 matches have been drawn. The last twice the Red Lichties have been the visitors they have recorded 3-0 wins.

James McPake took Dunfermline to Arbroath in the SPFL Trust Trophy in December last year and recorded an impressive 5-1 win. This time around any kind of win would be welcome.

Milestones Arbroath (home)

Last Victory | 24/04/21 | 4-3 | Championship

Last Defeat | 26/12/21 | 0-3 | Championship

Best Victory | 02/04/32 | 6-0 | Div Two*

Worst Defeat | 12/12/36 | 1-4 | Div One*

Last Goalless Draw | 22/03/86 | Div Two*

First Meeting | 17/04/22 | 5-1 | Div Two*

*Pre league reconstruction

Last time at East End Park

cinch Championship, Sunday 26th December 2022
Dunfermline 0 Arbroath 3

Dunfermline conceded an early goal in just the sixth minute. Anton Dowds was sent down the left and his cross was deflected past Owain Fôn Williams by Rhys Breen finding the goal in the bottom right. 0-1

Arbroath found the net in the final minute of the half, Dowds laid the ball off to McKENNA some 20 yards out and their top goalscorer sent a screamer past Fon Williams to give the visitors a two goal advantage at half time.

Arbroath’s third goal came from a Nouble break down the right channel to tee up DOWDS for an 81st minute goal. 0-3

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd (Kai Kennedy 62), Graham Dorrans (c), Paul Allan, Ryan Dow: Craig Wighton (Kevin O’Hara 62), Lewis McCann
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Graham, Kyle Macdonald, Nikolay Todorov, Dan Pybus, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

ARBROATH: Derek Gaston: Jason Thomson, Ricki Little, Thomas O’Brien (c), Colin Hamilton (David Gold 89): Chris Hamilton, Scott Stewart, Liam Henderson, Michael McKenna, Joel Nouble, Anton Dowds.
SUBS NOT USED: Gavin Swankie, Bobby Linn, Luke Donnelly, Nicky Low, Harrison Clark, Callum Antell (GK)

Recent Form

Arbroath’s run of five wins on the run was halted by Inverness Caley Thistle last Saturday. Caley clearly got the new manager lift with Duncan Ferguson in charge of his first game.

Dunfermline have only won two of their last six matches but they will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them convincingly defeat Morton in their last home game. Both sides have faced Partick Thistle in Glasgow lately. While Dunfermline lost 3-0, Arbroath won 3-0. Every game is different and that’s probably a good thing!

League Stats


League Position: 5th
League Points: 15
Goal Difference: -1
Home League Record: P6 W2 D1 L3 GF7 GA7
Last Six Match Form: LLWLDL


League Position: 9th
League Points: 12
Goal Difference: -6
Away League Record: P5 W2 D0 L3 GF7 GA10
Last Six Match Form: WLLLLL

Last six matches

Raith Rovers (H) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Dundee United (H) L 1-2
Morton (A) D 1-1
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-1
Ayr United (H) L 0-1

Spartans (A) L 1-2
New Saints (A) L 1-4
Airdrieonians (A) L 0-2
Partick Thistle (H) L 1-3
Dundee United (A) L 0-6
Queen of the South W 2-1

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers)
: Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Chris Hamilton (c), Ewan Otoo (Craig Wighton 77): Aaron Comrie, Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 52), Josh Edwards: Owen Moffat: Alex Jakubiak (Matty Todd 52), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Michael O’Halloran, Max Little (GK)

ARBROATH (v Spartans): Derek Gaston: Aaron Steele, Thomas O’Brien (c), Colin Hamilton, Scott Stewart: David Gold, Craig Slater: Ryan Dow (Mark Stowe 19), Michael McKenna, Jermaine Hylton, Jay Bird.
SUBS NOT USED: Keaghan Jacobs, Jess Norey, Darren Lyon, Kenan Dunneald-Turan, Ally Adams (GK).

Referee will be Ross Hardie.

Other cinch Championship fixtures

Airdrieonians v Ayr United
Inverness Caley Thistle v Partick Thistle
Queen’s Park v Morton
Raith Rovers v Dundee United

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