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Tuesday, 24th Jan 2023

SPFL Trust Trophy Quarter Final (away) v Dundee, Tuesday 24th January 2023, kick off 7.45pm at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park

Hopefully after two postponements it will be third time lucky for this Quarter Final tie that was postponed on Tuesday 24th January. Both sides were in action on Saturday in the Scottish Cup and both played 90 minutes followed by another 30 extra time before going out on penalties.

Dunfermline’s reward for seeing off Celtic B and then Arbroath is a SPFL Trust Trophy cup tie away to Dundee. After away ties against New Saints and Falkirk, both of which they won 3-0, Dundee were given a home draw in the Quarter Final of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

For the last six meetings between the sides Dundee were managed by James McPake, so this cup tie sees him up against the Dark Blues for the first time as an opposing team manager.

Milestones v Dundee away

Last Victory | 22/07/18 | 1-0 | Betfred Cup

Last Defeat | 27/03/21 | 2-3 | Championship

Best Victory | 24/11/73 | 5-1 | Div One*

Worst Defeat | 22/03/47 | 0-10 | Div B*

Last Goalless Draw | 13/09/08 | First Division

First League Meeting | 25/09/1926 | 1-1 | Div One*

*Pre league reconstruction

Last time at Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park

Scottish Championship, Saturday 27th March 2021
Dundee 3 Dunfermline 2

Dunfermline raced into a two goal lead within the first six minutes. Firstly Kevin O’HARA found the top left corner. The goal came from a Josh Edwards throw in when he combined with Wighton who cut in to deliver the vital assist. 0-1

The Fifers doubled their lead after O’Hara blocked Liam Fontaine’s pass, Craig WIGHTON fought off former Pars captain, Lee Ashcroft on the edge of the box and chipped a shot over keeper, Adam Legzdins. 0-2

On the half hour an Anderson shot was booted away by Euan Murray but it took a wicked rebound off Aaron Comrie and as the ball fell to Osman Sow, Owain Fon Williams made two fantastic saves to deny him but Jason CUMMINGS headed in at the far post. 1-2

Dundee started the second half strongly and drew level from a 54th minute corner from the left. Fon Williams saved Ashcroft’s powerful header but MULLEN nipped in to net. 2-2

Dundee then made it two goals in two minutes when ASHCROFT met another Paul McGowan corner from the left and his header found the Fifers goal just inside the right upright, 3-2.

It could have been all square two minutes later when Thomas forced a cross from the left that Fraser Murray looked likely to head in until Marshall appeared to survive a push on the on loan Hibee.

Try as they did Dunfermline just could not find the equaliser and dropped to fourth place as a result, their lowest league placing of the season so far.

DUNDEE: Adam Legzdins: Christie Elliott, Lee Ashcroft, Liam Fontaine, Jordan Marshall: Paul McGowan, Declan McDaid, Paul McMullan, Max Anderson (Shaun Byrne 87), Osman Sow (Danny Mullen 39), Jason Cummings (Jonathan Afolabi 90).
SUBS NOT USED: Cammy Kerr, Lyall Cameron, Sam Fisher, Calum Ferrie (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson (Ewan Henderson 66), Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Fraser Murray, Lewis Mayo, Iain Wilson, Dom Thomas (Scott Banks 70): Kevin O’Hara (Declan McManus 70), Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Lewis McCann, Kerr McInroy, Cammy Gill (GK)

Out of the last twelve matches between the teams, Dunfermline have won four. Dundee have won two with six drawn.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee

Date. | H/A | F-A | Scorers

13/04/21 | H | 0-0
27/03/21 | A | 2-3 | [1-0] O’Hara, [2-0] Wighton, [2-1] Cummings, [2-2] Mullen, [2-3] Ashcroft.
19/12/20 | A | 3-3 | [0-1] Adam, [0-2] Sow, [0-3] Fontaine, [1-3] Watson, [2-3] McManus (pen.), [3-3] McManus.

24/01/20 | H | 2-0 | [1-0] Dow, [2-0] Nisbet

14/12/19 | A | 3-4 | [0-1] Devine (o.g.), [1-1] Dow, [1-2] Hemmings, [1-3] McGowan, [1-4] Johnson, [2-4] Nisbet, [3-4] Martin

02/08/19 | H | 2-2 | [1-0] Dow, [2-0] Nisbet, [2-1] Johnson (pen.), [2 -2] Johnson (pen).
22/07/18 | A | 1-0 | [1-0] J Longridge

25/08/15 | H | 3-1 | [1-0] El Bakhtaoui, [1-1] Hemmings, [2-1] Cardle, [3-1] El Bakhtaoui
22/03/11 | A | 1-1 | [1-0] Burke, [1-1] Hyde

15/01/11 | H | 0-0 

23/10/10 | A | 2-2 | [1-0] Gibson (pen), [2-0] Gibson (pen), [2-1] Griffiths, [2-2] Higgins

11/09/10 | H | 3-1 | [1-0] Gibson (pen.), [2-0] Bell, [2-1] Harkins, [3-1] Clarke

Recent Form

Dundee’s defeat to Arbroath on 2nd January was their first home defeat since mid September. Their draw at Stark’s Park on Friday night came after just that one defeat in their last six league matches. The Dark Blues have won 17 times in 29 outings this season.

Dunfermline have now gone eleven games without defeat and have lost only once away - at Montrose - since their 1-0 reverse at Dingwall in mid July. They have won nine of those last eleven matches and conceded only four goals in their 12 away matches this season.

Last six matches

Partick Thistle (A) D -1
Peterhead (H) W 4-0

FC Edinburgh (A) W 1-0
Kelty Hearts (A) W 2-1

Arbroath (A) W 5-1

Queen of the South (H) D 1-1


St Mirren (A) D 0-0
Raith Rovers (A) D 1-1
Arbroath (H) L 4-2
Ayr United (A) W 2-0
Falkirk (A) W 3-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) W 1-0

League Record


League One Position: 1st

League Points: 42
Goal Difference: +21
Away League Record: P10 W8 D1 L1 GF16 GA3

Last Six Match Form: DWWW



Championship Position: 3rd
League Points: 35

Goal Difference: +8

Home League Record: P9 W5 D1 L3 GF18 GA13

Last Six Match Form: WWWLDD

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle):
Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen: Kyle Macdonald, Chris Hamilton, Joe Chalmers (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 100), Josh Edwards: Chris Mochrie (Lewis McCann 57), Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton (Kevin O’Hara 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Nikolay Todorov, Sam Young, Andrew Tod, Taylor Sutherland, Robbie Mahon, Max Little (GK)

DUNDEE (v St Mirren): Adam Legzdins: Tyler French (Max Anderson 12), Lee Ashcroft, Ryan Sweeney, Jordan Marshall, Cammy Kerr (Lyall Cameron 42), Jordan McGhee (Finlay Robertson 95), Luke McCowan (Zak Rudden 90): Alex Jakubiak (Kwame Thomas 65), Paul McMullan (Cillian Sheridan 65).
SUBS NOT USED: Harrison Sharp (GK)

Referee will be Graham Grainger who was also in charge of Dunfermline v Kelty Hearts in August this season.

Other SPFL Trust Trophy Semi Final ties

Draw for Semi Finals
Dundee or DUNFERMLINE v Raith Rovers
Hamilton Academical v Queen of the South

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