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Preview Kelty Hearts

Saturday, 29th Oct 2022

cinch League One (home) v Kelty Hearts, Saturday 29th October 2022, kick off 3.00pm at The KDM Group East End Park.

Dunfermline Athletic will welcome Kelty Hearts to The KDM Group East End Park to play their first competitive match there against the Pars

For Kelty this is not their first competitive match at East End Park. On 3 June 2007 a crowd of 9304 watched the showcase of the Junior calendar, the Citylink Scottish Junior Cup Final between Kelty Hearts and Linlithgow Rose. This was the first time that East End had been used for the Junior Final and Linlithgow lifted the trophy with a winning goal in the last minute of extra time. Kelty however come a long way since that Junior Cup Final.


The new Fife derby comes about after Kelty Hearts remarkable rise through the pyramid system. The club has progressed from junior football, the East Superleague, a play off to enter the Lowland league in 2018, a play off as Lowland league champions against Brechin City in 2021 and promotion from Scottish League Two as champions in their first season in the SPFL.

Last time against Kelty Hearts
Saturday 20th August 2022, League One
Kelty Hearts 0 Dunfermline 0


In this first-ever league meeting between the clubs Kelty frustrated Dunfermline with a good defensive display to pick up their first league point of the season.

Despite several good attempts from McCann, O’Hara, Todd, Breen and sub Kyle Macdonald it finished as a goalless draw. The result meant the Pars had yet to concede a goal in the league and they stayed joint top on 10 points though on goal difference Airdrieonians were plus 8 and Dunfermline +5.

KELTY HEARTS: Darren Jamieson: Cammy Logan, Steven Bell, Jordan Forster, Lewis Martin: Michael Tidser (c), Jamie Barjonas (Robbie McNab 85), Darren Lyon: Kallum Higginbotham, Scott McGill (Ross Philp 67), Joe Cardle (Alfredo Agyeman 59)
SUBS NOT USED: Thomas O’Ware, Dougie Hill, Brodie Strang, Kyle Docherty, Finn Robson, Liam Campbell (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Chris Hamilton: Matthew Todd, Joe Chalmers (Chris Mochrie 50): Kevin O’Hara, Lewis McCann (Nikolay Todorov 50), Craig Wighton (Kyle Macdonald 50)
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Fisher, Andrew Tod, Max Little (GK)

Recent Form

Former Dunfermline player, coach and manager John Potter brings his Kelty Hearts team the six miles south west on the back of three successive wins. Indeed Kelty have won five of their last six matches.

Dunfermline have won three of their last six but they are undefeated at home this season and will be keen to pick up full points after the defeat at Montrose last Saturday.

Last six matches



DUNFERMLINE

Montrose (A) L 0-2
Clyde (A) W 2-0
FC Edinburgh (H) W 1-0

Alloa Athletic (A) W 3-0

Peterhead (H) D 2-2

Falkirk (H) D 1-1


KELTY HEARTS

Falkirk (A) W 3-2
Clyde (A) W 2-1
Queen of the South (H) W 1-0
FC Edinburgh (A) L 0-2
Airdrieonians (H) W 1-0
Annan Athletic (A) W 2-1

League Record



DUNFERMLINE

League Position: 1st

League Points: 25

Goal Difference: +11

Home League Record: P6 W3 D3 L0 GF7 GA4

Last Six Match Form: DDWWWL



KELTY HEARTS

League position: 7th

League points: 16

Goal Difference: -7

Away League Record: P6 W1 D0 L5 GF5 GA15

Last Six Match Form: WWLWWW

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Montrose):
Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher (Robbie Mahon 77), Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen: Aaron Comrie, Chris Hamilton (Nikolay Todorov 61), Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Chris Mochrie, Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Sam Young, Andrew Tod, Max Little (GK)

KELTY HEARTS (v Falkirk) Darren Jamieson: Cammy Logan (Jason Thomson 73), Thomas O`Ware, Jordan Forster, Reis Peggie: Darren Lyon, Michael Tidser (c) (Robbie McNab 64), Nicky Low, Jamie Barjonas (Joe Cardle 80), Kallum Higginbotham (Kyle Doherty 73), Alfredo Agyeman
SUBS NOT USED: Dougie Hill, Scott McGill, Scott Cameron, Liam Campbell (GK)

The Kelty Hearts playing squad contains players who have played for Dunfermline - Joe Cardle, Kallum Higginbotham, Jason Thomson and Lewis Martin.

Referee will be Calum Scott.

Other League One Fixtures

Airdrieonians v Montrose
Alloa Athletic v Clyde
Peterhead v FC Edinburgh
Queen of the South v Falkirk



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