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Preview Queens Park

Saturday, 2nd Dec 2023

cinch Championship (home) v Queen`s Park, Saturday 2nd December 2023, kick off 3.00pm at KDM Group East End Park
MATCH POSTPONED

For many the sight of Queen’s Park at KDM Group East End Park will haunt the memory of 7th May 2022 when an 89th minute Simon Murray goal sent Dunfermline clattering out of the Championship as they lost the play-off semi final to the Glasgow club.

Everyone connected with the Pars would take great delight from a fine home win. We are constantly reminded that there are no easy games in this league and the last time Queen’s Park played a league game away to Dunfermline it ended a goalless draw on 8th March 1986.

Milestones Queens Park (Home)

Last Victory: 08/10/16 | 2-1 | Challenge Cup Cup
Last Defeat: 07/05/22 | 0-1 | Championship Play-Off
Best Victory: 20/09/72 | 5-1 | Division Two*
Worst Defeat: 22/12/49 | 1-6 | Division Two*
Last Goalless Draw: 08/03/86 | Second Division
First Ever Meeting: 17/03/23: | 0-0 | Division Two*

* Pre Reconstruction

Last time at KDM Group East End Park
Dunfermline 0 Queen’s Park 1, Saturday 7th May 2022
Championship Play-Off Second Leg

After a goalless first leg at Firhill, it was winner take all at East End Park in this the second leg of the cinch Championship semi final play offs with Queens Park standing between the Pars and a final against either Airdrieonians or Montrose.

The first half was tense and still this play-off yielded no goals. In 55 minutes Simon Murray was the first sub of the match and within three he was taken down by Efe Ambrose causing referee Craig Napier to show red to the Nigerian internationalist. Connell drove the subsequent free kick into the defensive wall.

Good chances came Dunfermline’s way. From a free kick 20 yards out in line with the right edge of the Queens box, Lawless delivered an inviting ball that was met by Coll Donaldson but his header cleared the bar. In 77 minutes Lawless played another free kick into the Queen’s box, Donaldson met it again and again Ferrie held.



Three minutes later a rare opportunity for the Glasgow side came from a Smith cross and Murray’s header dropped just wide of the right goalpost. Five minutes from full time a counterattack saw Murray travel down the left and tee up Fox on the edge of the box. He had time to compose himself but fired over the bar.

The warning had been registered but in 89th minute Queens Park scored when McHugh cut back for MURRAY in front of goal to finish. 0-1.

That turned out to be the fatal blow for the ten man Fifers.

Five added minutes and the introduction of Lewis McCann and Bobby Kamwa saw a big push. O`Hara had a great chance that he could not convert but there was to be no way back. League One football for Dunfermline Athletic next season.

DUNFERMLINE: Jakub Stolarczyk: Matthew Todd, Efe Ambrose, Coll Donaldson, Lewis Martin: Steven Lawless (Bobby Kamwa 90+2), Liam Polworth, Joe Chalmers (Dan Pybus 63), Ryan Dow (Aaron Comrie 63): Graham Dorrans (c) (Lewis McCann 90+2): Kevin O’Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Nikolay Todorov, Rhys Breen, Dom Thomas, Reece Cole, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

QUEENS PARK: Calum Ferrie: Michael Doyle (c), Peter Grant, Charlie Fox, Tommy Robson: Luca Connell, Jake Davidson (Louis Longridge 67), Liam Brown (Jack Thomson 67), Connor Smith (Connor McBride 81): Jai Quitongo (Simon Murray 55), Bob McHugh,
SUBS NOT USED: Darren Lyon, Stuart Morrison, Luis Longstaff, Ronan Darcy, Jacques Heraghty (GK).

Recent Form

Queen’s Park have now gone ten matches without a win and all three of their league victories this season came in August against Inverness Caley Thistle and back to back against Arbroath.

Dunfermline’s midweek win over managerless Arbroath was just their second win in eight games but their last three defeats have been to the teams sitting first and second in the Championship.

League Record



DUNFERMLINE

League Position: 4th

League Points: 18

Goal Difference: +2

Home League Record: P7 W3 D1 L3 GF10 GA7

Last Six Match Form: LWLDLW



QUEENS PARK

League Position: 8th

League Points: 13

Goal Difference: -9

Away League Record: P7 W2 D2 L3 GF10 GA14

Last Six Match Form: LDDDLL

Last six matches



DUNFERMLINE

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



QUEEN’S PARK

Partick Thistle (A) L 0-3
Raith Rovers (H) L 2-3
Ayr United (A) D 2-2
Partick Thistle (H) D 2-2
Airdrieonians (A) D 1-1
Falkirk (A) L 0-1

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath):
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)

QUEEN’S PARK (v Partick Thistle): Calum Ferrie, Ben McPherson, Alex Bannon, Charlie Fox, Tommy Robson (Cameron Bruce 68), Jack Thomson, Jack Spong (Barry Hepburn 68), Jack Turner, Stuart McKinstry (Louis Longridge 55), Ruari Paton, Dom Thomas.
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Healy, Will Tizzard, Lewis Reid, Patrick Jarrett Zach Mauchin, Sam Kane (GK).

Other cinch Championship fixtures

Ayr United v Arbroath
Morton v Dundee United
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Raith Rovers
Partick Thistle v Airdrieonians



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