Dunfermline Athletic 3
Dundee 1
League (First Division)


3 - 1


League (First Division)
Saturday, September 11th, 2010
East End Park
Attendance: 4,037
3:00 PM Kick-off

Wullie Gibson (pen) (20)
Steven Bell (42)
Gary Harkins (51)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Chris Smith
2. Andy Dowie
3. Chris Higgins
4. Austin McCann
5. Steven Bell
6. Calum Woods
7. Gary Mason
8. Wullie Gibson
9. Steven McDougall
10. Joe Cardle
11. Andy Kirk
Scott Fox .1
Eric Paton .2
Craig McKeown .3
Rhys Weston .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Nicky Riley .6
Jamie Adams .7
Stephen O'Donnell .8
Gary Harkins .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Njazi Kuqi .11

12. Kyle Allison
14. Alex Burke
15. Alex Keddie
16. Pat Clarke
17. Nick Phinn
Scott Findlay .12
Gary Irvine .14
Craig Forsyth .15
Colin McMenamin .16
Sean Higgins .17

Pat Clarke for Steven McDougall (68)
Nick Phinn for Gary Mason (70)
Sean Higgins for Njazi Kuqi (71)
Craig Forsyth for Nicky Riley (71)
Colin McMenamin for Jamie Adams (85)

Gary Mason (59) Stephen O'Donnell (64)
Matt Lockwood (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
George Drummond & David McGeachie (Assistants)

Match Report

“Angry” was Gordon Chisholm's response to how he was feeling after watching his side defeated 3-1 at Dunfermline as Dundee terrible away form continued.

The managers reaction was brought on after Dundee gifted three goals to the East End Park side and fell further behind the leaders at the top of the table.

Despite it being early days in the league this was Dundee's fourth away match this season where they have come away with nothing in all competitions and still leaves them with only one away victory in the year of 2010.

After an impressive result and performance at home to Falkirk two weeks ago, two forced changes were the only ones that Chisholm made with Scott Fox coming in for the suspended Rab Douglas and new signing Njazi Kuqi replacing injured David Witteveen in the starting line up.

Kuqi had the first chance of the afternoon with a weak header over the bar before Dunfermline's Callum Woods saw an effort go well wide.

The first half started with neither side playing the best football and little goal mouth action but it was an even affair and it took a real gift to give the home side the break through. It was 19 minutes before either keeper was called into action, shortly after that gift came in the form of a penalty.

Steven McDougall floated a ball in from the right and when no Dundee defender cleared it allowed Joe Cardle to volley towards goal. Scott Fox pulled off a superb save and it looked like the danger was cleared but the ball dropped in the box and Nicky Riley fouled Steven Bell leaving referee Steve Conroy with no choice but to point to the spot.

Willie Gibson stepped up and side footed the ball home to give the Pars the lead.

The tempo of the match didn't really pick up any after that and although Dundee continued to try their luck Dunfermline keeper Chris Smith saw no action. Gary Harkins first, then Stephen O'Donnell fired shots wide from distance before Leigh Griffiths had Dundee's best chance of the half.

He turned his man on the edge of the box and looked to have space in behind but dragged his shot across the face of goal and wide. It was the best it got for Dundee in an uninspiring first 45 minutes of this match.

Things got even worse with three minutes for the half left. A ball forward was headed on by McDougall into the path of midfield runner Bell. He burst forward and seemed to have all the time in the world to run between the Dundee defence and slot the ball past Fox.

Fox was called into action once more before the break when Joe Cardle cut in from the left and fired in a shot but the Dundee stopped tipped over the top to keep the score down to 2-0 at the break.

No changes were made at half time but Dundee badly needed a goal to get back into the match. The game picked up though how the first half had played out with no great tempo and only Kuqi firing a shot over provided any early half action around the area.

When Dundee did have a real chance though they did get that goal which got them back into the match. Griffiths caught the Dunfermline defence sleeping from a quick throw and beat his man down the right before cutting it back to the unmarked Kuqi on the six yard line. He should have marked his debut with a goal but a great last ditch block from Bell saw the ball loop up and go for a corner via the cross bar.

From the corner though Lockwood curled it in and Harkins headed home at the back post to make it 2-1.

The home side almost regained their two goal lead soon after when Gibson's reserve pass found Andy Kirk onside in the box. The league's leading scored took a touch and force Fox into a good save.

Chisholm made a double change as he tried to push the side up the park in search of another goal with Craig Forsyth and Sean Higgins replacing Kuqi and Riley. At the same time Dunfermline brought on ex Dundee man Pat Clarke.

It was one of the subs that Chisholm sent on that created Dundee's best chance to level the match. Higgins played it long over the top and Griffiths raced on the ball, he cut back behind his marker and curled a great effort that looked destined for the bottom corner before Smith pushed the ball round post.

The afternoon was summed up by the fact that Dunfermline went up the pitch three minutes later and what looked to be a nothing ball into the area caused havoc with Fox and Paton letting the ball run through leaving Clarke with an empty net to knock the ball into.

That all but ended the match and bar one effort from each side. Kirk for Dunfermline and Harkins for Dundee, which both failed to give any real concerns to the keepers the match was played out and Dunfermline had their victory.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 11th, 2010)

2010-11 All Time
Scott Fox (GK) - 4 - 4 -
Rhys Weston29 7 - 7 -
Matt Lockwood33 4 - 4 -
Craig McKeown25 9 - 42 -
Eric Paton32 6 - 825
Gary Harkins25 925420
Stephen O'Donnell27 8181
Jamie Adams23 6 - 6 -
Nicky Riley24 8383
Leigh Griffiths20 944825
Njazi Kuqi - 1 - 1 -
Craig Forsyth (sub)21 8 - 466
Colin McMenamin (sub)29 919324
Sean Higgins (sub)25 81408

League Table (as at September 11th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.