Dunfermline Athletic

Not Mutch To Talk About – Apart From Matty`s Magical Moment

Date: Thursday, 20th Oct 2022

It has been a busy few days for James McPake and his squad, as they have faced FC Edinburgh and Clyde in SPFL cinch League One.

The Pars headed into the weekend in second spot, two points behind the Citizens – who travelled to KDM Group East End Park last Saturday.

However, the perseverance of McPake`s men paid off in the dying embers of the match, when Sam Fisher`s right-footed out-swinging cross from deep was deflected into the back of the net by the visitors` experienced centre-back, Liam Fontaine. Joyous scenes in the home end, as the pressure on Edinburgh`s goal paid off – to the excitement of ParsTV`s Jordan Burt!!!

After going top of the table, with Fontaine`s late own-goal, it gave the West Fifers the perfect chance to go ever further clear at the top, when they played their re-arranged, catch-up, fixture away to Clyde, which was postponed following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Clyde`s home matches are at Hamilton Academical`s stadium this term, so it was familiar surrounding for the majority of players wearing the away colours of Maroon on Tuesday evening.

Only the one change from Saturday`s starting line-up saw Craig Wighton gain a spot in the eleven to take the field against the Bully Wee, with Chris Hamilton dropping to the bench: it only took the striker 15 minutes to re-pay the faith shown in him by McPake and the management team, as the #9 linked up with Matty Todd to fire the away side into an early lead.

But by this stage, Falkirk – also playing in a catch-up match following the Queen`s passing versus Alloa – were 2-0 up and were starting to show signs of a strong title contender finally coming to the fore, following a slow start under new Gaffer John McGlynn.

The Pars would remain 4 points ahead of the Bairns if they could hang onto their one goal advantage ,or better it. Try as they might, Neil Parry was keeping Danny Lennon`s men in with a chance of nicking something from the game. Wighton was denied by a fantastic save, before a few minutes later firing inches wide of the post in a very similar move.

Lewis McCann came on up front, but picked up a nasty-looking hamstring injury with around 10 minutes to go, as Athletic`s supporters began to get a bit tetchy, with the Peterhead 2-2 draw still firmly in the minds of many.

It may even have been deja vu, when Clyde got a free-kick in the 93rd minute. The hosts packed the penalty area, but Dunfermline managed the situation a lot better in this match, clearing their lines to the halfway line.

The Bully Wee had pushed everyone forward, that goalkeeper Parry was playing in midfield and as the ball bounced on the half-way line, he headed it straight to Aaron Comrie; the full-back stayed composed to find Matty Todd and from fully 40-yards out, the young Fife Elite prodigy, who scored a sensational goal against Alloa just 10 days prior, was at it again, better his goal against the Wasps with an early Goal of the Season contender, sealing all 3 points for Dunfermline Athletic.

A busy week will finish with a third game in 7 days for the KDM Group East End Park side, as they travel to Angus to face Montrose this weekend. Managed by Pars legend Stewart Petrie, the Gable Endies will look to carry on their good run of form and cause an upset at Links Park this weekend.

Focus quickly turned to another away day for the management team on Tuesday night, with the difficulty of opponent not escaping McPake.

Having not conceded an away goal in the league this season, and still unbeaten in SPFL cinch League One, Dunfermline will be heading into Match-Day 12 with confidence of picking up another victory – safe in the knowledge that, no matter what happens, they will be top of the league come Saturday at 5pm.

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