Declan McManus replaced the injured Andy Ryan in the only change to Tuesday's starting 11. On the bench, Jean Yves M'Voto and Michael Paton were included with Ryan missing out and Conner Duthie not included. The other subs were as per the first leg.
A game that should have been won comfortably ended in a defeat that was incredibly hard to take; while chances were missed, United's substitute keeper made a crucial save, and for the second game running in this play-off double header we hit the bar. The first half was as good a performance as any Pars side have given in years. We completely dominated the game and went in at half time 1-0 ahead after Declan McManus converted a Fraser Aird cross after 14 minutes.
The pivotal moment of the game came in the 35th minute when McManus was put clean through on goal. A striker's instinct will always be to shoot but had McManus made a simple sideways pass to Aird, the winger would have had a tap-in to put Dunfermline 2-0 up. Instead, McManus shot and Mehmet saved the effort.
Seconds before half time Nicky Clark's bullet-header crashed off the bar - another moment that was to prove crucial later in the game.
United had barely threatened the Pars goal during the first half and made a half time change, with tall striker Thomas Mikkelsen replacing Wee Paul McMullan. Their more direct approach paid off with an equaliser after 57 minutes. Scott McDonald, once again allowed to co-referee the game, latched onto a Mikkelsen header from a corner and turned the ball in. The goal was met by disbelief by the Pars players and fans, but up the other end of the pitch, United keeper Mehmet celebrated by somersaulting and then injuring himself in the process. He had to be substituted and replaced by Harry Lewis.
Lewis was immediately called into action, making a great save from a Clark header.
United went ahead in the 70th minute when Sam Stanton ran through and put the ball past Robinson. A good goal from a United standpoint but where was the Pars midfield and central defence?
With 16 minutes remaining, Allan Johnston made the type of substitution that could have proved to be a masterstroke but instead caused the team to lose its shape. Jean Yves M'Voto was brought on to play up front, with Kallum Higginbotham being substituted. This also meant Fraser Aird moving into a midfield 3, when he was having a productive game wide left. Meanwhile, any width was now supplied by fullbacks Ryan Williamson and Lewis Martin (a converted centre half). M'Voto made no impact on the game and the team were less effective, with one of its most creative players withdrawn and less quality in wide areas.
Tiredness was also a huge factor as the game went on. Playing 35 minutes with 10 men on Tuesday with the same players who started tonight's game (McManus had already replaced Ryan on Tuesday when Lee Ashcroft was sent off) had clearly taken a toll on the team. There can be no suggestion of lack of bottle - there were other factors that led to the defeat, all described above, but lack of bottle was not one of them.
This was a sad way to end a period of games where the team have performed to a high level and given great hope for the future. Were we ready for the Premiership? Probably not, but that would have been a task for the manager in the summer. We were certainly far better than United over the 2 legs but ultimately they progressed and we were left to rue bad luck, missed chances and perhaps having played one game too many in a hectic schedule of games to end the season.
No changes to the starting 11 that defeated Dumbarton. Conner Duthie replaced Dean Shiels on the bench.
A result that can be viewed in different ways: to avoid defeat after playing so long with 10 men is obviously a huge positive to take onto the second leg. Yet the injustice over the very harsh 55th minute red card for Lee Ashcroft, robbing us of a key defender and (depending on the outcome of a likely appeal) also missing the game on Friday, could have a more telling impact. There was also frustration at the United keeper pulling off 3 outstanding saves to deny us a precious victory.
The game was evenly contested and even after the sending off, we still posed a threat on the break. Our attitude and mindset when facing United has improved considerably over the past 2 seasons. Although we have not recorded a win over them, in recent matches circumstances rather than our previously weak mentality against them have denied us a win on more than one occasion. Simply put, our luck must turn, as we have addressed our own issues and now can go into games against United knowing that we have no reason to feel inferior.
Dunfermline came closest to opening the scoring when Declan McManus, on for the injured Andy Ryan, hit the bar after 37 minutes. For all United's possession, they rarely tested Lee Robinson in the first half. After half time, that was to change and the Pars keeper, who has been such a success since signing in January, denied Scott McDonald with a great save at full stretch. Robinson was assured, confident and fully merited his 12th clean sheet in 20 games for the club.
Ashcroft was red carded after contact with Scott McDonald, fully 35 yards from goal and with other players in close attendance. Was it even a foul? It certainly was not "denying a goalscoring opportunity" and the appeal that Allan Johnston talked about post-match should see the decision downgraded to a yellow card at worst.
United had a few half chances but will be disappointed that they could not apply more pressure to a resolute Pars defence.
In the United goal, Deniz Mehmet kept his side in the game and in the play-offs with 3 incredible saves in the second half - 2 from Nicky Clark and the other from a long range goalbound Fraser Aird shot. Aird was the Pars' best outfield player, a direct runner who also showed his versatility by covering both fullback positions after the sending off and then late in the game when Ryan Williamson had to be subbed through injury.
We can be concerned with Ashcroft's possible absence on Friday and also the effect of the injury to Williamson, but for tonight we should feel proud of our team. We would require an element of rebuilding if we were to achieve promotion but there is a basis already there of a decent side, with skill and togetherness combining to extend our unbeaten run to 11 games and still in with a great chance of progressing through to the play-off semi final.
This Pars team do not accept defeat. The next step is to record a famous victory on Friday and move onto the next challenge.
Callum Morris returned to the starting 11, with Jean Yves M'Voto dropping out. Dean Shiels was back in the matchday squad, on the bench.
Job done in emphatic fashion, with some well taken goals and a career first goal for Ryan Williamson. Dunfermline required just a point from this game to secure a promotion play-off place (assuming Inverness would defeat Morton, which they did). Dumbarton had their own forthcoming play-offs at the other end of the table to concern themselves with. Their already-depleted squad, missing several players through injury, was weakened further today when their captain Craig Barr was sent off early in the game.
The match began with Dumbarton having a couple of attacks but then losing Craig Barr to a red card in the 9th minute. Barr might have been better advised to allow Andy Ryan to run in on goal but instead pulled down the Pars striker and will now almost certainly miss his team's play-off semi final against Arbroath. Soon after the ordering off, Dumbarton had their best chance when Kevin Nisbet got into a dangerous position in the box but could not capitalise on the opening.
Dunfermline took the lead after 18 minutes when Kallum Higginbotham took a pass from Fraser Aird and struck the ball past Jamie Ewings in the Dumbarton goal. Seven minutes later, Higgy made it 2-0 with a great finish. He then attempted an overhead kick from a tight angle that narrowly failed to connect, and then saw his long range piledriver smack the bar.
Aird got the Pars' third goal after working his way past a Dumbarton defender and placing his shot across the keeper and into the corner - a very well made and finished goal.
Half time saw Dumbarton manager Stephen Aitken make a beeline for referee Colin Steven, to dispute the sending off. Aitken will be very concerned with his side's form and morale going into their play-off games, and as the game progressed through the second half, they were unable to make any impression and looked totally dispirited.
Andy Ryan should have made it 4-0 when Aird's cross picked out the striker perfectly only for his header to go wide. By this time Joe Cardle and Jason Talbot had replaced Higginbotham and Lee Ashcroft. Declan McManus was then brought on for Nicky Clark, and tried everything to break his goalscoring drought, only to be denied by good goalkeeping.
Inverness were now 3-0 ahead at Morton but it did not matter given Dunfermline's dominance of this game. The pace of the game dropped as the minutes ticked by. James Vincent was strolling through the game in midfield, given time to play and showing class and composure on the ball. Together with Higginbotham and Aird, Vincent was one of the team's better performers.
A fourth goal against a demoralised opponent might normally have been met with polite applause but when the scorer was Ryan Williamson, with a career-first goal, East End Park erupted. The popular full-back poked the ball home and ran behind the goal at the home end with his arms in the air, sparking great celebrations. It was clear that all Pars fans, players and management were delighted for the big man.
The play-offs seemed a long way off a few weeks ago, when the Dunfermline team had fallen out of the top 4. The Pars were without a win from early January until a 1-0 home win against Inverness in mid-March started the current 10 match unbeaten run that has transformed the season and given us real hope of returning to the top division after a 6 year absence.
The mother of all endings sees Pars rescue a crucial point
Declan McManus was replaced by Andy Ryan in the only change to last week's starting 11.
It was all about the ending - scenes that will live forever in the memory of all Pars fans and that rivalled great moments of the past, as a 95th minute equaliser in front of the large travelling support sent players and fans wild. Possibly the most crucial goal since Martin Hardie's winner against the Wee Team 7 years ago, maintaining a 5 point gap between ourselves and Inverness, who now have to win both their remaining games and hope that we also lose at home to Dumbarton in our 1 remaining fixture, next weekend.
With Tom Beadling still missing, the team saw only 1 change from last week, Andy Ryan in for Declan McManus. Jean Yves M'Voto kept his place in central defence.
Dunfermline began the better of the 2 teams and went ahead in the 13th minute when Andy Ryan collected a pass from Lewis Martin and drilled the ball home from 12 yards. Referee Stephen Finnie, a hapless figure and a questionable choice to take charge of yet another Pars game, brought Inverness back into the match when he awarded a free kick to Inverness in the 16th minute. It looked to me as though Lee Ashcroft had been fouled but Finnie gave the decision to the home side. From the resultant kick, Joe Chalmers' shot found the net via the post to make the score 1-1.
The goal rattled Dunfermline and gave Inverness fresh impetus. A couple of half chances went unfinished for the Highlanders and half time came with the Pars relieved to be on equal terms, after starting strongly but gradually losing shape as the half went on.
Inverness began the second half positively with Pars keeper Lee Robinson doing well to deny Liam Polworth. Three minutes into the half, Inverness took the lead when Nathan Austin ran through the centre of the Pars defence and put his team ahead with a good finish. It was disappointing how easily the striker was allowed to run through with the ball but credit has to be given for how he created the chance for himself and his clinical finish.
Allan Johnston then replaced Fraser Aird with Joe Cardle. A second substitution followed soon after, with Kallum Higginbotham withdrawn and Declan McManus joining Ryan and Clark up front. Dunfermline were not lacking effort but were fortunate not to lose a third goal, with Inverness wasting chances on the break. In fairness to the Pars team, these gaps only appeared due to the number of players thrown into attack. Inverness then began time wasting, with Brad McKay shouting at a ball boy to leave the ball and other home team players mysteriously developing injuries that lead to Finnie stopping play whenever Dunfermline had possession.
Clark had a couple of half chances to equalise and Ryan did not properly connect with a volley. It seemed as though the game was slipping away. Johnston then brought Callum Morris on, with the defender playing up front alongside M'Voto, McManus, Clark and Ryan as the game neared its end.
Then it happened.
With 95 minutes played, Cardle flighted in a free kick and through a ruck of players, Clark got his head to the ball. From behind the goal, there was no more glorious a sight than the ball heading towards to bottom corner of the net. Pandemonium followed. The fans piled down from the stand and joined the players in celebrating a goal that meant a precious point was won from what seemed like a certain defeat. The final whistle a minute later saw Inverness players fall to the turf, this time not faking injury but through the bitter disappointment of losing a goal in time that was added on due to their earlier time wasting.
No one can doubt the spirit in this squad of players. They kept pushing and would simply not accept defeat. Clark's goal - his 21st of the season - now joins those scored by players from the past in critical games and in the most dramatic of circumstances. What a day to be a Pars fan!
4 goal haul sees Pars take one step closer to the promotion play-offs
James Vincent replaced the injured Tom Beadling in the starting eleven. Callum Morris was due to start but pulled out late due to injury. Jean Yves M’Voto took his place in the starting eleven.
A comfortable afternoon’s work with good work rate throughout and 4 well taken goals on top. We started off the game on the front foot, taking the lead after 2 minutes through Lee Ashcroft’s well taken volley from Fraser Aird’s pinpoint corner kick. We dominated play from then on, with Fraser Aird pretty much replicating his goal against Livingston from earlier this season with a lovely curling finish into the far right corner to make it 2-0. Brechin have fought hard throughout the season but today it seemed like they had given up after the second goal, and with games against the better sides in the division still to come, it seems unlikely that they’ll ever get that elusive win.
The substitutions were utilised earlier in the second half than usual, with Andy Ryan replacing Declan McManus who had another torrid time in front of goal despite his good work ethic. Ryan made the impact that Allan Johnston would’ve hoped for. He was involved in a penalty claim that looked to be wrongly waved away by referee John McKendrick, but he would get his goal just minutes later with a fine headed finish past Brechin keeper Graeme Smith. We saw the 90 minutes out with a penalty kick from Kallum Higginbotham, who has been a rejuvenated figure since the Inverness game last month. The Pars second substitute Daniel Armstrong came on and did well on the by-line to win a penalty, which Higginbotham calmly slotted home for the final goal of the afternoon.
A good afternoon at East End Park and a result that sees us go 5 points ahead of 5th placed Morton, but with Inverness picking up a 5-1 win over Dumbarton in the highlands, next week’s game is still a crucial one to finally cement our place in the play-offs. We can then look forward to what comes next, which will hopefully be a heated promotion battle.
A tremendous team effort ends 7 year wait for a win at Falkirk
No change to the starting line up. Changes on the bench - Joe Cardle and Jean Yves M'Voto, both back from injury, replacing Dean Shiels and Conner Duthie.
It's been 7 long years since we won at the 3 Sided Arena in Grangemouth but today's win, and the celebrations in the away end, made the long overdue victory all the more enjoyable for the Pars support that packed out the away stand. Falkirk, who had been unbeaten in 7 matches going into the game today, were made to look very ordinary for much of the game and even when, as expected, pressing for a late equaliser, lacked the quality required to pull back a second goal. The best chances of the game fell to Nicky Clark - a first half header that was well saved by Falkirk keeper Conor Hazard; a second half chance that he missed with his head from close range after a pinpoint Kallum Higginbotham cross; and, late in the game, running in on goal but putting his shot in the side netting. Clark was also penalised for a foul that gave Falkirk their penalty, although from a distance it looked like a good tackle - video footage may prove me wrong.
Higginbotham had endured a torrid game at Falkirk earlier this season when he was sent off, but today he was a contender for man of the match with a goal (which took a deflection off Paul Watson), the previously mentioned cross for Clark, and general good play and his usual tracking back to help in defence. The Falkirk support tried to bait Higgy by over-reacting to any slight contact he had with a Falkirk player; Fraser Aird and James Craigen, our other 2 ex-Bairns, also received no love from their former fans but Aird gave the perfect response by netting the second Pars goal after Declan McManus' shot went wide of target but was met by the in-rushing Aird.
After Falkirk pulled a goal back from the penalty, scored by Aaron Muirhead with 11 minutes remaining, Jean Yves M'Voto was brought on to bolster a defence that would be pressed for the remaining minutes. Big Nat had earlier been subbed on to add strength to the midfield. A clash of heads involving M'Voto and Falkirk's Andrew Nelson meant there was time to be added on, which seemed to last an eternity. Referee Don Robertson blew the final whistle after 96 minutes to spark wild scenes in the away end, with the Pars players also showing how much the win meant to them. Much in the same way as the win over Livi in midweek, this result showed the unity within the Pars squad. Players and fans left the unfinished stadium happy and looking ahead to the next game, at home to Brechin next Saturday.
Hugely satisfying win as Pars go third and end Livi's 11 match unbeaten run
Same starting 11 as in the previous game. Jean Yves M'Voto, presumably injured, dropped out of the squad, with Conner Duthie brought in on the subs' bench. No other changes.
A true team performance, grinding out a win against an impressive Livingston side who were unbeaten since early January and who have all but secured second place in this season's Championship. The Pars team fought for every ball and showed great resilience when the opposition had the ball. Livi had plenty of possession but came up against an Iron Curtain home defence, with Lee Ashcroft and Callum Morris outstanding and a career-best display from left back Lewis Martin.
Winter weather in April greeted everyone inside East End Park, with rain, sleet and snow plus heavy winds a feature throughout the game. The game began with Livi putting the Pars defence under early pressure but unable to make a breakthrough, a pattern that was to be repeated throughout the 90 minutes. Dunfermline, who have never lost this season after scoring first in a game, went ahead in the 11th minute when Kallum Higginbotham played a long cross into the box that was met by Tom Beadling and then hammered into the net by Lee Ashcroft with a finish any striker would have been proud of.
The visitors were enjoying an 11 game unbeaten run and pressed the Pars defence with Ryan Hardie and Scott Pittman coming close. Lee Robinson was an assured figure in goal, the defence were solid and the midfield and forwards also worked hard. From Nicky Clark to Tom Beadling, and with Kallum Higginbotham tracking back to help his team mates, everyone made a contribution.
While Livingston had more of the ball, Dunfermline had arguably the better of the chances, with Livi keeper Neil Alexander making a great reaction save from Clark, Beadling seeing his effort hit the post, and McManus being played through on goal but unable to get enough on his shot to trouble Alexander. Referee Stephen Finnie had a shocking game which would come as no surprise to anyone who has seen him take charge of previous Dunfermline games.
Livi continued to press for an equaliser and Lewis Martin had to block a Pittman attempt to keep Dunfermline ahead. As the rain and sleet continued, Dunfermline were restricted to breakaways but were always dangerous. Nat Wedderburn replaced Fraser Aird to bolster the midfield, which he did to great effect. Andy Ryan was then brought on in place of McManus and looked lively.
Dunfermline survived a late penalty appeal when Hardie went down under a challenge from Morris but it looked more a case of the Pars defender being stronger and the Livi striker more interested in winning a penalty after losing the physical battle.
After glancing at his watch several times, Finnie blew the final whistle and Dunfermline had deservedly won 3 points that ended Livi's unbeaten run and ensured that we remain the only team in the division that Livi have not beaten this season. More importantly, we climbed to third place and kept yet another clean sheet. From the pre-match huddle onwards, there is a collective will to win and a growing belief within the team; a mental toughness and a collective desire to succeed, one game at a time.
Pars move into top 4 thanks to Clark hat-trick
James Vincent was missing, leading to Fraser Aird being named in the starting 11, on the left, with James Craigen moving to centre midfield. Dean Shiels came back into the squad on the bench.
This was a crucial win that built on the momentum gathered over the past few weeks. Dunfermline are now in fourth place and have 5 League fixtures to play that compare favourably to the remaining games faced by top 4 rivals Morton, Dundee United and today's opponents Queens. Inverness and Falkirk cannot yet be counted out either but 4 of our last 5 games are against teams that are below us in the table.
After a well-observed minute's silence to mark the passing of 1961 Scottish Cup winning captain Ron Mailer, the Pars took the game to Queens' who were without injured top scorer Stephen Dobbie. After winning convincingly in the last meeting of the teams at East End Park, Queens now had to cope with a much different Dunfermline side: full of energy, quick passing movements and good link-up play. Queens' keeper Jack Leighfield made a great save with his legs from a goal-bound Nicky Clark shot in the 15th minute; Clark came close again with an effort that was blocked, and Callum Morris saw a header saved. The closest Queens came was a Joe Thomson shot that hit the bar with the player flagged offside in any case.
The opening goal came after 33 minutes and was expertly-placed header by Clark after good work by Fraser Aird. Clark then got his second, finishing off an excellent team move that saw a series of passes between midfield and attack, ending with Clark's well-taken shot. It was possibly the best team goal of the season, such was the good play in the build-up to the clinical finish.
Leading 2-0 at half-time, the visitors began the second half looking to get back into a game that they had been mostly spectators in during the first 45 minutes. Pars keeper Lee Robinson made 2 excellent reaction saves but was beaten when a shot from across the box by Jordan Marshall evaded his full-length dive, to make the score 2-1 after 69 minutes.
Declan McManus, without a goal since early January, had an opportunity to score when played through on goal but he delayed his shot and was tackled inside the box by Darren Brownlie. Clark put a shot narrowly wide but Queens remained a threat, forcing Dunfermline back in contrast to the one-sided first half.
In added on time, Ryan Williamson, who had not enjoyed the best of games defensively and who had seemed strangely reticent to make his trademark overlapping runs, was given a good ball down the right and lofted over a first-time cross that Clark met with a glancing header. The ball hit the net and the 3 points were secured. Ron Mailer would have been very happy.
Positives to be taken as Pars are denied Tannadice victory
No changes to the starting 11 or substitutes following Tuesday's win at Brechin. Team lined up in a 4-1-3-2 formation with James Vincent in defensive midfield.
The winless run at Tannadice continues but there was much to be encouraged by in the Dunfermline performance today. For far too long we capitulated against Dundee United, lacking belief and unable to make much of an impression on games at their stadium. Today we matched them in terms of attitude and although United had - marginally - more opportunities to score, we were in no way second best, in what was an evenly contested game.
For the fourth consecutive game we lined up with the same starting 11. Continuity can often produce positive results in football and that is certainly the case with the current Dunfermline team. The January signings are now fully bedded in and working well together. Goalkeeper Lee Robinson, who was brought in due to Sean Murdoch's injury, has been a revelation - one mistake against Morton aside, he has played a big part in the much improved defensive record over the past 2 months, and maintained his performance level today, including a great save from a goal-bound free kick.
United started brightly and a move from left to right in the opening minute almost resulted in a goal but for Lewis Martin's great block, which prevented a shot from Anthony Ralston from finding the net. Dunfermline settled into the game and were unlucky not to open the scoring after 17 minutes when Declan McManus hit the post with a shot from inside the box. Both teams looked to impose themselves with United having a tendency to fall to ground with the slightest contact. There were a few half chances for both sides until the 41st minute when Robinson tipped over Scott Fraser's free kick, a great save from the Pars keeper. Tam Scobbie then almost gace United the lead from the corner kick that followed Robinson's save but his header was kicked off the line by Nicky Clark.
Clark was to make another telling contribution 7 minutes into the second half when he scored his 17th goal of the season. Kallum Higginbotham played a good ball to Ryan Williamson, from the which the Pars fullback found Clark with an accurate cross, which Clark turned in to put the Pars 1-0 up.
Unfortunately, the lead lasted just 3 minutes, and even more sadly from a Dunfermline standpoint was the nature of the United equaliser. James Craigen, back in defence, could have played the ball anywhere except straight off United striker Scott McDonald. Craigen's attempted clearance hit McDonald and rebounded into Robinson's net. A really poor goal to give away.
McDonald then had a shot that flew wide of the Pars goal, and his team mate Ralston also went close with an attempt that Robinson saved. Dunfermline then came close when the ball bobbled around the box, eventually falling to Clark who could not keep his shot down. Back up the other end, United's Mark Durnan might have done better with a close range header that he put wide. McManus then narrowly missed out when Clark did well to hook back the ball from the goal line and across the goal, but just out of reach for McManus to make contact.
The Pars support were in great voice throughout the game and outsung the subdued home fans. We appreciated the effort put in by the players - this was a "real game", after many wasted trips to Tayside, no one could complain about the way the team competed. With just 1 loss in the last 7 games, Dunfermline are improving at just the right time and can look at a favourable fixture list over the remaining weeks of the season with confidence.
Job done as a Nicky Clark hat trick gives Pars 3 points and closes gap on top 4
For the second midweek game in a row, Ben steps in to write the match report.
No changes to the starting 11. One change on the bench: fit-again Andy Ryan replaced Dean Shiels.
A good overall performance from the Pars against a hard-working Brechin side facing inevitable relegation and without a win in 28 League games this season. After struggling to score goals in recent games, we quickly established a 2 goal lead with goals from Nicky Clark in the 8th and 9th minutes. Both were well-taken finishes. Clark then completed his hat trick, and the scoring, after 54 minutes.
The Pars were dominant in both halves, keeping possession and winning their fair share of second balls. The crowd at Brechin are very close to the pitch and there was good banter with home goalkeeper Graeme Smith. Glebe Park can have the feel of being in a bowling club, and being so close to the players, it was good to hear the commanding and motivational shouts from Dunfermline players to team mates to keep their standards up and giving praise and encouragement.
With his 3 goal haul Nicky Clark has now equalled his goals tally of 16 from last season, with 4 of those goals coming against Brechin. Much has been made of Clark's record against part time teams (14 of his 16 goals have been against part time opposition) but as a penalty box poacher, he relies on service, which comes more regularly against so-called "lesser" opposition. If he was given the same opportunities to score against full-time teams, the chances are he would have even more than his current total for the season.
Although there was a clear expectation of a Pars victory last night, credit has to be given for the professional way the players went about achieving the win. Dundee United and Livingston have both drawn games at Brechin this season, while Morton and St Mirren won by single goal margins. We have now played Brechin away twice and won both games 3-0.
As a whole though there were good performances throughout but I’d say the standouts were Tom Beadling - another solid midfield performance; Lee Ashcroft - a dominating and vocal defensive display; Lee Robinson - some good saves when tested; and Nicky Clark - 3 well-taken goals, showing what he can do when given the opportunity to score.
With the game won, Allan Johnston brought on Dan Armstrong and Andy Ryan for Nicky Clark and Declan McManus after 64 minutes, and Fraser Aird for James Vincent 8 minutes later. Dunfermline continued to attack but couldn't add a further goal. Ex-Par Finn Graham came close to scoring a fine goal for Brechin, skillfully working his way past a group of Pars players before shooting wide.
Now we look ahead to Saturday when we visit Tannadice, another massive game in the play-off race, especially with Queen of the South’s win over Dundee United last night. With St Mirren and Livingston secure in the top 4, there’s now up to 4 other teams who could enter, exit or miss out of the play-offs and there’s absolutely no reason why we can't achieve a top 4 place if we keep our standards up over the next month or so.