Scoreline flatters Pars as they progress to round 4 of the Scottish Cup
Same line-up and bench as in the last game, 2 weeks ago, at Falkirk.
MINUTES THAT MATTERED:
17' Lee Ashcroft's header from a Kallum Higginbotham corner appears to go over the line but the goal is not given
37' The home side's David Galt beats Ryan Williamson and swings in a cross that hits off the post
47' GOAL! Nicky Clark's header from a Joe Cardle cross puts Dunfermline 1-0 ahead
59' GOAL! Jason Talbot rattles in a shot from 25 yards to make it 2-0
63' Galt pulls a goal back for Queen's Park with a free kick played into the box that is deflected into his own net by Ryan Williamson
66' Almost 2-2 when Dominic Docherty's 20 yard strike hits the Dunfermline cross bar
75' Another chance for Queen's Park when slack play from Callum Morris puts Robbie Leitch clean through on goal, but he delays his shot and the chance is gone
83' GOAL! Aaron Splaine's shot is saved by Michael White. Andy Ryan is quickest to react and scores from close range to make it 3-1
89' GOAL! Declan McManus places a shot beyond White from the edge of the penalty box: 4-1 to Dunfermline
90' Splaine is unlucky not to make it 5 when his deflected shot hits the post. McManus taps in the rebound but is clearly offside
Ultimately, progression to the next round of a Cup competition is all that matters (ask Raith Rovers, who lost 3-0 away to League 2 Peterhead today), but the scoreline was not a true reflection on the game at Hampden today. Allan Johnston picked the same 11 players and 7 subs as in the last game, but it was Queen's Park - bottom of League 1 and who had lost their last 3 games by a combined score of 9-0 - that started the brighter side. Dunfermline were disjointed and sluggish in a poor first half that briefly lit up when Lee Ashcroft's header seemed to cross the line but no goal was given.
Hampden is a poor stadium to view football in at the best of times, far less a cold afternoon in November, with just over 1000 fans in the ground. Supporters feel detached from the play, and the inflated catering prices (£5.50 for a cheeseburger) did little to warm up the hardy souls who sat shivering in the national stadium.
The second half had more incidents, with 4 Pars goals, and chances for the home side who were unlucky not to pull back a 2 goal deficit. Yet another free kick beat the Pars defence, this time a flighted ball into the box that Ryan Williamson diverted into the net. I felt that Sean Murdoch, standing next to Williamson, should have made the ball his. Late Pars goals put a false sheen on what was, really, a struggle.
Mention has to be made of referee Steven McLean who gave a series of non-existent fouls and made hard work of a very easy game.
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