A youthful Pars reserve team played their final SPFL Reserve League match of the season yesterday afternoon, losing 3-1 to Hibernian. The game was a home fixture for Dunfermline, played at Kelty Hearts' New Central Park ground. The team lined up as follows:
Cammy Gill, Josh Robertson, Thomas Bragg, Gregor Jordan, Paul Brown; Lewis Crosbie, Stuart Morrison, Paul Allan, Lewis Sawers; Callum Smith, Lewis McCann.
The young Pars team had captain Stuart Morrison in midfield instead of his more familiar central defensive role, with no players aged over 21. Hibs' line up included striker Oli Shaw, who had featured as a substitute the day before in the Premiership game against Celtic, and Lewis Allan, who played 8 games for Dunfermline in season 2014-15, on loan from Hibs.
Hibs went ahead with a goal just before half time, when Ryan Shanley nutmegged Pars keeper Cammy Gill. The Pars equalised in the 51st minute when left back Paul Brown struck a well-placed effort beyond Maciej Dabrowski in the Hibs goal. You can see the Pars' goal on the Pars Review Twitter page - link here.
Hibs went onto score a further 2 goals to retain their place at the top of the reserve league. They have completed their fixtures and are level on points with second placed Rangers and third placed Celtic, both of whom play their final games next week.
This was a good test for Greg Shields' young team. Without any experienced first team fringe players, it was always going to be a difficult test against a strong Hibs team. The reserves play their final game of the season on Tuesday next week, travelling to Stark's Park to take on Raith Rovers in the Fife Cup Final.
Here are some photos from yesterday's match: