Against a poor Premiership side that had won 1 of its last 14 League games, and who were missing 8 first team players, Dunfermline blew the chance to progress into the Scottish Cup quarter finals and a money-spinning tie against Rangers at Ibrox. Just as in the first game at East End Park, the Pars were 1-0 up at half time but were unable to add a second goal due to poor finishing. Inevitably, Hamilton equalised. The game ended in farce when Dunfermline missed their first 3 penalty kicks in a penalty shoot out after the scoreline remained 1-1 after extra time. Accies, despite missing one themselves, went through as Dunfermline fans streamed out of the ground.
There was just one change to Saturday's starting line-up, with injured captain Andy Geggan missing, and Jason Talbot in at left back with Lewis Martin moving to Geggan's right back position.
The Pars had the better of the early play with Paul McMullan coming closest with a shot that was turned round the post by Accies' keeper Remi Matthews.
Dunfermline went ahead in the 25th minute when Callum Morris forced the ball over the line after a mini-stramash in the Hamilton penalty box. Pars keeper Sean Murdoch had to be alert when Accies were allowed to take a free kick quickly, making a save at his post from a Redmond shot. On the stroke of half time, Lewis Martin misjudged a header and gave Imrie a sight of goal from a few yards out but the Accies striker put the ball wide.
Dunfermline had chances in the second half to double the lead but in a repeat of Saturday's game, saw Michael Moffat fluff a chance when in on the goalkeeper. John Herron sent a lob over the bar with the keeper stranded. Nicky Clark was played in but took a bad touch and the chance was gone.
Lewis Martin then did what Lewis Martin does: hands all over his opponent in the penalty box, but luckily escaped a penalty being awarded against him. A free kick from Accies' Danny Redmond narrowly missed the goal. Johnston then took off Clark, who stormed up the tunnel, clearly angry at being substituted. Moffat was then subbed, with Rhys McCabe taking his place, leaving Reilly up front, a clear effort to see the game out by adding an extra midfielder.
With 3 minutes remaining, Accies' Scott McMann broke into the Pars penalty box and was fouled by Callum Morris. Rakish Bingham scored from the kick, and the game went into extra time.
Joe Cardle and Michael Paton were brought on in place of Kallum Higginbotham and Paul McMullan. Cardle was now the team's creative threat, and he played a great ball through to McCabe, whose cross was missed by Reilly a few yards from goal.
Extra time ended 1-1. What followed was an embarrassment to the club, with McCabe, Paton and Reilly all failing to score. Of the last 13 penalties taken, Dunfermline have scored 4.
Pars starting 11 and subs, with marks out of 10:
Photos by Pars Review.