After a lacklustre first half that had an embarrassing dive (and a deserved yellow card) as its only talking point, half-time substitute Farid El Alagui scored a unique type of hat-trick to put the Pars through to the quarter finals of the Irn Bru Challenge Cup.
Dunfermline began the game with a familiar line-up, the only change from last week's starting 11 being Rhys McCabe in for the injured John Herron. The lack of invention in the Dunfermline team from last week was evident again in a poor opening half, while aside from a couple of half chances Queen's Park offered little in attack themselves. The first half's main incident was when Joe Cardle tried and failed to get a penalty by diving, only to be correctly yellow carded by referee Nick Walsh. This was Cardle's latest yellow card for diving, and it simply has to stop.
Farid El Alagui replaced the ineffective Gavin Reilly at half time and made an immediate impression on the game, scoring from close range after a Lewis Martin header found him from a Michael Paton corner, after 48 minutes. The photo above shows El Alagui scoring.
Queen's Park almost equalised a few minutes later when a corner kick was played into the front post area, and Sean Murdoch had to be alert to clear the ball off the line.
In the 62nd minute El Alagui doubled the Pars' lead, heading in an accurate Cardle cross.
Kallum Higginbotham (pictured above) was brought on in 64 minutes, taking over from Rhys McCabe. He was to be the game's most creative player for the remainder of the game and a place must be found for him in the team.
The visitors were given an unexpected boost in 69 minutes when, from a corner, El Alagui headed the ball past Murdoch for his third goal of the game.
The game's final quarter saw some excellent build-up play from Higginbotham, linking well with Cardle and the over-lapping Jason Talbot. El Alagui headed past the post and then was booked after challenging Queen's Craig McLeish.
Despite the victory, Dunfermline will have to play much better than this in the next game, at Falkirk in the Championship next Saturday.
Pars starting 11 player ratings (subs: El Alagui 7/10; Higginbotham 7/10; David Hopkirk (not on long enough to be given a rating):
Photos by Pars Review.
A full match photo gallery will be posted on Sunday.