Dunfermline suffered their biggest defeat in this season's SPFL Development League against Motherwell at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium on Monday evening. Despite fielding a side that included 5 overage players, John Potter's team were well beaten in the second half, mainly due to avoidable errors, with some of the senior players being most culpable.
David Hutton replaced the injured Cammy Gill in goal. Reece Duncan and Conner Duthie continued at full-back while in central defence, Callum Fordyce lined up alongside Ben Richards-Everton - the same defensive pair (plus Hutton in goals) that played against Hibs at Easter Road last month in the Championship. In midfield, Nat Wedderburn and Evan Horne were in the middle, with Scott Lochhead and Brandon Luke playing wide. Callum Smith and David Hopkirk were up front.
The first half was fairly even without being a great game to watch. There was an unusual lack of cohesion in the Pars team and any attempts at goal were off target. Motherwell did manage to force one great save from Hutton, when he made a diving save to a net-bound shot.
The second half belonged to Motherwell but they were aided a some poor defending from Dunfermline. The first goal came in the 51st minute when Richards-Everton blatantly shoved a Motherwell player in the back in the penalty area. Hutton saved the resulting spot-kick but unluckily saw the ball spin up in the air to the kicker, Mackin, who headed it into an empty net.
Mackin doubled Motherwell's lead 5 minutes later when he was in the right place to take advantage of a pass hitting Conner Duthie on the back. When the ball fell to him, the Motherwell striker rifled the ball past Hutton from 20 yards.
Richards-Everton's night was not getting any better and he was left floundering on the ground when attempting, and failing, to win the ball back from a Motherwell forward, eventually losing his balance and ending up on his knees. Meanwhile, Nat Wedderburn showed frustration by lashing the ball hard into the stand, when he would have been better advised to channel some of that aggression into his own performance.
Motherwell's third goal came in the 73rd minute after Wedderburn clumsily lost possession in midfield. The ball was played to Hastie, who gave Hutton no chance.
The introduction of Johnny Galloway added some much-needed drive to the Pars midfield but this could not prevent Motherwell making it 4-0 in the 83rd minute, when Mackin got the final goal of his hat-trick, with minimal resistance from the Dunfermline central defence.
Pars starting line up below.
Sub used: Johnny Galloway, Ciaran Lafferty and Robbie Crawford, replacing Evan Horne, Brandon Luke and Scott Lochhead.
All photos by Pars Review.