The Fife Cup semi final was played last night at Stark's Park with both sides fielding Under 20s line-ups, with the Pars adding trialist Farid El Alagui, Nat Wedderburn and Lewis Spence. Coach John Potter was assisted by Joe Cardle (pictured, left, before the game).
With only the main stand open, 500 fans from both clubs sat together and enjoyed a game that seemed to be Dunfermline's to win, before Rovers improved in the second half.
El Alagui scored for the second consecutive trial game and led the line well, showing excellent close control. He was also booked for an apparent dive in the penalty box in the second half. His goal came after 28 minutes when he placed a header beyond Rovers' trialist keeper. On this showing, El Alagui would be an excellent addition to the Pars squad. His quality is not in doubt, and his fitness - which was the only question mark over him, after his injury problems in the past 2 years - will be assessed by the manager, pending any contract offer.
Nat Wedderburn made a welcome return from injury and played well in his familiar midfield role.
The game was watched by new signing Nicky Clark, who sat alongside his dad Sandy and Pars boss Allan Johnston (pictured here).
James Thomas had a great chance to put Dunfermline 2-0 up early in the second half but his header wasn't powerful enough to beat the keeper.
Another Rovers trialist (number 14) equalised in the 59th minute after making a run from midfield and shooting home from 18 yards.
There were no further goals and the game went to a penalty kick shoot-out to decide which team would progress to the Fife Cup Final. Both teams scored 4 of their 5 penalties, with Scott Lochhead, Ciaran Lafferty, James Thomas and Conner Duthie netting for the Pars. After Rovers then converted their first sudden death kick, Johnny Galloway sent his effort over the bar to make the final score 5-4 to Rovers.
Pars starting 11 listed below. Subs used were Ciaran Lafferty, Johnny Galloway and Brandon Luke, replacing Lewis Spence, Nat Wedderburn and Evan Horne.