One of the regular features in this blog is the PARDIS, when the Moff gets inside a time travel machine and goes back to a game in DAFC history. Today's Challenge Cup game at Brechin had a similar feel, a trip back to the recent past, when the Pars were hammering part time teams every week last season.
As he suggested in pre-match interviews, manager Allan Johnston made some changes to last week's starting line-up. Lewis Martin replaced the suspended Jason Talbot, Callum Fordyce was given a start ahead of Ben Richards-Everton, Paul McMullan came in for Kallum Higginbotham, and new signing Nicky Clark was preferred over the Moff up front.
The game began with a low-key feel, far removed from the intensity of a League game. Dunfermline started the better team and there was good movement from McMullan, Clark and Reilly. The opening goal came for the Pars in the 18th minute when Lee Ashcroft headed home after a Michael Paton corner kick had been headed on by Callum Fordyce.
The lead was doubled after 25 minutes when Brechin defender Dougie Hill gave his keeper Graeme Smith no chance with a firmly struck effort that went into his own net.
Two minutes later, Brechin reduced their deficit with a great shot from 18 yards by Ally Love. The same player then had a good chance to equalise from close range but scooped his shot high over the bar.
In the 49th minute, Paul McMullan got his first goal for the Pars. Michael Paton played an excellent pass out left to Rhys McCabe, who laid the ball off to McMullan to finish off the move.
Brechin rarely threatened the Pars goal, but David Hutton did make one excellent save when Love once again proved to be the home side's biggest threat with a well struck shot from inside the box.
Gavin Reilly got Dunfermline's fourth goal in the 80th minute when he put the Brechin defence under pressure, and when the ball broke to him, he confidently swept the ball past Smith. He can be seen celebrating in the photo below.
The Pars were dominating the game and introduced new loan signing John Herron for his debut as a substitute. Joe Cardle and Kallum Higginbotham also came off the bench to give the Brechin defence problems. It was from a pinpoint Higginbotham flighted free kick that Lee Ashcroft headed the Pars fifth, and his second goal, in the final minute.
Greater challenges will be faced than today, but Dunfermline produced a professional, clinical performance that was reminiscent of last season.
Pars starting 11, with marks out of 10:
Photos by Pars Review.
A full photo gallery with over 30 pictures will be posted tomorrow.