Eight goals and a victory in the far north represents another case of "job done" for Dunfermline. After last week's win at St Mirren this was another positive result at a difficult venue but not a great performance. After suffering bad luck (mixed with poor play) earlier in the season, manager Allan Johnston has now seen his side lose just once in the past 5 games, a period when good fortune has swung back in the Pars' favour.
Conner Duthie, Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan and Michael Moffat were selected to replace Jason Talbot, John Herron, Kallum Higginbotham and Farid El Alagui from the team that faced St Mirren last week.
The first goal of the game came in the 12th minute when a cross from Paul McMullan was headed down by Lee Ashcroft, then hit Buckie's Hamish Munro and spun into the net.
Two minutes later, Buckie equalised after a slack pass from Nat Wedderburn was gathered by Buckie's McLean, who passed to top scorer John McLeod who shot past Sean Murdoch.
Barely two more minutes had gone when Dunfermline regained the lead. Michael Moffat was played through and was upended by Buckie keeper Ross Salmon. Michael Paton (pictured, right) took the resulting penalty and sent Salmon the wrong way.
The home side equalised again in the 33rd minute. McLeod played a good ball to Chris Angus down the left. The Buckie forward sent a well placed shot into the opposite far corner of Murdoch's goal to make the score 2-2. Murdoch then made an excellent save to prevent Buckie going ahead at half time.
Michael Paton was replaced with Kallum Higginbotham at the start of the second half. The Pars midfield was misfunctioning, with Rhys McCabe - back in the team at the expense of John Herron - having a poor game, mastering the art of passing the ball to the opposition. The Pars strikers were largely ineffective, with Moffat reluctant to shoot, and Nicky Clark's only notable effort on goal being one second half effort that hit the woodwork.
Higginbotham scored his first Pars goal from open play (his other goal being a penalty) after 58 minutes to put Dunfermline ahead for a second time. Taking a pass from Clark, Higginbotham took a touch, and hit a shot from 15 yards that Salmon seemed slow to react to. Referee Charleston booked Higginbotham for his celebration.
McMullan, Dunfermline's standout player by some distance, then scored the goal of the game in the 60th minute. He weaved past the Buckie defence and slipped the ball past Salmon for one of the best individual goals scored by a Dunfermline player for some time.
Buckie got back into the game with a third goal in the 68th minute. McLeod's shot spun in the air and Angus was quicker than any Pars defender to react, heading the ball in from a few yards out.
The home side were now dominating possession, and almost equalised when McLeod's back-header missed the goal by inches. Murdoch was required to gather two good efforts from the edge of the box, with Buckie looking more likely to get the game's next goal.
Ultimately it was a late Dunfermline breakaway that put the game out of Buckie's reach. A clearance found Moffat and the striker, clean through on the goalkeeper, played a pass to McMullan to score his second and the Pars' fifth.
An upset avoided but the home side will feel hard done by.
Pars starting line-up, with marks out of 10:
All photos by Pars Review.
A match photo gallery will be posted on Sunday.