In many ways a typical end of season game, livened up by 4 goals and a win that was a good final game of the season at home. Fifth place is now in Dunfermline's hands, and will be achieved if defeat is avoided at 6th place Queen of the South next weekend.
In a stark contrast to last week's high octane battle with Falkirk, today's game was more of a leisurely Sunday drive with the grandparents. Ryan Williamson, Callum Fordyce and the Moff replaced the injured Andy Geggan, Callum Morris and David Hopkirk. Williamson was one of the team's main attacking threats and also had 2 shots on goal. He defended well and just edged out several other players for my man of the match.
As noted in the match preview on this site yesterday, Morton had only conceded 1 goal in the opening 15 minutes of their League games this season. Today they lost a second early goal, when the Moff passed to Rhys McCabe. His shot was saved, and when the rebound fell to Nicky Clark, the striker scored with his second attempt after his first shot hit the bar. Morton then dominated possession but were unable to create many clear openings. The Pars defence were solid with Fordyce looking as though he'd never been away.
Morton equalised in the 37th minute when former Pars loanee Lawrence Shankland finished off a move.
Both teams had efforts before half time, with the Moff firing in a shot that hit a defender's leg on the way to goal, and at the other end Jason Talbot clearing a Morton attempt off the line.
The second half began in much the same way as the first. This time it took 6 minutes for Dunfermline to score, when Kallum Higginbotham showed trickery and skill on the right, and put a perfect cross into the box for Moffat to score. As in the first half, Morton then had most of the ball but were met by a resilient Pars backline.
Michael Paton replaced Paul McMullan on the left wing and the game progressed without much of note happening. While it wasn't a poor game, it lacked intensity. The referee was also reluctant to book anyone, and it began to feel more like a pre-season friendly at times.
Callum Smith, the Pars Under 20s top scorer, replaced Nicky Clark in the 81st minute and had a hand in the third Dunfermlime goal, laying the ball off for Rhys McCabe, whose 22 yard shot was helped into the top corner by a slight deflection.
A satisfying win and an indication that Dunfermline are ready to compete at the top end of the division next season.
Photos and edits by Pars Review.
Full match photo gallery will be posted tomorrow.