After winning the First Division in season 2010/11, Dunfermline began the 2011/12 campaign in the Premier League with 2 wins and 2 draws from the opening 4 games, which included a 3-3 home draw against Inverness. Early in the second quarter of the season, Dunfermline headed north, just as they will do this Saturday, to face an Inverness side that were struggling for form and points.
After that encouraging start, Jim McIntyre's Pars side had struggled for results in the League, with just 1 point from the previous 6 games, and had fallen to second last place, one point ahead of last placed Inverness. The bottom 6 of the Premier League were separated by just 3 points, so a win for either side could have pushed them 3 or 4 places up the table.
Dunfermline began the brighter side, with midfielder Paul Burns seeing an effort from distance hit the post. Andy Kirk then hit a shot wide and Davie Graham blazed over the bar when he should have hit the target. Against the run of play, the home side went ahead after 33 minutes when Gregory Tade's header beat Paul Gallacher in the Dunfermline goal.
Kirk almost equalised for Dunfermline when his shot narrowly missed, then Graham's free kick was saved by Inverness keeper Ryan Esson.
With 4 minutes remaining, the Pars got a deserved equaliser. David Proctor fouled Pars striker Liam Buchanan in the penalty box. Buchanan, who had come on as a sub for the final half hour, took the penalty and scored. There was further drama in the final minute of the game when Gary Mason should have scored for Dunfermline but missed from close range. Inverness then broke upfield and Shane Sutherland's shot was saved by Gallacher. Referee Steven McLean blew for full time seconds later.
Pars team: Gallacher, J.Thomson, McCann, Keddie, Boyle, Potter, Mason, Cardle, Burns, Kirk, Graham. Subs used: Buchanan (for Kirk); McDougall (for Graham); Ryan Thomson (for Jason Thomson).
How the Premier League table looked after the draw at Inverness: