Match Report

Manager, Marvin Bartley made two changes for our penultimate away game of the league campaign with Lee Connelly and Kieran McKechnie dropping to the bench and starts for Connor Murray and Ross Irving.

With the hosts on the verge of clinching the title they made a positive start and forced a corner in the opening minute. That resulted in nothing but seconds later, Lewis McCann hit a low right foot shot across goal, but it was wide of the target and there was no one else on hand to get on the end of it.

Queens tried to get to grips with the game but couldn’t get it far enough up field to cause a problem.

Craig Wighton did at the other end though, as the ball was played in from the right, he had space inside the six-yard box but as he tried to force it home at the back-post, Kevin Dabrowski made a good save to turn it out for a corner.

They were on top, and the hosts made the breakthrough midway through the first half when tricky winger Kane Ritchie-Hosler worked his way through and fired a low shot under Dabrowski at the near post.

With the win in their sights, Joe Chalmers hit a free kick, but it was straight into the hands of Dabrowski. Then on the half hour mark, Dabrowski made another good stop from Wighton before Stephen Hendrie cleared. As the corner came in Jack Brydon got his head on it to clear the danger.

Queens were trying to get back into it and as Euan East made a charge forward, he crossed for Ruari Paton, the Irishman went down inside the six-yard box, but referee Ross Hardie waved away Queens claims for a penalty.

It was a decent spell for the visitors and as they pushed forward again. Murray tried a low right foot shot from twenty yards, but it was just wide of the upright.

Queens were coming into the game and Iain Wilson turned to hit an effort from outside the box, but it was deprived of power and Deniz Mehmet saved easy.

However, with six minutes of the half remaining, The Pars made a break down the left through goal-scorer Ritchie-Hosler and as the ball was played back into the middle, Matthew Todd was on hand unmarked to smash the ball into the net to give the home side a two-goal advantage.

As they looked to wrap things up, two minutes later, Wighton cleared the bar with a header.

Todd came closer in the final minute of the first half as he got on the end of a terrific cross from Aaron Comrie who had made a run down the right, but Dabrowski got a hand to it to tip it onto the crossbar.


HALF TIME: Dunfermline 2 Queens 0

In a bid to take something from the game the Gaffer made three changes at half-time, Harry Cochrane, Connelly and McKechnie coming on for Irving, Murray, and East.
The first chance came 90 seconds into the second half as Wilson’s right foot effort was turned out for a corner. Connelly made the delivery, but Mehmet collected.

The home side wrapped up the win and the title seven minutes in when Lewis McCann made a run down the left to cross for Wighton. Again, he was unmarked and kept his right foot shot low, Dabrowski did get a hand to it but couldn’t stop it from crossing the line.

With the game gone Queens were playing for pride and McKechnie fired one just wide on the hour mark. But it was the Champions who scored again when Hendrie failed to cut out Ritchie-Holser’s cross and Wighton got there ahead of Brydon to get a toe on it at the back post to make it four.

Wilson thought he had pulled one back on seventy minutes when his right foot shot had the keeper beaten but only to rebound off the post.

At the other end, Wighton was clean through the middle with Brydon and Paul McKay in pursuit, between them they put him under pressure and force him into hitting it wide and deny him his hat-trick.

As they waited to start the party Kevin O’Hara added a fifth as he knocked home the rebound after Dabrowski had forced the ball onto the crossbar with a fingertip save.

In the closing stages, Paton kept trying but his shot was straight at Mehmet, McKay headed over and the keeper blocked from Wilson to keep a clean sheet.

The Pars had further chances but Dabrowski blocked from O`Hara, Brydon cleared Josh Edwards effort and Wighton couldn`t connect to O`Hara`s delivery as he played it across the face of goal.


FULL TIME: Dunfermline 5 Queens 0 

  • Dabrowski

  • Brydon

  • McKay

  • East


  • Logan

  • Murray


  • Wilson

  • Todd

  • Hendrie

  • Paton

  • Irving



  • Botterill

  • Cochrane


  • Connelly


  • McKenna

  • Morrison

  • McKechnie


  • Muir

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Pre-match Queens: 25.Dabrowski 16.East 5.P McKay 35.Brydon 17.Hendrie 4.Wilson 8.Todd (C) 11.Murray 23.Logan 7.Paton 20.Irving Bench: 42.Botterill (GK) 2.D McKay 6.Cochrane 10.Connelly 12.McKenna 14.Morrison 18.McKechnie 21.McMahon 26.Muir
Pre-match Dunfermline: 1.Mehmet 2.Comrie 3.Edwards 4.Benedictus (C) 5.Hamilton 8.Chalmers 9.Wighton 14.McCann 16.Otoo 21.Ritchie-Hosler 26.Todd Bench: 20.Little (GK) 6.McDonald 7.O’hara 10.Todorov 11.Mochrie 18.Allan 19.Fenton 23.McGowan 30.Mahon
Pre-match 2 Changes to the South, Lee Connelly and Kieran McKechnie drop to the bench and are replaced by Connor Murray and Ross Irving.
First half begins |0-0
22%27 Goal Dunfermline. Ritchie-Hosler the scorer |1-0
37%27 Murray goes close from 25 yards |1-0
39%27 Hendrie gets in behind but his cross is easily cleared |1-0
41%27 Wilsons shot from the edge of the box is deflected and trundles through to Mehmet |1-0
35%27 Goal Dunfermline. Todd the scorer |2-0
First half ends |2-0
Half Time Apologies for the lack of updates, goals from Ritchie-Hosler and Todd give the hosts a 2 goal lead at half-time, despite a good spell of possession from Queens around 20 minutes. |2-0
Second half begins |2-0
46%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Murray OFF REPLACED BY Cochrane |2-0
47%27 Three subs for Queens at half time |2-0
52%27 Goal Dunfermline. Wighton the scorer |3-0
53%27 Dunfermline hit Queens on the break and Wightons shot at the back post squirms through Dabrowski |3-0
58%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: Todd OFF REPLACED BY McGowan |3-0
58%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: Hamilton OFF REPLACED BY Mochrie |3-0
64%27 Goal Dunfermline. Wighton the scorer |4-0
65%27 Pars score again on the break. The deflected cross loops over the keeper and Wighton is at the back post again to touch in from a yard out |4-0
66%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: McCann OFF REPLACED BY O’hara |4-0
66%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: Chalmers OFF REPLACED BY Allan |4-0
71%27 Off the post! Wilson weaves his way forward before shooting from the edge of the box. But the ball comes off the inside of the post and rolls along the line and out |4-0
72%27 Wighton has a chance for his hat trick but Brydon does well to get back and block the shot |4-0
73%27 McKechnie (QOS) is booked |4-0
78%27 Goal Dunfermline. O`Hara the scorer |5-0
80%27 Dabrowski dives for a shot which comes back off the bar and can`t get up in time to stop O`Hara tapping into an empty net |5-0
84%27 Chance inside the box for Paton but he can only hit the shot straight at Mehmet |5-0
84%27 Logan (QOS) is booked for a bad challenge on Allen |5-0
86%27 Mehmet saves again, this time from Wilson who shoots low inside the box |5-0
90%27 Somehow it`s not 6! The ball comes off the post, Edwards looks like he has a tap in but can`t force it over in the stramash |5-0
91%27 Another chance for 6! O`Hara gets in behind and squares for Wighton but it`s just too far in front of the striker |5-0
The game ends |5-0
Full Time The pars put on a champions performance to run out 5:0 winners and clinch the league title |5-0
Full Time Congratulations to Dunfermline on winning the league and all the best in the Championship next season. |5-0