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Smith strike seals points for Pars against Dee

Dunfermline Athletic 1

C. Smith

Dundee FC 0

  • Monday, 03 October 2016
  • East End Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Andrew Creegan

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Callum Smith’s first half strike was enough for Dunfermline to take all three points in the Development League against Dundee. Both teams fielded strong starting line ups with the likes of Kallum Higginbotham and Nat Wedderburn starting for the Pars, while James Vincent and Rory Loy were included in the Dundee line up.

Dunfermline started well, hounding the Dundee defenders when they were in possession. With three minutes on the clock Scott Lochhead got to the by-line, but nobody in a red shirt could get on the end of the cutback. The resulting goal kick saw Connor Coupe involved in a nasty clash of heads with Dunfermline’s Reece Duncan, with the Dundee man coming off worse out of the two. 

The Pars should have been ahead after 12 minutes. David Hopkirk was sent through on goal and took the ball around Dundee’s David Mitchell but a heavy touch allowed Etxabeguren to recover and clear the ball before the Dunfermline man could get a shot away.

Callum Smith was sent in one on one with Mitchell after 20 minutes, but the Dundee stopper did well to deny the Dunfermline number nine. Four minutes later, Connor Coupe was replaced by Kyle Clark. The winger was unable to recover from his earlier head knock.

The loss of the influential Coupe was a blow to the Dees, but things were about to get worse as 60 seconds later, the hosts were ahead. The ball broke through to Callum Smith inside the area, and the striker took the ball around Mitchell and rolled it into the empty net. The Pars had the lead that their early domination deserved.

The hosts continued to put the Dees under pressure and just two minutes after the opener, Mitchell had to produce a fine save to keep out Scott Lochhead’s low drive.

The Dees were second best all over the park and should have been further behind just after the half hour mark, Kallum Higginbotham’s cross as met by Callum Smith, but his header was straight at Mitchell. Higginbotham was causing Dundee’s stand-in right back James Vincent plenty of problems and the former Kilmarnock man’s cross was just missed by Euan Spark four minutes before the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Dunfermline Athletic
  • 1-0
  • Dundee FC

The Dees reshuffled the pack at the start of the second half. Kyle Clark dropped into right back allowing James Vincent to move into midfield. Iain Smith, Rory Loy and Iain Smith made up the front three.

Higginbotham was continuing to cause Dundee problems. The tricky winger sending two curling shots just over the crossbar. Lochhead flashed an effort just wide of the post after the hour mark.

Dundee’s first shot of the game came courtesy of Rory Loy after 70 minutes. Kyle Clark’s pass was misjudged by the Dunfermline defence, but goalkeeper Cammy Gill did well to turn Loy’s low drive away from danger.

The Dark Blues were beginning to show signs of improvement and went close again through Loy after 71 minutes. The striker got on the end of Iain Smith’s cross, but his header was comfortably saved by Gill.

The Dees managed to win a handful of corners but didn’t failed to ask any questions of Gill. In truth, this was a poor performance from the Dees who were outfought by a strong Dunfermline side. The Dees will have to move on from this result and focus on picking up three points next time out, while the Pars will be pleased with their performance, and will hope to build on this throughout the rest of the season.  

  • Full Time:
  • Dunfermline Athletic
  • 1-0
  • Dundee FC

Lineups

Dunfermline Athletic
Dundee FC
1. Cammy Gill
2. Reece Duncan
3. Conner Duthie
4. Euan Spark
5. Callum Fordyce
6. Johnny Galloway
7. Scott Lochhead
8. Nat Wedderburn
9. Callum Smith
10. David Hopkirk
11. Kallum Higginbotham
12. Evan Horne
14. Brandon Luke
15. Robbie Crawford
16. James Thomas
17. Josh Roberts
20. Josh Dunn
1. David Mitchell
2. James Vincent
3. Greg Warwick
4. Julen Etxabeguren
5. Kerr Waddell
6. Taylor Berry
7. Connor Coupe
8. Jesse Curran
9. Rory Loy
10. Josh Skelly
11. Iain Smith
12. Calum Ferrie
14. Mark Smith
15. Kyle Clark
16. Calum Moore
Star Player
Dunfermline Athletic
Dundee FC
Callum Smith - Was a handful for the Dundee defenders to deal with and showed great composure for the goal.
Kerr Waddell - Held the Dundee backline together and had a couple of crucial last ditch interceptions.
Magic Moment
Dunfermline Athletic
Dundee FC
Callum Smith's Goal - A tidy finish that secured all three points for his side.
Etxabeguren's Tackle on Hopkirk - A good piece of defending that stopped a certain goal.
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