It looked to be a great match up between the two east region teams for this Scottish Cup second round tie, as both teams have had great runs before in the past. Grove have been on great form recently having had a great run of league results, but Dunfermline were up for the challenge having also had some great wins recently.
Grove kicked the game off with a quick attack. Ranald Bowie received a great long ball from the midfield and then dribbled past a defender but was tackled for a corner. Dunfermline were on their toes early on though and cleared the danger with ease. Grove created another chance soon after through a clever Calum McHardy chipped passed, which set up Darren Mackie in the box but Dunfermline captain Greg Pearson won the ball with a tremendous tackle.
Dunfermline had their best chance of the game in the 14th minute. Scott Russell sent a powerful header towards goal from a superb corner, it looked dangerous but Matty Galloway made a brilliant save. They also came close through a free kick minutes later, Scott Hynd sent a powerful shot towards goal but Galloway managed to hold on to it well.
Grove grabbed the first goal of the game in the 18th minute. Calum McHardy swung in a superb cross to Paul Callaghan who leaped into the air and nodded it past the Dunfermline keeper making it 1-0. It didn’t take long for Dunfermline to equalise though, in the 24th minute Dunfermline made a quick attack through the midfield. Scott Hynd received the ball in the Grove box, then passed back to Mark Yorkston who set up Alistair McDonald in the centre who coolly slotted it past the keeper.
Both teams were fighting hard to take the lead once again, Dunfermline almost made it when Daryl Healy played a nice through ball to Mark Yorkston in the box. Before Yorkston could take a shot Craig Madden managed to win the ball with a powerful tackle. Grove then countered with their own chance, Ranald Bowie skilfully beat two Dunfermline players and then crossed a low ball into the middle of the box but Marcus Hall cleared the ball away.
The half time whistle was nearing, and it was still looking like either team could get ahead. Calum McHardy set up Darren Mackie from a long free kick, the ball bounced through the defence but Mackie narrowly couldn’t reach it. A surprise shot came from nothing minutes later, when Mark Yorkston sent a powerful volley towards goal from just outside the Grove box. Galloway made a great diving save and tipped the ball over the bar.
The whistle blew and the first half finished 1-1. Both teams were working hard and creating plenty of chances, but Grove looked like they had the most possession. It was difficult to say who would come out on top in the second half, as everyone was fighting hard to get in the lead.