Pars defeat Lochgelly
Published 27 Jul 2012 09:30 1 Comment
It was a young Pars side that turned out at Gardiners Park for the friendly against junior side Lochgelly Albert to celebrate The Purvis Group sponsoring the Top of the Town side for 25 years.
Paul Willis was the only Dunfermline player with first team experience but the Athletic side had two continental trialists in action.
The junior side were by no means overawed by the occasion and competed well for the whole 90 minutes and a very good crowd and good weather made it one of the biggest occasions at the Albert park for many years.
The home side had a great chance to take the lead in 14 minutes when Dunfermline left back, Jack Bruce, misdirected a pass back to goalkeeper Goodfellow but when Stevie Brown was presented with the chance that he should have netted, unbelievably he sent the ball wide.
Five minutes later Willis burst down the right again and released a stinging shot from the edge of the box that brought a fine save out of Colin Rushford.
The opening goal was not far away and there was justice in as much as it was Willis who latched on to a diagonal ball and finished wellto put the First Division side ahead.
Dunfermline continued to dominate in the second-half with Willis and the foreign winger creating problems for the Berts defence. The lead was doubled on the hour when the no.11 trialist teed up the other trialist and he shot past Rushford from ten yards.
Goodfellow was kept in action with a good save from Lochgelly sub Ryan O'Connor but Albert had something better to cheer on 75 minutes when John McDiarmid was supplied on the edge of the box and the Pars challenge was too late to prevent the striker burying the ball into the bottom left.
Dunfermline made plenty chances and credit to the Albert defence they kept them out.
LOCHGELLY ALBERT: Rushford; Wilson, Caitling; Courts (Seath 66), Ross (c), Brown; Payne, McFarlane (Jefferies 58), Watt, McDiarmid, Celentano.
DUNFERMLINE: Goodfellow; Millen, Young; Munro, Bruce, Willis; Trialist, O'Kane (Graham 57), Byrne, Triaist (Mercer 90), Henderson (Smith 57).
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 27 Jul 12
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