Bridie revisited as Pars crash out of cup
Published 30 Jul 2012 09:30 0 Comments
Forfar Athletic 3 Dunfermline 2
PARS crashed out of the Ramsdens Cup at Forfar after a howler from comeback keeper Paul Gallacher.
It proved to be anything but plastic fantastic for Jim Jefferies' men as they came unstuck on the new artificial surface at Station Park.
It was Gallacher's first match since he was injured at Hearts in December but there were no happy returns as he fumbled a cross into his own net.
The Pars number one didn't shoulder all the blame as Jefferies was far from happy with the other two goals conceded and the chances scorned at the other end.
Both Andy Barrowman and Andy Kirk missed golden opportunities to win the tie but it was former Pars boss Dick Campbell who was smiling at the end.
Jefferies' squad is still taking shape after a tumultuous summer but he admitted he was disappointed with how some of his team played.
Gallacher's return provided a pre-match boost and he showed his quality early on with a trio of stops to deny Danny Denholm, Gavin Swankie and Mick Dunlop.
Pars response was a series of crosses from the wings that came to nothing and the Second Division side took the lead in 14 minutes through Omar Kader.
They were only ahead for three minutes with Joe Cardle robbing Mark McCulloch and teeing up Ryan Wallace for his first competitive goal for the club.
His unerring finish found the bottom corner and Stephen Husband almost celebrated his two year deal with a goal but his free kick whistled wide.
John Potter nodded over the top before Barrowman broke clear and thumped a shot past Derek Soutar to give Pars a 35th minute lead.
That should have been the cue for Pars to go and win the tie and Andy Dowie was denied by the woodwork in 52 minutes.
But the rearguard looked far from comfortable and they were caught cold when Denholm raced through and managed to slide the ball past Gallacher.
Potter couldn't conjure up a finish to beat Soutar and it was at the opposite end where the tie was decided, Gallacher misjudging Swankie's cross and tipping the ball into the net in the 67th minute.
Charlie King missed a fine chance to put Forfar out of sight and Barrowman should have hauled Pars level in 75 minutes but he opted to chip the keeper - the wrong choice according to Jefferies - and the ball cleared the bar.
Kirk came on as sub and could have taken the game to extra-time but somehow turned a header over the bar from close range and Pars were out of the cup.
Soutar, McCulloch, I Campbell, Dunlop, Bolochoweckyj, Gibson, Kader (R Campbell 80), King (Fotheringham 73), Templeman (Motion 73), Swankie, Denholm.
Subs not used - Tulloch, Scott.
Goals - Kader (13), Denholm (53), Swankie (67).
Booked - Motion (86), R Campbell (90).
Gallacher, Geggan, Dowie, Potter, McMillan, Husband (Kane 67), Thomson (Whittle 78), Falkingham, Wallace (Kirk 67), Barrowman, Cardle.
Subs not used - Burns, Goodfellow.
Booked - Husband (10), Dowie (72).
Goals - Wallace (16), Barrowman (35).
Referee Kevin Clancy