Dunfermline 43 Aberdeen Wanderers 7

A POWERFUL and convincing display ensured that Dunfermline ended their home fixtures on a high on against Aberdeen Wanderers last Saturday.

Caine McIntyre’s team, who had consolidated a sixth-place finish in BT Caledonia Division One, completed their McKane Park league card by registering a bonus point win over their visitors from the Granite City ahead of their final day clash with Gordonians.

After losing to Strathmore in their previous game, the Blues rediscovered their scoring touch that led to them thumping Carnoustie 48-15 before that defeat as they blew Aberdeen away to beat the north-east team for the second time this season.

They raced into a 29-0 lead before Harvey Gardiner crossed for another score, with the conversion added by the reliable boot of Adam Fraser.

Gardiner then accepted a midfield pass from captain Colin Stewart to touch down for his second score of the game as Dunfermline kept the score board ticking over throughout second half, with Fraser kicking the extras, as the hosts racked up 43 points.

Although Wanderers added a converted try of their own to at least register on the scoreboard, they ended with 14 men after number 12 Simon Booley was sent off for throwing a punch.

McIntyre had previously stated after the Carnoustie match that he was content with his team’s progress, commenting: “You always want faster progress as long as you can see visible improvements, and improvements statistically, that’s important. Luckily, the club’s management are supportive of this; we’re on a journey and it’s exciting.”

Dunfermline are now guaranteed to finish sixth in the table and will round off their campaign with a trip to champions-elect Gordonians on April 15.