Dunfermline 3 - 1 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, October 17th, 2020, 3:00 PM at East End Park, Dunfermline
Referee: Willie Collum
Dunfermline Inverness CT

Euan Murray (23)
Ryan Dow (78)
Declan McManus (84)
Nikolay Todorov (2)

Team Managers
Stevie Crawford John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Aaron Comrie
Josh Edwards
Paul Watson
Euan Murray (c)
Ryan Dow
Iain Wilson
Kyle Turner
Dom Thomas
Kevin O'Hara
Declan McManus
Mark Ridgers
Kevin McHattie
Wallace Duffy
Robbie Deas
Brad Mckay
Roddy MacGregor
Scott Allardice
Sean Welsh
Nikolay Todorov
Daniel Mackay
James Keatings

Cammy Gill
Lewis Martin
Lewis McCann
Paul Allan
Fraser Murray
Lewis Mayo
Kerr McInroy
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Ryan Fyffe
Daniel Devine
Lewis Hyde
James Vincent
Shane Harkness

Fraser Murray -> Kevin O'Hara (64)
Kerr McInroy -> Kyle Turner (78)
James Vincent for Nikolay Todorov (19)
Cameron Harper for Roddy MacGregor (85)

Iain Wilson (45)
Josh Edwards (81)
Declan McManus (85)
Brad Mckay (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 127 apps -
Kevin McHattie 35 apps -
Wallace Duffy 3 apps -
Brad Mckay 141 apps7 goals
Robbie Deas 3 apps -
Roddy MacGregor 30 apps -
Scott Allardice 3 apps -
Sean Welsh 44 apps7 goals
Nikolay Todorov 34 apps8 goals
Daniel Mackay 30 apps3 goals
James Keatings 32 apps7 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 12 apps -
James Vincent (sub) 99 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (18 years 305 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (30 years 224 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 256 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (18 years 99 days)
Oldest Player:James Vincent (31 years 28 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 288 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


TV sets were barely switched on when Nokolay Todorov opened the scoring in the second minute. He would leave the field injured to be replaced by James Vincent after nineteen minutes. Inverness held that lead until the twenty-third minute when captain Euan Murray headed his fourth goal of the season to level matters. That's how it stood at the break as both sides searched for a second goal. Ryan Dow put the Pars in front with twelve minutes left in a rather turgid second half. Declan McManus scored a superb third to seal the points turning on the angle of the box and firing high into the net. Deserved 3 points for the Pars as they get off to a flyer.

Former Inverness keeper Owain Fon Williams was in goals for the Pars and Kevin O'Hara started up front with Declan McManus. Inverness had a new look back four since we last played Championship football. Inverness were without the injured strikers Storey and Sutherland. Danny Devine and James Vincent made the bench where we were down to the bare bones.

RIG saw the game unfold like this...........

Agree with that there maybe wasn't much in it in terms of possession but when the few chances in front of goal did arrive they tended to fall the way of Dunfermline. Good save from Ridgers to deny O'Hara (I think) at the near post in the second half. Criminal defending for all three of the Pars goals from our PoV with Mckay looking very limp for the both the first and third with the entire defence looking suspect for the second. The third, whilst being a cracking strike by McManus, should never have been offered up as an opportunity had Mckay just dealt with the ball instead of dallying on it. So many problems the result of our own slack play.

Very little to get excited about in an attacking sense as well. As mentioned above MacGregor was ineffective on the left continually wanting to check back inside to get the ball onto his right foot and McHattie seldom got beyond him to offer a wide option. Duffy was a bit more aggressive down the right flank and but certainly not in a similar manner to what we have been used to with Rooney in the last. I think only Harper put in a decent cross after he came on with a lot of our attacking play focused through the middle of the pitch where I thought Wilson protected the defence well snuffing out any attacks that were building in the centre.

Trying to be positive, we did have a lot of attacking players out that would hopefully have made a difference today but we would still have had that defence out there so...

Pars TV worked fine for me although it did drop a couple of times but a quick refresh sorted that out. Commentary wasn't too bad either.

Match report written by tm4tj/RIG

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hearts 1 1 0 0 6 2 4 3
2. Raith Rovers 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
3. Dunfermline 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
4. Ayr United 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
5. Morton 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
6. Queen of the South 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
7. Alloa Athletic 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
8. Inverness CT 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
9. Arbroath 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0
10. Dundee 1 0 0 1 2 6 -4 0