Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 4-3 Dumbarton

Dunfermline's David Hopkirk (right) celebrates his side's fourth
Dunfermline's David Hopkirk (right) celebrates his side's fourth

Dunfermline won on their return to the Championship in a seven-goal thriller against Dumbarton.

Robert Thomson headed the visitors ahead after Michael Moffat's penalty hit the post for Dunfermline.

Joe Cardle then scored a hat-trick before substitute David Hopkirk made it 4-1.

There was late drama though when the visitors were awarded two penalties in injury time which were both despatched superbly by substitute Mark Docherty.

It was two terrific strikes in two minutes by Joe Cardle to give Alan Johnston's side a deserved half-time lead and then Cardle made the most of a mistake by Frazer Wright in the Dumbarton defence to complete his hat-trick from inside the box.

Hopkirk capitalised on another Sons defensive mistake to make it four, before Dumbarton launched their comeback.

Referee Barry Cook also ordered off Dunfermline centre back Lee Ashcroft for his part in the second penalty award when he tangled with Thomson to put a slight downer on what had been a strong start for the home side.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 43HuttonBooked at 90mins
  • 2Williamson
  • 12AshcroftBooked at 90mins
  • 14Richards-Everton
  • 4Martin
  • 20HigginbothamSubstituted forPatonat 74'minutes
  • 6GegganBooked at 25mins
  • 16McCabeBooked at 90mins
  • 11Cardle
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forHopkirkat 80'minutes
  • 17ReillySubstituted forMcMullanat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fordyce
  • 7Paton
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 10Hopkirk
  • 15Spence
  • 18McMullan
  • 30Gill

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 2Pettigrew
  • 5Buchanan
  • 18WrightSubstituted forDochertyat 81'minutes
  • 12Harvie
  • 17Smith
  • 6StevensonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMcCallumat 72'minutes
  • 7Todd
  • 4Thomson
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 86mins
  • 22Stirling

Substitutes

  • 3Docherty
  • 13Barclay
  • 14Barr
  • 15McCallum
  • 20Clark
  • 21Kassarate
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
3,496

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 3.

Booking

David Hutton (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 3. Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Dumbarton. Robert Thomson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 2. Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty saved! Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Dumbarton. David Smith draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic).

David Smith (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton).

Attempt saved. David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Richards-Everton (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Joe Thompson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 1. David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Mark Docherty replaces Frazer Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Michael Moffat.

Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Thompson (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Michael Paton replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Donald McCallum replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Paul McMullan replaces Gavin Reilly.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Dumbarton 1. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Moffat.

Josh Todd (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Frazer Wright (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers11002023
2Dunfermline11004313
3Hibernian11002113
4Dundee Utd10101101
5Morton10101101
6Queen of Sth10101101
7St Mirren10101101
8Dumbarton100134-10
9Falkirk100112-10
10Ayr100102-20
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