Scottish Championship
Dunfermline5Dumbarton1

Dunfermline Athletic 5-1 Dumbarton

Dumbarton midfielder Stuart Carswell
Stuart Carswell walked off, to be replaced with Sam Stanton

Dumbarton's Stuart Carswell had to receive treatment after an exchange with team-mate Mark Docherty as Nicky Clark scored four for Dunfermline.

Paul McMullan scored the other as the Pars ended a run of five games without a win to move three points clear of the visitors in the Championship.

The Sons' reply by Daniel Hardie came with only four minutes to go.

Confusion reigned after Dunfermline's second goal as Carswell left the pitch to be treated for a bleeding nose.

Sam Stanton hastily came on as a replacement for the Sons, who had gone into the game unbeaten in their last four games.

Michael Moffat set up the opener for the Pars after only seven minutes with a teasing cross that found Clark unmarked to nod home.

Dunfermline striker Nicky Clark
Nicky Clark's four goals took his total to 13 for the season

Clark set up McMullan for number two and the winger curled a wonderful right-foot shot into the top corner.

Then came the bizarre incident between Carswell and Docherty.

Clark continued to cause problems for the Sons defence and duly scored goals three and four with headers inside the six-yard box.

The striker's fourth came when he was allowed to turn and fire a shot in from the edge of the penalty box.

Dumbarton's small band of supporters had something to cheer when Harvie fired in from 12 yards.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6Geggan
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 21HerronSubstituted forMcCabeat 59'minutes
  • 8WedderburnSubstituted forSpenceat 74'minutes
  • 18McMullan
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forReillyat 76'minutes
  • 37Clark

Substitutes

  • 5Fordyce
  • 7Paton
  • 11Cardle
  • 15Spence
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 43Hutton

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 17Smith
  • 14Barr
  • 5BuchananBooked at 53mins
  • 12Harvie
  • 22Stirling
  • 6CarswellSubstituted forStantonat 30'minutes
  • 3DochertySubstituted forLangat 74'minutes
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 31mins
  • 23Vaughan
  • 72NadeSubstituted forFlemingat 76'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 2McCrorie
  • 4Lang
  • 7Gallagher
  • 9Fleming
  • 11Stanton
  • 18Prior
  • 19Ewings
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,320

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 1.

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

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

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 1. Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garry Fleming.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 0. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Geggan.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Dunfermline Athletic).

Darren Barr (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 0. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Spence.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gavin Reilly replaces Michael Moffat.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Christian Nade.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Lewis Spence replaces Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Tom Lang replaces Mark Docherty.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Dumbarton 0. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Rhys McCabe replaces John Herron because of an injury.

Delay in match John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Darren Barr (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian26149341172451
2Falkirk27129644301445
3Dundee Utd25128535251044
4Morton25119537271042
5Queen of Sth2697103537-234
6Dunfermline257993536-130
7Dumbarton2769123345-1227
8Raith Rovers2668122435-1126
9Ayr26510112440-1625
10St Mirren2548132642-1620
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