Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Falkirk

Joe Cardle
Joe Cardle's goals were the difference as Dunfermline took all three points

Joe Cardle grabbed a double as Dunfermline got the better of nine-man Falkirk to continue their impressive start to the Championship campaign.

Goals from Declan McManus and Cardle had the hosts 2-0 up in 11 minutes.

Falkirk's Craig Sibbald was red carded for foul and abusive language and Lee Miller was also sent off for an elbow on Nat Wedderburn before Tom Taiwo scored for the Bairns.

Cardle grabbed his second in stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt.

The win leaves the Pars second top of the table while Falkirk are second bottom on one point.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Williamson
  • 5Morris
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 14Talbot
  • 7HigginbothamBooked at 27minsSubstituted forAirdat 73'minutes
  • 27Shiels
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11Cardle
  • 9McManusSubstituted forHopkirkat 66'minutes
  • 23SmithSubstituted forRyanat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 12Hopkirk
  • 13Splaine
  • 15Paton
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 20Gill

Falkirk

  • 1Thomson
  • 4MuirheadSubstituted forGrantat 45'minutes
  • 44Watson
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 23Gallacher
  • 7Taiwo
  • 6McKee
  • 8KerrBooked at 27mins
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 52mins
  • 20O'HaraSubstituted forHarrisat 81'minutes
  • 9AustinSubstituted forMillerat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 5Grant
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Harris
  • 18Miller
  • 19Shepherd
  • 24Blues
  • 28Craigen
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
5,751

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Falkirk 1.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Falkirk 1. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Ryan.

Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Tony Gallacher.

Attempt missed. Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Luca Gasparotto.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 2, Falkirk 1. Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Alex Harris replaces Kevin O'Hara.

Foul by Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Paul Watson (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe McKee (Falkirk).

Attempt saved. Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fraser Aird replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Tony Gallacher.

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Andy Ryan replaces Calum Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Declan McManus.

Attempt missed. Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dismissal

Lee Miller (Falkirk) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Calum Smith (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic).

Dismissal

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) is shown the red card.

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd33004139
2Dunfermline32109367
3Queen of Sth32016336
4St Mirren32017616
5Morton31205235
6Dumbarton302112-12
7Livingston302146-22
8Brechin301237-41
9Falkirk301237-41
10Inverness CT301227-51
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