Dunfermline 1-1 Kilmarnock

Highlights - Dunfermline 1-1 Kilmarnock

Dunfermline failed to climb off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League table despite a spirited draw with Kilmarnock at East End Park.

James Fowler's deflected shot after 21 minutes put Killie ahead as the visitors sought to avenge the 3-0 loss to the Pars on January 21.

Dunfermline equalised after 44 minutes when Andy Kirk beat the offside trap.

In a second half dominated by the visitors, Garry Hay was twice denied by Pars goalkeeper Chris Smith.

The draw keeps the Pars at the foot of the table on 18 points, while Killie leapfrog Dundee United to take up seventh place on 28.

On-loan midfielder Kyle Hutton and permanent defensive signing Jordan McMillan, both of whom arrived from Rangers, made their debuts as Dunfermline went in search of a first home win of the season.

Defender Michael Nelson was fit to start after shaking off an ankle injury as Killie made one change from the side which began the 1-0 Scottish Cup loss at Hibernian on Saturday, with Lewis Toshney starting.

Killie showed the greater quality on the ball early on, only for Hutton and Mark Kerr to offer some protection for the Pars defence.

Dean Shiels almost set up a chance for Paul Heffernan, but Alex Keddie managed to get in front of the Killie striker and Smith collected. Smith was then equal to a left-footed Shiels shot on the turn.

But Fowler's effort deflected past Smith to put the visitors ahead.

Dunfermline when David Graham burst through the Killie defence and prodded the ball forward to Kirk, who stayed onside and beat Cammy Bell with an early shot.

After the restart, Bell touched a shot from Liam Buchanan around the post, then a headed effort at the other end from inside the area by Shiels went wide.

Moments later, Dunfermline keeper Smith was put under pressure with a passback and swiped clumsily at the ball before making a recovery to clear the danger.

Heffernan sent an effort over the Dunfermline crossbar, then Keddie cleared the danger when Smith was tested by a powerful Hay shot.

Manuel Pascali appeared to push Kirk inside the Killie penalty area shortly after the hour mark, but referee Calum Murray waved play on.

Kirk failed to find the net after being gifted a golden opportunity with 15 minutes remaining, then a Shiels set-piece from the edge of the area sailed over the bar.

A Hay free-kick was turned out for a corner by Smith as the visitors went in search of a winner, and a Pascali header was cleared off the line by Mark Kerr as Dunfermline lived dangerously in the latter stages of the match.

A late flurry from Dunfermline saw Martin Hardie denied twice as the match ended with a share of the spoils.

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