Scottish League One
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Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Brechin City

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at East End Park
Faissal El Bakhtaoui scores for Dunfermline against Brechin City
Faissal El Bakhtaoui scores to put Dunfermline ahead

Dunfermline Athletic clinched the Scottish League One title and promotion after beating Brechin City.

The Pars' win, combined with nearest challengers Peterhead's loss to Cowdenbeath, gave Allan Johnston's side an unassailable lead.

Fassal El Bakhtaoui struck twice in the first half to put the hosts in control.

Robert Thomson pulled one back for Brechin but El Bakhtaoui completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, superbly volleying past Graeme Smith.

With so much at stake for the home side, they came out of the traps quickly and pinned back their opponents.

El Bakhtaoui made space for himself on the edge of box but his effort was blocked.

Dunfermline players celebrating
Dunfermline are on their way to the Scottish Championship

There was a blow for the visitors when player-manager Darren Dods came off injured to be replaced by Euan Smith.

And Brechin soon fell behind with El Bakhtaoui involved in the build-up and finish.

His ball across was inches away from David Hopkirk but Ryan Wallace returned it into the area for El Bakhtaoui to convert.

Smith made a terrific stop to deny Hopkirk when he was clean through but it merely delayed Dunfermline doubling their lead.

Jason Talbot's deep cross eluded the Brechin defence and El Bakhtaoui was able to volley back across Smith into the net.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui scores for Dunfermline against Brechin City
El Bakhtaoui has been one of Dunfermline's top performers this term

A times it looked too easy for the Pars but the visitors rallied and forced Sean Murdoch into a couple of decent saves before eventually reducing their deficit.

The home defence were caught napping as Thomson latched on to a ball through the middle and slid in to find the net.

The goal rattled the large home crowd, who had turned up in expectation of claiming the title on home turf.

Wallace's second-half volley crashed off the crossbar and El Bakhtaoui smashed the rebound straight at Smith.

But the striker did get his treble and a 29th goal of the season - capping a fine performance with another fine finish.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Reid
  • 4McKay
  • 5Richards-EvertonBooked at 55mins
  • 3Talbot
  • 7Paton
  • 6Geggan
  • 8Falkingham
  • 11HopkirkSubstituted forMoffatat 40'minutes
  • 9WallaceBooked at 80minsSubstituted forCrossanat 89'minutes
  • 10El Bakhtaoui

Substitutes

  • 12Crossan
  • 14Martin
  • 15Rooney
  • 16Moffat
  • 17McCabe
  • 18Byrne
  • 20Hutton

Brechin

  • 1SmithBooked at 54mins
  • 2McLean
  • 5DodsSubstituted forSmithat 5'minutes
  • 6Dale
  • 3DyerBooked at 89mins
  • 7RobsonBooked at 80mins
  • 4Fusco
  • 8MolloySubstituted forCoogansat 77'minutes
  • 11Watt
  • 9Jackson
  • 10Thomson

Substitutes

  • 12Coogans
  • 14Tiffoney
  • 15Smith
  • 16Montgomery
  • 17McCormack
  • 18Johnston
  • 21O'Neil
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
4,402

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamBrechin
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Brechin City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Brechin City 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Brechin City 1. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Crossan.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Paul Crossan replaces Ryan Wallace.

  5. Booking

    Willie Dyer (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Willie Dyer (Brechin City).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic).

  9. Post update

    James Dale (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Watt (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Andy Jackson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Graeme Smith (Brechin City) because of an injury.

  14. Booking

    Jamie Robson (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Booking

    Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Jamie Robson (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brechin City. Liam Coogans replaces Craig Molloy.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Dale (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Brechin City. Conceded by Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

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