Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Alloa Athletic 2-3 Dunfermline Athletic

Nicky Clark
Nicky Clark's ninth goal of the season set Dunfermline on their way to victory over Alloa

Dunfermline Athletic battled past Alloa Athletic and into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-2 win at Recreation Park.

Nicky Clark opened the scoring when he followed up Gavin Reilly's saved shot.

Celtic loanee Paul McMullan and midfielder Joe Cardle stretched the Pars lead either side of half-time.

New Alloa signing Stefan McCluskey bagged a debut goal, before Greig Spence's close-range finish set up a frantic final few minutes.

Clark's ninth goal of the season had the Pars ahead with 12 minutes gone. Wasps keeper Neil Parry had blocked Reilly's shot but Clark was alert to fire home the clearance.

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Scottish Cup highlights: Alloa 2-3 Dunfermline

Alloa tried to respond through Jordan Kirkpatrick, but his low shot lacked pace and proved easy pickings for Sean Murdoch in the Dunfermline goal.

Murdoch had to work harder to stop Kevin Cawley's 18-yard effort, launching himself to his right to make a fine one-handed stop.

Dunfermline were constantly pressing, though, and they went two-up just before half time when McMullan whipped a shot in from the left after a short corner.

Cardle came off the bench in the second half and made a quick impact, collecting a Clark pass and hammering home a shot from 16 yards on the hour mark.

But Alloa weren't done, and replacement McCluskey headed in six minutes later to keep the Wasps' hopes alive.

At the other end, Michael Moffat brought a good from Parry, then had a goal disallowed amid a frenetic finale.

Spence's strike gave Alloa the chance to snatch a replay in the dying minutes, but it proved too little, too late for the hosts.

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 4McKeown
  • 5Graham
  • 3Waters
  • 7Cawley
  • 8HetheringtonBooked at 11minsSubstituted forMcCluskeyat 67'minutes
  • 6HolmesBooked at 74mins
  • 10Kirkpatrick
  • 11FlanniganSubstituted forLongworthat 66'minutes
  • 9Spence

Substitutes

  • 12Marr
  • 14Longworth
  • 15Hoggan
  • 16Martin
  • 17McCluskey
  • 18Goodwin
  • 21McDowall

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 4Martin
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 6Geggan
  • 22Morris
  • 21HerronSubstituted forMcCabeat 79'minutes
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 18McMullan
  • 20HigginbothamBooked at 10minsSubstituted forCardleat 45'minutes
  • 37ClarkBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMoffatat 73'minutes
  • 17Reilly

Substitutes

  • 3Talbot
  • 7Paton
  • 9Moffat
  • 11Cardle
  • 16McCabe
  • 43Hutton
  • 48El Alagui
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
1,871

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 2, Dunfermline Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 2, Dunfermline Athletic 3.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Neil Parry.

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

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 2, Dunfermline Athletic 3. Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Calum Waters (Alloa Athletic).

Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Andrew Geggan.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

Substitution

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

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by John Herron.

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. Stefan McCluskey (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic).

Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Michael Moffat replaces Nicky Clark.

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Dunfermline Athletic 3. Stefan McCluskey (Alloa Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Cawley.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Stefan McCluskey replaces Steven Hetherington.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Jamie Longworth replaces Iain Flannigan.

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 0, Dunfermline Athletic 3. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nicky Clark.

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

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

John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Andy Graham.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Sean Murdoch.

Booking

Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Alloa Athletic 0, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

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