Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 St Mirren

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport at East End Park
Dunfermline scorers David Hopkirk and Declan McManus celebrate
David Hopkirk and Declan McManus both scored for Dunfermline

Dunfermline Athletic leapfrogged leaders St Mirren to go top of the table with an impressive performance and clinical finishing.

Declan McManus fired the Pars into the lead slightly against the run of play.

But, despite the loss of in-form Joe Cardle, replacement David Hopkirk extended the lead before Callum Morris stabbed in the third.

The visitors had Adam Eckersley and former Pars defender Gregor Buchanan red carded late on.

St Mirren went close in the first minute when Gavin Reilly swept the ball just wide after racing down the right wing.

That miss was to cost them as Dunfermline proved deadly in front of goal.

Dunfermline's Joe Cardle lies injured
Dunfermline lost Joe Cardle through injury before the break

McManus raced on to a Kallum Higginbotham pass and slipped the shot past goalkeeper Craig Samson in the 19th minute to put the Pars ahead.

Just on half time, the Pars added a second when substitute Hopkirk curled a terrific shot into the top corner from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Morris made it three to the home side after a corner, won through a Samson save from a Dean Shiels shot, fell into his path and he stabbed home from close in.

As tempers frayed near the end, Eckersley and Buchanan sent off. By then, the points were in the bag for the home side, who go a point ahead of the Paisley side at the top.

St Mirren will feel aggrieved at the amount of possession they enjoyed throughout the game.

However, they couldn't find the killer touch and that proved so costly, while Dunfermline will be delighted with a performance without a weakness.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2WilliamsonBooked at 58mins
  • 5Morris
  • 6AshcroftBooked at 40mins
  • 14TalbotBooked at 78mins
  • 7HigginbothamSubstituted forSplaineat 82'minutes
  • 27ShielsBooked at 9mins
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11CardleSubstituted forHopkirkat 18'minutes
  • 9McManus
  • 10Clark

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 12Hopkirk
  • 13Splaine
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 20Gill
  • 23Smith

St Mirren

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Samson
  • 15Baird
  • 5BuchananBooked at 88mins
  • 44EckersleyBooked at 87mins
  • 25Smith
  • 16McShane
  • 4McGinnBooked at 74mins
  • 2DemetriouSubstituted forSuttonat 45'minutes
  • 11SmithSubstituted forToddat 79'minutes
  • 10Morgan
  • 20ReillySubstituted forStewartat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Irvine
  • 8Duffy
  • 9Sutton
  • 14Todd
  • 17Kirkpatrick
  • 19Stewart
  • 21Stewart
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
6,628

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Post update

    Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Gregor Buchanan (St. Mirren) for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Buchanan (St. Mirren).

  9. Dismissal

    Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ian McShane (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ian McShane (St. Mirren).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Aaron Splaine replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Cameron Smith.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Buchanan (St. Mirren).

  20. Booking

    Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.