Scottish Championship
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Dumbarton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline's Declan McManus and Joe Cardle celebrate
Joe Cardle (right) opened the scoring in Dumbarton

Dunfermline Athletic's third win in a week moved them into third spot in the Scottish Championship, with Joe Cardle's goal enough to beat Dumbarton.

The winger jinked in from the wing before unleashing a drive from the edge of the penalty box that dipped over goalkeeper Scott Gallacher.

Gallacher denied striker Nicky Clark, while midfielder David Wilson missed a good, first-half chance to equalise.

Wilson came close again in the dying seconds as the Pars held on to win.

Falkirk thumping second-top Dundee United 5-1, which leaves Dumbarton only three points clear of the second-bottom Bairns, who have a game in hand.

With 34 goals scored in the last seven matches between the teams, it was perhaps slightly surprising that the first half was a bit tentative.

Cardle had brought a good save from Gallacher inside the first five minutes and the deadlock was broken in some style by the same player after 24 minutes.

He picked up a ball on the left, drove at the home defence and then unleashed a terrific shot that flashed past Gallacher into the net for his 10th goal of the season and first since September.

Dumbarton striker Christian Nade
Dumbarton striker Christian Nade come on at half-time and almost scored with a header

Clark had a good effort saved by Gallacher on the half-hour mark and then Wilson had the best opportunity for the home side before the break when he should have done better with a header from eight yards.

Dumbarton changed it at half-time, with Christian Nade on for Greg Morrison, and the big veteran striker nearly brought his side level with a 55th-minute header that flashed over the bar.

The home side were much more in the game now, but it was the visitors who came closest to scoring again when Cardle's good run and cross found Dean Shiels in the box and only a great saving tackle from Stuart Carswell prevented the midfielder from scoring.

Substitute Andy Ryan flashed a shot just past for the visitors with eight minutes left and then only a deflection prevented Wilson from equalising in the dying seconds.

However, Dunfermline held on to move above and move to within seven points of second-top United, who will be reeling from their battering by the Bairns when the sides meet at East End Park next Saturday.

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston
Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston is pleased to have goalscorer Joe Cardle back from injury

Post-match reaction

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston: "It wasn't a classic game by any means, but the goal was worthy of winning any game. It was a great pass by Dean Shiels, Joe's first touch was exceptional and he just bent it into the top corner.

"[Cardle] was out inured for along time, and he's only been a back a month or so, but he's a big player for us. He's creative, he's been involved in goals that we have scored and it's great for him to get back on the scoresheet as well.

"We know how hard this league is, you can't get complacent and have to give everything in every game. Dumbarton put us under a lot of pressure. It was a hard-fought game and sometimes you've got to grind results out. The target is top get into the play-offs."

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 1Gallacher
  • 2Smith
  • 4DowieSubstituted forHandlingat 60'minutes
  • 15Hill
  • 22Dick
  • 6Carswell
  • 55Barr
  • 7GallagherSubstituted forJohnstonat 80'minutes
  • 8Wilson
  • 10Walsh
  • 16MorrisonSubstituted forNadeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Johnston
  • 17Roy
  • 19Ewings
  • 21Handling
  • 27Nade

Dunfermline

  • 25Robinson
  • 2Williamson
  • 4Mvoto
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 14Talbot
  • 15Paton
  • 27ShielsSubstituted forHigginbothamat 83'minutes
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11Cardle
  • 9McManusSubstituted forRyanat 78'minutes
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forSmithat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 5Morris
  • 7Higginbotham
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 23Smith
  • 30Burt
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
1,086

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Stuart Carswell (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. David Smith (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. David Wilson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Attempt blocked. David Wilson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Smith (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Dougie Hill (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Liam Dick.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Andy Ryan.

Attempt missed. Tom Walsh (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Dean Shiels.

Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Chris Johnston replaces Calum Gallagher.

Foul by Tom Walsh (Dumbarton).

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Daniel Handling (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Andy Ryan replaces Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Callum Smith replaces Nicky Clark.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dougie Hill (Dumbarton).

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Declan McManus.

Attempt missed. Tom Walsh (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Craig Barr.

Foul by Christian Nade (Dumbarton).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Carswell.

Attempt blocked. Dean Shiels (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Dumbarton).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren21143439231645
2Dundee Utd2012353023739
3Dunfermline2095637241332
4Queen of Sth208663327630
5Livingston198652924530
6Morton197752720728
7Inverness CT206682223-124
8Dumbarton204881526-1120
9Falkirk193881830-1217
10Brechin2004161646-304
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