Dunfermline 1 Stenhousemuir 0: Pars edge it

Brown Ferguson
Brown Ferguson

Dunfermline left it late against Stenhousemuir in a frustrating encounter for both sides with Shaun Rooney’s sole goal enough to secure the three points.

Rooney fired in from the edge of the box 78 minutes in with Stenhousemuir unable to claw back to equalise.

The visitors got off to a particularly lacklustre start which was tempered further when Jason Scotland was injured just 12 minutes in to be replaced by Colin McMenamin.

But neither side showed much until almost 20 minutes in when Andy Geggan had a gr,eat opportunity to open the scoring for the home side only to miss the post by inches.

Minutes later The Pars struck again though Michael Moffat’s shot straight down the centre from the edge of the box went straight into the arms of Matty Gould.

Further opportunity for the home side came in the 32nd minute but a free kick taken by Michael Paton also failed to hit target – sailing past the post.

In the final 15 minutes of the half The Warriors started to push back and a strong surge up the park by Mark Gilhaney could have resulted in an opening goal but was fired well wide of the post.

With just over five minutes of the half to go a Ross Meechan drive was caught by diving Pars keeper Sean Murdoch.

Just before the hour mark Faissal El Bakhtaoui won a free kick only to send it well high and wide of the post.

David Hopkirk attempted a header for the home side with just over 20 minutes to go but his nod from six yards just missed the post.

The increasingly tempestuous second half wore on with hardly a sniff of a chance for either side until a low Shaun Rooney drive from the left of the box following a cross from Ryan Wallace smashed into the net past Gould.

Kieran Millar tried to level up with under 10 minutes to go but his shot from just outside the box was saved by Murdoch.

DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC: Murdoch, Geggan, Talbot, McAusland (45 – Rooney), Richards-Everton, Falkingham, Paton (67 – Wallace), Byrne, Moffat (40 – Cardle), El Bakhtaoui, Hopkirk. Subs unused: Hutton, Spence, McCabe, Antoine-Curier.

STENHOUSEMUIR: Gould, McCormack, Paterson, Malcolm, Meechan, Robertson (83 – Cook), Gilhaney, Millar, Monaghan, Scotland (12 – McMenamin), Marenghi (83 – Small). Subs unused: Barclay, Murray, Stirling, Mazana.