Dunfermline 0-0 St Mirren
Dunfermline 0 - 0 St Mirren
Dunfermline made a goalless return to the Scottish Premier League as goalkeeping heroics ensured a share of the points at East End Park.
Saints keeper Craig Samson's spectacular save denied Martin Hardie before his Dunfermline counterpart Paul Gallacher saved a Steven Thompson penalty.
Hardie threatened for the hosts with another free kick.
A crowd of 5,035 saw the Pars return to the SPL after a four-year absence.
After a slow start, St Mirren appeared to throw off any rustiness from the summer break and created a flurry of chances around the 20-minute mark.
Darren McGregor and David Van Zanten both came close, the former St Mirren captain John Potter denying his old side with a crucial block of the Irishman's shot from Teale's corner.
It was Nigel Hasselbaink who came closest to breaking the deadlock though, when he was teed up beautifully by St Mirren's new Dutch defender Jerome Tesselaar; his resulting shot heading narrowly over the bar in the 23rd minute.
That appeared to re-invigorate Dunfermline and their first real chance came in the 38th minute.
Martin Hardie was gifted an almost perfectly positioned free kick 25 yards out which produced a spectacular save from Samson.
A curling shot appeared to be dropping just under the bar before the St Mirren keeper pushed it onto the goal frame and over.
The respite for the wearied Pars fans was all too brief though when St Mirren were awarded a penalty seconds later: John Potter judged to have fouled Thompson inside the box.
Thompson took the resulting spot kick himself, but was too casual in his delivery.
A short run-up and a tame shot allowing Gallacher to make a single-handed save and keep things level heading into half-time.
After the restart, it was more of the same. St Mirren dominating possession but unable to convert chances into goals.
A reshuffle in midfield saw Teale swapping flanks to the right, Paul McGowan moving outside and Thomson now in the centre ahead of skipper Jim Goodwin, who was assured in the holding role.
And in the 51st minute Teale had another chance to earn the Buddies' first three points of the season, poking the ball just wide as the hosts struggled to deal with a free-kick into the box.
The Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre made a change shortly afterwards, introducing Andy Barrowman and Paul Burns.
And the Pars did contain St Mirren more effectively than in the first half, but another foul from John Potter gifted St Mirren a free kick in the 67th minute - Steven Thompson continuing a frustrating evening when the ball fell to him on the edge of the six yard box and he was again off target.
The chances for Dunfermline were fewer and further between, but Hardie had the home fans on their feet with 13 minutes remaining, when another swerving free-kick brushed the side-netting and heading just millimetres wide.
The St Mirren striker Hasselbaink ensured a less-than-warm send off from the Pars fans after he was booked when he appeared to stand on Alex Keddie's foot after the Dunfermline player had released the ball.
The Dutchman nearly silenced the crowd with a curling effort but it was too central and Gallacher held.
Dunfermline enjoyed one of their more comfortable spells in the closing stages but still could not carve out any chances leaving both sides to rue missed chances in the opening 45 minutes.
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +1:03
Foul by Joe Cardle on Darren McGregor, free kick awarded. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.86:28
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jeroen Tesselaar from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Potter by Steven Thompson. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.84:57
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Thomson by Lee Mair. Free kick taken by Paul Burns.83:44
Joe Cardle delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Steven Thomson makes a clearance.83:44 Booking
Booking Booking for Lee Mair.83:37
Lee Mair challenges Andrew Barrowman unfairly and gives away a free kick.83:18
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.82:19
Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.82:19 Booking
Booking The referee books Nigel Hasselbaink for unsporting behaviour.82:13
Nigel Hasselbaink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Keddie.80:09
Gary Teale takes the inswinging corner, Nigel Hasselbaink concedes a free kick for a foul on Austin McCann. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.78:40
Unfair challenge on Martin Hardie by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.77:31
Steven Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on John Potter. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.76:25
Paul McGowan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.74:17
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Teale on Ryan Thomson. Martin Hardie has an effort direct from the free kick.72:40 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Thomson is brought on as a substitute for Andy Kirk.70:18
Jim Goodwin fouled by Andrew Barrowman, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.69:51
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Martin Hardie. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.69:27
Andrew Barrowman concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Martin Hardie produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.66:34
Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by John Potter results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Gary Teale, Shot from close range by Steven Thompson misses to the right of the goal.64:03 Substitution
Substitution Paul Burns comes on in place of David Graham.62:34
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Jason Thomson. Jeroen Tesselaar restarts play with the free kick.61:21
Unfair challenge on Joe Cardle by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Austin McCann takes the direct free kick.60:01
John Potter fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.58:44
Jeroen Tesselaar takes a shot. John Potter gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jeroen Tesselaar, Andy Kirk manages to make a clearance.55:26 Substitution
Substitution Andrew Barrowman on for Steven McDougall.54:21
Alex Keddie concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.53:29
Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.52:24
Gary Teale crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Austin McCann makes a clearance.52:24 Booking
Booking Austin McCann booked for unsporting behaviour.52:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by Austin McCann on Nigel Hasselbaink.51:09
Effort from inside the area by Gary Teale misses to the right of the goal.50:14
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Alex Keddie. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jim Goodwin.49:13
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Martin Hardie results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Gary Teale, clearance made by Martin Hardie.46:26
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Teale, clearance by Joe Cardle.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +0:55 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.44:50
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a short corner.42:47
Paul McGowan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.42:11
Andy Kirk concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.41:15 Penalty
Penalty taken by Steven Thompson saved by Paul Gallacher. Dunfermline 0-0 St Mirren.40:30 Booking
Booking John Potter goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.39:39
Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale, Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by John Potter results in a Penalty.39:39 Booking
Booking Gary Mason receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.39:29
David Graham challenges Gary Teale unfairly and gives away a free kick.38:57
Outswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, Steven Thompson manages to make a clearance.37:40
Lee Mair concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Kirk. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Martin Hardie, save made by Craig Samson.36:32
Outswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle, Alex Keddie produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.35:56
Paul McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Hardie. Joe Cardle crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Jim Goodwin.33:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by John Potter. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.30:37
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.29:11
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Hardie by Steven Thompson. Free kick crossed by Joe Cardle, clearance by Darren McGregor. Gary Mason challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.27:30
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.26:45
Andy Kirk fouled by Darren McGregor, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Keddie restarts play with the free kick.22:14
Nigel Hasselbaink produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.21:23
David van Zanten takes a shot. Gary Mason gets a block in.19:32
Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Gary Mason, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.18:29
Gary Teale takes a corner.16:37
Shot by Gary Teale from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.14:57
Handball decision goes against Paul McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.14:05
Corner taken by Jeroen Tesselaar from the right by-line played to the near post.12:11
Steven Thomson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.11:03
Nigel Hasselbaink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Graham. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.10:10
Gary Teale takes a shot. John Potter gets a block in.8:28
Austin McCann fouled by Paul McGowan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Austin McCann.7:03
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jeroen Tesselaar played to the near post, Headed effort from close range by Steven Thompson goes wide left of the target.6:49
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.3:13
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale played to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Keddie by Lee Mair. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick. Martin Hardie challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.1:49
Effort from deep inside the area by David Graham misses to the right of the goal.1:20
Steven Thompson challenges Alex Keddie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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