Dunfermline boosted their promotion hopes as they eased to a victory at Arbroath.

The Pars opened the scoring on 12 minutes, Andy Geggan drilling home from a botched clearance.

Ryan Thomson nodded in Ryan Wallace's chipped cross in the 36th minute.

Josh Falkingham's 20-yard strike rounded off a comfortable afternoon for Dunfermline and cemented second place, although they remain some way behind leaders Rangers.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Arbroath

  • 01 Morrison
  • 02 Banjo
  • 03 Hamilton
  • 08 McWalter (Scott - 81' )
  • 04 Donaldson
  • 05 Travis
  • 07 Linn
  • 06 Keddie Booked
  • 09 Robertson (Martin - 82' )
  • 10 Cook (Sibanda - 69' )
  • 11 Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 12 Lindsay
  • 14 Scott
  • 15 Sibanda
  • 16 Yao
  • 17 Martin
  • 18 Thompson
  • 21 Wilson

Dunfermline

  • 01 Scully
  • 02 Williamson
  • 03 Whittle
  • 06 Geggan
  • 04 Martin
  • 05 Young
  • 07 Byrne (Moore - 74' )
  • 08 Husband
  • 11 Thomson
  • 09 Wallace (El-Bakhtaoui - 82' )
  • 10 Falkingham

Substitutes

  • 12 Moore
  • 14 Dargo
  • 15 Kane
  • 16 Smith
  • 17 Ferguson
  • 18 El-Bakhtaoui
  • 20 Goodfellow
Ref: David Somers
Att: 967

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

4 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 3.

90:00 +0:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 3.

89:31

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:44

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

88:05

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

86:02

Attempt saved. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

85:23 Booking

Booking Alex Keddie (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

85:16

Foul by Alex Keddie (Arbroath).

85:16

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:37

Attempt missed. Bradley Donaldson (Arbroath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

81:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui replaces Ryan Wallace.

81:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Patrick Martin replaces Dayle Robertson.

80:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Christopher Scott replaces Kieran McWalter.

79:49

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Michael Travis.

78:07

Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

77:24

Attempt missed. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

76:49

Foul by Dayle Robertson (Arbroath).

76:49

Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:50

Foul by Lee Sibanda (Arbroath).

74:50

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

73:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Jordan Moore replaces Shaun Byrne.

73:14

David Banjo (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:14

Foul by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

70:01

Attempt missed. Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Lee Sibanda replaces Alan Cook.

67:42

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

67:42

Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:11

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:11

Foul by Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic).

66:39

Attempt missed. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

66:26

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

66:26

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

65:50

Attempt missed. Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

65:27

Attempt missed. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

64:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 3. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

60:15

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

59:51

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

59:51

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

59:13

Attempt missed. Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

58:02

Attempt missed. Michael Travis (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

57:43

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

56:17

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

55:15

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott Morrison.

54:53

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

54:19

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

50:56

Hand ball by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

47:06

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Kerr Young.

45:00

Second Half begins Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

45:00 +0:16

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:16

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

40:10

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Andrew Geggan.

39:56

Attempt missed. Alan Cook (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

37:57

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

36:20

Attempt saved. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 2. Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Wallace.

31:20

Attempt saved. Dayle Robertson (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:43

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

27:43

Foul by David Banjo (Arbroath).

25:32

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

25:32

Dayle Robertson (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:35

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

19:32

Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:32

Foul by Kieran McWalter (Arbroath).

17:39

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:39

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

17:00

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

16:02

Foul by Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic).

16:02

Dayle Robertson (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:25

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:25

Foul by Kieran McWalter (Arbroath).

15:00

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:57

Foul by Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic).

13:14

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

13:14

Foul by Dayle Robertson (Arbroath).

11:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

11:21

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by David Banjo.

10:40

Foul by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

10:40

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:07

Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:07

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

8:41

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

7:47

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

7:47

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:53

Foul by Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic).

6:53

Kieran McWalter (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:27

Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:27

Foul by Colin Hamilton (Arbroath).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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