Scottish Championship
DunfermlineDunfermline5DumbartonDumbarton1
By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at East End Park
Dumbarton midfielder Stuart Carswell
Stuart Carswell walked off, to be replaced with Sam Stanton

Dumbarton's Stuart Carswell had to receive treatment after an exchange with team-mate Mark Docherty as Nicky Clark scored four for Dunfermline.

Paul McMullan scored the other as the Pars ended a run of five games without a win to move three points clear of the visitors in the Championship.

The Sons' reply by Daniel Hardie came with only four minutes to go.

Confusion reigned after Dunfermline's second goal as Carswell left the pitch to be treated for a bleeding nose.

Sam Stanton hastily came on as a replacement for the Sons, who had gone into the game unbeaten in their last four games.

Michael Moffat set up the opener for the Pars after only seven minutes with a teasing cross that found Clark unmarked to nod home.

Dunfermline striker Nicky Clark
Nicky Clark's four goals took his total to 13 for the season

Clark set up McMullan for number two and the winger curled a wonderful right-foot shot into the top corner.

Then came the bizarre incident between Carswell and Docherty.

Clark continued to cause problems for the Sons defence and duly scored goals three and four with headers inside the six-yard box.

The striker's fourth came when he was allowed to turn and fire a shot in from the edge of the penalty box.

Dumbarton's small band of supporters had something to cheer when Harvie fired in from 12 yards.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6Geggan
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 21HerronSubstituted forMcCabeat 59'minutes
  • 8WedderburnSubstituted forSpenceat 74'minutes
  • 18McMullan
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forReillyat 76'minutes
  • 37Clark

Substitutes

  • 5Fordyce
  • 7Paton
  • 11Cardle
  • 15Spence
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 43Hutton

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 17Smith
  • 14Barr
  • 5BuchananBooked at 53mins
  • 12Harvie
  • 22Stirling
  • 6CarswellSubstituted forStantonat 30'minutes
  • 3DochertySubstituted forLangat 74'minutes
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 31mins
  • 23Vaughan
  • 72NadeSubstituted forFlemingat 76'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 2McCrorie
  • 4Lang
  • 7Gallagher
  • 9Fleming
  • 11Stanton
  • 18Prior
  • 19Ewings
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,320

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 1. Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garry Fleming.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 5, Dumbarton 0. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Geggan.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Reilly (Dunfermline Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Darren Barr (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Booking

    Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 4, Dumbarton 0. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Spence.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gavin Reilly replaces Michael Moffat.