Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Falkirk

Joe Cardle
Joe Cardle's goals were the difference as Dunfermline took all three points

Joe Cardle grabbed a double as Dunfermline got the better of nine-man Falkirk to continue their impressive start to the Championship campaign.

Goals from Declan McManus and Cardle had the hosts 2-0 up in 11 minutes.

Falkirk's Craig Sibbald was red carded for foul and abusive language and Lee Miller was also sent off for an elbow on Nat Wedderburn before Tom Taiwo scored for the Bairns.

Cardle grabbed his second in stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt.

The win leaves the Pars second top of the table while Falkirk are second bottom on one point.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Williamson
  • 5Morris
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 14Talbot
  • 7HigginbothamBooked at 27minsSubstituted forAirdat 73'minutes
  • 27Shiels
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11Cardle
  • 9McManusSubstituted forHopkirkat 66'minutes
  • 23SmithSubstituted forRyanat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 12Hopkirk
  • 13Splaine
  • 15Paton
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 20Gill

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Thomson
  • 4MuirheadSubstituted forGrantat 45'minutes
  • 44Watson
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 23Gallacher
  • 7Taiwo
  • 6McKee
  • 8KerrBooked at 27mins
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 52mins
  • 20O'HaraSubstituted forHarrisat 81'minutes
  • 9AustinSubstituted forMillerat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 5Grant
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Harris
  • 18Miller
  • 19Shepherd
  • 24Blues
  • 28Craigen
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
5,751

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Falkirk 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Falkirk 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Falkirk 1. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Ryan.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Tony Gallacher.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Luca Gasparotto.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 2, Falkirk 1. Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  10. Post update

    Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Alex Harris replaces Kevin O'Hara.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Paul Watson (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joe McKee (Falkirk).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fraser Aird replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Tony Gallacher.