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Alloa 1-4 Dunfermline: Kevin O'Hara nets hat-trick against former club

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland

Substitute Kevin O'Hara was the hat-trick hero for Dunfermline Athletic in a thumping Scottish Championship win away to Alloa Athletic.

Ryan Dow opened the scoring for Dunfermline before Kevin Cawley levelled just before the break.

However, a second-half treble from O'Hara put the result beyond doubt for unbeaten Dunfermline.

The result leaves the visitors joint top of the standings, with Alloa anchored on zero points.

It was scintillating showing from 22-year-old forward O'Hara, who opened his account just a minute after coming off the bench against his former club, chipping a well-worked goal over the head of Alloa keeper Reece Willison.

The striker made it two on the 77th minute, slotting the ball into the right of the goal from the left-hand side of the box, and he added a third in injury time from the spot.

Alloa manager Peter Grant: "They frustrated us. We had a lot of the ball and never took our chances. You look at the 4-1 and think its a bit of a doing, but to be fair the difference was Kevin [O'Hara] coming on and doing exceptionally well in that period."

Dunfermline head coach Stevie Crawford: "The pleasing thing for us is having faced Alloa last season we never managed to win a game against them. We made a slight change to the formation as well as bringing O'Hara on, and it brought us on to the front foot. He scored within a minute and in the end we won it at a very difficult venue and it showed the character of the team."

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Willison
  • 8Robertson
  • 2Taggart
  • 25Lynch
  • 3Dick
  • 22Grant
  • 23MurraySubstituted forBuchananat 74'minutes
  • 7Cawley
  • 10Trouten
  • 17ConnellySubstituted forScougallat 63'minutes
  • 19Thomson

Substitutes

  • 5Graham
  • 9Buchanan
  • 12Scougall
  • 14Brown
  • 18Malcolm
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 21Wilson

Dunfermline

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 2Comrie
  • 44WatsonSubstituted forMayoat 51'minutes
  • 5Murray
  • 3Edwards
  • 16Whittaker
  • 21Murray
  • 15WilsonSubstituted forTurnerat 70'minutes
  • 23Thomas
  • 10McManus
  • 11DowSubstituted forO'Haraat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O'Hara
  • 8Turner
  • 14McCann
  • 19Fenton
  • 20Gill
  • 22Mayo
  • 24McInroy
Referee:
Don Robertson

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

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    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Dunfermline Athletic 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Dunfermline Athletic 4.

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    Stefan Scougall (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic).

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    Attempt saved. Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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    Ray Grant (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic).

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    Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Dunfermline Athletic 4. Kevin O'Hara (Dunfermline Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

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    Penalty conceded by Edin Lynch (Alloa Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

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    Penalty Dunfermline Athletic. Kyle Turner draws a foul in the penalty area.

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    Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic) header from very close range is too high following a corner.

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    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Fraser Murray.

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    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Mayo.

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    Foul by Stefan Scougall (Alloa Athletic).

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    Euan Murray (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Kevin O'Hara (Dunfermline Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

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    Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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    Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).

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

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    Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).