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Dunfermline Athletic 3-2 Queen of the South: Hosts edge thriller to go top

By Sandra BrownBBC Scotland at East End Park

Dunfermline Athletic maintained their 100% start to go top of the Scottish Championship and leave Queen of the South searching for a first point.

Euan Murray headed home his fifth goal in six games before Declan McManus doubled the lead from the spot in an East End Park thriller.

Joe McKee's 20-yard drive reduced the deficit after the break, only for Paul Watson's hooked finish to make it 3-1.

A Stephen Dobbie penalty set up a nervous finale but the hosts held firm.

Steve Crawford's men are the only Championship side to win all three of their opening games, while Queens are above bottom club Arbroath on goal difference.

Dunfermline Athletic head coach Stevie Crawford: "We continue to develop as a club. Last year, we would've drawn or maybe lost so credit to the boys for digging in."

Queen of the South manager Allan Johnston: "We can't give away the goals that we are giving away. That's 10 in three league games, it's terrible defending at set pieces especially and its really cost us."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 2ComrieSubstituted forWilsonat 39'minutes
  • 44Watson
  • 5Murray
  • 3Edwards
  • 16Whittaker
  • 23Thomas
  • 8Turner
  • 24McInroy
  • 10McManus
  • 7O'HaraSubstituted forMurrayat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14McCann
  • 15Wilson
  • 19Fenton
  • 20Gill
  • 21Murray
  • 22Mayo
  • 27Berry

Queen of Sth

Formation 3-5-2

  • 20Ferguson
  • 4BuchananSubstituted forNorteyat 63'minutes
  • 5Obileye
  • 3Maxwell
  • 7Fitzpatrick
  • 8Pybus
  • 15McGrorySubstituted forEastat 47'minutes
  • 6McKeeBooked at 32mins
  • 33GibsonBooked at 83mins
  • 11Dobbie
  • 10ShieldsSubstituted forRobinsonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Leighfield
  • 2Nortey
  • 9Goss
  • 14Robinson
  • 16East
  • 17Joseph
  • 22Camara Sylla
Referee:
Grant Irvine

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Queen of the South 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Queen of the South 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by William Gibson (Queen of the South).

  4. Post update

    Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe McKee (Queen of the South).

  6. Post update

    Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  11. Post update

    James Maxwell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Murray (Dunfermline Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joe McKee (Queen of the South).

  14. Post update

    Fraser Murray (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

    William Gibson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by William Gibson (Queen of the South).

  18. Post update

    Dom Thomas (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Aidan Fitzpatrick (Queen of the South) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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