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Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Queen of the South: Pars face play-off to stay in Championship

Queen of the South scorer Darragh O'Connor
Darragh O'Connor's winner means Queens finish two points behind Dunfermline at the bottom

Dunfermline Athletic will need to come through the play-offs to stay in the Scottish Championship after losing at home to relegated Queen of the South.

John Hughes' side had to better Ayr United's result against Partick Thistle and Josh Edwards' early driven goal gave them hope of survival.

But Ayr quickly established a 2-0 lead before adding a second-half third.

Joe Chalmers, meanwhile, headed into his own net just after the break and Darragh O'Connor fired Queens' winner.

After a lacklustre second-half collapse, Dunfermline will now visit Queen's Park, who finished fourth in League 1, in Wednesday's first leg of their play-off semi-final having relinquished their five-game unbeaten run - and three straight victories - at East End Park.

Dunfermline Athletic manager John Hughes: "I felt in the first half and throughout the game we had enough chances to score three or four goals, but we are where we are because we're not ruthless enough and some of the goals we lose are down to desire.

"In the second half, I don't know what happened, we came out really flat. I gave it everything I've got to get them up, but we got what we deserved. We have four games to get it right."

Queen of the South player/caretaker manager Willie Gibson: "It has been a difficult week in training because our fate was sealed last week and it's hard to get the boys going when there's nothing to play for.

"But I asked them to go out and finish the season on a highest possible way. However, Dunfermline thoroughly deserved their lead and I had to challenge the boys again and second half I thought we were magnificent."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 41Stolarczyk
  • 26Todd
  • 25Ambrose
  • 5DonaldsonSubstituted forMcCannat 77'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 3Edwards
  • 16PybusSubstituted forDorransat 66'minutes
  • 8Chalmers
  • 21Lawless
  • 39Polworth
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forKamwaat 84'minutes
  • 7O'Hara

Substitutes

  • 2Comrie
  • 10Todorov
  • 11Dow
  • 12Breen
  • 14McCann
  • 17Dorrans
  • 27Kamwa
  • 28Cole
  • 29Mehmet

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1RaeBooked at 76mins
  • 33Gibson
  • 2O'Connor
  • 16EastSubstituted forNditiat 22'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 3Cooper
  • 7Paton
  • 6CochraneSubstituted forJosephat 59'minutes
  • 15McGrory
  • 8Todd
  • 10Connelly
  • 19CameronSubstituted forSoares Juniorat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Joseph
  • 18McKechnie
  • 20Nditi
  • 23Gordon
  • 24Folarin
  • 29Henderson
  • 30Cowie
  • 49Soares Junior
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
5,406

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Queen of the South 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Queen of the South 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Ruben Soares Junior replaces Innes Cameron because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Todd (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  5. Post update

    Josh Edwards (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by William Gibson (Queen of the South).

  7. Post update

    Bobby Kamwa (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by William Gibson (Queen of the South).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niyah Joseph (Queen of the South) left footed shot from very close range is too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niyah Joseph (Queen of the South) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niyah Joseph (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bobby Kamwa (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niyah Joseph (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Graham Dorrans (Dunfermline Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Darragh O'Connor (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Bobby Kamwa replaces Dom Thomas.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by William Gibson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Chalmers (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Innes Cameron (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Josh Edwards.

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