By David Buick
Dunfermline battled to a 2-1 Championship victory over Alloa Athletic at East End Park thanks to a double from debutant Hearts loanee Craig Wighton.
The home side started well and took the lead on 14 minutes as Fraser Murray’s shot from the edge of the box was flicked on by Wighton for his first Pars goal. Dunfermline were forced into an early change as Aaron Comrie went off injured to be replaced by another debutant in Kyle MacDonald.
From that point on, Alloa started to grow into the game. The Wasps had begun to successfully thwart the Pars attack whilst also making advances themselves in the attacking third. The equaliser came just before the break as Kevin Cawley converted from close range following a stramash in the Pars box.
Peter Grant’s men almost went into the break in the lead as a Scott Taggart free kick was well saved by Owain Fon Williams. The second half picked up where the first had ended, with Alloa in the ascendency. The Wasps were looking increasingly dangerous with Innes Cameron and Alan Trouten amongst others causing the Pars problems.
It was the home side though who managed to retake the lead with perhaps their first attacking foray of the half. Murray was again the architect as his cross found the head of Wighton, the Hearts loanee converting at the near post for his second of the afternoon and what would turn out to be the winning goal.
Alloa fought right until the end and had a goal disallowed and some very strong claims for a penalty not given. The Pars did manage to hang on for a very important three points and a first win over the Wasps at East End Park in seven years. Here are three things we learned.
Stubborn Pars win ugly
This was by no means a fine performance by Stevie Crawford’s men. In fact, it would probably be fair to say that three points flattered the Fifers on a tough afternoon at East End Park.
Dunfermline started fast and found themselves in the lead inside 15 minutes and at that point many Pars fans would have been expecting a convincing performance with a few goals. However, things peaked early in terms of quality football for the Pars. For the most part the Pars defended resolutely with Paul Watson and Lewis Mayo in particular rising to the challenge at the back.
Alloa supporters really couldn’t have asked for much more from their side in this game. After a tough opening 20 minutes, the Wasps grew into the game and probably had the best of the rest of the match.
Pressing high up the park, getting plenty men forward and restricting the Pars to very few chances, Grant’s men looked on for at least a point. The second half especially saw a valiant Alloa performance, they created numerous good openings and perhaps will have felt hard done by as a disallowed goal and refuted penalty claim incensed Grant.
Wighton the hero
A goal on debut is the dream start for any striker starting out at a new club. However, to get two goals that send your side onto victory will have been extremely pleasing for Craig Wighton.
Currently on loan from Hearts before a permanent Pars switch in the summer, he put in an impressive performance with two clever goals. Dunfermline supporters will be hoping their new signing will kick on now and that this debut is a sign of things to come.
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