Dunfermline booked their spot in the Scottish Championship’s promotion play-off spots as Celtic loanee Ewan Henderson and Craig Wighton inspired them to a 4-3 win over Arbroath.
Henderson bagged his second and third assist since arriving from Celtic to set Wighton up for a double. Arbroath rallied from 2-0 down to 2-2 but Dunfermline did enough to secure their place in the play-offs and provide a chance of Premiership football next season.
The Fifers started brilliantly and were two goals to the good early on thanks to a penalty from Declan McManus and a brilliant goal from Kevin O’Hara. However, Arbroath fought back and were quick to level through goals from Jack Hamilton and Nicky Low from the penalty spot, sending Dick Campbell’s men in level at the break.
The second half continued where the first left off, chances, good goals and a real sense of drama. Celtic talent Henderson and Wighton combined twice to put the Pars ahead by two goals again. The on -loan Celtic man the architect for two fine finishes by Wighton.
Arbroath rallied yet again though, substitute Scott Stewart getting their third and the Gayfield Park side hammered the Dunfermline box in the final moments with big saves and clearances needed to help seal the three points for the Pars. A superb game of football, and a wonderful advert for the Championship, Here are three things we learned.
Is that Craig Wighton or prime Zidane. It’s hard to tell the difference. pic.twitter.com/njXrGE3pFm
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The victory against Arbroath made it back-to-back wins and five games unbeaten for Dunfermline who have hit form just at the right time to secure a play-off spot. It looked as though it was going to be quite a simple afternoon for the Pars with two goals to the good early on. But Arbroath made Dunfermline work for the win.
Plenty of fight left in Arbroath
Dunfermline have sealed their fate off the back of this fixture, however, for Arbroath there is still plenty to play for heading into the final round of fixtures. Campbell’s men are aiming to avoid finishing in the relegation play-off spot and they host Morton on the final day, who could also still finish in ninth place. It’s set up to be a dramatic match.
Henderson and Wighton show
Wighton has made a solid start to his Dunfermline career since joining from Hearts in January. His scoring exploits have already been evident to Dunfermline fans and once again, when it mattered most, Wighton was on hand with a brace to fire the Pars into the playoffs.
Wighton was the beneficiary of two brilliant assists from Henderson, who has impressed since arriving from Celtic. The first saw Wighton finish low under after a great through ball but the second goal was the special one. Wighton played a lovely back-heel flick to Henderson who then returned for him to perfectly place the ball in the net.
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