Two goals inside the opening 16 minutes had the Pars on easy street and Motherwell’s task was too steep from there. Maurice Ross’ side showed plenty of heart but Dunfermline were a level above on the day.
Scoring started 11 minutes in. A low Dunfermline corner fell to Matthew Todd, who’s shot rebounded into the path of Quinn Coulson, who made no mistake with the finish despite offside shouts from their opponents.
Five minutes later Dunfermline had doubled their advantage and again corners were a problem for the Well. Matthew Bowman’s corner was met by the head of Stuart Morrison and he buried his chance.
As the rain lashed down, the ball zipped across the artificial surface at pace. It led to a few niggly errors from both sides in possession.
Into the second half and Motherwell almost pulled one back. Jack Brown’s drive up the right-hand side was finished with a cross which was deflected onto the woodwork.
A scrappy second half brought no further goals despite the Well’s best efforts in terrible conditions as Dunfermline edged over the finishing line.