Defeat for Lichties at East End Park

Omar Kader shoots early in the second half
Omar Kader shoots early in the second half

Arbroath suffered a defeat to Dunfermline last night (Tuesday), in their latest Betfred Cup match.

Manager Dick Campbell named the same starting line up that faced up to Dundee United on Friday.

Arbroath were on the back foot early on as Dunfermline looked for a goal but a strong disciplined back line catching the Pars forwards offside and the goalkeeping of Mutch again were keeping Arbroath in the game. As the match grew the Lichties started to grow into a game and attacked on the counter.

The Lichties weren’t get many decisions from the referee and they were looking for a penalty in the 29th minute when a Linn cross seemed to strike the arms of Ryan Williamson. The game looked to be heading without a goal as half time approached, but Arbroath’s nemesis Michael Moffat scored in the 44th minute.

Keeper Mutch came running out of his box to try and clear the ball after an initial poor kick, but Gavin Reilly won the race to the ball, and his cross from the right wing found Moffat waiting in the 6 yard box for an easy goal.

Arbroath came out in the second half looking determined in the second half and created their best chances with Omar Kader creating two chances as well as a header from Doris zipping past the post.

Mutch was again having a star performance in goal keeping his side in it. A penetrating run by Linn gave Arbroath their best chance when he cut back inside losing the defender then shooing but Hutton saved for a corner kick.

As fate would have it Dunfermline doubled their lead with their very next attack, when this time found Moffat who turned provider to set up Geggan to score from close range, however he looked to offside.

Dunfermline introduced new signing Kallum Higginbotham and within minute he sent a sublime pass to Williamson who ran to the byeline before setting up Moffat to tap in to kill the game.

Dick Campbell introduced Malin, Thomson and Callaghan for McCord, Phillips and Linn but the game was over by then.

In the closing moments referee David Munro deemed that a challenge by Ricky Little was worthy of a straight red despite the defender seemingly winning the ball.