SPL: HIBERNIAN 5 DUNFERMLINE 2: 13/09/97
The wishes of the Pars fans came true with the inclusion in the starting line up of Marc Millar for the first time this season. His debut started brilliantly after Andy Smith was upended by the Hibs keeper. With a penalty awarded Millar sought out the ball and kept a firm grip on it until he despatched the penalty for a 1-0 advantage.
Then it all went horribly wrong as Millar hit the woodwork when it should have been 2 and Chic Charnley made the best of a soft free kick, with Derek Fleming risking the wrath of the whistler Charnley was allowed a much heralded shot at goal that Westie watched fly to his right hand corner.
Hibs goal 2 was a fluke as a strong pass from the left eluded three Pars defenders to hit Lavety on the back of the head to find the net.
Goal 3 for Hibs came from a ludicrous pass back from Colin Miller. Miller struck a firm pass to Westie but it ricocheted off Andy Tod into the path of Steve Cameron who had an easy job to score. 3-1 at half time Petrie replaced Moore.
Dunfermline fought and tried hard at the start of the second half.
The previous 4-4-2 formartion switched to 4-4-3 with Hamish French operating up front with Petrie and Smith. But Hibs extended their lead with goals from McGinlay and Charnley (complete breakaway) before Stewart Petrie got a consolation. Petrie had missed two or three chances and Marc Millar hit the upright yet again. Luck was not with the Pars who had lost Dave Barnett injured at half time, and had experienced severe defensive problems after Barnett had to go off.
Dunfermline fought bravely but were let down by a very leaky defence.
DUNFERMLINE: Ian Westwater, Greg Shields, Colin Miller, Andy Tod, Dave Barnett (Ivo Den Bieman), Harry Curran, Allan Moore (Stewart Petrie), Marc Millar, Andy Smith, Hamish French, Derek Fleming (David Bingham)
Scorers: M Millar (pen), Petrie
Yellow Cards: Curran, Moore, Fleming
League Position 4th
Next match v Kilmarnock SUNDAY 21st October