Dunfermline 0-5 Motherwell. Utterly astonishing. Yes, we were enjoying a good season but this was ridiculous. A Nicky Cusack screamer from twenty yards set us on our way early and we never looked back. The game was done and dusted by half time as a rampant Motherwell side destroyed the hosts. A Johnny Gahagan peach capped the scoring at five although Ally Maxwell deserved credit for keeping an excellent clean sheet as well.
'Well fans with fingers crossed
Dunfermline 2-5 Motherwell. What better way to prepare for a cup final than sticking five past somebody? ‘Well fans relaxed in the East End Park sunshine whilst the players showed that they were not suffering from any nerves before May 18, 1991. Iain Ferguson scored a hat-trick whilst a young Scott Leitch found the net for the Pars.
Dunfermline 1-2 Motherwell. A dire match was drifting off to a 1-0 home win when super sub Derek Townsley entered the fray. Never a truly popular player amongst the support, he was the toast of the pubs that night. A curling left footed equalizer from twenty yards (albeit into an empty net whilst he was falling over!) looked be giving us an unlikely point moments from time. When a Par committed a tug in the box, Ged Brannan slotted home the penalty to send the ‘Well fans into ecstasy at the other end of the park. We survived a late free kick scare but the points were ours.
As you may have noticed, none of these matches are particularly recent. Our last few (okay, several) visits have resulted in a 5-1 thrashing, a couple of 3-0’s, at least one sending off and two cup exits. Oh, and East End Park was the scene of the infamous Eric Black and Terry Butcher versus David Kelly bout which resulted in the veteran striker leaving the club. Despite our wonderful away form last year – points at Dens, Pittodrie, Easter Road, Tynecastle and Tannadice – we slumped to two defeats on the plastic while barely registering a shot in anger. Time for change? Here’s hoping!