A second half collapse saw 'Well fans slinking away from the ground embarrassed at the defensive frailty on show at Dunfermline this afternoon.
The day started with promise and hope as the new season started and we had around eight hundred travelling fans to urge on the team which included five of the summer imports.
But soon after the kick off it became clear that we were going to have nervous game. The back four of Corrigan, Ready, Strong and Hammell looked uneasy from the off and it came as no surprise when we went one down after eight minutes. Strong tried a cute header back to debut goalie Brown but the ball fell kindly to de Gier who gave the goalie no chance.
But then the game turned around. The Pars seemed to take their foot off the gas and we began to get up the park. We started to string passes together and just after twenty minutes we got a deserved penalty when Dow was brought down. Ned Kelly grabbed the ball and dispatched it with ease. We finished the half level and looked the more likely to have the better of the second. Jimmy Calderwood was glad of the half time whistle and he conceded that they were lucky to be level at that stage.
Alas it did not turn out like that. Despite having the kick off, we managed to concede a goal in twenty four seconds! A cross from the left from Dair found Ready slicing it clear and it fell to Nicholson who volleyed home.
We never recovered. There then followed a series of poor goals and within twenty five minutes of the half we were five one down. Derek Adams got a consolation later on.
The healthy away support found it hard to keep watching. Every attack by the Pars caused panic in the defence. We switched to three at the back when Tarrant replaced Hammell but to no avail.
There will be many long debates before the next game.