There was no sign of the impending drama as the game settled into gear in the opening quarter of an hour. Ojamaa got his deserved starting place ahead of Daley and we took the game to the visitors and he justified McCall's decision right from the off. Indeed, only a mistaken offside decision prevented him from opening the scoring - it was the first of many decisions that referee Alan Muir would find embarrassing when he watched the rerun.
The pivotal moment came after 17 minutes. Craigan and Barrowman clashed with the ball some distance away. Craigan was complaining about a blow to his face and squared up to his opponent. The referee took the view that our man's action amounted to violent conduct and pulled the red card. Clancy came off the bench at the cost of Murphy and we faced the daunting task of a long haul a man short.
The visitors came close following the free kick and we struggled for a few minutes as the new defensive line settled. The storm was weathered and within ten minutes we were ahead. Ojamaa had been causing the Dunfermline defence all sorts of problems and his pace, quick feet and never-say-die attitude kept them on the back foot. He collected the ball deep in midfield and after brushing off the attentions of a couple of black and white shirts he let loose from twenty five yards. Turner might have done better but the ball found the net and the ten men had something to hold.
We had to endure a frantic defensive spell before the break when we were under threat from three corners and a free kick in quick succession. We survived a couple of penalty claims too but ade the safety of the dressing room without loss.
Ojamaa was provider for the second goal. Under pressure in the 'D' he laid off a well weighted pass for Law who lashed it into the net from the angle of the box.
Kirk got one back for the pars with a fine whipped strike from close range. At this stage the visitors had a man on both wings and the tactic seemed to cause us problems. Bizarrely , they gave up this ploy and we more than matched them. As often happens it was not apparent that we had only ten men.
We sealed it with ten minutes remaining when McHugh gave Humphrey a half chance. His low shot beat everyone and found the corner of the net.
Everyone in claret and amber had played their part in a fine win against the odds. Ojamaa was outstanding and if he can produce similar displays with any consistency then we had better get him on a long term contract soon!