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Monthly Digest - February 2002

New signing Seyni N'Diaye goes straight into the pool for the game against Hearts. Returning for the first time since his red card against Rangers in November, is Youssef Rossi
           
Date: 2nd February 2002 Opposition: Heart of Midlothian Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-0)
Competition: Scottish Cup Venue: East End Park Attendance: 5,527
Scorers: [1-0] Thomson (54), [1-1] Adam (90)
Cards: Gronlund, Mahe, Webster, Fuller, Boyack (Hearts)
Pars Team: SY Thomson; Skerla, Thomson, Rossi; MacPherson, Panopoulos (Mason 67), Nicholson, Ferguson (Hampshire 84), McGroarty; Crawford, N'Diaye (Bullen 64). Subs not used: Harrower, Kilgannon
Hearts: Niemi; Maybery, Pressley, Webster, Mahe; Gronlund (Boyack 80), Simmons, Severin, Fulton (Kirk 69); Wales (Adam 80), Fuller. Subs not used: McKenzie, McCann.
Referee: K Clark
The Pars were well and truly robbed of a win when referee Clark added four minutes of additional time at the end of the second half, despite there having been no stoppages of any note. With the diving antics of Hearts Ricardo Fuller the only real talking point during the a scoreless first half, the Athletic took the lead early in the second half through a superb Scott Thomson free-kick. It looked as if the Pars would hold out to take full points, but then came Mr Clark's time added on. In the 93rd minute, a Boyack corner was headed on by Webster, to Stephan Adam who scored from close range.  
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
6 Hearts 27 10 5 12 35 34 35
7 Dunfermline Ath 26 9 5 12 31 43 32
8 Dundee United 27 8 7 12 28 46 31
At a very wet East End Park, Dunfermline Under21s beat St Mirren 3-0 thanks to goals from Dair, Nicholls and Hampshire. 
Lee Bullen signs a new two year contract, whilst keeper Marco Ruitenbeek and captain Ian Ferguson sign on for a further year.
Chairman John Yorkston bemoans the poor attendances at East End Park this season. 
JC denies reports that French youngster Jean Felix Dorothee has been signed on loan from Rennes for next season.
           
Date: 9th February 2002 Opposition: Celtic Score (H/T): 0-5 (0-4)
Competition: Sc Premier League  Venue: Parkhead Attendance: 58,590
Scorers: [0-1] Larsson (13), [0-2] Larsson (32), [0-3] Hartson (37), [0-4] Larsson (43), [0-5] Agathe (73)
Cards: Rossi (DAFC)
Pars Team: SY Thomson; Skerla, SM Thomson, Rossi (Bullen HT); MacPherson (McGroarty 78), Nicholson, Mason, Panopoulos, Dair; Crawford, N'Diaye (Nish 61). Subs not used: Harrower, Nicholls.
Celtic: Douglas; Balde, Sutton, Mjalllby (Crainey 74); Agathe, Lennon (Smith 61), Lambert, Moravcik (Maloney 74), Thompson; Larsson, Hartson. Subs not used: Gould, Petrov.
Referee: J Rowbotham
A complete and utter embarrassment as Dunfermline are torn to pieces by Celtic in the first half. The omens weren't good early on as the home side were awarded a penalty in just 4 minutes. Larsson took the spot kick and Scott Y Thomson made a good double save. That was only a temporary let-off, as Celtic inevitably took the lead in just 13 minutes. A Thompson cross was headed down by Agathe to Larsson who scored from close-in. It took almost 20 minutes for Celtic to score their second, when Larsson tapped in a Hartson cross which looked to be heading for the net. Team mates Thomson and Rossi were then involved in an altercation, just before Celtic scored their third when Hartson pounced on a free-kick which had been charged down by Barry Nicholson. Rossi then almost came to blows with Hartson, and was booked for his troubles. Number four came just before the break when Hartson came through to complete his hat-trick. The second half was a much quieter affair, with just one goal conceded. Thompson burst through the defence, and with the keeper drawn out of his goal, he back-heeled the ball to Agathe, who sent in a thundering shot to the roof of the net.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
6 Hearts 27 10 5 12 35 34 35
7 Dunfermline Ath 27 9 5 13 31 48 32
8 Dundee United 28 8 8 12 29 47 32
Rossi's disinterested performance comes in for heavy criticism following the Celtic game. The defender managed to have spats with John Hartson and his own captain, Scott Thomson. Few other players emerge from the game with any kind of credit.
Not surprisingly Rossi is dropped for the game at Dundee, whilst Mike Panopoulos moves to the bench. Ferguson and McGroarty are the replacements. 
           
Date: 13th February 2002 Opposition: Dundee Score (H/T): 2-2 (0-2)
Competition: Sc Premier League  Venue: Dens Park Attendance: 6,043
Scorers: [0-1] Rae (3), [0-2] Caballero (6), [1-2] SM Thomson (48 pen), [2-2] Nicholson (90) 
Yellow Card: N'Diaye (DAFC), Speroni (Dundee)
Red Card: Crawford (DAFC)
Pars Team: SY Thomson; Skerla, Nicholls, SM Thomson, McGroarty; MacPherson (Bullen 60), Nicholson, Ferguson (Panopolous 78), Mason; Crawford, N'Diaye (Dair 66). Subs not used: Harrower, Nish.
Dundee: Speroni; Smith, Fan, Del Rio; Torres; Artero, Rae, Ketsbaia, Beghetto; Milne (Robertson 85), Caballero. Subs not used: Langfield, MacKay, Garrido, Kemas
Referee: W Young
Six minutes gone and two goals down, the Pars looked to be in all sorts of trouble. Although Dundee had the opportunity to add to their lead in the first twenty minutes, DA then gradually came into the game. Three minutes into the second half, and Chris McGroarty was upended in the Dundee box, and referee Willie Young awarded the penalty that brought the Pars back into the game. In 73 minutes there was a moment of controversy when Stevie Crawford, in attempting to remove the ball (which had gone out for a corner) from goalkeeper Speroni's hands was adjudged to have aimed a punch at the Argentinian. The keeper made a meal of the incident, and fell to the ground. Referee Young despatched Crawford to the stand. One minute into time added on, and a Dair cross was headed home by Barry Nicholson from 8 yards to give the Pars a share of the points. 
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
6 Hearts 27 10 5 12 35 34 35
7 Dunfermline Ath 28 9 6 13 33 50 33
8 Dundee United 28 8 8 12 29 47 32
Following Stevie Crawford red card against Dundee, Dunfermline officially appealed to the SFA to try and get the card overturned. Despite TV evidence suggesting that Crawford was trying to removed the ball from Speroni's grasp, the SFA refused to overturn Willie Young's decision. Crawford will miss the Hibernian and Livingston league matches. 
French defender Jean-Felix Dorothee has decided against joining Dunfermline on loan next season. 
           
Date: 16th February 2002 Opposition: Hibernian Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League  Venue: Easter Road Attendance: 9,788
Scorers: [1-0] Hampshire (59), [1-1] Townsley (78)
Yellow Card: Ferguson, Nicholls (DAFC)
Pars Team: SY Thomson; Skerla, Nicholls, SM Thomson; Dair, Nicholson, Ferguson ((Skinner 69), Mason, McGroarty; Hampshire (N'Diaye 63), Bullen (Panopolous 84). Subs not used: Harrower, Nish.
Hibernian: Colgan; Martin, Smith, Caldwell; De La Cruz (Townsley 55), Orman, Wiss, Arpinon, Murray; Brewster (Hurtado 84), O'Connor (Riordan 63). Subs not used: Caig, Fenwick.
Referee: D McDonald
The Pars would never have a better opportunity than this to end their 41 year league hoodoo at Easter Road. After a scrappy first half, the Pars deservedly took the lead in 59 minutes, when Steven Hampshire headed in a Barry Nicholson corner from close range. At this stage it looked odds on that the Pars would be taking full points from Easter Road for the first time since 1961. However, with just twelve minutes remaining, despite looking suspiciously offside, Derek Townsley found himself in acres of space to head over the advancing SY Thomson and into the net.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
6 Hearts 29 10 6 13 38 39 36
7 Dunfermline Ath 29 9 7 13 34 51 34
8 Dundee United 29 8 8 13 29 51 32
Andrius Skerla has agreed a new three year contract, which will keep him at EEP until 2006. Meanwhile, chairman John Yorkston has denied reports that Liverpool are interested in signing Barry Nicholson.
The Pars Under 21 team (including Youssef Rossi, Justin Skinner and Stuart Petrie), was comprehensively beaten by Celtic at a very cold  Bayview.
It was reported that Dunfermline have first call on an out of favour Premiership keeper, in the event that Marco Ruitebeek's thigh injury does not clear up. Chairman John Yorkston denied newspaper reports linking Andy Goram with a move to EEP. However, it would appear that Marco is  likely to be fit in tine for the Livingston game.
The chairman also admitted that DA were fast losing patience with Youssef Rossi's antics.
Airdrie are reported to be interested in signing youngster Kier Nicol. Raith Rovers have extended Marc McGarty's loan period by a further month.
With no interest in the cup, manager Calderwood, and his assistant Jimmy Nicholl took the opportunity to mount scouting missions to Holland, Belgium and England. On his return from the continent, JC bemoaned the quality of the players he watched, and has decided to turn his attention down south instead.
The reason given for John Felix Dorothee's non arrival next season, was that his wage demands were excessive.
Dutch defender Andre Kanebeek, currently with Twente Enschede, is reported to be heading to EEP for a week long trial. First he has a trial at Dutch club FC Gronnigen.
In a bid to increase attendance at the last three home games before the split, admission prices at East End Park have been reduced to 10 and 5.

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