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Monthly Digest - September 2000

Date: 6th September 2000 Opposition: Motherwell Score (H/T): 2-0 (1-0)
Competition: CIS League Cup Venue: East End Park Attendance: 3,428
Scorers: [1-0] Thomson (12), [2-0] Moss (65)
Cards (Yellow): McCulloch , McMillan (Motherwell)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skinner, Skerla, SM Thomson (Matthaei 82); Doesburg , Nicholson, Ferguson, Dair; Mendes (Bullen 60), Crawford, Moss. Subs not used: SY Thomson, Boyle, May.
Motherwell: Goram; Corrigan, Oueifio, McMillan, Hammell; Goodman, Davies (Brannan 65), Leitch, Townsley; Spencer, McCulloch (Elliott 52). Subs not used: Woods, Wood, Kemble
Referee: A Freeland
A superb performance by the Pars who took Motherwell apart with their slick passing game. Scott Thomson's opener was a superb solo effort. After slicing through the Motherwell defence, Scott unleashed a left foot shot high into the net past Goram. The second came after Ferguson passed to Dair, whose cross was met by David Moss's head. After such an excellent display, Pars fans had every right to be optimistic about their chances for the rest of the season.
Andrius Skerla becomes the first Pars player since Colin Miller to be capped for his country, when he plays for Lithuania against Romania.
 Youssef Rossi finally receives his work permit 
Date: 9th September 2000 Opposition: Heart of Midlothian Score (H/T): 0-2 (0-1)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Tynecastle Attendance: 11,811
Scorers: [0-1] Juanjo (6), [0-2] McSwegan (64)
Cards (Yellow): Skinner (DAFC)
Pars Team: Thomson; Doesburg (Matthaei 74), Skinner, Skerla, Dair (Mendes 66); Nicholson, Ferguson, Thomson; Bullen, Crawford, Moss (Boyle 74). Subs not used: Hay, Huggon.
Hearts: Niemi; Neilson, Pressley, Murray, Naysmith; Juanjo, Cameron, Jackson (Simpson 89), Fulton; Flogel, McSwegan (O'Neill 89) Subs not used: Rousset, James, Kirk.
Referee: B Orr
After the highs of the Motherwell game, it was back to reality as the Pars turned in a dreadful performance against Hearts. Scott Thomson made a rare appearance in goals, deputising for the injured Ruitenbeek. After losing a goal in just six minutes following a superb Juanjo strike, the Athletic never looked likely to get back into this game. Best forgotten!
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
5 Dundee 6 2 2 2 8 8 8
6 Dunfermline Ath 7 2 2 3 4 10 8
7 St Johnstone 6 1 4 1 8 8 7
Spanish defender, Julian Palacious, formerly of Reyo Vallecano, arrives at EEP on trial, but fails to win a contract.
With the country in the grip of a fuel crisis, SPL chiefs decide that the weekend fixtures can go ahead.
Date: 18th September '00 Opposition: Celtic Score (H/T): 1-2 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 9,493
Scorers: [1-0] Crawford (59 pen), [1-1]  Larsson (61 pen), [1-2] Larsson (85)
Cards (Yellow): Ferguson, Bullen (DAFC) Thomson, Valgaaren, Petrov, Sutton, Gould, Mahe (Celtic)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skinner, Skerla, Thomson; Nicholson, Matthaei (Boyle 88), Ferguson, Doesburg; Mendes (Dair 71), Bullen, Crawford.  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Reid, McGarty
Celtic: Gould; McNamara, Valgaaren, Boyd, Mahe (Moravcik 66); Petrov, Lambert, Thomson; Larrson, Sutton.   Subs not used: Kerr, Stubbs, Burchill, Riseth.
Referee: W Young
A superb performance by the Pars, in this SKY TV game. Playing as well, if not better than Celtic, for great periods of the game, the opening goal arose after Chris Sutton handled a corner. Stevie Crawford cooly converted after a delay as Celtic players protested. Two minutes later Celtic equalised in controversial circumstances. Paul Lambert made the most of an Ian Ferguson challenge outside the box, and referee Young awarded a penalty, which was clinically converted by Larsson. The winner from Larsson, who had been in Skerla's pocket for most of the game, followed a neat one-two with Thomson. A very creditable showing by the Athletic.  
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
7 St Johnstone 7 1 5 1 8 8 8
8 Dunfermline Ath 8 2 2 4 5 12 8
9 Aberdeen 7 1 4 2 5 7 7
Ian Ferguson accuses Paul Lambert of diving to unfairly win Celtic a penalty in Monday night's game.
Manager Calderwood values Andrius Skerla at 2 million following superb display against Celtic.
Chris McGroarty played in an Under 21 game against Celtic, his first game since a close season groin operation,.
Date: 23rd September '00 Opposition: Hibernian Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-1)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 8,275
Scorers: [0-1] Latapy (22 pen), [1-1]  Moss (48)
Cards (Yellow): Skerla, Doesburg (DAFC) Paatelainen, Lehmann, Murray (Hibernian)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Doesburg (Tod 80),Skinner, Skerla, Thomson; Nicholson, Ferguson (Nish74), Matthaei (Dair 27); Bullen, Crawford, Moss. Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Boyle.
Hibernian: Colgan; Smith, Sauzee, Fenwick, Laursen (Murray 60); Lovell, Jack, O'Neill; Latapy; Paatelainen (Zitelli 66), Lehmann  Subs not used: Westwater, Brebner, McManus
Referee: G Clyde
An exciting game in which Dunfermline gave as good as they got. Yet another controversial penalty was concended, this time when Bullen was adjudged to have pushed Paatelainen in the area. Skerla was unjustly booked for Bullen's misdemeanor! The Pars equaliser was a David Moss header, from a Nicholson cross.
It was announced that a friendly will be played against Feyenoord on 7th October. With reduced prices being charged, it is hoped that a crowd of 8,000 will turn up.
Date: 30th September '00 Opposition: St Mirren Score (H/T): 1-2 (0-2)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Love Street Attendance: 5,002
Scorers: [0-1] McGowan (22) [0-2] Yardley (32) [1-2] Dair (64)
Cards (Yellow): Ferguson, Skinner (DAFC) McGowan, Turner, Yardley (St Mirren)
Cards (Red): Ferguson (DAFC)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skinner, Skerla, Thomson; Doesburg, Nicholson, Ferguson, Moss; Mendes (Dair 59), Bullen (Nish 82), Crawford . Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Tod, McGroarty
St Mirren: Roy; McLaughlin, Turner, McGowan, Walker; Nicholson, Gillies, Murray; McGarry (Renfrum 72), Fenton (Quitongo 62), Yardley (Paeslack 85).  Subs not used: Scrimgour, McKenzie.
Referee: J Fleming
After good performances against Celtic and Hibernian, the Athletic let down a large travelling support with a poor display. Saints opener in 22 minutes was from a poorly defended corner. Gillies corner was met by McGowan, who produced an excellent save from Ruitenbeek. The ball rebounded, and McGowan reacted first to net. Ten minutes later and another preventable goal was conceded. This time Yardley found himself with acres of room in the box, and he shot home. The Pars pulled one back through a superb Jason Dair shot, but despite further efforts an equaliser never looked likely. Ferguson received his marching orders for a daft tackle on Quitongo.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
7 St Johnstone 9 2 5 2 9 11 11
8 Dunfermline Ath 10 2 3 5 7 15 9
9 St Mirren 10 2 1 7 6 14 7