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Monthly Digest - November 2000

Loan moves for Chris Templeman (Stirling Albion) and Colin Nish (Alloa Athletic). Nishy joins up with former Pars Hamish and Richard Huxford.  
Date: 4th November 2000 Opposition: St Johnstone Score (H/T): 2-0 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: McDiarmid Park Attendance: 4,287
Scorers: [1-0]  Dair (70), [2-0] Nicholson (76)
Cards (Yellow): Coyle (DAFC) Kane, Bollan (St Johnstone)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skerla, Thomson, Skinner; Dair, Nicholson, Ferguson, Moss, McGroarty; Crawford (Matthaei 90), Coyle (Hampshire 65).  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Mendes, May
St Johnstone: Main; Sylla, McCluskey, Kernaghan, Dods, Bollan; Dasovic, Evers (McBride 60), Kane; Parker (Hartley 70), Connolly.  Sub not used: Cuthbert, Lovenkrands, McCulloch
Referee: K Clark
After a dull first half the Pars sprung to life in the second, to win the game with two well taken goals. The first camr from a short Nicholson corner to Jason Dair, who, with the help of a deflection, drove his low shot into the net. The second was a superb chip by Barry Nicholson from 30 yards over Saints keeper Main.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
7 Dundee 14 4 4 6 16 15 16
8 Dunfermline Ath 14 4 4 6 11 17 16
9 Motherwell 14 4 3 7 16 20 15
A bizarre refereeing decision saw Youssef Rossi red carded after just 25 minutes of his comeback game against St Johnstone Under 21s. JC is now considering giving him an early than anticipated debut.
Date: 11th November 2000 Opposition: Motherwell Score (H/T): 1-2 (1-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 4,488
Scorers: [1-0]  Moss (11), [1-1] Townsley (85) [1-2] Brannan (90 pen)
Cards (Yellow): Skinner, Nicholson, Moss (DAFC) Leitch, Townsley, Strong (Motherwell)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek ; Nicholson, Skinner, Skerla, Thomson; Dair, Matthaei (Hampshire 76), Moss, McGroarty; Crawford , Coyle ( Mendes 66).  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), May, McGarty
Motherwell: Woods; Corrigan, McMillan, Strong, Hammell; Adams, Brannan, Leitch (Townsley 79); Elliott; McCulloch (Nicholas 86), Goodman.  Sub not used: Connolly, Ramsay, Queifio
Referee: J Underhill
Disaster! Leading one nil, thanks to a David Moss header, with just five minutes remaining the Pars threw three points away against Motherwell. The equaliser came about as a result of a mix up between Ruitenbeek and Nicholson. The ball broke to Townsley who scored. The winner in the 91st minute was yet another controversial penalty (the 8th of the season). Skerla tangled with Elliott at the edge of the box, and Mr Underhill awarded a spot kick. Brannan converted.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
8 St Johnstone 15 4 5 6 15 24 17
9 Dunfermline Ath 15 4 4 7 12 19 16
10 Aberdeen 14 2 6 6 12 20 12
Date: 18th November 2000 Opposition: Rangers Score (H/T): 0-0 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 11,431
Scorers: N/A
Cards (Yellow): Rossi (DAFC) Vidmar, Ferguson, Miller (Rangers)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek ; Skinner, Skerla, Rossi; Dair, Nicolson, Moss, McGroarty (Hampshire 72); Bullen (May 59), Crawford.  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Matthaei, Coyle.
Rangers: Klos; Wilson, Konterman , Amoruso; Vidmar, Ferguson, De Boer, Albertz, Numan; Mols (McCann 62).  Sub not used: Christiansen, Tugay, Dodds, Ross
Referee: D McDonald
Youssef Rossi made his long awaited debut for the Pars, in a game where the Pars more than matched Rangers for long spells. Indeed, had David Moss made more of the chance that came his way towards the end, then the Athletic would have been worthy winners. Marco Ruitenbeek was outstanding in a team performance that was superb. 
A 21 year old Argentinian striker is expected to arrive at EEP shortly for a trial. Rumours that Junior Mendes was training with Wolves were denied by Jimmy Calderwood.
Youssef Rossi declared himself delighted with his debut against Rangers, revealing that he had turned down the opportunity to play for his country against Kenya, and would play for the Pars instead. 
JC's appearance before the SFA Disciplinary Committee was postponed for another 2 months. 
Date: 25th November 2000 Opposition: Dundee United Score (H/T): 2-3 (0-2)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Tannadice Attendance: 6,012
Scorers: [0-1] O'Connor (6), [0-2] Easton (44), [1-2] Bullen (60), [2-2] Moss (64) [2-3] Miller (86 pen.)
Cards (Yellow): Rossi, Moss, McGroarty, Boyle, Thomson (DAFC) Easton, Miller (Dundee United)
Cards (Red): Rossi (2), Moss (DAFC) Easton (Dundee United)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek, Skinner, Skerla, Rossi; Dair (Boyle HT), Nicolson, Ferguson (Bullen 5), Moss, McGroarty, Bullen,  Crawford.  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), May, Matthaei.
Dundee United: Combe, Buchan, De Vos, Lauchlan, Aljofree; McConalogue (Hannah 67), Easton, Miller (McQuillan 90), Fullarton, O'Connor (Heaney); Naveda  Subs not used: Gallacher (GK), Thompson
Referee: J Fleming
United gained their first league win in fifty weeks against Dunfermline, with a result that owed more than a little to referee John Fleming. Finding themselves two goals down at half time, the Pars rallied well to draw level again early in the second half. The comeback was more remarkable given that captain Ian Ferguson had had to be replaced after just five minutes, and that Moroccan defender Youssef Rossi was sent off for a rash challenge just before half time. With just four minutes remaining a corner on the far side was handled by David Moss, who to add insult to injury, received his marching orders from referee Fleming. Miller made no mistake from the spot, and Dunfermline's misery was complete.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
8 Motherwell 17 5 4 8 22 26 19
9 Dunfermline Ath 17 4 5 8 14 22 17
10 Aberdeen 16 3 7 6 17 23 16
It was revealed that Youssef Rossi picked up two red cards for his sending off against Dundee United at Tannadice. Tayside police were also investigating a complaint that Rossi had gestured to United supporters as he left the pitch.
Further bad news was that Ian Ferguson could be out of action for several weeks as a result of the injury he picked up against United after just 5 minutes.
Date: 29th November 2000 Opposition: Heart of Midlothian Score (H/T): 1-0 (1-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 5,642
Scorers: [1-0] Dair (41)
Cards (Yellow): Dair (DAFC)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek, Skinner, Skerla, S. Thomson, Nicholson, Matthaei, May (McGarty 78), McGroarty (Boyle 55), Bullen, Crawford, Dair. Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Coyle, Graham.
Hearts: Niemi, Murray, Pressley, Locke, Petric, Severin (Tomaschek 61), Cameron (Neilson 88), Fulton, Juanjo, Kirk (McSwegan 61), Durie. Subs not used: McKenzie, James.
Referee: W Young
A bizarre goal by Jason Dair just before half time kept the three points at East End Park on a filthy night. Dair's half hearted shot from just outside the box, looked harmless enough, but Steven Pressley left the ball for Niemi, only to watch in horror as the ball drifted into the net. Hearts were rarely in the game, and the Pars emerged as worthy winners.