As Dean Shiels saluted the house crowd prior to embracing supervisor Allan Johnston, it was once transparent who this Dunfermline triumph was once devoted to.
The midfielder has needed to undergo so much since being subjected to on-field abuse about his lacking eye all through a derby between those aspects in October. He was once the objective of booing and vile chanting from the Falkirk enthusiasts about his sight, with the visiting supporters additionally throwing rubber eye balls onto the pitch all through the second-half.
On the other hand, victory, secured courtesy of targets in each and every 1/2 from Nicky Clark and Declan McManus, was once the very best riposte and the house enthusiasts raucously acclaimed the previous Rangers and Hibs participant on the full-time whistle.
“I’m completely thrilled,” mentioned supervisor Allan Johnston. “That’s find out how to get started the brand new 12 months, towards your opponents, getting a win and putting in place a in point of fact just right efficiency as neatly. I don’t assume anyone may say we didn’t deserve that.
“It was once nice to get a win right here and a in point of fact just right efficiency for the enthusiasts, as a result of we had been on a deficient run prior to the Brechin sport and it’s just right to provide them one thing to shout about and in an effort to cross into paintings with the bragging rights.”
It’s understood each squads had been addressed through police prior to the sport to attraction for on-field calm and a few would were questioning what they’d stepped into. Dunfermline had former Queen of the South and Rangers goalkeeper Lee Robinson making his debut after being signed on account of an harm to Sean Murdoch, while Falkirk fielded 3 new recruits, within the form of former Partick Thistle skipper Sean Welsh, on-loan Sunderland teen Andrew Nelson and previous Sunderland defender Tommy Robson.
Given the latest unsavoury episode on this contention, it was once a reduction the first-half handed off with none primary incident. Fortunately, the instant that lit up an soaking up stumble upon was once Clark’s function.
The striker, dressed in the captain’s armband for the day within the absence of the suspended Callum Morris, had stabbed a shot marginally previous after simply 35 seconds to spark a dominant opening duration for the Pars. Jean-Yves M’voto had a header tipped around the put up through Falkirk keeper Robbie Mutch within the 3rd minute, prior to McManus then did not get the easier of the visiting goalie from the attitude of the field.
On the other hand, with 15 mins at the clock, Mutch will really feel he must have finished higher for the opener. The Falkirk defence sponsored off as McManus drove at them and when he fed Clark at the proper the striker arrowed his shot via Mutch’s tried block and in off the some distance put up.
Clark two times went shut prior to Falkirk loved a flurry of job round the house function because the 1/2 got here to a detailed. Aaron Muirhead’s pressure from distance was once crushed away excellently through Robinson, who then were given his fingertips to Louis Longridge’s effort after the on-loan Hamilton Accies attacker was once performed in through a gorgeous via ball from Jordan McGhee.
Inside of 5 mins of the restart, Dunfermline successfully secured the win. Joe Cardle flicked a move into the center of the field and McManus reacted rapidly to stab in from shut vary.
Thereafter, Cardle struck the put up with a deflected pressure and Falkirk change Rory Loy had a penalty attraction waved apart prior to team-mate Reghan Tumilty hit the upright in injury-time because the Pars noticed out a victory to savour.
“I believed the blokes that got here into the group did neatly,” mentioned Falkirk supervisor Paul Hartley. “Total, we’re dissatisfied however we’ve were given to regroup and cross once more.”