Pars Sink The Doonhamers

Last updated : 13 December 2010 By Queens MAD
The hard work put in to make East End Park playable on Saturday was certainly worth it for Dunfermline as a Pars side that finished with only ten men saw off Queen of the South 1-0 to move to the top.

The Fife side had seen hundreds of tons of snow moved from their pitch by volunteers on Thursday and Friday and their efforts were rewarded with all three points.

Cardle touched home a Graham cross with only a few minutes remaining when Dunfermline by this time were down to ten men, as their former Doonhamer winger, Willie Gibson, was dismissed for getting overly involved with Stephen McKenna as the Palmerston midfielder lay grounded.

Queens had their chances through Holmes and McMenamin but were made to pay by the Fifers late rally.

Cardle was brought on with five minutes left and he quickly made an impact to leave manager Jim McIntyre beaming: "The result makes all the effort involved in getting the game on worthwhile. It was great to reward everyone who worked so hard in clearing the pitch, including our groundstaff and some of our directors who were working until quarter to eleven on Friday night."

McIntyre, who was sent to the stand by referee Stevie O'Reilly during the game, added: "Neither side had played for four weeks so it took a while for things to settle down."

Opposite number Kenny Brannigan said: "The sending off changed things as we took our foot off the gas and that was disappointing.

Ater this reverse Queens have the chance to bounce back on Tuesday evening and with several home fixtures looming the Doonhamers can consoildate their league position.

Queens Man of the Match - Once again Craig Reid was rock solid at the back.