Terrors win five-goal thriller
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
On the day that Terrors boss Ian McCall and his coaching staff signed new deals with the Tayside outfit, the home side made their last SPL home match of the season count by taking the lead after eight minutes.
Charlie Miller bundled home the ball from a few yards out after The Pars failed to deal with Collin Samuel's cutback from the byline.
The home side doubled their lead on 23 minutes as Chris Innes nodded home from a few yards out after Barry Robson's corner eluded a host of players in the box before finding the Terrors' second goalscorer.
Seven minutes later, Dundee United made 3-0 after comedic Dunfermline defending allowed them in again.
Andy Tod's back pass to goalkeeper Derek Stillie was not convincing and under pressure from Jason Scotland (pictured), the Pars custodian's clearance hit Aaron Labonte in the heel.
The loose ball was then retrieved by Scotland on the byline and he easily slotted it into an open net for a seemingly comfortable three-goal lead.
But four minutes later, the Scottish Cup finalists pulled one back as Lee Bullen headed home Gary Dempsey's corner from 10 yards out to make it 3-1 at the break.
Pars boss Jimmy Calderwood must have fired his troops up for the second half, as Dunfermline took 26 seconds to score their second goal just after the interval.
Derek Young found space on the right and he picked out striker Stevie Crawford, who found space between two Dundee United defenders, to head his cross into the bottom corner for 3-2.
Despite getting right back into the match, Dunfermline were unable to pull level and The Terrors held on for the three points to close the gap on their opponents in the table, with one match left in the season.
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