Dunfermline 4 Partick 1

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Last updated : 05 October 2002

A late Stevie Crawford double sealed Dunfermline's win over ten man Partick Thistle and must surely have guaranteed the in form striker a major role in next week's Euro qualifier in Iceland.

Dunfermline's three second half strikes all came after Thistle lost David Lilley to a straight red card after his lunging tackle put Gary Dempsey out of the game.

In an otherwise dull first half Dunfermline took the lead with a superb free kick from skipper Scott Thomson.

Dempsey's run from midfield was halted on the edge of the box by a trip from Stephen Craigan, earning the defender a yellow card. Barry Nicholson touched the free kick to Thomson and he unleashed a right footed drive past a helpless Kenny Arthur.

Partick rarely threatened and their chances looked even worse when Lilley's moment of madness left them short handed. But the visitors were sparked into action by the dismissal and equalised in the 60th minute.

With no-one near him and under no pressure whatsoever, Sean Kilgannon inexplicably handled a pass from his skipper and Jamie Mitchell made no mistake from the resulting spot kick.

The home side were soon back in front when Nicholson met a Gus Macpherson cross from the right and glanced a header past Arthur from six yards.

Then came Crawford's double. With twelve minutes to go he ran at the Thistle defence, cut inside Scott Paterson and beat Arthur with a low right foot effort.

In the final minute he rounded off a superb individual performance as he timed his run to perfection to meet Jason Dair's cross and sweep home the Pars fourth.

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