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SFL Division One Preview – 29th September 2012

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Game of the Day

Hamilton Academical v Dunfermline Athletic

There may be a few eyebrows raised at this but both clubs ran their SPL opponents close midweek and BOTH lost to 90 minute goals in games that had sides separated by that 1 goal. Hamilton showed their spirit last weekend being 3-1 down with 2 minutes on the clock. Ali Crawford had got that one goal before James Keating’s got the other 2 to break Dumbarton hearts. Dunfermline meanwhile put 4 past Livingston with 2 from Andy Barrowman, Jordan McMillan and Ryan Thomson getting the points.

Hamilton Academical

Reported Out

Jon McShane; Kieran Miller

Reported Available

Jonathon Page (On loan from Motherwell); Stevie May

Dunfermline Athletic

Reported Out

Chris Kane

Reported Doubtful

Andy Geggan; Josh Falkingham

Prediction

Hamilton have struggled to find form and Billy Reid is calling for patience; Jim Jeffries has a side that has finally found their feet in this division and tucking away decent results. For me it should be a cracker and could be a barrow load for the visitors or close fought contest. I am taking an away win but anything could happen at New Douglas Park this afternoon.

Airdrie United v Greenock Morton

Airdrie managed to hold Falkirk to 1-1 at Falkirk whilst Morton sneaked a 1-0 victory at home to Raith Rovers. Alan Cook got Airdrie’s goal in a decent performance for a team that got into the division for the 3rd time through the back door. Morton had a 30 yarder from Stephen Stirling to capture all 3 points.

Airdrie United

Reported Doubtful

Scott Sally; Jack Boyle

Reported Available

Marc Warren; Lee Brown

Greenock Morton

Reported Out

Martin Hardie; Kevin Rutkiewitcz; Peter MacDonald

Reported Doubtful

Mark McLaughlin

Reported Available

David O’Brien; Liam Gormley (Playing as a trialist)

Prediction

I saw Morton last week and they are staring to click. Airdrie have proven they are more than capable at this level but I think they shall start to find it increasingly difficult in the league. I think Morton should string a 4th league win in a row here…

Cowdenbeath v Falkirk

The Blue Brazil fought hard but lost against league leaders Thistle with Jamie Stevenson getting their 1 goal. Stewart Murdoch put Falkirk ahead versus Airdrie United but on 3 occasions this season they have taken the lead and lost the momentum.

Cowdenbeath

Reported Out

Liam Cusack; Pablo Navas

Reported Doubtful

Joe Mbu

Reported Available

Greig Stewart; Lewis Coult

Falkirk

Reported Out

Craig Sibbald; Jay Fulton

Reported Available

Darren Dods

Prediction

Last season Falkirk would turn up occasionally and play wonderful football. The other times were pretty dire. They seem to now have turned that into happening within 90 minutes. It makes them a nightmare to predict. I will go for a Falkirk win but Cowdenbeath showed last week they are no push overs so it could be a fascinating 90 minutes.

Livingston v Dumbarton

Livvi got turned over 4-0 by Dunfermline though complimented on their play it was never one they were at the races. The performance continued midweek at Tynecastle as they ran Hearts hard though the 3-1 score line suggest different. Mark McNulty got their goal. The Sons had their hearts broken as they were within sniffing distance of their first 3 points only for it to be cruelly snatched from them. A Lee Kilday own goal followed by goals from James Lister and Bryan Prunty had them 3-1 up.

Livingston

Reported Out

Liam Fox; Jason Talbot; Kyle Jacobs

Dumbarton

Reported Out

Kevin Nicol; Pat Walker

Reported Available

Chris Turner

Prediction

I would like to say that the footballing side here – Livingston – look the most likely but the tenacious spirit at Dumbarton might pull off a shock with an away win… I kind of doubt it but wouldn’t be surprised…

Raith Rovers v Partick Thistle

Raith lost narrowly last week to Morton and then in the Scottish Communities League Cup they lost 4-1 away to Glasgow Celtic. Allan Walker had equalised for Rovers and then they watched Gary Hooper take 4 goals in 1 game. Thistle were fortunate last weekend to keep their 100% record as they needed a penalty in the first half despatched by Aaron Muirhead and a 2nd half own goal from Scott Linton to secure the 3 points.

Raith Rovers

Reported Out

Pat Clarke

Reported Doubtful

Eddie Malone

Partick Thistle

Reported Out

Ryan Scully; Sean Welsh; Steven Craig

Reported Available

David Rowson

Prediction

Champions win ugly, have all the luck and win when they play badly. Did Thistle use all their luck last weekend? I think not and believe they will make it 7 out of 7 league victories this weekend.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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