Kilmarnock 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Last updated : 17 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Kilmarnock and Dunfermline played out a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.

The Pars were first to threaten in the fourth minute as Stevie Crawford was allowed time to pick his spot from 25 yards, but the Scotland striker sent his shot narrowly wide of the far post.

Rhian Dodds almost marked home league debut with a goal in the 11th minute, but his despairing stretch wasn't enough to reach James Fowler's cross.

Dunfermline looked the likelier side at this stage and the Craig Brewster-Crawford partnership was working well. Brewster looked set to score in the 17th minute as Aaron Labonte's cross caught Francois Dubourdeau in two minds, but the keeper recovered to secure Brewster's header.

The veteran turned creator three minutes later as he set Crawford up for a volley on the corner of the six-yard box, but Dubourdeau produced a brilliant save to touch the ball round the post.

Killie weathered the storm and took the lead in the 29th minute from the penalty spot. Colin Nish had produced a brilliant first touch to control Fowler's deep cross and as he tried to cut inside Andrius Skerla, the Lithuanian's arm came up to block the ball.

Referee Willie Young waited to see if Nish could continue towards goal, before awarding the spot-kick. Gary McSwegan calmly stepped up to send Derek Stillie the wrong way.

Dunfermline must have felt aggrieved to have been behind at the break, but continued to push forward in the second half.

The Killie defence was at full stretch and Dubourdeau had to be at his very best to keep the Pars out with skipper Scott Thomson twice denied by the Frenchman.

His 20-yard free-kick curled round the wall in the 53rd minute only for Dubourdeau to throw himself low at his left-hand post to save, the ball looked to evaded his grasp, but he gathered with his legs.

Then, four minutes later, he confidently dived to his right to catch Thomson's powerful header.

The equaliser eventually came in the 62nd minute when the home defence appeared caught out by Gary Mason's mis-hit shot and stood motionless as Crawford swept home from six yards.

It was Stillie's turn to impress in goal two minutes later as pulled off a great double save to deny first Gordon Greer, then Nish.

Gary MacDonald looked odds-on to knock the dropping ball home but headed over the bar. Macdonald had another chance when he was clean through, but lifted the ball over the bar.

Substitute Danny Invincibile almost made an immediate impact when a great burst forward by Greer gave him a chance, but he couldn't direct the ball past Stillie.

Brewster almost sealed the win for Dunfermline after Gary Dempsey's lung-bursting late run and cross, but sliced his shot wide.