Alloa 0 - 1 Dunfermline: Pars earn first win in five

Jackson Longridge emphatically showed his shot-shy team-mates and profligate hosts Alloa Athletic the route to goal as Dunfermline earned their first victory in five matches.

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston. Picture: Bruce White/SNS
Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

The Pars built on their midweek draw in Inverness courtesy of the left-back’s sensational second-half strike.

Always a willing attacker, Longridge speared his first-time shot into the top corner from 20 yards out following a cross from substitute Kallum Higginbotham.

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“It was a really good goal. I think I’ll need to put Jacko up front the way he is finishing,” smiled manager Allan Johnston. “Hopefully that kick-starts our season.”

Alloa were made to pay for passing up two gilt-edged opportunities before the break. Greig Spence saw his first effort booted off the line by Lee Ashcroft and then Dunfermline keeper Lee Robinson somehow repelled his close-range effort.

“The result’s not great,” said Alloa manager Jim Goodwin, “but it just shows you how important it is to take your chances at key moments.”