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Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Hardie. The referee shows Greg Tansey a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Austin McCann takes the direct free kick.
David Graham fouled by Chris Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Hardie hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 3-3 Inverness CT.
Unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Jason Thomson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hayes.
Corner taken by Jonathan Hayes.
David Graham on for Gary Mason.
Greg Tansey grabs a headed goal from close in. Dunfermline 2-3 Inverness CT.Assist by Richie Foran.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Tansey by Jason Thomson. Chris Hogg restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Cardle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Steven McDougall from the right by-line, Richie Foran makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Aldred on Andrew Barrowman. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Andrew Barrowman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Piermayr. Booking for Andrew Barrowman. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Jonathan Hayes from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 2-2 Inverness CT.Assist on the goal came from Owain Tudur Jones.
Andy Kirk leaves the field to be replaced by Steven McDougall.
Nick Ross joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Doran.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle, Thomas Piermayr makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan Hayes, Martin Hardie manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Barrowman concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Hogg. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Paul Gallacher fouled by Ross Tokely, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Richie Foran from the right by-line.
Andrew Barrowman challenges Chris Hogg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Gregory Tade.
Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns. Free kick taken by Joe Cardle.
Tom Aldred on for David Proctor.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle.
David Proctor concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cardle. Austin McCann takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran from the right by-line, clearance by Austin McCann.
The ball is swung over by Joe Cardle, Andy Kirk finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Dunfermline 2-1 Inverness CT.Assist on the goal came from Joe Cardle.
Richie Foran is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, clearance made by Richie Foran.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle, clearance by Greg Tansey.
Thomas Piermayr goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
David Proctor challenges Andy Kirk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Cardle.
Goal scored by Greg Tansey from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-1 Inverness CT.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Hayes, save by Paul Gallacher.
David Proctor is brought on as a substitute for Kenny Gillet.
Andrew Barrowman crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on Gary Mason by Aaron Doran results in a free kick. Jason Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jason Thomson by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Jason Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hayes. Jason Thomson is shown a yellow card. Kenny Gillet restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Aaron Doran, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.
Goal scored by Andy Kirk from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-0 Inverness CT.The assist for the goal came from Andrew Barrowman.
Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Burns goes wide of the left-hand post.
Gregory Tade is caught offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mason on Greg Tansey. Greg Tansey takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Richie Foran offside. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Andrew Barrowman results in a free kick. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Kenny Gillet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cardle by Ross Tokely. Ross Tokely is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Martin Hardie takes the free kick.
Foul by Martin Hardie on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. Aaron Doran takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Andrew Barrowman results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Ross Tokely fouled by Alex Keddie, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Keddie on Richie Foran. Free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle, clearance by Ross Tokely.
Owain Tudur Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Mason. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle from the right by-line.
Austin McCann fouled by Jonathan Hayes, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Kirk buoyed by cup win
Dunfermline striker Andy Kirk is hoping for a more memorable encounter when Inverness visit East End park tomorrow after having only a hazy recollection of a difficult night against St Mirren on his return to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
After seven years' absence from the top flight, the former Hearts frontman had to go off following a clash of heads with Saints midfielder Jim Goodwin.
His team-mates held on for a goalless draw but it was a difficult baptism for the SPL newcomers as St Mirren outplayed them, certainly in the opening period.
But Kirk is confident Dunfermline will find their feet quickly as they adjust to a new level after a shorter-than-normal pre-season.
Kirk, who netted in the 2-1 Scottish Communities League Cup win over Annan last weekend, told Press Association Sport: "The first half (against St Mirren) was very difficult. There were a lot of long balls.
"I just seemed to be chasing and trying to work in between their defenders and get any sort of ball that you could.
"The second half was a bit better but I clashed heads with, I think it was Goodwin, and had a bit of concussion, so I had to come off.
"So I can't remember too much about the second half. But I enjoyed Saturday, got off the mark against Annan, and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday."
The Northern Ireland international is experienced in the SPL having spent five years at Tynecastle before a spell in England, and he is sure his team have what it takes to compete once they are up to speed.
"The first few games that you play in the league, players are still finding their feet and their fitness levels," the 32-year-old said.
"It's no different for us than any other team.
"It has been short coming round. Even though we have done pre-season and had a few pre-season games, the first two or three league games you play you are still finding that fitness and sharpness level that carries you through the season.
"The St Mirren game was tough for us and it's one we can learn from.
"But every game is different - Saturday is a different challenge and it's one we are ready for and looking forward to.
"This is the first time we have played Inverness in the SPL so until Saturday comes it's difficult to know what it will be like.
"They were always tight games in the First Division, they won our division the season before and had a great season last year in the SPL.
"If we can match what they did we would be extremely happy."
Chris Hogg believes he has returned to Inverness a fresher player after getting his Hibernian exit out of his system.
The defender rejoined Caley Thistle last week after spending time looking for a club in England, failing to win a deal with Crewe following a brief trial spell.
Hogg initially joined Caley Thistle in January after failing to impress Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood despite being club captain at Easter Road.
Hogg said: "It was a great feeling walking back into a club where you can feel at home.
"I left here last season and went back down to England to see what was there for me and the manager kept in touch with me over the summer, and I spoke to him on several occasions.
"There was no hesitation in coming back up here. I spoke to the manager on Wednesday afternoon, then again at night, and by 11am on Thursday morning I was in the car on my way up to Inverness.
"There were no long discussions, I just wanted to come back up here and play and prove myself all over again as a good footballer.
"The manager wants hungry players, well he's got one here and several others in the changing room."
The former Ipswich trainee said: "I've been up here six years now and played over 200 SPL games and had some really good times and also some not very good seasons, but on the whole it's been a positive experience for me.
"I'm also feeling a lot better mentally than last season after certain things that went on down the road.
"This year I feel fresh and I'm ready for it but I still need to prove my fitness.
"I worked on the English timetable and did pre-season at Middlesbrough with Tony Mowbray, who I'm very grateful to.
"The gaffer knows my situation in terms of fitness but he knows I'm raring to go."
Hardie denies Caley
Martin Hardie's last-minute free-kick salvaged a point for Dunfermline in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Inverness at East End Park.
Andy Kirk gave Dunfermline a deserved first-half lead when he ran onto Andy Barrowman's flick-on to finish low beyond Paul Gallacher.
Greg Tansey equalised with a deflected strike a minute into the second-half, before Kirk restored the lead only five minutes later.
Terry Butcher's side were looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat and responded well in the final quarter of the game.
Jonny Hayes took advantage of a Paul Gallacher fumble to equalise on 76 minutes and Inverness took the lead with only eight minutes remaining when Tansey scored his second with a header at the back post.
There was one final sting in the tale, however, as Dunfermline skipper Hardie curled a wonderful free-kick beyond Ryan Esson in the final minute.
Dunfermline had not played in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for 12 days and they started brightly, Esson saving from Kirk after only two minutes.
Jason Thomson, on loan from Hearts, was next to threaten but his shot was parried by the Inverness keeper but Esson was powerless to stop Kirk opening the scoring with a cool finish on 26 minutes.
Last season's First Division champions were causing a real threat down both wings through Cardle and Paul Burns and after another Cardle cross was cleared to the edge of the box, Hardie fired just wide.
Inverness had barely caused a threat in the first-half but they were level within a minute of the second.
The dangerous Tansey showed a fine piece of skill to create some space on the edge of the box before his shot was deflected and looped beyond Gallacher in the Dunfermline goal.
Dunfermline responded immediately and were nearly back in front when Cardle's chipped cross to the back post was headed just over from Barrowman.
The Pars were back in front five minutes later though when shambolic defending from Inverness left Kirk all alone only six yards out to easily nod another Cardle cross into the net.
With the game becoming increasingly stretched there was plenty of opportunity for both sides to counter-attack and Cardle threatened again on the break but his cross from the left was glanced wide by Barrowman.
Caley Thistle should have been level for the second time when Doran's cross was headed towards goal by Richie Foran. The ball appeared destined for the net but Gregory Tade inexplicably applied the final touch when in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.
Spurred on by that disallowed goal Butcher's men had undoubtedly their best spell of the game in the final quarter. Hayes' effort from 20-yards was fumbled by Gallacher but collected at the second attempt.
There was to be another uncomfortable moment for the former St Mirren goalkeeper as Inverness got back on level terms with just under 20 minutes remaining. Owain Jones' shot from 30-yards was spilled by Gallacher and Hayes pounced to slide in his first goal of the season.
Moments later the visitors were nearly in front when Esson's long ball upfield was knocked on by Foran and substitute Nick Ross almost made an immediate impact with a fine strike that swerved just wide.
In an end-to-end encounter, Barrowman almost had Dunfermline back in front with a rising drive from 18-yards but was denied by an excellent one handed save from Esson.
Caley Thistle took the lead for the first time in the game with only eight minutes remaining when Tansey scored his second with a simple header after Ross Tokely had headed across goal.
All hope looked lost for Dunfermline but they were saved by a Hardie's wonder goal right on 90 minutes. The midfielder curling a fully 30-yard free-kick high into the net beyond Esson's despairing right-hand.
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