Date: 21st November 2020 at 9:25am
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Kerr McInroy turned in an outstanding performance last night as Dunfermline beat Hearts 2-1 in front of the BBC Scotland cameras.

Robbie Nielson’s side had enjoyed eight straight wins when they arrived at East End Park but as they returned to Edinburgh they were trailing the Pars by four points with the Championship season reduced to just 27 matches.

McInroy missed most of last season after undergoing ACL surgery in May 2019 but put in a couple of Reserve team appearances before Lockdown.

After taking part in Celtic’s pre-season training in Loughborough and France he featured in the pre-season matches against Ross County and Hibs in the unusual position of left-back before joining Dunfermline, his home town team in August for a season long loan.

Last night was just his fifth appearance for Dunfermline but he played like a veteran in centre midfield as Andy Halliday and Steven Naismith were posted missing.

The 20-year-old turned in a classic midfield display battling from box to box. He never flagged or took a breather as he chased every tackle and brushed aside some cynical treatment from Hearts to play a real team role in an important victory for Stevie Crawford’s side.

Goals early in the second half from a Dom Thomas deflection and Euan Murray header gave Dunfermline a cushion but in the 83rd minute a Stephen Kingsley header put the outcome in doubt.

McInroy was still going strong after five minutes of extra-time with a performance that had echoes of another Fifer who was making his way at Hibs about 15 years ago.