Dunfermline Press

Loan star Owen keen to keep ‘catching the eye’


OWEN MOFFAT is hoping that he can continue to catch the eye in a Dunfermlin­e shirt after a match-winning double that his parent club’s coach would have been proud of.

The 21-year-old scored his first goals for the Pars within the first seven minutes of their 2-1 win at Greenock Morton on Friday, helping his team to a first victory in four matches.

It was Moffat’s eighth appearance for James McPake’s side since joining on loan from Blackpool at the beginning of September.

Moffat is yet to make a first team appearance for the Seasiders, having initially linked up with their developmen­t squad, who are coached by former Queen of the South strike star Stephen Dobbie.

“I’ve not spoken to Dobs (Dobbie), but I’m sure he would’ve been watching,” said Moffat after the match at Cappielow.

“I think it was apparent that I wasn’t going to break into the first team at Blackpool this season, so the solution was to go on loan, and that’s what I wanted to do.

“I had the opportunit­y to come here last year, but I decided to go to Blackpool, to experience that down south, but it’s a great club and I really wanted to come here.

“I just want to kick on from this, keep playing games, and keep catching the eye. “I came here to play games and show everyone what I can do, so that’s exactly what I want to do. “We want to play as much as we can. Sometimes we need to mix it up, but I want to get on the ball, and the way we play really suits that.” Dunfermlin­e’s first win at Cappielow since March 2017 - 10 visits since had failed to yield one - was timely for McPake’s side, who jumped up from eighth to fourth in the Championsh­ip table ahead of another Friday night clash, against league leaders Dundee United.

“Obviously last week (at Raith Rovers when the Pars lost 1-0) we performed well but the result wasn’t with it, and a few weeks before that, we never really performed well,” Moffat said.

“The better team probably won on those two days against Ayr United and Partick Thistle.

“We needed the three points and we’re really happy to come away with that.

“It just shows you (the jumping of places) how competitiv­e the league is. You can be anywhere come a Saturday night, so we’re really happy to move up the places, and we just want to build on this.”

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