O’Hara Marks Return With A Goal

January 14, 2023 | Player News | 3 min read

Kevin O’Hara made his return to action after 19 weeks out with a goal in Dunfermline Athletic’s 4-0 win at home to bottom side Peterhead.

O’Hara Marks Return With A Goal

O'Hara celebrates his goal on return. (Pic courtesy of DAFC)

Kevin O’Hara made an instant impact off the bench on his return to action this afternoon as he took just over ten minutes to get on the scoresheet in a convincing 4-0 league victory. The 24 year old has been out of action since early September but is now working his way back to full fitness as he seeks to help Dunfermline with their promotion bid.

Dunfermline boss James McPake has had a look at other options due to his absence of O’Hara for the first half of the season. The Pars however, have performed well winning 13 out of their 20 league games so far, with a comfortable seven point lead at the summit of Scottish League One.

Despite the lengthy lay off the striker has been patient in his recovery and claimed he is feeling good.

“I have still got to get a bit of match fitness to get into but that will come as the games come. Training everyday will get me fitter as well.

“That is the first bad injury that I have really sustained so obviously it was a tough period to be honest. There were worse days than others but Rory (Monks) the physio was great with me. He kept me going everyday with my programme. Also the boys who were injured who were in the gym – Lewis McCann, Paul Allan and Miller Fenton – they were good. It was tough but I just need to put it behind me now and kick on.

“You don’t want anybody to be injured but I’m really close with those three so it did help. We helped each other and we just have Paul (Allan) to come back now. Hopefully he should be back soon and that means that we will have a full squad again.

Kevin back in action at KDM Group East End Park (Pic courtsey of DAFC)

“It is tough coming to games on a Saturday when you are not playing. Watching from the stand and the boys are doing well, your mates scoring goals, keeping clean sheets and winning in big games. It is tough that way but I’m delighted that the boys have done that and put us in a right good position.”

“I just want to be playing and that’s why you play football. You want to play in every game no matter how big a game it is. It has been tough watching, but I’m delighted to be back.

“I can’t wait for the games to come up. We have a lot of games coming up really soon so as I say I need to get into training, work hard everyday and prove to the manager that I am ready to go.”

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