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Fixtures : 2023-2024 : Raith Rovers

Tue, 2nd Jan 2024 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 2

Tuesday, 2nd Jan 2024

cinch Championship: both sides make two changes. Otoo and Hamilton start. Daniel O’Reilly (11) 0-1: Ben Summers (38) 1-1: Daniel O’Reilly (51) 1-2:

For this New Year derby, the fifth match between the sides this season, both teams made two changes. James McPake brought back in masked man, Chris Hamilton and Ewan Otoo with Michael O’Halloran dropping to the bench and Paul Allan out. Raith Rovers brought back Shaun Byrne and Josh Mullin with former Pars Aidan Connelly and Callum Smith on the subs bench.

It was the first time Raith Rovers had been the first foots since 2013 and a repeat of a win that day courtesy of an Andy Geggan goal, would be very welcome. Raith sat top of the table, Dunfermline fourth as a big holiday crowd welcomed both teams on to the field. Alex Jakubiak took the kick off with Dunfermline attacking the goal in front of the travelling fans.

A move up the left from Edwards, Jakubiak and Wighton lined Joe Chalmers up for the first shot at goal after just 23 seconds. Kevin Dabrowski held the 25 yard shot. The first corner of the match after just two minutes went the Pars way and when Chalmers delivered from the right Hamilton’s attempt sneaked out just beyond the far post. Ben Summers had his fourth minute shot blocked by Daniel O’Reilly but it had been a promising start from the home team.

It might have got even better had Jakubiak’s fifth minute cross across the face of goal been converted but it evaded Wighton and Comrie couldn’t reach it in time. Deniz Mehmet’s first involvement was to cut out a Scott Brown cut back three minutes later.

The Rovers displayed an air of patience but began to get more touches and from an eleventh minute free kick they took the lead. From the left side Mullin played a dangerous ball into the Pars box. Breen and Mehmet could not get the clearance required and Daniel O’REILLY stuck the ball, away. 0-1

Evidence of the passion to get back in the game Comrie received an early yellow card but then Shaun Byrne also collected one two minutes later for his tackle on Summers. Play halted in 19 minutes for treatment for Sam Fisher after a clash with Lewis Vaughan left him with a facial injury. The player who only returned on Saturday would be taken off sitting up on a stretcher after a delay of five minutes. Owen Moffat came on as the first substitute of the day with Otoo moving back into the back three.

Rovers forced two corners on the right after Mehmet had to turn a Mullin shot from a Ross Millen cross around his post. From the second one the ball was headed over the crossbar but Scott Brown made a strong run down the right. Play stayed in the Dunfermline half until Lewis Vaughan on the half hour, fired a low shot that Mehmet held.

Raith pressed high giving the Pars little time to compose themselves on the ball. Hamilton worked his way into the penalty box and Chalmers was happy to concede a corner. The defence cleared but Byrne and then Mullin both had cracks at Mehmet’s goal, the first being blocked, the second sailing over the crossbar. Otoo made a superb last man tackle before Millen tried a shot from 30 yards. Dunfermline really need some respite but the answer came in 38 minutes when a Josh Edwards pass to Chalmers sent Ben SUMMERS waltzing through the middle to smash a low right footed shot left beyond the diving Dabrowski. The on-loan Celt’s first senior goal made it 1-1.

It was 45th minute when Mullin took a corner on the left short to Easton and the ball was played off Vaughan in the box for Mullin to launch a ball towards the top right but Mehmet pulled off a wonderful save to beat the ball away.

Play quickly switched to the other end with Jakubiak forcing a corner that caused mayhem when it land in the six yard box. Jakubiak tried a shot and there were appeals for a penalty that were dismissed. Edwards next broke in from the left and the Rovers defence did really well to prevent that causing them more trouble.

After all the stoppages the first half lasted 53 minutes but the sides would go in on level terms.

Half time: Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 1

The second half was only six minutes in when a Mullin corner from the right was powerful headed home by O’REILLY 1-2. Dunfermline again found themselves in the need to come from behind.

Another Rovers corner followed with again Mullin crossing from the right. This time it was Euan Murray who attacked the ball but the defence beat him to it. Dunfermline earned a corner of their own but when Chalmers from the left teed up Moffat to flight the ball towards the far post Dabrowski flew at it to punch it away.

There were Dunfermline appeals for hand ball when Edwards pitched one of his long throws into the opposition box but momentum stayed as Mullin pulled Otoo back resulted in a 62nd free kick. Chalmers delivery was defended out to Otoo who crashed a shot from the edge of the box that was halted by one of several defenders in front of goal.

There were cries of disappointment as Edwards didn’t quite reach an inviting ball to the left post and then Summers prod into the box. An Edwards cross was met by Comrie but the keeper saved as was another shot at an acute angle from Jakubiak. Rovers responded with a fierce effort from Brown blocked for a 68th minute corner but fortunately it was Jakubiak that Mullin found and the threat had gone.

Raith introduced Jamie Gullan for Jack Hamilton and in 72 minutes it was the sub that Rhys Breen injured his knee challenging. He was yellow carded but unable to play on he was subbed by Michael O’Halloran. Taylor Sutherland followed replacing Craig Wighton nine minutes from the end and it was the 18 year old newly recalled from his loan at Bonnyrigg Rose who was denied when Dabrowski smothered a dangerous Edwards cross.

Dunfermline had deserted defending when in 86th minute Vaughan broke down the right and sent a good weighted pass towards Gullan racing down the centre of the park but Chalmers had tracked back and diverted the ball to Mehmet.

Moffat got in behind on the left but his cut back was held by the keeper. A 89th minute Chalmers free kick was defended before Aidan Connelly came on as a 90th minute sub for Vaughan. That brought the number to five of former Pars players battling away for the Rovers.

Dabrowski had to scramble across his goal to keep out a Chalmers shot in the fifth minute of added time. There was to be no equaliser and coupled with Airdrieonians 2-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle the result meant Dunfermline slipped to fifth place.

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet, Sam Fisher (Owen Moffat 23), Chris Hamilton (c), Rhys Breen (Michael O’Halloran 74), Aaron Comrie, Ewan Otoo, Joe Chalmers, Ben Summers, Josh Edwards, Craig Wighton (Taylor Sutherland 81), Alex Jakubiak
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Hoggan, Miller Fenton, Jake Sutherland, Harry Sharp (GK), Max Little (GK)
SCORERS: Summers (38)
YELLOW CARD: Comrie (13), Breen (74), Otoo (90+1), Chalmers (90+3)

RAITH ROVERS: Kevin Dabrowski, Ross Millen, Daniel O’Reilly, Euan Murray, Liam Dick, Scott Brown (c) (Ross Matthews 81), Shaun Byrne, Lewis Vaughan, Dylan Easton (Callum Smith 81), Josh Mullin, Jack Hamilton (Jamie Gullan 69).
SUBS NOT USED: Aidan Connelly, Scott McGill, Dylan Corr, Callum Hannah, Andrew McNeil, Robbie Thomson (GK)
SCORERS: O’Reilly (11, 51)
YELLOW CARD: Byrne (17)

REFEREE: Graham Grainger

NEXT MATCH: cinch Championship (away) v Queen`s Park, Friday 5th January 2024, kick off 7.45pm at Hampden Park

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Milestones v Raith Rovers (home)

Last Home Victory | 06/04/22 | 2-0 | Championship

Last Home Defeat | 24/11/23 | 0-3 | Scottish Cup

Best Home Victory | 08/09/62 | 6-0 | Division One (old)

Best Home Victory | 01/01/68 | 6-0 | Division One (old)

Worst Home Defeat | 19/11/27 | 0-4 | Division One (old)
Last Goalless Home Draw | 04/05/21 | 0-0 | Premiership Play Off

First Ever Home Meeting | 10/02/23 | 0-3 | Scottish Cup

Last time at KDM Group East End Park

Friday 24th November 2023, Scottish Cup

Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 3

Dunfermline 0-3 Raith Rovers
Fri, 24th Nov 2023

A penetrating run from Easton created the opener in just 15th minute. He worked his way from his own half deep into the left side of the Dunfermline box and his cut back found HAMILTON who slotted home from close in. 0-1

Into the second half and roared on by the home crowd Dunfermline did all the pressing. Just when the Rovers appeared rattled they would hit back with a goal from a setpiece in 65 minutes. Fisher was penalised for a challenge and when delivered from 40 yards out on the right, Sam STANTON nipped in to find the Dunfermline net. 0-2

The two goal deficit became three when Lewis VAUGHAN produced a fantastic strike from a free kick taken on the right side of the home penalty box. 0-3

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Chris Hamilton (c), Ewan Otoo (Craig Wighton 77): Aaron Comrie, Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 52), Josh Edwards: Owen Moffat: Alex Jakubiak (Matty Todd 52), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Michael O’Halloran, Max Little (GK)

RAITH ROVERS: Kevin Dabrowski: Ross Millen, Scott Brown (c), Daniel O’Reilly, Callum Smith (Scott McGill 86): Aidan Connelly, Josh Mullin, Sam Stanton, Dylan Easton: Lewis Vaughan: Jack Hamilton (Jamie Gullan 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Dylan Corr, Callum Hannah, Robbie Thomson (GK)

Last Twelve Meetings

Over the last dozen games. Dunfermline have won two of the last twelve meetings, lost five and five have been drawn.

24/11/23 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 3 | L | Scottish Cup
19/10/23 | A | Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 0 | Championship
26/08/23 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 1 | L | Championship
15/07/23 | A | Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 1 | D | Viaplay Cup
06/04/22 | H | Dunfermline 2 Raith Rovers 0 | W | Championship
02/01/22 | A | Raith Rovers 0 Dunfermline 0 | D | Championship

26/10/21 | H | Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 1 | D | Championship

29/09/21 | A | Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 1 | D | Championship

08/05/21 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 0 | L | Premiership Play Off

04/05/21 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 0 | D | Premiership Play Off

27/03/21 | A | Raith Rovers 5 Dunfermline 1 | | L | Championship

03/02/21 | H | Dunfermline 4 Raith Rovers 1 | W | Championship

League Record

League Position: 4th
League Points: 23
Goal Difference: +2
Home League Record: P8 W3 D1 L4 GF11 GA9
Last Six Match Form: LWWLDD

League Position: 1st
League Points: 41
Goal Difference: +11
Away League Record: P9 W7 D1 L1 GF15 GA9
Last Six Match Form: WWWWDD

Last six matches

Ayr United (A) D 2-2
Arbroath (A) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (H) L 1-2
Airdrieonians (A) W 2-1
Arbroath (H) W 3-0
Raith Rovers (H) L 0-3

Arbroath (H) D 2-2
Ayr United (H) 
D 4-4
Dundee United (A) W 1-0
Arbroath (A) W 2-1
Partick Thistle (H) W 4-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) W 2-1

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United):
Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Sam Fisher, Rhys Breen (Kyle Benedictus 69): Michael O’Halloran (Jake Sutherland 78), Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers (c), Ben Summers (Owen Moffat 65), Josh Edwards: Craig Wighton, Alex Jakubiak
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Hoggan, Miller Fenton, Harry Sharp (GK), Max Little (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Arbroath): Kevin Dabrowski: Ross Millen, Daniel O’Reilly, Ewan Murray (Scott McGill 87), Liam Dick: Scott Brown (c), Aidan Connelly, Lewis Vaughan (Jamie Gullan 82), Dylan Easton, Callum Smith: Jack Hamilton.
Ross Matthews, Josh Mullin, Dylan Corr, Callum Hannah, Adam Masson, Robbie Thomson (GK)

Other cinch Championship Fixtures

Airdrieonians v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Arbroath v Dundee United
Morton v Ayr United
Partick Thistle v Queen’s Park

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