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Tuesday, 24th Oct 2023

cinch Championship (away) v Raith Rovers, Saturday 28th October 2023, 3.00pm kick off at Stark’s Park

It is two seasons back since Dunfermline and Raith Rovers met in the league. Both matches at Stark’s Park in 2021-2022 were drawn. The Viaplay Cup tie played there in July this year also ended up all square meaning Dunfermline have not won a match in Kirkcaldy since January 2017, eight visits back.

Milestones v Raith Rovers (away) 



Last Victory | 02/01/17 | 2-0 | Championship

Last Defeat | 08/05/21 | 2-0 | Premiership play off

Best Victory | 29/10/94 | 5-2 | Div One (old)

Worst Defeat | 01/01/83 | 0-6 | Div One (old)

Last Goalless Draw | 02/01/22 | 0-0 | Championship

First League Meeting | 24/03/28 | 1-5 | Div One (old)



Last time at Stark’s Park
Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 1
Saturday 15th July 2023, Viaplay Cup

The first competitive match of the 2023-2024 season took Dunfermline to Stark’s Park for a tasty derby match in the group stages of the Viaplay Cup.

Lewis McCANN opened the scoring when his solo run in from the left allowed him to rifle the ball into the far side of the Rovers net and on the half hour it was 0-1.

The derby atmosphere went up a notch when Raith Rovers scored a 38th minute equaliser. It looked like a dangerous Vaughan cut back had been cleared but Dylan EASTON gathered and forced his way into the Pars box to chip the ball into the far left of the Dunfermline goal. 1-1

There was no further scoring but Dunfermline lifted the two points by winning the penalty shoot-out 4-2 after Jamie Gullan and Lewis Vaughan failed to net.

RAITH ROVERS: Kevin Dabrowski: Scott McGill, Dylan Corr, Keith Watson (c), Liam Dick: Callum Smith (Kieran Mitchell 87), Sam Stanton (Aaron Arnott 88), Dylan Easton, Josh Mullin (Jack Hamilton 69): Jamie Gullan, Lewis Vaughan
SUBS NOT USED: Adam Masson, Andrew McNeil (GK), Robbie Thomson (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen (Paul Allan 61): Aaron Comrie, Ewan Otoo, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Matty Todd: Craig Wighton (Michael O’Halloran 61), Lewis McCann
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Taylor Sutherland, Andrew Tod, Liam Hoggan, Max Little (GK)

Last Twelve Meetings



Honours are even over the last dozen games. Dunfermline have won two of the last twelve meetings, lost four and six have been drawn.



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

05/12/20 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 2 | D | Championship

19/01/19 | A | Raith Rovers 3 Dunfermline 0 | L | Scottish Cup



Recent Form

Dunfermline have now lost back to back league games and have just two wins from their last eight matches. They have lost only one of their four away league games this season.

Raith Rovers have won nine of their fifteen matches this season, drawn four and lost two. The Rovers have lost only once in the league this season – away to Airdrieonians – and their other defeat this season was at Easter Road when Hibernian won 2-1.

Last six matches

DUNFERMLINE
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-3
Morton (H) W 3-1
Queen’s Park (A) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 1-1

RAITH ROVERS
Cliftonville (H) W 3-0
Montrose (H) W 3-1
Dundee United (H) D 1-1
Ayr United (A) W 2-1
Airdrieonians (A) L 0-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United)
: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Rhys Breen (Paul Allan HT), Ewan Otoo: Chris Hamilton (c) (Sam Fisher 32): Michael O’Halloran, Ben Summers, Joe Chalmers (Owen Moffat 32), Josh Edwards: Craig Wighton (Alex Jakubiak 63), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Harrison Sharp (GK), Max Little (GK).

RAITH ROVERS (v Montrose): Kevin Dabrowski: Liam Dick, Scott Brown, Scott McGill, Adam Masson, Aidan Connolly, Sam Stanton , Shaun Byrne (Calum Hannah 73), Dylan Easton (Josh Mullin 63), Lewis Vaughan, Callum Smith
SUBS NOT USED: Andrew McNeil (GK)

Referee will be Iain Snedden.

Other cinch Championship fixtures

Dundee United v Arbroath (Friday)
Queen’s Park v Partick Thistle (Friday)
Ayr United v Morton
Inverness Caley Thistle v Airdrieonians



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