Saturday 14th November 2020
Kick off: 3.00pm
After an exciting 3-3 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in midweek, Raith’s League Cup group stage reaches it’s conclusion on Saturday, with a Fife derby against Cowdenbeath at Central Park.
Despite the bonus point victory garnered by Rovers on Tuesday evening, John McGlynn’s men have the poorest record out of all the second placed sides in the eight groups, making qualification for the next round unlikely.
Even a big win over the Blue Brazil would only suffice if results were to go their way in at least three out of the four matches between Peterhead and St Johnstone, Alloa and Stenhousemuir, Arbroath and Elgin, and Ayr United Stranraer.
Gary Bollan’s team currently prop up the Group A table with one point, after a draw with Inverness on matchday two, but a win on Saturday would see them leapfrog both East Fife and the Caley Jags into third, bringing with it an increase in prize money.
This will be the third time in four years that these two teams have met at this stage of the competition, and Rovers will be hoping it isn’t a repeat of the last fixture in 2018, when Cowdenbeath won 2-0 in a game played at Methil as Rovers were having their artificial turf installed.
Two goals from Jordyn Sheerin did the damage, as Barry Smith’s team ended up bottom of the table, which also contained Hearts, Inverness and Highland League Cove Rangers.
Rovers last win over Cowdenbeath came 12 months earlier, when goals from Lewis Vaughan and Liam Buchanan earned the home side a comfortable 2-0 win. That group stage also saw Rovers beat Buckie Thistle 6-1, but defeats to Dundee and Dundee United meant that Raith ended the campaign in third place.
Rovers hold the upper hand in this fixture, but only just, with five wins and four defeats from the last 10 meetings.
Saturday’s match referee will be David Lowe.
Head-To-Head Cup Record Versus Cowdenbeath:
Raith Rovers Wins: 6
Cowdenbeath Wins: 7
Raith Rovers Goals: 24
Cowdenbeath Goals: 18
Raith Rovers: L-W-W-D-W-D
Raith Rovers: Manny Duku 6, Daniel Armstrong 3, Ross Matthews 3
Cowdenbeath: Brad Smith 2
Raith Rovers: 2/5