Team Pd GD Pt
1 Ayr United 16 12 29
2 Morton 16 8 28
3 Dundee 16 7 28
4 Queen's Park 16 2 27
5 Partick Thistle 16 2 23
6 Inverness CT 16 -1 23
7 Raith Rovers 16 0 22
8 Cove Rangers 16 -3 17
9 Arbroath 16 -12 12
10 Hamilton Academical 16 -15 11
Updated: 19th Nov
Saturday October 8th 2022

Raith Rovers 3 – 0 Cove Rangers

With the announcement that John Frederiksen had finally signed for the Rovers the home crowd eagerly awaited the reading of the team sheet, and a big cheer went up as his name was read out, albeit on the bench.

The Rovers made a lively start to the game and were ahead with just 4 minutes on the clock.

A mistake by Sanders saw him over-hitting the ball as he played out of his own box, Aidan Connolly nipped in and, after a quick one two with Gullan he was in on the keeper who had no chance as the number 7 fired the ball low and hard into the net.

GOAL!….Aidan Connolly sends the ball past Gourlay

Rovers were in the mood for more and Ross Millen on the right sent a tantalising cross high into the box to the far corner of the six yard box where it was met by the inrushing Jamie Gullan and his diving header was blocked by the legs of Gourlay in the Cove goal.

There was no doubt Rovers had goals in mind with even the defenders spending more time in the visitors box than in their own, Ethan Ross sent a cross in and it was Kieran Ngwenya’s turn to try a diving header but, without a proper connection, it went inches past the post, and Connor O’Riordan had a couple of headed chances that weren’t far away, and a shot that was blocked.

Ngwenya was involved in the second goal as he headed the ball to Gullan on the left and the number 9 was fouled on the edge of the box. Jamie took the free-kick himself and the crowd were on their feet as he sent a screamer high into the top corner of the goal past the helpless Gourlay.

….GOAL!….Jamie’s free kick flies high into the top corner

With very little coming from the visitors the half ended with just two goals but in reality the score-line should have been doubled.

The second half was much the same as the first, and apart from a ten minute spell when Cove created a couple of chances but nothing to really trouble Jamie MacDonald, Aidan Connolly on the right wing played the ball inside to Scott Brown who touched it on to Jamie Gullan, and as the striker tried to force his way into the box thru a ruck of players, the ball somehow fell to the feet of Sam Stanton and he made no mistake in sending a left foot shot past Gourlay from 10 yards.

Sam Stanton hits goal 3 for Raith

With the points all but secured manager Ian Murray introduced new striker John Frederiksen who replaced Ethan Ross, and the 6 foot 8ins striker’s first involvement in the action was to head over his own bar but it could have been a dream debut for the big man when he found himself in on goal with just the goalie to beat, and although his shot was on target, Gourlay did enough to keep him out.

All in all a great day at the office for Rovers and we now look forward to seeing if they can keep it up in the next three games on the road.


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Teams out for kick off. Big Jock Hendriksen is on the bench.
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Game on!
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Early corner for Rovers.
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Connolly with the set piece, but ball easily cleared away.
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GOAL RAITH!
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Poor clearance out from Cove box falls to Gullan, he passes through to a rushing CONNOLLY, who passes into the net at the near post.
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Ross with two half chances in the box. Both time the defence gets in the way!
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Nice work from Stanton as he works his way into the box. It’s a corner!
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Spencer clattered in Cove half. Free kick.
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Raith Rovers 1-0 Cove Rangers
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Gullan with the turn and shot. Straight at keeper.
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Diving header at back post from Gullan. Keeper saves well. Rovers corner.
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Spencer sends in a cracker. Ngwenya with the header. Just past the post.
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Corner Raith.
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Ngwenya with a lovely low cross. Back heel attempt is blocked.
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Free kick to Raith, 20 yards out.
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GOAL RAITH!
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What a peach! GULLAN curls a beaut over the wall and into the top corner!
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Millen casually traps ball in own box. Smashes a clearance off a charging Cove player and out for a goal kick.
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Raith Rovers 2-0 Cove Rangers
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Cove fans screaming for a penalty. Ref waves play on.
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Raith corner.
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Brown gets a yellow. Foul was needed to stop a dangerous looking breakaway.
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Gilmour booked for Cove.
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Corner Cove Rangers.
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Important flick from O’Riordan stifles a dangerous looking cross.
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Looks like Matthews might be coming on.
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Ross sclaffs ball out for Rovers corner.
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Stanton just can’t get to a nice cross from the left wing.
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Half time: Raith Rovers 2-0 Cove Rangers
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Very enjoyable 45 minutes.
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Second half kicks off at Stark’s Park.
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Keeper Gourlay seems in no man’s land, but Raith can’t capitalise.
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Skills from Ngwenya. He’s had some game so far.
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McIntosh replaces Dunne.
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Cove coming more into the game in the Second half.
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Raith Rovers 2-0 Cove Rangers
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Spencer could be in a bit of trouble…
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He seems okay. Phew!
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Towler replaced Johnston (apologies, a wee bit late there)
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GOAL RAITH!
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Lovely move there… Gullan and O’Riordan with some great work. Ball ends up at STANTON’S feet. He drills home with his left.
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Millen with the cross. Deflects out for a Rovers corner.
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Spencer replaced by Matthews
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McDonagh replaces Gilmour
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Big Jock looks like he might be making his debut.
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Raith Rovers 3-0 Cove Rangers.
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Ross replaced by debut boy John Frederiksen!
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Frederiksen with the header just over the bar… unfortunately it was the Rovers bar! Corner Cove.
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Another corner for Cove.
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Megginson goes clear, falls over in the box. Is it a penalty?! No, booked for diving.
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Big Jock with the header clear. Corner Cove.
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Millen with a soft pass back. Luckily MacDonald makes the clearance.
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Gullan replaced by Easton
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Frederiksen sent through. His shot saved by Gourlay.
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Corner Raith.
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Full time: Raith Rovers 3-0 Cove Rangers
Raith Rovers
MacDonald, Dick, Millen, Spencer, Connolly, Gullan, O’Riordan, Ngwenya, Stanton, Brown, Ross. Subs: Thomson, Matthews, McBride, Connell, Easton, Coulson, Masson, Frederiksen

Cove Rangers
Gourlay, Logan, Scully, Ross, Yule, Megginson, Gilmour, Longstaff, Sanders, Dunne, Johnston. Subs: McKenzie, Towler, Neill, McDonagh, McIntosh, Vigurs, Leitch, Reynolds

All the pictures from the 3-0 victory over Cove Rangers at Stark’s Park.

PHOTOS © TONY FIMISTER & JIM FOY

Ian Murray talked to RaithTV after this weekends victory v Cove Rangers FC:

 

Sam Stanton spoke with RaithTV after the 3-0 home victory over Cove Rangers FC:

Raith Rovers will face Cove Rangers for the third time this season on Saturday, but for the first time, Jim McIntyre’s side will be visiting Stark’s Park.

Indeed, this will be the first time the two sides have met at Stark’s Park at the sixth time of asking, with the rest either taking place at Cove or a neutral venue.

The two came together at the Balmoral Stadium just two weeks ago, in a third round SPFL Trust Trophy Match, with a Connor McBride goal enough for Rovers to enter the hat for the Fourth Round draw, where they were awarded a home fixture against Greenock Morton.

That win meant it was one apiece this season between the sides though, as Cove came out on top in the opening league game of the season, with a brace from Mitch Megginson meant all three points stayed in Aberdeen.

However, that was Cove’s only victory in the first seven league games, as they struggled to adapt to life in the second tier. However, two consecutive and impressive wins has lifted them out of the danger zone and up into sixth.

The first came against Arbroath last Saturday, when two goals from Connor Scully sealed a dominant 2-0 win, and Tuesday evening saw an even more impressive result, when they came from behind to beat Dundee 3-1, thanks to another brace from Scully, both overhead kicks, and another from Mitch Megginson sealing a fine result.

Rovers on the other hand went down by a single goal to nil away to Queen’s Park, and now eighth in the table, just two points above the relegation playoff place.

Saturday’s match referee will be David Dickinson.

Head-To-Head Record

Raith Rovers Wins: 2

Cove Rangers Wins: 3

Draws: 0