Team Pd GD Pt
1 Dundee 36 26 63
2 Ayr United 36 18 58
3 Queen's Park 36 11 58
4 Partick Thistle 36 20 57
5 Morton 36 10 57
6 Inverness CT 36 5 55
7 Raith Rovers 36 -3 43
8 Arbroath 36 -18 34
9 Hamilton Academical 36 -32 31
10 Cove Rangers 36 -37 31
Updated: 5th May
Saturday January 14th 2023

Cove Rangers 2 – 2 Raith Rovers

Heartache for Rovers at the death

Rovers travelled north to play Cove Rangers in Aberdeen for the third time this season. And it was Rovers that started better of the two sides: Lewis Vaughan headed over before Jamie Gullan shot just wide.

It took Rovers 30 minutes to take a deserved lead. A great passing move involving Liam Dick, Dylan Easton and Brad Spencer, saw Gullan play in Vaughan who clipped a left-footed shot beyond Kyle Gourlay in the Cove goal. Cove Rangers 0-1 Rovers.

Rovers’ lead didn’t last long, though. Ryan Nolan handballed in the box and Cove’s Leighton McIntosh took full advantage by slotting the resultant penalty home, sending Jamie MacDonald the wrong way. Cove Rangers 1-1 Rovers.

Rovers regained the lead just before half-time. Ross Millen’s cross broke to Easton on the edge of the box and after some neat footwork, he slotted a left-footed volley in off the post. And was then booked for his celebrations. Cove Rangers 1-2 Rovers.

Dylan Easton fires home goal number 2


Half-time: Cove Rangers 1-2 Raith Rovers


The second-half was lacking any real quality from either team. Rovers’ best chance came from a cross come shot from Vaughan, which was tipped over the bar.

Both teams made changes to try and spur life into the game but it wasn’t until the 92nd minute before the drama unfolded. A Cove corner was headed in the direction of the unmarked Morgyn Neill, and his header was enough to beat MacDonald low to his right. Cove Rangers 2-2 Rovers.

A disappointing day for Rovers and the hardy band of supporters that travelled north.

Full Time: Cove Rangers 2-2 Raith Rovers
Crowd: 726

by David Proudfoot

Welcome to today’s Cinch Championship game at the Balmoral Stadium - Cove Rangers v Raith Rovers. A number of changes for Raith from the game on Wednesday night and a much healthier subs bench
It’s cold with a gentle breeze here today
Cove Rangers get the game underway. Raith are defending the away end this half
Five with the first free kick of the afternoon just in the Raith
Ball falls to Vaughan who tries to go right up the line but he’s challenged - Throw in Raith
Great play from Raith there. Dick gets the ball into the box and Vaughan’s header goes just over the bar
Connolly passes to Millen who plays the long ball but no Raith player there to pick up
Lang with the long ball to Gullan but he’s covered by a Cove Player
Vaughan with a gentle lift of the ball in the Cove box but it doesn’t trouble Gourlay
Cove get a corner to the front post Gullan has swipe to clear but kicks fresh air. Raith eventually clear
Leitch has a pop but it’s blocked by Raith
Ball passed to Vaughan, he passes to Easton he cuts the ball back but Cove intercept
Lang heads clear in the Raith box as Cove push forward, corner Cove
Nolan intercepts as Cove again push forward
Easton with a a gentle pass to Gullan in the Cove box but it’s not accurate enough
Freekick Raith deep in Cove half
Easton takes it, swings the ball into the box and Gourlay punches clear
Millen with a good ball into the box to Gullan, he takes a wee touch, turns and shoots. Ball is just wide of goal
Spencer tries to the the long ball to Connolly but it doesn’t quite reach him
Easton passes the ball to Liam Dick he takes it a wee bit up field, crosses the ball into the Cove box but it doesn’t reach a Raith player
Great build up by Raith which results in VAUGHAN breaking through and sloting home his first for this afternoon
Freekick Cove approx 25 yards out
Penalty kick for Cove, Dairh players are protesting
McIntosh to take, he shoots to the left MacDonald dives to his left. Cove acore
Spencer feeds the ball to Connolly but he’s judged to be offside in the bix
Cove corner as Lang clears in the Raith box
Ball falls to front of the box and Raith clear
Longstaff gets the ball into the Raith box and cuts it to the the penalty spot thankfully Raith clear
Freekick Cove
From the freekick ball falls to the back of the box, Cove drop it to Leitch who has a pop and MacDonald saves
Cove Rangers 1 Raith 1
Freekick Raith after Easton is held back just in the Raith half
Vaughan has a pop approx 3 yards out, he appeals for a hand ball as Cove block
It’s EASTON who has a pop just outside the box and the ball is in the back of the net. He’s also booked for the way he celebrates
Vaughan slots the ball into the box but no one to take advantage
Ref blows for half time Cove 1 (McIntosh 32) Raith 2 ( Vaughan 28’, Easton 42’)
Raith get the second half underway
Raith shooting towards their own fans this half
Nolan shields the ball to stop Leitch allowing McDonald to collect
Attendance is 746
Ball falls to Gullan he heads of away from Gourlay he tries to get the ball into the mix but it doesn’t quite come to fruition
Millen makes a long clearance upfield, Connolly tries to run on to it but can’t quite get there
Neill for Cove has the ball he turns and shoots, ball blocked he shouts for hand ball but ref says no
Easton passes to Spencer who stand firm when challenged but his forward pass is poor
Free kick Cove just in their half
Easton with a great ball to Vaughan, he has a wee look up but his shot is just wide
Freekick Raith after Easton is held back
Cove with a double substitution off goes Longstaff and Leitch and on come Glass and Megginson
Freekick Raith after Spencer is fouled on the halfway line
Raith playing well as they put in the challenges and blocks when Cove come forward
Vaughan with a pass to Gullan who then fouls the Cove player who is marking him, free kick Cove
Great play from Raith as Easton and Dick link well as Raith push forward. . Play ends with Cove clearing
Freekick Raith after Megginson fouls
Dunne with what I am assuming is a cross into the Raith box but it’s too high and ball goes out for a goal kick
Good shot from Vaughan as his ball is forced over the bat by Gourlay, corner Raith
Raith look for a penalty as Connolly is brought to ground
Cove sub off Dunne and bring on J Masson
Freekick Raith after a foul on Brown
Megginson booked
Ref has booked one of the back room staff for Cove
Raith sub off Gullan and bring on McBride
Cove on the push at the moment which has ended with MacDonald collecting the ball
Good ball from Easton to Vaughan
Play halted as Easton is treated
Raith sub off Easton and bring on Mitchell
Freekick Cove deep in Raith half
Raith sub off Vaughan and bring on Wednesday night goal scorer Frederiksen
Raith sitting too deep as Cove come forward
Good play from Raith as ball passed to Mitchell who piers forward but he and Brown get in each others way
Arrgggh a pass to Mitchell who is again powering forward but the pass is just short
Frederiksen with a rather hopeful shot just in the Cove half
Cove corner
Cove corner
Cove score
It was Neill from just inside the box
Full time Cove Rangers 2 (McIntosh 32’ , Neill 92’) Raith 2 (Vaughan 18’, Easton 42’). Scottish cup tie next week away to Linlithgow Rose
Cove Rangers: Gourlay, Scully, Neill, Yule, McIntosh, McClelland, Longstaff, Leitch, Dunne, Reynolds (c), Paterson

Subs: McKenzie, Ross, Megginson, Masson, Vigurs, Glass

Raith: MacDonald, Dick, Millen, Nolan, Spencer, Connolly, Gullan, Vaughan, Lang, Brown(c), Easton

Subs: McNeil, McBride, Arnott, Mitchell, Young, Masson, Frederiksen


Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after yesterday’s draw:

Rovers will be hoping to make it seven games unbeaten this Saturday, when they head to Aberdeen to face Paul Hartley’s new charges, Cove Rangers.

The former Raith midfielder left Hartlepool in September, with the North East club struggling at the foot of League Two, and he returned to Balmoral Park for his second stint as boss last week, following the surprise departure of Jim McIntyre.

Hartley will be hoping for a reaction from his first game, second time around however, with his side going down 6-0 at home to an impressive looking Queen’s Park side.

Rovers on the other hand go into this one on the back of a 1-0 win over Queen’s Park in midweek, with John Frederiksen’s first goal for the club ensuring a date with either Dundee or Dunfermline in the semi finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

This will be the club’s fourth meeting this season, with Raith winning two and losing one of the prior three.

Cove were worthy winners on the opening day of the league season, when a brace from Mitch Megginson gave Cove a 2-0 win.

Rovers headed back to Balmoral Park in September for an SPFL Trust Trophy third round tie, with a Connor McBride goal splitting the teams in a 1-0 victory, Rovers first ever win at the venue.

Their last meeting in October at Stark’s Park was more one sided however, with goals from Aidan Connolly, Jamie Gullan and Sam Stanton handing Raith a dominant 3-0 win.

Saturday’s match referee will be Lloyd Wilson.

Head-to-Head Record

Cove Rangers wins: 3

Raith Rovers wins: 3

Draws: 0