Team Pd GD Pt
1 Queen's Park 22 14 40
2 Ayr United 22 17 39
3 Dundee 21 11 38
4 Partick Thistle 22 5 33
5 Inverness CT 22 2 31
6 Morton 21 5 30
7 Raith Rovers 23 -1 30
8 Cove Rangers 22 -17 22
9 Arbroath 23 -15 21
10 Hamilton Academical 22 -21 17
Updated: 28th Jan
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


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