Raith beaten in Trust Trophy Final vs Hamilton
Hamilton started the match by far the better side, being much sharper and dominating the possession, with Raith struggling to string multiple passes together.
Although Hamilton started better, dominating the early stages of the game it took them until the 30th minute to get a good chance that unfortunately from a Raith point of view found the back of the net after a corner found its way to former Raith favourite, Reghan Tumilty.
The Accies number 22 smashed the ball emphatically past Jamie MacDonald to put Hamilton ahead. GOAL HAMILTON 1-0!
Raith very quickly became more dominant, and soon created a good chance for Lewis Vaughan that was well blocked in the box shortly before half-time. Raith soon created another chance just before half-time, when Liam Dick’s cross just passed Lewis Vaughan. HT 1-0 HAMILTON.
Raith started the 2nd half in the same fashion as they ended the 1st half, with an early chance after a superb first touch from Sam Stanton lead to a fantastic chance well saved by Hamilton’s goal keeper and Man of the Match, Fulton.
Raith soon had the task of playing against a 10 man Hamilton after O’Reilly was shown a red card after a collision with Sam Stanton in the 55th minute.
Raith took full control of the game after the sending off, creating multiple half chances that were either well blocked or excellently saved by Fulton. However the best save came when Lewis Vaughan’s glancing header was amazingly saved and pushed over the cross bar.
Fulton continued to extravagantly keep the ball out of the net when the ball found its way to Lewis Vaughan, in the box, where he volleyed the ball from 4 yards on target, but Fulton was there once again.
Raith were soon claiming a penalty that was not given, when Lewis Vaughan felt he was fouled in the box, but the referee was having none of it and actually gave Hamilton a freekick instead.
Subs: McNeil, Thomson, Connolly, McBride, Ngwenya, Ross, Masson
Hamilton Academical: Fulton, Shiels, O’Reilly, Martin, Ashley-Seal, Smith, Redfern, McGowan (C), Mimnaugh, Tumilty, De Bolle
Subs: Smith, Easton, Zanatta, Sparrow, Stephenson, Tiehi, Winter, Owens, McGinn
© Eddie Doig 2023
Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the SPFL Trust Trophy Final:
It’s been cup final fever in Kirkcaldy this week, with Raith Rovers facing off against Hamilton Academical in the SPFL Trust Trophy final on Sunday.
The match takes place at The Falkirk Stadium, and with Rovers selling their full allocation of tickets, their promises to be a brilliant atmosphere, as Rovers look for their second successive win in the competition, after last year’s 3-1 win over Queen of the South.
Indeed, this is the third successive time that Rovers have reached the final, after defeating Partick Thistle in the semi-final of the 19/20 competition, which was unfortunately mothballed due to the season being curtailed.
Raith have arguably had the toughest possible run to this final, facing four Championship sides on the way to the last two.
Cove were seen off at the Balmoral Stadium in September, with Conor McBride the only scorer in a 1-0 win.
Morton were then the visitors to Stark’s Park in December, and despite holding the upper hand for the bulk of the game, a Lewis Vaughan equaliser in the 1-1 draw took the game to penalties, with young Andy McNeil the hero, saving two spot kicks in the shoot out to see Rovers through 4-2.
Rovers then travelled to Ochilview in the quarter finals to face Queen’s Park, and again one goal was enough, with John Frederiksen the hero on the night with a well taken goal.
The run seemed to be at an end at Dens Park in the semi-finals however, as they trailed Dundee 2-0 with 13 minutes remaining. However, William Akio reduced the arrears in the 77th minute, and five minutes later, Sam Stanton made the score 2-2.
There was no further scoring, which meant Rovers were once again reliant on penalties, and this time Robbie Thomson was the hero, saving Max Anderson’s penalty before Zak Robinson missed his effort to send Rovers through.
Hamilton have played sides from three separate tiers to reach the final, disposing of Lowland League side Rangers B in the third round, before disposing of Championship team Inverness, League One strugglers Clyde and Queen of the South in the quarter finals and semi-final respectively.
This will be the fourth time the two teams have met this season, with Rovers coming out on top in all three.
Their first encounter was back in August, when goals from Dylan Easton and Jamie Gullan sealed a 2-0 away win, and it was the same winning margin at Stark’s Park in November, when goals from Easton, Aidan Connolly and Liam Dick secured a 3-1 victory.
It was a far tighter match at New Douglas Park on January though, with Jamie Gullan’s early goal all that separated the teams.
If Sunday’s match is drawn after normal time, a further 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) of extra time shall be played. Thereafter, if the match is still undecided, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the rules laid down by IFAB. The Club which scores more times in respect of such kicks will be declared the winner of the Match.
Sunday’s match referee is Colin Steven.
Head to Head Record
Raith Rovers wins: 63
Hamilton Academical: 60