Saturday November 4th 2023
Raith Rovers 1 – 1 Airdrieonians
Both teams are on the pitch. A Remembrance Day minute silence to be observed.
Raith kick off, shooting into South Stsnd goals.
Stanton cuts inside, shoots just outside box. Well held by the keeper.
Connolly heads past the keeper, but a defebder is in the line to save Airdrie’s shut out.
Dabrowski with a big save to his right.
Vaughan bundled off the ball in the box. He wanted a penalty. Ref says, no.
Crossbar! Airdrie turning on the style.
Incredible save from Dabrowski. A 20-yarder was travelling. Palmed onto the right post. Airdrie fans were up and ready to celebrate.
McStravik replaces Hancock
Connolly with the dummy, sends SMITH through. He slams it past Rae.
Half time: Raith Rovers 1-0 Airdrieonians
Airdrie on top in the first half, but Raith in the lead at the break.
Airdrie kick off the second half.
Todorov rises unmarked to head home from 4 yards.
Easton replaces Mullin
Vaughan tries a 20 yarder. Sails over the bar.
Todorov replaced by Gallagher.
Dabrowski tries to clear outside the box, but it deflects off an Airdrie forward. Keeper clears at the second attempt.
Connolly with a superb shot, from outside the box. Outstanding one hand save from Rae.
McGill replaces Connolly.
Masson replaces Vaughan
McStravik sent through from a great ball. He shoots early and doesn’t worry Dabrowski.
McGregor replaces Taylor-Sinclair
McGill replaces McMaster
Telfer booked for time wasting.
Easton with a big chance. Stanton does all the hard work, sends him through, but his shot is weak.
Airdrie free kick. Not picked up at back post. Not sure how the forward didn’t score there.
McGill shot deflected wide. Corner Raith.
Full time: Raith Rovers 1-1 Airdrieonians
Dabrowski, Dick, Millen, Murray, Connolly, Vaughan, Smith, Mullin, Stanton, Brown, Byrne. Subs: Thomson, Easton, McGill, Hannah, Masson.
Rae, Ballantyne, Taylor-Sinclair, McCabe, Hancock, Frizzell, Todorov, McMaster, Megwa, Watson, Telfer. Subs: Hutton, O’Connor, McGregor, Gallagher, McStravick, Dunlop, McGill, Cassidy, Spalding.
After a hard fought 2-1 win at Cappielow against Morton on Tuesday evening, Raith Rovers are back at Stark’s Park this Saturday, as they host Airdrieonians.
Rhys McCabe’s Diamonds made a fine start to the season, with nine wins across their first 13 league and cup fixtures, but that good form has stuttered to a halt in recent weeks, with just one point taken from their last four matches.
Their most recent defeat came on Tuesday evening, when they went down by two goals to nil at home to league leaders Dundee United.
Despite that downturn in fortunes, Airdrie are still sitting fifth in the Championship table, albeit almost all the teams below them are not only within touching distance, but have played two games fewer.
Rovers on the other hand are in fine fettle, with Aidan Connolly’s two headed goals versus Dougie Imrie’s side ensuring all three points were brought back to Kirkcaldy.
That made it eight wins for Rovers in their last 10 fixtures, with their only loss in that sequence coming against Saturday’s opponents in their prior meeting this season.
Calum Gallagher’s solitary goal was all that separated the teams on the day, in a closely fought encounter where Raith were unable to break down an obdurate Airdrie side.
That loss brought to an end an unbeaten run against Airdrie which had lasted 17 games across 12 years, with the last defeat coming way back in 2011.
Saturday’s match referee will be Chris Graham.
Raith Rovers wins: 19
Airdrie wins: 11