Team Pd GD Pt
1 Dundee United 24 35 51
2 Raith Rovers 24 11 50
3 Partick Thistle 24 7 38
4 Morton 24 6 36
5 Ayr United 25 -11 29
6 Dunfermline Athletic 24 -6 28
7 Airdrieonians 23 -6 28
8 Queen's Park 25 -12 27
9 Inverness CT 25 -2 26
10 Arbroath 24 -22 20
Updated: 24th Feb
Friday November 24th 2023

Dunfermline Athletic 0 – 3 Raith Rovers

Scottish Cup 3rd Round and another Fife Derby

Rovers made the short trip along the A92 for what was to be the 4th game between the teams already this season. The previous encounters have been closely fought battles, however, this one was to be quite different.

With Rovers stretched for defensive cover, Ian Murray opted for a 3-6-1 formation with new signing Daniel O’Reilly – the only recognised central defender – coming straight into the side.
Dunfermline started the game reasonably well as Rovers adjusted to the new formation, however this didn’t last long. As Rovers’ numbers in midfield started to take control, and it was clear each one of the six in midfield had licence to get forward to support Jack Hamilton up front when possible.

Rovers could have taken the lead after nice work down the right from Aidan Connolly, his cross was met by Hamilton but could only be deflected onto the post by Lewis Vaughan.

However, it wasn’t long before Hamilton did find his shooting boots. Dylan Easton made a fantastic mazy run into the box and his cut back was perfect for Jack Hamilton to slot home. Dunfermline 0-1 Rovers.

Rovers had chances to extend the lead but failed to put any of them away, so went in 1-0 up at the break.

Half-time: Dunfermline 0-1 Raith Rovers

Dunfermline had a positive 10-15 min spell after the break, although rarely had Kevin Dabrowski’s goal in too much danger; indeed, it was Rovers that came closest as Josh Mullin’s deflected effort hit the cross bar and went over.

20 mins into the second half and Rovers took full command. Mullin’s free kick into the box eventually found Sam Stanton who made no mistake from 10 yards out. Dunfermline 0-2 Rovers.

A few minutes later saw Rovers kill off the game as a contest. As Connolly looked to be shaping a cross from a wide free kick, Lewis Vaughan deceived everyone with a trademark front post shot which beat Deniz Mehmet and sent the away end into raptures. Dunfermline 0-3 Rovers.

It looked as though Rovers’ clean sheet was to be spoiled when Dunfermline were awarded a late penalty; however, the man who is becoming a cult hero in these parts, Kevin Dabrowski, pulled off a fantastic save to keep it at 3-0.

A thoroughly excellent performance from Rovers, and maintains bragging rights in Fife until at least the New Year league game. Rovers reward is an away trip to Livingston in the next round.

Full-time: Dunfermline 0-3 Raith Rovers
Crowd: 5,243
by David Proudfoot

Welcome to tonight’s Scottish Cup tie at East End Park - Dunfermline v Raith. It’s cold 🥶
Dunfermline get the game underway
Raith shooting towards the away end
First corner to Dunfermline
Ball placed into the mix but bounces through with Stanton eventually clearing
Easton takes the ball out to the left, he passes in to the centre but ball intercepted and cleared
Ooft Raith come close as Connolly run down the right cuts the ball in and Hamilton has a pop but ball goes wide
Stanton plays the ball into Vaughan but possibly a tad heavy
Connolly plays a lovely pass to Mullin who plays the high pass to Hamilton who headers over the bar
Freekick Raith after Vaughan fouled … approx 30 yards out
Well blocked by Captain Brown as he stops Moffat.. corner Dunfermline which comes to nothing
Fantastic play from EASTON as he draws the ball into the box then SCORES
This throwing of pyros on to the pitch has to stop
Allan with the ball into the box, O’Reilly heads clear
Ball passed to Mullin who passes into the box but Hamilton can’t get a toe to it
Connolly to Millen who swings the ball into the box but Raith can’t capitalise
Edward’s with a high ball into the Raith box and Big Kev leaps up and gathers
Mullin is unlucky with his pass to Connolly as Raith keep on the pressure
Dunfermline 0 Raith 1 (Easton 14’)
Smith tries to play the pass to Vaughan to take up the left wing but it’s a tad heavy and over the line for a Dunfermline throw in
Stanton doing well to stop a McCann pass
Cleared well by Brown to stop any Dunfermline advancement
McCann gets the ball placed well for Allan in the Raith box but the latter thankfully slips
Ball passed to Connolly who goes for a run, he tries to cross into the Dunfermline box but ball blocked
Easton takes the ball to the byline cuts the ball back into the 6yard box but Dunfermline clear
Alan should have been booked there for an appalling foul on Easton
Moffat with a shot and Big Kev gets down to outstretche and palm away
+1 ref blows for half time Dunfermline 0 Raith 1 (Easton 14’)
Vaughan gets the second half underway… can’t see any changes from either team
Sam’s cross into the box from the left is too deep
Dunfermline sub off Chalmers and Jakubiak and bring on Ritchie-Hosler and Todd
Hamilton booked
Raith throw in deep in Dunfermline half
O’Reilly with a lovely cross into the Dunfermline box, ball eventually falls to Mullin who has a pop, its goal bound but ball hits off the cross bar
Brown with strong clearence in the Raith box
Booking for Otoo
Freekick Raith just over 30 yards out
It’s STANTON who slots the ball home for goal number two
Mullin brings the ball upfield he passes forward for Connolly to latch on but a tad heavy
Freekick Raith after a foul on Millen just outside the right side of the Dunfermline box
Big kev with a great save from close range
Dunfermline sub off Otoo and bring on Wighton
Raith sub off Hamilton and being on Gullan
Penalty Dunfermline
O’Reilly and Connolly booked
Gullan brings the ball into the box but he tries to round his player instead of going for the shot
Five min to go Dunfermline 0 Raith 3
Raith sub off smith and bring on McGill
Ref blows for full time Dunfermline 0 Raith 3 ( Hamilton 14’, Stanton 64’, Vaughan 69’)….. three scud to the Rovers and how dare we celebrate… Yyyaaaaassss
Dunfermline: Mehmet, Comrie, Edwards, Hamilton (c), Otoo, Chalmers, McCann, Jakubiak, Fisher, Moffat, Allan

Subs: Little, Ritchie-Hosler, Wighton, Todd, Fenton, O’Halloran

Raith: Dabrowski, Millen, Connolly, Vaughan, Smith, Mullin, Stanton, Hamilton, Brown (c), Easton, O’Reilly,

Subs: Thomson, Corr, McGill, Gullan, Hannah

© Eddie Doig 2023

Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the win in the Scottish Cup:


Goalscorer Jack Hamilton spoke to RaithTV after progressing in the Scottish Cup:

Raith Rovers kick off their Scottish Cup campaign this weekend, and it’s a Fife derby to boot, as they head to East End Park to face Dunfermline.

It’ll be the first time the two sides have met in the competition since a fourth round meeting in January 2019, when a Lewis Vaughan hat-trick sealed a memorable 3-0 win at Stark’s Park for the home side.

The Pars have won just once in their last six matches, but they do sit just outside the playoffs having played a game fewer than fourth placed side Airdrie.

Despite it only being November, this will be the sides fourth meeting already this season, with James McPake’s side winning on penalties on the opening day of the season in a League Cup group stage match, after the game had finished one all.

Rovers came out on top in both league matches 1-0, with Sam Stanton scoring the only goal on the last visit to East End Park in August, and the same player’s last gasp winner from was all that separated the sides at a dramatic meeting at Stark’s Park last month.

This will be Rovers third consecutive away match in what is a tough sequence of six matches away from Kirkcaldy in just seven games, however, they are on a fine eight game unbeaten run, with their most recent outing a 4-1 win at Hamilton in an SPFL Trust quarter final tie, which sealed a semi-final match up against Airdrie.

Rovers do have a good record in this fixture, with four wins and four draws from the last 10 meetings, and Friday night’s match must be played to a finish, with replays now no longer featuring in the the competition.

Friday night’s match referee will be Willie Collum.

Head-To-Head Record

Dunfermline Athletic Wins: 52

Raith Rovers Wins: 45

Draws: 31