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
Tuesday January 2nd 2024

Dunfermline Athletic 1 – 2 Raith Rovers

Derby delight in Dunfermline

Rovers headed west along the A92 for the third time this season with Rovers’ fans still revelling in the 3-0 cup victory in November. This time Rovers were visiting on league business and keen to keep the pressure on Dundee Utd at the top of the table.

Dunfermline were first to threaten but a well worked corner flashed across the face of goal with no takers. This was quickly followed by a similar chance from the other side, but again the ball drifted wide.

Despite the early pressure it was Rovers that broke the deadlock: Josh Mullin’s free kick was whipped into the six yard box and Daniel O’Reilly was on hand to prod home after Lewis Vaughan’s effort was saved by Deniz Mehmet. Dunfermline 0-1 Rovers.

Rovers continued to put pressure on Dunfermline and Mullin saw his snapshot well saved by Mehmet. However, in a moment of magic from Ben Summers the hosts managed to restore parity in the 38th minute. His mazy run took him past three players before blasting into the bottom corner. Dunfermline 1-1 Rovers.

Half-time: Dunfermline 1-1 Raith Rovers

Rovers started the second half well and retook the lead five minutes in. Again Daniel O’Reilly was the Rovers’ hero as his determination to beat the defenders to the cross ball paid dividends with him getting his and Rovers’ second goal. Dunfermline 1-2 Rovers.

Dunfermline did put pressure on to find an equaliser but found Rovers’ defence in resolute mood who were also aided by a couple of fine saves from Kevin Dabrowski, and the Pars drew a blank.

Third win for Rovers at East End Park and the bragging rights remain in Kirkcaldy.

Full-time: Dunfermline 1-2 Raith Rovers

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by David Proudfoot

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Happy New Year and welcome to today’s Cinch Championship derby - Dunfermline v Raith. Byrne and Mullin are back in the starting eleven
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After waiting for a steward to remove a Pars pyro, ref gives the go ahead and Dunfermline kick off. Raith shooting towards the home fans this half
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Corner Dunfermline after Easton blocks a Dunfermline cross
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Hamilton for Pars with a header that goes across the face of goal. Goal kick
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Summers low shot blocked by O’Reilly
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Jakubiak with a low shot/cross into the Raith box. Ball goes across the face of goal and out for a goalkick
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Brown with a low shot on goal but it’s from a tight angle and Mehmet smothers
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Great ball from O’Reilly up to Easton but Dunfermline are there too
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Freekick Raith approx 20 yards out at main stand side
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GGGOOOAAALLLL
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From the freekick ball is swung into the danger area and it’s O’REILLY who gets the ball home for Raith
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Booking for a Pars players , Raith freekick near home dugout
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Good ball from Millen to Mullin, the latter is then challenged off the ball
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Booking for Byrne
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Freekick Dunfermline deep in their half after Vaughan fouls
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Dunfermline being forced into an early substitution as off goes injured Fisher and on comes Moffat
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Mullin with a strong shot towards goal forcing Mehmet to palm wide. Corner Raith
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Ball played short and Easton has a pop but his effort is blocked
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Corner Raith again, ball played to far post but headers over the bar- goalkick
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Brown steals the ball goes for a run up the right wing tries to cross the ball into the pars box but ball intercepted
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Ball played to Vaughan just inside the Pars box, he turns and shoots but Mehmet isn’t troubled as he gets down to collect
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Freekick Raith after Summers fouls Byrne - just in Raith half near away dugout
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Corner Raith after a great run by Hamilton into the Pars box
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Byrne has an opportunity to go for the shot but it’s weak
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Mullin again with a a shot that just goes over the bar
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Eaton tries to lay the shot on for Mullin but a pars player gets there first
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Millen this time with a long range but Pars head clear
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Pars score… Summers is left open for the shot and takes his chance
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Game delayed as Dunfermline set off pyros
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Millen with a calm overhead clearance as Pars push
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Mullin again with a shot
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Byrne with a block as Jakubiak goes for the cross
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+1 Dunfermline corner see the ball fall into the Raith danger area. It’s a mad scramble until the ball is cleared
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+4 O’Reilly clears as Dunfermline thump the ball forward
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-+5 goal kick Raith after Otoo fails to keep the ball in play
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+6 O’Reilly with an important tackle in Jakubiak as he looks for a charge
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+8 O’Reilly again with clearance as Pars think they see a way through
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+9 ref blows for halftime Dunfermline 1 (Summers 57’) Raith 1 (O’Reilly 10’)
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Raith get the second half underway
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Throw in Raith deep in Dunfermline half
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Raith corner - ball played to front post and it’s aO’REILLY witht he header home for Raith
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Hamilton runs upfield with the ball he has a shot but it’s blocked
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Corner Raith - ball played to the middle of the box Murray is there but ball headed clear by Dunfermline
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Jakubiak shot blocked by Raith, corner Dunfermline
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Ball played into the mix, Dabrowski punches clear
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Timely tackle by O’Reillly as Pars charge
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Freekick Dunfermline deep in Raith half
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Dabrowski punches clear a Dunfermline shot,
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Cuban with a low shot towards goal Hamilton is there but Summers heads clear
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Raith corner, ball played to front post but it’s cleared
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Raith sub off Hamilton and bring on Gullan
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Breen booked
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Breen is subbed off injured and on comes O’Halloran
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Double sub for Raith off go Brown ad Easton and it’s welcome return, Matthews. Also on is Smith
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Dunfermline also sub off Wighton and bring on T Sutherland
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Dunfermline pressing - an Otoo pass isn’t to anyone and goal kick
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Vaughan runs up the field he looks across and sees Gulllan unfortunately his pass doesn’t reach Gullan in time
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Dunfermline get the ball into the box, a shot is made but thankfully it’s low and Dabrowski gets down to smother
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Freekick Dunfermline after Byrne fouls
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Raith sub off Vaughan and bring on Connolly
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Smith picks up a loose ball, he does the right thing and shoots but his shot is over the bar
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Freekick Raith on the halfway line
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Millen intercepts a Pars pass
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Booking for Chalmers after a foul on Mullin
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Dunfermline come close but Dabrowski somehow gets down
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Dunfermline head towards goal and straight to Dabrowski handa
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Ref blows for full time Dunfermline 1 (summers 37’) Raith 2 (O’Reilly 10, 51’) .. 3 points back to the Kdy
Dunfermline: Mehmet, Comrie, Edwards, Hamilton (c), Otoo, Chalmers, Wighton, Breen, Jakubiak, Fisher, Summers

Subs: Sharp, Little, Moffat, Fenton, O’Halloran, T Sutherland, Hoggan, J Sutherland

Raith: Dabrowski, Dick, Millen, Murray, Vaughan, Mullin, Hamilton, Brown (c), Byrne, Easton, O’Reilly

Subs: Thomson, McNeil, Connolly, Matthews, Gullan, Smith, Corr, McGill, Hannah

© Eddie Doig 2024

Manager Ian Murray talked to RaithTV after today’s win:

 

Double goal-scorer Dan talked to RaithTV after today’s win.

After two consecutive draws at Stark’s Park, Rovers play the role of first footers on Tuesday afternoon, when they head to East End Park for the fifth Fife derby of the season.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Arbroath means Rovers ended the year three points clear at the top of the Championship, although Dundee United have played a game fewer.

Tuesday’s opponents, Dunfermline Athletic were involved in a similar scenario themselves at the weekend, losing a two goal lead slip at Somerset Park against Ayr United, eventually drawing two each, which sees James McPake’s men fourth in the table, two points clear of fifth place Airdrie.

Rovers have won the last three encounters between the teams this season, after drawing the first encounter in the League Cup back in July.

Sam Stanton scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at East End Park in August, and it was the same scoreline and scorer in the return fixture at Stark’s Park in October.

It was a far more straightforward victory in the Scottish Cup in November though, as Jack Hamilton, Stanton again and Lewis Vaughan scored the goals in a 3-0 win.

If Rovers can win at East End Park again on Tuesday, it’ll be the first time they’ve won four consecutive games against the Pars since 1981.

Gordon Wallace’s side won all three of the derbies in the 1980/81 campaign, as well as winning the final encounter of the 79/80 season.

Tuesday afternoon’s match referee will be Graham Grainger.

Head-To-Head Record:

Raith Rovers wins: 46

Dunfermline Athletic wins: 52

Draws: 31