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
Saturday January 20th 2024

Livingston 2 – 1 Raith Rovers

Rovers made to pay for missed chances

Over 1,500 Rovers fans travelled to Livingston for the Scottish Cup 4th Round tie. Fans’ favourite Kevin Dabrowski was back in goal and Rovers opted for the three at the back that was so successful against Dunfermline in the previous round.

Rovers started on the front foot and Lewis Vaughan was denied at close range by Shamal George in the home goal. It didn’t take Rovers long to find the lead though. Ross Millen’s long ball in behind was perfectly brought down by Jack Hamilton and he blasted a shot low into the net. Livingston 0-1 Rovers.

Although Rovers dominated the opening 15 minutes, Livingston gradually played their way into the game and started to threaten the away goal. The home side were afforded a great chance to equalise when Kyle Turner bundled over Andrew Shinnie in the box. It was Shinnie himself who stepped up for the penalty but his effort struck the post and Dabrowski, and stayed out.

Ten minutes later, though, the home side did draw level: a cross from the left found Jamie Brandon at the back post and he made no mistake from ten yards out. Parity restored after half an hour. Livingston 1-1 Rovers.

The half played out in a very stop-start manner with the best chance falling to Callum Smith but he headed wide.

Half-time: Livingston 1-1 Raith Rovers

Rovers started the second half in positive fashion and Aidan Connolly put a guilt-edged chance over the bar after a nice flick on from Hamilton. Smith was next to threaten but his volley went wide of the goal. Some neat dribbling on the edge of the box from Vaughan drew a free kick – with Rovers’ fans and players claiming it was inside the box – but his eventual effort went well over the bar.

The game was becoming an end-to-end affair. Stephen Kelly blasted over from just inside the box for the home side before Liam Dick’s shot was well tipped over by George in the home goal. Connolly was next to spurn a chance from close range as his effort was blocked on the six yard line.

Rovers were to rue the missed opportunities. With ten minutes left, a perfectly curled cross from the left was headed into the bottom corner by Daniel Mackay to give the home side the lead. Livingston 2-1 Rovers.

Rovers will definitely feel this was an opportunity to progress that got away from them; however, based on some very positive second half play, Rovers should go into league business next week hoping to find their way back to winning ways.

Full-time: Livingston 2-1 Raith Rovers

Crowd: 2,580

by David Proudfoot


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Welcome to today’s 4th round Scottish Cup Tie at Tony Macaroni Arena - Livingston v Raith
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Starts for Dabrowski, Millen and Smith. In the event of the game being level after full time, the game will go to extra time (penalties if still all level)
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Livingston get the tie underway. Raith shooting towards the shopping centre and
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Early corner to Esirh, Connolly to take
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Ball floated to front post and Livingston head clear
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From another corner, Mullin takes it. Again ball to front post and Livingston clear
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ggoooalll
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It’s HAMILTON.who picks up a pass and slots the ball home
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Byrne with the block from Shinnie pop
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Connolly with a great ball over to Smith but Kivibgston get there first
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Freekick Livingston approx thirty yards out, meets the head of Sangare but his effort is wide- goal kick
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Corner Raith after. Vaughan gets the ball into the box and passes to Smith the latter winning the corner
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Connolly has a pop from 25 yards out - ball wide
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Livingston with the majority of the ball at the moment, passing back and forth but not really troubling Raith
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Livingston penalty after Turner slightly over hits his ball and Livingston steal it.. player goes into the box and turner brings him diwn
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Shinnie takes it and ball HITS THE POST
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Freekick Livingston and Dabrowski punches clear
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Shinnie to Brandon , Smith loses his man but the Raith defence there to clear the sanger
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Mullin with the ball has a pop but ball straight to George’s hands
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Millen with the long ball to Smith who passes to Vaughan, his effort is blocked by Livingston and out for a corner
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Vaughan tries an overhead flick the Raith fans further down the stand feel a hand ball by Devlin
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Play halted for treatment to a Livingston player in their box
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Game fairly evenly matched and Raith holding their own.
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Livingston forced into a substitution going off Montano and on coming MacKay
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Game is back underway
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Livingston 0 Raith 1 (Hamilton 4’)
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Livingston score - Brandon scores from close range
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Freekick Raith after a foul on Turner personally feel it should have been a. Booking for Guthrie
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Brown does well to stop Guthrie
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Corner Livingston- ball played to front post and Turner heads clear. Another corenr
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Connolly down after ball is thumped to the back of his head. Play immediately halted for tratmebr
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Connolly back in his feet and play gets underway
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Corner Raith after great play between Mullin and Vaughan
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Ball played to the penalty spot but cleared
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Liam Dick with an excellent clearance
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Freekick Raith just in their half after Hamilton is fouled
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Ref claiming he didn’t see Turner being hit in the face
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Vaughan muscles Brandon off the ball
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Okay halted as Livingston player receiving treatment on halfway line
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Guthrie is back in his feet but it’s a slow way along then halfway line where a substitution will be made - off goes Guthrie and on comes Anderson
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+3 play is back underway
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+4 Mullin with a low shot but it doesn’t trouble George who gets down to save
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+4 freekick Raith after Hamilton is fouled deep in Livingston half
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+6 corner Raith Connolly’s ball placed to the penalty spot and Smith’s header just wide
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+8 ref blows for half time Livingston 1 (Brandon 32’) Raith 1 (Hamilton 4’)
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Raith get the second half underway
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Vaughan to Turner who is on the edge of the box but the latter can’t quite get the ball under control
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Hamilton gets the ball to Connolly he only has the keeper to beat but ball well over the bar
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Livingston corner doesn’t come to much
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Byrnes pass to Connolly doesn’t quite reach and Livingston intercept
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Hamilton on the floor and Devlin shouting in his face not allowing Hamilton to get up, ref can’t see but linesman does and says nothing
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Smith with a pop but ball goes across the goal and out for a goal kick
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Devlin fouls Hamilton, again, freekick Raith but the ref seems to have forgotten his yellow card today
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Brilliant play from Vaughan he takes the ball into the box and is fouls, ref says foul happened outside the box and in the D. Freekick Raith
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Ball skied
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Shot by Kelly and excellent save by Big Kev- Livingston corner
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Substitution for Livinstonnoff goes Devlin and on comes Donnellan
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Kelly blooters the ball well above the bar from about 5 yards out
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Hamilton fouled again this time by Holt
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Millen with a great ball into the livi box, George comes out and punches clear but Mullin can get the ball under control
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Liam Dick with a thumper, forcing George to palm over the bar
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Turner off for Easton
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Smith does well to hold off a Livingston threat
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Easton booked -
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Connolly steals the ball from Sangare, play ends with ref blowing for a foul in Livingston box
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Easton with the ball tight across the box ball goes out Easton claiming for a corner but Ref says no
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Vaughan is through in goal linesman takes his time to put his flag up
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Livingston score MacKay
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Raith sub off Byrne and bring on Gullan
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Easton’s pass to Connolly is over coooked and ball goes out for a goal kick
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Red has booked a Livingston player - Shinnie is shown the yellow for a foul on Easton
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Livingston sub off Kelly and bring on Penrice
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Attendance is 2580
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Livingston player booked for time wasting for the corner
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Red blows for full time Livingston 2 ( Beandon32’, Mackay 82’) Raith 1 ( Hamilton 4’) no shame from Raith’s game today, well played guys
Livingston: George, Montano, Devlin (c), Pittman, Kelly, Brandon, Holt, Sangare, Nottingham, Shinnie, Guthrie

Subs: McGovern, Donnellan, Anderson, MacKay, Penrice, Ledingham, Culbert, Lawal

Raith: Dabrowski, Dick, Millen, Connolly, Vaughan, Smith, Mullin, Turner, Hamilton, Brown (c), Byrne

Subs: McNeil, Thomson, Murray, Gullan, Corr, Easton, McGill, Hannah, Masson

© Eddie Doig 2024

Ian spoke to RaithTV after today’s defeat in the Scottish Cup:

After the disappointment of losing top spot in the Championship last weekend, Raith Rovers will be looking to get back to winning ways, when they face Livingston in a Scottish Cup fourth round tie.

This will be the third time the two sides have played each other in this competition in the last five years, and despite impressing on both occasions, Rovers lost out on both occasions.

In 2020, John Baird gave Rovers a deserved lead midway through the first period, but a late brace from Steven Lawless and a goal from Lyndon Dykes saw Livi into the next round.

It was a similar story a year later, when Lewis Vaughan opened the scoring in the first half, only for Jack Fitzwater to equalise in the second half, before Matej Poplatnik scored the winner for Livingston in extra time.

You have to go back eight years for Rovers last win against Saturday’s opponents, with Aidan Connolly the only scorer in a 1-0 Championship win.

Saturday’s match referee will be Grant Irvine

Head to Head Record:

Livingston wins: 29

Raith Rovers wins: 31

Draws: 11