SPFL Trust Trophy

Final

Raith Rovers v Hamilton Academical

Falkirk Stadium
Sunday 26th March 2023
Kick off: 4.15pm

Live on BBC Alba

 

Raith Rovers Ticket holders

Raith Rovers ticket allocation of 3,656 is completely SOLD OUT

Raith Rovers supporters should approach Falkirk Stadium via Fire Station Road.

Rovers supporters tickets are for seats in:
The South Stand – Blocks A to E
The Main (West) Stand – Blocks A to D

Rovers supporter buses are fully booked and will leave the North Stand at Stark’s Park at 2.15pm sharp. Please report there for 2pm.

There will be bus stewards with lists to ensure supporters board the correct bus.

The Raith Suite bar will be open at Stark’s Park from 11am on Sunday, selling drinks and breakfast rolls to supporters.

 

Additional Information

  • Admission to this match is by ticket only. The advice to all is to arrive early to avoid delays at the turnstiles.
  • There will be no cash gate in operation on the day
  • A fee of £5.00 will be charged to supporters for car parking in Monoblock Car Park 2. Those wishing to park at the Falkirk Stadium should arrive as early as possible.
  • The stadium turnstiles will open at 3.15pm and stewards will be on hand to check tickets and undertake searches.
  • Anyone arriving at the turnstiles intoxicated or in possession of alcohol or pyrotechnics will be refused entry.
  • Those found in possession of alcohol or pyrotechnics inside the stadium will be ejected.
  • All supporters are reminded that all forms of smoking including Vapes are prohibited.
  • SPFL Ground Rules are displayed at all points of entry.
  • No alcohol to be consumed on supporter buses en-route to the Final.
  • Supporters are reminded that this is a neutral venue and as such each club will be held responsible to repair or pay for any damage caused by their own supporters whilst in the Falkirk Stadium.
  • In the event of a draw at the end of normal time, it will be at the referee’s discretion which goal penalty kicks will be taken into after extra time if the match remains drawn (taking into consideration various factors such as safety and the potential risk from pitch incursions)

 

Match Preview

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

Draws: 63

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