Raith Rovers 

Albion Rovers 

Saturday 1st August 2015

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy 

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Information:

Adults:   £12

Concessions:  £6 (Under 16, Over 65 and Disabled*)

Parent & Child:   £15

* Carer, where required, free

Albion Rovers fans will be accommodated in the Turnbull Hutton Stand (South Section). Turnstiles will open at 1400 and for all supporters accessing the Turnbull Hutton Stand, the Raith Suite will be open for the sale of alcohol and other refreshments. Fans are reminded that this is a League Cup fixture played to a finish, which may include extra time and penalties.

Match Preview:

Stark’s Park will host it’s first competitive game of the season this weekend, as Albion Rovers make the trip to Kirkcaldy for the first time in 11 years, in a League Cup first round tie.

Albion Rovers player-manager, Darren Young has brought in half-a-dozen new faces to beef up a side which won last season’s League Two title. Goalkeeper, Ross Stewart has joined after leaving Motherwell, while the midfield has been bolstered by the arrival of two former ex-Raith players. Scott McBride could start on the left-hand side after he was released by Arbroath in the summer, while central midfielder, Mark Ferry has also joined the Coatbridge side.

On the right, Paul Willis could start after he left Colin Cameron’s Berwick Rangers side in the summer, while up-front, ex-Dunfermline Athletic striker, Andrew Barrowman could feature after he left East End Park, while ex-Partick striker, Yamikani Misanjo has also joined after leaving Rossvale juniors.

Both sides had contrasting fortunes in last weekend’s opening round of the Petrofac Training Cup. While Raith were seeing off Cowdenbeath by a goal to nil, thanks to a first-half strike from Lewis Vaughan, Albion Rovers were being eliminated by Ayr United at Somerset Park.

An Alan Trouten penalty gave the home side the lead late in the first-period, before Nicky Devlin and Ross Caldwell gave The Honest Men an unassailable lead in the second-half. Ally Love’s injury-time riposte was scant consolation for Darren Young’s team.

This will be just the fourth time that the two sides have played each other in cup competition, and Rovers have yet to register a win over the Coatbridge side over 90 or 120 minutes.

Their last meeting was at the same stage of this competition back in 2008, when after a 0-0 draw, Gareth Wardlaw scored the decisive penalty in a 4-3 shoot-out win for Raith, with David McGurn stopping two of Albion Rovers penalties.

It was a different story in 2004 however, when a Mark Yardley inspired Albion Rovers team sent Claude Anelka’s outfit spiraling out of the Challenge Cup at Stark’s Park, after the away side won 2-0.

Despite that loss, Raith have an excellent head-to-head record against Albion Rovers, with 8 wins and a draw from their last ten meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Nick Walsh.

Head-to-Head Cup Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 1 | Albion Rovers Wins: 2 | Draws: 0

Raith Rovers Goals: 1 | Albion Rovers Goals: 4

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 9/20 | Albion Rovers: 4/1 | Draw: 11/2

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