Cowdenbeath 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 10th July 2021

Central Park 

Kick off: 3.00pm

Premier Sports Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets for the game can be purchased HERE.

Match Preview: 

Despite not feeling that long ago since the curtain came down on last season, Raith Rovers kick off their 2021/22 campaign this Saturday, with a Fife derby in the League Cup group stage.

They’ll make the short journey to Central Park to face Cowdenbeath, in the opening match of a pool that also features Alloa, Brechin and Livingston.

Rovers have yet to make it out of the group stages since they were brought back to the competition in 2016, and while they’ve finished second on two occasions, they’ve never managed to qualify as a best runner up.

The regionalised nature of this round means Rovers have faced off against some familiar faces in recent seasons, and none more so than the Blue Brazil, who they’ve been grouped with four times in five years, with Raith having a mixed record against them over the period.

Lewis Vaughan and Liam Buchanan were on the score sheet in a comfortable 2-0 win in 2017, but the scoreline was reversed 12 months later in a match played at Methil while Raith had their new pitch installed, thanks to a brace from Jordyn Sheerin.

Their most recent meeting was in November last year, with Raith winning by a goal to nil at Central Park, thanks to a first half strike from Manny Duku.

Blue Brazil boss, Garry Bollan has certainly opted for experience during his summer transfer window, with his five signings all having played at higher levels in the past. Liam Buchanan and Bobby Barr will both be well known to Rovers fans, but also joining the squad are former Dunfermline goalkeeper, Cammy Gill, former Queen of the South, St Mirren and Dumbarton midfielder, Kyle Hutton, and ex-Hearts defender, Craig Thomson.

Rovers hold the upper hand in the most recent meetings, but only just, with six wins and four defeats from the last 10 contests.

Saturday’s match referee will be Gavin Duncan.

Head-To-Head Cup Record:

Cowdenbeath Wins: 7 | Raith Rovers Wins: 7 | Draws: 1

Cowdenbeath Goals: 18 | Raith Rovers Goals: 25

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