Raith Rovers

v

Cowdenbeath

Saturday 14th July 2018
New Bayview Stadium
Kick off: 3.00pm

Betfred Cup: Group Stage R1

Admission Information:

Adults – £10

Under 16 / Over 65 / Disabled – £5 

This game is pay at the gate and turnstiles will open at 2.00pm. Season tickets are not valid for this match.

The bar will be open to both Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath fans.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers competitive campaign kicks off with a Fife derby this weekend, with both themselves and Cowdenbeath the visitors to Bayview Stadium Methil, with Stark’s Park out of commission, as work continues to lay the new synthetic turf.

The two teams met at the same stage of the competition last season, with Rovers running out 2-0 winners, thanks to goals from Lewis Vaughan and Liam Buchanan. That game was essentially a dead rubber however, with neither side able to qualify, with the two Dundee clubs securing the top two positions in the group.

With Hearts, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Cove Rangers the other sides making up this season’s pool, it’s a tough ask for either of the Fife clubs to make the next stage this season, with only the group winner guaranteed to go through, while the four best runners up from the eight groups making the next stage.

Cowdenbeath manager, Gary Bollan has rebuilt the Blue Brazil side over the summer, as the club again stayed in the SPFL by the skin of their teeth last term, after a 3-2 aggregate win over Cove Rangers, in a tousled, bad-tempered playoff tie in May.

Thirteen players have departed Cowden over the summer, with seven being added, although the squad looks the stronger for it, with a fair amount of pedigree amongst the new recruits.

Left-back, Jason Talbot has been recruited from Dunfermline after his release over the summer, while former Raith midfielder, Martin Scott has also signed up, after leaving Stenhousemuir, who were promoted from the basement division last season.

Centre-half, David Marsh has also made the exact same journey, while former East Fife goalkeeper, Ryan Goodfellow will be expected to fight for the number one position with the present incumbent, David McGurn.

Midfielder, Blair Malcolm has been added after impressing in a loan-spell at Central Park last term, as did Jordyn Sheerin, who’s joined permanently after leaving Kelty Hearts. Lastly, Kris Renton has also returned to the club, after spending last season at Alloa Athletic.

Rovers have been the dominant side over the last few years in this fixture, winning six and losing three of the last 10 meetings between the clubs.

Saturday’s match referee will be Steven Reid

Head-To-Head League Cup Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 3 | Cowdenbeath Wins: 5 | Draws: 1

Raith Rovers Goals: 19 | Cowdenbeath Goals: 14

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