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Raith Rovers

Sunday 3rd November 2013

Ochilview

William Hill Scottish Cup

Round 3

Admission Prices

Adults – £12

Concessions* – £6

*Over 65s and Under 16s

Raith Rovers supporters will be accommodated in the covered terracing at the Tryst Road end of the ground. However, a small section of the main stand will be made available in front of the press box for anyone who needs a seat.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers Scottish Cup campaign starts at Ochilview on Sunday, with a Third Round tie against East Stirlingshire. It’ll be the first meeting between the sides since Raith defeated their hosts 5-2 in the First Round of the Challenge Cup in 2003.

The last time the two sides were paired together in the Scottish Cup was way back in 1935, while their match up in the same competition in 1920, had to go to a third replay, after a 1-1 draw and two 0-0 stalemates. Raith eventually made it through to the Second Round after a 4-0 win at the fourth time of asking.

Rovers will undoubtedly find it tough this time around too, as the Shire are enjoying a strong start to the season, with the club sitting top of League Two, three points clear of their nearest challengers, Clyde and Stirling Albion.

While this is Raith’s debut in this seasons competition, East Stirling reached the Third Round with a thumping 6-0 over Threave Rovers.

Raith will be hoping to extend their good record against Sunday’s opponents, which sees them with seven wins and just two defeats from their last ten meetings. East Stirling’s last victory over Rovers, was a 4-1 win at Stark’s Park in 1986.

What The Manager Said:

Two home wins over Morton and Livingston in the space of just 4 days has lifted Raith up to second in the league, and closed the gap to Hamilton to just two points. Not only was Grant Murray delighted with the maximum points, he took equal satisfaction from the performances,

“Firstly, we’re obviously delighted that we’ve won the two games, and taken six points out of six, that’s the main thing. I thought we played well across the two games as well though. Against Morton, we started well and got ourselves into a good position. Credit to Morton for getting themselves back into the match, but for us to pick ourselves up, come back at them and get the winner so late in the game was fantastic.”

“As for Livingston, they came here on the back of a great run of form, only losing one match in their last six games, and that was against Hamilton, so we knew it was going to be difficult. Again though, I thought we started really well, and created a lot of chances.  We probably should have been more than one goal up, especially with the chances we had in the first half, but we’ll take a 1-0 win any day of the week.”

While both games were won by a single goal margin, the Raith manager felt his side demonstrated different qualities in both,

“The Livingston match was more a case of concentrating on not giving anything silly away, and ensuring we controlled as much of the game as possible with us having the extra man. The Morton game was slightly different though, as they came here on the back of conceding five in their last away game, and they were always going to come here, keep it tight and make sure they didn’t concede an early goal.”

“They certainly made it hard for us, and although we got ourselves ahead, the longer the game went, the more Morton started to come back into it. They caused us a lot of problems from set-pieces, which is always going to be the case when you’ve got someone who can hurt you from them like Dougie Imrie. I thought we showed great character to keep going right to the end though”

Another two outstanding issues were settled this week, with Rangers confirmed as Raith’s Ramsdens Cup final opponents, while the venue was revealed to be Easter Road. It’s an outcome that Murray is more than happy with,

“We’d already done our bit by getting to the final, and we knew the day would be a great occasion, whoever our opponents were. We’re delighted to be in it, and we’re looking forward to what will be an exciting game against a really strong Rangers team. Easter Road is a great stadium, and it’ll almost certainly be a sell-out, which will guarantee a great atmosphere.”

This Sunday sees Raith take on League Two opposition for the fourth time this season, and while Rovers have come out on top against Queens Park, Stirling Albion and Annan Athletic, Grant believes that East Stirling will be an even sterner test than their previous fourth tier opponents,

“One things for sure, the Scottish Cup can throw up some tough ties, and this is certainly one of them. East Stirling are in a great bit of form at the moment, and had a really good win at Annan Athletic in midweek. They’re top of the league, scoring goals, and have home advantage on an astroturf park, which does make things slightly different. We need to respect them, and realise that they want to be in that next round draw just as much as us. We need to make sure that we rise to their challenge.”

 

Head-to-Head Record at East Stirling in Cup Competitions:

 East Stirling Wins: 1 | Raith Rovers Wins: 3 |  Draws: 1

 East Stirling Goals: 6 | Raith Rovers Goals: 10

 Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

 East Stirling: Paul Quinn 3 | Michael Bolochoweckyj 2 | David Greenhill 2

 Raith Rovers: Greig Spence 8 | Calum Eliott 7 | Joe Cardle 5

 Match Odds:

 East Stirling: 6/1 | Draw: 7/2 | Raith Rovers: 8/15

Written by: Shaughan McGuigan

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