Morton

V

Raith Rovers

Saturday 26th March 2016

Cappielow Park, Greenock

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Information:

Adults – £17

Concessions – £12

Parent & Child – £17

Child (up to 16 years) – £3

under 5’s – free

Match Preview:

The month of March may have been a hectic one for Raith Rovers, but it’s also been a successful one so far, with four wins and a draw since losing to Rangers. They’ll be looking to end it on a high too, with a visit to Cappielow this Saturday to face Morton, the side that’s their closest challengers in the race for fourth.

The gap between them now sits at ten points, thanks in part to Rovers excellent 2-1 win on Tuesday night against St. Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium. First-half goals from Aidan Connolly and Ross Callachan eased Rovers into a two-goal lead, and while Alex Cooper’s goal at the tail-end of the half made for a nervy second-period, Rovers always looked comfortable in an assured performance.

It was a result which left Raith closer to third than fourth, with just seven points between themselves and Hibernian, albeit the Leith side have played two games fewer. However, with just six games remaining for Rovers and Morton, only a win for Jim Duffy’s side will do this Saturday, if they are to retain a glimmer of hope for play-off qualification.

If they’re to achieve that however, they’ll have to do so against a Raith side who have been something of a bogey team in recent seasons. Morton have won just twice in the last 20 league meetings between the pair, with the Langtoun club unbeaten in the last eight meetings, with six wins and two draws.

That said, the contests are almost always tight affairs, with the last match to be won by a winning margin of more than one goal back in 2012, a 3-1 win for Rovers at Cappielow, with Rovers goals coming from Jamie Walker and a Pat Clarke double.

Close contests have certainly been the theme this season, and for Morton fans, the three defeats they’ve sustained to Rovers during the campaign must have been frustrating affairs.

All three have been won by Ray McKinnon’s men in the 89th minute or later, with the first meeting the latest of the lot, Jason Thomson scoring four minutes into injury-time, after Mark Stewart had placed Rovers in-front, only for Tom O’ware to nick an equaliser with eight minutes remaining.

The return fixture in December followed a slightly different path, with Morton taking a deserved lead into the interval thanks to a goal from Alex Samuel, but a deflected goal from Ross Callachan and last-minute penalty from James Craigen sealed all three points.

The meeting in February was the most exciting of the bunch. Declan McManus scored two equalisers after Rory McKeown and Aidan Connolly had twice given Raith the lead, but a composed finish from Ryan Hardie in the 89th minute gave Raith another three points.

Saturday’s match referee will be Stephen Finnie.

Head-to-Head League Record at Cappielow:

Morton Wins: 32 | Raith Rovers Wins: 15 | Draws: 12

Morton Goals: 112 | Raith Rovers Goals: 57

Current Form:

Morton: W-L-D-L-W-W

Raith Rovers: L-W-W-D-W-W

Top Goalscorers:

Morton: Denny Johnstone 15 | Stef McCluskey 7 | Ross Forbes 5 | Declan McManus 5

Raith Rovers: Mark Stewart 11 | James Craigen 6 | Kyle Benedictus 4 | Ryan Hardie 4

Match Odds:

Morton: 13/10 | Raith Rovers: 2/1 | Draw: 5/2

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