Queen of the South 

Raith Rovers 

Palmerston Park, Dumfries

Saturday 14th March 2015

Kick off: 3.00pm  

 

 

Admission Prices:

Adults – £16

Concessions – £9

Under 16 – £5

All fans paying cash have to purchase a ticket, prior to entering at the turnstile. No cash will be accepted at the turnstiles.  Away fans will only be able to purchase tickets from the ticket office behind the East Stand (the “new” stand)

Match Preview

After a long journey north to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in midweek, Raith Rovers head south on Saturday, to face a Queen of the South side who picked up a valuable point at Ibrox on Tuesday evening. The 1-1 draw, which arrived courtesy of a first career goal for Aidan Smith, means that the Doonhamers remain in the play-off spots, one point ahead of Falkirk, and eight clear of Raith, who have played a game less.

This weekend’s fixture will be the third time these two sides have met this season, and Raith Rovers have yet to muster up a point against their Dumfries opponents this term. The first meeting was in October, when a frantic finish saw Queens edge Rovers out by the odd goal in seven, thanks to a last minute goal from Iain Russell. John Baird and Gavin Reilly had given the away side a two goal lead, although that was pegged back in the second half, after goals from Mark Stewart and Christian Nadé restored parity. Derek Lyle then put James Fowler’s men back into the lead, but Stewart appeared to have rescued a point, only for Russell’s last gasp strike to snatch all three for the visitors.

The return match at Palmerston was a more prosaic affair, with goals from Baird and Reilly settling a straightforward 2-0 win for Queen of the South.

Despite the two consecutive wins for Queens, the two sides can’t be separated in the recent head-to-head record, with five wins apiece from the last ten meetings. Generally speaking, there’s rarely a drawn match between these two teams, with the last 14 encounters having a winner one way or another. The last meeting to finish all-square was a 0-0 draw at Stark’s Park, back in April 2010.

A win for the home side on Saturday would ensure that Queen of the South remain in the play-off spots, whilst a win for Grant Murray’s side, would move them to within five points of the Doonhamers, with a game in hand.

Saturday’s match referee will be Kevin Graham.

Head-to-Head League Record at Palmerston Park:

 Queen of the South wins: 17 | Raith Rovers wins: 15 | Draws: 15

Queen of the South goals: 74 | Raith Rovers goals: 65

Current Form:

Queen of the South: W-W-L-D-L-D

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

Biggest Home Win:

31/10/1953 Division One Queen of the South 5 Raith Rovers 1

24/11/1962 Division One Queen of the South 5 Raith Rovers 1

Biggest Away Win:

06/10/1956 Division One Queen of the South 1 Raith Rovers 5

05/12/1987 Division One Queen of the South 1 Raith Rovers 5

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Queen of the South: Derek Lyle 15 | Gavin Reilly 13 | Iain Russell 11

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 9 | Christian Nadé 7 | Mark Stewart 4

Match Odds:

Queen of the South: 4/6 | Raith Rovers: 4/1 | Draw: 3/1

 

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