Rovers are back on league duty as they make the short trip to Dunfermline tomorrow night as they look to build from Sunday’s SPFL Trust Trophy triumph against Queen of The South. 

John McGlynn’s side go into the game buoyant, having lifted silverware for the first time in eight years on Sunday as they look to go level on points with Partick with a victory over their local rivals at East End Park. 

John Hughes’s side will be full of confidence after recent times having picked up five points from their last four games in their battle to beat the drop, with a resounding 4-1 victory over Partick Thistle looking as if it would spark a mini revival, before succumbing to Inverness last time out. 

Rovers on the other hand, go into the game hoping that lifting the trophy act will act as a platform to go and help them secure the last play-off spot going into the final five league games.  

The two sides have met four times this season and it has been a fixture that Rovers haven’t found too much success in, having drew three times against Peter Grant and now John Hughes’s side and they’ll be looking to change their fortune by grabbing their first and potentially most important victory of the season against the Pars.

Rovers drew a blank in the last encounter between the two sides, with neither side able to find the back of the net in the first match of 2022. 

Both the management and the players will have the added motivation of potentially keeping themselves firmly in the race for fourth spot as they look to finish the season on a high and extend the season into May. 




Head-To-Head Record:  

Dunfermline Wins: 8   Raith Rovers Wins: 7  Draws: 8  

Current Form:  

Raith Rovers: W-D-L-W-L 

Queen of the South: L-W-D-D-L 

Top Scorers:  

Raith Rovers: Dario Zanatta 9, Aidan Connolly 7, Matej Poplatnik 8  

Dunfermline: Dom Thomas 4, Lewis McCann 4, Kevin O’Hara 3 

Referee: Nick Walsh 


Rovers failed to build on Sunday’s SPFL Trust Trophy Triumph as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to the hands of relegation battling Dunfermline. 

A Kevin O’Hara double was enough to separate the sides as John McGlynn’s side failed to gain any ground on fourth placed Partick Thistle as they now have it all to do in the final four games. 

Rovers had the first real opportunity of the game with a quarter of an hour played after some good recovery work from Ross Matthews won the ball back in the middle of the park and managed to move his side forward up the pitch, playing the ball out to Frankie Musonda on the left who charged past Matty Todd cutting inside onto his right foot when he looked like trying his luck from distance before being tripped by Pybus, winning his side a free kick in a dangerous area on the left. Aidan Connolly stepped up but his right footed effort from the edge of the box was straight at the wall which allowed Coll Donaldson to clear. 

It was a hotly contested game, with the hosts proving that their mini revival could well begin against John McGlynn’s side as Steven Lawless narrowly missed the target from 22-yards out. A sensational piece of skill from Dom Thomas saw him flick the ball over the head of Reghan Tumilty with the back of his heel on the left and sprint away down the line, squaring the ball along the face of the eighteen yard box. Lawless stepped onto the ball and a fierce left footed shot was his choice, but it flew narrowly wide of the right hand post with 22-minuteds played 

Rovers were the creators of their own downfall as the hosts drew first blood with 12 first half minutes remaining. Kyle Benedictus’ pass across the face of his own box was picked up by Dave McKay in his own box who gave it to Spencer a few yards in front of him, which triggered the press from the home side, which lead to the midfielder having his pocket picked by Dom Thomas, who instinctively slid the ball into the path of Kevin O’Hara in support, allowing him to run clean through, one on one with Jamie MacDonald, the striker made no mistake in slotting the ball home. 

O'Hara sends the ball past Jamie for the Pars' opener

Steven Lawless was left gobsmacked that he hadnt doubled his side’s advantage four minutes before the break. Some great break away play from Dom Thomas saw him draw the full Rovers backline out to the left hand side, letting the former Partick man drift through on goal unnoticed, allowing Thomas to square to the middle of the box, which caught MacDonald in two minds, but Lawless fired his first time effort over the bar from 12-yards out. 

Rovers thought they’d managed to get themselves back on level terms just shy of the 55-minute mark after Matej Poplatnik saw yet another headed effort fly inches over the bar. Some good work from Ethan Ross down the left hand side saw him win a free-kick off of Matty Todd, which allowed him to deliver a ball into the area, which Ambrose miscued, allowing the ball to float towards Poplatnik, who’s header was looped from 12-yards and landed on the roof of the net. 

Things didn’t get any better from there as Kevin O Hara scored his and his side’s second goal of the evening with 11-minutes to play. Dom Thomas looked to try and catch Jamie MacDonald out at his near post from a corner, which had the keeper scrambling, clawing the ball off the line but into the path of O’Hara only a yard or so out as he managed to bundle the ball under the goalie and into the net to cap off a miserable evening in Fife. 


Some pictures from the Fife Derby at East End Park.

Photographs © Jim Foy.



John McGlynn spoke to RaithTV after tonight's defeat:

Live Updates

Good evening! It's SPFL Championship time and a Fife derby, to boot! East End Park is the venue for a crucial match between Dunfermline and Raith Rovers
A few changes from Sunday's cup win for the Rovers. Benedictus is back, replacing Dick. McKay is also drafted into defence for Mackie. Zanatta starts, in for Varian. The big news is Brad Spencer back in the team. Ross sits on the bench.
Both teams out. Ready for kick off.
Poplatnik starts the game!
Raith in red, shooting into the traditional home end.
Ross replaces Zanatta.
Lots of early Dunfermline pressure.
A rapid Poplatnik races through. Donaldson does enough to thwart the attack.
Nice move from Athletic there. Todd collects the ball wide on the right. Slides in a low cross that eludes the players of both teams.
Todd again with a dangerous cross.
Dunfermline 0-0 Raith
Musonda up-ended by Todd, just before he shoots. Free kick 19 yards out.
Connolly's attempt hits the wall.
Lawless drives just wide from outside the box.
Rovers really struggling to keep a hold of the ball just now.
Todd wins a Dunfermline corner with another good run down the right.
Corner cleared, but no one up front for Raith. Easily collect by the Dunfermline defence.
Dunfermline 0-0 Raith
Goal Dunfermline.
Disaster as Spencer makes a huge error outside box. O'Hara pick it up races through and easily scores.
Lawless, with the ball perfectly at his feet. He sclaffs over from 10 yards. That was miss of the season.
Half time: Dunfermline 1-0 Raith
Poor first half from an understandably tired Raith team.
Teams are back out for the second half.
Thomas swings in a superb free kick, luckily no one connects.
Stolarczyk has to punch clear a Rovers cross.
O'Hara crosses from the left, MacDonald dives, butt missed the ball. Cleared away for a Dunfermline cornier.
Edwards tries his luck. MacDonald needed two goes to collect the ball.
Varian replaces Spencer
Dunfermline 1-0 Raith
Donaldson slips in his own box. Varian wasn't expecting it, but that was a chance.
Todd tries a cross from the far right. Sails well over MacDonald and the bar.
Corner Raith
Dunfermline 1-0 Raith
Dunfermline with the 2 on 1 break. MacDonald flies out of the box and makes a BIG stop.
Thomas fouled outside the box.
Free kick deflected out for a corner.
Goal Dunfermline.
Looks like O'Hara scores from a Thomas corner.
Dunfermline 2-0 Raith Rovers
Corner Dunfermline
O'Hara replaced by Kamwa
Corner Raith.
Full time: Dunfermline 2-0 Raith.