After failing to break down an obdurate Ayr United defence last Friday evening, Raith Rovers will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday, when they travel to Firhill to face a rejuvenated Partick Thistle.

The Jags had registered their own 0-0 stalemate with Arbroath last weekend, but on Tuesday evening, they put in a dominant showing against Dundee at Dens Park, running out 3-1 victors thanks to a brace from Brian Graham and a goal from Harry Milne.

That win lifted Thistle five points clear of sixth placed Rovers, and level on points with both Ayr United and Greenock Morton, who are third and fourth respectively, albeit both have a game in hand against each other.

Rovers are now on a run of 14 games without defeat, with their last loss coming at the start of December, but a glut of draws in that time leaves them needing to turn single points into three in the near future, if they’re to trouble the top four spots.

This will be the clubs third meeting this season, with both enjoying one win apiece.

The first was in August, when Rovers made the worst possible start, going a goal down in just three minutes thanks to a goal from Scott Tiffoney and it looked like it might be a long afternoon, when Steven Lawless made it two just before half time.

However, an instant reply from Ethan Ross gained Rovers a foothold in the game, and despite a much improved second half showing, Rovers were unable to get an equaliser.

It was a different story in the next meeting in October though, when a brace from Aidan Conolly and a penalty from Kyle Connell had the home side three up at the interval, and they comfortably saw out the game to register an impressive 3-0 win.

Rovers hold the slight upper hand in this fixture recently, with four wins and three draws from the last 10 meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Greg Aitken.

Head-to-Head Record

Partick Thistle wins: 69

Raith Rovers wins: 51

Draws: 38


Rovers’ 14 game unbeaten run finally came to a grinding halt after a disappointing performance at Firhill.

Scott Brown was missing from the line up due to an injury picked up during training and Tom Lang was sporting the captain’s armband.

Rovers had an early chance when Connor McBride latched onto a thru ball from Ross Millen but his cut back, intended for Willy Akio, was intercepted and cleared.

Willy Akio had the ball in the net twice but he was denied by the offside flag on both occasions.

At the other end a low ball flew across goal but luckily for Rovers Brian Graham only managed to hit the side netting.

Thistle took the lead after 39 minutes when a cross from the right was met by Scott Tiffoney lurking unchallenged at the back post and he made no mistake sending the ball past Jamie MacDonald.

Tiffoney sends the ball past Jamie MacDonald for the opener

Rovers were unlucky to find themselves a goal down at the break but the second half was a different story.

Less than 10 minutes in Thistle were two up when a low ball from the left was played across goal,evading everyone bar Brian Graham who nipped in at the back post for an easy touch into the net, and the game was all but over after 63 minutes when the Jags made it three.

The ball was played thru the middle to Tiffoney who had the easiest of tasks to slip it past Jamie MacDonald.

Sam Stanton had a shot well saved by Mitchell before Dylan Easton went down in the box.

The referee pointed to the spot but it was obviously not Rovers day when Lewis Vaughan’s penalty was saved by Mitchell and Liam Dick failed to net the rebound.

Lewis Vaughan shoots from the spot but it was saved.


© Eddie Doig 2023



Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the defeat to Partick Thistle FC:

Live Updates

Welcome to today's Cinch Championship game at Firhill - Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers . No Scott Brown today and therefore Lang picks up the Captain's armband. McBride makes a start and Vaughan returns to the bench
Referee is Greg Aitken and he's assisted by Paul O'Neill and Robin Taylor
Connolly for Raith gets the game underway
Raith defending the student flat end
Corner Raith after Spencer gets the ball to Connolly who whips into the box. It reaches Liam Dick but Partick knock it out
Partick throw in a after Stanton ties to punch the ball from Turner
McBride tries to lay the ball back for Akio in the Partick box but Partick are all over it
Spencer switches play to Connolly on the right touch line. He lays it back to Millen who thumps the ball up to a Easton but he is judged to be offside
Spencer to Connolly who is in the Partick box but he is miles offside
First shot of the afternoon as McBride decides to have a pop from approx 25 yards about but it's wide
Partick appealing for a penalty after Lang mistakingly miss reads the timing of the bounce and I think Tiffoney is on his tail. Latter wins the ball and goes into the Raith box, but goes to ground with Lang on his heals
Free kick Raith approx 30 yards out after a foul on Easton. Nothing comes of it
Docherty falls awkwardly on Easton, free kick Raith and Nolan to take
Partick come close as Milne has a go from a tight angle… ball goes across the face of the go and out
A freekick from Turner into the Raith box.. Raith clear
Partick corner
From the corner ball placed deep in Raith box… Lang clears
Freekick Raith after McBride fouls on half way line… booking for Docherty by the looks of it
Ball passed to Graham who is hovering in the Raith box but Lang has that covered
Easton with the ball deep in Partick half but his knock on is weighted too heavy.. Partick throw in
Tiffoney's pass to Graham is way too heavy, goal kick Raith
McBride intercepts a Docherty ball, Akio can't control
Partick putting the pressure on the Raith defence, ball dangerously passed back to MacDonald who has two Partick players incoming but he boots the ball clear
Nolan does well to put a foot in to stop a Partick forward ball
Balled played upfield to Akio but he's offside
Freekick Raith after a foul on Millen
Stanton wins the ball he knocks the ball on but he can't get to it
Freekick Raith deep in their half after a foul on Connolly
Lang's freekick is wasted as he boots it upfield straight into the arms of Mitchell
Nolan does well to stop McMillan making a mischief in the Raith box… Partick corner
Another a Partick corner after Easton puts the ball out
Connolly goes for a run upfield , Akio is on his left. As Connolly passes in the box Partick intercept
Partick score
Partick ball placed at Raith back post and Tiffoney heads down to score
Mitchell thumps the ball upfield… it reaches Nolan who has Graham tight on his heals. Nolan doesn't clear quick enough and Graham keeps the ball in play… thankfully nothing eventually comes of it but that was dangerous
+1 ref blows for half ime Partick Thistle 1 ( Tiffoney 38') Raith 0
Partick get the second half underway
Lang does well to intercept a Docherty pass into the Raith box
Booking for Millen
Tiffoney turns on Millen he goes forward passes to Graham who has a target shot forcing MacDonald to palm over the bar. Partick corner
From the corner ball into the ball MacDonald gets down to smother the ball
Goal Partick… Milne gets the ball to Graham and he puts the ball into the back of the Raith net
Raith sub off Akio and bring on Vaughan
Lang stops a pass to Bannigan
Freekick Partick after Lang challenges Docherty
Corner Raith Tiffoney is seething at the linesman
Connolly's corner ball falls to Lang but he heads the ball off target and ball goes out of play
Partick score again…looks like an assist from Lawless and Tiffoney scores
Freekick Raith after a foul on McBride by Docherty
Ball floated into the Partick box but Mitchell gathers
Partick corner after Lang heads clear
Another Partick corner
Ball to back post by Partick head out. Goal kick
Lang does the right thing and heads back to MacDonald as Graham sticks to Lang's heals
Double Partick substitution as off go Turner and Lawless and on come Fitzpatrick and MacKenzie
Crowd today is 3302
Raith sub off McBride and bring on McGill
Easton passes to Vaughan in the Partick box.. an easy scoring opportunity but he's offside
Lang blooters the ball clear from the Raith defence
Partick sub off Tiffoney and bring on Hodson
Nolan does well to block an strong Partick shot
Raith subnoff Millen and bring on Ngwenya
McGill booked
Mitchell gets down to save with his right hand a Stanton shot. Ball is loose and Connolly tries to capitalise but ball deflected for a corner
Partick sub off Graham and bring on Mullen
Penalty Raith
Vaughan to take
Mitchell saves… Liam dick come in for the the rebound but ball wide
Stanton tries for a late goal for Raith but his header is weak
Ref blows for full time Partick 3 (Tiffoney 38' , 63', Graham 53') Raith 0 Next game is the Scottish Cup Quarter final against Rangers at Ibrox