Raith Rovers play their second cup match in as many weekends this Saturday, when they welcome Peterhead to Stark's Park for a Scottish Cup third round tie.

It'll be the fourth time the sides have met already this term, with Rovers winning two of the three meetings so far, although the Blue Toon won the most recent encounter at the beginning of the month, when strikes from Jack Leitch and Gary Fraser sealed a two nil win for Jim McInally's side at Balmoor.

Before that, the two had met in the League Cup in July, when goals from Kieron Bowie, Michael Miller and Lewis Allan gave Rovers all three points in the group stages, and it was more comfortable in September, when goals from Grant Anderson, Lewis Vaughan ad a brace from Miller settled a 4-0 victory.

The two teams met at the same stage of the competition two years ago, and it was a bleak dat for Barry Smith's Rovers side, as Jordon Brown and a Rory McAllister double knocked Rovers out of the competition.

After going through September and October with no league wins, Peterhead have picked up their form since defeating Rovers at Balmoor, with two wins and a draw from thelr last three league outings.

Rovers have a decent record in this fixture, with five wins and two draws from the last 10 meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Steven Reid.

Head-To-Head Cup Record Versus Peterhead:

Raith Rovers Wins: 4 | Peterhead Wins: 1 | Draws: 3

Raith Rovers Goals: 17 | Peterhead Goals: 10

Current Form:

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

Peterhead: L-L-L-W-W-D

Top Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Kieron Bowie 7, Lewis Allan 6, Michael Miller 5

Peterhead: Scott Brown 3, Derek Lyle 3, Rory McAllister 3

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 61/100 | Peterhead: 10/3 | Draw: 16/5


Rovers Grind Out Cup Win

Raith Rovers made it through to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup this afternoon, but they were made to work hard for it, by a Peterhead side who may be wondering just how they aren’t in tomorrow’s draw. 

An early goal from Kieron Bowie handed the home side the perfect start, but they failed to build on it, and were pegged back for large trenches of the match. 

Manager John McGlynn went with an unchanged line-up from the one which saw off Elgin City in the quarter finals of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup the previous weekend, although their was a notable returnee on the bench, with goalkeeper Robbie Thompson listed for the first time since picking up an injury against Stenhousemuir in April. 

It may have been the same side, but it was a different shape from that last eight victory, with the side reverting to a flat back four, with Iain Davidson playing as a holding midfielder. 

Rovers toiled the last time the two sides met just a few weeks ago, and they were almost a goal down in the second minute. 

The Blue Toon were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area, and set-piece expert Ryan Conroy was hugely unfortunate to see his curled effort smack off the inside of a post and bounce back into a congested box, which Rovers eventually managed to clear. 

If Peterhead felt aggrieved at that piece of misfortune, they must have been even more non-plussed a minute later, as Raith went straight upfield and took the lead. 

John Baird was the provider, making good headway down the left before crossing for Bowie, who sent a fine header past Greg Fleming to open the scoring. 

Baird looked in the mood, and his snap shot from the edge of the area tested Fleming, but his shot was just wide and ended up in the side netting. 

Peterhead had started strongly though, and Rovers appeared to have two big let offs in quick succession. 

Ross Munro and Steven Anderson seemed to get involved in a mix up, and with Ben Armour running through, Munro certainly clattered into him, although the referee Steven Reid didn’t deem it to be a foul. 

A moment later, he also saw nothing wrong with Armour’s shot which was blocked by Benedictus, with the Peterhead forward adamant the strike had been handled by the defender. 

Rovers were just living a little dangerously at the back, and Paddy Boyle was the next to threaten, nutmegging Steven Anderson before cracking a shot towards the bottom corner which Munro did well to gather. 

Aside from the goal, Rovers were struggling a little, and they were reliant on Munro again in the 17th minute, when he touched wide an attempt from Conroy from just outside the area. 

The match was one way traffic, and Jim McInally’s side missed a gilt-edged chance in the 30th minute. 

Rovers were cut open at the back, and after Munro was forced to rush off his line to to palm away from the head of Rory McAllister, it seemed certain that Armour would finish into the unguarded net, but his lob from the edge of the area was just wide of the post. 

A moment later they were even closer to an equaliser, when Scott Brown’s powerful header was blocked on the line by Brad Spencer, as Peterhead continued to rue their luck. 

John McGlynn was forced into a change at the interval, with Lewis Allan replacing Bowie who appeared to pick up a knock in the first period. 

Rovers were keeping the visitors at arms length in the second period, but they were still struggling to assert themselves on proceedings, and McGlynn made a further change 10 minutes after the interval, with Baird making way for Grant Anderson. 

He was straight into the action, and after picking up possession deep inside the Peterhead half, his hold up play was seized upon by Daniel Armstrong, who elected to go himself, almost beating Fleming at his near post, keeping the ball out with his legs. 

Tentatively, Rovers were starting to make inroads into teh game, and a fine run by Kieran MacDonald ended with the full back whipping a cross into the area for Ross Matthews, whose diving header flew just past the post. 

With 20 minutes remaining, Raith made their final change, with Tony Dingwall replacing Armstrong. 

However, Peterhead started to turn the screw again as the game entered it’s final stages, and Davidson did excellently to block a shot from Boyle, who had done well to wriggle clear in the penalty area to create the shooting opportunity. 

With the Rovers fans hoping to hear the referees whistle, they had one last scare to put up with in the 95th minute, when with every Peterhead player in the area for a corner, including goalkeeper Fleming, a header was flashed inches past the post.

Rovers will play better and lose games this season, but with shocks galore elsewhere in the third round, the win was the most important thing.


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Welcome to Starks Park for our Scottish Cup tie versus Peterhead, it's 7 degrees and chucking it down.
HT substitution, Bowie off, Allan on.
Peterhead kick off towards the South Stand.
Hooper splits the defence and a deflection lands on the roof of the net.
Conroy with a free kick at the corner of the 18 yard box his the post, the ball is cleared yo the relief of the support.
The ball is sent up the park and Bowie from 14 yards sends a looping header into the far corner of the net.
A throw in on the railway side fell to Baird who found the side net with a low shot.
Leitch with nice footwork, megs Spencer but the ball is cleared.
Mr Reid looked long and hard as Steven Anderson, on the ground saw the ball roll off his outstretched arm, no penalty, play on.
Leitch and Smith looking dangerous for the visitors.
Peterhead corner comes out and is recycled with a deep cross which drifts out at the far corner.
Conroy jinks and turns and forced a low save for a corner from Munro.
A spell of midfield chess going on at the moment.
Latest score, Raith Rovers 1-0 Peterhead Bowie 2'
Two Conroy corners are eventually dealt with.
A back header almost cost the equaliser as Munro couldn't reach the ball and Armour with all the time in the world chipped the ball just past the back post.
Peterhead with a corner, Spencer cleared from the line.
It's been all Peterhead in the last 5 minutes.
Treatment on the pitch for Bowie I think.
Ziggy trots off to the side of the pitch.
Were back to full strength again.
Brown yellow for a trip on Matthews.
+2 Half time.
Half time from Starks Park. Raith Rovers 1-0 Peterhead Bowie 2'
Peterhead with the better of the play so far, however a free kick and a cross going way past goal hasn't troubled the home side.
Rovers with a free kick from 30 yards which went all to cock, needs more practice at training lads.
Rovers giving the ball away cheaply, can't get out of their own half.
Baird off, G Anderson on.
McAllister in space rattles the ball into the North Stand.
Armstrong from a tight angle forcing a corner from Fleming.
From the corner Benedictus turned and fired the ball straight to Fleming.
60' Latest score, Raith Rovers 1-0 Peterhead
Davidson warms the backside of Hooper will a blistering shot.
Armstrong to MacDonald who whips in a cross to Matthews whose diving header goes just wide.
Backs to the wall stuff for a couple of minutes for the Rovers, just couldn't clear their lines.
Matthews yellow for a foul.
Armstrong off, Dingwall on.
Matthews plays on Grant Anderson on and the ball is in the net, however the far side linesman flagged offside.
Armour and Smith off, Lyle and Fraser on.
Fraser strikes from distance but Munro has it covered.
Two huge blocks in the Rovers box prevent the equaliser.
McKay yellow for a pull of a shirt.
McAllister sends the resultant free kick just over the bar.
Rovers twice trying to double the advantage fail to keep onside, must do better.
The home support becoming impatient.
Davidson yellow for a tackle from behind.
Conroy with the free kick straight to Munro, who takes two attempts to control the ball.
Spencer with a corner the ball comes out to Dingwall who fires just past the post.
Anderson with a low cross from the corner sees Fleming dive low to cover.
+1 McKay launches the ball into the South Stand.
+5 A Peterhead corner flashes past the Rovers goal and out of play.
+6 Mr Reid blows the full time whistle, much to the relief of the home support.
Full Time from Starks Park. Raith Rovers 1-0 Peterhead Bowie 2' Attendance 1306