After the disappointment of last week's heavy home defeat to Queen's Park, Raith Rovers will be hoping to get back on track, when they host Auchinleck Talbot, in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

The Bot have long been one of the most successful Junior sides in Scotland, but recently joined the Scottish football pyramid, and currently sit fifth in the sixth tier of Scottish football, in the West of Scotland League.

After a mixed start to the season result wise, Tommy Sloan's men go into this game on a run of five consecutive wins, a sequence which sees them five points behind league leaders Darvel, but with a game in hand.

While this will be Rovers first outing in this season's Scottish Cup, Auchinleck will be facing their fourth.

Coldstream were dispensed with 7-0 in the Qualifying Round, but it's been much tighter in the competition proper, with a 4-2 win away at Syngenta, while Lowland League side Boness United took the Ayrshire side to penalties in the last round after a 1-1 draw, only to lose out 5-3 in the shoot out.

Auchinleck are no strangers to extended runs in this competition, and in 2018/19 they reached the fourth round, defeating a Championship side on the way, after a famous 1-0 win against local rivals Ayr United at Beechwood Park.

They also defeated a second tier side last season too, when they knocked out Hamilton Accies by the same score line, at the same venue.

This will be the sides first ever competitive meeting, and the referee for the occasion will be David Dickinson.


This Scottish Cup 3rd round tie was a welcome break from league action for Ian Murray’s side and an opportunity for Rovers to put recent defeats behind them.

The starting line up saw Ryan Nolan’s return, with Liam Dick taking a seat on the bench.

This first ever meeting of the sides may have been historic but the first half was far from memorable.

Talbot had the first chance when Nolan played the ball to Brown and the skipper slipped, Boylan nipped in to gather the loose ball and fire a left foot shot goalward but it was little trouble for Jamie MacDonald.

Seeing an Auchinleck player in the Rovers half was to be a pretty rare sight in the first period with much of the half seeing Rovers trying relentlessly to penetrate a resolute black and gold wall.

Brad Spencer had a shot blocked and a Dylan Easton cross was headed just wide by Ryan Nolan before Lewis Vaughan, eager to get his name on the score-sheet since his return, sent a shot harmlessly over the bar.

Lewis Vaughan fires in a shot

Sam Stanton and Aidan Connolly also had shots blocked.

Talbot had a chance when a clearance was punted into the Rovers half, Connor O’Riordan’s first touch from a Brad Spencer header was a bit heavy and Boylan was there once again to pick up the loose ball and charge towards goal before Ryan Nolan came to the rescue with a brilliant block to stop the Talbot number 10 in his tracks.

The half ended goalless with Rovers having had plenty of chances but little beyond the 6 yard line and credit to the visiting defence who were resolute and proved they weren't going to make it easy.

The second half got under way with Scott Brown seeing a shot deflected over the bar for a corner, but Rovers stepped it up a gear and the deadlock was eventually broken in 63 minutes when Aidan Connolly sent the ball down the right wing to Scott Brown who played it back to just inside the box where Aidan Connolly took a touch before sending a trademark screamer into the top corner past Leishman in the Talbot goal.

Aidan Connolly opens the scoring

Minutes later a Talbot player almost made it onto the score-sheet but at the wrong end. Scott Brown fired a great cross into the box where it was met by the head of Taylor who almost scored a goal any striker would be proud off when he sent a header crashing off his own bar with Leishman beaten.

Rovers continued to press, and it wasn’t long before their lead was increased, Vaughan had a run into the box halted but it was only cleared as far as Connolly on the right wing, he cut into the box and, with the ball now on his preferred left foot, he sent yet another shot goal-ward and a deflection made sure it hit the net.

With 3 minutes left on the clock the scoring was completed when Kyle Connell raced to keep the ball in play at the left bye-line, he played it back to Ethan Ross, who could’ve had a shot himself but instead elected to square  it to Aidan Connolly to tap home to complete a well deserved hatrick.



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12 minutes until kick off. Team news… Nolan is back in the starting XI, with Dick on the bench. Tom Lang back in the squad after a long spell out injured.
Both teams on the pitch… it's almost time!
Auchinleck kick off!
Auchinleck shooting into South Stand goal in the first half.
Brown loses his footing and the ball 30 yards out. Shot doesn't worry MacDonald.
Ngwenya cuts into the box. Tries a low cross into the middle, but a sliding tackle stops the attack.
Stanton tries his luck. Slight deflection and out for a Rovers corner.
Raith 0-0 Auchinleck
Connolly wins a Raith corner.
Nolan with the header just past the post.
Vaughan blasts over the bar.
Vaughan skies another 20+ yarder over the bar.
Raith Rovers 0-0 Auchinleck Talbot.
Raith corner.
Yellow for Scott Brown.
Millen goes into the ref's book.
Brown looks up, 25 yards out. Hits one, deflects off a defender and out for a corner.
Strange game so far. Raith with all the possession, but not troubling the Talbot defence.
O'Riordan with the big mistake. Thankfully Nolan us there to mop up any potential trouble.
Half time: Raith 0-0 Auchinleck
Correction - Millen was not booked for his foul in 35 minute.
Rovers back out for Second half.
Vaughan kicks off for Rovers.
Brown hits a lovely dipping strike. Hits off a defender and it's a Rovers corner.
Mason replaces Boylan.
Corner Auchinleck
Corner to Raith
Spencer blasts over from outside the box.
Easton replaced by Connell
Raith Rovers 0-0 Auchinleck Talbot
Same as last week! CONNOLLY looks up and curls a cracker into the top right corner.
Shankland on for Wilson
Taylor hits his own crossbar with a defensive header.
CONNOLLY in the same spot as first goal. Tries his luck and deflects into the goal!
Connell wins a corner.
Raith Rovers 2-0 Auchinleck Talbot
Park replaced by Ballantyne
Armstrong off. Crawford on.
Vaughan replaced by Ross
Lovely move down the left. Keeper rushes out and ball is passed to Connell, who then passes to CONNOLLY who taps in for his hat trick
Frederiksen on for Connolly.
Full time: Raith 3-0 Auchinleck