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Raith Rovers will be looking to end the season on a high on Friday evening, when they entertain promotion chasing Partick Thistle at Stark's Park.

Rovers last win came on the first day of April with a 2-0 win over Queen's Park, but since then they've lost five and drawn one of their six fixtures, and even if they can reverse that trend on Friday, they know they'll be finishing in seventh place this season.

The Jags on the other hand have been in excellent form since Kris Doolan took the managerial reins in February following the departure of Ian McCall.

In his 12 games in charge, Thistle have lost just once, against Inverness, and while they can no longer win the title, a win here coupled with a draw or defeat for Queen's Park who are in a title decider with Dundee, would see Doolan's side finish second, and get a bye through to the semi-final of the promotion playoff.

On the flip side however, if results don't go their way, they could miss out on the playoffs altogether, such is the closeness of the teams bunched from third to sixth.

The visitors have the better record from the three meetings so far this season, with two wins to Rovers one.

Scott Tiffoney and Steven Lawless had Partick two up in the first meeting at Firhill in August, and while Ethan Ross halved arrears just before the interval, Rovers were unable to find an equaliser.

It was a different story in October, when a brace from Aidan Connolly and a penalty from Kyle Connell sealed an emphatic home win for Rovers.

The roles were reversed in the most recent match up though, as Ian Murray's side were on the end of a 3-0 defeat at Firhill in March, with the goals coming through Brian Graham and two from Tiffoney.

Friday evening's match referee will be Chris Graham.

Head-to-Head Record

Raith Rovers wins: 51

Partick Thistle wins: 70

Draws: 38

Reports

Raith Rovers hosted Partick Thistle at Starks Park for the last game of the season, with Raith knowing that they would finish 7th in the league, no matter the result.

Partick started extremely fast forcing a good save from Jamie MacDonald in under a minute. Partick continued to push for a goal to take the lead with a powerful low driven shot from the edge of the box being stopped again by MacDonald.

Partick very nearly scored a goal of the season contender when they took a quick freekick from near the half way line with a direct shot, however MacDonald once again pulled off a great save.

Partick eventually got the opening goal when MacDonald made a good save that unfortunately for Raith landed at the feet of Brownlie and he smashed the ball into the back of the net in the 21st minute.

Raith begun to work their way into the game when they won a penalty after McGill flicked the ball up in the Partick box where it was handled by Docherty, therefore the referee awarded Raith a penalty,

Lewis Vaughan stepped up in the 34th minute to take the penalty which he smashed home expertly to the goal keepers left.

GOAL...LEWIS VAUGHAN MAKES NO MISTAKE FROM THE SPOT

Raith started the second half better when William Akio played a good cross across the 6yard box to Lewis Vaughan but he couldn’t get a strong enough connection to find the back of the net.

Raith managed to take the lead in the 59th minute when Ngwenya cut the ball back to McGill on the edge of the box where his first time strike found the bottom corner to give Raith the lead.

GOAL.....SCOTT McGILL PUTS ROVERS AHEAD

Partick soon equalised with a tap in from 4 yards from Tiffoney in the 68th minute.

Partick nearly won the game at the end when they had a back post header fantastically saved by MacDonald to keep it level.

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Highlights

Interviews

Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the draw at Stark's Park:

Live Updates

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Not long to go until kick off at Stark's Park this evening.
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Here comes the teams…
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Turner kicks off for Thistle. They're shouting into the South Stand goal.
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Early shot looks good from Partick. MacDonald manages to palm away for a corner.
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McGill with the cross, takes a wicked deflection and out for a Rovers corner.
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Brown with the crucial block to stop a low cross reaching any Jags in the box.
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Raith Rovers 0-0 Partick Thistle
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Great save from MacDonald, low to his left.
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Partick certainly looking up for this.
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MacDonald leaps to thwart a speculative shot from miles out. He does well. Corner Partick.
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Masson first into the ref's book. Yellow.
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Goal Partick!
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MacDonald looks to have made a great block (might have been a defender on the line?). Ball drops to Brownlie who blasts home.
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Corner Partick
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Raith Rovers 0-1 Partick Thistle
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Penalty Raith.
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Handball in the box.
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GOAL RAITH!
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VAUGHAN places to keeper's left. He goes right.
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Skills from Tiffoney. He races into the box. Dangerous cross goes out for a corner.
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McGill is shown a yellow card.
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Tiffoney wins another corner for the Jags.
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Dick booked for foul outside the box.
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Half time: Raith Rovers 1-1 Partick Thistle.
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Vaughan plays it back from the second half kick off.
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McGill with an early effort. Past the post.
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Vaughan unmarked at the back post. Think he's surprised it drops to him and he sclaffs the chance.
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Corner Partick.
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Partick fans shouting for a penalty. Ref isn't interested.
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GOAL RAITH!
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Ngwenya works his way into the box, passes back to McGILL, who drills home from 18 yards out. Nice!
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Raith Rovers 2-1 Partick Thistle
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Muirhead book for a foul.
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Muirhead booked.
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Raith more lively in the second half.
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Goal Partick!
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Cross from left missed by everyone. Ball drilled back across goal from opposite side and Tiffoney scores from close range.
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Docherty replaced by Mullen
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Lawless replaced by Fitzpatrick
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McMillan shown the yellow.
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Ross replaced by Young.
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Raith Rovers 2-2 Partick Thistle
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Akio with some strike. Keeper dives well to his right. Corner Raith.
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Fitzpatrick runs and runs and still runs. He tries a left foot shot and MacDonakd holds. That would have been some goal.
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Not sure how, but MacDonald gets a foot to a Partick header and score remains 2-2.
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MacDonald book for taking his time.
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Graham goes down in the box. Yellow for diving.
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Att: 2,899
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Raith Rovers MoM - Scott McGill
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Corner Thistle.
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Full time: Raith Rovers 2-2 Partick Thistle