After an encouraging start to their league campaign, Raith Rovers face a long trip north on Tuesday evening, to face the Ross County development squad in the second round of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup.

Rovers go into the game on the back of a 5-2 win over Clyde at the weekend, with the goals coming from five different scorers, as John McGlynn’s men easily overcome the Bully Wee at Stark’s Park for the first since 1991.

It was a result which put Rovers top of the league, and while it’s early days, it’s just the second time in 2019 that Raith have won back-to-back league games, a fact which augurs well for the season ahead.

Ross County’s development squad reached this stage of the competition thanks to a 3-2 win at Fraserburgh, a result which was all the more impressive considering they played the entire second period with just 10 men, after Joel Macbeath was dismissed in first half stoppage time.

This will be the second time the two sides have met in this competition in two years, with Rovers running out 4-0 winners in September 2017.

Goals from Liam Buchanan, Bobby Barr and a double from Lewis Vaughan had Raith four up after just half an hour, but they eased off with the job done, allowing the Dingwall youngsters to head back up the road with a semi-respectable score line.

Tuesday night’s match referee will be Graham Beaton

Match Odds:

Ross County: 7/2 | Raith Rovers: 61/100 | Draw: 10/3


Rovers started the match brightly despite their three-hour coach trip, but were put under the cosh by the mostly youthful Colts team.

With Paton and Wallace tormenting the defence and Keillor-Dunn providing the ammunition there were shots from all areas, thankfully most of them into the North Stand.
With just over half an hour on the clock, Dylan Tait found Lewis Allan with a delightful pass which he exploited by embarrassing the home defence and slotting the ball past Dixon-Hodge who was way out of position.

Three minutes later Lewis Allan doubled his and Rovers tally (this time Hendry the provider) and, from almost the same position as his first, fired past the keeper into the far corner.
County came out in the second half meaning business, McGurn a spectator as a 30 yarder rattled the crossbar, hit the line and bounced away from goal.

Just short of the hour mark County reaped the rewards of their efforts, Harry Paton sneaked past Benedictus and crossed from the bye line, waiting with his back to goal was Davis Keillor-Dunn who calmly backheeled past McGurn.

The game moved into the last minutes of the half and Rovers looked to have done enough, but County Colts hadn’t read that particular script, instead, the plot took a disastrous turn.
Keillor-Dunn hit a 25-yard free kick to the top corner, McGurn stopped the shot but failed to control the ball, instead it felt to Mark Gallagher, making no mistake from all of a yard out.

With the likelihood of the game going to penalties Rovers, with a minute left in regular time, found enough to win the tie courtesy of Ross Matthews who calmly side footed past the diving Colts keeper from the middle of the box.
John McGlynn at full time bemoaned the amount of travelling his side have had in recent weeks, with more to come against Stranraer on Saturday, and will have been happy to have chased the bright full moon down the A9 on the way home with a 3rd round tie in the bag.

Lewis Allan was impressive with his brace of goals, but the stand out player again was Regan Hendry who never stopped running all night.


The match highlights video will appear here the day after the match


RaithTV talked to John McGlynn after the victory in the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup R2 match v Ross County Colts

Live Updates

Welcome to tonight's Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup match Ross County Colts V Raith Rovers at the Global Energy Stadium
Watson, McKay, Smith and Tait make the starting line up tonight. MacDonald, Davidson and Spencer on the bench.
Ross County get the game underway
Smith defending well for Raith
Watson gets the ball into the box but County Colts defend and ball out for a corner
Foul on Anderson Raith free kick just outside the box
Allan with an up and over ball to Anderson. Anderson can't quite get to it as the keeper comes out to blast clear
McKay gets the ball out for a corner for Ross County
Wallace had time to turn and shoots. Ballniver the bar
Ross County close as Gallagher thumps the ball and it clips the crossbar and over
Good ball from Allan as he flicks the ball over the defence to Anderson. Anderson can't quite reach as Dixon-Hodge collects
Wallace receives the ball in the Raith box and heads over the bar
Anderson intercepts a Ross County pass but his effort goes out for a Ross County throw in
GOAL RAITH ....ALLAN...Allan gets a toe to the ball and around the keeper and pokes the ball and it rolls into the net
Again Allan. He receives the ball and again he gives the ball a touch and it goes into the back of the net
Allan again takes on Fraser, tries to go for the hatrick but the keeper saves, spills and then collects
A save from Dixon-Hodge as Tait gets a low head towards goal.
Hendry with a corner, gets it to Benedictus at the back post who heads down but the ball is cleared by Fraser
Allan switches the ball to Anderson who gets the ball into the box. Ball is eventually cleared
Half time...Ross County Colts 0 Raith 2 (Allan x2)
Raith get the second half underway
Foul on Tait by MacDonald
Hendry takes on four players and challenges. He takes a shot and the keeper collects. Good play from the young man
Goal Ross County...Dunn. Five yards out he back heals around Miller and ball beats McGurn
Ross County Colts sub off MacDonald on comes Wright
Dunn for Ross County Colts goes for a powerful shot. McGurn does well to react and palm save the ball away
Reid with a great shot as McGurn makes a finger touch save over the bar
Dunn so close. His shot bounces back out from the underside of the bar
Raith sub off Benedictus on comes Davidson
Wallace goes for a powerful shot and McGrun saves
Raith sub off Tait on comes Spencer
Tonight's attendance is 264 with a small handful of Raith fans making the journey North
Raith sub off Smith on comes MacDonald
Reid with a late challenge on Watson
Wright goes for a shot on goal and it goes inches wide
As Davidson slips Gallagher goes for goal and McGurn gathers
Free kick Ross County Colts about 30 yards out
Goal Ross County Colts...Gallagher scores as McGurn uncharacteristically fumbles and spills the ball
Allan turns in the box and tries for his third goal but the ball is blocked and cleared
Foul on Davidson as he receives a boot smack to the face
Hendry with the free kick gets it into the box and it is cleared and goes out for corner
As Hendry gets the ball to Matthews he hits the ball into the back of the net
Murray for Ross County Colts comes close on the 91st mijute as he hits the ball over the bar
Full time Ross County Colts 2 (Dunn 55, Gallagher 82) Raith Rovers (Allan 32, 34, Matthews 89)