Raith Rovers 0 Dunfermline 0 - AbandonedFriday, 20th Aug 2021
cinch Championship: three changes as Lok On Jones, Vytas Gašpuitis and Ryan Dow start in place of Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson and Craig Wighton.
After seventeen months of health being the priority, it was safety that caused this match to be abandoned. The failure of Rovers wi-fi which operates their gate entry system and the loss of power to lighting in the concourses of the Penman and McDiarmid Stands caused the match to be halted after 13 minutes.
The first Fife derby of the 2021-2022 cinch Championship season came up in just the third fixture on the schedule. Both sides had collected just one point from their first two matches and with the pressure on this was a game that neither wanted to lose.
From the side that started the previous Friday night in the Premier Sports Cup Peter Grant made three changes. In came Leon (Lok on) Jones, Vytas Gašpuitis and Ryan Dow with Paul Watson and Craig Wighton dropping to the bench and Aaron Comrie relieved of duty as an expectant father.
John McGlynn’s Raith came out on top in the five encounters last season and was wanting to start this season off in the same vein. He named the same side that successfully saw off Aberdeen in the cup the previous Sunday.
A loss of power just minutes before kick off led to confusion and everyone had to hope that the fault could be rectified. At 7.47pm the lights were restored to a big cheer but the announcer advised that there were fans still waiting to enter the ground. Four minutes later Nikolay Todorov kick off for the Pars attacking the goal at the Penman Family Stand end.
Within the first two minutes Dan Pybus had his shot blocked and then Jamie Macdonald had to to down sharpish to smother Graham Dorrans low ball into his box.
The visitors forced the first corner of the night in fifth minute after Kyle Macdonald’s cross from the right was met by Josh Edwards on the left side of the penalty box and his effort was deflected behind. From the setplay Dorrans delivery was defended but in the follow up Pybus was able to blast a shot from 25 yards out that went narrowly wide right.
Dunfermline forced another corner in ninth minute but Riley-Snow was able head that one away. The visitors had made a good start but came to a halt in 13th minute when the Security Officer advised the referee that there was no electric in the concourses under the stand and after the referee discussed the situation with the two managers the match was abandoned.
The ‘match’ stats showed 56% Dunfermline possession two shots and two corners to the Rovers none. All that including Leon Jones debut for Dunfermline will be scrubbed and the Pars will wait for news of the re-scheduling of this Rovers Return.RAITH ROVERS: Jamie MacDonald: Reghan Tumilty, Kyle Benedictus (c), Christophe Berra, Blaise Riley-Snow, Liam Dick: Aidan Connolly, Ross Matthews, Dylan Tait, Dario Zanatta, Ethon Varian.
SUBS NOT USED: Kai Fotheringham, Lewis Vaughan, Matej Poplatnik, Aaron Arnott, David McKay, James Keatings, Robbie Thomson (GK).
DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Leon (Lok on) Jones, Vytas Gašpuitis, Ross Graham: Kyle Macdonald, Dan Pybus, Graham Dorrans (c), Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow, Nikolay Todorov, Kevin O’Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Kai Kennedy, Craig Wighton, Paul Allan, Dom Thomas, Reece Cole, Paul Watson, Owain Fôn Williams (GK).
REFEREE: Gavin Duncan
WEATHER: Rain 16°C
NEXT MATCH: cinch Championship (home) v Arbroath, Saturday 28th August 2021, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park
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cinch Championship (away) Friday 20th August 2021, kick off 7.45pm at Stark’s Park
It will be the first League match against Raith Rovers in front of fans since 2nd January 2017. That sunny Monday afternoon Dunfermline proved to be troublesome first foots for their hosts. They scored twice through Clark and Ashcroft and with a little more luck it could have been an even more convincing scoreline.
Unfortunately that was the Pars last win there and the four subsequent matches away to Raith have seen three defeats and one draw. This Friday night the teams go head to head after vastly different experiences against Premiership opponents in the Premier Sports Cup but as everyone knows anything can happen in a derby and it regularly does.
Dunfermline have won 22 of the 60 matches that they have played at Stark’s Park, Raith have won 21 and 17 have been drawn. The Pars have only won two of their last ten away to Raith Rovers.
Milestones v Raith Rovers (away)
Last Victory | 02/01/17 | 2-0 | Championship
Last Defeat | 08/05/21 | 0-2 | Premiership play off
Best Victory | 29/10/94 | 5-2 | Div One (old)
Worst Defeat | 01/01/83 | 0-6 | Div One (old)
Last Goalless Draw | 08/09/81 | 0-0 | Division One
First League Meeting | 24/03/28 | 1-5 | Div One (old)
In the last dozen fixtures it is four wins, five defeats and three draws.
Last Twelve Meetings
08/05/21 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 0 | L | Premiership play off
04/05/21 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 0 | D | Premiership play off
30/03/21 | A | Raith Rovers 5 Dunfermline 1 | L | Championship
03/02/21 | H | Dunfermline 4 Raith Rovers 1 | W | Championship
05/12/20 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 2 | D | Championship
19/01/19 | A | Raith Rovers 3 Dunfermline 0 | L | Scottish Cup
08/04/17 | H | Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 0| W | Championship
02/01/17 | A | Raith Rovers 0 Dunfermline 2 | W | Championship
05/12/16 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 0 | D | Championship
20/08/16 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 0 | L | Championship
05/08/14 | H | Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 0 | W | Challenge Cup
20/08/13 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 2 | L | Challenge Cup
Last time at Stark’s Park
Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 0, Saturday, 8th May 2021
Scottish Premiership Quarter Final Play Off Second Leg
Dunfermline’s season ended with defeat to rivals Raith Rovers. John McGlynn’s side took their chances in a game which many considered the Pars were the better team.
It was a Second Leg with fewer chances than the First Leg and Dunfermline dearly paid for not cashing in on Tuesday night’s opportunities. The Pars season would come to a sad and abrupt end and Raith Rovers went on to play Dundee in the Premiership Play Off Semi Final.
Raith got the long awaited breakthrough in 64 minutes when a Macdonald cross from the left could not be cleared properly and Tumilty was able to shoot from the right side. Fôn Williams saved but the ball dropped for VAUGHAN to nip in to finish over the unlucky keeper. 1-0
The game was put beyond the Pars when McManus’ pass went to an opponent and the ball was lashed forward by Spencer for UGWU to latch on to, brushing off two defenders before crashing an 89th minute shot past the helpless keeper. 2-0
RAITH ROVERS: Jamie Macdonald: Reghan Tumilty, Iain Davidson (Fernandy Mendy 85), Kyle Benedictus (c), Kieran Macdonald: Ross Matthews (Dylan Tait 76), Regan Hendry, Brad Spencer, Dan Armstrong: Lewis Vaughan, Jamie Gullan (Gozie Ugwu 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Adam King, Timmy Abraham, Nathan Cooney, Robbie Thomson (GK)
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c)(Fraser Murray 85), Josh Edwards: Dom Thomas, Steven Whittaker, Lewis Mayo (Scott Banks 70), Ewan Henderson: Kevin O’Hara, Craig Wighton (Declan McManus 70).
SUBS NOT USED: Kerr McInroy, Kyle Macdonald, Vytas Gašpuitis, Cammy Gill (GK)
After a decent League Cup campaign Dunfermline’s league season has seen a 2-2 draw at Morton and a 3-0 defeat at home to Partick Thistle. The team now needs to bounce back from the defeat to Rangers.
Raith had wins over Cowdenbeath and Brechin City in the League Cup and both their games against Livingston and Alloa Athletic were settled on penalties. In the league they had a remarkable slide from 4-0 up to allow Hamilton a draw and then they travelled to Inverness only to lose 1-0. Their League Cup success over Aberdeen is bound to boost the confidence going into this Friday’s derby.
Last six matches
Rangers (A) L 0-5
Partick Thistle (H) L 0-3
Morton (A) D 2-2
Stenhousemuir (H) W 4-1
Dumbarton (H) W 5-1
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Aberdeen (H) W 2-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-1
Hamilton Accies (H) D 4-4
Alloa (H) D 0-0*
Livingston (A) D 0-0
Brechin City (H) W 4-0
League Position: 4th
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +4
Away League Record: P13 W1 D6 L6 GF14 GA21
Last Six Match Form: LWWDLL
League Position: 3rd
League Points: 43
Goal Difference: +9
Home League Record: P13 W6 D3 L4 GF24 GA18
Last Six Match Form: WDDDLW
Last time out
DUNFERMLINE (v Rangers): Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson, Ross Graham: Kyle Macdonald (Ryan Dow HT), Dan Pybus, Graham Dorrans (c), Josh Edwards: Craig Wighton (Reece Cole 56): Kevin O’Hara (Dom Thomas HT), Nikolay Todorov.
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys Breen, Vytas Gašpuitis, Paul Allan, Leon Jones, Matty Todd, Owain Fôn Williams (GK).
RAITH ROVERS (v Aberdeen): Jamie MacDonald: Reghan Tumilty, Kyle Benedictus, Christophe Berra, Blaise Riley-Snow (Aaron Arnott 83), Liam Dick: Aidan Connolly, Ross Matthews, Dylan Tait, Dario Zanatta (Kai Fotheringham 89), Ethon Varian (Matej Poplatnik 80).
SUBS NOT USED: David McKay, Tom Lang, James Keatings, Kieran Mitchell, Greig Young, Robbie Thomson (GK).
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