Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2013-2014 : Raith Rovers

Tue, 20th Aug 2013 Kick Off: 19:45

Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 2

Tuesday, 20th Aug 2013

Ramsden Cup Second Round: Moore and Ferguson started. Hill (2) 0-1; Fox (65 pen.) 0-2

RAMSDEN AT EAST END PARK

MATCH PICTURES
Raith Rovers were the opponents for Dunfermline`s Ramsden Second Round Cup tie and following a win over Cowdenbeath in the First Round and then a 1-0 win over East Fife in the opening league game this match gave Jim Jefferies men the opportunity to complete the Fife Derby treble of wins all within 24 days.

Andy Geggan was played at right back and Ross Millen dropped to the bench.  On loan Jordan Moore started upfront meaning Ryan Thomson was back in midfield in place of Chris Kane. Stephen Husband returned from two successive two match bans to take a place on the bench.

Joe Cardle s back

Grant Murray made no changes from the Rovers eleven who started at Central Park on Saturday, so both former Pars Jason Thomson and Joe Cardle played against their old club.  It was the Rovers who kicked off attacking the goal at the McCathie Stand end. 

An erratic clearance from Callum Morris lead to the visitors being gifted the first corner of the night. The delivery in from the left was met by Dougie HILL at the far post and his downward header opened the scoring after just 100 seconds.

Dougie Hill heads home opener within two minutes

When the Pars settled down they stroked the ball about meaningfully and earned a free kick in a central position 19 yards out in seventh minute when Paul Watson upended Josh Falkingham. Ryan Wallace battered the ball into the Rovers wall which did its job.

The flow was stopped in the next minute for an injury to Liam Fox. Physio, doctors, paramedics, stretchers all ventured out to the far side beyond the centre circle but after the injured player hobbled off the match resumed after a two minute stoppage and another 60 seconds on, so did Fox.

On 12 minutes a good chance fell to Moore some 16 yards out but he sent his shot over the crossbar.  Wallace pumped in a free kick from the left that Morris challenged for but was deflected behind for a Pars corner. Raith cleared that at their near post and it was the First Division team who were on the attack again with Fox breaking in on the left to drive a low shot outside the left goalpost.

Andy Geggan v Raith

A good Pars chance was created in 29 minutes by Shaun Byrne and the Raith keeper David McGurn was happy to turn the midfielders shot around his right hand post for a corner. Watson`s head firmly cleared at the setpiece and on the break Cardle flashed an inviting ball through the six yard box with Grant Anderson`s dive failing to make the telling connection.

On 36 minutes the home defence was nearly ripped open as Calum Elliot was allowed to shoot from the edge of the box. He miscued but set up Greig Spence who did all but score and the ball went out to the left where Cardle lashed it back only to see Morris get back in time to block at the near post. Quite a let off.

As half time approached Jason Thomson had the opportunity to fire a shot at goal but fortunately he pulled his shot right across goal.

Half Time: Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 1

Jordan Moore v Raith Rovers

Both sides made changes for the second half; Stephen Husband replaced Ryan Ferguson and for Raith Greig Spence went off and Gordon Smith came on.  First chance was for Rovers when Cardle`s low shot was held after he had controlled the rebound from his own 28 yard free kick off the Pars wall.

in 53 minutes Moon took down Falkingham but Wallace`s free kick was far too strong. It looked like the over reliance on Ross Millen at setpieces was beginning to show.  When Raith broke Cardle found himself presented with a fine opportunity in front of goal but managed to clear the bar when it looked easier to find the net.

Geggan skied a Smith cross to gift the Kirkcaldy side a corner on the right but they played that out before Ryan Scully fisted it away.  The Pars drum and songsters were full on as the match reached the hour but it was the opposition fans who got something to celebrate. Cardle made one of his familiar jinking runs and went over as Geggan stuck out a leg. The 65th minute corner was converted by Liam FOX putting the ball to the keeper`s right and although Scully went the right way he couldn`t keep it out. 0-2

Liam Fox scores from the spot

The Pars reacted with Moore`s cross from the left requiring McGurn to hold to deny Thomson close in. Husband and Geggan sent fierce deliveries into the Raith box but it was Moore`s that caused McGurn to pull off a save as the ball ricocheted off Watson.

Husband drilled a free kick in that was blocked and as time ran out for Jim Jefferies` team, Geggan sliced a good chance to score a consolation goal. It was to be Raith Rovers first cup win over the Pars since 1972 and their first cup win at East End Park for 66 years.

RAMSDEN

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully; Andy Geggan, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Ryan Ferguson (Stephen Husband HT), Shaun Byrne, Ryan Thomson, Josh Falkingham (c); Ryan Wallace (Craig Dargo 73), Jordan Moore.
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Millen, John Potter, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)
SCORERS:
YELLOW CARD: Whittle (86)

RAITH ROVERS: David McGurn; Jason Thomson, Dougie Hill, Callum Booth, Paul Watson, Joe Cardle, Liam Fox , Kevin Moon , Grant Anderson, Calum Elliot, Greg Spence (Gordon Smith HT)
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Laidlaw (GK), Reece Donaldson, Lewis Vaughan, Laurie Ellis.
SCORERS: Hill (2), Fox (65 pen.)
YELLOW CARD: Thomson (18)

REFEREE: Greg Aitken
WEATHER: Rain 17C
ATTENDANCE 3765

NEXT MATCH: Scottish League One (away) v Stenhousemuir
Saturday 24th August 2013, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Raith Rovers

Sunday, 18th Aug 2013

Tuesday 20t

RAMSDEN AT EAST END PARK

ADMISSION PRICES
Adults £10, Concessions £5

The Pars` prize for knocking out Cowdenbeath in the First Round of the Ramsden Cup is a home tie against Raith Rovers.  Tuesday night`s cup tie will be Dunfermline`s third Fife Derby in less than a month. Cup ties between the clubs are fairly rare occurrences with just three in the last 40 years, all won by Dunfermline.  The most recent cup meeting was in the 2009-10 in the Co-operative Insurance Cup when a double from Andy Kirk contributed to a 3-1 Pars win.

Shaun Byrne v Raith Rovers

Milestones v Raith Rovers (home)

Last League Victory

02/01/13

1-0

First Division

Last League Defeat

29/08/09

0-2

First Division

Best League Victory

08/09/62

6-0

Div One (old)

Worst League Defeat

1927/28

0-4

Div One (old)

In the league Dunfermline lead Raith 39 to 32 on wins and in cups the Pars advantage is 6-5.

Josh Falkingham v Raith Rovers

Milestones v Raith Rovers (Cups home & away)

Last Cup Victory

26/08/09 3-1 CIS Insurance Cup

Last Cup Defeat

05/02/72 0-2 Scottish Cup

Best Cup Victory

15/08/89 3-0 League Cup

Worst Cup Defeat

1947-48

1-6

League Cup

Dunfermline v Raith Rovers

The Ramsden Cup is the name given to what is the SFL Challenge Cup is now in its 23rd season of competition since its inauguration in 1990/91 to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Football League.  Initially it was sponsored by DIY retailers B&Q, who also gave financial backing top the SFL, the Fair Play League and the national Schoolboys` Cup, the B&Q Centenary Cup was intended as a one off tournament but its popularity ensured that it was retained as simply the B&Q Cup.

The notion that this first season was `popular` was largely down to the fact that the semi final between Kilmarnock and Dundee drew 7,933 spectators to Rugby Park (still a record for the competition outside of a final), while the final itself (when Dundee beat Ayr United 3-2 after extra time) attracted an excellent crowd of 11,506 at Fir Park.  The reality was that the average gate of the B&Q Challenge Cup, omitting the final, was only 1664.

Dunfermline Athletic`s first involvement in the B&Q Cup was in 1992-93 with the 3-0 defeat at Arbroath marking an ignominious debut for Jackie McNamara.  The Pars reached the semi final of the competition in 1994-95 before falling to Dundee at East End Park before a crowd of 7154, a club record in the B&Q Cup.

Dunfermline met Forfar Athletic in the Challenge Cup in season 1995-96. Goals from Andy Tod and Greg Shaw saw the Pars through and immediately after that game Manager Bert Paton signed David Bingham from the Angus Club for a fee of £100,000.  That broke Forfar`s previous transfer fee record of £57,00 that Raith Rovers paid to them for Craig Brewster..

It looked like the competition had reached the end of the road when it was shelved in 1998-99 but new sponsors were found and the competition reborn as the Bells Challenge Cup in 1999-2000. The Pars returned to the competition after a four year absence and made a sharp exit, losing a first round match to Morton on penalties after drawing 2-2.

In season 2007-08 Dunfermline made the final of the Challenge Cup.  This was the Club`s sixth appearance in the competition and, despite a miserable league campaign, they repeated their cup form of 2004 - 2007 by reaching the Final. The Pars became the twentieth different club to do so, a pretty good representation of the SFL.

Against St Johnstone in the first final to be played at Dens Park, Dunfermline displayed all the defensive ineptitude that marked Stephen Kenny`s reign at the Club. In an awful opening half hour, they fell three goals behind before a change of formation heralded an unlikely come back.  Leading 3-2, the Saints looked shaky but held on to become the eleventh different club to win the cup.  The attendance of 6446, a reflection of the sense of frustration felt by the Pars supporters who had turned up in great numbers for their club`s three Hampden Park finals over the previous four years.

In 2008-09 Dunfermline defeated Stirling Albion but lost out 2-0 to Queen of the South.  The following season Queen of the South again inflicted an East End Park knock out 2-1 after a 5-0 First Round win over Dumbarton who were under the management of one, Gerry McCabe.

Last season the Ramsden Cup was a short lived affair for the Pars since Forfar Athletic knocked them out 3-2 in the First Round. This season the Pars have made it to the Second Round courtesy of a 3-1 win at Central Park, Cowdenbeath in the opening match of the 2013-14 season.

Dunfermline v Raith Rovers

Recent Form

Form this season 
  Dunfermline  

 

 

 

  Raith Rovers
 Arbroath (H) L 2-3   Cowdenbeath (A)  W

4-3

 East Fife (A) W 1-0   Hamilton Accies (H) L 0-1
 East Stirlingshire (H) L 2-0   Queens Park (H)  W

 6-0

 Cowdenbeath (A) W 3-1   Stirling Albion (H) W 2-1

Dunfermline v Raith Rovers

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath): Ryan Scully; Ross Millen (Ryan Williamson 84), Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Shaun Byrne (Jordan Moore 71), Chris Kane, Andy Geggan, Josh Falkingham (c); Ryan Wallace, Ryan Thomson (Ryan Ferguson 79).
SUBS NOT USED:  Craig Dargo, John Potter, Fayssal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Cowdenbeath): David McGurn;  Jason Thomson, Dougie Hill, Callum Booth, Paul Watson, Joe Cardle, Liam Fox , Kevin Moon , Grant Anderson (Gordon Smith, 69), Calum Elliot, Greg Spence
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Laidlaw (GK), Ross Callachan, Reece Donaldson, Lewis Vaughan, Laurie Ellis, Ross Matthews.

Referee will be Greig Aitken

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