Dunfermline Athletic

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Saturday, 8th May 2021

Scottish Premiership Quarter Final, Second Leg. Saturday 8th May 2021, 3.00pm kick off at Stark’s Park behind closed doors

Dunfermline go into the Second Leg of the Premiership Quarter Final play off at Stark’s Park on Saturday afternoon all square with their Kirkcaldy rivals. After 15 goals in the previous three matches between the clubs this season it was a surprise to most that Tuesday’s First Leg ended 0-0 but Stevie Crawford has optimism over the prospects of a positive outcome generated by the performance of his team in the First Leg and the number of chances they created.

The challenge now is to go to Stark’s Park and win the game to earn the right to play against Dundee in the Semi Final. The question is can Dunfermline improve on their none too good away form?

Dunfermline have won 22 of the 59 matches that they have played at Stark’s Park, Raith have won 20 and 17 have been drawn. The Pars have only won two of their last nine away to Raith Rovers.

Milestones v Raith Rovers (away)
Last League Victory | 02/01/17 | 2-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 30/03/21 | 1-5 | Championship
Best League Victory | 29/10/94 | 5-2 | Div One (old)
Worst League 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 all very even, four wins, four defeats and four draws.

Last Twelve Meetings

04/05/21 | H | Dunfermline Raith Rovers | 0-0 | 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
16/03/13 | A | Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 1 | D | Division One

Last time at Stark’s Park
Tuesday 30th March 2021
Raith Rovers 5 Dunfermline 1

Raith Rovers moved six points clear of Dunfermline with a resounding Fife derby victory.

Raith made the breakthrough after 17 minutes. It was a really good pass from Brad Spencer that played Regan HENDRY into the box and he cooly stuck the chance away inside the right post. 1-0

Just four minutes later there was a shaky moment for the home side keeper Jamie Macdonald when he came out for a long Edwards ball. O’Hara pressed Macdonald and his shot hit off the keeper’s chest to win a throw in on the right. Comrie picked out Banks and his cross was headed in at the near post by O’HARA. 1-1

A second Rovers goal would come in 31 minutes. Kieran MacDonald’s first attempt to cross from the left was blocked by Fraser Murray but from the throw in the Rovers left back was able to get in another low cross and this time VAUGHAN swept that in for 2-1.

Then in 40 minutes after Mayo had checked VAUGHAN on the left side 25 yards out, the Rovers no.10 netted from the free kick. The ball finding the far side of the Dunfermline goal. 3-1

Two changes were made by Stevie Crawford at half time, Iain Wilson and Lewis McCann taking over from Kerr McInroy and Scott Banks. O’Hara got a shot in within 40 seconds but unfortunately it was Raith who found the net within the first two minutes of the half. On loan Hibee Jamie GULLAN squeezed the ball in at the right post from 15 yards out. 4-1

In 77 minutes the Kirkcaldy side hit on the break with GULLAN netting their fifth!

RAITH ROVERS: Jamie Macdonald: Reghan Tumilty, Frankie Musonda, Kyle Benedictus (c), Kieran Macdonald (Dan Armstrong 56): Jamie Gullan, Regan Hendry, Ross Matthews, Brad Spencer, Kai Kennedy (Dylan Tait 70), Lewis Vaughan (Manny Duku 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Adam King, Gozie Ugwu, Timmy Abraham, Robbie Thomson (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Lewis Mayo, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Scott Banks (Lewis McCann HT), Ewan Henderson (Declan McManus 60), Kerr McInroy (Iain Wilson HT), Fraser Murray: Kevin O’Hara, Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Paul Allan, Dom Thomas, Cammy Gill (GK)

Recent Form

Raith Rovers (H) D 0-0
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-1
Arbroath (H) W 4-3
Queen of the South (H) W 3-1
Dundee ( H) D 0-0
Ayr United (A) D 1-1

Dunfermline (A) D 0-0
Hearts (H) L 0-4
Dundee (A) L 1-2
Alloa Athletic (A) W 2-1
Queen of the South (A) W 1-0
Arbroath (H) D 2-2

Current League Stats

Only relegated Alloa Athletic’s away form was worse than Dunfermline’s in this Championship season. One away league win was the poorest record in the SPFL.

Raith Rovers home form this Championship season was not as good as Dunfermline’s. They won six of their 13 home matches.

League Position: 4th
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +4
Away League Record: P13 W1 D6 L6 GF14 GA21
Last Six Match Form: DDWWLD

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 43
Goal Difference: +9
Home League Record: P13 W6 D3 L4 GF24 GA18
Last Six Match Form: DWWLLD

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers):
Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Steven Whittaker: Dom Thomas (Scott Banks 80), Declan McManus (Kerr McInroy 73), Ewan Henderson: Kevin O’Hara, Craig Wighton.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Vytas Gašpuitis, Lewis McCann, Lewis Mayo, Cammy Gill (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Dunfermline): Jamie Macdonald: Reghan Tumilty, Iain Davidson, Kyle Benedictus (c), Kieran Macdonald: Ross Matthews (Adam King 82), Regan Hendry, Brad Spencer, Kai Kennedy: Lewis Vaughan (Manny Duku 85), Jamie Gullan (Gozie Ugwu 87)
SUBS NOT USED: Fernandy Mendy, Nathan Cooney, Dan Armstrong, Robbie Thomson (GK)

Referee will be Greg Aitken who last officiated a Pars game at Ayr last month.

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