As it happened: Raith Rovers v Dunfermline Athletic

Raith Rovers beat Fife rivals Dunfermline by 2-0 at Stark’s Park and go through to the Premiership play-off semi-final.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 2:15 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 4:55 pm
Raith Rovers v Dunfermline (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

Our live blog described all the action as it happened at Stark’s Park.

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Raith Rovers 2 v 0 Dunfermline Athletic

Last updated: Saturday, 08 May, 2021, 15:22

Welcome to a soaking wet Stark’s Park for this crucial Fife derby between Raith and Dunfermline.

And now it’s over to the weather...

It’s HORRIBLE. Pouring rain, windy and freezing. Hopefully it won’t have too much of an effect on the match.

The first leg finished 0-0 at East End Park on Tuesday so the first goal today will be huge. We will go to extra time and penalties if required. The winner will go through to play Dundee in another double-header, with the first leg on Wednesday night.

Today’s Raith Rovers team

Just one change to the Raith side from Tuesday’s draw. Kai Kennedy drops out to be replaced by Dan Armstrong.

The Dunfermline line-up

And the Pars’ subs

It’s Fernandy Mendy on the bench for Rovers, not Manny Duku as listed. Kai Kennedy misses out altogether due to an injury.

The teams emerge...

Kick off is imminent.

Dunfermline kick off

The match is underway!

No scoring as yet. Rovers are struggling to make any inroads into the Dunfermline half of the pitch.

The ball hits off Benedictus’s back and lands in the path of Kevin O’Hara. He shoots, it’s straight at Jamie MacDonald but the ball squirms out of his hands and almost crosses the line. Close!

Lewis Vaughan booked for a late challenge. Looked harsh.

A Dom Thomas free kick is parried over by MacDonald.

A cross from Vaughan into the six yard is just a bit too far in front of Dan Armstrong. Encouraging for Rovers.

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