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Scottish Championship: Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Mark Stewart celebrates for Raith Rovers
Mark Stewart scored a cracker for Raith Rovers

Two goals in eight second-half minutes maintained Raith Rovers' 100% start to the season in front of 5114 people against Dunfermline Athletic.

The Pars' Rhys McCabe shot over early on in the Fife derby, with goalkeeper David Hutton saving well from Lewis Vaughan's free-kick at the other end.

Bobby Barr's left-footed effort found the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box to give Rovers the lead.

Mark Stewart doubled the advantage as the home side stayed top of the table.

It was a deserved three points for the Kirkcaldy side after they dominated the second period and Stewart's goal in particular was a quite sensational strike from 18 yards into the top corner.

Referee Alan Muir booked five players in a feisty first half that was played at 100 miles an hour but provided few chances.

However, both Vaughan for the home side and Kallum Higginbotham for the Pars went close with free kicks.

On-loan striker Declan McManus was also dominant in the second half and he brought a couple of good save from David Hutton in the Dunfermline goal before Barr struck the opener.

Rovers stay level at the top with Hibs after three straight victories and have big games with Dundee United and Falkirk in the next couple of weeks to look forward to.

Post-match reaction

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke: "I'm delighted for everyone around the club.

"Dunfermline have held the upper hand in Fife derbies for a while, so today was a big result for us.

"Our keeper, Aaron Lennox, pulled his hamstring early in the first half, so he was struggling to finish and, with him and Kevin Cuthbert both struggling, I may have to ask the board to help me get another keeper in."

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "It was a frustrating game to lose, but it is only the start of the season and we cannot let it affect us too much.

"However, we have got to learn to defend better as there was not much between the two teams.

"We need the team to learn quickly how to play in this division, but they will and we are still a decent side."

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 17Lennox
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 12MatthewsBooked at 25mins
  • 4Callachan
  • 21ThompsonBooked at 30minsSubstituted forSkacelat 69'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 11Barr
  • 10VaughanSubstituted forStewartat 77'minutes
  • 20McManusSubstituted forRobertsat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 9Stewart
  • 15Osei-Opoku
  • 16Coustrain
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel

Dunfermline

  • 43Hutton
  • 2Williamson
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 14Richards-EvertonBooked at 34mins
  • 4MartinSubstituted forTalbotat 80'minutes
  • 20HigginbothamBooked at 25mins
  • 16McCabeSubstituted forPatonat 77'minutes
  • 6GegganBooked at 40mins
  • 11Cardle
  • 17Reilly
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forHopkirkat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Talbot
  • 5Fordyce
  • 7Paton
  • 10Hopkirk
  • 15Spence
  • 18McMullan
  • 30Gill
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
5,114

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

Attempt blocked. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Scott Roberts replaces Declan McManus.

Foul by Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic).

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Attempt saved. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Jason Talbot replaces Lewis Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin McHattie.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Lewis Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Michael Paton replaces Rhys McCabe.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Attempt missed. Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross Matthews.

Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Rudi Skacel replaces Jordan Thompson.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Williamson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Michael Moffat.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Lewis Martin (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Ross Callachan.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Lennox.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers33007169
2Hibernian33006249
3Queen of Sth32107257
4Dundee Utd31114224
5Dumbarton31115504
6Morton30303303
7Dunfermline310257-23
8Falkirk301225-31
9St Mirren301226-41
10Ayr300319-80
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