Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Starks Park
Attendance: 2,192
Referee: Craig Charleston
Raith Rovers Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Craig Barr (41)
Ryan Hardie (49)
Simon Murray (81)

Team Managers
John Hughes Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Pavol Penksa
Jason Thomson
Craig Barr
Jean-Yves Mvoto
Kyle Benedictus
Christopher Johnston
Ross Matthews
Ross Callachan
Jordan Thompson
Ryan Hardie
Declan McManus
Cammy Bell
Frank van der Struijk
Stewart Murdoch
Mark Durnan
Jamie Robson
William Edjenguélé
Lewis Toshney
Willo Flood
Tony Andreu
Thomas Mikkelsen
Simon Murray

Bench
Kevin McHattie
Bobby Barr
Scott Roberts
Rudi Skácel
Jonathan Court
David McKay
Brett Long
Paul Dixon
Coll Donaldson
Alex Nicholls
Charlie Telfer
Ali Coote
Nick van der Velden

Substitutions
None. Alex Nicholls for Frank van der Struijk (56)
Nick van der Velden for Thomas Mikkelsen (60)
Ali Coote for Stewart Murdoch (68)

Bookings
Jason Thomson
Craig Barr
Declan McManus (56)
Stewart Murdoch (41)
William Edjenguélé (90)
Simon Murray (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 34 apps -
Frank van der Struijk 20 apps -
Stewart Murdoch 18 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 63 apps7 goals
Jamie Robson 19 apps1 goal
William Edjenguélé 28 apps2 goals
Lewis Toshney 26 apps1 goal
Willo Flood 184 apps7 goals
Tony Andreu 27 apps16 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 11 apps2 goals
Simon Murray 61 apps19 goals
Alex Nicholls (sub) 6 apps -
Nick van der Velden (sub) 29 apps3 goals
Ali Coote (sub) 12 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (19 years 94 days)
Oldest Player:Frank van der Struijk (31 years 363 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 125 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 285 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 101 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 204 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United started the first ten minutes as the stronger of the two teams with little defensive errors from the Tangerines. Bell wasn’t troubled once and United produced some good deliveries into the box. The positive start came to a halt after a mix up between Murdoch and Flood resulted in Ryan Hardie going one on one with Bell. Fortunately Bell did well to get his hands to Hardie’s shot and it went out for a corner. This incident seemed to have knocked United’s confidence with the Rovers having another good chance at goal just a minute later. After a sketchy few minutes United started to play with a more positive style once again but getting a number of passes called offside. The first half ended badly for United with Stewart Murdoch going in the referee’s book for a rash tackle outside the box. Raith took full advantage of this and the free kick met the head of Craig Barr and hit the back of the net.

The second half started the way that the first half ended with Durnan giving away a free kick on the half way line for a hand ball giving Raith another set piece opportunity and Ryan Hardie doubled Raith’s lead with a shot from his left boot going in. As the final third of the match came around Murray got the ball inside the Raith box but was instantly swarmed by Raith’s defence which forced him to offload the ball to Andreu who miss hit the ball sending it over the cross bar. Raith continued to dominate with United giving them too much space allowing them to counter attack. The ball was brought to just outside the box where it was fired wide of the post for Bell to take a goal kick. As the game seemed to be over as the last ten minutes approached Willo Flood was gifted the ball from 30 yards out which the keeper palmed away to Murray who put the ball out over the cross bar. This seemed to restore some confidence in the United side as after a scramble in the box Simon Murray miraculously found the bottom left corner through a penalty box rife with Raith’s defenders.

Match report written by Alasdair Marnoch



Photography by DUFC Official

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 28 15 10 3 44 19 25 55
2. Falkirk 29 13 9 7 48 32 16 48
3. Morton 27 13 9 5 39 27 12 48
4. UNITED 28 12 8 8 38 31 7 44
5. Queen of the South 29 9 8 12 36 41 -5 35
6. Dunfermline 28 7 11 10 36 38 -2 32
7. Raith Rovers 29 8 8 13 28 40 -12 32
8. Dumbarton 29 7 10 12 39 47 -8 31
9. Ayr United 28 6 10 12 26 44 -18 28
10. St Mirren 29 6 9 14 31 46 -15 27
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