Arbroath v Raith Rovers KO 15:00 04/12

Raith Rovers 2 – 1 Arbroath

18th October 2021



Raith Rovers vs Arbroath – Match Highlights

Courtesy of Raith TV

An uncharacteristically average performance from Arbroath today seen their 7 game unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Raith Rovers.

Raith Rovers made a perfect start with Dylan Tait scoring in just the 3rd minute after latching onto a Aidan Connolly pass, with the home side looking dangerous in the opening 10 minutes as they passed the ball well from side to side, however Arbroath soon started to get up the pitch and James Craigen hit the Raith post from 20 yards out in the 13th minute.

Arbroath then enjoyed the bulk of the possession and were keeping Raith in their own half yet really didn’t create many problems for Jamie MacDonald in the home goal. The best effort was a pass from Nouble which found McKenna but MacDonald rushed out and smothered the effort.

As the game opened up in the last few minutes of the first half it was Raith who hit the Lichties with a sucker punch as they netted their second on the stroke of half time as Matthews headed in from a Zanatta cross.

Arbroath came out strong in the early moments of the second half but unusually were just not able to test MacDonald.

The second half really didn’t see many chances at either end and as Arbroath appealed for a penalty in the dying seconds the ball was played back into the box and Anton Dowds netted his first Arbroath goal at the back post.
As stats goes it was the lowest chances created after 9 games for the Lichties.

The Rovers move up to joint second place with Kilmarnock on 17 points whilst Arbroath remain joint 3rd with Partick Thistle.

They were backed by what looked like a 300-400 strong support and the team will now turn their attentions to next Saturday and look to get back to winning ways.

Post Match Interview – Dick Campbell

Full report to follow.

C’mon the Lichties

First Half Stats
Possession – Raith Rovers 50% – 50% Arbroath
Total Shots – Raith Rovers 3 – 1 Arbroath
Shots on Target – Raith Rovers 2 – 0 Arbroath
Shots Off Target – Raith Rovers 1 – 1 Arbroath
Blocked – Raith Rovers 0 – 0 Arbroath
Corners – Raith Rovers 3 – 4 Arbroath
Fouls – Raith Rovers 4 – 5 Arbroath

Second Half Stats
Possession – Raith Rovers 50% – 50% Arbroath
Total Shots – Raith Rovers 4 – 4 Arbroath
Shots on Target – Raith Rovers 3 – 2 Arbroath
Shots Off Target – Raith Rovers 1 – 2 Arbroath
Blocked – Raith Rovers 0 – 0 Arbroath
Corners – Raith Rovers 7 – 7Arbroath
Fouls – Raith Rovers 7 – 14 Arbroath

Raith Rovers
1 – Jamie MacDonald
2 – Reghan Tumilty
3 – Liam Dick
5 – Christophe Berra (c)
6 – Kyle Benedictus
7 – Aidan Connolly (Lang 90)
8 – Ross Matthews
11 – Dario Zanatta (Ross 74)
13 – Brad Spencer
15 – Dylan Tait
18 – Ethan Varian (Poplatnik 74)

Substitutes
12 – Tom Lang – 9; 90th
22 – Ethan Ross – 11; 74th
23 – Blaise Riley-Snow
26 – Kieran Mitchell
29 – Greig Young
99 – Matej Poplatnik – 18; 74th
17 – Robbie Thomson (GK)

Goals – Tait 3, Matthews 45+1

Yellow Cards – Berra 32, Varian 35

Arbroath
1 – Derek Gaston
2 – Jason Thomson
3 – Colin Hamilton
4 – Ricky Little
5 – Thomas O’Brien (c)
9 – Dale Hilson (Linn 62)
12 – Scott Stewart
8 – Michael McKenna
22 – Liam Henderson (Swankie 70)
17 – Joel Nouble
28 – James Craigen (Dowds 66)

Substitutes
10 – Gavin Swankie – 22; 70th
11 – Bobby Linn – 9; 62nd
15 – Luke Donnelly
16 – Harrison Clark
18 – Chris Hamilton
19 – Anton Dowds – 28; 66th
21 – Calum Antell (GK)

Goal – Dowds 90+4

Yellow Cards – Hamilton 44, McKenna 49, Little 68

Attendance – 1748

Officials;
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Steven Traynor
Assistant Referee 2 – Barry Reid


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