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Raith Rovers 3-0 Arbroath: Hosts make winning return to second tier

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland at Stark's Park

Raith Rovers eased to victory in their first Scottish Championship game in three years as Arbroath were blown away before the break.

Dan Armstrong, Reghan Tumilty and a Regan Hendry penalty in 13 first-half minutes gave the newly-promoted Fifers an unassailable lead.

Arbroath defender Thomas O'Brien was sent off a minute from time as his handball earned a second booking.

But Hendry had the resulting spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Derek Gaston.

Raith assistant manager Paul Smith: "We thoroughly deserved the win and it's great to see the goals spread across the team."

Arbroath assistant manager Iain Campbell: "We fell below our standards today. I'm immensely disappointed at the result, that performance is not Arbroath."

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2TumiltySubstituted forMusondaat 74'minutes
  • 4Davidson
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3MacDonaldBooked at 78mins
  • 8Hendry
  • 7Armstrong
  • 12Matthews
  • 18TaitBooked at 59mins
  • 22Ross
  • 9DukuSubstituted forAndersonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mendy
  • 10Vaughan
  • 11Anderson
  • 13Spencer
  • 14Musonda
  • 17Thomson
  • 27Coulson

Arbroath

  • 1Gaston
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Little
  • 5O'BrienBooked at 89mins
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forRuthat 65'minutes
  • 8McKennaSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes
  • 22VirtanenBooked at 48mins
  • 10Swankie
  • 12StewartSubstituted forLinnat 57'minutes
  • 15Donnelly
  • 9Hilson

Substitutes

  • 7Gold
  • 11Linn
  • 14Doolan
  • 16Ruth
  • 17Smith
  • 21Gallacher
Referee:
Gavin Duncan

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamArbroath
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away23

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Raith Rovers 3, Arbroath 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 3, Arbroath 0.

  3. Post update

    Connor Smith (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Ruth (Arbroath).

  8. Post update

    Dylan Tait (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Anderson replaces Manny Duku.

  10. Post update

    Penalty saved! Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Thomas O'Brien (Arbroath) for hand ball.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Thomas O'Brien (Arbroath) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Connor Smith (Arbroath).

  14. Post update

    Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

  16. Post update

    Frankie Musonda (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Manny Duku (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Connor Smith (Arbroath).

  19. Post update

    Ethan Ross (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

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