Scottish Premiership - Play-off Quarter-final - 2nd Leg
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Raith beat Dunfermline to reach Premiership play-off semi-final

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Stark's Park
Lewis Vaughn knocks in the opening goal at Stark's Park
Lewis Vaughan knocks in the opening goal at Stark's Park

Raith Rovers saw off Dunfermline to set up a Premiership semi-final play-off against Dundee, thanks to goals from Lewis Vaughan and Gozie Ugwu.

Following a tense stalemate in the first leg, there was more goalmouth action at Stark's Park.

Vaughan made the breakthrough with a cool, close-range finish on 64 minutes.

And substitute Ugwu hammered in an emphatic shot from 25 yards in the dying moments to seal victory for John McGlynn's men.

Rovers, who last played in the top flight in season 1996-97, had the bulk of early possession but it was the visitors who had the best of the opportunities.

Kevin O'Hara and Dom Thomas both warmed the palms of goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald from distance before Craig Wighton was also denied by the former Hearts stopper in a one-on-one situation.

Ten minutes before the break there was another let off for the home side when a Kyle Benedictus attempt at a clearance sliced off his boot and over the head of his own goalkeeper but also inches over the crossbar.

Raith's only first-half threat came from a Keiran MacDonald shot, which had Owain Fon-Williams at full stretch to push away.

The Dunfermline keeper did not cover himself in glory when the deadlock was finally broken though.

Reghan Tumilty fired in a shot from the angle of the 18 yard box and Fon-Williams failed to hold on. Vaughan cleverly lifted the loose ball up and over the grounded keeper before touching home with his second touch.

Dunfermline substitute Declan McManus had an excellent chance to level when set up by Thomas but the striker rushed his effort, dragging his shot well wide of the target.

Jamie Gullan went close for the home side but his curling shot was just the wrong side of the post.

But, with less than two minutes left on the clock, Rovers settled any jitters with a stunning second goal as Ogwu thundered a volley into the bottom corner.

Raith manager John McGlynn: "I'm absolutely proud of the boys. I cannot give them enough praise , they've been fantastic. The semi-final gives us an opportunity now, so bring it on. Paul Smith got injured in the celebration - I've been pushed into Paul and my glasses stabbed him in the eye. He's got stitches, I've got a sore one too!"

Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford: "I'm disappointed. The players' attitude, commitment, and application was very good over the two games and I can't fault that. The boys now need to use the hurt of today to allow them to progress in their careers."

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2Tumilty
  • 4DavidsonBooked at 62minsSubstituted forMendyat 85'minutes
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3MacDonald
  • 13SpencerBooked at 67mins
  • 8Hendry
  • 12MatthewsBooked at 76minsSubstituted forTaitat 76'minutes
  • 10VaughanBooked at 14mins
  • 7Armstrong
  • 32GullanSubstituted forUgwuat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mendy
  • 11Abraham
  • 17Thomson
  • 18Tait
  • 22Cooney
  • 23Ugwu
  • 26King

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 2Comrie
  • 44Watson
  • 5MurraySubstituted forMurrayat 85'minutes
  • 3Edwards
  • 23Thomas
  • 22MayoSubstituted forMcManusat 70'minutes
  • 16Whittaker
  • 8HendersonBooked at 76mins
  • 7O'Hara
  • 9WightonSubstituted forBanksat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6MacDonald
  • 10McManus
  • 13Gaspuitis
  • 20Gill
  • 21Murray
  • 24McInroy
  • 25Banks
Referee:
Greg Aitken

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0. Gozie Ugwu (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brad Spencer.

  5. Post update

    Daniel Armstrong (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Dylan Tait.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Fernandy Mendy replaces Iain Davidson because of an injury.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fraser Murray replaces Euan Murray.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Gozie Ugwu replaces James Gullan.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Gullan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Dylan Tait replaces Ross Matthews.

  15. Booking

    Ewan Henderson (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Booking

    Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Declan McManus replaces Lewis Mayo.