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

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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

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