Dundee secured a Scottish Premiership play-off final date with Kilmarnock but not without a fright as Raith Rovers won 1-0 on the night thanks to a Lewis Vaughan stunner.
The hosts were slow to build on Wednesday’s high standards and mustered up a few chances in the opening exchanges of the match, holding a desire to build and retain their 3-0 cushion from Stark’s Park midweek.
Raith Rovers drew first blood in the second leg, Regan Hendry’s pass finding Vaughan, who produced a sumptuous spin, swivel and strike to swing the ball beyond Adam Legzdins after 21 minutes. Jamie McDonald kept Raith’s lead intact eight minutes before half-time, Max Anderson hitting a first time effort towards goal, the experienced Raith custodian saving down low.
Raith were continuing to make things tough for Dundee with an eagerness to amend the deficit in. Daniel Armstrong cleared his way past Cammy Kerr to find Gozie Ugwu, however, the forward couldn’t finish off with Legzdins diving down well.
With Dundee doing enough to secure the next step to the top, here are three things we learned.
Dundee struggled to get into this second leg contest with the exception of some first half opportunities. Raith were productive and sustainable in their play with an attacking mindset, keen to rectify the 3-0 first leg aggregate loss in midweek. It’s into the play-off final for Dundee and two games against Kilmarnock.
Excellent from Raith
It’s not the outcome manager John McGlynn would’ve pursued but it was always going to be a monumental task to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat in Fife during midweek. A few key stops from McDonald allowed the visitors to settle into the 2nd leg followed by the opener through Vaughan, but Raith have still punched well above their weight.
Attention turns to play-off final
Dundee have made no secret that they seek a return to the Premiership. It’s a good result over the two legs and they would rather a defeat at this stage rather than the next two matches. A tough assignment against Kilmarnock awaits, with both sides keen to make sure they are Premiership tenants next term.
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