Dunfermline and Raith Rovers played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the 2020/21 season’s Scottish Premiership quarter-final play-off.

Raith had chances through the likes of Kai Kennedy but the Stark’s Park side are perhaps the happier of the two teams after Dunfermline created plenty of goalscoring opportunities at East End Park.

O'Hara had plenty of chances for Dunfermline but couldn't beat Raith Rovers.

O’Hara had plenty of chances for Dunfermline but couldn’t beat Raith Rovers. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Kevin O’Hara had a few very good openings in the first half while Declan McManus had an opportunity in the second alongside Scott Banks and Craig Wighton. Here are three things we learned from the Fife derby.

Unpredictable

There’s no way of knowing which way the Fife derby this weekend is going. Dunfermline have defeated Raith Rovers 4-1 this season, but they have also lost 5-1 to their nearest rivals. After a 0-0 draw on Tuesday, it could go either way as both teams bid for a Premiership place.

 

Raith the happier

John McGlynn’s team were possibly the happier of the two with this scoreline. No damage away from home means they will be able to take on the game at 0-0 surrounded by home comforts. Raith could easily have lost this game but did well to keep Dunfermline out with a shrewd defensive performance.

Dunfermline frustration

Meanwhile for Dunfermline, they will hope they aren’t made to rue missed chances at the weekend. If they had managed to put away even one of a few good chances that were presented to them, they could have gone to Raith with something to hold on to. Now they might need to come out swinging if things go against them.

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