Dundee kept their second place ambitions alive with a controlled performance, beating Raith Rovers 2-1 to move a point behind the Kirkcaldy side in the Scottish Championship.
The hosts got a penalty inside 12 minutes with a Cammy Kerr ball from the left finding Jason Cummings whose effort towards goal bounced off Kyle Benedictus’s hand, the striker slotting the ball into the bottom-right corner.
James McPake’s side doubled their advantage on 32 minutes with Liam Fontaine heading home from a Paul McGowan corner, trickling the ball into the net for his fourth goal this season. John McGlynn’s team maintained attempts to find a way back into the game with Lewis Vaughan linking up well with Regan Hendry, the latter trying his luck from 18 yards but his effort was saved well by Adam Legzdins.
Raith pulled a goal back with Hendry’s effort parried by Legzdins before Benedictus headed home from close range to give the visitors a glimmer of hope. A frustrating afternoon for Rovers was made even worse in injury-time with the visitors looking for an equaliser.
Paul McGowan looked to clear the ball forward before a late challenge by Dylan Tait left referee Willie Collum no choice but to give the midfielder his marching orders. No more goal action erupted after the sending off and Dundee held on for a precious win. Here are three things we learned.
Big win for Dundee
This result was everything that McPake could’ve wished for with an important three points keeping his team in the hunt for second place. Dundee didn’t have lots of chances but Cummings’ penalty got the ball rolling before Fontaine’s goal.
Dundee are now seven games unbeaten. A win over Queen of the South plus dropped points from Raith against Hearts on the final day would move the Dee into second, meaning they would have two less promotion play-off matches to play as they aim for Premiership football.
No panic for Rovers
It was a frustrating and disappointing afternoon for McGlynn’s outfit but a win over Hearts on Friday evening guarantees Rovers a second placed finish which would be a massive achievement. Rovers have enjoyed a consistent run of results but never got into this game until it was too late.
Both Lee Ashcroft and Liam Fontaine have come up with some big goals for Dundee this season, with 10 goals between the two of them combined proving their aerial threat. The duo also form a good partnership at the back. Keeping Fife defences at bay will be instrumental for Dundee in the play-offs.
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