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Saturday 2nd April 2022

Raith Rovers Queen of the South SPFL Trust Trophy

SPFL Trust Trophy final preview

The SPFL Trust Trophy final between Raith Rovers and Queen of the South takes place at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie on Sunday...

TV: Kick-off is 4.15pm and the match is live on BBC ALBA.

Road to the final: Raith Rovers have beaten Forfar Athletic (1-0), East Fife (3-1), Inverness CT (on penalties after a 0-0 draw) and Kilmarnock (2-1) to reach the final. Queen of the South have knocked out Broomhill (3-0), Partick Thistle (2-0), Morton (2-1) and Cove Rangers (1-0).

History: This is the 29th final of a competition that began life in 1990/91 as the Centenary Cup to celebrate 100 years of the Scottish Football League. Dundee were the first winners. The most recent final played was in 2018/19 when Ross County beat Connah’s Quay Nomads 3-1. 

Cup pedigree: Raith Rovers beat Rangers 1-0 to win the trophy in 2013/14. They are the joint holders, along with Inverness CT, after the 2019/20 final wasn’t played due to the pandemic and there was no tournament last season. Queen of the South are appearing in their fifth final. They have won twice before - 2-0 against Brechin City in 2002/03 and on penalties against Partick Thistle after a 1-1 draw in 2012/13.

Season so far: The teams have already met four times in the cinch Championship, with one win each and two draws.

Past meeting: The only previous Challenge Cup encounter was in September 1994 when Raith Rovers won 2-0 at Palmerston.

In the event of a draw: Extra time and, if necessary, kicks from the penalty mark will settle the outcome if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Referee: Grant Irvine
Assistant referees: Ross Macleod & Jonathan Bell
Fourth official: Steven Kirkland

Programme: B5 size, 68-page edition will be on sale, price £5

Tickets: Sales of tickets were taking place via the two clubs. There will be no tickets on sale at the stadium on matchday. 

Kits: Raith Rovers will be wearing their red away strip, with Queen of the South in blue.