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Raith new leaders with convincing win

Cowdenbeath 1

Robertson 85'

Raith Rovers 5

Court 14', 64', 80' Thomas 60', 72'
  • Monday, 14 March 2016
  • Central Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League East
Raith Rovers are temporarily the new leaders of the SPFL Development League East with a convincing 5-1 victory over an unfortunate Cowdenbeath at Central Park. 
A Jonny Court hat-trick and a Joel Thomas brace rallied them to the top of the table with Callum Robertson grabbing a consolation goal late on for the home side, who had to play out the last twenty minutes with ten men as Brian Nelson had already made his three substitutes when Harvey Swann left the field injured. Cowdenbeath more than matched their opponents for long spells of the game who included six players with first team experience in their starting eleven. 
The contest did not start well for Cowdenbeath, just a couple of minutes into the game striker Craig Johnston came off through injury and he was replaced by Kyle Mitchell.
Cowdenbeath had the first attempt of the game, Harvey Swann cutting inside from the left dancing his way past two players before laying it off to Callum Robertson who fired over from just outside the area.
Raith’s first real sight of goal proved to be the opener in the 14th minute. Joel Thomas controlled a long throw in the area before his cheeky back heel fell to Jonny Court, he made no mistake from twelve yards with a ruthless finish past Shaun Hunter.
Neither side could get a foothold in the first half due to amount of fouls both sides were giving away in the middle of the park.
Blue Brazil got into a dangerous area when Cameron Muirhead chased down a Kieran Campbell pass but the full back recovered well blocking his attempted cross on the byline.
  • Half Time:
  • Cowdenbeath
  • 0-1
  • Raith Rovers
Cowdenbeath made a double substitution at half time, new loan signing from Livingston Craig Sives and Liam Callaghan who played 45 minutes for the first team on the weekend made way for Lyle Kellichan and Innes Murray.
Blue Brazil started the brighter of the two sides in the second half and were unlucky not to get on level terms. Muirhead flicked the ball goalwards for Declan Byrne but he could not connect with the ball from 14 yards and the goalkeeper smothered the danger.
Raith doubled their tally in the 60th minute, Louis Longridge closed down Hunter who spent to much time on the ball, his right foot effort was blocked by a defender but the loose ball fell kindly to Thomas who tucked in the rebound from close range.
Four minutes later Raith added a third, Ryan McCord’s deep free kick on the left found Thomas at the back post, his header was kept out well by Hunter but Court reacted first to the loose ball tapping into an empty net from inside the six yard area.
The home side responded well, Byrne hit the inside of the post after excellent work from Swann on the left.
A fourth was added by Raith in the 72nd minute through Thomas controlling a free kick with his chest inside a congested penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable finish past Hunter into the bottom corner, a superb piece of skill.
Rovers were not finished there scoring again in the 80th minute, Court got his hat-trick emphatically finishing off a delivery on the right flank from trialist 15.
To their credit the home side kept fighting until the end and got their just rewards grabbing a consolation goal in the 85th minute. Raith’s defence didn’t pick up Brian Ross from a short corner and he was able to pick out Robertson at the near post guiding a header past the Scott Law.
  • Full Time:
  • Cowdenbeath
  • 1-5
  • Raith Rovers


Raith Rovers
1. Shaun Hunter
2. Josh Thomson
3. Harvey Swann
4. Jordan Leslie
5. Craig Sives
6. Brian Ross
7. Cameron Muirhead
8. Callum Robertson
9. Declan Byrne
10. Craig Johnston
11. Liam Callaghan
17. Shaun Donoghue
12. Lyle Kellichan
14. Kyle Mitchell
15. Innes Murray
16. Rory George
18. Callum Watt
1. Scott Law
2. Kieran Campbell
3. Elliot Ford
4. Oliver Fleming
5. Trialist
6. Ross Matthews
7. Grant Anderson
8. Ryan McCord
9. Joel Thomas
10. Jonny Court
11. Louis Longridge
17. Trialist
12. Ross Crawford
14. Trialist
15. Trialist
16. Trialist
Star Player
Raith Rovers
Harvey Swann - Unfortunately had to come off through injury, but up until then he kept Raith's right edge quiet and was involved heavily in the opportunities they created. Glides past players like they are not there.
Oliver Fleming - Centre back was a solid figure at the heart of the away defence. Produced vital tackles, blocks, interceptions and won many 50-50 battles. Dealt with everything the home side threw at him.
Magic Moment
Raith Rovers
Declan Byrne hitting the post on the turn, deserved a goal.
Joel Thomas showed superb technical ability and composure to control a free kick in the area and finish to put the game beyond any doubt.
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