Forfar Athletic condemned Raith Rovers to their first defeat of the season in the SPFL Development League East with a convincing 3-1 win against an unfamiliar home line-up featuring five young trialists.
Kerr Hay bagged a brace and Matthew Aitken added a third on the stroke of half time for the away side in what was a dominant first half display. Jonny Court grabbed a lifeline for Raith, pulling one back twelve minutes from time, but Forfar held on to claim their eighth consecutive league win.
Away side showed intensity from the off with fluid passing combinations and pressing the opposition high up the pitch forcing them to lose the ball in there own half on many occasions.
The bright start was rewarded with a goal in the seventh minute when the referee pointed to the spot following David McKay bringing down Matthew Aitken in the area. Kerr Hay poised himself and made no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way.
Five minutes later they doubled their lead, that man again Hay skipping past two markers on the edge of the area before firing a powerful effort that went under the keeper’s body and into the net.
Raith were digging in deep to try and get back into the match with James Berry, Ryan McGowan and B Trialist coming up with a neat passage of play but Forfar defended resolutely.
Contest was becoming scrappy as neither side could keep hold of possession and both were committing there fair share of fouls.
From nothing though Forfar added a third in the 44th minute, Aitken finishing from close range after winning the ball from a lapse in concentration by Oliver Fleming on the edge of his area.