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Forfar end Raith’s unbeaten run

Raith Rovers FC 1

Court 78'

Forfar Athletic FC 3

Hay 7', 12', Aitken 44'
  • Monday, 21 March 2016
  • Stark's Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League East
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Raith Rovers FC
  • 0-3
  • Forfar Athletic FC
The home side started the second half more promising than the visitors and mustered there first attempt on goal through C Trialist narrowly firing over Jason King’s crossbar from 20 yards. 
Forfar could and probably should have been out of sight moments later. Fleming found himself under pressure from the impressive Aitken yet again as his touch let him down, but this time the keeper came up with a fine reflex stop to deny the striker’s second of the evening. 
It was Raith who threatened next, Court was free in the area but blasted over from 14 yards after B Trialist won the ball in the penalty area. A let off for Forfar who had several attempts to quell the danger. 
Frank Devine was pulling the strings in midfield, his energy and determination to work off the ball along with his different styles of passing kept Forfar vibrant in attack but they were lacking end product. 
Raith were getting closer, Court showed great tenacity to keep the ball in play, his ball into the area from the by-line found A Trialist, but Forfar demonstrated how organised they had been all evening blocking a goal bound shot on the line. 
The hosts grabbed a consolation in the 77th minute, the least they deserved from a second half performance that showed guile and spirit. 
A Trialist’s pin-point free kick found Court in the area who guided a header from eight yards past the helpless King. 
Ross Crawford made an impact from the bench for the home side late on. Twice he closed down attempted passes from the Forfar centre halves that landed to a white shirt in a promising attacking area, but to no avail. 
  • Full Time:
  • Raith Rovers FC
  • 1-3
  • Forfar Athletic FC


Raith Rovers FC
Forfar Athletic FC
1. G Trialist
2. Ryan McGowan
3. Elliot Ford
4. Oliver Fleming
5. David McKay
6. James Berry
7. A Trialist
8. B Trialist
9. C Trialist
10. N Trialist
11. Jonny Court
17. Scott Law
12. Ross Crawford
14. Kyle Bell
15. Fionn McLeod-Kay
16. L Trialist
1. Jason King
2. Ben Sivewright
3. Angus Mailer
4. James Yates
5. Murray McIntosh
6. Andrew McKenzie
7. Jamie Gill
8. Frank Devine
9. Kerr Hay
10. Matthew Aitken
11. Cameron Clark
21. Jack Shaw
12. Ben Moonie
14. Callum Beattie
15. Fraser Morrison
16. Darren Forbes
Star Player
Raith Rovers FC
Forfar Athletic FC
David McKay - Had a good game at centre back, made important last ditch challenges and his positional play was excellent.
Matthew Aitken - His energy and pressing game awarded his side two of the three goals they scored tonight.
Magic Moment
Raith Rovers FC
Forfar Athletic FC
Trialist G - Came up with a superb save to deny Aitken scoring his second early in the second half.
Matthew Aitken - His determination to win the ball deep inside the Raith half was rewarded with a penalty.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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