Raith Rovers came back from 1-0 down to triumph 4-1 in the Under 15s League Cup Final against Dunfermline Athletic. Caitlin Ross had initially put Dunfermline ahead but an equaliser from Sophie Aitken, a double from Kerri Dinnel and a sublime late goal from Nicole Carter ensured that Raith Rovers claimed the trophy.
The first chance came from a Dunfermline corner in just the 2nd minute. The ball was launched into the box and, after a bit of a scrap in the goal area, the ball was diverted towards the goal. Raith Rovers ‘keeper Chloe Miller made a great save low to her left to keep the ball out.
From then on Raith Rovers were the stronger side creating the greater number of chances. Dinnel had an effort that struck the side netting on the 5th minute.
Not long after a Raith Rovers free kick was crossed into the box but, after a deflected shot, Dunfermline’s goalkeeper, Kira Sutler, claimed the ball.
Despite Raith Rovers looking the bigger threat it was Dunfermline that took the lead on the 12th minute courtesy of Caitlin Ross. She pursued the ball that had been played beyond her and expertly shrugged of the defender challenging her. Ross then took the ball towards the left of the goal, paused to wait for the goalkeeper to commit, then expertly slotted it in to make the score 1-0.
Raith Rovers continued as they had been before despite this setback, much to their credit. Nicole Carter and Michaela McLachlan both had good chances to equalize with their efforts only just missing the target.
However the pressure eventually told as the equaliser came in the 26th minute. A corner kick found Sophie Aitken in the box and she duly headed home after making a fantastic run to beat her marker to the ball. The scores remained level up until the half time break.