Team Pd GD Pt
1 Dundee United 24 35 51
2 Raith Rovers 24 11 50
3 Partick Thistle 24 7 38
4 Morton 24 6 36
5 Ayr United 25 -11 29
6 Dunfermline Athletic 24 -6 28
7 Airdrieonians 23 -6 28
8 Queen's Park 25 -12 27
9 Inverness CT 25 -2 26
10 Arbroath 24 -22 20
Updated: 24th Feb
Saturday August 13th 2022

Raith Rovers 2 – 1 Morton

                                                                                                                                      First League Victory For Rovers

After a slow, and sometimes boring, first half Rovers finally got their first points of the league season on the board with an improved second half performance and a 2-1 victory against Morton.

Raith created the best chance of the first half with Jamie Gullan’s left footed volley being well blocked with only 16 minutes on the clock, and they continued to put Greenock Morton under the cosh with a few long range shots going wide of the visitor’s goal.

Midway through the first half the teams had a water break, which has become standard practise in recent weeks due to the hot weather even though Saturday’s conditions could hardly be regarded as a heatwave.

The break seemed to give Raith Rovers more energy, as they began to turn the screw but Morton managed to survive the added pressure of the first half and the score remained 0-0 at the break.

Rovers started the second half in the best possible fashion with an early well worked team goal finishing with a cross from the right by Aidan Connolly finding the head of man of the match Liam Dick who sent a fantastic header past Schwake in the Morton goal.

….GOAL!!!…Liam Dick heads past Schwake to put Rovers ahead…

The opening goal, and something to celebrate, was just what the fans had been waiting for, and they were on their feet and singing, and they wanted more.

The second goal duly came in the 66th minute, when Jamie Gullan sent a lovely ball across the 18-yard box for the inrushing Aidan Connolly to fire the ball first time into the goal keeper’s top right corner.

GOAL!!!…..Aidan Connolly rifles the ball home for number 2…..

The game was becoming a bit scrappy, with the referee dishing out multiple bookings for both sides, and after another water break, which seemed to re-energise Morton, the men from Greenock got themselves back into the game when a pinpoint cross from a free kick was met by the head of number 8, Cameron Blues who flicked the ball over Jamie MacDonald and into the Rovers net.

The Rovers back line defended excellently for the remainder of the match, and Ian Murray’s men came away with their first league win under the new manager.

Raith Rovers’ next match is against Hamilton at the Superseal Stadium on the 20th of August.

Teams are out for this afternoons Cinch Championship between Raith Rovers and Greenock Morton
Looks as if Raith lost the toss as they’re shooting into the traditional home end in the first half.
Easton kicks off for the Rovers.
Morton players shiut for a handball. Play on says the ref.
Morton with first chance. Header over the bar from a dangerous cross.
Ball drops to Gullan in the box. Marked well by the defence. Comes to nothing.
Not a lot to report just now!
Ball falls to Gullan 20-yards out. He turns and drills a shit straight at Schwake
Millen in a bit of discomfort.
Corner Raith.
Raith 0-0 Morton
Lovely cross from Millen on the right. Morton keeper does well to punch clear.
Water break at Stark’s!
Game restarts.
Bit of a stoppage for a Morton injury on the halfway line.
Dick with the ball in the left. Low cross whizzes past all players. No takers.
Corner Morton. No danger in the end.
Raith 0-0 Morton
Looked like Easton with the half chance in the box. Too many Morton defenders in the way. (might have been Gullan)
Booking for Dick. Clatters his opponent!
Corner Morton.
Mistake from Gullan, allows Blues a decent chance. He shoots well, but MacDonald saves weller
Half time: Raith Rovers 0-0 Greenock Morton
Teams out for the second half.
Blues gets the second half underway for Morton.
Dick with the half chance from a long cross. Not a million miles away.
Connolly goes on a mazy mission into the box. Chips a lovely cross to DICK, who heads home high to the top right corner!
Gillespie shoots from just outside the box. Hits a Raith defender. Not a huge shout from the Morton teams, so nothing doing…
Almost disaster for Rovers. Short pass back sees MacDonald rushing out. His clearance whacks Quitongo off the bahookie, but luckily sails over the bar.
Foul to Morton just outside the Rovers box.
Nolan booked for the foul.
Muirhead curls one over the Rovers wall, but straight into MacDonald’s arms.
Good work from Quitongo. Wins a corner for Morton.
Raith 1-0 Morton.
Strapp replaced by King.
Brown booked for a challenge.
CONNOLLY hits a beauty with his left foot from Gullan cross. Ball flies into the top corner!
O’Riordan takes a harsh booking for kicking the ball away.
MacDonald doesn’t hold a cross. Fools Muirhead who heads out for a goal kick.
Gillespie booked near halfway line.
Water break!
Game restarts.
Baird get a yellow for a challenge on Stanton.
Raith 2-0 Morton.
Foul on Quitongo. Out by the Railway Stand.
McGrattan replaced by Lithgow
Goal Morton!
Lovely free kick from the right. Blues flick an impressive header into the far corner.
Gullan replaced by Connell.
O’Connor with the important clearance. Out for a Rovers corner.
Quitongo with a booking. Not his finest moment.
1,600 at Stark’s Park today.
Fair bit of expected Morton pressure…
MoM Liam Dick.
Not the best clearance in the Raith box. Shot flies over
Quitongo runs and runs and runs… the ball out for a goal kick.
Full time: Raith Rovers 2-1 Greenock Morton
Huge win for the Rovers. Needed that.
Raith Rovers
MacDonald, Dick, Millen, Nolan, Connolly, Gullan, O’Riordan, Stanton, Brown, Ross, Easton. Subs: Thomson, Zanatta, Ngwenya, Connell, Mahady, Arnott, Mitchell & Coulson

Greenock Morton
Schwake, Pignatiello, Strapp, O’Connor, Baird, Kabia, Blues, Muirhead, Quitongo, McGrattan, Gillespie. Subs: Green, Hynes, Garrity, Easdale, King & Lithgow

A first win of the season for Rovers and the goals can be seen in Tony and Jim’s pictures from the match against Morton, and if you were at the game you might just find you’ve been caught on Cameron’s Camera.

Pictures © Tony Fimister, Jim Foy and Cameron Goodsir-McGuire.

Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the win v Morton:

Raith Rovers will be hoping it’s third time lucky this weekend, as they go searching for their first points of their Championship campaign, with a home match against Dougie Imrie’s Greenock Morton side.

Last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Dundee left Raith propping up the second tier table, and while they matched the Championship title favourites for large swathes of Saturday’s match, an inability to put away their chances for the second week in succession meant Rovers again ended up empty handed.

In contrast, Saturday’s opponents have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their campaign, with four points from six, following up an opening day draw with Hamilton Accies, with a 1-0 win over Cove Rangers, thanks to a brilliant strike from Jai Quitongo.

The win moved Morton up to third in the table, level on points with Ayr United and Partick Thistle, who lead the way on goals scored.

Rovers had a decent record against Morton last season, winning the first two meetings by a single goal, and drawing the third after the two shared four goals in an entertaining Friday evening fixture that was played out in treacherous conditions.

However, Morton won the last time the two sides met, when a fine goal from Robbie Muirhead was enough to give Morton the win at Stark’s Park back in April.

Head-to-Head Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 55

Greenock Morton Wins: 65

Draws: 36