Team Pd GD Pt
1 Dundee 36 26 63
2 Ayr United 36 18 58
3 Queen's Park 36 11 58
4 Partick Thistle 36 20 57
5 Morton 36 10 57
6 Inverness CT 36 5 55
7 Raith Rovers 36 -3 43
8 Arbroath 36 -18 34
9 Hamilton Academical 36 -32 31
10 Cove Rangers 36 -37 31
Updated: 5th May
Friday December 23rd 2022

Raith Rovers 2 – 2 Morton

Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton

The match between the two sides started very fast with Morton having the best chance of the entire game, and within a minute the ball was played low across the 6-yard box and blazed high over the bar.

After that early chance the Rovers gained some control, and thinking they were 1-0 up in the 15th minute, however the goal was disallowed after Tom Lang was deemed to have used a hand to stab the ball past the keeper after a beautiful freekick delivery by Gullan.

However, Raith soon did go 1-0 up in the 17th minute due to a corner played in perfectly by Gullan, which was turned into a disaster class by Morton’s goalkeeper Schwake after he punched the ball into his own net. Rovers defender Tom Lang put the pressure on the Morton goalie, making it more difficult for the keeper to deal with. Raith 1-0 Morton.

GOAL…The ball’s in the net for Rovers opener

Raith soon doubled the lead in the 20th minute after Tom Lang played a good long pass which caused a mistake by the Morton defence, and Rovers top scorer Aidan Connolly side footed a volley into the far corner. Raith 2-0 Morton.

Unfortunately – from a Raith point of view – the 2 goal lead didn’t last long as Morton scored after a good corner was well defended on the front post. The d anger wasn’t cleared, however, and Morton won the second ball and Baird cut the deficit with his header. Raith 2-1 Morton.

Raith tried to wrestle back control of the game but never created many chances after the first Morton goal – one of the best chances came from a freekick from distance by Gullan that was well saved by the Morton keeper, the other was a right footed effort at goal at the back post by Ngwenya.

A chance for Ngwenya but he sent it past the post

Sadly for Raith, all the hard work from the first half was undone just before half time and in the 43rd minute the ball was played into the box to be tapped in on the line by Muirhead to equalise. Raith 2-2 Morton HT.

Morton started the second half by far the better team, creating multiple chances early and it looked like it was only a matter of time before they scored but the home side stayed strong and never let the pressure result in a goal.

Midway through the second half Raith managed to assert dominance again with a few decent efforts on goal; the best being a left footed strike from Brad Spencer that was well saved by Morton’s keeper but neither side were able to score a winning 3rd goal. Full Time Raith 2-2 Morton.

The teams are out… not long till kick off now.
Morton in bright yellow and Rovers in bright pink!
Raith kick off, shooting into the North Stand.
Wow! Quitongo skies over the bar after 30 seconds. Huge chance there.
Gillespie with the long range attempt. Over the bar.
Gullan does a ‘Gillespie’ at the other end of the park.
Luckily, Crawford’s first touch lets him down in front of goal. (Unluckily, if you’re a Morton fan)
Rovers fans think it’s a goal, but the flying header from Lang included his hand.
Corner Raith.
Looks like the keeper, Schwake, punches into his own net!
Ambrose with a poor header. CONNOLLY buries his shot from just inside the box.
Corner Morton.
Spencer booked for having a word with the ref.
Goal Morton!
McNeil misses his punch clear and Baird has an open net to header into.
Raith 2-1 Morton.
Gullan clattered 30 yards out. Free kick!
Gullan tries his luck from the free kick and needs a good save from Schwake there.
Corner Morton.
Ambrose left unmarked at the back post. His head in his hands tells the story…
Raith 2-1 Morton
Ngwenya with the open goal, unmarked, sclaffs past the post.
Some first 33 minutes of football!
Corner Raith.
Millen manages to shepherd the ball out for a Morton corner.
Goal Morton
Ball bundled over the line from the corner.
Late corner for Raith
Ambrose heads clear for another corner.
Half time: Raith Rovers 2-2 Greenock Morton
Second half started with a Morton kick off.
Strapp tries to pass ball into bottom corner. Deflected out for a Morton corner.
Raith 2-2 Morton.
Easton to come on?..
Big shout for a Morton penalty. Play on…
Corner Morton after either a good save or saved by the post.
Ngwenya replaced by Easton
McGrattan replaced by Kabia
O’Riordan back on pitch with a bandage round his head.
Raith 2-2 Morton
Important clearance from the head of Lang. Corner Morton.
Ambrose booked. Free kick Raith in a decent position.
Raith win a corner.
Gullan replaced by Connell
Good okay from Raith here. Corner Rovers.
Spencer shoots from outside the box. It’s on target, but well held.
Stanton sets up Connolly. Lovely shot, but even lovelier save!
Raith MoM - Tom Lang
Spencer shoots from distance. Schwake dives to his right and holds.
Full time: Raith Rovers 2-2 Greenock Morton
Raith Rovers
McNeil, Dick, Millen, Spencer, Connolly, Gullan, Lang, O’Riordan, Ngwenya, Stanton, Brown. Subs: McBride, Connell, Easton, Masson, Frederiksen

Greenock Morton
Schwake, Strapp, Baird, Blues, Muirhead, Quitongo, Ambrose, Crawford, McGrattan, Gillespie, Grimshaw. Subs: Green, Pignatiello, O’Connor, Kabia, Hynes, McGregor, King, Lithgow

Pictures © Tony Fimister & Jim Foy

AUDIO ONLY. Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the 2-2 draw at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers go into their final home game of the year this Friday night, with Morton the visitors, as Rovers look to close the gap between themselves and the Greenock side who sit fourth.

Rovers draw with Arbroath at the weekend saw the gap reduced to six points, albeit Morton’s home game with Queen’s Park was postponed, after it failed to beat the big freeze.

Rovers will also be hoping to spoil an anniversary, as Dougie Imrie celebrates one year in charge of the Greenock side this week.

Under his tenure, Morton have evolved from a side struggling to stay in the division, to one of the pack looking to get promoted to the Premiership.

This will be the fourth time the clubs have met this season, and the other matches could barely have been closer.

Liam Dick and Aidan Connolly handed Rovers a two goal lead in the first meeting in August, although a Cameron Blues goal in the 80th minute ensured a nervy end to the game.

A Grant Gillespie penalty deep into stoppage time was all that separated the sides in October, while Lewis Vaughan’s equaliser in the Challenge Cup earlier this month, meant the tie went to penalties, which Rovers managed to prevail in.

Friday night’s referee will be Matthew MacDermid.

Head-to-Head Record

Raith Rovers Wins: 57

Morton Wins: 66

Draws: 36