Raith continue unbeaten streak
At the start of the game Raith knew that if they could beat Inverness it would take them 2 points ahead of Inverness, which are one of the biggest top 4 rivals for Raith.
Raith started at an extremely high tempo and intensity which Inverness were having trouble coping with, and it showed in the 5th minute when Raith moved the ball quickly and the move ended with a header from Jamie Gullan crashing against the crossbar.
Although Raith were dominating the early parts of the match, Inverness had 2 chances on the counter that were well saved by Jamie MacDonald. The good start eventually paid off, with a Lewis Vaughan volley from around 25-30 yards beating Ridgers in the Inverness goal. GOAL 1-0 RAITH! 27 minutes.
Raith continued to dominate the remainder of the first half without being able to create anything clear cut. HT 1-0 Raith.
Inverness started the second half extremely well with Henderson finding the back of the net from an acute angle to equalise. GOAL 1-1 INVERNESS! 47 minutes.
Raith took the lead only 13 minutes after conceding the equaliser, the build up to the goal started with a beautiful piece of skill from Dylan Easton, after which he found Lewis Vaughan and he in turn played a perfect pass through to Aiden Connolly where he did the typical Connolly finish where he cut in on his left foot to curl it into the far corner. GOAL 2-1 RAITH! 61 minutes.
Raith continued to try scoring again rather than just trying to hold the lead; one of the best chances was from a corner that Ridgers made a fantastic save to keep Inverness in the game.
However Inverness capitalised on a bad habit of Raith conceding in the last 10 minutes of games and this one was to be no different with Billy McKay heading the ball in to equalise. GOAL 2-2 INVERNESS! 83 minutes.
Raith extended the unbeaten run to 9 games in all competitions. Man of the Match was Lewis Vaughan with 1 goal and 1 assist.
MacDonald, Dick, Millen, Nolan, Spencer, Connolly, Gullan, Vaughan, Lang, Brown, Easton. Subs: McNeil, McBride, Ngwenya, Stanton, Akio, McGill, Mitchell, Masson, Frederiksen
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Ridgers, Duffy, Welsh, Devine, Carson, McKay, Doran, Hyde, Daniel MacKay, Henderson, Delaney. Subs: Cameron MacKay, Harper, Allardice, Shaw, Thompson, Boyd, Cairns, Nicolson, Strachan
All the pictures from Rovers 2-2 draw with Inverness Caley Thistle at Stark’s Park.
Pictures © TONY FIMISTER & JIM FOY
Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the 2-2 draw with Inverness CT:
After edging out Linlithgow Rose in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup on Tuesday evening, Raith Rovers return to league action this weekend, when they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Stark’s Park.
A brace from Jamie Gullan saw Rovers into the next round, where they’ll face a home tie against Motherwell on the second weekend of February.
Saturday’s opponents go into this one in fine fettle, with a 0-0 draw against Queen’s Park last time, following excellent wins over Cove Rangers and Arbroath, 6-1 and 4-1 respectively.
That sequence has helped ease relegation fears around the Caledonian Stadium, after eight league games without a win had seen them slide down the table.
However, in a tight division, they now sit sixth in the table, one place and point better off than Raith, and just three points behind fourth placed Partick Thistle.
Tuesday’s win now makes it eight games without loss for Raith in all competitions, but they’ll need to overturn a horrendous record against Inverness, if they’re to get the three points.
Rovers have now went 30 matches without a win over Inverness in 90 minutes, with this season’s fixtures producing a 2-0 defeat at Stark’s Park in September, and a 1-1 draw in Inverness in November, with Sam Stanton opening the scoring after 13 minutes, only for Robbie Deas to equalise before half time.
Inverness have had some movement in the January window, with George Oakley leaving the club to join Morton, while right midfielder, Jay Henderson has joined on loan from St Mirren.
Saturday’s match referee will be Scott Lambie.
Raith Rovers wins: 5
Inverness Caledonian Thistle wins: 17