Raith score 6 to move into 6th
Raith started the game without right-back Ross Millen and top goal-scorer Aidan Connolly in the match day squad, however this did not stop Raith from scoring quickly.
Isma Goncalves capitalised on a poor goal kick from the Cove Rangers goal keeper, intercepting and running through 1 on 1 against the keeper and performing a Panenka to put the ball into the net, in only the 3rd minute of the match. GOAL RAITH 1-0!
Although Raith dominated the early stages of the game Jamie MacDonald did have work to do, making a top class save when Cove’s number 22 Dunne had the chance to level things up.
Lewis Vaughan would double Raith’s lead in the 27th minute after a fantastic pass from Dylan Easton – Vaughan scoring with a powerful strike from a tight angle beating the keeper. GOAL RAITH 2-0!
Not much happened for the rest of the half other than Raith keeping possession. HT 2-0.
Raith started the second half in a similar fashion to how they started the first, scoring in the 53rd minute of the match, when Lewis Vaughan’s excellent corner found the towering head of Ryan Nolan who in turn headed the ball into the back of the net, for his first goal for the club. GOAL RAITH 3-0!
Raith would very quickly score a 4th in the 56th minute when Dylan Easton scored with a sublime volley from the edge of the box, hitting the crossbar on its way past the keeper. GOAL RAITH 4-0!
Cove did manage to get a consolation goal in the 66th minute when Longridge put the ball past Jamie MacDonald from close range. GOAL COVE 4-1!
Raith very quickly restored the 4 goal lead when they won a penalty in the 70th minute when Lewis Vaughan smashed the ball down the middle of the goal, for his second goal of the game and Raith’s 5th after Dylan Easton was deemed to have been fouled in the area when cutting in from the left. GOAL RAITH 5-1!
Scott McGill then went on to score his first goal for Raith and Raith’s 6th. The goal came in the 79th minute when Dylan Easton’s deflected cross was volleyed home by McGill in his first start for the Rovers on loan from Hearts. GOAL RAITH 6-1!
The Man of the Match award went to opening goalscorer Isma Goncalves.
All the action and goals from Rovers 6-1 win over Cove Rangers.
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Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after the 6-1 win against Cove Rangers FC:
After exiting the Scottish Cup at the quarter-final stage at Ibrox on Sunday, Raith Rovers return to league action on Saturday, when Paul Hartley’s Cove Rangers are the visitors to Stark’s Park.
The Toonsers will be desperate for three points in this one, after just one win in 11 games in all competitions, a sequence which now sees them hovering just above the relegation places in eighth place in the Championship, one point ahead of Hamilton, and two above bottom side Arbroath.
Hartley returned to the Balmoral Stadium to take charge for the second time in January following the departure of Jim McIntyre, but despite a busy January transfer window, they’ve picked up just five points out of a possible 27 since he took over.
However, one of those points was picked up against Raith the last time they met in January, despite Rovers leading twice.
Lewis Vaughan had nudged Rovers in front on the half hour mark, only for Leighton McIntosh to equalise from the penalty spot almost immediately.
Ian Murray’s men continued to look the more likely however, and it was no surprise when Dylan Easton gave them a lead going into the interval.
Raith couldn’t extend their lead in the second period however, and they were made to pay for that in injury time, when Morgyn Neill earned the home side a point with a goal in the closing seconds.
That match was the third time Raith had travelled to Aberdeen to face Cove this season, with the first being the opening league game of the Championship campaign, when a brace from Mitch Megginson handed Cove a well earned three points.
The two were paired together in the SPFL Trust Trophy Third Round in September, when a Connor McBride goal saw Raith through to the next round, while their only meeting in Kirkcaldy in October was a far more straightforward affair.
Aidan Connolly and Jamie Gullan had Rovers two goals to the good at the interval, and Rovers ran out comfortable 3-0 winners, after Sam Stanton sealed the victory with a third midway through the second half.
Saturday’s match referee will be Lloyd Wilson.
Raith Rovers wins: 3
Cove Rangers wins: 3