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 January 27th 2024

Raith Rovers 2 – 3 Inverness CT

Nine crazy minutes costs Rovers dearly

Rovers made one change to the side that went out of the cup to Livingston last week, with Euan Murray coming in to replace Kyle Turner.

Inverness went with a new-look defence with Jeremiah Chiloka-Mullen, Remi Savage and Cammy Kerr all starting.

After a slow start to the game it was Rovers that edged ahead in the 25th minute. Josh Mullin’s corner was perfectly flighted for Jack Hamilton to attack, and he made no mistake heading down from close range. Rovers 1-0 ICT.

Rovers’ lead, however, only lasted five minutes. A perfectly weighted through ball from Nathan Shaw put on-loan, Alex Samuel in one-on-one, and he comfortably finished the chance under Kevin Dabrowski. Rovers 1-1 ICT.

This sparked Inverness into life and they took the lead just five minutes later. Cameron Harper’s cross wasn’t cleared by Rovers and an opportunist half-volley from Samuel found the bottom corner. Rovers 1-2 ICT.

The nine minutes of madness – and some Samuel magic – was complete when he turned in a corner from 6 yards out to give the visitors a two goal cushion, and complete his hat-trick.

Half-time: Raith Rovers 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Rovers made half-time changes with the introduction of Dylan Easton new signing Zak Rudden, as well as a formation change to four at the back. Unfortunately, Rovers lost Hamilton to a shoulder knock in the 50th minute however it didn’t stop Rovers from getting back into the game. Rudden flicked on a pass from Liam Dick which put Lewis Vaughan through on goal. Rovers’ top scorer made no mistake by slotting past Mark Ridgers at the near post. Rovers 2-3 ICT.

Unfortunately for the home fans, Rovers failed to really trouble Inverness beyond that moment, with the only real half-chance falling to Vaughan but he put over with Rudden claiming for a penalty – although it would have been soft.

The dip in form continues for Rovers, who take a break from league business to play Airdrie in the SPFL Trust Trophy Semi-Final on Friday.

Full-time: Raith Rovers 2-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Crowd: 3,387

by David Proudfoot

Teams are on their way up the tunnel...
Caley Thistle kick off in their orange-y away kit.
ICT shooting into the South Stand goals.
Rovers with the possession, but no chances of note.
Vaughan turns and shoots in the box. Keeper saves but spills and it's a Rovers corner.
Corner headed out for a second Rovers corner.
Dabrowski stretches low and stops a pass across the face of his goal.
Shaw shoots straight at Dabrowski from 20 yards.
Corner Raith...
Goal Raith!
Mullin with the corner. HAMILTON leaps like a salmon and heads downward, with the ball bouncing up and into the roof of the net.
Ridgers races out and just manages to clear. That was close.
Inverness free kick by the Main Stand corner.
Goal ICT.
Samuel sent through, with a hint of offside. He doesn't care and races through to slot home well.
Goal Inverness.
Samuel collects the ball just outside the box. He hits it low to Dabrowski's right. He can't get a hand to it.
Smith cross is deflected. Ball goes into orbit and comes down to an unmarked Vaughan. It was a tough ask, but his volley goes wide.
Goal Inverness.
Samuel is quickest to react to a ball into the box. His volley gets him a hat trick.
Smith wins a Raith corner.
Half time: Raith Rovers 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Hamilton kicks off the second half.
Half time changes - Easton and Rudden are on. Smith and Mullin are off.
Rudden goes through. He doesn't make it into the box. Ref doesn't give a foul. Hard to tell.
Hamilton is in a bit of bother.
Turner replaces Hamilton
Goal Raith!
Rudden starts the move. His ball goes to VAUGHAN, who races in on goal and slots home from about 6 yards.
Easton, he goes this way and that way. He tries his luck, but well over the bar.
Savage replaced by Boyes
Carson replaces Anderson
Carragher replaces Devine
Vaughan brought down outside box. Free kick from 20 yards.
Vaughan's free kick deflects off the wall. Corner Raith.
Easton runs down the left. He manages to get the ball back to Rudden, but it's a tight angle and Ridgers saves.
Raith 2-3 ICT.
Couple off half chance for Thistle. To be expected as Raith try for the equaliser.
McGill replaces Dick.
McKay replaced by Brooks
Matthews replaces Byrne
Chilokoa-Mullen replaced by Duffy.
Corner Raith.
Ridgers booked for time wasting.
Big shout from the Raith fans for a penalty. Nothing doing.
Shaw with the yellow.
Full time: Raith Rovers 2-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Raith Rovers
Dabrowski, Dick, Millen, Murray, Connolly, Vaughan, Smith, Mullin, Hamilton, Brown, Byrne. Subs: McNeil, Watson, Matthews, Corr, Turner, Easton, McGill, Hannah, Rudden

Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Ridgers, Harper, Kerr, Chilokoa-Mullen, Devine, Gilmour, McKay, Anderson, Shaw, Savage, Samuel. Subs: MacKay, Duffy, Carson, Doran, MacGregor, Boyes, Brooks, Carragher, Ujdur

Ian Murray talked to RaithTV after the match v Inverness:

Raith Rovers return to league business at Stark’s Park this Saturday, with Duncan Ferguson’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle the visitors.

Last weekend saw Rovers eliminated from the Scottish Cup at the hands of Livingston, despite taking an early lead through Jack Hamilton.

That fifth minute opener was equalised just after the half hour mark through Jamie Brandon, and Daniel McKay’s 82nd minute meant Livi had dismissed Rovers from this competition three times in five seasons, despite Rovers taking the lead on each occasion.

Raith will be looking to bounce back this Saturday, against a side they have an excellent record against this term.

Jamie Gullan’s late goal was enough to take all three points in September, and it was an even later strike from the same player which won the return game in Inverness last month.

Rovers were trailing with four minutes to go, only for Lewis Vaughan to get an equaliser to seal a point, before Gullan stepped forward to grab a 94th winner from the penalty spot.

Inverness currently sit eighth in the Championship table, one point ahead of second bottom Queen’s Park, but they do go into this one on the back of a comfortable 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Broomhill.

Saturday’s match referee will be Dan McFarlane

Head-To-Head Record:

Raith Rovers wins: 9

Inverness Caledonian Thistle wins: 23

Draws: 8