Match Report

Michael Woods Sport & Leisure Centre, 9th April 2018

Raith Rovers (Bell 18, McHattie 26, Smith 78, McCann 87) – Cowdenbeath

Young Rovers cross the winning line in style

The young Rovers won the league for the second year in a row against a tenacious Cowdenbeath side last night at Glenrothes.

It seems a long time since the team stuttered to a loss against Alloa, but the lads put that behind them to win the game and the league with a strong performance.
The starting eleven included McHattie and Herron whose experience enhanced an entertaining display from the champions in waiting.

Rovers enjoyed the bulk of possession in the opening phase of the game, a header from Court going narrowly wide, Herron scooping the ball over the bar and Trialist A stinging the hands of Swinton with a shot from just inside the box.

Rovers opened their account on the 18th minute when McHattie on a run down the left crossed into the area where Court got a touch of the ball which fell to Kyle Bell who fire the ball home from 6 yards out at the back post, there was a hint of a deflection by Cowdenbeath full back MacKay but Kyle gets the credit 1-0.

Cowdenbeath pushed forward for an equaliser with a 1-2 from Brown and McMannus, the latter shooting just inside the area which was handled with ease by Brian.
The lead was doubled after 26 minutes with Kevin McHattie in free space, hit a thunderbolt from the left corner of the 18-yard box straight into the top corner at the near post 2-0.

Half time 2-0

The visitors started of brightly after the restart, the duo of Brown and McMannus creating most of the openings but with no final ball, Rovers were clearly on top despite their efforts however.
Rovers tried to breach the Cowdenbeath goal with McCann, Berry and McKay coming close and Brown and McMannus testing Brian in reply.

With 12 minutes left on the clock, Rovers put the outcome beyond doubt when Court brought the ball down to the left of goal laying the ball off to Jack Smith who made no mistake, firing the ball past the stranded Swinton from 12 yards 3-0.

With 3 minutes remaining Lewis McCann topped off a great team performance when running onto a pass, thundered the ball into the postage stamp corner from the edge of the D 4-0.

Congratulations to Craig Easton and Scott Robertson and a great squad of lads.

RaithTV filmed the goals and the trophy being awarded: 

Official RRFC Photographer Walter Neilson took action shots during the match and at the trophy presentation afterwards:

Raith Rovers Cowdenbeath
Rory Brian Ben Swinton
Jamie Watson Andrew MacKay
Kevin McHattie Kyle Sneddon
James Berry Callum Watt
Josh MacDonald Lewis Sawers
David McKay Harris Kay
Kyle Bell Thomas Marks
Ryan Stevenson Paul Brown
John Herron Hamish Thomson
Johnny Court Sean McMannus
Trialist A Ronan McMurchie
sub: Jack Smith sub: Kallan Griffith
sub: Kieran Dall sub: Jay Bridgeforth
sub: Euan Valentine sub: Joshua McConville
sub: Gregor Jordan
sub: Christopher Peden
sub: Lewis McCann
sub: Lewis Crosbie

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