Raith Rovers 0 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, September 3rd, 2022, 3:00 PM at Starks Park, Kirkaldy
Attendance: 1,745
Referee: Don Robertson
Raith Rovers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Scott Allardice (pen.) (61)
Billy Mckay (92)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Jamie MacDonald
Sam Stanton
Ryan Nolan
Ross Millen
Liam Dick
Connor O'Riordan
Dylan Easton
Scott Brown
Aidan Connolly
Jamie Gullan
Kyle Connell
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Robbie Deas
Zak Delaney
Daniel Devine
Scott Allardice
David Carson
Steven Boyd
Daniel Mackay
George Oakley

Bench
Brad Spencer
Connor McBride
Robbie Thomson
Ethan Ross
Aaron Arnott
Quinn Coulson
Adam Masson
Cameron Mackay
Lewis Hyde
Calum MacKay
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay

Substitutions
Connor McBride -> Jamie Gullan (29)
Ethan Ross -> Ryan Nolan (74)
Brad Spencer -> Ross Millen (83)
Billy Mckay for George Oakley (72)
Lewis Hyde for Steven Boyd (87)
Nathan Shaw for Daniel Mackay (92)

Bookings
Liam Dick (26)
Dylan Easton (89)
David Carson (45)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 206 apps -
Wallace Duffy 47 apps2 goals
Cameron Harper 86 apps4 goals
Robbie Deas 92 apps1 goal
Zak Delaney 10 apps -
Daniel Devine 155 apps5 goals
Scott Allardice 75 apps4 goals
David Carson 105 apps1 goal
Steven Boyd 10 apps -
Daniel Mackay 68 apps13 goals
George Oakley 71 apps19 goals
Lewis Hyde (sub) 20 apps -
Billy Mckay (sub) 211 apps83 goals
Nathan Shaw (sub) 11 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Zak Delaney (20 years 241 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (32 years 33 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 350 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (20 years 55 days)
Oldest Player:Calum MacKay (2024 years 38 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 320 days
Domestic Players:10 (62.50 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The Real Mckay's

Rovers wait for a win goes on. In a half of few clear cut chances, Mark Ridgers denied Dylan Easton five minutes before the break as he turned his shot from the edge of the box out for a corner. That was the best chance of an open first half as it closed out at 0-0. Daniel Mackay won a penalty after bursting into the box an hour into the game and Scott Allardice scored from the spot to put Inverness ahead. Billy Mckay spurned a good opportunity to double the lead when put through on goal with fifteen minutes left, but his clipped shot went over the bar. He did better in the final minute when he sealed the points in a counter attack, slotting home a Dan Mackay pass.

What a welcome boost after a couple of weeks of turmoil, and we still have seven players to come back after injury, so well done to all for turning our fortunes around.

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Boyd and Oakley started up front with Billy Mckay on the bench. More importantly our back four had a more solid look to it as we looked to get back on track against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park. Zak Delaney was at left back with Cammy Harper further forward on the left side.

Rovers started brightest as Inverness looked to settle down after some poor performances over the last few games. The opening exchanges saw Rovers push forward with Inverness content to defend deep.


Aidan Connolly had a low volley intercepted on it's way towards goal by Robbie Deas, the rebound being mopped up by the defence and at the other end there were big appeals for a penalty when a ball was swung into the box and an Inverness player appeared to be dragged to the ground by his shirt as he spun away from his marker. That incident was in full view of the ref some eight yards away.


Dan Mackay broke into the left side of the box but his left footed effort was weak and easily dealt with by 'Scottish Cup hero' Jamie MacDonald in goal.

Steven Boyd had a shot charged down in the box en route to goal and the second effort looked to strike a defender on the arm, but nothing given.


Best attempt so far came when Jamie Gullan hooked the ball over his head and volleyed the ball from thirty yards but it dipped just wide of Ridgers left hand post.

After some loose defending, the ball fell to Dylan Easton but he flashed his shot just over the bar from fifteen yards with half an hour gone. Ten minutes later the same player was denied by the keeper at full stretch as Ridgers palmed his shot from the edge of the box out for a corner. Before the interval it was Raiths turn to appeal for a penalty as Deas bundled a player over, but the ref ignored any pleas.

Half Time: 0-0

At the start of the second period, a dipping cross come shot drifted harmlessly onto the roof of the visitors net.

The opening goal came on the hour when Daniel Mackay's pace saw him cut along the bye-line before being scythed down by Ross Millen. Stonewall penalty! Scott Allardice slotted in the penalty with MacDonald going to his right, the ball going to his left.

Boyd fired a free kick wide and Raith responded with Kyle Connell's low shot being comfortably saved by Ridgers. Boyd then shot just over as Inverness looked the most likely to increase their lead after he burst forward in the inside right position.

The game was running away from the hosts and Billy Mckay ensured all three points went North after he met a Dan Makay cross at the far side of the box to calmly slot the ball low behind MacDonald in the 92nd minute.

Full Time: 0-2

What a tremendous result for the Caley Jags when many questioned their desire and commitment. Despite being without Sutherland, Walsh, Welsh, Doran, MacGregor, Samuels and Ram they shut up shop and hit on the counter to take all three points back North. Credit where it's due and never underestimate an olde man with a bicycle.

Solid in defence and clinical in front of goal when it mattered. Best performers were from the back out with Ridgers, Dalaney, Devine and Harper getting most praise.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ayr United 6 4 2 0 12 7 5 14
2. Partick Thistle 6 4 1 1 14 8 6 13
3. Dundee 6 3 1 2 11 8 3 10
4. Queens Park 6 3 1 2 10 11 -1 10
5. Inverness CT 6 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
6. Morton 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
7. Hamilton Academical 6 1 4 1 7 8 -1 7
8. Raith Rovers 6 2 0 4 5 8 -3 6
9. Cove Rangers 6 1 1 4 7 11 -4 4
10. Arbroath 6 0 2 4 3 9 -6 2
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