Raith Rovers 2 - 3 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, January 27th, 2024, 3:00 PM at Starks Park, Kirkaldy
Attendance: 3,387
Referee: Dan McFarlane
Raith Rovers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Jack Hamilton (25)
Lewis Vaughan (52)
Alex Samuel (31)
Alex Samuel (36)
Alex Samuel (40)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Duncan Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Kevin Dabrowski
Ross Millen
Euan Murray
Liam Dick
Scott Brown
Aidan Connolly
Josh Mullin
Shaun Byrne
Callum Smith
Lewis Vaughan
Jack Hamilton
Mark Ridgers
Remi Savage
Cameron Harper
Cameron Kerr
Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen
Daniel Devine
Max Anderson
Charlie Gilmour
Alex Samuel
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay

Bench
Keith Watson
Ross Matthews
Andrew McNeil
Dylan Corr
Kyle Turner
Dylan Easton
Scott McGill
Callum Hannah
Zak Rudden
Cameron Mackay
Nikola Ujdur
Morgan Boyes
Wallace Duffy
James Carragher
Roddy MacGregor
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Adam Brooks

Substitutions
Dylan Easton -> Callum Smith (45)
Zak Rudden -> Josh Mullin (45)
Kyle Turner ->Jack Hamilton (50)
Scott McGill -> Liam Dick (82)
Ross Matthews -> Shaun Byrne (85)
Morgan Boyes for Remi Savage (61)
James Carragher for Daniel Devine (61)
David Carson for Max Anderson (62)
Adam Brooks for Billy Mckay (84)
Wallace Duffy for Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen (86)

Bookings
None. Mark Ridgers (87)
Nathan Shaw (94)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 261 apps -
Remi Savage 1 app (debut) -
Cameron Harper 145 apps9 goals
Cameron Kerr 1 app (debut) -
Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen 1 app (debut) -
Daniel Devine 201 apps7 goals
Max Anderson 20 apps2 goals
Charlie Gilmour 28 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 274 apps109 goals
Alex Samuel 2 apps4 goals
Nathan Shaw 73 apps13 goals
Wallace Duffy (sub) 91 apps3 goals
Morgan Boyes (sub) 20 apps2 goals
James Carragher (sub) 3 apps -
David Carson (sub) 163 apps2 goals
Adam Brooks (sub) 20 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen (19 years 228 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 105 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 198 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen (19 years 228 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (35 years 105 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 240 days
Domestic Players:10 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Cameron Kerr(Signed January 25th, 2024)
Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen(Signed January 25th, 2024)
Remi Savage(Signed January 25th, 2024)

Milestones

Hat-Trix Alex



With a raft of new defenders coming in to the Inverness squad, it was anyones guess which four defenders Big Dunc would select from the eleven he now has at his disposal. He has an easier choice which new striker will be involved and that will be Alex Samuel. Ian Murray has taken Zak Rudden in on loan from Dundee but has lost Jamie Gullan to Dundalk ahead of this one, he of the powerful shot who likes a goal against Inverness. Sam Stanton was missing for Raith. Three debut's were dished out by Dunc. Cammy Kerr, Remi Savage and Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen all started as did Alex Samuel with a few big names on the bench. Ewan Murray was the only change for Rovers with Zak Rudden on the bench. All that defenders and we still lose a headed goal from a corner as Jack Hamilton opened the scoring. Alex Samuel levelled five minutes later on the half hour and another five minutes later he put the visitors ahead. Alex completed his hat-trick in nine minutes to put Inverness in the driving seat at the Interval. Lewis Vaughan pulled one back early in the second half but Inverness held on for all three points.

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Mantis was on hand and gave us this round-up: That was sweet. Never in doubt even after going behind. When I saw the orange strips it took me back to November 2001 when we went behind to a Nacho Novo penalty and won 5-1.

Sure the last 20 minutes were nervy but that was all in our heads. A lot of that spell was Rovers knocking it about in their own half looking for a gap. The players looked composed and some of the passing was superb. Hamiltons goal was really sloppy on our part with two newbies in the back three so they will need to work on who is picking up at corners.
No failures today and we looked physically strong and made Rovers look a shadow of the side which was flying earlier in the season.

The double- barrel Jeremiah looked very impressive apart from his blunder which let Vaughan away to score for 3-2, which made the second half a much less comfortable watch. The other three were solid too. Cammy Kerr, Savage and of course Samuel - Machine #2. What a warrior. On another day Billy might have grabbed a fourth but his touch let him down.
A bit risky changing defenders late in the game but hey, it made no difference to the result and we got a chance to see Duffy’s haircut.

We have lost 10 games and have probably left too much to do for the playoffs but we should be looking up at Dunfermline, Ayr and Airdrie. At least watching ICT isn’t a chore any longer.

Match report written by tm4tj/Mantis



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 22 13 7 2 43 10 33 46
2. Raith Rovers 23 13 6 4 44 35 9 45
3. Partick Thistle 22 10 7 5 43 34 9 37
4. Morton 21 8 5 8 27 27 0 29
5. Airdrieonians 21 8 4 9 20 24 -4 28
6. Ayr United 23 7 6 10 33 43 -10 27
7. Dunfermline 20 6 6 8 24 24 0 24
8. Inverness CT 22 6 6 10 26 27 -1 24
9. Queens Park 22 5 6 11 27 41 -14 21
10. Arbroath 22 5 3 14 23 45 -22 18