Raith Rovers 0 - 4 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, February 13th, 2010, 3:00 PM at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
Attendance: 1,568
Referee: Craig Thomson
Raith Rovers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Adam Rooney (67)
Johnny Hayes (70)
Nauris Bulvitus (77)
Daniel Stratford (90)

Team Managers
John McGlynn Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
McGurn
Wilson
Hill
Campbell
Murray
Walker
Williamson
Ferry
Smith, K
Sloan
Russell
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
David Proctor
Nauris Bulvitus
Russell Duncan
Johnny Hayes
Adam Rooney
Richie Foran
Eric Odhiambo

Bench
O Connor
Amaya
Weir
Wedderburn
Mackie
Kyle Allison
Lionel Djebi-Zadi
Roy McBain
Daniel Stratford
Dani Sanchez

Substitutions
Weir => Sloan (72)
Amaya => K. Smith (75)
Mackie => Hill (82)
Dani Sanchez for Eric Odhiambo (66)
Roy McBain for Johnny Hayes (81)
Daniel Stratford for Richie Foran (87)

Bookings
None. Stuart Golabek (21)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 57 apps -
Ross Tokely 503 apps33 goals
Nauris Bulvitus 31 apps5 goals
Grant Munro 315 apps10 goals
Stuart Golabek 245 apps5 goals
David Proctor 120 apps8 goals
Russell Duncan 310 apps9 goals
Johnny Hayes 30 apps6 goals
Adam Rooney 68 apps20 goals
Richie Foran 46 apps10 goals
Eric Odhiambo 21 apps2 goals
Roy McBain (sub) 336 apps19 goals
Daniel Stratford (sub) 17 apps1 goal
Dani Sanchez (sub) 28 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Johnny Hayes (22 years 225 days)
Oldest Player:Adam Rooney (2011 years 198 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 134 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Johnny Hayes (22 years 225 days)
Oldest Player:Lionel Djebi-Zadi (2011 years 198 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 134 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Daniel Stratford scored his first goal for the Club.

After the cup game, it was back to league duty at Starks Park today and in the end it was a convincing victory for Inverness.

Goals from Adam Rooney, Jonny Hayes, Nauris Bulvitus and Daniel Stratford saw the CaleyJags run out 0-4 winners.

Maryhill has it covered:

That was another excellent away day. The result isn't really a reflection of the whole game though. As a few people have mentioned, the first half was dreadful: although we probably had more of the ball, I don't recall us creating a single decent chance. There was far too much long ball stuff from Munro and Golabek, and we missed Sanchez' composure and eye for a clinical pass in the middle. Eric Odhiambo couldn't get into the game at all - he wasn't helped by a succession of passes that seemed to land just behind him - and Hayes was double-marked and therefore much less effective than usual. Just as in the previous game here, Raith looked well-prepared and well organised, but very lightweight. They did, however, produce the best chance of the first half with Esson making a decent save from a downward header.

We started the second half more brightly and it looked like Butcher had told the players to be more aggressive. Russell Duncan in particular had a storming second half and got all over the pitch: you can forgive him the odd misplaced pass when he drives the team forward like that. Odhiambo had a couple of decent runs on goal, but seemed a little too keen to pass when he might have been better shooting. When he was hooked for Sanchez, the game did turn, but Sanchez didn't seem to influence it directly. The opening goal looked a bit fortunate - Rooney appeared to control the ball with his hand before finishing well - but as soon as it had gone in, Raith collapsed completely. Nice turn and finish from Hayes for the second, Bulvitis forced the third over the line from fairly close in and Stratford knocked in a nice diagonal shot from a loose ball around the edge of the box for the fourth.

The positives were the obvious determination of the players to keep going for a win when nothing was coming off for them early on, the performance and influence of Russell Duncan and a very solid performance from Bulvitis, much needed after last week's mistake for the first Killie goal. Slight concerns are that despite his obvious talent, we still don't seem to know how to use Odhiambo, and that left back will be a vulnerable area for the rest of the season: Golly did far better than Lionel did last week, but his lack of pace and hasty distribution might be problematic against more effective attacking sides.

Impressive ICT support, by the way - more than 200, I'd say - and good and vocal throughout. Hope we can keep this up throughout the run-in.

We're coming for you Dundee....

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee 23 12 8 3 33 20 13 44
2. Ross County 21 11 6 4 33 25 8 39
3. Inverness CT 22 10 7 5 36 22 14 37
4. Partick Thistle 23 10 5 8 37 29 8 35
5. Queen of the South 20 9 6 5 32 20 12 33
6. Dunfermline 21 8 6 7 31 27 4 30
7. Raith Rovers 20 7 5 8 20 25 -5 26
8. Morton 21 7 0 14 24 40 -16 21
9. Ayr United 18 2 6 10 12 28 -16 12
10. Airdrie United 21 2 5 14 18 40 -22 11