Dunfermline 0-7 Raith Seniors
The first Fife derby saw Dunfermline hosting Raith Seniors on a cold but dry day. This would be one of Raith finest performance in several months with the defence being a rock and anything that did make its way towards goal saw Jason Houston in impressive form.
Dunfermline played some fantastic football without causing the Raith defence much problems, Raith took the lead midway through the first half after Matt Garside was sent one on one with the Dunfermline goalkeeper after a delightful though ball by Jim Harvey and Matt calmly fired home with ease. Short time later once again Jim Harvey put Matt through on the keeper but this time Matt fired well over the bar.
After 25 minutes and some neat football by Raith, John Gemmel fired them in to a 2 goal lead after a shot from about 25 yards on the right hand side of the box, which he claimed was meant and also from 35 yards out.
There was no more scoring in the first half but Dunfermline did keep pushing and forced Houston in to a couple of good saves, Dunfermline were controlling the midfield but Kevin Mercer and Willie Bathgate were doing a fantastic job and working hard.
Lets not forget Craig Stewart getting wiped out in the first half as well
Dunfermline 0-2 Raith Seniors
Raith changed tactics at half time and the instructions were to push forward and look for a 3rd goal, which they did thanks to a fantastic 25 yard thunder bolt from Sam Guess.
Raith continued to pile forward with Gordon Kruszewski scoring a header from a corner, yes you read right a header.
Further goals from
Chris Bathgate and Craig Stewart and Kevin Mercers hard work paid off with him finishing off the scoring.
This was an excellent team performance from every single player.
Hard one to take for Dunfermline as they did play some decent football but on the day Raith finishing was cynical and the Fife bragging rights remain with them for the time.