Raith seniors entertained Kennoway Star Hearts over 35’s on a horrible wet day at Glenrothes. The Kennoway team on paper were by far the stronger team with a mixture of ex junior and professional players.
Right from kick off Kennoway should that they were going to cause Raith problems with their movement on and off the ball and seemed to always have an extra player.
Kennoway took the lead after they broke down the right and the ball was squared in to the box and the unmarked striker fired home given Kennoway the lead.
Raith seniors were hit with another blow when Kevin Mercer limped off with an injured thigh and was replaced by Allan Anderson and the debutant Peter Moodie moved in to midfield.
Kennoway continued to cause problems especially down the left side and on several occasion Jim Harvey in goals was sharp off his line to prevent any further opportunities. Raith were also causing problems for Kennoway and drew level just before half time as corner from the left was punched in to his own net.
Raith seniors 1-1 Kennoway.
Raith changed things round at half time with Paul Dera having to go off injured and look bright at the start of the half and pushed forward causing Kennoway lots of problems, Craig Mitchell and Les Bishop were causing problems down the left and after a fine move saw Craig Mitchell firing in from an angle and given Raith a 2-1 lead.
Raith were galvanised by taken the lead and continued to push forward and went even further ahead when Chris Bathgate fired home. Putting Raith 3-1 up.
Kennoway were not happy dropping 2 goals behind and started to push forward in numbers causing Raith to drop further and further back and after a good move down the left found space in the box to fire home leaving Harvey no chance in goals.
Kennoway were now finding space all over the field and Harvey in goals pulled out 3 or 4 excellent saves to keep Kennoway at bay however after 75 minutes Kennoway levelled when a corner from the right was swung in to the box and poor marking left 2 kennoway player free 10 yards outs to fire home and level the score at 3-3.
Kennoway now felt like they could win the match and continued to push forward but between some excellent goalkeeping and defending by Bathgate and Anderson Raith managed to stand strong. In the 90th minute Jock Gemmel played an excellent ball forward putting Sam Guess one on one with the keeper but rather than just firing home Sam rounded the keeper and took to much time and saw his shot cleared off the line and out for a corner.
Jock Gemmel fired in the corner and Peter Moodie out jumped the Kennoway defence and fired a header home given Raith the lead in the dying seconds.
Raith Seniors 4-3 Kennoway Start Hearts over 35’s