On Sunday 21st April 2019, Raith Seniors entertained Morton. The sun was shinning and perfect day for a fixture to be played.
Raith shuffled the pack around following their 2-1 defeat in their last outing in Glasgow with a new style midfield.
Raith started the game brightly and creating several early chances that was squandered following a similar pattern as most of the matches this year.
Morton were playing some good football and trying to use there main striker Peter Gullan but the Raith defence marked him out the game in the early stages.
On 13 minutes a through ball from Simpson released Gemmell one on one with the defender, he calmly beat the last man before sliding under the diving
goalkeeper to put Raith 1 up.
Raith continued to push forward and a fantastic through ball by Gemmell set Simpson one on one with keeper, Simpson rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home putting Raith 2 up.
Morton continued to try and get back in to the game and as the pushed forward. On 30 minutes a fantastic through ball to Bathgate from Watson left the
Morton defence claiming for offside, Bathgate continued home and fired Raith in to a 3-0 lead.
Morton defence still arguing with each other over the 3rd goal were caught out quickly from a Raith freekick. Gemmell lined up from 30 yards and struck the ball off one of his own players. The ball was then played out to the wing and Simpson fired the ball in to the box and the unmarked Watson fired home a half volley from 8 yards out under the diving keeper’s body putting Raith 4-0 up.
After 43 mins the ball was played in to the box and Gemmell was pulled back by the defender leaving the referee on option but to point to the spot. Gemmell stepped up himself and fired Raith in to a 5 goal lead.
Raith score another quick goal a minute later in what was goal of the day after a fantastic move down the left wing involving Mitchell and McGovern. McGovern started the move playing the ball down the line and continued his run, ball was played in to Bathgate who knocked the ball back out to Mitchell who chipped the ball over the defence, McGovern took the ball down with his first touched beat the last defender before firing home. Raith were still not finished and just on the stroke of half time Bishop was sent through one on one with the keeper, Bishop rounded the keeper and fired home after his fantastic run from right back.
Raith 7-0 Morton
Raith manager Jim Harvey at half time was happy with the performance but requested that the team continues to go forward and look for more goals.
50 Minutes ball was played across the box from Roberts and Jones fired home on his debut to put Raith 8 up.
Over the next 10 minutes Raith continued to push forward and with goals from Gemmell and 2 from Simpson put Raith 12-0 after 60 minutes.
Gemmell goal was a thing of beauty with a shot from 25 yards that lobbed the stranded goal keeper.
On 64 minutes Morton pulled a goal back after a good move.
Raith were not finished and continued to push forwards and substituted Guess fired home two quick goals followed by another from Gemmell putting Raith 15-1 up.
Morton continued to fight and managed to pull another 2 goals back making it 15-3
Raith finished off the scoring when the ball was cut back across the box a Stewart fired home to put Raith 16-3 up
Final Score Raith 16-3 Morton
In summary this was a very good performance by Raith however Morton’s head dropped and never recovered after the 3rdgoal. Since the turn of the year the Raith Seniors lads have been playing well creating a lot of chances but been unable to take them and today saw nearly every shot hit the back of the net. We are sure that this was a one off performance from Morton and wont happen again. Morton manager Del Curran said post match “That Raith deserved the victory and he was disappointed in my teams performance”
Gemmell 5, Simpson 3, Guess 2, Bathgate, Watson, McGovern, Bishop, Stewart, Jones