On Sunday 29th September 2019, Raith seniors entertained Glasgow Side C9 Foundation at Starks Park.
This was the first ever meeting between the sides. C9 are a mental health charity, who play in the amature leagues in Glasgow.
C9 were clearly younger than the Raith Senior lads with their oldest player being younger than any of the senior lads with Lee McGovern given over 30 years to their youngest player.
C9 started the game strong and were passing the ball around well with Raith struggling to hold on to the ball however as the game developed Raith started to gain in confidence and string some lovely attacking moves together.
After 11 minutes a fantastic through ball saw John Gemmel break free from his marker to fire the ball past the keeper to put Raith 1 up.
16 minutes in and C9 were pushing forward and creating a few chances and when the ball broke to the edge of the box to Bjorn, he struck a fantastic shot that was initially well saved by keeper Harvey but the ball sprung lose and rolled in to the night to the despair of Harvey.
C9 continued to push forward and were unlucky to see another long range effort strike the bar, Raith overcame this pressure and started to take control of the game.
After 25 minutes a fantastic move and pass in to Norrie Rae saw him advance of the keeper and fire home to put Raith 2-1.
Raith were gaining in confidence and passing the ball around well and the third goal wasn’t far away. The third goal saw a combination of passes between David Jones, Norrie Rae and Jock Gemmel that saw the later play a fantastic ball across the goal for Andy Campbell to beat the defender to it and score his first goal for Raith Seniors.
C9 weren’t given up and after a thro from the right hand side that saw the Raith full back stand off the winger and let him cross the ball in to the box saw Pete Moodie get his head to it and bounce off a Raith defender leaving the C9 forward on his own to tap the ball home to make it 3-2.
Raith didn’t let this set them back and continued to push forward and after a cross and scramble in the box saw Forrest fire home to restore Raith’s 2-goal advantage,
Raith continued to push forward and Norrie Rae fired home to make it 5-2.
40 minutes saw a fantastic move down the right being halted after a foul on David Jones. Jock Gemmel took the free kick and saw Pete Moodie get on the end of it and forcing the keeper in to a fantastic save however Chris Jackson fired the rebound home from close range.
Raith were guilty of missing several good efforts from close range but continued to push forward.
43 minutes saw goal of the game. Harvey in goal saw Gemmell peeling off his defender and sent the ball long over the top of the defender, Gemmell played a fantastic through ball to Simpson who chipped the keeper from 18 yards in to the net.
Raith seniors 7-2 C9 Foundation
Raith came out in the second half and pushed forward and saw them extend there lead thanks to a cross come shot from Norrie Rae that saw a C9 defender fire the ball in to their own net.
Raith continued to push forward and saw some misses of the year from Graham Simpson, Norrie Rae and David Jones (may have missed others) however Lee McGovern at left back was putting in a tremendous shift and was causing the C9 defence all sort of problems with his attacking runs.
C9 were still causing problems and were creating more and more as the game continued as the younger legs were starting to show.
On 70 minutes a long ball over the top saw the C9 forward run in on the Raith goal however Harvey pulled out a fantastic save blocking his shot but the rebound was crossed in to the box and C9 got a lucky break as the forward headed in to the ground of the bar straight to another C9 player to head in from 3 yards.
C9 continued to push forwards forcing Harvey in the Raith goals to pull out a couple of decent saves.
Raith made it 9-3 after a break down the right and a cross from Gemmell saw Graham Simpson fire a header home from 8 yards.
With 10 minutes to go another long ball over the top saw C9 break free and cross over from the left leaving a C9 forward on his own to cut back to another free player to fire home from 7 yards.
C9 created a few more chances that saw Harvey pull out a couple of saves and Raith also created a few more chances which were saved by the impressive C9 goalkeeper.
As the full time whilst went the Raith Seniors lads can be happy with their performance and a special mention for Lee McGovern at left back from Raith. Lee is his 50’s was marking a 17 year old lad and kept him quiet for the majority of the game whilst causing the C9 defence all sorts of problems when he was breaking forward.
Raith seniors 9-4 C9 Foundation.