Raith seniors finally got back in to action on Sunday 25th October 2020 with a home derby match against Dunfermline. This was both sides first match since March 2020 and the start of the COVID pandemic.
Dunfermline started the game better and were passing the ball around well and causing the Raith defense lots of problems. Lee Ferguson had managed to break free on a few occasion but the Raith keeper Jim Harvey was off his line quick to prevent any major issues.
Ferguson was first to take a shot on goal with a 20 yard strike that Harvey got down to save and was up quick for the rebound however it was only a short time before Ferguson hit the net. Ferguson received the ball about 20 yards out beat the defender before unleashing a strike in to Harvey bottom right corner, Harvey managed to get finger tips to it but couldn’t keep it out.
This appeared to wake Raith Seniors up and they started to take control off the half with the inspiration Jock Gemmell causing the Dunfermline defense all sorts of problems with his direct running.
Raith Seniors won a free kick about 25 yards out, Mark Anderson stepped up and struck the right hand post with the Dunfermline keeper Eglington well beaten.
Next up Eglington pulled out a triple save from a Raith attack but the finishing made it easy for the keeper as the shots were to close to him.
Next up Simpson fired a cross in from the right and Anderson’s overhead kick grazed the top of the bar.
Ferguson once again managed to break free from the Raith defense and tried to lob Harvey in goals however is was easily saved by the keeper.
Next up to set Ferguson up was an error at the back for Raith with Stewart getting caught on the ball allowing Ferguson to run in on Harvey however and another poor finish made it easy for Harvey in goal.
As half time was closing in Raith looked like they would be heading in a goal down however a fantastic through ball from Gemmell Set Simpson down the right wing he beat the defender before firing across the keeper in to the bottom left corner.
Raith were quick out the traps in the second half and once again were guilty on poor finishing and some excellent goalkeeping from Eglington in goals for Dunfermline with him pulling out saves from Gemmell, Simpson, Mitchell and Mark Anderson.
Raith won a free kick about 40 yards from goal, the ball was floated in to the box and the Dunfermline defender pushed Mark Anderson leaving the referee no option other than pointing to the spot. Anderson picked himself up and sent to keeper the wrong way to give Raith the lead.
Dunfermline started to push forward to get an equalizer and broke down the left wing, the ball was swung across and a header from 6 yards was saved by Harvey.
Dunfermline continued to work hard and once again swung across in from the right, the ball was missed by all and the Raith defense switched off and didn’t follow the ball out which allowed the Dunfermline player time to collect the ball set himself up and swing the ball in to the Raith box which was meet by a fantastic header from Ferguson that went in off the post leaving Harvey with no chance.
As the game was heading to a finish at 2-2 both teams pushed forward looking for a winner, once again Harvey in the Raith goals pulled out a fantastic save from a Ferguson header.
Raith were also creating there only opportunities with Gemmell and Simpson forcing Eglington in to saves.
With 5 minutes left of the clock Dunfermline winger Kerlin missed a golden opportunity after a fantastic through ball put him one on one with Harvey, he shot to the keepers right but Harvey managed to get his hand to it and pushed it wide.
As the referee clock struck 90 minutes Raith pushed forward looking for the winner, a short throw in to Martin Forbers, 30 yards from goal on the touchline, he swung the ball in to the box towards the back post which caughed Eglington out of position and drop in to the next to put Raith 3-2 up on the final whistle.
Considering both teams haven’t played in 7 months the game was competitive with both teams given their best and no doubt there will be some sore muscles in the morning.
Raith Seniors 3-2 Dunfermline