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3 - 2
League (Division 2)
Jimmy Caskie (40)
Davie Cooper (44)
Norrie Hall (75)
Ronnie Duncan (12)
Malcolm Robertson (35)
1 Jim Gallacher
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Dougie Hay
7 Davie Cooper
8 Billy McColl
9 Joe McCallan
10 Danny Etherson
11 Jimmy Caskie
Murray McDermott 1
Jimmy Brown 2
Davie Cairns 3
Tom Brown 4
Jim Taylor 5
Brian Cooper 6
Malcolm Robertson 7
Gordon Wallace 8
Tom Hislop 9
Don Urquhart 10
Ronnie Duncan 11
John Jobson 12
David Hunter 14
Sammy Henderson for Dougie Hay (45)
Liam Houston for Danny Etherson (45)
|John Jobson -> Tom Hislop|
T Muirhead (Referee)
For their last match against Raith Rovers last Saturday Bankies introduced 17 year old Danny Etherson for his first taste of league football. Surprisingly, the man who made way for the youngster was captain Sammy Henderson who had been in good form in recent weeks. Jimmy Caskie was drafted into the front line in place of the unfit Larnach.
In the early stages Raith Dominated proceeding as Bankies took time to settle. The defence was under a great deal of pressure and looked none too sure at times as Wallace and Hislop both sent in shots that were not all that far away.
Rovers took an early lead in the 12th minute when slackness in the defence allowed Hislop a shot that rebounded from the bar. As confusion reigned Duncan dived to head the ball into the corner of the net.
Bankies had just nothing to offer at this stage. Their midfield play was no existent and as a result the forwards were receiving no service whatsoever.
Raith thus had most of the play and Wallace headed into the net in the 25th minute only to have the goal disallowed for a foul on Fallon.
Bankies at last troubled McDermott on the half hour mark when a cross from McColl was met by McCallan; however the keeper blocked the ball for a fruitless corner.
It was no surprise when Rovers went further ahead in the 35th minute with a well taken goal. Duncan's cross was perfectly placed for the in running Wallace to head past Gallacher.
Things looked bleak for the Bankies now and their long unbeaten home record, stretching back to October looked to be in grave danger.
In the 40th minute Gallacher cleared the ball deep into the Rovers half whre a perfect flick by McCallan was picked up by Caskie. Wee Jimmy beat Brown and from 20 yards despatched a glorious shot into the back of the net.
In the 44th minute Cooper upended McColl as he raced through. from the resultant free kick Davie Cooper sent in a 25 yrd swerver that completely outfoxed McDermott and finished in the corner of the net much to the delight of the home support.
The events of the last minutes of the first half had not clouded manager Willie Munro's memory of what had gone before and no one was surprised to see that Houston and Henderson had replaced Hay and Etherson. The homesters, with a noisy support went at Raith with everything and McColl finished a great move with a blistering 20 yarder that McDermott save a full stretch.
Rovers faded out of the match as Bankies went at them with a new found aggression and as a bit of needle crept in to proceedings Urquhart was booked for a foul on Cooper.
Only a flag happy linesman and sterling work by Taylor and Cooper kept the eager home side at bay and a great move involving McCallan, Henderson and Cooper almost brought a goal for Houston.
Hall took a free kick about 10 yards inside the Rovers half and his intention was obviously to aim for the blonde head of Joe McCallan. Imagine the roar when the ball evaded everyone and nestled in the back of the net
|Jim Gallacher (GK)||24||38||-||95||-|
|Sammy Henderson (sub)||-||19||1||61||3|
|Liam Houston (sub)||-||12||-||12||-|
No games played.