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Spring Cup (Group 6)
Ian Browning (87)
Gordon Wallace (11)
Tom Brown (81)
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Sam Goodwin
6 Billy McColl
7 Davie Cooper
8 Sammy Henderson
9 Mike Larnach
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Caskie
Murray McDermott 1
Jimmy Brown 2
Don Urquhart 3
Tom McFarlane 4
Jim Taylor 5
Brian Cooper 6
John Hislop 7
Gordon Wallace 8
John Jobson 9
David Hunter 10
Ronnie Duncan 11
12 Billy Fanning
14 Ian Browning
Tom Brown 12
Robert Graham 14
Billy Fanning for Sam Goodwin
Ian Browning for Mike Larnach
Tom Brown -> Unknown
Robert Graham -> Gordon Wallace (77)
E Thomson (Referee)
Bankies had everything to play for last Saturday. After making such a good start to the new Spring Cup against Clyde, they had the chance to consolidate their position, and at the same time avenge previous results against the Fifers. With no other attractions the expected big crowd turned up in force and it was up to Bankies to prove to these fans that they were worth coming back to watch.
Jimmy Caskie for the suspended Jim Lumsden was Bankies only change, and as expected, they immediately made tracks for McDermott. Unfortunately,they left their shooting boots in the pavilion, for three golden chances were created and missed in the opening minutes, as Raith defended desperately.
First Larnach completely missed a Hall Lob with not an opponent in sight, just eight yards out, then Caskie failed with an attempt from six yards.Worse was to follow, for a head flick by Caskie gave McCallan an opening,but from inside the box he shot tamely into a surprised McDermott's arms.
Bankies were to pay dearly for these lapses, for with their first serious attack of the match,Raith gave Bankies an object lesson in the art of scoring.
Hislop sent a defence splitting pass through to Wallace who had timed his run to perfection. He rounded McKenzie before slipping the ball home.
This counter shocked Bankies and they lost much of their momentum. The Fifer came more into the match, but although the outplayed Bankies in midfield, they only managed one direct shot at goal.
This was a fine header from that man Wallace again that brought out a splendid save from McKenzie.
Bankies should have equalised when a beautiful more ave Henderson a chance,but he too, shot straight at McDermott.
After the interval, Bankies took complete control, and 90 per cent of the play was conducted in the Rovers half, but due to some incredible bad luck and good goalkeeping, the ball just refused to go in.
Caskie burst through and laid on a chance for Larnach, but he mis-kicked badly. Then the wee winger took a head flick from McCallan,but his shot from the corner of the six yard box rolled along the line and wide of the post.
It was all Bankies as Raith seemed content to hold their one goal lead, but the miss of the match arrived in the 60th minute, A great cross-field pass by McColl was hammered goalward by Hall. McDermott dived full length to make an incredible stoop, but as the ball rebounded to McCallan it seemed he must score. Unbelievably, Bankies top scorer somehow succeeded only in poking the ball against the keeper who was still on the ground, and ge could not believe his luck as he clutched the ball safely. What a let off!
As Bankies sagged, Billy Fanning replaced the limping Sam Goodwin and Ian Browning at last took over from the sadly out of touch Mike Larnach: with renewed vigour Bankies attacked.
Only a wonder save by McDermott stopped a Davie Cooper special from 25 yards, then the turning point arrived in the 75th minute.
Referee Thomson must have been the only man in Kilbowie who did not see Wallace blatantly and Deliberately handle a hall cross well inside the area.
It was a clear penalty, but despite loud protests from the home players, the referee refused to have any of it, and awarded a fruitless corner.
Bankies were obviously upset,a nd they were completely demoralised minutes later when Raith had the cheek to score again, with their only shot of the second half. A deplorable pass back by Fanning was pounced on by Graham, who ran on and scored easily.
That was the crowning blow for Bankies, who lost all heart, and for the next ten minutes play became insignificant. As the fans drifted sadly away, Bankies scored with just three minutes left.
Caskie played a short corner to Hall, and when his cross came in, Ian Browning wheeled smartly to hook the ball into the net from a few yards range. Sadly,it was too late.
So, Bankies failed to beat Raith for the fourth time this season, and have only themselves to blame. They can claim to be unlucky but having as much of the play as they did the result should never have been in any doubt.
Rovers played well. They contained Bankies all-out pressure,and netted with two of their three chances, which is not a bad average. Had Bankies taken even half of theirs they would have been on easy street, and that late defensive blunder would not have mattered.
It was a sad let down from the previous week's performance, and unfortunately Bankies must have been disappointed the big crowd who had at last turned up in such encouraging numbers.
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||-||35||-||35||-|
|Ian Browning (sub)||-||10||2||10||2|
|Billy Fanning (sub)||-||3||-||75||-|
No games played.