Raith Rovers are temporarily the new leaders of the SPFL Development League East with a convincing 5-1 victory over an unfortunate Cowdenbeath at Central Park.
A Jonny Court hat-trick and a Joel Thomas brace rallied them to the top of the table with Callum Robertson grabbing a consolation goal late on for the home side, who had to play out the last twenty minutes with ten men as Brian Nelson had already made his three substitutes when Harvey Swann left the field injured. Cowdenbeath more than matched their opponents for long spells of the game who included six players with first team experience in their starting eleven.
The contest did not start well for Cowdenbeath, just a couple of minutes into the game striker Craig Johnston came off through injury and he was replaced by Kyle Mitchell.
Cowdenbeath had the first attempt of the game, Harvey Swann cutting inside from the left dancing his way past two players before laying it off to Callum Robertson who fired over from just outside the area.
Raith’s first real sight of goal proved to be the opener in the 14th minute. Joel Thomas controlled a long throw in the area before his cheeky back heel fell to Jonny Court, he made no mistake from twelve yards with a ruthless finish past Shaun Hunter.
Neither side could get a foothold in the first half due to amount of fouls both sides were giving away in the middle of the park.
Blue Brazil got into a dangerous area when Cameron Muirhead chased down a Kieran Campbell pass but the full back recovered well blocking his attempted cross on the byline.