The Story of '97
by Craig Benson
by Craig Benson
For the first time since the opening day of the season, we'd end the day with three more points than we started with. Okay, it was against fellow strugglers Raith Rovers, but a win is a win and it would prove to be of huge importance over the course of the season.
Killie didn't get off to the best of starts however, the visitors took the lead after just three minutes. Kevin Twaddle got in a cross which was met with a flying, diving header from Tony Rougier which left Dragoje Lekovic stranded, and the ball in the back of the net. 0-1.
If anyone had been having doubts about going to the game, and were arriving late, it may have been hard to blame them for turning on their heels and leaving at that point but we were not to be denied our only win against the Kirkcaldy side all season.
Hesitancy in the Rovers defence led to the ball breaking to Derek Anderson, who hit a 20 yard trundler towards goal. New Raith keeper Colin Scott could only parry the ball straight into the path of the in-rushing Tom Brown who promptly buried it.
HALF TIME: Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Raith Rovers
The points were secured in the second half. As the Rovers defence backed off and backed off, Billy Findlay hit a perfectly weighted chipped through ball into the box. Paul Wright sprung the offside trap & was half a mile ahead of everyone else as the ball dropped perfectly for him.
With Scott rushing off his line, Wright coolly lobbed the young keeper with a sort of leaping kung-fu kick, and, with the ball dropping just under the bar, Wright was on hand to make sure it went in as he fired home from about 4 millimetres out.
FULL TIME: Kilmarnock 2 - 1 Raith Rovers
Team: Lekovic, MacPherson, Kerr, Findlay, Monty, McGowne, Mitchell, Henry, Wright, McIntyre, McKee.
Sub: Brown for McIntyre
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