Booth’s first Raith goal spoiled by late leveller

Callum Booth runs off to celebrate after scoring from the spot followed by Lewis Vaughan - Raith Roversv Cowdenbeath. Pic: Neil Doig

Callum Booth runs off to celebrate after scoring from the spot followed by Lewis Vaughan - Raith Roversv Cowdenbeath. Pic: Neil Doig

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Raith Rovers defender Callum Booth left Stark’s Park bitterly disappointed on Saturday despite scoring his first goal for the club.

The on-loan Hibs left back netted a penalty to put Rovers 3-2 up with just eight minutes left in the pre-Christmas derby against Cowdenbeath.

However, his joy was short-lived as Kane Hemmings struck a 90th minute equaliser to take the shine off Booth’s first Raith goal.

“Going into last couple of minutes I thought I’d scored the winner so it’s a hard one to take,” Booth told the Press.

“The boys are absolutely devastated and understandably so. We were 3-2 up in the last minute with the ball in the corner, but a long ball has caught us out.

“They put their big centre-half up front and he’s went up and challenged with Dougie Hill, and I’ve been caught flat-footed thinking Dougie’s going to win it.

“After that the boy has put a ball across goal, it’s ricocheted about and ended up hitting off someone and rolling over the line. It was so hard to watch.

“It wasn’t to be but these things happen over a season. I’m sure we’ll get a last minute winner later in the season. We just need to forget about it as quickly as possible and think about Livingston now.”

Booth was a surprise penalty taker, having only ever stepped up in shoot-outs previously, but he revealed he had extra motivation for wanting to get off the mark.

“With Jason Thomson scoring his first goal last week, he was putting a bit pressure on me,” Booth said. “I thought I’d step up and blast it, and luckily it’s just went over the goalie.

“It’s got me off the mark, but it was a penalty so I don’t know if it really counts!

“I would be sitting here a lot happier if it had been the winner. It got us a point I suppose but it’s not the same feeling.”

Booth will be one of a number of former Livingston players in the Rovers line-up returning to Almondvale on Saturday.

“I’ll enjoy going back there as long as we win - that’s all I’m bothered about,” he said.

“We played really well against Livingston at Stark’s in the first game - probably the best we’ve played all season.

“It will be a tough game, they are a good passing team, but we need to bounce back with a win.”