Cardle: It’s a special goal but it counts for nothing

Joe Cardle celebrates his stunning strike for Rovers against St Johnstone. Pic: Neil Doig
Joe Cardle celebrates his stunning strike for Rovers against St Johnstone. Pic: Neil Doig

Joe Cardle may have put himself among the contenders for goal of the season, but that was of little consolation to the Raith Rovers winger after Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of St Johnstone.

Cardle’s stunning 25-yard strike midway through the first half levelled the tie at 1-1 after Gary MacDonald had given Saints a fourth minute lead in the early kick-off at Stark’s Park.

But goals from Nigel Hassailbank and Steven Anderson booked the Premiership side’s place in the semi-finals, and left Cardle disappointed that his moment of magic counted for nothing.

“It’s a special goal for me but at the end of the day it doesn’t mean anything,” Cardle said.

“It’s not very often I’m in the middle of the park, and the goals just seemed to open up.

“I used to score long range shots at Dunfermline, but I’ve not done that this season.

“Hopefully that’s the start of things to come, and I can start shooting like that again, and put some more goals on the tally.”

Cardle also created two gilt-edged chances for team mates Dougie Hill and Ross Callachan with set piece deliveries, which both failed to take.

“That’s my job - to make chances for the boys,” Cardle said.

“I thought I done that, especially in the first half, and on another day they would’ve taken them.

“Dougie has scored five or six from my crosses this season - he normally puts them in the back of the net.”

The defeat meant Raith missed out on the chance to reach the semi-finals for the second time in four years.

Cardle added: “We went in at half-time and thought we could’ve kicked on from there but unfortunately they got an early goal and it settled the game for them.

“We’re very upset not to have won the game, but I thought St Johnstone gave a good professional performance, especially in the second half, and deserved their win.”