McGurn saving the day for Raith again

Stirling Albion - Raith Rovers-29 Nov 14-Paul Watson & Steven Doris at Forthbank.
Stirling Albion - Raith Rovers-29 Nov 14-Paul Watson & Steven Doris at Forthbank.
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If David McGurn’s place as one of Raith Rovers greatest goalkeepers of all time was ever in any doubt, then his performances since returning from a year-long injury have surely cemented it.

McGurn was at his brilliant best again on Saturday, almost single-handedly ensuring Raith kept a clean sheet with a string of stunning saves in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion.

SSFF 3313117 raith headshots 'David McGurn - Raith Rovers headshots season 2013 / 2014 -  - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

SSFF 3313117 raith headshots 'David McGurn - Raith Rovers headshots season 2013 / 2014 - - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

It was the type of heroic performance that the fans have become accustomed to ever since John McGlynn signed the part-time stopper from Morton in 2008, and badly missed during his long spell on the sidelines.

Many Raith fans believe McGurn should now be considered alongside the likes of Murray McDermott, Bobby Reid and Scott Thomson as one of the club’s all-time greatest goalies.

It’s certainly hard to argue, but for the modest McGurn, who is closing in on 170 club appearances, it’s all in a day’s work.

“It was good to get a clean sheet,” the 34-year-old said. “It was a tough game and we’re glad to get through.

“They were always going to come and attack us so I expected to be busy, maybe not quite as much!

“I was happy with all the saves, I train hard for it so it’s good when they come off.”

McGurn’s goalkeeping was in contrast to the standard of defending on the day with the side’s sharing 37 goal attempts in the match. However, the keeper was happy to give his defence a helping hand.

“We’ve got to cover each other and I thought we done that,” he said. “The boys put the effort in and Jason Thomson made a couple of great tackles in the box that were just as important as any saves.

“When people make mistakes you have to rely on a team mate to pull you out a hole and we did that.”

McGurn is now looking for the team to take belief from the win over Stirling into this Saturday’s league game against Livingston at Stark’s Park.

“We should take confidence from the clean sheet and scoring two good goals,” he said. “The effort is there, right through the team, and we’re striving for that consistency.

“Our aim is to get into the top four so hopefully this spurs us on for a win next week, and we can kick on from there.”