McKeown hopes to show he’s more than a long throw

Ryan Conroy converts Rory McKeown's cross at the back post to seal a 1-0 win for Raith in Falkirk on Saturday. Pic: Alan Murray
Ryan Conroy converts Rory McKeown's cross at the back post to seal a 1-0 win for Raith in Falkirk on Saturday. Pic: Alan Murray
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Rory McKeown hopes he has shown that he has more to offer than just a long throw after setting up the goal that earned Raith Rovers a much-needed win on Saturday.

The left-back delivered a sublime cross for Ryan Conroy to score the winning goal 11 minutes from time in the live BBC Alba game at Falkirk Staidum.

McKeown’s long-throw ability is well-known for setting up goals and chances, but the Northern Irishman feels that he can contribute just as much to the team from open play.

“It was about time I put a good ball in,” he told the Press. “It was nice to be up there - I was surprised myself to be that far up the pitch at that time of the game, but that’s my job.

“Hopefully I can try and put more balls in the box and, if we score from it, maybe it will show that I’m a wee bit more than just a long throw.”

The victory was only Raith’s second in 12 league outings but McKeown feels the team has deserved more.

“We’ve had a bad run of results recently, but form-wise I think we’ve been decent,” he said.

“The Livingston game was just written off as a bad day, but I think we’ve been playing well. The final ball and putting the ball in the back of the net is maybe what’s been letting us down.

“We ground out a result against a Falkirk team who are on form - so it’s a massive big three points. Hopefully we can go and build on it.”

McKeown admitted that Rovers rode their luck at times on Saturday, particularly when his own slip almost gifted Falkirk a first half opener.

“I’ve made a mistake in the first half and let Rory Loy through, who is usually good in one-on-ones, but Davie has made a great save,” he said.

“Paul Watson nearly scored an own goal as well and there was a debate over whether the ball was actually in or not.

“Nevertheless Davie’s made another cracking save and we’ve kept a clean sheet.

“You can’t lose games if you keep a clean sheet. You can maybe call it smash and grab but it’s three points and that’s all that matters.”

McKeown is now looking forward to facing his former club, Cowdenbeath, in Saturday’s New Year derby at Central Park.

“We can go there looking to build and try to get a wee run going,” he said.