No sweat for cool Spence

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Greig Spence claims he was the coolest man inside Central Park as he stepped up to take his last minute match winning penalty.

The late winner finally shrugged a long time Fife derby monkey of the back of Grant Murray’s men as they overcame the Blue Brazil with a 4-3 win.

SSFF 3413093 cowden raith 'Greig Spence celebrates his second penalty and third goal as Rovers record a 3 - 4 win - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath

SSFF 3413093 cowden raith 'Greig Spence celebrates his second penalty and third goal as Rovers record a 3 - 4 win - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath

It was a derby which had absolutely everything; goals, drama, a red card and a smoke bomb all thrown in to the mix.

The game was wrapped up for the Rovers with a Spence hat-trick, the first of his senior career, and a Joe Cardle effort.

Jordan Morton, Kenny Adamson and Greg Stewart replied for the hosts.

In front of a crowd of just 887, Raith snatched the win in the dying seconds when Spence stepped up to net his second penalty of the match after Grant Adam had brought down Gordon Smith.

Adam saw a straight red for his challenge.

Although the Rovers fans may have had their hearts in their mouths, the former Celtic kid was ice-cool.

He said: “After I scored the first penalty I was definitely taking the next one.

“To be fair I don’t really get nerves during a game.

“Having to wait on the ‘keeper coming on the pitch, I just stayed focused and not let anything affect me and just put the ball in the net like I do every day in training.”

Raith took the lead when Spence burst in on the Cowden goal.

Adam saved his first strike but the hitman was on hand to make no mistake with the rebound.

The home side didn’t take long to get back into the match, though, and were level when Morton was allowed space on the edge of the box to drill past David McGurn.

With the game flowing from end to end Murray’s men then regained their lead when Cardle made no mistake from close range.

Goal of the game undoubtedly belonged to Adamson who gave McGurn absolutely no chance with a stunning volley which bulleted into the top corner.

Colin Cameron’s men took the lead for the first time in the game when some good work from Hemmings saw him pick out Stewart who made it 3-2.

Murray brought on striker Smith and the sub should have done better with a chance he blasted over from eight yards.

Then came the drama as Raith were awarded two penalties.

Firstly Jason Thomson was brought down, giving Spence the chance to equalise from the spot.

Adam’s foul on Smith, which saw the ‘keeper head for an early bath, gave Spence the chance secure the win with the last kick of the Fife derby.