Raith finish season in style

BACK POST-MAN PAT: Raith striker Pat Clarke heads home at the back post to put Rovers 3-0 up against Morton at Cappielow on Saturday
BACK POST-MAN PAT: Raith striker Pat Clarke heads home at the back post to put Rovers 3-0 up against Morton at Cappielow on Saturday
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RAITH Rovers finished a difficult season in style on Saturday by winning at Morton to steal seventh place from the Greenock club.

The 3-1 victory came courtesy of a quick-fire double from Pat Clarke, and a stunning solo effort from on loan Hearts winger Jamie Walker, while the home side’s late consolation goal was scored by substitute Lewis Hawke, the son of former Raith and Morton striker Warren.

Walker’s stunning 14th minute opener was a late contender for goal of the season as the Hearts kid picked up the ball in midfield and waltzed his way through the Morton defence before slamming a low shot past goalkeeper Alan Combe.

And the 18-year-old hopes his form for Raith has not gone unnoticed at Tynecastle.

He said: “This was my first time on loan, and I’ve learnt a lot, so hopefully I can kick on Hearts and further my career in the SPL.

“You never know though, I might be back out on loan again.

“The Raith fans have been brilliant with me so I’d like to thank them, and John McGlynn, for giving me a chance here.

“It was great to finish with three wins in a row, it’s the first time we’ve done that this season.”

Clarke’s two goals, which came in the 52nd and 54th minute, put Rovers 3-0 up before Hawke’s 74th minute header pulled a goal back for Morton.

The result meant that, despite battling against relegation for most of the season, Rovers finished with 11 wins, just two less than third place Falkirk.

Delighted Raith manager John McGlynn added: “We couldn’t have asked for a better end to the season.

“It was a very professional performance. The guys showed a lot of pride and rose to the challenge of rising above Morton.

“Jamie’s goal was a great piece of individual brilliance and he’s certainly got that in his locker.

“I hope he’s learnt something from his time at Raith and he can go back to Hearts and make an impact next season.”

For the full match report, and the end of season thoughts of out of contract Raith midfielder Iain Davidson, pick up a copy of Thursday’s Fife Free Press.