Ethan Ross delighted to get off the mark for Raith Rovers

Ethan Ross believes the playing set-up at Raith Rovers suits his game perfectly and guided him towards the net on Saturday for the first time since he arrived at Stark’s Park.
Ethan Ross is mobbed after putting Raith 4-2 in front against Alloa.Ethan Ross is mobbed after putting Raith 4-2 in front against Alloa.
Ethan Ross is mobbed after putting Raith 4-2 in front against Alloa.

The 19-year-old bagged a brace of goals to polish off a fine 5-2 win for Raith in very demanding weather conditions against Alloa, elevating Rovers up to third in the table.

The young striker said he was delighted to be part of the Stark’s Park scene and clearly pleased to break his non-scoring sequence.

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The fifth and final Raith goal – Ross’ second – was a super solo effort which originated near the halfway line and saw the player evade around four tackles before slotting home.

“I wasn't really thinking much,” he admitted. “I just picked up the ball and I am always trying to create something, whether it's an assist, a goal or a goalscoring opportunity. So when I got past that first man, I had the confidence to keep going and, thankfully, I've gone past the last man and put it in the back of the net, so I am delighted with that.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​”

Ross confirmed he’d had some encouragement from the management, who were delighted it had paid dividends.

"When I came here, speaking with the gaffer (John McGlynn) and with Smudge (Paul Smith), they are obviously looking to improve my game as well as helping the team. The way to do that is obviously contributing with goals and assists, so they have been badgering me to get more into the box. I got on to the end of a cross and tapped in, but it's all about being in the right place at the right time and I have done that thankfully twice today.

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How was he enjoying Raith? “It is brilliant; I am absolutely loving it,” he said. “The way we are set up to play, I think, suits me down to the ground. It gives me and Dan (Armstrong) a real freedom to go and express ourselves on the pitch. Also, having that responsibility of defending. But I think that's showing in the way we're all playing and the way we're going forward. Coming into this group of boys, I was reading some stuff about Raith being towards the bottom of the table. I knew from the quality we had in the squad that we definitely were not going to be down there and I think that’s showing in the results now."