A goal and a clean sheet completed an impressive night’s work for Raith defender Dougie Hill in Tuesday’s Ramsdens Cup win over Dunfermline.
Hill’s second-minute header set Rovers on their way to a convincing 2-0 victory at East End Park, just four days after the 4-3 league win over Cowdenbeath.
After failing to get a derby win in eight attempts last season, Hill is delighted to have brought some bragging rights back to Kirkcaldy with two derby wins in a week.
“It was horrible last year, especially losing to Dunfermline three times, so it’s great to get a win over them,” Hill said.
“People look at players they’ve lost since going into administration, but their starting 11 is still very strong.
“But we dominated them tonight and limited them to very few chances - 2-0 flattered them, to be honest.”
Hill’s goal, a header from a Joe Cardle corner, was his first of the season and fourth for the club since joining from Alloa in 2009.
“It made up for the Cowdenbeath game because I should have had two against them and the boys were giving me a wee bit of stick about that,” he said.
“It’s good to get off the mark so early in the season, and hopefully I’ll get a few more.
“We were quite one-dimensional last season and most of our goals came through Brian Graham, but now we look like we can score from anywhere on the park.”
Hill has formed a new defensive partnership with former Livingston recruit Paul Watson and feels they are beginning to gel.
“It takes a while to get an understanding going but we’ve struck up a good partnership,” Hill said. “The guys in front of us are making our job easier because the midfielders and strikers are working their socks off.
“The Cowdenbeath game had just terrible conditions and both defences struggled, but in most other games we’ve been solid at the back.We’ve also got strength in numbers, as the gaffer and Laurie Ellis can come in, and we all know what they are capable of.”
Hill was part of the Rovers team that finished runners-up to Dunfermline in season 2010-11, and he is keen for another push for promotion this year.
“With the squad we’ve got, the minumum for me would be the play-offs,” he said.
“But every game is hard, we saw that at Cowdenbeath on Saturday. It’s a hard place for any team to go, especially with wind like that.
“Every game will be on a knife edge, so it’s really up to us to keep it tight at the back because we’ve got goals in the team. We’ll be a threat to any team we play.”
Hill is looking forward to testing Rovers’ promotion credentials against title favourites Dundee this Saturday.
“Dundee haven’t had the greatest start themselves and got a late winner like ourselves on Saturday,” he said.
“They will be hoping they can kick on from there - but we’ll be hoping the Cowden result kicks us on. They are always competitive games against Dundee and we always seem to do well against them.”