Laurie eyes cup repeat for Raith

Laurie Ellis salutes the fans at Dens Park
Laurie Ellis salutes the fans at Dens Park

Dundee win sets up Hibs clash in Scottish Cup

Raith Rovers’ Laurie Ellis says he sees no reason why the club can’t repeat the Scottish Cup heroics of 2010 after they edged out Dundee.

Ellis was part of the side which saw off John Brown’s men at the weekend and also played a pivotal part in the run to the Scottish Cup semi nearly four years ago.

After Saturday’s win, Grant Murray’s side were paired with Hibs in the fifth round of the competition.

Ellis’ winner in the 2-1 quarter final win on the run to the semi ironically also came against Saturday’s hosts.

“Some people look at things like that in football,” he said.

“Who knows where this can take us?

“We had a great run in the cup that year and it was a great occasion, getting to the semis.

“It will live with me for the rest of my life.

“If we can go anywhere near emulating that this year then it’ll be great.”

With finances tight across the Scottish game, Ellis admitted that getting past Dundee was a massive boost for the Kirkcaldy club.

“It’s a fantastic bonus,” he said.

“Financially, any pound that is outwith the budget is welcomed.

“Budgets now are set on the bare minimum of what can come in, so anything on top helps the foundation of the club behind the scenes.”

Attention will turn away now from cup business until Raith meet Hibs and then Rangers in the Ramsdens Cup final in the New Year.

Instead, focus will now be placed on maintaining a challenge in the top half of the Championship table.

Rovers face another difficult trip away from home on Saturday when they travel to Falkirk.

“Falkirk have their new surface and it’s a big pitch - but a great place to go and play football,” said Ellis.

“Again it’s a game we’ll be looking forward to but we’re under no illusions about the talent that Falkirk have in their team.

“But, as well, they’ll be looking at us saying that we have a few players that can cause them trouble.

“The Championship this year, and every year, is tight, but this year neutrals and outsiders are realising that there’s a great weekly competition between teams.”

Skipper baffled by winning goal

Raith captain Jason Thomson was as bemused as everybody else inside Dens Park when Gary Irvine tapped past his ‘keeper on Saturday.

Thomson was the only Rovers player to have any sort of role in the goal when his surge forward ended when he was fouled on the edge of the box.

With Raith claiming for a foul, the ball arrived at Irvine’s feet, only for the Dee man to send the ball past his own ‘keeper.

Thomson said following the game: “In the dressing room I said to the the boys that I don’t know what happened.

“I turned to the ref looking for a foul and the next thing I get up and everybody is celebrating.

“One of the boys was saying that the right back tried to pass it to the goalie who has then just left it.

“We thought the ref was stopping the game, so it was a bizarre one.”