McGurn at a loss to explain wonder saves

3311085 SSFF raith headshots 'David McGurn - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3311085 SSFF raith headshots 'David McGurn - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

ANY young goalkeeper looking for advice from David McGurn might be disappointed ... because the Raith Rovers number one has no idea how he makes the saves he does!

McGurn has made countless top drawer saves during his time between the sticks at Stark’s Park, and added another two stunners to his catalogue on Saturday with wonder saves to deny Tom Brighton and Scott McLaughlin.

The Queen of the South duo could only look on in disbelief as first McGurn got his left hand down to keep out Brighton’s close range shot in the first half, before denying McLaughlin after the break with an equally breath-taking save, instinctively pushing away his powerful diving header from six yards.

“I don’t know how I saved them,” McGurn told SportsPress. “You don’t have time to think about it, you just react and make the save.

“I played with Scott at Morton and he just gave me a wee push after it and asked how I’d managed to save it.”

Last laugh

The Queen’s players got the last laugh however as the visitors ran out 2-0 winners to inflict Rovers’ third home defeat of the season.

“It’s unfortunate we ended up losing the game so the saves don’t mean much,” McGurn said.

“I’d much rather have a quiet game and take the three points, but we didn’t really create much in the game.

“From defence to attack we didn’t perform. We’re always looking to defend from the front and attack from the back but there wasn’t one part of the team that played well.

“If we want to be in this league we need to get that consistency. I thought last week’s win would have spurred us on, but it wasn’t to be.

“We need to bounce back. We’ll see what the character of the boys is like next week at Falkirk.”

While McGurn’s saves prevented the loss of further goals, he feels he was partly responsible for the Doonhamers’ first half opener when he appeared to drop a cross – although he believes he was fouled.

“I thought I took it cleanly at first, but then I’ve been hit in the face with an arm or an elbow,” he said.

“I’ll need to watch the DVD again and go over it but I thought it was a foul. Still, I could have done better. I should have taken it or punched it away.”


McGurn is currently the only part-time player in the squad and trains with goalkeeping coach Wayne Henderson and back-up goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw two nights a week.

And the isolated shot-stopper is missing from the training ground banter that he had become accustomed to on a Tuesday and Thursday night.

“I won’t see the boys again until next Saturday at Falkirk’s ground,” he said. “You miss training with them but just have to get on with it.

“We might be going back to Tuesday and Thursday nights at Dalgety Bay from November, which would be good.”