Vaughan's delight after Raith Rovers' derby win

Lewis Vaughan says his opening goal in the Fife derby was crucial in settling the tie.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 12:18 pm
Lewis Vaughan opens the scoring against Dunfermline (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

His second half strike broke the stalemate between the two sides and set Rovers on their way to the semi-final – as well as ending Dunfermline’s season.

It was Vaughan’s third strike against the Pars this season and arguably the most vital of all the gaols he’s scored against Raith’s Fife rivals

“There was nothing in the game [between the two sides], it was the same in the first leg so the first goal was crucial,” he says.

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Vaughan tussles with the Pars' defence.

“It was a real Fife derby.

“Saturday's game was a wee bit cagey. I thought we started off really well and then they came back into it towards the end of the first half.

“Then in the second half after we got the goal I thought we were well in control, though they pressed us in the last 10 minutes to try and get an equaliser.

“But over the two legs I think we definitely deserved the result. I think it was fair and hats off to the lads for all their hard work and getting us through to the next round.”

Vaughan says he was certain there was no question of offside when he latched on to the ball after it was pushed out by Pars keeper Owain Fon Williams.

" I was sure I was onside. There was a player behind but also straight ahead of me.

“I saw the ball take a deflection and the keeper palmed it out and I just managed to stay calm and dink it over him and put it in the net.

“I was delighted to get the first goal of the game.

“When I was out injured I knew it was only a matter of time before I got back and was scoring goals.

“I always stayed confident and I knew my time would come.

“I just signed a new contract and I would be delighted if we can get Raith Rovers into the Premiership.”

The 25-year-old says the Kirkcaldy side can now go into the two-legged semi-final with Dundee with a degree of confidence.

"It's not going to be easy. They just pipped us for second place.

“We're just looking forward to it. The lads did amazingly to get us into this position and we've nothing to lose.

“We'll give it our all and see what happens.”