Raith’s huge summer time signing, who adopted supervisor Iain Murray from Airdrieonians to Kirkcaldy, ran the present and Raith’s supremacy by no means regarded unsure.
Liam Dick and Jamie Gullan additionally bought themselves on the scoresheet earlier than a late Aidan Connolly free-kick, because the hosts confirmed little mercy in opposition to a Blue Toon aspect brief on our bodies.
A Dylan Easton hat-trick helped Raith Rovers comfortably previous an under-strength Peterhead 6-0 at Stark’s Park.
Jim McInally’s aspect are at residence on Saturday of their third group sport in opposition to Dumbarton.
Peterhead have been solely capable of title 12 gamers of their squad and had no substitute goalkeeper on the bench. Sandy Wooden, who signed on a short-term deal previous to the Aberdeen sport, began between the posts, regardless of not having performed senior soccer in six years.
Current mortgage arrival Jack Newman has headed out to Spain with dad or mum membership Dundee United on their coaching camp whereas the Blue Toon are awaiting the outcomes of a scan on Hamish Ritchie. It’s feared the midfielder has sustained cruciate ligament injury.
The final time Wooden was concerned in SPFL soccer was for Montrose in January 2016 and has spent the final 5 years enjoying junior soccer for Banchory St Ternan.
Apart from gathering a few early via balls, his first significant motion was to parry a long-range effort from Sam Stanton. Connolly adopted that up by whistling a shot simply over the crossbar.
The brand new Peterhead stopper was choosing the ball out of his internet on 16 minutes although, as Kieran Mitchell’s centre was acrobatically turned in by Easton on his Raith debut.
It was largely one-way site visitors within the first half and Connolly almost caught Peterhead napping from Stanton’s fast nook, nonetheless his shot was narrowly astray. Gullan had his try at aim blocked by David Wilson because the stress intensified.
Ultimately it instructed. Cody McLeod was caught in possession 30 yards from aim by Easton and he weaved his manner via the Blue Toon defence, earlier than taking a shot which was deflected past Wooden by Paul Dixon.
Peterhead struggled to get their entrance two, Ola Adeyemo and Conor O’Keefe, within the sport and spent a lot of the primary 45 in their very own half.
Issues bought worse for the guests at first of the second half as Easton accomplished his hat-trick, with a shot from the sting of the field creeping simply contained in the close to publish.
Wooden was required to beat away a shot from Gullan and the full of life Mitchell continued to threaten, with Raith sensing the possibility to rub salt into the injuries. Dick headed in a fourth after the hour and Gullan slid in from shut vary so as to add a fifth.
Peterhead sank deeper and deeper in direction of their very own aim and it turned extra like a coaching train for Raith. Connolly arced an outstanding free-kick in from 30 yards as stoppage-time approached.