Alex Samuel’s hat-trick earned Caley Thistle all three points at Stark’s Park against Raith Rovers

Samuel’s 9 minute hat-trick in the first-half saw Caley Thistle respond to going a goal down through Jack Hamilton 25th minute header.

Lewis Vaughan responded for Raith Rovers with his 52nd minute strike but Caley Thistle handled the pressure from Rovers to seal three points.

Duncan Ferguson made 8 changes from last weekend’s 4-0 win against Broomhill with Mark Ridgers, Cammy Kerr, Jeremiah Chiloka-Mullen, Danny Devine, Remi Savage, Cameron Harper, Nathan Shaw and Billy Mckay coming into the side. Alex Samuel made his first league start for the club.