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24.04.2004 @ 15:00 Starks Park, Kircaldy Attendance: 1748
Raith Rovers 0 - 1 Inverness CT
Referee: C MacKay League-match

None Paul Ritchie (2)
Starting Lineup
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Stuart McCaffrey
Roy McBain
Richie Hart
Liam Keogh
Paul Ritchie
Steven Hislop
Darren Mackie
Michael Fraser
Grant Munro
David Proctor
David Bingham
Darran Thomson
Boyle -> Bornes (40)
O'Reilly -> Nieto (55)
Young -> Smart (77)
David Proctor -> Steven Hislop (76)
David Bingham -> Paul Ritchie (87)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report
John Robertsons 50th league game in charge ended with a vital win. With Clyde taking just a point from Dingwall the league race is again wide open. The price of the cup performance was the absence of injured Russell Duncan for the first time this season. Mark Brown was also a doubt but in the end he played. The Raith defence had a torrid first half and lost a goal in only the second minute. Darren Mackie ran from the halfway line and crossed from the right edge of the box. Paul Ritchie prodded home from six yards as David Berthelot tried to beat him to the ball. The score could easily have multiplied but somehow the Raith defence held out. Berthelot blocked a Mackie first time shot in 15 minutes and ten minutes later Berthelot gratefully caught the ball as Mackie mishit. Steve Hislop shot wide on the half hour mark then Berthelot saved again from Mackie. The Berthelot/Mackie battle continued and the winger lifted it over the bar in 37 minutes as the keeper came out to challenge. In 40 minutes the keeper gave away a free kick for holding the ball too long. Bobby Mann touched it to Richie Hart but his strike was deflected wide. Raith rarely challenged Brown in the first half but right on the whistle an Andy Dow free kick found Ryan Maxwell via Salvador Capin but his shot flew wide. Raith improved after the break but the closest they came to scoring was when Roy McBain cleared off the line from a Jonathan Smart header in 75 minutes. Berthelot saved from McBain and David Proctor to keep the score down and a Hislop goal was chalked off for offside. In injury time Berthelot raced out of his goal to tackle Mackie and immediately cleared upfield to substitute Craig OReilly he shot early but it went across goal and wide.
The task is now simple three wins and the title comes north! Raiths relegation fight is not yet over.