Scottish Daily Mail

Ross heroics are not enough to break Rovers’ curse


ETHAN ROSS admits Raith Rovers’ never-ending Caley Thistle curse wrecked any enjoyment of the finest goal of his young career. The former Aberdeen attacker swirled in a wonderful first-half opener but saw the Kirkcaldy side’s bogey club snatch a draw with a brilliant Reece McAlear finish in the final minutes. It is now more than 21 years since Raith last beat the Highlander­s over 90 minutes and Ross wasn’t born when they last tasted victory. The 20-year-old said: ‘That was the best goal I’ve scored in my career so far — definitely. I trust my shooting and I like that one where you whip it, so I was delighted to see it go into the top corner. But the three points were the main thing and we’re disappoint­ed not to get them. ‘It’s frustratin­g as we thought we did enough to win it and get the monkey off our back.’ An incredibly tight Championsh­ip table sees Raith in fourth, with six points separating the top five. And Ross believes the arrival in the division of his old Pittodrie boss at Kilmarnock will make it even tougher. ‘I think it shows the ambition at Kilmarnock that they’ve gone out and got Derek McInnes,’ said Ross. ‘He did a great job at Aberdeen over the years. ‘It’s very tight at the top but we will just keep doing what we have been doing and see where it takes us.’ A double half-time substituti­on and change of shape from home manager Billy Dodds shifted momentum in the hosts’ favour — and Norwich loanee McAlear levelled with a fantastic 25-yard finish with five minutes remaining. The 19-year-old former Motherwell academy player said: ‘I just saw the goal open up and I shot — and thankfully it went in. The gaffer asked me to go on and make a difference and I thought we could have nicked it at the end.’

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Opener: Ethan Ross

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