Dundee 2
Raith Rovers 2
League (First Division)

2 - 2
Raith Rovers 

League (First Division)
Saturday, August 30th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,461
3:00 PM Kick-off

James Grady (20)
Eddie Annand (27)
McGill (80)
Danny Lennon (84)

Team Managers
John McCormack
Jimmy Nicholl

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. Darren Magee
8. Lee Maddison
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
Guido Van de Kamp
Craig McEwan
Kevin Fotheringham
Billy Kirkwood
Graham Mitchell
Andy Millen
Paul Hartley
Danny Lennon
Keith Wright
Colin Cameron
Scott Thomson

12. John Elliot
14. Craig Tully
15. Ray Farningham
Peter Duffield
Lee Dair
Derek McGill

John Elliot for James Grady (36)
Craig Tully for Dariusz Adamczuck (49)
Lee Dair for Graham Mitchell (29)
Peter Duffield for Colin Cameron (46)
Derek McGill for Kevin Fotheringham (77)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

S. Roy (Aberdeen) (Referee)
M. Pocock (Aberdeen) & S. Robert (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee were brought crashing to earth by two late goals from Raith Rovers at Dens Park.

Two up at the interval, and apparently cruising to an easy victory, the Division One promotion favourites saw their 100% record slip away with a shoddy second-half display.

It had all started so well for John McCormack's Dark Blues, however, when Iain Anderson crossed for little James Grady to head home at the back post.

That was a good goal, but the second, courtesy of their top scorer Eddie Annand, was straight out of the top drawer.

Keeping his goal-a-game record in the league going, the former Clyde man latched on to a long clearance, flicked the ball over Kevin Fotheringham, and, from the edge of the box, lobbed the helpless Van de Kamp.

At that stage the points looked safe, though not everything was going the Dark Blues' way.

Both James Grady, with a head knock, and Dariusz Adamczuk had to be replaced early in the second half because of injury. Raith Rovers then started to make all the running, and enjoyed a long spell of pressure.

Having seen Lee Dair and Danny Lennon both go close, they finally pulled one back when recent signing Paul Hartley's free-kick was headed into the net by substitute Derek McGill, who had entered the action only three minutes previously.

Then, four minutes later. Lennon took a leaf out of Annand's book when he chipped home a stunning equaliser from the edge of the area, sending the Rovers fans home happy.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 7 - 7 -
Dave Rogers22 7 - 7 -
Lee Maddison24 6161
Barry Smith23 7 - 72 -
Brian Irvine32 7 - 7 -
Dariusz Adamczuck27 7 - 702
Jim McInally33 7 - 182
Iain Anderson20 7 - 8711
Darren Magee20 7 - 9 -
Eddie Annand24 74126
James Grady26 7272
Craig Tully (sub)21 3 - 33 -
John Elliot (sub)17 61111

League Table (as at August 30th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Whilst I have to say that I am basically happy at the start we have made, sitting with full points from three games with no goals conceded, I am in no way complacent.

Sure it is a good start, but we are only three games down the line of a 36 match programme.

Right from the start, I said, that we still needed to beef up certain areas of the team and I know what I am looking for which is why the search for further new faces will carry on.

Against St Mirren seven days ago, we could easily have been two or three goals to the good at the interval rather than Eddie Annand's solitary counter and it was a bit worrying that we took our foot of the gas in the second half.

Every week I seem to say that we are welcoming a side who consider themselves as promotion contenders and that, despite not making the start they would have liked, applies more so to Raith than most.

Having been relegated last term, they will be anxious to make a swift return to the Premier Division.

That and the fact this is a derby match will add spice to a fixture from which I hope we can again take all the spoils.