Football: RAITH HAVE A CUNNING MAN; Blackadder rout of this world.
RAITH ROVERS 4 COWDENBEATH 1 RAITH'S Ryan Blackadder shares the surname of a TV comedy legend - but the joke was strictly on Cowdenbeath.
Blackadder stole the show in a destruction derby and capped a superb two- goal display with a strike which would have graced the San Siro.
Peeling off at the edge of the box to meet a corner, Blackadder found time and space to volley into the top corner and put Rovers three up and coasting.
The youngster, however, is keeping his feet on the ground. He said: "You try these things in training and they hardly ever come off - today everything went our way. I don't think there was a man of the match - the whole team played well."
Blackadder paid tribute to the influence of Raith boss Antonio Calderon and his fellow- Spaniard Paquito.
He said: "We're learning a lot from the gaffer and Paquito in training. They've told us to enjoy it, work hard and stay committed. But they also tell us not to get carried away."
After blowing early chances, Rovers took the lead on the stroke of half- time. Blackadder's trickery put Paquito through and the Spaniard scored from a tight angle.
In 56 minutes Rovers were two up. Laurie Ellis swung in a cross from the left and although Gary O'Connor did well to block Karl Hawley's effort he was helpless to prevent Blackadder prodding home the rebound.
After Blackadder's wonder goal, the impressive Hawley grabbed a fourth for Rovers.
Cowdenbeath player-boss Keith Wright scored a last-minute consolation for his side then said: "It has really hit home today that we've got a fight on our hands to stay in this division. I'm unhappy at the way we gave up after the second goal.
"Raith are the best team in this division and I'm sure they'll be promoted."
Calderon was full of praise for Blackadder, He said: "Ryan has lots of ability and a great attitude and he will definitely become a better player.
"I'm delighted at the way we put them under pressure - we're always trying to play passing football."
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Nov 11, 2002|
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