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My Didi can score a hat-trick on his debut.


FLYING Frenchman Didier Agathe bagged a hat-trick and kick-started Raith's season as they steamrolled over a bedraggled Airdrie.

Didier, who played with Franck Sauzee and Ibrahim Bakayoko at French cracks Montpellier, said: "It was a dream for me to score three goals today and I know I will score plenty more for Raith.

"I have signed here because John McVeigh and Peter Hethereston made me feel really welcome.

"But it also gives me the chance to put myself in the shop window because I am good enough to play at the top in Scotland.

"Maybe another big club will come in for me or I will make it there with Raith if we win promotion this season."

Delighted Raith manager McVeigh said: "We signed Agathe two days ago and you can't beat it if you sign a striker who scores a hat-trick on his debut.

"I'm delighted we've managed to turn Airdrie over by such a convincing scoreline and I'd be happy if we could do that every week."

Another happy man was Raith midfielder Kenny Black who made a scoring return to his old stamping ground.

Black said "I don't score many and to score against your old club is great but the most important thing for us was to get a win.

"Hopefully this will help us to get the momentum going and get back up to the Premiership. We've got the stadium now we've just got to get the team back up there."

Black opened the scoring after just four minutes when he latched onto a loose ball and struck it first time off keeper Scott Thomson's left hand post.

Rovers went two up in 37 minutes when the predatory Agathe burst into life.

Steve Tosh ran down the right and knocked the ball into the middle where Agathe was lurking.

The ball ended up in the net after bouncing off Airdrie's Gerry Farrell but Agathe claimed the goal.

Airdrie pulled one back with a soft penalty in 51 minutes when Craig McEwan nudged Steve McCormick. Paul Jack stepped up and hit it low into keeper Craig Coyle's bottom right hand corner. But just 13 minutes later Raith restored their two-goal lead when a poor pass back by Frank Conway was picked up by Agathe who lifted the ball over Thomson.

Agathe completed the rout in 72 minutes when he again latched on to another dreadful pass back by Conway and rifled it low past Thomson.

Airdrie's misery was completed two minutes from time when forward Gareth Evans got his second yellow card and was ordered off.

Dejected Airdrie boss Gary Mackay said: "At 2-0 down we showed a bit of spirit getting back to 2-1 - but you can't gift goals like that no matter what level of football you are at.

"To do it once is bad enough but twice?

"I thought for a group of experienced professionals only Sandy Stewart and Paul Jack showed any passion for the game today."

MoM: Agathe (Raith Rovers)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Bond, Jamie
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 29, 1999
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