Raith Rovers’ goalkeeper jinx has struck again – just a fortnight on from forward Ryan Stevenson having to pull on the gloves – after the Under-20s were left without a shot-stopper for their victory over Stirling Albion.
Rovers’ trialist keeper injured himself ahead of the clash on a weight that is used to hold the goals in place on the artificial surface behind Forthbank stadium, and fellow stopper Rory Brian was among those running late due to heavy traffic caused by the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.
That meant defender Josh MacDonald was forced to don the number one jersey for the first half of Tuesday evening’s clash against the Binos.
MacDonald kept a clean sheet until half-time when Brian took over between the sticks in the 2-0 Development League win.
It was a similar story two weeks ago when the first team were left without a recognised goalkeeper for their important Championship match at fellow strugglers Ayr United following injury to Conor Brennan, Kevin Cuthbert and Aaron Lennox.
After pleas to have the game postponed were rejected by the SPFL, former Hearts player Stevenson, who has since retired from the progressional game, donned the gloves in the 1-0 loss at Somerset Park.
Speaking about his experience in goal, under-20s defender MacDonald, tweeted: “I might have played in goals but the team where different class, made it easy for me. Makes it even sweeter getting the three points. #unreal.”