Soccer

Raith go top of Championship table after battling back against Partick Thistle

Blair Alston netted Partick Thistle’s winner (Dave Howarth/PA)
Blair Alston netted Partick Thistle’s winner (Dave Howarth/PA) Blair Alston netted Partick Thistle’s winner (Dave Howarth/PA)

Raith fought back to edge a seven-goal cinch Championship thriller at home to Partick Thistle to move top of the table after extending their unbeaten league run to eight matches following a topsy-turvy 4-3 win.

November signing Daniel O’Reilly headed Sam Stanton’s cross home following a corner for his first goal for the club after 13 minutes but the next six goals were to come after the break.

Dylan Easton doubled Rovers’ lead at the start of the second half as he picked out the bottom corner but an own goal from O’Reilly reduced the deficit as he got the last touch on Kerr McInroy’s free-kick.

Brian Graham fired home a penalty to put the visitors level just before the hour mark and Blair Alston put the Jags ahead for the first time as he slotted the ball home at the far post 10 minutes later.

But Raith were not done yet and they scored two goals in quick succession as first, Callum Smith’s curling effort found the bottom corner, while Stanton fired Smith’s assist home with eight minutes remaining to clinch maximum points.