John Baird scored with nine minutes remaining as Raith Rovers saw off a comeback from Queen of the South.

Joseph Cardle shot the hosts ahead from close range after four minutes and Paul Watson fired in soon after.

Marc Durnan levelled with two headers late in the first half before Baird turned in Ross Callachan's pass.

Reece Donaldson was shown a second yellow card in the final stages but Rovers held on to move up to seventh spot in the Championship.

Queen of the South stay fourth and remain level on points with play-off rivals Dumbarton, with three games of the season remaining.

Chris Mitchell was the supplier for both of Durnan's goals but it was not enough to prevent the visitors falling to their third defeat in four games.

With Ramsdens Cup final hero Baird knocking in the winner, Rovers are now nine points clear of Cowdenbeath in the relegation play-off place.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Raith Rovers

  • 20 Robinson
  • 02 Thomson
  • 03 Booth
  • 06 Fox Booked
  • 04 Watson
  • 14 Donaldson Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 15 Smith
  • 08 Moon (Callachan - 64' )
  • 29 Baird (Mullen - 86' )
  • 09 Elliot Booked
  • 07 Cardle

Substitutes

  • 09 Spence
  • 12 Callachan
  • 16 Ellis
  • 17 Laidlaw
  • 19 Mullen
  • 21 Vaughan
  • 23 Matthews

Queen of the South

  • 01 Clark
  • 02 Mitchell
  • 03 Higgins (Holt - 91' )
  • 04 McKenna (Kidd - 87' )
  • 05 Durnan
  • 06 Dowie
  • 07 Burns
  • 08 McShane Booked
  • 10 Reilly
  • 09 Lyle Booked
  • 11 Russell (Carmichael - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 Carmichael
  • 15 Young
  • 16 Holt
  • 17 Dzierzawski
  • 18 Kidd
  • 19 Hooper
Ref: Greg Aitken
Att: 993

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

4 5

Corners

9 1

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Raith Rovers 3, Queen of the South 2.

90:00 +3:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 3, Queen of the South 2.

90:00 +3:05

Joe Cardle (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:05

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

90:00 +2:40

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:40

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

90:00 +0:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Kevin Holt replaces Chris Higgins.

89:45

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:45

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

88:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Daniel Carmichael replaces Iain Russell.

88:13

Joe Cardle (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:13

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

86:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Lewis Kidd replaces Stephen McKenna.

85:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Fraser Mullen replaces John Baird.

84:19 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Reece Donaldson (Raith Rovers).

83:01

Foul by Reece Donaldson (Raith Rovers).

83:01

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 3, Queen of the South 2. John Baird (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross Callachan.

79:22

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:19

Foul by Callum Booth (Raith Rovers).

78:47

Attempt missed. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left.

77:20

Attempt missed. Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

76:35

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

75:00

Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:58

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

71:02

Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:02

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

70:20

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

70:20

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:31

Attempt missed. John Baird (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

68:07

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Chris Mitchell.

67:41

Attempt blocked. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

66:59

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

64:46

Attempt saved. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

63:36 Booking

Booking Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Callachan replaces Kevin Moon.

63:07 Booking

Booking Reece Donaldson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

60:17

Foul by Callum Booth (Raith Rovers).

60:17

Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:10

Foul by Reece Donaldson (Raith Rovers).

59:10

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:07

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:07

Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).

53:32

Foul by Reece Donaldson (Raith Rovers).

53:32

Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:31

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

52:18

Attempt blocked. John Baird (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

50:43

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Stephen McKenna.

49:36

Foul by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

49:36

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:58

Reece Donaldson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:37

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

47:13

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

47:13

Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:46

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:46

Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).

45:00

Second Half begins Raith Rovers 2, Queen of the South 2.

45:00 +1:46 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Queen of the South 2.

45:00 +1:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Queen of the South 2. Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Mitchell with a cross.

45:00 +1:14

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Paul Watson.

44:35

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

44:04

Attempt saved. Paul Burns (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:44

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:05

John Baird (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:05

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

38:42

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:42

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

37:27

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

36:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Queen of the South 1. Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Mitchell with a cross.

36:13 Booking

Booking Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

36:03

Foul by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

36:03

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:52

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

34:38

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

32:46

Attempt saved. Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

28:04

Foul by Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers).

28:04

Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:06

John Baird (Raith Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

10:43

Foul by Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers).

10:43

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:36

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

9:36

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Queen of the South 0. Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

5:30

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

4:35

Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:35

Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).

3:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Queen of the South 0. Joe Cardle (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

1:08

Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:08

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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