Ramsdens Cup final: Raith Rovers v Rangers as it happened

Championship outfit Raith Rovers face League One champions Rangers in the Ramsdens Cup final at Easter Road.

6 April 2014 Last updated at 14:35 GMT

As it happened

  1. 15:34: 

    Welcome to our live coverage of the Ramsdens Cup final at Easter Road Stadium. The green and white home of Hibernian will today be a sea of blue of differing hues as Raith Rovers face Rangers.

  2. 15:38: 
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    We have less than half an hour before kick-off. Give us your thoughts on the final - or any other talking point you might have in another weekend of drama and intrigue in Scottish football. Are Rangers the favourites despite being in a lower division? Would a Raith Rovers victory be a surprise?

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  4. 15:46: 

    Some people regard the Ramsdens Cup as the "Mickey Mouse" cup because it is for clubs outside the top flight in Scottish football. But it is still a chance to put something tangible in the trophy room. Neither of today's finalists have reached this stage of the Challenge Cup final previously, so there will be a new name on the trophy. Raith Rovers have competed in most years it has run from 1990-91. Rangers, though, are only playing in it for the second time, having lost to eventual winners Queen of the South last season.

  5. 15:48: 

    A full house is expected for today's match in Edinburgh. Rangers will have 17,000 fans at Hibs stadium, while Raith Rovers have 4,000.

  6. 15:48: 

    Remember, today's game is being shown live on BBC Alba and there is commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.

  7. 15:50: 
    Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We are the team from the upper league, but there is a history of teams from the lower leagues winning the cup.

    "On our day, we can give anybody a game. Who knows? They might rise to the occasion, they might freeze.

    "It is a good club effort to get where we are, so the pressure is off.

    "What will happen will happen. We can't lose. It's a big help to our club. Lets bring it on and see what happens.

    "We've sold about 4,000. We didn't make a big song and dance about asking for half the capacity.

    "We were more than happy to ensure our regular supporters were covered off. We could have sold another couple of thousand tickets, but I'm happy with the split."

  8. 15:56: 

    With Rangers adhering to their policy of not talking to BBC Scotland, the pre-match talking heads are a wee bit skewed towards Raith Rovers. Even Jim Leishman, the former player, manager, director and saviour of Rovers' Fife rivals, Dunfermline Athletic, has been on the radio espousing his hope that the men from Kirkcaldy will prevail. Of course, as the present provost of Fife Council following his surprise entry into the world of politics, he kind of has to!

  9. 15:57: 

    It is nearly 20 years since Raith Rovers' finest moment - when they defeated Celtic in the 1994-95 Scottish League Cup final. Jimmy Nicholl was the Rovers manager that day and, although he previously played for Rangers, the Northern Irishman and Cowdenbeath manager is rooting for the Kirkcaldy side.

    "I hope they do it because it would live long in the memory of Kirkcaldy people," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

    "I know a lot of people say it is just the Ramsdens, but don't underestimate the importance to the teams here."

  10. 16:04: 

    Raith Rovers lie seventh in the Championship and knocked two Premiership clubs out of cup competitions this season - Hearts in the League Cup and Hibernian in the Scottish Cup. Rangers are runaway champions of the league below and have players on wages that the whole Rovers squad will struggle to match. So which are the real favourites?

  11. 16:05: 

    The players emerge into a packed Easter Road. It certainly hasn't got the atmosphere of a "diddy" cup final.

  12. 16:07: 
    Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's a great occasion for our guys to be in the final. Rangers are obviously the favourites.

    "They're a massive club, they'll have 17,000 fans here, they've just won a title and have a Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to as well.

    "We had a magnificent result here earlier in the season and if we can get similar today we'll be very proud of them.

    "It's great to hear the stories from 1994, and the players have heard that all week and want to be part of this club's history."

  13. 16:07: 
    KICK-OFF

    Rangers kick off in their traditional light blue, with Raith Rovers all in white instead of their usual navy.

  14. 16:08: 

    Richard Foster makes a mess of the first chance of the match, the Rangers full-back firing high into the stand behind the Rovers goal after the Glasgow side win a quick corner.

  15. 16:11: 
    LINE-UPS

    Raith: Robinson, Thomson, Paul Watson, Hill, Booth, Anderson, Moon, Fox, Cardle, Baird, Elliot. Subs: Spence, Donaldson, Smith, Laidlaw, Mullen.

    Rangers: Bell, Foster, McCulloch, Mohsni, Wallace, Aird, Black, Hutton, Steven Smith, Daly, Law. Subs: Simonsen, Callum Gallagher, Clark, Shiels, Faure.

  16. 16:13: 
    Former Raith Rovers and Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Rangers have started very direct, getting the ball up front, little knock downs and put the pressure on."

  17. 16:17: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Jon Daly causes problems going for a high ball, it is knocked down to Ian Black and the Rangers midfielder's first-time drive from 18 yards is pushed over the crossbar by Lee Robinson.

  18. 16:18: 

    Rangers defender Bilel Mohnsi should have opened the scoring there. The Frenchman, who has proved himself as a goalscorer this season, rises unmarked to meet an inswinging Stevie Smith free-kick and miss-times his header and it comes off his shoulder and over from six yards.

  19. 16:22: 

    Lee McCulloch sends a header wide as Rangers threaten again. Rovers have hardly been close to the Ibrox side's penalty box as yet.

  20. 16:24: 

    By the way, forward Kevin Moon for defender Fraser Mullen is the only change to the Raith Rovers starting line-up since last weekend's 1-0 win away to Alloa Athletic in the Championship.

  21. 16:28: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

    "I know I said they started very direct, but Rangers are starting to string a few passes and are dominating possession."

  22. 16:31: 

    Rangers are back to near full strength today, with Bilel Mohsni, Ian Black and Stevie Smith back in the starting line-up in place of Sebastien Faure, Robbie Crawford and Arnold Peralta.

  23. 16:31: 

    Raith Rovers have quite a few experienced campaigners in their line-up, but they look like they are struggling to cope with being in the national spotlight. They are nervously struggling to put more than a couple of passes together.

  24. 16:35: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "Until they started losing goals recently, Raith were very solid at the back and that's how they look today."

  25. 16:36: 

    Fraser Aird jinks his way into the Raith Rovers penalty box and set up Nicky Law with lots of space to have a shot. Instead, the former Motherwell midfielder sends a little pass-back type chip into the arms of Lee Robinson. Robinson, the former Rangers goalkeeper, still trains at Ibrox and maybe Law mistook him for a team-mate!

  26. 16:39: 

    The ball bobbles dangerously around the Raith Rovers six-yard box following a corner before being cleared.

  27. 16:41: 

    This is a dress rehearsal for next season's meetings between the sides next season in the Championship - assuming Raith Rovers continue to steer clear of relegation trouble. Rangers manager Ally McCoist says his squad needs to strengthen and this will let him - and us - assess that opinion.

  28. 16:41: 

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, perhaps Raith Rovers' most famous fan, is looking a tad worried in the Easter Road stand. Although maybe not as much as he did during his troubled reign at Westminster.

  29. 16:43: 

    Raith Rovers at last apply some pressure. An excellent Joe Cardle cross is headed clear by Bilel Mohsni, but a free-kick is given instead of a corner.

  30. 16:46: 

    Raith Rovers goalkeeper Lee Robinson flaps at a Richard Foster cross under pressure, the ball falls to Stevie Smith, but the defender's low 12-yard drive strikes a defending body in front of goal and is cleared.

  31. 16:48: 

    It certainly hasn't been a spectacle worthy of a capacity crowd at Easter Road. Rangers are dominating possession, but play is fairly stop-start and scrappy. Rovers have prevented Rangers finding any rhythm, but Ally McCoist's side have been like that most of the season before bludgeoning their opponents into submission.

  32. 16:49: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Stevie Smith's sweet left foot has been the highlight of the match so far. This time, the Rangers midfielder curls a 25-yard free-kick over the defensive wall and Lee Robinson flies across the face of his goal to push the ball past the post at full stretch. Another curler from Smith from the resulting corner just evades the head of Bilel Mohsni.

  33. 16:51: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Raith Rovers striker Calum Elliot is a silly boy. He finds himself in the referee's book for throwing the ball away after being penalised for a hand ball.

  34. 16:53: 
    HALF-TIME - Raith Rovers 0-0 Rangers
  35. 17:02: 
    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young

    "Rangers fans must be wondering what Dundee United will do to them in the Scottish Cup next weekend. The only guy who has impressed me today is Fraser Aird and he has come through the youth system and that's the way Rangers should have been going for the last two years."

  36. 17:03: 

    Tom English has just suggested on BBC Radio Scotland that Rangers have international players who are putting on the display of a "pub team". We await with interest Tom's analysis of the Ramsdens Cup final when he writes for us after the event at Easter Road.

  37. 17:09: 
    Cowdenbeath manager Jimmy Nicholl on BBC Alba

    "Grant Murray will be happy with his team. Rangers have not got going and Rovers haven't allowed them to get any rhythm going. Ally McCoist will be hoping they can do better, but he will have to be wary as Rovers are well in the game. I have said all week, 2-2 then penalty kicks and wheover wins wins."

  38. 17:10: 
    KICK-OFF

    Raith Rovers kick off, but Rangers are quickly into attack and have a wee shout for penalty as Jon Daly goes down in the penalty box. Not a realistic one though!

  39. 17:11: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Lee Robinson is showing great determination against his former club. Lee Wallace makes the wrong choice by going for a pass instead of a shot. However, the ball comes back to the Rangers defender from Fraser Aird and the Scotland full-back is foiled by the legs of the Rovers goalkeeper from point-blank range.

  40. 17:13: 

    We have waited this long for a real shot at goal by Raith Rovers. John Baird makes a thrusting run towards the edge of the Rangers penalty box, but his powerful drive is a couple of feet over the crossbar.

  41. 17:15: 

    Bilel Mohsni has one of those crazy moments that creep into his game from time to time. The normally cool central defender tries a diving header pass-back and is fortunate that it trickles over the by-line before two Rovers players can pounce. Nothing comes of the corner.

  42. 17:17: 

    Rangers midfielder Nicky Law looks a shadow of the player who impressed with Motherwell last season, but he twists in from the by-line and fires over the crossbar from 15 yards. Better from Rangers. Indeed, the tempo has increased from both sides thankfully. There is a cup to be won after all.

  43. 17:19: 

    Callum Booth creates an excellent chance for himself with a nice ball to Calum Elliot. However, the Rovers full-back's shot from just inside the penalty box hits the far corner flag. He is a strongly left-footed defender, so that's his excuse for that terrible shot with his right. For me, professional footballers should be able to use both.

  44. 17:24: 

    Calum Elliot wins the ball inside the penalty box after a defensive error, but the Rovers striker tries a curling effort from wide on the left. The ball goes a couple of feet wide when he might have been better trying to pick out John Baird.

  45. 17:26: 

    Striker Nicky Clark comes on for Rangers, with Kyle Hutton, who has been anonymous in midfield, coming off. Nick Law, who has looked out of place supporting Jon Daly, will no doubt move back into the middle of the park.

  46. 17:27: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Raith Rovers fans give a big shout for a hand ball inside the Rangers penalty box. The ball definitely struck the arm of Rangers captain Lee McCulloch under pressure from Calum Elliot, but in truth the defender knew little about it.

  47. 17:29: 
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  48. 17:29: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Nicky Clark has only been on the field for a few minutes and is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Rovers striker Calum Elliot.

  49. 17:30: 

    Rangers lose Scotland left-back Lee Wallace to injury. On comes Sebastien Faure, with Richard Foster moving across to the other touchline.

  50. 17:32: 

    Rangers captain Lee McCulloch batters a free-kick against Joe Cardle and the Rovers winger is booked by Kevin Clancy. A rather over zealous decision by the official as McCulloch did not give Cardle time to move out of the way.

  51.  
    Calum Elliot and Lee McCulloch The ball struck the hand of Rangers captain Lee McCulloch, but no penalty was given at Easter Road
  52. 17:38: 
    BBC Radio Scotland match commentator Rob MacLean

    "I just think the opportunity is there for Raith Rovers if they reach out and grab it, but there's not much evidence of that."

  53. 17:39: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Rangers midfielder Ian Black, whose passing has been a nightmare this afternoon, shows his frustration and is next to go into the referee's book for a clumsy challenge on Callum Booth.

  54. 17:41: 

    Raith Rovers defender Dougie Hill tries an acrobatic overhead kick, but it does not have enough power to trouble goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

  55. 17:42: 
    YELLOW CARDS

    Well, two bookings in a couple of minutes there. Rovers midfielder Grant Anderson then Rangers' Stevie Smith.

  56. 17:44: 

    Fraser Mullen's free-kick leaves Rangers midfielder Stevie Smith, just booked, with a bloodied nose. The rebound was chipped back into the penalty box by substitute Mullen, but Joe Cardle is ruled offside. Tight decision we think.

  57. 17:48: 

    Quick thinking by Ian Black sets up Nicky Clark with a swiftly taken free-kick and the striker's low drive on the turn is touched wide by the outstretched arm of Rovers goalkeeper Lee Robinson.

  58. 17:50: 

    What a miss! Bilel Mohsni had the best chance of the first half and now has the worst miss of the second. Stevie Smith whips in another fine free-kick and the defender ghosts in at the back post but bullets his header over the crossbar from only five yards.

  59. 17:52: 

    A goal-saving interception by Fraser Aird prevents a Grant Anderson cross reaching Joe Cardle at the back post as Rovers threaten with a quick break.

  60. 17:55: 

    It looks more and more like we are going into extra-time. Can we take much more of this, er, something starting with T? No, not tension, more like tedium.

  61. 17:56: 

    Actually, the game is coming alive, simply because one late mistake will settle this game. But the excitement generated by a late Rovers corner kick peters out as a free-kick is handed to Rangers.

  62. 17:57: 

    Bilel Mohsni hands Grant Anderson a great chance to charge towards the Rangers penalty box with a woeful pass, but the Rovers man puts the ball too far ahead of himself and the opportunity is lost. It's been that kind of game.

  63. 17:59: 
    FULL-TIME - Raith Rovers 0-0 Rangers (extra-time to be played)
  64. 18:01: 

    Robert Ryan: "Why not Stevie Smith to left back, Aird to the left, Gallagher to the right instead of Faure to left-back?" That might, indeed, have been a better option for the Rangers manager.

  65. 18:03: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're off again at Easter Road. Let's hope that, unlike the League Cup final, there is a goal for someone in extra-time.

  66. 18:08: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

    "If you look at all the players out there for Rangers, they are all good players. Whether or not they have let their standards drop, this is well short of the standard of a Rangers player."

  67. 18:08: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "At least we are going to get drama, whatever happens."

  68.  
    Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni Bilel Mohsni missed the best chance of the match and kicked the post in frustration.
  69. 18:12: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Nicky Law is so close to giving Rangers the lead when his volley from the edge of the penalty box strikes the inside of the post but trundles clear.

  70.  

    Robert Ryan: "Ricky Foster hit the ball off Tynecastle there when he hit the ball out." It certainly was an Olympian effort of a clearance from the defender sporting an Athenian-style growth on his chin.

  71. 18:19: 
    HALF-TIME - Raith Rovers 0-0 Rangers (extra-time being played)
  72. 18:20: 

    Raith Rovers defender Dougie Hill has been struggling for some minutes with a shoulder injury. However, the Kirkcaldy side have used up all their substitutes and he is soldiering on.

  73. 18:21: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're off yet again, with Rovers kicking off the second 15 minutes of extra time. Penalties will be taken in front of their fans should it go to a shoot-out.

  74.  
    Raith Rovers prepare for extra time Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray knows Easter Road well having played for city rivals Hearts.
  75. 18:24: 

    Dougie Hill might be grimacing every time he uses his injured arm, but the Rovers defender wasn't complaining as he controlled it with that hand and got away with it when no foul was given after his sliding challenge.

  76. 18:27: 

    Looking at Rangers today, it is hard to believe this is a side that is leading Scotland's League One by 32 points and are unbeaten in their last 39 games.

  77. 18:27: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist makes a positive move, replacing the defensively minded Stevie Smith with Calum Gallagher in midfield.

  78. 18:31: 

    Rangers are starting to apply the late pressure, with a couple of moments of positivity from substitute Calum Gallagher already providing an extra spark.

  79. 18:33: 
    GOAL - Raith Rovers 1-0 Rangers (John Baird)

    A catalogue of errors from the Rangers defence hands Rovers the opening goal. Bilel Mohsni slips under pressure from Greg Spence. Lee McCulloch is weak with his clearance, it bounces off team-mate Ricky Foster, Greg Spence's shot is parried by Cammy Bell but John Baird is on hand to fire under the goalkeeper.

  80. 18:36: 

    Nicky Law is handed a chance to equalise when Rangers captain Lee McCulloch wins a free-kick 20 yards out, but the midfielder's effort is a couple of feet over the crossbar.

  81. 18:37: 
    FULL-TIME - Raith Rovers 1-0 Rangers
  82. 18:41: 
    Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray on BBC Radio Scotland

    "When you get to this stage, it's all about winning the trophy.

    "The boys have given me everything all season and to come to Easter Road and beat Rangers is absolutely outstanding.

    "They are absolute heroes and they've got a gold medal for themselves.

    "I am so proud of them. The fans were outnumbered today, but this is going to live with them for the rest of their lives."

  83. 18:42: 

    Raith Rovers have won the Challenge Cup for the first time in their debut in the final. It is only their second national cup final victory. Their first came nearly 20 years ago when they beat Celtic to lift the Scottish League Cup.

  84.  
    Raith Rovers celebrate Raith Rovers celebrated John Baird's late winner at Easter Road.
  85. 18:46: 

    The Rangers fans have streamed out of the stadium already as the medals are being handed out to the runners-up. They had booed the Ibrox side at the final whistle and they were not wanting to stay around after they missed out on their first national knock-out trophy since they ended up in the bottom tier last season following the club's financial meltdown.

  86. 18:48: 

    The Rovers players have an air of disbelief on their faces as they troop round a mostly empty Easter Road. However, the Kirkcaldy side won't allow that to spoil the joy of the moment as they pose for the photographers.

  87. 18:54: 

    Tomorrow's newspapers will be full of what this defeat means for Rangers and the future of their manager, Ally McCoist. However, tonight belongs to Raith Rovers. The old "dancing in the streets of Raith" misnomer will be trotted out again, but it is Kirkcaldy that will be rocking - a long night in the Lang Toun no doubt.

  88. 18:55: 

    Just before we leave, we have breaking news for Hearts fans. Reporter Brian McLauchlin has learned that Edinburgh business woman Ann Budge has intimated that she is ready to walk away from any deal to take over Hearts unless agreement is reached on Monday. Hearts joint administrators Bryan Jackson and Trevor Birch have arrived in Lithuania ahead of the meetings of creditors of Hearts owners UBIG and Ukio Bankas. More on that on the BBC Sport website to come.

  89.  
    Jason Thompson lifts the Ramsdens Cup Raith Rovers captain Jason Thompson lifted the trophy at Easter Road.
  90. 19:00: 

    Thanks for your company for what was not a great showpiece but one that had a dramatic, fairytale ending for Raith Rovers. Join us again tomorrow evening, when it is back to the Scottish Premiership when Hibernian host Aberdeen.

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