Scottish Championship
Queen of Sth1Raith Rovers1

Queen of the South 1-1 Raith Rovers

Robbie Thomson cannot hold Lewis Toshney's cross
Robbie Thompson fumbled a Lewis Toshney cross into his own net in the first half

Raith Rovers moved to fourth in the Scottish Championship with a draw against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park.

Rovers took an early lead courtesy of an own goal from Queens goalkeeper Robbie Thomson, who fumbled a cross.

The hosts levelled shortly after half-time, Iain Russell diverting home after a fine Alex Harris run and cross.

The Doonhammers enjoyed the better of the second period but could not fashion a winner and remain sixth.

James Craigen produced a lovely piece of skill to carve out the game's first real opportunity in the opening 20 minutes, lifting the ball over the Queens cover defence down the left and crossing for Ross Callachan, whose shot was deflected wide.

And Kyle Benedictus almost scrambled home the opener barely three minutes later, but his effort was lashed clear of the goalmouth.

Iain Russell scores for Queen of the South
Russell equalised for Queen of the South early in the second half

That piercing salvo of pressure would result in Rovers seizing the lead, however. Thomson contrived to spill Lewis Toshney's arcing cross over his own head and into the net.

Rovers pressed to extend their advantage but Queen of the South, on their rare forays forward, looked dangerous on the break - Russell ballooning an effort high over the crossbar when in space on the left of the penalty area as the hosts swept forward.

It was Russell who levelled the scores just after the interval as the hosts burst into life, turning the ball in following a fantastic assist from Hibernian loanee Harris.

The 21-year-old winger then rasped a left-foot drive from 20 yards that zipped straight into the arms of Rovers keeper Kevin Cuthbert and Derek Lyle failed to reach Lewis Kidd's low cross with the goal beckoning.

Substitute Craig Wighton should have regained Rovers' lead but he swivelled and shot straight at Thomson from inside in the area.

And Queen of the South missed a glorious opportunity to snatch the game late on as replacement Gary Oliver, sent through on goal by Lyle's flick, could only stab his shot into the body of Cuthbert.

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Thomson
  • 4Dowie
  • 5BrownlieSubstituted forKiddat 45'minutes
  • 6Higgins
  • 7Harris
  • 8MillarSubstituted forOliverat 74'minutes
  • 16Hutton
  • 23Marshall
  • 14Jacobs
  • 11RussellSubstituted forConroyat 82'minutes
  • 9Lyle

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 10Conroy
  • 17Pickard
  • 20Atkinson
  • 24Smith
  • 28Oliver
  • 33Coogans

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 5ToshneyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBatesat 68'minutes
  • 14Davidson
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 79mins
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forWightonat 20'minutes
  • 8McCordBooked at 80mins
  • 4Callachan
  • 30Robertson
  • 28Craigen
  • 9StewartSubstituted forDalyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Petrie
  • 11Megginson
  • 12Matthews
  • 16Daly
  • 18Wighton
  • 22Bates
  • 31Law
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
1,047

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Queen of the South 1, Raith Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queen of the South 1, Raith Rovers 1.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Daly (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ryan Conroy (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

Jon Daly (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ryan Conroy (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Ryan Conroy replaces Iain Russell.

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

Booking

Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Wighton (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Gary Oliver replaces Mark Millar.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Jon Daly replaces Mark Stewart.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

Scott Robertson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. David Bates replaces Lewis Toshney.

Attempt saved. Craig Wighton (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Attempt blocked. Mark Millar (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Ross Callachan.

Attempt blocked. Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

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

Foul by Scott Robertson (Raith Rovers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1513114493540
2Hibernian15121228101837
3Falkirk1594229131631
4Raith Rovers167362022-224
5Morton166551616023
6Queen of Sth176471826-822
7Dumbarton1642101631-1514
8St Mirren152671423-912
9Livingston1532101723-611
10Alloa161213736-295
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