Scottish Championship
St Mirren1Raith Rovers2

St Mirren 1-2 Raith Rovers

Aidan Connolly broke clear to open the scoring in Paisley
Connolly broke clear to open the scoring in Paisley

Raith Rovers strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Scottish Championship by beating St Mirren for a third time this season.

The visitors, now 10 points clear of Morton, struck on 22 minutes, with Aidan Connolly finishing off a swift counter-attack.

Ross Callachan then shot home to double the Fife side's advantage.

St Mirren responded before half-time, with Alex Cooper forcing the ball in from close range.

However, the hosts, seeking a third successive victory to reignite their slim play-off hopes, could not break through the Rovers defence again.

The Buddies, who had manager Alex Rae sent to the stand by referee Barry Cook, remain seventh in the table, 14 points behind the Kirkcaldy men.

It was a first away success for Rovers since December and closes the gap on third-placed Hibernian to seven points.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15BairdSubstituted forStewartat 47'minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 28IrvineBooked at 90mins
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forThompsonat 76'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 16Agnew
  • 29Cooper
  • 8GowSubstituted forMcAllisterat 46'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 25Shankland

Substitutes

  • 6Goodwin
  • 9Thompson
  • 10Carswell
  • 11Howieson
  • 32Wilks
  • 33Stewart
  • 37McAllister

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 55Barr
  • 6Benedictus
  • 23McKeown
  • 18ConnollySubstituted forAndersonat 85'minutes
  • 4CallachanBooked at 90mins
  • 5ToshneySubstituted forMatthewsat 45'minutes
  • 21Longridge
  • 28Craigen
  • 11PanayiotouSubstituted forThomasat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 9Stewart
  • 12Matthews
  • 15Thomas
  • 26Court
  • 31Law
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
2,381

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Raith Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Raith Rovers 2.

Booking

Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Foul by Alex Cooper (St. Mirren).

Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Anderson replaces Aidan Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scott Agnew (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Joel Thomas replaces Harry Panayiotou.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Steven Thompson replaces Calum Gallagher.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Foul by Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

James Craigen (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Andy Webster (St. Mirren).

Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Andy Webster (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers29233375215472
2Falkirk301710350242661
3Hibernian28174744261855
4Raith Rovers30146104038248
5Morton30108123636038
6Queen of Sth29114143339-637
7St Mirren3097143343-1034
8Dumbarton2985162654-2829
9Livingston2966173142-1124
10Alloa3035221762-4514
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