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Raith Rovers 2-2 Falkirk

Bob McHugh
McHugh grabbed his eighth goal of the season to snatch a point for Falkirk

Bob McHugh scored two minutes from the end to give Falkirk a precious point at Stark's Park.

Joel Thomas gave Raith the lead in seven minutes but immediately went off injured to be replaced by Ryan Hardie.

Falkirk deservedly levelled in 56 minutes when McHugh set up Craig Sibbald to score.

Blair Alston blunder allowed Hardie in for his sixth goal for the player on loan from Rangers, only for McHugh to earn the draw in the dying minutes.

Falkirk's superior goal difference advantage over Hibs means they should clinch second place with a home win against Morton next weekend.

It was a short but eventful second start for Thomas as the former Hamilton Accies striker scored the opening goal in seven minutes and was substituted immediately.

He forced home a Harry Panayiotou cross but got injured in the process and had to be replaced by Hardie before the game could be restarted.

That goal did settle a side that showed five changes from the one that beat Dumbarton the previous weekend and the pace of Hardie through the middle was a constant threat.

So much so that the player on-loan from Rangers should have double Raith's lead on the half-hour mark after being set up by another incisive pass from Panayuioto.

His first attempt was blocked and the teenager lifted the rebound over goalkeeper Danny Rogers but also over the crossbar which was a real let off for the Bairns.

Veteran striker Lee Miller squandered two decent chances to get the visitors level before the break, first when he tried to be too precise with a header just after the Rovers opener.

Then shortly before the break Sibbald got clear down the left and picked out Miller at the back post with a clever cross that the former Aberdeen striker failed to connect properly.

Falkirk were fired up from the start of the second-half knowing how important avoiding defeat was, and Sibbald's initial leveller was the least they deserved from the pace and penetration they brought to the game.

However, a blunder by Alston allowed Raith to regain the lead in 70 minutes as Hardie pinched possession and finished in style for his sixth goal for the Kirkcaldy club.

But Falkirk have proved on numerous occasions just how resilient they are, and McHugh's eighth goal for the club leaves them within touching distance of pipping Hibs to the runners-up spot.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 55Barr
  • 6Benedictus
  • 23McKeown
  • 30RobertsonSubstituted forCallachanat 60'minutes
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 54mins
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forConnollyat 62'minutes
  • 21Longridge
  • 11Panayiotou
  • 15ThomasSubstituted forHardieat 11'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Callachan
  • 5Toshney
  • 7Anderson
  • 16Hardie
  • 18Connolly
  • 22Bates
  • 31Law

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 8Alston
  • 5McCracken
  • 6Vaulks
  • 3Leahy
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forO'Haraat 69'minutes
  • 11Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 22HippolyteSubstituted forMcHughat 55'minutes
  • 9BairdSubstituted forShepherdat 55'minutes
  • 18MillerBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 13Maybury
  • 17Smith
  • 19McHugh
  • 23Shepherd
  • 28Mehmet
  • 30O'Hara
  • 33Gallacher
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,602

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Falkirk 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Falkirk 2.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Leahy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Falkirk 2. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Shepherd.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Robert McHugh (Falkirk).

Foul by Robert McHugh (Falkirk).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

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

Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Aidan Connolly.

Booking

Lee Miller (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Falkirk 1. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Kevin O'Hara replaces Tom Taiwo.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Aidan Connolly replaces James Craigen.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Callachan replaces Scott Robertson.

Mark Kerr (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Falkirk 1. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Leahy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers34255486315580
2Falkirk351813460342667
3Hibernian34197853341964
4Raith Rovers35178105146559
5Morton351110143941-243
6Queen of Sth35126174654-842
7St Mirren35118164251-941
8Dumbarton34106183461-2736
9Livingston3477203650-1428
10Alloa3548232166-4520
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