Scottish League Cup - Group D
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Raith Rovers 0-1 Alloa Athletic

Greig Spence
Greig Spence has scored three goals in four games

Former Raith Rovers striker Greig Spence scored the only goal of the game to knock his old team out of the league cup.

The crucial moment came in 34 minutes when Spence sped clear of the sluggish Raith back line to rattle in his third goal of the competition.

The win sees Alloa top Group D with a 100% record.

The League One side will now be seeded in Sunday's last 16 draw.

Alloa had already knocked holders Ross County out of the competition prior to kick off and this was another deserved win against higher league opponents. Jack Ross' men join Partick Thistle and Rangers as the only teams to win all four of their group matches

It was a battle between two new look sides as Rovers manager Gary Locke started five players he has brought in since replacing Ray McKinnon as manager in the summer.

Alloa Athletic counterpart Ross topped that by fielding eight of his additions to the squad after relegation to League One at the end of last season.

Despite those extensive changes it was the Wasps that carried more of a sting going forward, showing pace and variety down the flanks with Spence a hard working focal point up front.

The striker, who played in Raith's Challenge Cup final winning team against Rangers in 2014, did his old club no favours when he broke the deadlock in 34 minutes, exposing Jean-Yves M'Voto's lack of pace.

Jon Robertson slid the ball in behind the former Barnsley defender and Spence sprinted clear to blast the ball into the back of the net.

It took a desperate Kyle Benedictus tackle to prevent Iain Flannigan scoring a carbon copy goal just a few minutes later, while Rovers rarely caused Alloa goalkeeper Neil Parry any problems in the first half.

Hearts legend Rudi Skacel made his Raith debut in the second half after an impromtu striptease in the technical area due to a colour clash between his cycle shorts and the club's shorts.

Not that the 37-year-old striker was able to influence the outcome of the game as he was obviously short of match sharpness and got little service anyway.

The main reason for that was the hard work and organisation of an Alloa side who defended effectively with wily old Jim Goodwin controlling things from just in front of the back four.

The vast majority of the second half was played in the visitors half but Parry was so well protected that he did not have a serious save to make for all the Kirkcaldy club's possession.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattieSubstituted forStewartat 78'minutes
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forCoustrainat 58'minutes
  • 4Callachan
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 45mins
  • 11Barr
  • 10VaughanSubstituted forSkacelat 59'minutes
  • 20McManus

Substitutes

  • 9Stewart
  • 12Matthews
  • 15Osei-Opoku
  • 16Coustrain
  • 17Lennox
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 4Graham
  • 5Marr
  • 3Waters
  • 6GoodwinSubstituted forHolmesat 76'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 10KirkpatrickSubstituted forCawleyat 72'minutes
  • 8Robertson
  • 11FlanniganBooked at 70mins
  • 7LongworthSubstituted forLayneat 66'minutes
  • 9SpenceBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 12Wilson
  • 14Hoggan
  • 15Hetherington
  • 16Holmes
  • 17Layne
  • 18Cawley
  • 21McDowall
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
1,674

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 0, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 0, Alloa Athletic 1.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

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

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jason Marr (Alloa Athletic).

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

(Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Calum Waters (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

Attempt blocked. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).

Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Booking

Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic).

Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Kevin McHattie.

Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Graeme Holmes replaces Jim Goodwin because of an injury.

Delay in match Jim Goodwin (Alloa Athletic) because of an injury.

Foul by Jim Goodwin (Alloa Athletic).

Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kevin Cawley replaces Jordan Kirkpatrick.

Booking

Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic).

Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Isaac Layne replaces Jamie Longworth.

Jamie Longworth (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 30th July 2016

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd31208357
3Dunfermline32017526
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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