Scottish Championship
Raith Rovers2St Mirren0

Raith Rovers 2-0 St Mirren

Raith's Ryan Hardie skips round St Mirren goalkeeper Billy O'Brien before scoring his second goal
Ryan Hardie skipped round St Mirren keeper Billy O'Brien to score the second, decisive goal

Two late goals from Ryan Hardie saw Raith Rovers move nine points clear of Championship bottom side St Mirren to leave the Buddies five points adrift.

The visitors had 66% of possession in the first half but failed to manage a shot on target.

Rovers' Declan McManus hit the post with a free-kick, before Hardie headed the opener with 16 minutes left.

The 19-year-old, on loan at Saints earlier this season, rounded keeper Billy O'Brien to roll in his second.

While victory lifted Rovers up to seventh place, above Dumbarton, defeat was a major setback in St Mirren's bid to beat the drop to League One, having won their past two league games.

With 10 matches left they still have home games to come against each of the four teams immediately above them, but four of Saints' last five games are away to the current top four.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 36Penksa
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 55Barr
  • 6Benedictus
  • 7Johnston
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 59minsSubstituted forHardieat 69'minutes
  • 4Callachan
  • 11Barr
  • 9StewartSubstituted forMatthewsat 20'minutes
  • 20McManus

Substitutes

  • 12Matthews
  • 16Coustrain
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 21Thompson
  • 52Hardie
  • 66Stevenson

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 2DemetriouSubstituted forLoyat 74'minutes
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 24Davis
  • 44Eckersley
  • 42MagennisSubstituted forToddat 64'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 22McGinn
  • 11Smith
  • 10Mallan
  • 17Morgan
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 3Irvine
  • 15Baird
  • 16Loy
  • 20Storie
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
2,124

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, St. Mirren 0.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

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

Attempt blocked. Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ryan Hardie.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Josh Todd (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Todd (St. Mirren).

Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Todd (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 2, St. Mirren 0. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

John Sutton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers).

John Sutton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Rory Loy replaces Stelios Demetriou.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, St. Mirren 0. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Barr.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by John Sutton.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Stelios Demetriou.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

Foul by Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers).

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Hardie replaces Iain Davidson.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Kyle Magennis.

Harry Davis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren).

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

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian26149341172451
2Falkirk27129644301445
3Dundee Utd25128535251044
4Morton25119537271042
5Queen of Sth2798103638-235
6Dunfermline2671093637-131
7Raith Rovers2778122635-929
8Dumbarton2769123345-1227
9Ayr26510112440-1625
10St Mirren2648142644-1820
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