Scottish Championship
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Raith Rovers 2-1 Ayr United

Declan McManus
A late Declan McManus winner could safeguard Raith Rovers' Championship status

Raith Rovers face a Scottish Championship relegation play-off despite a battling win over Ayr United.

Declan McManus struck in the last minute to earn 10-man Rovers victory.

Jonathan Court, for Raith, and Ross Docherty, for Ayr, had scored either side of half-time.

St Mirren's draw at champions Hibernian consigned Rovers to a play-off semi-final clash with Brechin City, while the Honest Men finish bottom of the table, and are automatically relegated.

John Hughes' side made the worst possible start when goalkeeper Pavol Penksa was shown a red card for a foul on Craig Moore. But with Conor Brennan in goal, Raith went ahead eight minutes before the break when Court fired home from the edge of the box.

Ayr got themselves back on level terms with 20 minutes to go, with Docherty's effort from outside the box finding the net.

Brennan saved Alan Forrest's penalty before McManus scored the winner with time running out.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 36PenksaBooked at 4mins
  • 2ThomsonSubstituted forHardieat 75'minutes
  • 55Barr
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 12Matthews
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 77mins
  • 22HandlingBooked at 13mins
  • 19SkacelSubstituted forBrennanat 4'minutes
  • 26Court
  • 20McManus

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 7Johnston
  • 9Stewart
  • 11Barr
  • 21Thompson
  • 23Brennan
  • 52Hardie

Ayr

  • 1FlemingSubstituted forHartat 58'minutes
  • 2Devlin
  • 22Balatoni
  • 18Meggatt
  • 3Boyle
  • 21McGuffieSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 45'minutes
  • 23Docherty
  • 4Gilmour
  • 10Forrest
  • 12Harkins
  • 9MooreSubstituted forMcDaidat 6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 11McDaid
  • 14Cairney
  • 15El Alagui
  • 16Adams
  • 19Hart
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,064

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Ayr United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Ayr United 1.

Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ross Matthews.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Ayr United 1. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Conor Brennan.

Attempt saved. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Daniel Handling (Raith Rovers).

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Hand ball by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

Attempt blocked. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Penalty saved! Alan Forrest (Ayr United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Gary Harkins (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Hardie replaces Jason Thomson.

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Gary Harkins (Ayr United).

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Patrick Boyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Ayr United 1. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Boyle.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian361914359253471
2Falkirk361612858401860
3Dundee Utd36151295042857
4Morton361313104441352
5Dunfermline361212124643348
6Queen of Sth361110154652-643
7St Mirren36912155256-439
8Dumbarton36912154656-1039
9Raith Rovers36109173552-1739
10Ayr36712173362-2933
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