Scottish Championship
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Raith Rovers 1-2 Cowdenbeath

Cowdenbeath kept alive their hopes of escaping the relegation play-offs with victory in the Fife derby in Kirkcaldy.

Reece Donaldson missed an early chance for the hosts before Rory McKeown lobbed Cowden into the lead.

Lewis Milne added the second from close range with nine minutes left working himself an opening.

Substitute Greig Spence pulled a goal back for Rovers, running on to Calum Elliot's ball and tucking through Thomas Flynn's legs.

They could not force a leveller that would have made the hosts arithmetically safe from relegation trouble.

However, Rovers are still three points ahead of second-bottom Cowden with only one game remaining and have a much better goal difference.

The Blue Brazil have edged to within a point of Alloa Athletic, who lost at home to Dundee, and host Queen of the South in their final game.

Alloa are away to promotion-chasing Falkirk.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 20Robinson
  • 19Mullen
  • 3Booth
  • 6Fox
  • 4Watson
  • 14Donaldson
  • 12Callachan
  • 7CardleSubstituted forSpenceat 76'minutes
  • 10ElliotBooked at 90mins
  • 29Baird
  • 15SmithSubstituted forAndersonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Spence
  • 11Anderson
  • 16Ellis
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 21Vaughan
  • 23Matthews
  • 26Bates

Cowdenbeath

  • 1Flynn
  • 14BrettSubstituted forGoldat 90+2'minutes
  • 2McKeown
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 5Armstrong
  • 4O'BrienSubstituted forMillerat 85'minutes
  • 18MilneBooked at 62mins
  • 23Brownlie
  • 21Hemmings
  • 9Stewart
  • 26KaneSubstituted forRobertsonat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Adamson
  • 8Stevenson
  • 11Morton
  • 12Gold
  • 17Usai
  • 20Miller
  • 22Robertson
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
1,760

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamCowdenbeath
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Cowdenbeath 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Cowdenbeath 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Fraser Mullen (Raith Rovers).

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Cowdenbeath. David Gold replaces Dean Brett.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) header from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Booking

    Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Cowdenbeath 2. Greig Spence (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Kyle Miller replaces Thomas O'Brien because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Raith Rovers 0, Cowdenbeath 2. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Armstrong.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Thomas O'Brien.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Greig Spence replaces Joe Cardle.

  18. Post update

    Foul by John Baird (Raith Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Dean Brett.