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Queen of the South 2-0 Raith Rovers

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Queen of the South retained their three-point advantage over Hibernian with a home Scottish Championship win over Raith Rovers.

John Baird struck from outside the penalty area to give third-place Queens a first-half lead.

Mark Stewart almost equalised for Raith in the second half when his low shot struck the frame of the goal.

Gavin Reilly converted Derek Lyle's low cross to double the home side's lead late on.

The result moves James Fowler's side to within four points of Rangers in Scotland's second tier.

Fine goalkeeping by David McGurn prevented the home side from taking an early lead.

First, the stopper got down to his right to keep out Chris Higgins' low shot from Ian McShane's free-kick.

McShane eventually retrieved the ball and curled it towards the right-hand post only to see McGurn tip the shot wide.

Baird did find the net when he took down a long ball, set himself in front of the Raith defence and blasted past McGurn.

Mark Durnan's second-half header bounced over the Raith Rovers crossbar before the visitors came very close to levelling.

Stewart raced away on the left and slammed a shot against Zander Clark's near post.

And soon Queens were further ahead as Reilly knocked Lyle's centre off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Clark
  • 4Dowie
  • 5Durnan
  • 6Higgins
  • 3Holt
  • 17CarmichaelSubstituted forKiddat 85'minutes
  • 8KerrBooked at 31mins
  • 18McShane
  • 11Russell
  • 9BairdSubstituted forLyleat 71'minutes
  • 10Reilly

Substitutes

  • 12Kidd
  • 16Dzierzawski
  • 19Lyle
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 27Kiltie
  • 28Pickard

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20McGurn
  • 2Thomson
  • 4WatsonBooked at 34mins
  • 3Perry
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forConroyat 84'minutes
  • 8Moon
  • 6FoxSubstituted forScottat 84'minutes
  • 19McKay
  • 10ElliotSubstituted forStewartat 50'minutes
  • 27NadeBooked at 24mins

Substitutes

  • 5Hill
  • 9Stewart
  • 11Scott
  • 12Callachan
  • 14Conroy
  • 16Vaughan
  • 17Laidlaw
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,597

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 2, Raith Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 2, Raith Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Kerr (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

  7. Post update

    Barrie McKay (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

  9. Post update

    Barrie McKay (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Lewis Kidd replaces Daniel Carmichael.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Conroy replaces Grant Anderson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Martin Scott replaces Liam Fox.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Queen of the South 2, Raith Rovers 0. Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Derek Lyle.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Ian McShane.

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