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St Mirren 1-2 Raith Rovers

By Keir MurrayBBC Scotland

Grant Anderson touched home Jon Daly's header for a Raith Rovers victory that leaves St Mirren searching for their first Championship home win this term.

The Buddies had been very sluggish for almost all of the first half and were lucky to be level at half-time after Lawrence Shankland had cancelled out James Craigen's 12th-minute opener.

Shankland and Calum Gallagher came close to scoring St Mirren's second.

However, Anderson got the merest touch to Daly's header to stun the Saints.

The Raith midfielder had ghosted through their static defence and claimed to have got the final touch on the six-yard line.

James Craigen curls in the opening goal for Raith Rovers
James Craigen curls in the opening goal for Raith Rovers

While that remains debateable, there was no doubt he did enough to distract St Mirren goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and help Rovers to their first away points of the season and third place in the table behind Rangers and Falkirk.

For almost all of the first half St Mirren looked as if they were still stunned by losing 3-2 to Falkirk last week despite holding a two-goal lead.

Their creative players seemed to be lacking in confidence and there were precious few attacks.

Craigen's opening goal for Rovers hardly came as a surprise. St Mirren failed to clear their lines and gave the Raith midfielder too much time and space to clip in a lovely goal from 18 yards.

Lawrence Shankland slides in the leveller for St Mirren just before the interval
Lawrence Shankland slides in the leveller for St Mirren just before the interval

And it could have been worse for St Mirren when twice Raith's captain Jason Thomson crossed for Daly who just could not connect properly, once with his head, once with his boot, both at the back post.

In a rare St Mirren attack, Keith Watson moved forward from defence to sweep in the perfect cross from the right for Shankland whose header was saved by Kevin Cuthbert.

And as the home team came to life, on the stroke of half-time the same duo combined, with Shankland slipping home a low shot from a narrow angle from his team-mate's clever pass.

Raith had lost their previous three Championship games away from home, all against the league's stronger sides - Falkirk, Hibs and Rangers.

And when St Mirren played the second half with renewed spirit it looked like the Fifers would have to wait longer for a win or even a point.

St Mirren's Stevie Mallan looks dejected at the final whistle
St Mirren's Stevie Mallan looks dejected at the final whistle

Shankland had two shots diverted from the target before a third effort was clawed away by Cuthbert.

Cameron Howieson's left-foot curling shot drifted past Cuthbert's far post and somehow Lewis Toshney managed to deny Gallagher at the back post as he tried to convert Watson's low cross.

However, Rovers hit with a classic sucker punch when Daly nodded Rory McKeown's throw-in past Langfield, via Anderson's toe, in the 87th minute.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15Baird
  • 4Webster
  • 3Kelly
  • 10Carswell
  • 14Mallan
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 83mins
  • 11Howieson
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forMorganat 82'minutes
  • 25Shankland

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 5Conlan
  • 16Agnew
  • 17Morgan
  • 19Cuddihy
  • 21McGrath
  • 33Stewart

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2ThomsonBooked at 73mins
  • 6Benedictus
  • 5Toshney
  • 23McKeown
  • 7Anderson
  • 8McCordSubstituted forWightonat 81'minutes
  • 14DavidsonSubstituted forMatthewsat 24'minutes
  • 28Craigen
  • 9Stewart
  • 16Daly

Substitutes

  • 3Petrie
  • 11Megginson
  • 12Matthews
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 18Wighton
  • 24Ellis
  • 25Ford
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
2,877

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Raith Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Raith Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Howieson (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jon Daly (Raith Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Andy Webster (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! St. Mirren 1, Raith Rovers 2. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jon Daly.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Carswell (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Wighton (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  11. Booking

    Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Morgan replaces Calum Gallagher.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Craig Wighton replaces Ryan McCord.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Craigen (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Jon Daly (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy Webster (St. Mirren).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Cameron Howieson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers66002231918
2Falkirk541095413
3Raith Rovers740399012
4Hibernian53027349
5Morton62316429
6Queen of Sth630379-29
7Dumbarton621358-37
8St Mirren7124811-35
9Alloa6105415-113
10Livingston6015414-101
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