Scottish Championship
Queen of SthQueen of the South1Raith RoversRaith Rovers1
By Jamie LyallBBC Scotland
Robbie Thomson cannot hold Lewis Toshney's cross
Robbie Thompson fumbled a Lewis Toshney cross into his own net in the first half

Raith Rovers moved to fourth in the Scottish Championship with a draw against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park.

Rovers took an early lead courtesy of an own goal from Queens goalkeeper Robbie Thomson, who fumbled a cross.

The hosts levelled shortly after half-time, Iain Russell diverting home after a fine Alex Harris run and cross.

The Doonhammers enjoyed the better of the second period but could not fashion a winner and remain sixth.

James Craigen produced a lovely piece of skill to carve out the game's first real opportunity in the opening 20 minutes, lifting the ball over the Queens cover defence down the left and crossing for Ross Callachan, whose shot was deflected wide.

And Kyle Benedictus almost scrambled home the opener barely three minutes later, but his effort was lashed clear of the goalmouth.

Iain Russell scores for Queen of the South
Russell equalised for Queen of the South early in the second half

That piercing salvo of pressure would result in Rovers seizing the lead, however. Thomson contrived to spill Lewis Toshney's arcing cross over his own head and into the net.

Rovers pressed to extend their advantage but Queen of the South, on their rare forays forward, looked dangerous on the break - Russell ballooning an effort high over the crossbar when in space on the left of the penalty area as the hosts swept forward.

It was Russell who levelled the scores just after the interval as the hosts burst into life, turning the ball in following a fantastic assist from Hibernian loanee Harris.

The 21-year-old winger then rasped a left-foot drive from 20 yards that zipped straight into the arms of Rovers keeper Kevin Cuthbert and Derek Lyle failed to reach Lewis Kidd's low cross with the goal beckoning.

Substitute Craig Wighton should have regained Rovers' lead but he swivelled and shot straight at Thomson from inside in the area.

And Queen of the South missed a glorious opportunity to snatch the game late on as replacement Gary Oliver, sent through on goal by Lyle's flick, could only stab his shot into the body of Cuthbert.

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Thomson
  • 4Dowie
  • 5BrownlieSubstituted forKiddat 45'minutes
  • 6Higgins
  • 7Harris
  • 8MillarSubstituted forOliverat 74'minutes
  • 16Hutton
  • 23Marshall
  • 14Jacobs
  • 11RussellSubstituted forConroyat 82'minutes
  • 9Lyle

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 10Conroy
  • 17Pickard
  • 20Atkinson
  • 24Smith
  • 28Oliver
  • 33Coogans

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 5ToshneyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBatesat 68'minutes
  • 14Davidson
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 79mins
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forWightonat 20'minutes
  • 8McCordBooked at 80mins
  • 4Callachan
  • 30Robertson
  • 28Craigen
  • 9StewartSubstituted forDalyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Petrie
  • 11Megginson
  • 12Matthews
  • 16Daly
  • 18Wighton
  • 22Bates
  • 31Law
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
1,047

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 1, Raith Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 1, Raith Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

  5. Post update

    Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jon Daly (Raith Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Conroy (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Ryan Conroy (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Ryan Conroy replaces Iain Russell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Booking

    Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McCord (Raith Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

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