Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 0-1 Raith Rovers

Raith Rovers all but confirmed a place in the play-offs with victory over nearest challengers Greenock Morton.

James Craigen's solitary strike early in the second half - his seventh goal of the season - clinched victory for the Kirkcaldy club at Cappielow.

Stefan McCluskey had an effort saved as Morton chased a leveller.

Fourth-placed Raith are now 13 points clear of the Greenock side, who sit fifth with five games left of the Scottish Championship season.

The result also means Rovers have beaten Morton in all four meetings this term.

The visitors' early ploy of utilising the long throw capabilities of Rory McKeown caused a few problems for the Morton defence.

In an early instance, Mark Stewart stretched to connect with an Iain Davidson head-flick but the striker's effort flew over.

Ross Callachan then controlled another McKeown delivery on his chest before sending in a volley that Derek Gaston saved comfortably.

Throwing seemed to be a theme for Rovers as their defenders threw themselves in front of shots while Morton finished the first half the stronger side.

Bobby Barr, who has signed a pre-contract with Rovers for next season, was first to have an effort blocked.

McCluskey was then foiled by Kyle Benedictus, while a few moments later the same Rovers defender looked to have turned a Michael Miller cross into his own net.

However, he was bailed out by the quick reflexes of his goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert, who managed to react and turn the ball wide.

Early in the second half Raith Rovers took the lead after a neat through pass from Callachan split the Morton defence.

Craigen pounced from close range as Gaston advanced from his goal line, the ball going through the keeper's legs.

Morton looked for a quick reply and Declan McManus had a shot deflected over before McCluskey saw his 20-yard strike tipped over by Cuthbert.

The home side then claimed a McManus shot had been blocked by the arm of Craig Barr inside the box but the penalty appeal was turned down.

And Raith held out for a valuable win that extends their unbeaten run to six games.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Miller
  • 4O'Ware
  • 19Gasparotto
  • 17Russell
  • 11McCluskeySubstituted forMcMullanat 72'minutes
  • 7McKee
  • 8ForbesBooked at 88mins
  • 16BarrSubstituted forSamuelat 73'minutes
  • 9Johnstone
  • 21McManusBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kilday
  • 3Lamie
  • 10MacDonald
  • 12Scullion
  • 18Samuel
  • 20McNeil
  • 33McMullan

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 55Barr
  • 6Benedictus
  • 23McKeownBooked at 75mins
  • 18ConnollySubstituted forLongridgeat 77'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 4CallachanBooked at 33minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 85'minutes
  • 5Toshney
  • 14Davidson
  • 28Craigen
  • 9StewartSubstituted forThomasat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 8McCord
  • 12Matthews
  • 15Thomas
  • 21Longridge
  • 26Court
  • 31Law
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,778

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, Raith Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 0, Raith Rovers 1.

Joe McKee (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Craigen (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Ross Forbes (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Matthews replaces Ross Callachan because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Declan McManus (Morton).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. James Craigen (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

Booking

Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael Miller (Morton).

Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Louis Longridge replaces Aidan Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Joel Thomas replaces Mark Stewart.

Foul by Joe McKee (Morton).

Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Aidan Connolly (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Alex Samuel replaces Bobby Barr.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Paul McMullan replaces Stefan McCluskey.

Booking

Declan McManus (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Declan McManus (Morton).

Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Declan McManus (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Attempt missed. Stefan McCluskey (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers30243379245575
2Falkirk311710451262561
3Hibernian28174744261855
4Raith Rovers31156104138351
5Morton31108133637-138
6Queen of Sth30114153643-737
7St Mirren31107143443-937
8Dumbarton2985162654-2829
9Livingston3076173343-1027
10Alloa3135231763-4614
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