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Greenock Morton 0-1 Raith Rovers

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Cappielow

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 0, Raith Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 0, Raith Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Raith Rovers).

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Raith Rovers).

  11. Substitution

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Morton).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Miller (Morton).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Louis Longridge replaces Aidan Connolly.

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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