Scottish Championship
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Raith Rovers 3-2 Dumbarton

Kevin McHattie
Kevin McHattie broke the deadlock for Raith Rovers

First half goals from Kevin McHattie, Ross Callachan and Scott Roberts helped Raith Rovers see off Dumbarton.

It gets their season back on track after three straight defeats.

Dumbarton made them sweat for the points though as second half strikes from substitute Ryan Stevenson and Robert Thomson made for an uncomfortable finale.

However, they were reduced to 10 men when Gregor Buchanan received a second yellow card.

Left back McHattie broke the deadlock for the home side with a well driven shot for his second league goal of the campaign.

Then a two-goals-in-two-minutes burst threatened to put the result beyond Dumbarton's redemption, starting with Callachan's strike with the aid of a deflection.

The Sons hardly had time to recover from that before Roberts lashed in a 20 yard effort for his first goal since moving to the Kirkcaldy club on loan from Rangers.

However, Stevenson started the comeback with a stunning 25 yard drive before Thomson scrambled a second from close range.

The first half display was exactly the response Rovers boss Gary Locke was demanding after them being knocked out of the Irn Bru Cup by Forfar and losses in the league to Falkirk and Queen of the South.

All the more positive as influential captain Jason Thomson was missing through injury and the defender could be out for a while depending on the result of a visit to a specialist next week.

His place went to Liam Smith who was brought in on an emergency loan from Hearts on Friday and he slotted well until the Raith defence were caught out twice late on.

First Stevenson lashed a stunning drive from 25 yards in to the left hand corner of Kevin Cuthbert's net to spoil to goalkeeper's return from injury.

Not that he had much to do up till then but when Thomson claimed his third goal of the season he had a few nervy moments before the home side finally closed out the win.

Dumbarton's hopes of levelling weren't helped when Gregor Buchanan was sent off two minutes from time for a second yellow card and the Sons have now won just once in 12 games in all competitions this season.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 25Smith
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 44mins
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forJohnstonat 73'minutes
  • 19SkacelSubstituted forStewartat 64'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 4Callachan
  • 11Barr
  • 20McManusSubstituted forThompsonat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Johnston
  • 9Stewart
  • 12Matthews
  • 21Thompson
  • 23Brennan

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 2PettigrewSubstituted forToddat 45'minutes
  • 5BuchananBooked at 89mins
  • 14Barr
  • 12Harvie
  • 17Smith
  • 4Thomson
  • 8Gallagher
  • 22StirlingSubstituted forStantonat 46'minutes
  • 9FlemingSubstituted forStevensonat 66'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 10Thomson

Substitutes

  • 3Docherty
  • 6Stevenson
  • 7Todd
  • 11Stanton
  • 15McCallum
  • 19Ewings
  • 21Kassarate
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
1,636

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 3, Dumbarton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 3, Dumbarton 2.

Attempt saved. Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Jordan Thompson replaces Declan McManus.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Joseph Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) for a bad foul.

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton).

Foul by Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers).

Josh Todd (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Todd (Dumbarton).

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

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

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Smith (Dumbarton).

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 3, Dumbarton 2. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Todd.

Booking

Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton).

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Bobby Barr.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Chris Johnston replaces Scott Roberts.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 3, Dumbarton 1. Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samuel Stanton.

Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Thomson (Dumbarton).

Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Ryan Stevenson replaces Garry Fleming.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Rudi Skacel.

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth75201441017
2Hibernian7511124816
3Falkirk7412106413
4Raith Rovers74121310313
5Dundee Utd7322129311
6Ayr7214614-87
7Dunfermline72051116-56
8Morton7133712-56
9Dumbarton7124811-35
10St Mirren7034815-73
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