Scottish Championship - Play-off Semi-final - 2nd Leg
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Raith Rovers 1-2 Alloa Athletic (agg 1-4)

Alloa Athletic players celebrate
Alloa Athletic took another step towards promotion

Alloa Athletic secured a Championship play-off final place for the second year in a row after beating Raith Rovers, who miss out on promotion from the third tier.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Alloa scored through Jordan Kirkpatrick's stunning free-kick.

Euan Murray smashed home from close range to give Rovers hope.

But the Wasps scored again with Ross Stewart slipping the ball beyond Graeme Smith and they play Dumbarton next.

Defeat also had repercussions in the boardroom, with Alan Young announcing that he had resigned as chairman and director and saying on the club website that: "I take full responsibility for our failure to return to the Championship."

Rovers had beaten to the title and automatic promotion by Ayr United after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Alloa last weekend.

Although they dominated possession in the second leg of the play-off semi-final, the League One runners-up rarely threatened Neil Parry in the visitors' goal until Murray's close-range effort.

That came after Kyle Benedictus had crashed a header off the crossbar.

Even when Rovers equalised on the day, Kirkpatrick's set piece, fired around the wall and into the top-right corner, gave Alloa a degree of comfort.

Aand, as the Kirkcaldy side piled on the pressure, that left gaps at the back.

Stewart took full advantage when sent clean through to score with nine minutes left.

Kyle Benedictus
Benedictus and Rovers could not find a way back into the tie

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1Smith
  • 2Thomson
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 55mins
  • 5MurrayBooked at 39mins
  • 3McHattieBooked at 81mins
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forBarrat 50'minutes
  • 4HerronSubstituted forSpenceat 75'minutes
  • 20HendryBooked at 81mins
  • 10Vaughan
  • 16Court
  • 21Furtado

Substitutes

  • 7Spence
  • 9Buchanan
  • 11Barr
  • 12Matthews
  • 17Brian
  • 18McKay
  • 19Zanatta

Alloa

  • 1ParryBooked at 55mins
  • 2Taggart
  • 4Graham
  • 5McCart
  • 3CraneBooked at 55mins
  • 7CawleyBooked at 75minsSubstituted forRentonat 84'minutes
  • 6FlemingSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 46mins
  • 11Flannigan
  • 9StewartBooked at 77minsSubstituted forMeggattat 88'minutes
  • 10Kirkpatrick

Substitutes

  • 12Renton
  • 14Smith
  • 15Meggatt
  • 16Monaghan
  • 17Goodwin
  • 21Wilson
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,831

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Alloa Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Alloa Athletic 2.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Attempt blocked. Callum Smith (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie McCart (Alloa Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Daryll Meggatt replaces Ross Stewart.

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Renton (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt saved. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kris Renton replaces Kevin Cawley.

Attempt missed. Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Iain Flannigan.

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Alloa Athletic 2. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers).

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Callum Smith replaces Garry Fleming.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Greig Spence replaces John Herron.

Booking

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Iain Flannigan.

Attempt blocked. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Andy Graham.

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Jamie McCart (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Herron (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jamie McCart (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

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