Team Pd GD Pt
1 Dundee United 24 35 51
2 Raith Rovers 24 11 50
3 Partick Thistle 24 7 38
4 Morton 24 6 36
5 Ayr United 25 -11 29
6 Dunfermline Athletic 24 -6 28
7 Airdrieonians 23 -6 28
8 Queen's Park 25 -12 27
9 Inverness CT 25 -2 26
10 Arbroath 24 -22 20
Updated: 24th Feb
Saturday January 13th 2024

Raith Rovers 1 – 2 Queen’s Park

Rovers’ last-minute magic runs out

Rovers came into this one on the back of their second defeat of the season and were forced into a few changes to the starting line-up: with Dylan Corr, Jack Hamilton and new signing Kyle Turner coming into the team.

Rovers couldn’t have started any better. Inside 3 minutes, Dylan Easton’s cross was perfectly met by Jack Hamilton and he confidently flicked it home. Rovers 1-0 Queen’s Park.

The next chance fell to Rovers but Aidan Connolly’s free kick was well saved by Calum Ferrie in the away goal. Then Dylan Easton was next to be denied as his effort was tipped over the bar.

The tables were to turn just before half time, though. A nicely worked move from Queen’s down the left allowed Cameron Bruce to cut inside, and his perfectly curled shot found Andy McNeil’s bottom corner. Rovers 1-1 Queen’s Park.

Half-time: Raith Rovers 1-1 Queen’s Park

The second half ebbed and flowed without either side showing a huge amount of quality. However, the key moment in the game occurred just before the hour mark. A whipped in corner by Queen’s was met by their new signing Sean Welsh and, unmarked, he headed home from close range. Rovers 1-2 Queen’s Park.

Rovers threw everything at it for the last 15 minutes with various goalmouth scrambles not quite falling in the home team’s favour. Rovers best chance came from a Jamie Gullan free kick which crashed off the underside of the bar and out – somewhat telling the story of Rovers’ day.

The game finished in a rare home defeat – 9 months in fact – but now Rovers can look forward to Scottish cup business next week.

Full-time: Raith Rovers 1-2 Queen’s Park.

Crowd: 3,501

by David Proudfoot

Here come the teams!
Queen’s Park kick off. They’re shooting into the South Stand goal.
Easton tried a trademark shot into the far corner. HAMILTON lifts his foot and helps it into the back of the net.
McNeil makes a nice save to his right.
Turner fed the ball just outside the box, he turns nicely and long range effort deflected high for a corner.
Raith Rovers 1-0 Queen’s Park
Possession: Raith 56%-44% QP
Fairly scrappy affair since the goal.
Easton is booked for what seems to be chirping to the ref.
Corr in the right place to head clear a dangerous looking cross.
Bright start from debut man, Turner.
Connolly clattered around 7 yards outside box.
Connolly’s 25 yard free kick is top corner bound. Great save from the keeper. Raith corner.
Corner Rovers.
Mauchin booked for stopping Easton outside the box.
Free kick not picked up and deflects out at back post for a Raith corner.
McNeil with another nice save. Ball finally cleared away by Scott Brown.
Vaughan tries his luck from a free kick. Again, it’s goalward bound, but Feerie anticipates well and easily collects.
Shots on goal: Raith 2-3 QP.
Goal Queen’s Park
Lovely worked goal from the Spiders. Bruce with the ball just inside the box at the Main Stand. He curls into the bottom opposite corner.
Half time: Raith Rovers 1-1 Queen’s Park
Not long till the second half starts.
Vaughan kicks off.
Easton with the foul there. He’s very close to a red card…
Incredible save from Ferrie. Hamilton rises well and sends the header low to the keeper’s right.
Paton left unmarked in the Rovers box. He shoots straight at McNeil.
Corner Raith.
Hamiltons header clears the bar.
McNeil with the save at the near post. Corner Queen’s.
Goal Queen’s Park
Welsh heads home unmarked from the corber.
Keeper, Ferrie, booked for time wasting.
Nice cross from Connolly on the right. Finds Hamikton’s head. Straight at the goalie.
Turner replaced by Spring.
McPherson replaces Mauchin
Dick booked.
Corr replaced by Gullan.
Corner Raith.
Mullin tries a cross. Ball deflected out for a corner.
Penalty shout from the South Stand. No foul.
Gullan wins another corner
Ball deflects up to Hamilton from the corner. Keeper holds.
Easton creates a chance for himself. Shoots well over.
Corner QP.
Tizzard replaces Bruce
Mullin replaced by Smith.
Free kick Raith, right on edge of the box.
Gullan free kick off the crossbar!
McKinstry replaces Longridge.
Full time: Raith 1-2 Queen’s Park
Raith Rovers
McNeil, Dick, Connolly, Vaughan, Mullin, Corr, Turner, Hamilton, Brown, Byrne, Easton. Subs: Thomson, Gullan, Smith, McGill, Hannah, Masson

Queen’s Park
Ferrie, Robson, Bannon, Thomson, Paton, Thomas, Bruce, Turner, Longridge, Mauchin, Welsh. Subs: McKenna, McPherson, Spong, Healy, Tizzard, McKinstry, Reid, Fairlie, Jarrett

Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after today’s defeat at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers will be looking to get back to winning ways this Saturday, when they face Queen’s Park at Stark’s Park.

Rovers lost out to Airdrie by a goal to nil last weekend, their first defeat since September after going down to the same opponents.

They still lead the division by three points however, after Dundee United lost to Morton 3-2, albeit The Terrors have played a game fewer.

Queen’s Park go into this one on the back of a win after a 2-1 victory over Dunfermline, a result which lifted them up to the ninth in the table, and they also have a new manager in the dugout, with Callum Davidson the new man in charge.

If this weekend’s match has even half as much drama as the two previous games against The Spiders this season, then were in for a treat.

The first encounter came at Stark’s Park in September, with Rovers winning 3-2, despite trailing 2-1 with five minutes to go, thanks to a brace from Lewis Vaughan.

The return match at Hampden was even more memorable. Again, Rovers were behind with seconds remaining, but Jack Hamilton equalised in the 89th minute, and Ross Millen scored a penalty in the 92nd to win the game, despite Rovers playing the bulk of the second half with 10 men due to a red card for Euan Murray.

Saturday’s match referee will be Peter Stuart

Head-to-head record:

Raith Rovers wins: 53

Queen’s Park wins: 26

Draws: 35