Raith Rovers head to Hampden this weekend, for a third round Scottish Cup tie with Queen's Park.

Mark Roberts side currently sit sixth in League Two, however, they have an excellent cup record this term, making their way to the quarter-final of the Irn Bru Cup, while only Edinburgh City have a better home record in the bottom tier.

While Rovers were kicking their heels last weekend due to the international break, Queen's were in action against Welsh side Connah's Quay Nomads, losing 2-1 at the last eight stage of the Challenge Cup.

It was Robert's first defeat as Queen's boss, having replaced Gus McPherson who joined St Mirren as technical director in September.

The Spiders were relegated from the third tier last season, losing to Stenhousemuir in the playoffs, and they failed to pick up a point from their four meetings with Raith, with Barry Smith’s men racking up 12 goals while conceding just one.

Rovers also enjoyed a comfortable victory the last time the two sides met in a cup competition, with Rovers winning 6-0 in a League Cup tie back in 2013.

Those results have contributed to Rovers excellent record in this fixture, with nine straight wins over Queen’s, with their last loss coming 10 games and 10 years ago in a 1-0 loss in the Second Division.

Saturday's match referee will be Lloyd Wilson

Head-To-Head Cup record against Queen's Park:

Queen's Park wins: 5 | Raith Rovers wins: 8 | Draws: 4

Queen's Park goals: 20 | Raith Rovers goals: 35

Current Form:

Queen's Park: W-W-W-D-W-L

Raith Rovers: D-W-L-W-L-W

Top Goal Scorers:

Queen's Park: Josh Peters | Ciaran Summers | Smart Osadolor | Jamie McKernon, all 2

Raith Rovers: Kevin Nisbet 16 | Liam Buchanan 4 | Lewis Vaughan 3

Match Odds:

Queen's Park: 31/10 | Raith Rovers: 3/4 | Draw: 14/5


Clinical Raith Into Next Round

Raith Rovers made it safely through to the next round of the Scottish Cup, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Queen’s Park at Hampden Park this afternoon.

Despite a spirited performance from the home side, a clinical Rovers team proved too good in the end, with first-half goals from Kevin Nisbet and Liam Buchanan, before Nathan Flanagan made Rovers progression safe with a third in the second period. 

John McGlynn made two changes from the side which won 3-1 at Ochilview, with Nat Wedderburn returning after sitting out through suspension, while Grant Gillespie started in the right back berth, with the former Dundee United and Hamilton man coming back into contention following a lengthy injury spell.

Their reappearance in the starting eleven saw Callum Crane and Jamie Watson both miss out, with Watson dropping to the bench while Crane missed out.

Queen’s Park have been in good form of late, with just one defeat in seven matches, and they were in the ascendancy straight away in this one, with a free-kick from Ciaran Summers causing some angst for the Rovers defence, before it was eventually cleared for a corner.

Mark Roberts men were a whisker away from opening the scoring in the 11th minute, when Ross Matthews was caught in possession in the middle of the park, allowing Euan East to make headway down the left, and from an acute angle, his lob managed to beat Robbie Thomson before rebounding down off the bar and away to safety.

However, Rovers fans didn’t have to long to dwell on how close they’d come to going behind, as they were in the lead within 60 seconds.

Daniel Armstrong powered down the right-hand side and outstripped the defenders for pace, before sending in a low cross for Nisbet who side-footed home from close range.

It was a goal which had come slightly against the run of play, with the majority of the match flowing towards Robbie Thomson, and Summers was next to try his luck, but his shot lacked zip, allowing the Rovers goalie to gather comfortably.

Rovers were attempting to build from the back, but they didn’t look particularly comfortable in doing so, and Queen’s fashioned a great chance to equlaise in the 21st minute, when Summers, who was getting forward well from the left back spot, put in an excellent cross for Lewis Hawke, but the target man could only nod over the crossbar from close range.

If Queen’s Park felt a little aggrieved about being one down, they must have been incandescent when they found themselves two behind after 24 minutes, with a goal that was almost a carbon copy of the first.

Ross Matthews was the architect on this occasion, sending in a cross from the right which allowed Buchanan to prod the ball home from six-yards out.

Raith’s ruthlessness in front of goal was the difference between the two sides, and they almost made it three a few moments later, when Armstrong’s deep cross found Nisbet at the back post who nodded past Jordan Hart, only to be denied by the ball striking the opposite post.

Rovers had started to look far more assured of themselves after their second, although Queen’s were still looking dangerous, albeit more sporadically, and East who seemed to need no invitation to shoot, again tried his luck, this time from the edge of the area, but Thomson easily gathered his weak effort.

A third goal early in the second half would have killed the game as a contest, but Rovers started a little slowly, although Thomson was only being tasked with coming for crosses rather than any real saves.

Queen’s were enjoying a reasonable amount of possession, but Rovers carried far more threat in the final third, and they almost made it three in the 55th minute, when Euan Murray’s low cross from the left looked to be ideal for Nisbet to grab his second of the afternoon, but the in-form forward appeared to let the ball roll under his foot and the chance was gone.

Not that there was any harm done, as Raith did make it three a moment later, when Gillespie fed Nathan Flanagan in the penalty area, who calmly slotted past Hart.

Although the chickens weren’t exactly being totalled up at that stage, a three goal cushion seemed more than enough to see Rovers safely home, but Queen’s almost reduced the arrears in the 67th minute, when they struck the crossbar for the second time, with Scott McLean’s fierce shot from fully 30-yards crashing back off the woodwork.

Gillespie then saw his toepoke towards goal cleared off the line after being teed up by Nesbit’s knock-down, before Nesbit was denied himself after advancing through on goal, but Hart narrowed the angle well and blocked his attempt.

Gillespie wasn’t the only player to return from injury in this one, with Chris Duggan coming on for the final ten minutes for Nisbet, with the former East Fife man returning from a lengthy layoff.

The away side were able to see out the closing stages with the minimum of fuss, while their prize for the win was a home tie against local rivals Dunfermline in the next round.


© Eddie Doig 2018



Manager John McGlynn was delighted to progress in the Cup, and talked to RaithTV before the draw for the 4th round

Grant Gillespie returned to the starting XI at Hampden and talked to RaithTV after the match

Live Updates

Welcome to Hampden Park, it's 7 degrees with a threat of rain in the sky.
Queens Park kick off towards the East end of Hampden Park.
Queens Park with a dangerous free kick on the right, the ball going out for a corner.
A short corner played Thomson gathered the cross.
McLean has a shot from distance which sails over the bar.
Harthas to clear from the on rushing Armstrong, the former received a lecture from Mr Wilson for his complaint to the linesman.
Light rain is falling making things slippy under foot.
McLean yellow for a foul.
Armstrong cuts along the bye line, corner Rovers.
Rovers spurn a few chances from the corner.
Matthews is skinned by Moore, the ball comes in and Rovers surrender a corner.
Roberts pounced on a loose ball, shoots from 35 yards but the ball scurried out of play.
Nisbet getting the ball into the net from a great delivery from the right.
Nisbet playing on Armstrong, he lays off to Buchanan but is flagged offside.
Queens Park keeping the pressure on the Rovers.
Hawke leaps and heads over the bar from 12 yards.
Nisbet and Armstrong combined to find Buchanan who slotted home from 3 yards.
Latest score, Queens Park 0-2 Raith Rovers.
Armstrong delivered a peach of a cross, Nisbet heads back across goal and the ball goes out at the opposite side.
McLaughlin received a yellow for dissent.
Roberts with a free kick at the corner of the box sees Thomson gather safely.
The Spiders defence at sixes and sevens from a Flanagan cross, he finally shoots over from 25 yards.
Box to box play in the last phase but no real threat from either side.
Half time.
Davidson with a brave dive to deny Roberts.
Rovers defending a free kick, giving away a corner.
The ball is cleared for a Rovers attack.
Flanagan dribbles the ball into the area, Nisbet denied by a toe.
Murray rushing along the bye line finds Nisbet but the ball is cleared by a defender.
Gillespie does well to find Buchanan, his shot came to Armstrong who shoots just over from the right of the box.
Nathan Flanagan running into the area on the right slots past the diving keeper.
Nisbet puts the ball over from the edge of the 6 yard box.
The alliterative Euan East causing bother down the left.
Benedictus down holding his ankle. He gets up and back in the fray.
Armstrong with a tantalising cross sees the ball evade three attacking players.
Scott McLean hits the Rovers crossbar with a shot from 30 yards.
Moore and Roberts off, Martin and Fotheringham on.
Armstrong crosses, Nisbet heads down and Gillespie sees his shot blocked.
Benedictus blocks a low shot from Hawke.
Nisbet denied by Hart with a shot from inside the area.
Gillespie off, Watson on.
McLaughlin off, MaGee on.
Rovers slice through the Spiders defence but are flagged offside.
Nisbet off, Duggan on.
25 yards free kick by Armstrong is held by Hart, .
Hart makes a mess of a kick out, the ball coming of Buchanan and just past the near post.
Buchanan off, Milne on.
East hits a tired looking shot from distance, the ball sailing wide.
+1 Full time from Hampden Park Queens Park 0-3 (Nisbet 13' Buchanan 23' Flanagan 56') Raith Rovers. Attendance 679