After three wins in a week, Raith Rovers schedule shows little sign of slowing down, as they head to Ochilview this Friday evening to face league leaders Queen's Park.

Rovers head into this one in fine fettle, unbeaten in 12 matches, and on the back of arguably their best performance of the season, a resounding 3-1 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.

The Spiders on the other hand are in more mixed form, with two wins, a draw and three defeats in their last six matches, and even one of those wins, a victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup was overturned, due to fielding an illegible player.

The first game in that sequence was against Raith in the second week of January, with John Frederiksen grabbing his only goal for Rovers during his short stay in a 1-0 away win.

It's been a different story in the league however, with Owen Coyle's men taking full points from the two games so far.

Stephen Eze grabbed the only goal of the game at the start of October, as Queen's ran out 1-0 winners, but there were far more goals when the two met at Stark's Park in November, although far more of them went to the visitors.

Aidan Connolly scored both the opening and final goal of proceedings, but in-between, braces from Simon Murray, Dom Thomas and a solitary strike from Jack Thomson saw Queen's Park eventually emerge 5-2 winners.

Queen's Park have had some notable ins and outs in the January window, with right back, Marcel Oakley, who impressed in the first half of the campaign with Arbroath, joining on loan from Birmingham, while forwards, Euan Henderson and Connor Shields have joined in temporary moves from Hearts and Motherwell respectively.

However, they'll have some big boots to fill, with Simon Murray, who scored 18 goals and set up another nine for the Ochilview lodgers, joining Ross County at the end of the window.

Friday's match referee will be Craig Napier.


Head-to-Head Record:

Queen's Park wins: 35

Raith Rovers wins: 50

Draws: 25


Rovers’ unbeaten run continues with draw against leaders

Rovers’ fixture against Queen’s Park (at Ochilview) had to be moved to the Friday night due to Stenhousemuir having a game the next day. A good number of Rovers’ fans made the journey, with the success in the cup still fresh in the minds.

Rovers made an enforced change seeing Esmaël Gonçalves making his first start in place of the injured Jamie Gullan.

It was Rovers that had the first real effort about ten minutes in: a good run and shot from Scott Brown but it was straight down the neck of Queen’s keeper Calum Ferrie. Queen’s were next to threaten after nice interplay down the right saw Dom Thomas put a cross-come shot just wide of Jamie McDonald’s right post.

The game ebbed and flowed with neither side really taking the initiative. Gonçalves saw his shot from the edge of the box saved by Ferrie; followed by a quick throw down the right which put the same player in again, but his left-footed shot was another straightforward stop. Rovers now starting to look the slightly more dangerous and another positive forward run from Brown, opened up space for Liam Dick and Dylan Easton, but the latter’s shot was tame, and the game remained goalless. Brown spurned probably Rovers’ best chance when his half-volley from just inside the box looked bound for the top corner, but flashed wide.

Half-time: Queen’s Park 0-0 Raith Rovers

Queen’s took the lead early in the second half. Jack Thomson lifted the ball into the box and Motherwell loanee, Connor Shields, took the ball down nicely, turned Tom Lang, before slotting home with his left foot. Queen’s 1-0 Rovers.

If there is one thing Rovers have shown in recent times it’s been resilience, and Easton was denied at the back post with a last ditch block. But Rovers did find a deserved equaliser. Aidan Connolly’s short corner to Easton saw him clip it towards the box, Ryan Nolan got to the ball first before he was brought down by Jake Davidson. Ref pointed to the spot with Queen’s players claiming it was just outside. Sub William Akio stepped up and although his penalty was weak, he was quick to pounce and convert the rebound. He then followed it with a spectacular acrobatic celebration.

The game played out and ended 1-1, with a draw probably being a fair result.

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

Crowd: 923

by David Proudfoot






Ian Murray spoke to RaithTV after tonight's draw with Queen's Park FC:

Live Updates

Welcome to tonight's Cinch Championship game Queens Park v Raith Rovers. Not much of a wind but there is a light drizzle
Tonight's referee is Craig Napier who is assisted by Ross McLeod and George King
Queens get tonight's game underway
Raith shooting towards their own fans this half
Easton trying to break through early but his forward ball is blocked
Liam Dick's ball to Goncalves in the Queens box is cleared
Booking for Fox as he tugs Easton's shirt
Good free kick from Easton into the Wueens box but it's cleared
Thomas with an early shot but it doesn't trouble MacDonald
Good linking play between Connolly and Goncalves but the return pass is intercepted
Lang clears a Queens ball as they try to break through
Thomas' ball is just wide
Freekick Raith on the half way line after a foul on Connolly
Brown with a skelping shot which has Ferrie palming the ball down then collects quickly
Shields weaves his way through the Raith defence he cuts the ball back but thankfully Connolly is there to pick up the loose ball and clear the danger
Savoury has a low shot, MacDonald gets down to gather
Long ball to Stanton but Queens head clear
Goncalves with a low shot and Ferrie gets down to save
Booking for Spencer
Corner Queens as Nolan makes the challenge
From the corner ball is played to the Raith front post and cleared
Easton tries to take on two of the Queens defence but it doesn't come to fruition
Goncalves again with a low shot but Ferrie gets down to gather
Liam Dick clears a long ball from Queens
Queens come close but they are judged to be offside.
Corner Queens as Shields' shot is deflected
From the corner the ball falls to the middle of the box but Kilday miss kicks the ball out of the box
Queens Park 0 Raith 0
Easton has a powering shot on goal and Ferrie gets down to save
Easton gets the ball into the box but instead of going for the shot he's lost possession
Stanton gets the ball but his forward pass isn't well executed and Queens intercept
Liam Dick clears for a Queens corner
After a great run to start the play from Easton, Goncalves gets the ball cut back to Brown who has a shot but ball is wide
MacDonald clearance is only as far as Boateng and Queens then go on to pressurise
Ref blows for half time bang on the 45 min mark … Queens 0 Raith 0
Raith get the second half underway. Raith defending the away end this half
Stanton is in the box he's on the ground and he's looking for the penalty but ref is shaking his head
Booking for Davidson as he holds back Goncalves as he tries to burst through. Freekick approx 20 yards out
Nothing comes of the freekick as ball goes wide
MacDonald comes out to collect a ball delivered into the Raith box
Stanton looks as though he could break through but his forward pass hits off a Queens player
Goal for Queens
Ball falls to Shields he has time and his shot is in the back of the net
MacDonald comes charging out to clear after Lang loses the ball
Freekick Queens after Connolly fouls Savoury
Queens again with a low shot which forces MacDonald to get down to his right to save
Stanton can't control a throw in and ball goes out for a Queens goal kick
Raith sub off Goncalves and bring on Akio
Good ball from Millen into the box which Queens force out for a Raith corner
Queens sub off Jarrett and bring on McPake
Liam Dick tries to cut the ball back from near the left corner into the box but no one there
Lang with a purposeful well timed challenge as Queens steam through
Oooft Lang delays releasing the ball and Queens pounce on it. Relief for Raith as Queens don't capitalise
Corner Raith as Brown tries to get the ball into the box but Queens block
Thomas is through and charges up the field he has a pop and Millen stands his ground
Connolly with the ball into the Queens box but Raith can't pounce
Akio wins a corner as his pass is deflected out
Raith penalty
Akio to take …
His penalty is saved but he hits the rebound GOOOAAALLL
Easton booked for a foul on Thomas
Liam Dick booked now
From the freekick the ball is delivered to the far post and thankfully ball goes out
Queens sub off Thomson and bring on Longridge
Spencer with a rather hopeful low shot and Ferrie gathers comfortably
Freekick Queens just left of the box
Ball goes straight out from the freekick
Raith sub off Easton and bring on McBride
McBride's pass into the Queens box is blocked and out for a Raith throw in
Queen sub off Thomas and bring on Healy
Stanton with a lovely lift of the ball into the centre of the box Akio heads the ball over the bar
Just over 900 in attendance at the game this evening with a healthy travelling support
Brown with a timely challenge to stop Queens in their tracks
Raith sub off Connolly and bring on McGill as the ref books Owen Coyle
Queens corner
Ball delivers to front post and Queens kick wide
Stanton puts a foot in to try and win the ball
Ball falls to Akio but he's been heavily marked he can't turn and run
Ref blows for full time Queen 1 ( Shields 50') Raith 1 (Akio 74') … personally feel a point each is deserved. Both sides with chances.