Greig Spence's late close-range finish defeated Falkirk and took Raith Rovers into the Ramsdens Cup semi-finals.

Former Celtic striker Spence converted Jason Thomson's low cross to beat the 2012 winners in the only all-Scottish Championship quarter-final tie.

Bairns forwards Rory Loy and Philip Roberts had earlier missed good chances to put the visitors ahead.

But substitute Spence's fifth goal of the season was enough to put them into the last four of the tournament.

The draw for that penultimate stage of the competition takes place on 19 September.

Reducing Hamilton's five-point lead at the top of the Championship is top priority for both of these top-half sides, but being one game away from a cup final will be a welcome distraction for the Stark's Park side.

Initially, it looked like the combined eight goals Roberts and Loy had provided Falkirk prior to the match would be added to.

Grant Murray's Raith Rovers dumped out the 2012 winners Falkirk

Grant Murray's Raith Rovers dumped out the 2012 winners Falkirk

Raith goalkeeper David McGurn spilled Loy's angled drive, but clutched it at the second attempt just as Roberts waited to pounce in the six-yard box.

Former Inverness forward Roberts likes to drift about in the final third for Falkirk and he surged past Lawrie Ellis on the left to deliver for Loy, who connected but sent his shot wide of the post.

The visitors' playing style was more technical, however Rovers refused to simply stand back and admire it and their direct approach began to cause problems.

Joe Cardle and Grant Anderson threatened for the hosts before Falkirk goalkeeper Graham Bowman did a textbook job of saving Lewis Vaughan's strike.

Roberts put an early second-half header from Craig Sibbald's cross past the post when it seemed easier to score.

Anderson fired narrowly wide from 18 yards for the hosts but the match-winning strike eventually arrived through Spence.

The 21-year-old came off the bench to stab home from six yards after a clever front-post run.

It takes Grant Murray's men one stage further in the competition than they managed last season.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Raith Rovers

  • 01 McGurn
  • 02 Thomson
  • 03 Booth
  • 04 Watson
  • 16 Ellis
  • 06 Fox
  • 07 Cardle
  • 08 Moon
  • 11 Anderson Booked
  • 10 Elliot
  • 21 Vaughan (Spence - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Roberts
  • 14 Donaldson
  • 12 Callachan
  • 09 Spence
  • 15 Smith

Falkirk

  • 12 Bowman
  • 02 Duffy
  • 03 Kingsley
  • 05 Flynn
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 07 Fulton (Grant - 77' )
  • 09 Roberts Booked
  • 10 Sibbald
  • 11 McGrandles
  • 13 Bingham (Shepherd - 89' )
  • 33 Loy

Substitutes

  • 22 Kyle Turnbull
  • 16 Grant
  • 19 Leahy
  • 32 McNabb
  • 31 Shepherd
Ref: Crawford
Att: 1,565

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

4 2

Corners

13 3

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:27 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:15

Philip Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:37

The referee shows Grant Anderson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:37 Booking

Booking

90:00 +2:34

Grant Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Philip Roberts.

90:00 +0:16

Corner taken by Joseph Cardle.

88:27 Substitution

Substitution Rakish Bingham goes off and Scott Shepherd comes on.

88:14

Joseph Cardle has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

88:00

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joseph Cardle.

85:03

Assist by Jason Thomson.

85:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Greig Spence - Raith 1 - 0 Falkirk Greig Spence scores with a right foot finish. Raith 1-0 Falkirk.

82:00

Corner taken by Callum Booth.

81:36

Kevin Moon takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

81:26

Corner taken by Joseph Cardle from the left by-line.

80:27

Liam Fox has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

80:16

Clearance made by Craig Sibbald.

80:12

Corner taken by Joseph Cardle from the right by-line.

79:16

Calum Elliot takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

76:02 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Grant on for Jay Fulton.

74:07

Rakish Bingham takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

72:22

The ball is sent over by Jason Thomson.

71:12

Will Vaulks restarts play with the free kick.

71:05

Greig Spence is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

70:53

Callum Booth takes the free kick.

70:46

Kieran Duffie concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Elliot.

70:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Cardle.

69:07

Shot by Grant Anderson missed to the left of the net.

68:59

Jonathan Flynn manages to make a clearance.

68:51

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joseph Cardle.

68:00

Calum Elliot takes a shot.

67:12

The ball is sent over by Calum Elliot.

65:36

Calum Elliot produces a cross.

61:11

The ball is crossed by Grant Anderson.

61:01

Free kick taken by David McGurn.

60:43 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Vaughan goes off and Greig Spence comes on.

60:27 Booking

Booking

60:27

Philip Roberts receives a caution.

60:22

Philip Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joseph Cardle.

59:55

Craig Sibbald takes a shot.

58:40

A cross is delivered by Kieran Duffie.

56:25

Header by Will Vaulks misses left.

56:09

Corner taken by Jay Fulton.

54:37

Liam Fox takes a shot and goes over the bar.

54:27

The ball is sent over by Joseph Cardle.

51:07

Craig Sibbald restarts play with the free kick.

51:01

Foul by Liam Fox on Conor McGrandles, free kick awarded.

50:41

Kieran Duffie makes a clearance.

50:32

Joseph Cardle takes the free kick.

50:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot by Will Vaulks.

49:31

Header by Philip Roberts misses left.

49:24

Craig Sibbald crosses the ball.

48:22

Callum Booth restarts play with the free kick.

48:04

Unfair challenge on Calum Elliot by Philip Roberts results in a free kick.

47:34

A cross is delivered by Grant Anderson.

47:25

Joseph Cardle restarts play with the free kick.

47:17

Calum Elliot fouled by Jonathan Flynn, the ref awards a free kick.

46:09

Jay Fulton takes the free kick.

45:25

Paul Watson challenges Jay Fulton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:33 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:22

Free kick taken by Graham Bowman.

45:00 +0:42

Calum Elliot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Vaulks.

44:47

Craig Sibbald manages to make a clearance.

44:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Cardle.

43:22

Graham Bowman takes the free kick.

43:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Vaulks by Paul Watson.

43:04

The ball is crossed by Kevin Moon.

42:47

Corner taken by Joseph Cardle from the left by-line.

41:49

Liam Fox takes a shot.

40:09

Craig Sibbald takes the free kick.

39:11

Laurence Ellis challenges Philip Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:02

Header at goal by Calum Elliot.

37:54

Jason Thomson delivers the ball.

36:28

Craig Sibbald takes a shot and cleared the net.

36:00

Free kick taken by Will Vaulks.

35:54

Laurence Ellis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Loy.

35:37

Liam Fox restarts play with the free kick.

35:19

Jay Fulton challenges Liam Fox unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:58

Liam Fox manages to make a clearance.

32:54

The ball is swung over by Rory Loy.

32:10

Liam Fox takes a shot and cleared the net.

32:02

Corner taken by Joseph Cardle.

31:40

Lewis Vaughan takes a shot.

29:31

Chance falls to Grant Anderson who heads at goal.

29:27

The ball is crossed by Callum Booth.

27:52

Shot by Grant Anderson cleared the target.

27:39

Jason Thomson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:11

Unfair challenge on Calum Elliot by Jonathan Flynn results in a free kick.

26:13

Clearance made by Stephen Kingsley.

26:07

The ball is crossed by Joseph Cardle.

25:28

Calum Elliot takes a shot.

24:36

Stephen Kingsley crosses the ball.

23:44

Clearance by Craig Sibbald.

23:41

The ball is swung over by Joseph Cardle.

23:27

Paul Watson restarts play with the free kick.

23:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Anderson by Philip Roberts.

22:24

Graham Bowman restarts play with the free kick.

22:01

Joseph Cardle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor McGrandles.

21:24

Liam Fox takes the free kick.

21:16

Conor McGrandles challenges Joseph Cardle unfairly and gives away a free kick.

21:07

Callum Booth makes a clearance.

21:04

The ball is swung over by Philip Roberts.

20:14

Corner taken by Jay Fulton from the left by-line.

17:54

Free kick taken by Jonathan Flynn.

17:49

The referee blows for offside.

17:11

Free kick taken by Graham Bowman.

17:04

Handball by Joseph Cardle.

15:54

Shot by Rory Loy went wide left of the target.

14:52

David McGurn restarts play with the free kick.

14:30

Philip Roberts is adjudged to have handled the ball.

14:09

Clearance made by Jonathan Flynn.

14:05

The ball is crossed by Grant Anderson.

11:27

Shot by Kevin Moon went over the net.

11:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joseph Cardle.

10:35

Kieran Duffie manages to make a clearance.

10:30

Free kick crossed by Joseph Cardle.

9:08

Grant Anderson fouled by Craig Sibbald, the ref awards a free kick.

6:46

Free kick taken by Graham Bowman.

6:29

Paul Watson challenges Will Vaulks unfairly and gives away a free kick.

6:06

Corner taken by Joseph Cardle from the right by-line.

5:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Cardle.

4:56

Rory Loy takes a shot.

4:11

Clearance by Laurence Ellis.

4:07

Corner taken by Jay Fulton from the left by-line.

3:32

Will Vaulks restarts play with the free kick.

3:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lewis Vaughan.

2:15

Free kick taken by Craig Sibbald.

2:10

Unfair challenge on Stephen Kingsley by Lewis Vaughan results in a free kick.

0:37

Free kick taken by Jonathan Flynn.

0:30

The referee blows for offside.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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