Cowdenbeath kept alive their hopes of escaping the relegation play-offs with victory in the Fife derby in Kirkcaldy.

Reece Donaldson missed an early chance for the hosts before Rory McKeown lobbed Cowden into the lead.

Lewis Milne added the second from close range with nine minutes left working himself an opening.

Substitute Greig Spence pulled a goal back for Rovers, running on to Calum Elliot's ball and tucking through Thomas Flynn's legs.

They could not force a leveller that would have made the hosts arithmetically safe from relegation trouble.

However, Rovers are still three points ahead of second-bottom Cowden with only one game remaining and have a much better goal difference.

The Blue Brazil have edged to within a point of Alloa Athletic, who lost at home to Dundee, and host Queen of the South in their final game.

Alloa are away to promotion-chasing Falkirk.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Raith Rovers

  • 20 Robinson
  • 19 Mullen
  • 03 Booth
  • 06 Fox
  • 04 Watson
  • 14 Donaldson
  • 12 Callachan
  • 07 Cardle (Spence - 76' )
  • 10 Elliot Booked
  • 29 Baird
  • 15 Smith (Anderson - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Spence
  • 11 Anderson
  • 16 Ellis
  • 17 Laidlaw
  • 21 Vaughan
  • 23 Matthews
  • 26 Bates

Cowdenbeath

  • 01 Flynn
  • 14 Brett (Gold - 92' )
  • 02 McKeown
  • 06 Wedderburn
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 04 O'Brien (Miller - 85' )
  • 18 Milne Booked
  • 23 Brownlie
  • 21 Hemmings
  • 09 Stewart
  • 26 Kane (Robertson - 25' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Adamson
  • 08 Stevenson
  • 11 Morton
  • 12 Gold
  • 17 Usai
  • 20 Miller
  • 22 Robertson
Ref: Brian Colvin
Att: 1,760

Match Stats

Shots

18 12

On target

9 5

Corners

10 3

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Cowdenbeath 2.

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Cowdenbeath 2.

90:00 +2:37

Hand ball by Fraser Mullen (Raith Rovers).

90:00 +1:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. David Gold replaces Dean Brett.

90:00 +0:22

Attempt saved. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) header from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

89:07 Booking

Booking Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

89:00

Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:59

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

87:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Cowdenbeath 2. Greig Spence (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

85:47

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

84:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Kyle Miller replaces Thomas O'Brien because of an injury.

82:14

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

80:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 0, Cowdenbeath 2. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Armstrong.

80:25

Attempt saved. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

79:33

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Thomas O'Brien.

79:21

Attempt blocked. Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

75:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Greig Spence replaces Joe Cardle.

75:05

Foul by John Baird (Raith Rovers).

75:05

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:07

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Dean Brett.

73:00

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right.

70:50

Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:50

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

66:40

Attempt saved. John Baird (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Anderson replaces Gordon Smith.

63:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:17

Delay in match Lee Robinson (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

62:09

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

61:33

Attempt blocked. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:01 Booking

Booking Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

61:00

Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:55

Foul by Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath).

59:38

Attempt missed. Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

57:30

Attempt saved. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

56:35

Attempt missed. John Baird (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

56:05

Attempt missed. Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

54:48

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

52:48

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Reece Donaldson.

52:33

Attempt saved. Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:22

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Paul Watson.

51:00

Attempt saved. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:46

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

48:13

Attempt missed. John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) header from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left.

47:04

Delay in match Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

46:29

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Lee Robinson.

46:08

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Raith Rovers 0, Cowdenbeath 1.

45:00 +0:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Raith Rovers 0, Cowdenbeath 1.

42:25

Attempt saved. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

42:09

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Dean Brett.

39:58

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

38:41

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

38:24

Attempt blocked. Joe Cardle (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:01

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by John Armstrong.

37:49

Attempt saved. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

36:50

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by John Armstrong.

34:25

Attempt missed. Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

33:16

Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:16

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

33:01

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

33:01

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

32:47

Attempt saved. Gordon Smith (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

31:16

Attempt missed. Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

24:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jon Robertson replaces Chris Kane because of an injury.

23:17

Attempt missed. Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

21:35

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:35

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

20:23

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

20:23

Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Raith Rovers 0, Cowdenbeath 1. Rory McKeown (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kane Hemmings.

16:24

Attempt saved. Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:37

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

15:19

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

11:44

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

11:44

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath).

10:00

Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).

10:00

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:02

Delay in match Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

6:35

Attempt missed. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

5:35

Hand ball by Chris Kane (Cowdenbeath).

3:29

Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:29

Foul by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

0:42

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:42

Foul by Chris Kane (Cowdenbeath).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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