Match ends, Queen of the South 2, Raith Rovers 0.
Queen of the South retained their three-point advantage over Hibernian with a home Scottish Championship win over Raith Rovers.
John Baird struck from outside the penalty area to give third-place Queens a first-half lead.
Mark Stewart almost equalised for Raith in the second half when his low shot struck the frame of the goal.
Gavin Reilly converted Derek Lyle's low cross to double the home side's lead late on.
The result moves James Fowler's side to within four points of Rangers in Scotland's second tier.
Fine goalkeeping by David McGurn prevented the home side from taking an early lead.
First, the stopper got down to his right to keep out Chris Higgins' low shot from Ian McShane's free-kick.
McShane eventually retrieved the ball and curled it towards the right-hand post only to see McGurn tip the shot wide.
Baird did find the net when he took down a long ball, set himself in front of the Raith defence and blasted past McGurn.
Mark Durnan's second-half header bounced over the Raith Rovers crossbar before the visitors came very close to levelling.
Stewart raced away on the left and slammed a shot against Zander Clark's near post.
And soon Queens were further ahead as Reilly knocked Lyle's centre off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
Queen of Sth
- 17CarmichaelSubstituted forKiddat 85'minutes
- 8KerrBooked at 31mins
- 9BairdSubstituted forLyleat 71'minutes
- 4WatsonBooked at 34mins
- 7AndersonSubstituted forConroyat 84'minutes
- 6FoxSubstituted forScottat 84'minutes
- 10ElliotSubstituted forStewartat 50'minutes
- 27NadeBooked at 24mins
- Stephen Finnie
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Queen of the South 2, Raith Rovers 0.
Attempt saved. Mark Kerr (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).
Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).
Barrie McKay (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).
Barrie McKay (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).
Delay in match Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) because of an injury.
Substitution, Queen of the South. Lewis Kidd replaces Daniel Carmichael.
Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Conroy replaces Grant Anderson.
Substitution, Raith Rovers. Martin Scott replaces Liam Fox.
Goal! Queen of the South 2, Raith Rovers 0. Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Derek Lyle.
Attempt saved. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Ian McShane.