Scottish League Cup
Raith RoversRaith Rovers2HamiltonHamilton Academical1

Raith Rovers 2-1 Hamilton Academical

Raith Rovers defender Kyle Benedictus
Kyle Benedictus joined Raith from Dundee during the close season

Kyle Benedictus's late goal gave Championship side Raith Rovers victory over Hamilton Academical in the Scottish League Cup.

Raith took an early lead through Iain Davidson's deflected strike.

Former Stark's Park striker Christian Nade headed Premiership Accies level midway through the second half.

But Benedictus nodded the hosts ahead again from Ryan McCord's free-kick and this time Hamilton could not find an equaliser.

Ray McKinnon's side go into Thursday's third-round draw.

The Kirkcaldy side wasted little time in stating their intent.

Hamilton failed to deal with McCord's corner and, after referee Don Robertson dismissed the visitors' appeals for handball, Davidson's effort from inside the box was diverted into the bottom corner.

Raith pushed for a second and Grant Anderson's shot across goal was well saved by keeper Michael McGovern before Lewis Toshney struck a half-volley wide.

Hamilton were offering little in attack but Ali Crawford did draw a save from Kevin Cuthbert before heading Gramoz Kurtaj's cross wide from 10 yards.

Cuthbert did well to push Jesus Garcia Tena's free-kick over but, from the resulting corner, Accies equalised.

Crawford's delivery was nodded on by Kurtaj and Nade flicked the ball in just in front of the keeper.

However, it was a set piece at the other end that settled the tie.

McCord again provided the assist as his free-kick was headed in by centre-half Benedictus.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 6Benedictus
  • 5Toshney
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forDalyat 70'minutes
  • 14Davidson
  • 8McCord
  • 28Craigen
  • 11MegginsonSubstituted forWightonat 70'minutes
  • 9Stewart

Substitutes

  • 12Matthews
  • 16Daly
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 18Wighton
  • 22Bates
  • 24Ellis
  • 29Mackie

Hamilton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 24Tena
  • 3Kurakins
  • 21DochertySubstituted forBoydat 71'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11Crawford
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forImrieat 45'minutes
  • 27Nade
  • 12Kurtaj

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 7Imrie
  • 14Morris
  • 15MacDonald
  • 16Watson
  • 26Martin
  • 30Boyd
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
1,470

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away16
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Hamilton Academical 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Hamilton Academical 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by James Craigen.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Lucas.

  8. Post update

    James Craigen (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by James Craigen.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Hamilton Academical 1. Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan McCord with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    James Craigen (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

  18. Post update

    Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jon Daly (Raith Rovers).