Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 5-0 Raith Rovers

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Paisley 2021 Stadium
Stevie Mallan celebrates scoring for St Mirren
Stevie Mallan (left) inspired St Mirren to a thunderous win over Raith Rovers

St Mirren took a huge step towards Scottish Championship survival by thumping fellow strugglers Raith.

Stevie Mallan starred for the hosts, opening the scoring from close range before netting a second with a deflected 20-yard free kick.

Rory Loy diverted Gary MacKenzie's header for the Buddies' third.

Mallan capped a wonderful personal and team performance by curling into the top-right corner from 25 yards, then teed up Lewis Morgan for a fifth.

The emphatic victory means St Mirren leap-frog the Rovers in the league and might even end Saturday as high as seventh depending on Dumbarton's result at Dundee United in the evening kick-off.

Saints have now scored 20 goals in their last six games and Mallan turned in the first from eight yards after Kyle Magennis and Cammy Smith combined to capitalise on a poor defensive header from Raith's Jean-Yves Mvoto.

The second goal also originated from the right boot of Mallan, but his 20 yard free-kick nicked Declan McManus and wrong-footed Rovers goalkeeper Pavol Penksa.

Raith offered very little and things got worse for the Kirkcaldy men soon after half-time.

Mallan's corner was headed goal-wards by MacKenzie and Loy innovatively nodded it into the bottom corner of the net from close range.

Any contest was over at that point, but St Mirren strived to boost their goal difference even more before next Saturday's final-day visit to champions Hibernian.

Mallan did just that in absolutely spectacular fashion. Working hard to win back possession, the 21-year-old played one-twos with Morgan and Loy before curling a brilliant shot into the top-right corner which left his team-mates with hands on heads in amazement. It was his 11th goal of the season.

After that there was still time for Mallan to find Morgan, who netted his 10th of the season with a low left-foot drive from an angle that was too powerful for Penksa to keep out.

Post-match reaction

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "The performance is indicative of how we've been for a few months - we're capable of producing results like that.

"But when you put it in the context of the pressure that was on this game today, then it's a terrific performance from the players.

"We've given Stevie Mallan the hat-trick. His contribution in this half of the season has been outstanding and he deserves every plaudit he gets.

"Goal difference has become an important factor for us and might benefit us. We still have to go to Easter Road and try and get something from the game."

Raith Rovers manager John Hughes: "The bottom line is that they were a little bit scared to get on it and pass it.

"The game is hard enough without you thinking you're something that you're not. Everything you get you have to go and graft for.

"If you've got good hard-working values, what comes out of it is a good will to win, but we were second best today."

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21O'Brien
  • 3Irvine
  • 15Baird
  • 6MackenzieSubstituted forWebsterat 85'minutes
  • 44Eckersley
  • 42MagennisSubstituted forQuinnat 80'minutes
  • 22McGinnBooked at 61mins
  • 10Mallan
  • 17Morgan
  • 11SmithSubstituted forDemetriouat 76'minutes
  • 16Loy

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4Webster
  • 8Quinn
  • 9Sutton
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 36Penksa
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 55Barr
  • 3McHattie
  • 21Thompson
  • 19SkacelBooked at 51minsSubstituted forHardieat 53'minutes
  • 22HandlingBooked at 78mins
  • 11BarrSubstituted forCourtat 53'minutes
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forStewartat 53'minutes
  • 20McManusBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 6Benedictus
  • 9Stewart
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Brennan
  • 26Court
  • 52Hardie
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
4,937

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 5, Raith Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 5, Raith Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! St. Mirren 5, Raith Rovers 0. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Mallan.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Andy Webster replaces Gary Mackenzie.

  10. Post update

    Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Rocco Quinn replaces Kyle Magennis.

  13. Booking

    Daniel Handling (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Handling (Raith Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Stelios Demetriou replaces Cameron Smith.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.