Scottish Championship - Play-off Semi-final - 2nd Leg
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Forfar Athletic 1-1 Raith Rovers (agg 2-3): Kirkcaldy side face Queen of the South in final

Raith Rovers scorer Kevin Nisbet
Kevin Nisbet's equaliser secured an aggregate victory

Raith Rovers will face Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship Play-off final after edging out 10-man Forfar Athletic on aggregate.

It looked like former Rovers striker John Baird might come back to haunt the Kirkcaldy side when his header levelled the tie after the break.

But Kevin Nisbet, who scored in Rovers' 2-1 first-leg win, replied from the penalty spot four minutes later.

Michael Travis was sent off for the foul on Nathan Ferguson.

Nisbet and James Gullan spurned good chances as Rovers tried to make their numerical advantage count to kill off the tie.

However, the 1-1 draw was enough for the Kirkcaldy side to move within two matches of returning to the Championship after a two-year absence.

Forfar are now 11 games unbeaten at home, but their failure to make it a 10th win during that run means they will remain in League One for another season.

Rovers, unbeaten in five outings - and five away from home, make the final ahead of the side they finished behind in the league table.

They host Queen of the South, who hammered Montrose 5-0 after finishing second bottom in the Championship, in Wednesday's first leg of the final.

Line-ups

Forfar

  • 1McCallum
  • 2Meechan
  • 4Whyte
  • 5TravisBooked at 58mins
  • 3EckersleySubstituted forEastonat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Hilson
  • 6IrvineBooked at 88mins
  • 8BainSubstituted forMaloneat 74'minutes
  • 11SpencerBooked at 76mins
  • 9BairdBooked at 63mins
  • 10CoupeSubstituted forMooreat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Easton
  • 14MacKintosh
  • 15Moore
  • 16Malone
  • 17Aitken
  • 18Scott
  • 21Hoban

Raith Rovers

  • 17Lyness
  • 4Davidson
  • 6Benedictus
  • 5Murray
  • 18McKay
  • 12MatthewsBooked at 82mins
  • 14WedderburnBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGillespieat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24BarjonasSubstituted forFlanaganat 54'minutes
  • 3CraneBooked at 79mins
  • 15Nisbet
  • 30GullanSubstituted forBuchananat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Duggan
  • 8Gillespie
  • 9Buchanan
  • 16Flanagan
  • 20Watson
  • 22McGuff
  • 26McGuffie
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
2,512

Match Stats

Home TeamForfarAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home21
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Raith Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Raith Rovers 1.

Foul by Gary Irvine (Forfar Athletic).

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

Dylan Easton (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David McKay (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Dylan Easton (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dylan Easton (Forfar Athletic).

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

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brad Spencer (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Dylan Easton (Forfar Athletic).

Nathan Flanagan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Liam Buchanan replaces James Gullan.

Attempt missed. James Gullan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Gary Irvine (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Irvine (Forfar Athletic).

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Darren Whyte.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Nisbet (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Eddie Malone (Forfar Athletic).

Nathan Flanagan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Dylan Easton replaces Adam Eckersley.

Attempt missed. Gary Irvine (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

Marc McCallum (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Euan Murray (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Ross Meechan.

Booking

Callum Crane (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brad Spencer (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Crane (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Darren Whyte (Forfar Athletic).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kevin Nisbet (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

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

goal

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