Scottish Championship - Play-off Semi-final - 1st Leg
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Raith Rovers 2-1 Forfar Athletic: Fifers edge out visitors in tight tussle

James Gullan celebrates
Hibernian's James Gullan scored the winner for his on-loan club

Raith Rovers will take a narrow one-goal lead into Saturday's Championship play-off semi-final second leg after edging out Forfar at Stark's Park.

Calum Crane rattled the upright before later crossing for Kevin Nesbit to nod home his 33rd Raith goal this season.

The lead lasted just four minutes as John Baird levelled the tie from the angle high into the top corner.

Despite Forfar then going on to dominate, James Gullan struck to give Raith a precious second.

A free-kick 30 yards out by Nisbet rebounded off the defensive wall into the path of the on-loan Hibernian teenager who smashed a right-foot shot low into the corner.

Forfar twice came close to an equaliser through substitute Jamie Bain but Rovers held on for what could be a crucial one goal lead going into Saturday's second leg.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 17Lyness
  • 4Davidson
  • 6Benedictus
  • 5Murray
  • 18McKayBooked at 54mins
  • 24BarjonasSubstituted forGillespieat 72'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 12Matthews
  • 14Wedderburn
  • 3Crane
  • 9BuchananSubstituted forGullanat 45'minutes
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 8Gillespie
  • 16Flanagan
  • 20Watson
  • 22McGuff
  • 26McGuffie
  • 27Bowie
  • 30Gullan

Forfar

  • 1McCallum
  • 2Meechan
  • 5Travis
  • 4WhyteBooked at 78mins
  • 3Eckersley
  • 10EastonSubstituted forCoupeat 72'minutes
  • 6Irvine
  • 11Spencer
  • 8MooreSubstituted forBainat 73'minutes
  • 9BairdBooked at 79mins
  • 7HilsonBooked at 82minsSubstituted forAitkenat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bain
  • 14MacKintosh
  • 15Coupe
  • 16Malone
  • 17Reilly
  • 18Aitken
  • 21Hoban
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
2,007

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamForfar
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Forfar Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Forfar Athletic 1.

Foul by James Gullan (Raith Rovers).

Ross Meechan (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. James Gullan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Euan Murray.

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

Attempt saved. Jamie Bain (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jamie Bain (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

Matthew Aitken (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Matthew Aitken (Forfar Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Matthew Aitken replaces Dale Hilson.

Callum Crane (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

Euan Murray (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

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).

Booking

John Baird (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Baird (Forfar Athletic).

Booking

Darren Whyte (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Darren Whyte (Forfar Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Crane (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by David McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Jamie Bain replaces Lewis Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Gillespie replaces Jamie Barjonas.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Connor Coupe replaces Dylan Easton.

Attempt missed. Callum Crane (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by John Baird (Forfar Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Forfar Athletic 1. James Gullan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

goal

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