Queen’s Park 2 Raith Rovers 3

Queen’s Park let a win slip through their hands as they went down 3-2 to visitors Raith Rovers at Hampden.

Ben McPherson and Charlie Fox were restored to the Spiders starting line-up with Lewis Reid and Patrick Jarrett making way with a positional switch for Louis Longridge completing the changes.

The Kirkcaldy side included former Queen’s players Ross Millen and Aidan Connolly in their starting XI as they looked to keep the pressure on Championship leaders Dundee United who won on Friday.

After a wreath laying ceremony to mark Remembrance Day led by Club President David Hunter, and a minute’s silence was observed, Jack Thomson kicked off and a nice early passing move involving Longridge and Ruari Paton threatened danger before the Fife defence stepped in.

In three minutes, Jack Turner was fouled 30 yards from the Raith goal and Jack Spong floated in a cross that reached Alex Bannon at the back post however he was forced to turn to his goal and the threat was ended.

A Longridge cross won a corner on six minutes when it was headed behind by Millen however again the visiting defence stood firm from Spong’s delivery.

Raith threatened for the first time on 10 minutes when Millen flighted over a cross that found Lewis Vaughan with the striker sending a header over Calum Ferrie’s goal with the home number one making a diving stop from Sam Stanton shortly afterwards.

Spong released Paton with a first time pass with 17 minutes played with Kevin Dabrowski racing from his goal to take the ball of the Dubliner’s toes with a sliding clearance.

From the resulting throw-in a route to goal opened up for Turner with the midfielder sending a shot flashing past the far post by inches. The hosts continued to search for openings and sixty seconds later Thomson cut in from the right and forced Dabrowski to push away his drive.

Midway through the half Thomson charged forward 30 yards to set up an attack by slipping in McPherson however the full-back failed to gather the pass and Rovers cleared.

Just before the half hour mark Fox did well twice in quick succession as he blocked a Vaughan shot and then slid in to clear Stanton’s low cross from the loose ball.

Ten minutes from the break Thomson did well to hit the by-line and send over a cross that looked destined for Paton until a Raith head popped up and knocked the ball away.

Ferrie showed his shot-saving ability on 37 minutes as he pushed away a low 18 yard shot from Josh Mullin that looked destined for a corner of the net and then jumped up to keep out Connolly’s close-range rebound effort.

A goal for the visitors was only delayed by two minutes as Vaughan skipped past Robson on the left and found the net with a shot that deflected off Fox as he looked to shut down the danger.

Robin Veldman’s side looked to hit back quickly and Dabrowski cut out a driven ball across his goalmouth from Paton with Turner waiting to pounce.

Turner earned an injury time corner which Spong tried to find the head of Fox from however the visiting defence cleared and before Spong could try again referee Napier blew for half time.

Half-time – Queen’s Park 0 Raith Rovers 1

Inside the first minute of the restart Thomas cushioned a pass into the path of Thomson in an advanced position with Dabrowski again well-placed to cut out the ball into the danger area.

On 50 minutes Queen’s created their best chance of the game so far when Spong found Thomson in space and he picked out Turner with a cross-field ball which the midfielder sent just over with a first- time side-footed shot.

Longridge then tested Dabrowski with a cross that became a shot with the corner the only reward for the home side.

Ten minutes into the second half Stanton slipped near the half-way line and that allowed Spong to send Thomas goalward and the skipper picked out Thomson who slipped in Paton who was denied a goal when his shot hit Dabrowski’s legs.

On the hour mark the visiting Euan Murray clattered into Paton 40 yards from goal and after booking the Queen’s Parker for his reaction, and consulting one of his assistants, referee Napier brandished a red card at the Raith player.

An equaliser arrived in fine style with 20 minutes left when Thomas scampered down the right and fizzed over a cross that was met on the volley by Turner who slid the ball into the net after Dabrowski had kept out his first effort.

Thomas had a shot pushed out before Queen’s turned the game on its head by taking the lead on 74 minutes when Paton latched onto another cross from Thomas and deftly flicked past Dabrowski from six yards out.

With 90 seconds left Raith equalised when Scott McGill crossed to the back post where fellow substitute Jack Hamilton was able to rise and nod home.

In injury time Aaron Healy was judged to have fouled Hamilton and Millen chipped in the resultant penalty.

Right at the death Millen kicked a Turner shot off the line and the points were heading east.

Queen’s Park – Calum Ferrie, Ben McPherson (Zach Mauchin 79), Alex Bannon, Charlie Fox, Tommy Robson, Jack Thomson (Patrick Jarrett 79), Jack Spong, Jack Turner, Louis Longridge (Barry Hepburn 62), Ruari Paton, Dom Thomas (Aaron Healy 86).
Unused substitutes – Sam Kane (G/k), Will Tizzard, Cameron Bruce, Lewis Reid, Lucas McCormick.

Raith Rovers – Kevin Dabrowski, Liam Dick, Ross Millen, Euan Murray, Lewis Vaughan (Scott McGill 66), Callum Smith (Jamie Gullan 82), Josh Mullin, Sam Stanton, Scott Brown, Shaun Byrne (Jack Hamilton 75), Aidan Connolly (Dylan Easton 75).
Unused substitutes – Robbie Thomson (G/k), Callam Hannah, Adam Masson.
Referee: Craig Napier

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