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Ross County vs Raith Rovers. Scottish Premiership Play-offs Final.

Global Energy Stadium.

Ross County 4

  • S Murray (19th minute, 75th minute)
  • J White (47th minute)
  • B Khela (86th minute)

Raith Rovers 0


    Ross County 4-0 Raith Rovers (6-1 agg): Simon Murray scores twice as hosts secure Premiership survival

    Match report as Ross County thrash Raith Rovers 4-0 to wrap up a 6-1 aggregate victory and secure Premiership survival; Simon Murray scores twice, with Jordan White and Brandon Khela adding the other goals; Rovers will remain in the Championship next season

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    Highlights of the second leg of the SPFL play-off between Raith Rovers and Ross County

    Simon Murray scored a terrific double as Ross County secured Scottish Premiership survival with an emphatic 4-0 play-off victory - 6-1 on aggregate - over Raith Rovers at the Global Energy Stadium.

    The Staggies led 2-1 from the first leg at Stark's Park on Thursday night and added to that advantage in the 19th minute when Murray scored his 22nd goal of the season with a header.

    The Kirkcaldy side were arguably the better team in the first half but were stunned two minutes after the break when County forward Jordan White headed in a second from a corner.

    Murray then drove an unstoppable shot in from 25 yards with 15 minutes remaining, before 19-year-old substitute Brandon Khela curled in a fourth as County ran out comfortable winners.

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    Don Cowie reflects on Ross County's play-off win, his future at the club and how he ensures the Staggies are not in the bottom two again for a third successive season.

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    Raith Rovers manager Ian Murray was proud of his players despite a 4-0 defeat to Ross County, describing the scoreline as 'harsh'

    County had retained top-flight status last season with a dramatic play-off win over Partick Thistle, coming from 3-0 down on aggregate to win on penalties.

    However, a large Rovers support travelled with hope and created a cracking atmosphere for the noon kick-off in cold and wet weather more in keeping with winter.

    Amid an energetic start, an effort from Rovers' Lewis Vaughan was comfortably gathered by County goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw, who then saved Sam Stanton's more powerful drive.

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    In County's response, wide man James Brown came in from the right and fired a left-footed shot just wide of Kevin Dabrowski's left-hand post.

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    Simon Murray scores his second of the day - and the pick of Ross County's four goals

    However, just as it looked like the Fifers had a foothold in the game, the home side took the lead.

    Will Nightingale took a pass from Brown wide on the right and curled in a cross which bypassed White before the ever-dangerous Murray stole in at the back post to head in from close range.

    Ian Murray's side gathered themselves and drove forward again, with Josh Mullin hitting the wall with a free-kick from 30 yards.

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    Jordan White reflects on his side's win against Raith Rovers

    It took a terrific block from County defender Ryan Leak to thwart Dylan Corr in front of goal, while Laidlaw tipped a shot on the turn from Vaughan past the post and Dylan Easton curled a shot from distance just wide.

    The home side conceded a corner early in the second half when skipper Scott Brown's sliced interception looped behind and when Yan Dhanda - who will join Hearts next season - delivered from the right, White rose in a packed penalty area to bullet in a header.

    A difficult task for the Kirkcaldy side, who had finished second to Championship winners Dundee United, now looked unlikely.

    Just after the hour mark, Dhanda flashed a shot wide of Dabrowski but also wide of the target.

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    Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor reflects on his side's victory against Raith Rovers

    County captain Jack Baldwin blocked a Stanton shot inside the home side's penalty area as the visitors tried all they could to find a lifeline, but they were sunk when Murray took a White pass and arrowed a drive past the helpless Dabrowski.

    Laidlaw made saves from Aidan Connelly, fellow Raith substitute Jack Hamilton and Easton before Birmingham loanee Khela, on for Dhanda, scored his first Staggies goal from the edge of the box - but by then County were assured of playing Premiership football next season.

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