November 13, 2012
Hill peaks excitement with Raith winner
Douglas Hill grabbed the winner in extra-time as Raith came out on top of a seven-goal thriller, beating Airdrie United 4-3 in their Active Nation Scottish Cup third-round clash.
The sides could not be separated in a 2-2 draw first time round, meaning a replay was required between the Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship First Division rivals.
The tone for a fine encounter was set in just the third minute, when Ryan Donnelly found Josh Watt, who curled home from just inside the penalty area.
However, Airdrie hit back immediately, Greig Spence firing home and Allan Walker converting a penalty after Nathan Blockley had brought down Simon Mensing.
Yet, just before the interval, Paul Di Giacomo matched that effort from the spot following Laurence Ellis' foul on Donnelly to level matters.
Grant Anderson fired home to put Rovers back in front just after the break, only for Gregor Buchanan's header four minutes from time to ensure an extra 30 minutes.
Yet it was Raith and Hill who were to have the final say as the defender delivered a decisive header to set up a fourth-round clash with Deveronvale.
|Raith Rovers||Airdrie United|
|1 Ross Laidlaw||1 Kenny Arthur|
|4 Laurie Ellis||5 David William Lilley|
|6 Simon Mensing||3 Marc Warren|
|2 Jason Thomson||2 Grant Evans|
|5 Dougie Hall||11 Jamie Bain|
|3 Edward Malowne||6 Kieron Stallard|
|11 Joe Hamill||4 Gregor Buchanan|
|8 Allan Walker||8 Nathan Blockley|
|7 Grant Anderson||7 Joshua Watt|
|10 Patrick Clarke||9 Paul Di Giacomo|
|9 Greg Spence||10 Ryan Donnelly|
|20 Jordan Robertson||Andrew Duncan 17|
|16 eece Donaldson||Ricki Lamie 16|
|14 Ross Callachan||Gavin Griffin 12|
|12 Stuart Anderson||Jack Boyle 14|
|15 Lewis Vaughan||William McLaren 15|
|Stuart Anderson for Joe Hamill (76)||Andrew Duncan for Kenny Arthur (32)|
|Ross Callachan for Grant Anderson (114)||Jack Boyle for Jamie Bain (62)|
|William McLaren for Paul Di Giacomo (76)|
|Laurie Ellis (45)||Marc Warren (29)|
|Patrick Clarke (49)||David William Lilley (35)|
|Kieron Stallard (47)|
|Gregor Buchanan (58)|
|Nathan Blockley (65)|
|William McLaren (88)|
|Ryan Donnelly (95)|
|Joshua Watt (111)|
|· Squads: Raith Rovers | Airdrie United|