Rovers celebrate stunning Scottish Cup win

Raith Rovers celebrated a stunning Scottish Cup win over Hibs on Saturday afternoon.

They knocked out the SPL side - finalists for the past two seasons - on a 3-2 scoreline to the joy of a 1700-strong travelling support at Easter Road.

The Raith players celebrate a famous win

The Raith players celebrate a famous win

It was a remarkable result for a club which hadn’t scored in its five games in 2014.

Kevin Moon, Dougie Hill and Grant Anderson grabbed the goals in a thrilling fifth round tie which kicked off at 2.00 p.m. to avoid a clash with the Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield.

And while the Scotland-England rugby match may have dominated the capital, it was Rovers who took all the headlines with this win. Hibs were booed off the park by their long-suffering fans.

Goalie Ross Laidlaw was just one of Rovers’ heroes with some vital saves, including an early stop from James Collins.

Rovers went ahead through Moon in the fifth minute whose first time shot was beyond keeper Williamson.

It was 1-1 after 14 minutes as Stanton fired home via the post, but Rovers continued to battle.

Callachan saw a 25-yard effort strike the woodwork before the game was halted for lengthy treatment to Reece Donaldson who suffered a head knock. He was stretchered off.

Less than 60 seconds later they were back in front - but Hill’s volley was immediately countered by a headed equaliser from Nelson.

With just over an hour played Rovers struck again - and Anderson’s goal proved to be the winner, an acrobatic back header deceiving Williams in the home goal.

With Laidlaw in fine form and some resolute defending as Hibs threw everything at them, Rovers emerged to celebrate another huge cup win.

>> Read Matthew Elder’s analysis and post-game interviews plus the best action pictures in this week’s Fife Free Press.