McGlynn was afforded a warm welcome by the home support, but his former side were far less hospitable when the match began. Early chances for Callum Booth and Gordon Smith were splendidly saved by Darren Jamieson before Rovers took a deserved lead.
The Livingston goalkeeper, however, must take a large portion of the blame after rushing from his penalty area in an attempt to intercept a fairly aimless long ball. All he succeeded in doing, was crashing into his team-mate, Coll Donaldson, allowing Smith to roll into an empty net.
Cue controversy. Raith striker Calum Elliot, who reneged on an agreement to join Livingston in the close season, tumbled after 33 minutes under a Jason Talbot challenge in the box and, after consultation with his assistant referee, Alan Muir pointed to the spot. However, Jamieson saved Elliot's spot-kick. Moments later Elliot went down again under the challenge of Danny Denholm. Much to the fury of the visitors, the winger was shown a straight red card.
Any hopes of a comeback duly disappeared with Denholm's exit.