Sunday, November 1, 2009

Match Report: Cowdenbeath v East Fife (Scottish 2nd Div)

Cowdung is a scary place to go at the best of times. Add into that equation the fact it was Halloween and East Fife can't seem to win a derby match no matter how many times they try and, well, the end result was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

We mentioned last week that this was a rollercoaster season for the Fife and the cart is firmly hurtling down the tracks again after yesterday.

It was a pretty evenly matched contest really, with all the goal action coming in the first 14 minutes. If you were late in for the early kick off, which many were thanks to having only one adult turnstile open, you missed some early Guy Fawkes fireworks and some piss poor defending.

Cowden opened the scoring after just two minutes when ex Fifer Brian Fairbairn hit home after Stewart Baillie could only parry John Robertson's shot.

The Fife levelled ten minutes later when Jonathan Smart knocked on a free kick and the bounce confused the Cowden defence and fell nicely for gaffer Steve Crawford to fire home.

Crawford nearly struck again moments later but parity only lasted two minutes before the home side re-took the lead, with what was to prove to be the winner and a personal shocker for the Fife's Bobby Linn.

Paul McQuade played in a cross which Linn easily met. His control let him down though, when he should have just blootered it clear, and the ball rolled to Robertson who made no mistake.

Both teams had chances to add more goals but nothing came of them. Linn hit the post and David Muir had a couple of chances well saved for the Fife, whilst Baillie had some nice saves at the other end.

It was Cowden's 5th game on the bounce without loss and the defeat plunged the Fife back down the table and three points off bottom once again.

More worrying for the Fife than the performance was that strikers Paul McManus and new loan signing Paul Sludden both went off injured.

In such a seesaw season and tight league, it's going to be a battle for every point and every single one of those points is going to be vital.

FINAL SCORE: Cowdenbeath 2 - 1 East Fife


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