Saturday, January 16, 2010

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

What do East Fife have to do to win a derby match these days? Our record in Fife derbies in the last 20 years is horrendous and those stats continued today.

Off the top of my head, and it's some stats that I need to actually check the facts for cos it's bugging me, I think it's about two derby wins in that time against either Dunfermline, Raith Rovers or Cowdenbeath in a competitive game that isn't the Fife Cup!

Today seemed to be the day we'd get a derby win, but Gareth Wardlaws goal three minutes from time gave the Cowdung a share of the spoils in an entertaining four goal encounter.

With the weather decimating East Fife's fixtures, it was good to get back playing again and the black and gold had hoped to build on their promising display against Dumbarton the last time they were able to take to the pitch.

Starved of live football action, and with commendable reduced admission prices, a healthy crowd of 864 went along to Bayview Stadium this afternoon. Well, as healthy as any crowd featuring people from Cowdenbeath could be.

When Bobby Linn rose to head home and open the scoring for the Fife after 15 minutes, things were looking promising that the derby day drought would end, but a Wardlaw equaliser for Cowden after 37 minutes and a horrendous penalty miss from top Fife's top scorer Paul McManus saw the sides go in level at the break.

It was a really entertaining second half, with both sides looking capable of getting the winner, and the Bayview faithful thought that Lloyd Young had wrapped the three points up for the Fife with nine minutes remaining. And he should have, but Wardlaw's 18 yard strike broke Fife hearts and kept the League leaders on top of the division.

Another disappointing derby day ending and yet another late goal conceded. Barring the SFL deciding to make games over just 85 minutes, it seems our season's struggles are going to continue into the New Year.

Ah well, maybe next time that elusive derby win will return. At least it was good to have a Fife game to report on once again.

C'mon the Fife.

FINAL SCORE: East Fife 2 - 2 Cowdenbeath

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