Cowdenbeath 0 Dunfermline 3Saturday, 23rd Jul 2016
Betfred Cup: Two changes - Jason Talbot and Kallum Higginbotham in for Lewis Martin and Rhys McCabe: Andy Geggan (57) 0-1: Lee Ashcroft (69) 0-2: Andy Geggan (85) 0-3
Allan Johnston made two changes from the team that defeated Arbroath 3-0 - Jason Talbot and Kallum Higginbotham in for Lewis Martin and Rhys McCabe. Cowdenbeath made three changes from the side beaten at Tannadice on Tuesday night. Liam Fox brought in Burton O`Brien, Craig Johnston, and new signing Brian Ross. Out went Shaun Rutherford, Kris Renton and Lewis Moore.
A second minute free kick taken short by Higginbotham to Gavin Reilly didn`t work out with the on loan Hearts man`s cross from the right hit into the sidenetting. The same pair created the next threat again looking lively around the box but it was the seventh minute when the Pars tested the keeper. Nat Wedderburn leapt to play the ball to Michael Moffat about 25 yards out but the lay off saw, Talbot run in on the left side to smash his shot at keeper David McGurn.
Four minutes on and McGurn dropped to hold a low cross from Joe Cardle after Wedderburn had fed Moffat yet again. Cowdenbeath did try and get forward as much as they could with Kris Turner robbing the ball off Cardle on half way to pick out Johnston on the left but the Pars defence was not troubled by his cross.
A Higginbotham switch to Cardle on the far left in 19 minutes led to a fantastic cross that Moffat met with a glancing header but McGurn got down to pull off a quite magnificent save. Six minutes later Kyle Miller caught Ryan Williamson on the back and he require physio Kenny Murray`s attentions before returning.
It was Miller who got away a 25 yard strike in 28 minutes that hit some part of Lee Ashcroft instigating claims for a penalty. There were a couple of headers out of the Pars box by Talbot and Richards-Everton before on the half hour Geggan lobbed a ball into the left side of the home box for Moffat to crash on target but again McGurn came to Cowdenbeath`s rescue.
With the interval just five minutes Dean Brett`s cross from the right was diverted away from danger by an acrobatic Williamson and at the other end the travelling support roasted the stand side linesman for a tight offside decision against Reilly.
In 42 minutes McGurn touched a Cardle blast wide right after Geggan had picked out Moffat to set up Joe. From the corner Ashcroft`s header was cleared off the line by Fraser Mullen and the Pars finished strongly but there was no route through the resolute Cowdenbeath defence who clearly had a desire to prevent the flood gates opening like they had done against Dundee United.
Half time: Cowdenbeath 0 Dunfermline 0
Cowdenbeath continued to put up a solid defence until Andy GEGGAN made the breakthrough in 57 minutes. Cardle won a free kick on the edge of the box and after Rhys McCabe replaced Nat Wedderburn it was Higginbotham who took charge of the setpiece drilling it wide right off the Cowden wall. When the corner was played in the Pars captain met it on the near corner of the six yard area to hit through McGurn to bulge the net. 0-1
It was midway through the second half Geggan was fouled on the edge of the centre circle. Higginbotham sent the free kick deep into the opposition box where Lee ASHCROFT connected to send the ball into the left side of McGurn`s net. 0-2
Paul McMullan and Lewis Spence immediately replaced Kallum Higginbotham and Joe Cardle. The two subs combined well in 77 minutes McMullan gaining ground to the edge of the box before slipping the ball to the overlapping Spence and his cross looked good for Reilly at the near post but put off by pressing defenders he failed to find the net.
Sub Cammy Muirhead forced a Cowden corner in 80 minutes but Geggan headed that away setting up a counterattack that found Moffat on the right. Moff switched the ball to Spence on the left but unluckily he hit his 20 yard effort just outside the left upright.
Next it was Cowdenbeath to have a close thing, Greg Ross cutting the ball across the face of the Pars goal and Muirhead failing to net at the far post.
A McCabe free kick was lofted high in from the right touchline targeting Richards- Everton but Sives got his head on it to hand the Pars an 85th minute corner on the left. McMullan crossed and Ashcroft`s header was chested down by Brett to Reily in front of him. The striker picked out GEGGAN to the right and he drilled a low shot in at the far post. 0-3
The Betfred Man of the Match was deservedly presented to Andy Geggan who made all the difference to the scoreline. A comfortable win for the Pars in the end but as usual it was a difficult match at Central Park.
SUBS NOT USED: Harvey Swann, Rory George, Jordan Leslie, Charlie Denton
YELLOW CARD: Turner (64), Robertson (88)
DUNFERMLINE: David Hutton: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Ben Richards-Everton, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham (Lewis Spence 71), Andy Geggan (c), Nat Wedderburn (Rhys McCabe 56), Joe Cardle (Paul McMullan 71): Michael Moffat, Gavin Reilly.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, James Thomas, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: Geggan (57, 85), Ashcroft (69)
REFEREE: Colin Steven
WEATHER: Overcast 18C
NEXT MATCH: Betfred Cup (home) v Inverness Caley Thistle
Tuesday 26th July 2016, kick off 7.45pm at East End Park.
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Cowdenbeath 0-3 Dunfermline
Sat, 23rd Jul 2016
Allan Johnston post Cowdenbeath
Sat, 23rd Jul 2016
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Preview CowdenbeathSaturday, 23rd Jul 2016
Betfred League Cup: Saturday 23rd July 2016. Kick off 3.00pm at Central Park.
Admission £12 and £5
Cowdenbeath met Dunfermline five times last season but following the Blue
Brazil`s relegation and the Pars promotion this Saturday`s Betfred Cup tie might
be their only meeting of the season.
Last season the teams met in the Scottish League Cup First Round and after a goalless first half, two goals from Faissal El Bakhtaoui, two from Shaun Byrne, and a penalty from Ryan Wallace cancelled out a 59th minute strike from Declan Hughes for a 5-1win.
That match was the first time that they had met in this cup since September 2003 when goals from Stevie Crawford and Craig Brewster secured a 2-0 victory and a tie against St Johnstone. The previous season the teams also met in the League Cup, Dunfermline winning through 2-1 at Central Park.
*Pre league reconstruction
Dunfermline`s record against Cowdenbeath reveals 47 wins and 29 defeats with 18 draws. Of the last twelve meetings Dunfermline have won nine but this is a local derby and everybody knows history and the form book can go out the window. .
|Last Dozen Meetings|
Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline have met seven times in the League Cup, there has been one draw and six Pars wins. The Pars have only once lost a League Cup or Scottish Cup tie to Cowdenbeath at East End Park. that was in January 1929.
|. <.strong>.Recent Form<./strong>.|
|. . Cowdenbeath||.||. . Dunfermline|
|. Dundee United (A)||L||1-6||. Arbroath (A)||W||3-0|
|. Inverness Caley . (H) .||L||1-2||. Hearts (H)||W||3-1|
|. Stenhousemuir (H)||L||0-1||. Livingston (A)||W||5-1|
|. Alloa Athletic (H)||L||1-2||. Clyde (A)||.W||
|. Motherwell (H)||W||3-1||. Alloa Athletic (A)||D||1-1|
|. Hearts (H)||D||1-1||. Partick Thistle (A)||.L||
Cowdenbeath have a new head coach for this season and at the age of just 32 Liam Fox is the youngest manager in the Scottish leagues. He has retained only seven players who played for the first team last season and has brought in eleven new faces.
The long serving Kenny Adamson, Dean Brett, Craig Johnston and Kyle Miller along with youngsters Jamie Sneddon and Harvey Swann who made his debut on the final day and Craig Sives has now joined on a permanent basis after spending the second half of last season there on loan from Livingston.
New recruits are as follows:-
David McGurn, goalkeeper signed from Raith Rovers after eight years at Starks Park. He previously spent six at Morton and started out as a youth at Queens Park.
Fraser Mullen, signed from East Fife, former clubs include Hearts, Hibs and Raith Rovers.
Greg Ross (above), former Dunfermline defender and last Pars player to score a winning goal at Celtic Park. He was loaned to Cowdenbeath in 2008 and since then he has turned out for Valur in Iceland, Forfar, Stenhousemuir and Penicuik Athletic.
Shaun Rutherford signed from Queen of the South who loan him out last season to Arbroath. Formerly at Livingston.
Gerry McLaughlan centre half who joined from Ayr United. His previous clubs include Hamilton, Stranraer, QOS, Montrose (loan), Arbroath (loan) and Brechin City.
Burton O`Brien, midfielder whose was transferred from St Mirren to Blackburn Rovers for £300,000 before returning to play at Livingston, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk and last season at Alloa Athletic. Five caps for Scotland U21s.
Lewis Moore, midfielder signed on a Development loan from Hearts until the end of the year. Shone in the opening match against Inverness Caley Thistle.
David Robertson, signed from Selkirk where he was player/manager last season. Better remembered as a player at Dundee United, St Johnstone and Morton. Three caps for Scotland U21s.
Chris Turner, midfielder who left Hamilton in January. Capped 12 times for Northern Ireland U21s. Started at Derby County and has since played at Sligo Rovers, Bohemians, Partick Thistle, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Dumbarton.
Gary Glen, striker signed from Livingston after spells at Hearts and Ross County.
Kris Renton, tall striker who joined from Newtongrange Star. Started as a youth at Norwich City, loaned to Brechin City and recently at Musselburgh Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose. Capped for Scotland U17s.
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath): David Hutton: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Ben Richards-Everton, Lewis Martin: Rhys McCabe (Paul McMullan 62), Andy Geggan (c), Nat Wedderburn (Lewis Spence 71), Joe Cardle: Michael Moffat, Gavin Reilly (Kallum Higginbotham 62)
SUBS NOT USED: Jason Talbot, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)
COWDENBEATH (v Dundee United): David McGurn, Dean Brett, Gerry McLauchlan (Burton O`Brien, 45), Greg Ross, Shaun Rutherford , Craig Sives, Lewis Moore, Fraser Mullen, Chris Turner (David Robertson, 75), Kris Renton (Craig Johnston, 71), Kyle Miller
Referee for this Fife Derby cup tie will be Colin Steven..