Arbroath 1 - 1 Cowdenbeath

Saturday 18th February 2012
C Innes (42)M McKenzie (60)

All-square at Gayfield

Arbroath and Cowdenbeath shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw between the Scottish Second Division's top two.

Cowdenbeath's start was disrupted when Scott Linton replaced the injured Joseph Mbu at centre-back.

Arbroath, who would go just one point behind Cowdenbeath at the top with victory, went ahead when Chris Innes rose highest to meet Gavin Swankie's free-kick and head home.

The Blue Brazil responded in the second half as Jon Robertson played in Marc McKenzie to slot home the equaliser, his eighth of the season.

Linton was then sent off for foul and abusive language as Arbroath sought to snatch a late winner against 10 men.

But The Smokies never mustered anything that threatened to deny Cowdenbeath a well-deserved point.

OfficialDes Roache
Attendance1,125
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Cowdenbeath
0:38
Foul on John Armstrong
0:42
Free Kick taken by John Armstrong
1:23
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
2:02
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
2:44
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Scott Linton on for Joseph Mbu
5:23
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
5:56
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
6:14
Clearance by Scott Linton
6:30
Offside flag raised against Joshua Falkingham
6:31
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
9:11
Foul on Mark Ramsay
9:15
Free Kick taken by Gary Fisher
10:52
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
13:24
Foul on Derek Lyle
13:28
Free Kick taken by Kenneth Adamson
14:27
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
14:55
Clearance by Scott Linton
15:01
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
15:19
Clearance by Scott Linton
16:15
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
16:42
Offside flag raised against Collin Samuel
16:43
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
18:27
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left byline
18:54
Clearance by Collin Samuel
20:55
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
21:26
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
23:49
Shot taken by Brian Kerr with his right foot
24:02
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
25:24
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
26:04
Foul on Steven Doris
26:11
Free Kick taken by Mark Baxter
28:25
Foul on John Armstrong
28:31
Free Kick taken by Gary Fisher
29:52
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
30:20
Shot taken by John Armstrong from the right penalty area
30:32
Save made by Darren Hill
34:39
Foul on Chris Innes
34:43
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
35:02
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
39:12
Foul on Steven Doris
39:18
Free Kick taken by Paul Sheerin from the right wing
39:35
Cross from Paul Sheerin
39:40
Clearance by John Armstrong
40:30
Foul on Mark Baxter
40:34
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie from the left wing
40:36
BOOKING: Dean Brett of Cowdenbeath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
41:39
Cross from Gavin Swankie
41:45
Shot taken by Chris Innes with his right foot from the right six yard line
41:45
Arbroath 1 - 0 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Chris Innes with his right foot from the right six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
43:13
Foul on Marc McKenzie
43:22
Free Kick taken by Gary Fisher
43:23
BOOKING: Gavin Swankie of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
45:00+0:09
Foul on Chris Innes
45:00+0:15
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
Half Time
Arbroath 1 - 0 Cowdenbeath
Second Half Started
Arbroath 1 - 0 Cowdenbeath
46:10
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
47:30
Foul on Marc McKenzie
47:35
Free Kick taken by Derek Lyle from the right wing
53:04
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
54:20
Foul on Steven Doris
54:25
Free Kick taken by Mark Baxter
54:35
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
55:25
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
55:47
Clearance by John Armstrong
56:49
Foul on Beau Busch
56:54
Free Kick taken by Beau Busch
57:33
Hand Ball taken by Paul Sheerin
57:37
Free Kick taken by Gary Fisher
59:23
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot
59:23
Arbroath 1 - 1 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Marc McKenzie with his right foot to the bottom right of the goal.
61:21
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
61:55
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
64:03
BOOKING: Chris Innes of Arbroath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
65:46
Foul on Beau Busch
65:58
Free Kick taken by Brian Kerr
66:54
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Greg Stewart on for Lewis Coult
68:36
Substitution for Arbroath: Lee Sibanda on for Collin Samuel
70:46
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
72:43
DISMISSAL: Scott Linton of Cowdenbeath sent off for foul & abusive language
73:07
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
75:23
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
75:40
Clearance by John Armstrong
76:15
Offside flag raised against Lee Sibanda
76:21
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
76:44
Foul on Marc McKenzie
76:48
Free Kick taken by Kenneth Adamson
77:01
Substitution for Arbroath: Liam Caddis on for Lee Sibanda
80:45
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
80:46
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
83:23
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
84:18
Corner taken by Derek Lyle using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
84:37
Clearance by Craig Wedderburn
84:58
Shot taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot
85:14
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
86:33
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
87:39
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
88:04
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
88:53
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie using his left foot from the left byline
89:26
Save made by Darren Hill
90:00+0:40
Foul on Liam Caddis
90:00+0:48
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie from the right wing
90:00+0:58
Cross from Gavin Swankie
90:00+1:07
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
Full Time
Arbroath 1 - 1 Cowdenbeath

Arbroath

vs

Cowdenbeath

1
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
3
Shots
2
1
On Target
1
2
Off Target
1
3
Crosses
0
8
Corners
5
19
Throw Ins
18
2
Saves
0
2
Clearances
6
6
Goal Kicks
12
10
Free Kicks
12
4
Offside
0
1
Hand Balls
0
2
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
1

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Beau Busch
03.Chris Innes (65+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Craig Wedderburn
05.Mark Baxter
06.Mark Baxter
07.Joshua Falkingham
08.Brian Kerr
09.Gavin Swankie (44+0: Unsporting behaviour)
10.Paul Sheerin
11.Collin Samuel 69+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Steven Doris
13.Darryl Burns
14.Liam Caddis 78+0' Injury
15.Keith Gibson
16.Kieran McAnespie
17.Lee Sibanda 69+0' Tactical 78+0' Injury

Cowdenbeath

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Thomas Flynn
02.Kenneth Adamson
03.Joseph Mbu 3+0' Injury
04.John Armstrong
05.Gary Fisher
06.Dean Brett (41+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Marc McKenzie
08.Jon Robertson
09.Mark Ramsay
10.Lewis Coult 67+0' Tactical
11.Derek Lyle

Substitutes

12.Youssef Bejaoui
13.Scott Linton (73+0: Foul & Abusive Language) 3+0' Injury
14.Lewis Milne
15.Liam Cusack
16.Greg Stewart 67+0' Tactical

Malcolm ruled out

Arbroath will be without skipper Stuart Malcolm for their clash with Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath.

The defender is suspended as second-placed Arbroath look to close the gap on the Blue Brazil to one point in the race for promotion.

Injured duo goalkeeper Michael White and striker Jordan Elfverson remain on the sidelines and defender Beau Busch is a doubt with a knee complaint.

Manager Paul Sheerin does not believe the clash is a must win for his side's title hopes.

He said: "This would be a great game to win but not in some do or die way. The gap is only four points at the moment and what I would say is that I do not want the gap to get any bigger.

"A draw would still keep things really interesting but we will be going out for a win as that is when we are at our best."

Cowdenbeath expect Lewis Coult and Marc McKenzie to shake off knocks.

Not such good news for the Blue Brazil is that player/manager Colin Cameron remains out with a medial ligament injury.

Thomas O'Brien is also missing through a foot problem, Lee Makel is absent due to a virus and David Cowan is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Cameron is adamant that nothing will be decided in this encounter saying: "It would be great to get open up a bigger gap but there is a lot of football still to be played.

"We were excellent in the first half against Albion Rovers in midweek when we scored three goals and we will need that same level of performance again."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 23 30 48
2 Arbroath 23 21 44
3 Dumbarton 22 1 35
4 Stenhousemuir 22 7 34
5 Up East Fife 22 -6 30
6 Up Brechin City 22 -3 29
7 Down Airdrieonians 24 -5 28
8 Forfar Athletic 22 -11 22
9 Albion Rovers 24 -17 22
10 Stirling Albion 22 -17 19

Updated 18/02/2012 at 17:01

 
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