East Fife 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath

Saturday 10th March 2012
M McKenzie (43)

McKenzie wins it for Blue Brazil

Marc McKenzie's strike just before half-time gave Cowdenbeath a 1-0 victory in a tight affair at East Fife.

The hosts looked comfortable against the league leaders but failed to test goalkeeper Thomas Flynn with their long-range efforts early on.

Greg Stewart then came close for Cowdenbeath but Michael Brown managed to parry away the striker's powerful shot.

McKenzie then scored the only goal, racing into the box and slotting past Brown to put Cowdenbeath ahead.

The Fifers pushed forward but still found opportunities at a premium, Steven Hislop dragging his shot wide from just outside the box.

And though Cowdenbeath rarely looked like adding a second, they saw out the game with ease to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.

OfficialJohn McKendrick
Attendance926
VenueBayview Stadium
Kick Off
East Fife 0 - 0 Cowdenbeath
0:28
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
1:11
Clearance by Jon Robertson
5:42
BOOKING: Ryan Wallace of East Fife given yellow card for dissent
7:15
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
8:31
Foul on Ryan Wallace
8:37
Free Kick taken by David White
9:14
Shot taken by Darren Smith using his left foot
9:31
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
11:24
Foul on David Cowan
11:34
Free Kick taken by David Cowan from the right wing
16:29
Foul on Darren Smith
16:38
Free Kick taken by David White from the left wing
17:23
Foul on Marc McKenzie
17:28
Free Kick taken by David Cowan from the right wing
20:27
Foul on Steven Hislop
20:31
Free Kick taken by Neil Janczyk
22:39
Foul on Darren McCormack
22:47
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
23:43
Shot taken by Steven Hislop with his right foot
24:07
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
24:57
Foul on Scott Linton
25:07
Free Kick taken by David Cowan
25:11
BOOKING: Scott Durie of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
27:21
Shot taken by Greg Stewart with his right foot from the right penalty area
27:38
Save made by Michael Brown
27:45
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
28:12
Clearance by Robert Sloan
30:42
Shot taken by Ryan Wallace with his right foot
31:01
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
31:33
Foul on Steven Hislop
31:39
BOOKING: David Cowan of Cowdenbeath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
32:02
Free Kick taken by Neil Janczyk
33:20
BOOKING: Andrew Cook of East Fife given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
33:25
Foul on David Cowan
34:04
Free Kick taken by David Cowan from the right wing
35:33
Foul on David Cowan
35:46
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton from the right wing
36:17
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
37:25
Shot taken by Kenneth Adamson using his left foot
37:37
Save made by Michael Brown
38:52
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
39:23
Shot taken by Steven Hislop from the right penalty area
39:37
Save made by Thomas Flynn
42:23
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left penalty area
42:23
East Fife 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
45:00+0:30
Shot taken by Scott Durie with his right foot
Half Time
East Fife 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
Second Half Started
East Fife 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
46:32
Shot taken by Ryan Wallace with his right foot from the right penalty area
46:50
Save made by Thomas Flynn
47:19
Shot taken by Gary Fisher using his left foot
47:38
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
54:28
Shot taken by Scott Linton using his left foot
54:43
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
54:52
Foul on Steven Hislop
55:05
Free Kick taken by Neil Janczyk
57:04
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Lewis Coult on for Greg Stewart
59:19
Shot taken by Steven Hislop with his right foot
59:37
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
60:23
Corner taken by Derek Lyle with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
61:14
Clearance by Neil Janczyk
61:50
Foul on Scott Linton
61:58
Free Kick taken by Kenneth Adamson from the left wing
62:31
Corner taken by Scott Linton using his left foot from the right byline
62:49
Clearance by Steven Hislop
63:10
Offside flag raised against Lewis Coult
63:12
Free Kick taken by Michael Brown
63:15
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Thomas O'Brien on for Gary Fisher
66:02
Substitution for East Fife: Scott Dalziel on for Steven Hislop
68:14
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Mark Ramsay on for David Cowan
69:00
Shot taken by Darren Smith using his left foot
69:24
Substitution for East Fife: James Martin on for Neil Janczyk
76:09
Corner taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the left byline
77:02
Foul on Scott Dalziel
77:08
Free Kick taken by Robert Sloan
78:11
Offside flag raised against Scott Dalziel
78:13
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
79:49
Shot taken by Robert Linn with his right foot
80:11
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
80:46
Foul on Scott Dalziel
80:55
Free Kick taken by Robert Sloan from the right wing
81:09
Shot taken by Robert Sloan using his left foot from the right wing
81:23
Save made by Thomas Flynn
83:18
Foul on Thomas O'Brien
83:31
Free Kick taken by Kenneth Adamson from the left wing
84:27
Foul on Robert Sloan
84:33
Free Kick taken by David White from the left wing
85:16
Corner taken by Scott Linton using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
85:35
Clearance by David White
88:45
Foul on Darren McCormack
88:51
Free Kick taken by Darren McCormack
89:47
Corner taken by Thomas O'Brien with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
90:00+0:42
Corner taken by Scott Linton using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
90:00+1:15
Goal Kick taken by Michael Brown
Full Time
East Fife 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath

East Fife

vs

Cowdenbeath

0
Goals
1
10
Shots
5
2
On Target
3
8
Off Target
2
3
Corners
6
7
Throw Ins
14
2
Saves
3
4
Clearances
1
4
Goal Kicks
6
11
Free Kicks
8
1
Offside
1
3
Yellow Cards
1

East Fife

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Michael Brown
02.Scott Durie (26+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Darren McCormack
04.David White
05.Andrew Cook (34+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Neil Janczyk 70+0' Tactical
07.Darren Smith
08.Robert Sloan
09.Ryan Wallace (6+0: Dissent)
10.Robert Linn
11.Steven Hislop 67+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Andrew Collier
13.Steven Campbell
14.James Martin 70+0' Tactical
15.Aiden Gordon
16.Scott Dalziel 67+0' Tactical

Cowdenbeath

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Thomas Flynn
02.David Cowan (32+0: Unsporting behaviour) 69+0' Tactical
03.John Armstrong
04.Joseph Mbu
05.Kenneth Adamson
06.Gary Fisher 64+0' Tactical
07.Scott Linton
08.Marc McKenzie
09.Jon Robertson
10.Greg Stewart 58+0' Injury
11.Derek Lyle

Substitutes

12.Lee Wilson
13.Colin Cameron
14.Thomas O'Brien 64+0' Tactical
15.Mark Ramsay 69+0' Tactical
16.Lewis Coult 58+0' Injury

Fife to confirm Durie as boss

East Fife are expected to confirm Gordon Durie's appointment as manager ahead of kick-off against leaders Cowdenbeath.

Durie has problems to contend with as John Ovenstone, Stevie Campbell, David Muir and Paul McQuade are in line to miss out through injury.

However David White is available after a one-game ban.

Durie said: "I am expecting an announcement to be made before kick-off on Saturday in a game that we are really keen to win. They have beaten us three times this season and in the first two games we deserved something from them.

"They have had an excellent season but we have it in us to take something."

Cowdenbeath welcome back defender David Cowan from injury as they look to inflict a fourth defeat of the season on their neighbours.

Player-manager Colin Cameron and defender Thomas O'Brien could start after substitute roles in the 2-0 win over Dumbarton in midweek.

Cameron said: "I am back to having selection headaches of the right kind which is a nice place to be.

"East Fife have made a solid start under Gordon Durie and will be very difficult opponents. It may be a derby game but it is on a pitch that we enjoy playing on, and one where we did well last November when we came from a goal down to win 3-1."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 28 34 59
2 Arbroath 28 28 55
3 Dumbarton 28 4 45
4 Stenhousemuir 28 5 40
5 East Fife 28 -7 35
6 Brechin City 28 -8 34
7 Airdrieonians 28 -6 33
8 Forfar Athletic 28 -11 30
9 Stirling Albion 28 -19 27
10 Albion Rovers 28 -20 26

Updated 10/03/2012 at 17:01