Cowdenbeath 4 - 1 Dumbarton

Saturday 24th March 2012
M McKenzie (19, 81)
L Coult (29)
J Mbu (38)
C Dargo (33)

Blue Brazil flying high

A Marc McKenzie brace helped Cowdenbeath extend their lead at the top of Scottish Division Two to seven points as the Blue Brazil dispatched Dumbarton 4-1.

McKenzie put Cowdenbeath ahead on 19 minutes with a neat, close-range finish before Lewis Coult's cultured effort found net to double the home team's advantage 10 minutes later.

Dumbarton halved the arrears when Craig Dargo's 20-yard effort was too good for Thomas Flynn in the Cowdenbeath goal.

But any hopes of a Sons comeback were extinguished within five minutes. Joseph Mbu's precise header converting Scott Linton's cross to restore the two-goal cushion for the hosts.

McKenzie grabbed his 12th goal of the season nine minutes from time as his smart finish from Jon Robertson's cross exorcised the disappointment of last weekend's draw with Stenhousemuir and condemned Dumbarton to a fourth straight defeat.

OfficialMike Tumilty
Attendance380
VenueCentral Park
0:00
Foul on James Creaney
Kick Off
Cowdenbeath 0 - 0 Dumbarton
0:11
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
1:20
Foul on Scott Agnew
1:40
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
2:46
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot
3:07
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
3:26
Foul on Bryan Prunty
3:48
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow
4:00
Shot taken by Alan Lithgow with his right foot
4:14
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
5:00
Shot taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot
5:14
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
5:52
Shot taken by Jon Robertson with his right foot
6:05
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
6:58
Cross from Kenneth Adamson
7:06
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
7:10
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
9:31
Corner taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot from the right byline
9:46
Clearance by Bryan Prunty
10:08
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
12:14
Offside flag raised against Liam Cusack
12:25
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
13:46
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
15:26
Hand Ball taken by Scott Linton
15:28
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow
16:56
Cross from Marc McKenzie
17:00
Block taken by Paul Nugent
17:06
Corner taken by Scott Linton with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
17:22
Shot taken by Lewis Coult using his left foot from the right penalty area
17:34
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
17:39
Shot taken by Jon Robertson with his right foot from the right penalty area
17:47
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
18:13
Shot taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot from the right penalty area
18:25
Block taken by Alan Lithgow
18:28
Corner taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot from the right byline
18:37
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left six yard line
18:37
Cowdenbeath 1 - 0 Dumbarton
GOAL scored by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
24:56
Cross from Jon Robertson
25:00
Clearance by Paul Nugent
25:47
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
26:14
Shot taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot from the right penalty area
26:23
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
26:26
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
27:48
Cross from Ryan Finnie
28:34
Shot taken by Lewis Coult with his right foot from the right penalty area
28:34
Cowdenbeath 2 - 0 Dumbarton
GOAL scored by Lewis Coult with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
30:31
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
32:38
Shot taken by Craig Dargo using his left foot
32:38
Cowdenbeath 2 - 1 Dumbarton
GOAL scored by Craig Dargo using his left foot to the bottom left of the goal.
34:58
Shot taken by Jon Robertson with his right foot
35:07
Block taken by Alan Lithgow
35:11
Corner taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot from the right byline
35:19
Clearance by Paul Nugent
36:34
Foul on Dean Brett
36:41
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton from the right wing
37:05
Shot taken by Joseph Mbu from the left penalty area
37:05
Cowdenbeath 3 - 1 Dumbarton
GOAL scored by Joseph Mbu from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
40:45
Foul on Craig Dargo
40:57
BOOKING: John Armstrong of Cowdenbeath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
42:00
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
42:05
Foul on Scott Linton
42:21
Free Kick taken by Joseph Mbu
42:51
Foul on Kevin Nicoll
43:22
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
43:31
Shot taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot
43:36
Save made by Thomas Flynn
43:40
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
43:55
Foul on Lewis Coult
44:16
Free Kick taken by Colin Cameron
44:45
Shot taken by Bryan Prunty using his left foot from the left penalty area
Half Time
Cowdenbeath 3 - 1 Dumbarton
Second Half Started
Cowdenbeath 3 - 1 Dumbarton
46:04
Offside flag raised against Liam Cusack
46:13
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
51:21
Shot taken by Mark Gilhaney using his left foot
51:35
Save made by Thomas Flynn
52:51
Cross from James Creaney
53:08
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
53:31
Foul on Paul Nugent
53:47
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
54:05
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
60:15
Cross from Jon Robertson
60:22
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
60:28
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
61:45
Foul on Ryan Finnie
62:03
Free Kick taken by Paul Nugent
62:42
Shot taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot
62:53
Save made by Thomas Flynn
62:58
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
63:08
Save made by Thomas Flynn
64:11
Foul on Kevin Nicoll
64:14
Free Kick taken by Martin McNiff
67:16
Foul on Ryan Finnie
67:31
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
67:46
Shot taken by Scott Agnew with his right foot
67:57
Save made by Thomas Flynn
68:02
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
69:50
Foul on Colin Cameron
69:58
Free Kick taken by Colin Cameron
69:59
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Thomas O'Brien on for Scott Linton
70:36
Shot taken by Paul Nugent with his right foot
70:41
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
71:01
Offside flag raised against Marc McKenzie
71:02
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
75:39
Cross from James Creaney
75:49
Corner taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot from the right byline
75:58
Clearance by Joseph Mbu
76:54
Hand Ball taken by Mark Gilhaney
76:57
Free Kick taken by Dean Brett
78:19
Substitution for Dumbarton: Ally Graham on for Bryan Prunty
80:10
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right six yard line
80:10
Cowdenbeath 4 - 1 Dumbarton
GOAL scored by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
82:06
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Gary Fisher on for Colin Cameron
83:09
Shot taken by Liam Cusack using his left foot
83:23
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
83:48
Cross from Jon Robertson
83:54
Shot taken by Lewis Coult with his right foot from the left penalty area
84:05
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
84:37
Substitution for Dumbarton: Anthony Wallace on for Kevin Nicoll
85:40
BOOKING: Alan Lithgow of Dumbarton given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
86:48
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Derek Lyle on for Liam Cusack
87:16
Offside flag raised against Marc McKenzie
87:18
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
87:26
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
87:34
Clearance by Jon Robertson
Full Time
Cowdenbeath 4 - 1 Dumbarton

Cowdenbeath

vs

Dumbarton

4
Goals
1
4
Assists
0
13
Shots
9
8
On Target
6
5
Off Target
3
5
Crosses
3
4
Corners
3
37
Throw Ins
28
5
Saves
6
2
Clearances
3
7
Goal Kicks
10
0
Blocks
3
5
Free Kicks
14
4
Offside
0
1
Hand Balls
1
1
Yellow Cards
1

Cowdenbeath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Thomas Flynn
02.John Armstrong (41+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Joseph Mbu
04.Kenneth Adamson
05.Scott Linton 70+0' Tactical
06.Dean Brett
07.Marc McKenzie
08.Colin Cameron 83+0' Injury
09.Jon Robertson
10.Lewis Coult
11.Liam Cusack 87+0' Injury

Substitutes

12.Lee Wilson
13.Gary Fisher 83+0' Injury
14.Mark Ramsay
15.Thomas O'Brien 70+0' Tactical
16.Derek Lyle 87+0' Injury

Dumbarton

Formation: 3-5-2

01.Stephen Grindlay
02.Paul Nugent
02.Ryan Finnie
03.James Creaney
04.Alan Lithgow (86+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Martin McNiff
08.Kevin Nicoll
08.Kevin Nicoll 85+0' Tactical
10.Scott Agnew
06.Mark Gilhaney
09.Bryan Prunty 79+0' Tactical

Substitutes

11.Craig Dargo
13.Arnaud Gastal
14.Anthony Wallace 85+0' Tactical
15.Dominic Kennedy
16.Patrick Walker
17.Ally Graham 79+0' Tactical

Duo return for Blue Brazil

Scottish Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath welcome back the fit-again pair of Dean Brett and Greg Stewart for the visit of play-off-chasing Dumbarton.

David Cowan is the only doubt for the Blue Brazil, with manager Colin Cameron telling his men to be positive.

"A few of the guys were disappointed when we drew with Stenhousemuir last Saturday as we had not played well but I have told them to move on," he said.

"We are in a good place just now in terms of our position in the league so there is plenty to be positive about.

"We need to move up a gear from last week's performance to see off Dumbarton but I am confident that the players can do that."

Dumbarton welcome back James Creaney from suspension and Bryan Prunty from illness as they look to become the first side to defeat Cowdenbeath at Central Park this season.

The Sons will be missing Ryan Finnie, who is on Scotland Under-17 duty, and the injured Marc Lamont and manager Alan Adamson has asked his men to get back to winning ways after three defeats in a row.

Adamson said: "We cannot let our heads go down after the last three results as we had worked hard to get into third place.

"Cowdenbeath are now grinding out results but we were the first team to pick up a point at Central Park this season and I want us to be the first team to win there."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 30 37 63
2 Arbroath 30 26 56
3 Dumbarton 30 -3 45
4 Stenhousemuir 30 4 41
5 East Fife 30 -1 41
6 Up Airdrieonians 30 -1 39
7 Down Brechin City 30 -9 37
8 Forfar Athletic 30 -13 33
9 Up Albion Rovers 30 -20 29
10 Down Stirling Albion 30 -20 28

Updated 24/03/2012 at 16:59

 

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