Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath

Saturday 14th April 2012
L Coult (6)
M McKenzie (89)

Cowdenbeath closing in

Cowdenbeath are one win away from promotion after a 2-0 victory over struggling Stirling.

A goal in each half moved the leaders seven points ahead of Arbroath with three games left, while Stirling are now five adrift at the bottom of the table.

Cowdenbeath took an early lead through Lewis Coult. Marc McKenzie's sixth-minute cross was neatly finished by Coult for his 13th league goal of the season.

Stirling missed a glorious chance to level when Scott Davidson was fouled in the area by John Armstrong and Davidson's spot-kick was well saved by Thomas Flynn down to his left.

Cowdenbeath wrapped up the three points in the 89th minute, as top scorer Marc McKenzie clinically fired past Stirling goalkeeper Callum Reidford for his 15th goal of the campaign.

OfficialCraig Charleston
Attendance568
VenueForthbank Stadium
Kick Off
Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Cowdenbeath
0:27
Offside flag raised against Lewis Coult
0:28
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
1:21
Foul on Alan Cook
1:27
Free Kick taken by Jamie McCunnie from the left wing
1:40
Cross from Jamie McCunnie
1:48
Save made by Thomas Flynn
2:04
Cross from Darren L. Smith
2:07
Clearance by Joseph Mbu
3:15
Foul on Colin Cameron
3:19
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton from the left wing
4:25
Shot taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot
4:37
Save made by Callum Reidford
5:39
Cross from Marc McKenzie
5:43
Shot taken by Lewis Coult from the left six yard line
5:43
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Lewis Coult from the left six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
6:42
Cross from Devon Jacobs
6:44
Shot taken by Alan Cook from the left six yard line
7:03
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
7:12
Foul on Scott Davidson
7:26
Free Kick taken by Brian Allison
7:59
Foul on Colin Cameron
8:06
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
9:32
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
10:15
Foul on Marc McKenzie
10:21
Free Kick taken by David Cowan from the right wing
10:36
Cross from David Cowan
10:40
Save made by Callum Reidford
11:18
Foul on John Crawley
11:26
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
12:12
Corner taken by Darren L. Smith with his right foot from the left byline
12:42
Shot taken by Graham Weir from the centre penalty area
12:58
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
13:43
Offside flag raised against Liam Cusack
13:44
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
15:01
Shot taken by Liam Cusack with his right foot from the left penalty area
15:22
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
15:53
Cross from Darren L. Smith
15:57
Foul on Joseph Mbu
16:06
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
16:29
Cross from Alan Cook
16:36
Cross from Darren L. Smith
16:38
Clearance by Colin Cameron
17:00
Offside flag raised against Lewis Coult
17:01
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
18:22
Cross from Liam Cusack
18:24
Clearance by Gary Thom
19:08
Cross from Marc McKenzie
19:11
Clearance by Gary Thom
19:21
Cross from John Armstrong
19:30
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
21:11
Foul on Colin Cameron
21:16
Free Kick taken by Joseph Mbu
22:06
Offside flag raised against Marc McKenzie
22:07
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
24:43
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot
25:13
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
25:52
Foul on Joseph Mbu
25:57
Free Kick taken by Joseph Mbu
26:18
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
27:23
Foul on Lewis Coult
27:28
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton from the right wing
27:38
Cross from Scott Linton
27:48
Save made by Callum Reidford
29:35
Shot taken by Scott Linton with his right foot
30:08
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
31:00
Cross from Scott Davidson
31:02
Save made by Thomas Flynn
32:21
Cross from Darren L. Smith
32:25
Clearance by Scott Linton
32:49
Cross from Darren L. Smith
32:53
Clearance by Colin Cameron
32:55
Corner taken by John Crawley using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
33:24
Cross from Mark Ferry
33:27
Clearance by John Armstrong
33:55
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
34:30
Cross from Alan Cook
34:34
Shot taken by Mark Ferry with his right foot
34:53
Offside flag raised against Alan Cook
34:54
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
35:21
Cross from Liam Cusack
35:24
Clearance by Gary Thom
36:51
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot from the centre penalty area
37:05
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
37:54
Corner taken by Alan Cook with his right foot from the right byline
38:45
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
39:11
Foul on Scott Davidson
39:17
BOOKING: John Armstrong of Cowdenbeath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
40:33
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Scott Davidson and saved with his right foot to the bottom right
40:33
Save made by Thomas Flynn
40:55
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
41:23
Cross from Marc McKenzie
41:25
Save made by Callum Reidford
41:54
Cross from Alan Cook
42:01
Clearance by Colin Cameron
42:04
Foul on John Armstrong
42:09
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
43:26
Goal Kick taken by Callum Reidford
45:00+0:05
Foul on Jon Robertson
45:00+0:10
Free Kick taken by Colin Cameron from the left wing
45:00+0:24
Cross from Colin Cameron
45:00+0:33
Clearance by John Crawley
45:00+0:40
Cross from Marc McKenzie
Half Time
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
Second Half Started
Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
45:14
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Dean Brett on for David Cowan
45:44
Foul on Jon Robertson
45:49
Free Kick taken by John Armstrong
47:24
Foul on Scott Davidson
47:45
Free Kick taken by Jamie McCunnie
48:12
Shot taken by Alan Cook with his right foot
48:21
Block taken by Liam Cusack
48:27
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
48:34
Clearance by Lewis Coult
51:23
Cross from Darren L. Smith
51:54
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
52:49
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
53:12
Cross from Liam Cusack
53:15
Clearance by Jamie McCunnie
55:39
Foul on Jamie McCunnie
55:46
BOOKING: John Crawley of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
56:06
Free Kick taken by Callum Reidford
57:00
Cross from Alan Cook
57:03
Shot taken by Graham Weir with his right foot
57:12
Save made by Thomas Flynn
59:15
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Samuel Filler on for Callum Reidford
60:59
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Derek Lyle on for Liam Cusack
62:00
Foul on Mark Ramsay
62:10
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton from the right wing
62:24
Cross from Scott Linton
62:27
Clearance by Brian Allison
64:09
Foul on Dean Brett
65:04
Free Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
65:51
Cross from Jamie McCunnie
65:55
Clearance by John Armstrong
66:53
Cross from Scott Davidson
66:55
Clearance by Dean Brett
68:14
Cross from Darren L. Smith
68:18
Clearance by Dean Brett
68:23
Cross from Alan Cook
68:25
Shot taken by Darren L. Smith from the right six yard line
68:37
Save made by Thomas Flynn
68:45
Substitution for Stirling Albion: Kevin Kelbie on for Scott Davidson
69:34
Corner taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the right byline
69:51
Clearance by Thomas Flynn
70:09
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
71:06
Shot taken by Derek Lyle with his right foot
71:18
Goal Kick taken by Devon Jacobs
71:27
Cross from Darren L. Smith
71:32
Shot taken by Kevin Kelbie with his right foot from the centre penalty area
71:44
Clearance by Joseph Mbu
71:50
Cross from Alan Cook
72:07
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
72:20
Foul on Colin Cameron
72:24
Free Kick taken by John Armstrong
73:52
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie using his left foot
74:05
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
75:27
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Greg Stewart on for Lewis Coult
77:44
Shot taken by Mark Ramsay using his left foot
77:56
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
78:21
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
78:55
Foul on Jon Robertson
79:04
BOOKING: Gary Thom of Stirling Albion given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
79:12
Free Kick taken by Colin Cameron
79:21
Cross from Colin Cameron
79:23
Clearance by Devon Jacobs
79:43
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
80:31
Cross from Alan Cook
80:38
Shot taken by Kevin Kelbie from the centre penalty area
80:53
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
81:19
Cross from Darren L. Smith
81:45
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
82:55
Foul on Derek Lyle
83:01
Free Kick taken by Colin Cameron
83:25
Cross from Colin Cameron
83:29
Shot taken by Derek Lyle with his right foot from the centre penalty area
83:43
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
83:47
Foul on Scott Linton
83:53
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton
85:02
Foul on Alan Cook
85:07
Free Kick taken by Alan Cook from the left wing
85:16
Cross from Alan Cook
85:27
Clearance by Jon Robertson
86:03
Foul on Marc McKenzie
86:07
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton
86:39
Shot taken by Scott Linton using his left foot
86:55
Save made by Samuel Filler
86:59
Corner taken by Scott Linton using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
87:13
Cross from Scott Linton
87:20
Offside flag raised against Jon Robertson
88:01
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left penalty area
88:01
Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
88:58
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
90:00+0:18
Shot taken by Derek Lyle with his right foot from the left penalty area
90:00+0:29
Block taken by Brian Allison
90:00+0:32
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the left byline
90:00+1:10
Goal Kick taken by Samuel Filler
90:00+1:28
Cross from Darren L. Smith
90:00+1:32
Shot taken by Alan Cook using his left foot from the centre penalty area
Full Time
Stirling Albion 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath

Stirling Albion

vs

Cowdenbeath

0
Goals
2
0
Assists
2
10
Shots
12
4
On Target
5
6
Off Target
7
24
Crosses
15
6
Corners
2
35
Throw Ins
25
5
Saves
5
7
Clearances
13
13
Goal Kicks
12
1
Blocks
1
10
Free Kicks
19
1
Offside
5
1
Penalties
0
2
Yellow Cards
1

Stirling Albion

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Callum Reidford 60+0' Injury
02.Devon Jacobs
03.Gary Thom (80+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Brian Allison
05.John Crawley (56+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Alan Cook
07.Jamie McCunnie
08.Mark Ferry
09.Graham Weir
10.Darren L. Smith
11.Scott Davidson 69+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Samuel Filler 60+0' Injury
13.Sean Dillon
14.Daly McSorley
15.Craig McLeish
16.Kevin Kelbie 69+0' Tactical

Cowdenbeath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Thomas Flynn
02.David Cowan 45+0' Tactical
03.John Armstrong (40+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Joseph Mbu
05.Scott Linton
06.Marc McKenzie
07.Colin Cameron
08.Jon Robertson
09.Mark Ramsay
10.Liam Cusack 61+0' Tactical
11.Lewis Coult 76+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Lee Wilson
13.Thomas O'Brien
14.Dean Brett 45+0' Tactical
15.Derek Lyle 61+0' Tactical
16.Greg Stewart 76+0' Tactical

Fagan back for Binos

Stirling welcome back midfielder Shaun Fagan and striker Kevin Kelbie from injury as they host Scottish Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath.

The duo's return gives Binos' manager Greig McDonald a full squad to pick from.

Stirling go into the game boosted by victory at Brechin last week and with the knowledge that they have both Albion Rovers and Forfar in their sights.

McDonald said: "We can take on Cowdenbeath with a bit of confidence as we did really well against them in our last meeting when we drew and also from our display at Glebe Park.

"We know that the right combination of results would take us off bottom spot and whilst not many people will be expecting us to come out on top, that is our target."

Cowdenbeath are without the suspended Kenny Adamson.

The defender picked up a red card against Arbroath last weekend and will not feature at the Doubletree Dunblane Stadium.

The Blue Brazil have also lost on-loan midfielder Gary Fisher as he broke a bone in his foot against the Smokies. He has returned to parent club Kilmarnock.

Defender David Cowan is expected to return to action following a hamstring injury, with manager Colin Cameron now telling his men to forget about the 3-2 defeat to their title-chasing rivals.

Cameron said: "There is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves and in fact I am really pleased with how we played after losing a man midway through the first half.

"There are four games to go and we are four points ahead so there is plenty to be positive about."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 33 37 66
2 Arbroath 33 25 59
3 Dumbarton 33 -4 49
4 Airdrieonians 33 7 48
5 Up Stenhousemuir 33 3 45
6 Down East Fife 33 1 45
7 Brechin City 33 -12 40
8 Forfar Athletic 33 -16 36
9 Albion Rovers 33 -18 36
10 Stirling Albion 33 -23 31

Updated 14/04/2012 at 16:57