Dumbarton 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath

Tuesday 6th March 2012
J Mbu (3)
M McKenzie (73)

Blue Brazil march on

League leaders Cowdenbeath extended their lead at the top with a 2-0 win over play-off hopefuls Dumbarton.

The visitors got off to a flying start when Joseph Mbu rose highest to head home Marc McKenzie's corner in the third minute.

Lewis Coult came close to a second on the half-hour mark but steered his header just wide of goal.

Dumbarton were clearly stunned by the early goal and struggled to find any rhythm as the first half came to a close.

Chances were at a premium after the break but visitors continued to frustrate the Sons

McKenzie all but ensured victory 15 minutes from time with a fine strike from distance.

Victory moves Alan Adamson's men four points clear of second placed Arbroath whilst Dumbarton remain in the play-off places.

OfficialGary Hilland
Attendance812
VenueStrathclyde Homes Stadium
Kick Off
Dumbarton 0 - 0 Cowdenbeath
0:12
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
1:49
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline
2:09
Clearance by Mark Lamont
2:15
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline
2:42
Shot taken by Joseph Mbu from the centre penalty area
2:42
Dumbarton 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Joseph Mbu from the centre penalty area going centre high of the goal.
3:39
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
6:16
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
7:05
Offside flag raised against Marc McKenzie
7:08
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
8:37
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
9:30
Foul on Bryan Prunty
9:37
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow
10:03
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
10:46
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
16:25
Foul on Alan Lithgow
16:34
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow
16:42
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
17:36
Corner taken by Scott Linton using his left foot from the left byline
18:12
Clearance by Mark Lamont
19:33
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
19:52
Substitution for Dumbarton: Ryan Borris on for Mark Lamont
21:24
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
22:30
Foul on Scott Agnew
22:36
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
24:30
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
26:27
Corner taken by Scott Linton using his left foot from the left byline
26:52
Clearance by Alan Lithgow
27:16
Shot taken by Lewis Coult from the centre penalty area
27:26
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
29:07
Shot taken by Gary Fisher with his right foot
29:18
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
36:37
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
37:30
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
40:11
Foul on James Creaney
40:17
Free Kick taken by Mark Gilhaney from the left wing
40:35
Cross from Mark Gilhaney
40:52
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
41:14
Save made by Thomas Flynn
42:36
Foul on Paul Nugent
42:51
BOOKING: Kenneth Adamson of Cowdenbeath given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
43:05
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew from the right wing
Half Time
Dumbarton 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
Second Half Started
Dumbarton 0 - 1 Cowdenbeath
46:03
Foul on Marc McKenzie
46:07
Free Kick taken by Mark Ramsay from the left wing
46:28
Cross from Mark Ramsay
46:34
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
47:06
Foul on Marc McKenzie
47:17
BOOKING: Paul Nugent of Dumbarton given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
47:29
Free Kick taken by Mark Ramsay
49:28
Corner taken by Scott Linton with his right foot from the right byline
50:04
Clearance by Paul Nugent
51:04
Foul on James Creaney
51:13
Free Kick taken by Martin McNiff
51:54
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
54:15
Offside flag raised against Jon Robertson
54:17
Free Kick taken by Paul Nugent
55:06
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
57:05
Foul on Ally Graham
57:10
Free Kick taken by Kevin Nicoll
57:36
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
57:57
Clearance by Mark Ramsay
59:40
Shot taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot
59:57
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
61:18
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
61:51
Foul on Kenneth Adamson
61:55
Free Kick taken by Joseph Mbu
64:21
Goal Kick taken by Thomas Flynn
65:33
Foul on Jon Robertson
65:41
Free Kick taken by Scott Linton
65:43
BOOKING: Martin McNiff of Dumbarton given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
66:12
Shot taken by Scott Linton using his left foot
68:19
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Thomas O'Brien on for Mark Ramsay
69:54
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
71:36
Hand Ball taken by James Creaney
71:39
Free Kick taken by Gary Fisher
72:00
Cross from Gary Fisher
72:02
Clearance by Martin McNiff
72:13
Shot taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot
72:13
Dumbarton 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath
GOAL scored by Marc McKenzie with his right foot to the bottom left of the goal.
74:00
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
74:06
Substitution for Dumbarton: Patrick Walker on for Ryan Borris
75:37
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Greg Stewart on for Lewis Coult
81:08
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
81:29
Clearance by Paul Nugent
81:42
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
83:30
Corner taken by Marc McKenzie with his right foot from the right byline
84:19
Shot taken by Patrick Walker from the centre penalty area
84:39
Substitution for Dumbarton: Ryan Finnie on for James Creaney
85:27
BOOKING: Mark Gilhaney of Dumbarton given yellow card for dissent
86:01
Foul on Scott Linton
86:09
Free Kick taken by Kenneth Adamson
86:53
Substitution for Cowdenbeath: Liam Cusack on for Marc McKenzie
89:43
Foul on Scott Agnew
89:50
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew from the right wing
90:00+0:03
Cross from Scott Agnew
90:00+0:07
Save made by Thomas Flynn
90:00+1:49
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
90:00+2:35
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
90:00+2:51
Clearance by Gary Fisher
Full Time
Dumbarton 0 - 2 Cowdenbeath

Dumbarton

vs

Cowdenbeath

0
Goals
2
0
Assists
1
2
Shots
5
0
On Target
2
2
Off Target
3
2
Crosses
2
4
Corners
7
20
Throw Ins
27
0
Saves
2
6
Clearances
2
11
Goal Kicks
12
10
Free Kicks
6
0
Offside
2
1
Hand Balls
0
3
Yellow Cards
1

Dumbarton

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Stephen Grindlay
02.Paul Nugent (48+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.James Creaney 85+0' Tactical
04.Alan Lithgow
05.Martin McNiff (66+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Kevin Nicoll
08.Kevin Nicoll
10.Scott Agnew
06.Mark Gilhaney (86+0: Dissent)
09.Bryan Prunty
14.Mark Lamont 20+0' Injury

Substitutes

15.Ally Graham
13.Arnaud Gastal
14.Ryan Finnie 85+0' Tactical
15.Anthony Wallace
16.Ryan Borris 20+0' Injury 75+0' Tactical
17.Ryan Borris
18.Patrick Walker 75+0' Tactical

Cowdenbeath

Formation: 4-1-4-1

01.Thomas Flynn
02.Scott Linton
03.John Armstrong
04.Joseph Mbu
05.Kenneth Adamson (43+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Gary Fisher
07.Marc McKenzie 87+0' Tactical
08.Jon Robertson
09.Mark Ramsay 69+0' Tactical
10.Derek Lyle
11.Lewis Coult 76+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Lee Wilson
13.Colin Cameron
14.Thomas O'Brien 69+0' Tactical
15.Greg Stewart 76+0' Tactical
16.Liam Cusack 87+0' Tactical

Graham concern for Sons

Striker Ally Graham is an injury doubt for the visit of leaders Cowdenbeath as third-placed Dumbarton look to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Fellow forward Mark Gilhaney could return after missing out on the 2-2 draw at Brechin at the weekend through illness with manager Alan Adamson reckoning this game will tell him more than the previous 10.

Adamson explained: "Cowdenbeath beat us 4-0 here in September and we were chasing them all over the place that afternoon. We went to Central Park determined to do better but that game was ruined by the wind so we could not learn anything that day.

"How we play in this game will be a measure of how much improvement we have made throughout the season."

Cowdenbeath have the chance to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Second Division by seeing off in-form hosts Dumbarton.

But player-manager Colin Cameron will again miss out due to a knee problem.

The former Scotland international is joined on the sidelines by David Cowan and Thomas O'Brien with Dene Brett an injury doubt.

Cameron said: "It is an opportunity to open up a bigger lead but it will not be an easy task.

"Dumbarton are on a great run and they will be viewing this as an opportunity to get closer to Arbroath and ourselves as opposed to just helping secure a play-off spot.

"As always it is more important what we do as opposed to the opposition."

Shots

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Cowdenbeath 27 33 56
2 Arbroath 27 26 52
3 Dumbarton 27 6 45
4 Stenhousemuir 27 1 37
5 East Fife 27 -6 35
6 Brechin City 27 -5 34
7 Airdrieonians 27 -7 30
8 Forfar Athletic 27 -14 27
9 Stirling Albion 27 -15 27
10 Albion Rovers 27 -19 26

Updated 6/03/2012 at 21:42