Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2013-2014 : Cowdenbeath

Sat, 27th Jul 2013 Kick Off: 15:00

Cowdenbeath 1 Dunfermline 3

Saturday, 27th Jul 2013

Ramsden Cup First Round from Central Park; Wedderburn (15) 1-0; Morris (36) 1-1; Ferguson (64) 1-2; Thomson (79) 1-3

Cowdenbeath 1 Dunfermline 3

Dunfermline travelled to Central Park to play their higher league opponents in the Ramsden Cup First Round tie.  The Pars made two changes from the team that started in midweek - Ryan Wallace and Ryan Ferguson came in to replace the two trialists, Luke Johnston and Kevin Buchan. Stephen Husband was suspended for his red card against Alloa back in the play offs in May.

Cowdenbeath were without Jamie Stevenson also serving a suspension for his red card in the pre season friendly v East Fife. It was the home side who kicked the competitive season off attacking the goal in front of the travelling supporters at the Chapel Street end.

Dunfermline started the better, the ball was flashed across the Cowdenbeath goal and then Wallace fed Thomson to net but the offside flag was up.  In fifth minute Ross Millen sent a free kick into the six yard box narrowly evading the inrushing Morris and Thomson.

Ryan Scully and Kerr Young collide

On six minutes Ryan Scully came out to punch the ball clear but came off the worse after running into Kerr Young. The two of them needed fully two minutes for treatment and recovery. Play resumed but then Nat Wedderburn, Cowden`s close season signing from Corby town, needed treatment too.

Wallace had the dubious honour of being shown a yellow card for a rash eleventh minute challenge. In 13 minutes Jordan Morton struck the left goalpost with an effort from just outside the box. Cowdenbeath then had a clear chance with Greg Stewart causing Scully to send the ball behind for a corner.  When Morton sent that over from the right Shaun Byrne`s diving header at the near post only travelled as far as the left side of the box and when the ball was returned into the six yard box WEDDERBURN converted the easy chance. 1-0 after 15 minutes.

Pars defence is beaten

Midway through the first half a fine driving Byrne took the ball forward and then left to Josh Falkingham who switched it back to Ferguson for a fierce shot from the edge of the box that was deflected behind for a corner.  At the other end Scully fisted away a corner from the right on the half hour and another ensued from the left. This time the tall Wedderburn headed downwards and the ball was poked narrowly wide right.

Adamson had an effort touched over the bar in 33 minutes but then there were two dramatic minutes at the other end. Wallace was chopped down on the right side of the penalty box and Millen stepped up. His effort to the goalkeeper`s left was turned away for a corner but when the 18 year old sent over the corner Callum MORRIS rose to head in the Pars equaliser. 1-1

Callum Morris heads in

Wallace then came close as his attempt flashed just wide of the left upright. Scully did well to block an Adamson chance, a Whittle cross saw a Thomson header saved by Flynn and then Cowdenbeath skipper John Armstrong was forward to send a glancing header just over Scully`s crossbar.

It was quite a cup tie and Millen`s free kick in 44 minutes was deflected behind for a corner but this time Flynn punched clear.

Half Time: Cowdenbeath 1 Dunfermline 1

Wallace and Thomson got the second half underway and Byrne won a free kick on the left within two minutes. Millen flashed a low ball through the box and out at the far post despite strong appeals for a corner from Jim Jefferies` players.

Wedderburn then came very close with an effort at the far post from a Morton corner from the right.  The home side pressed with a Lewis Milne free kick headed away by Young and then an Andrew Russell cross was met by Stewart but his header slipped over the bar.

There was a chance for Wallace in 55 minutes but he failed to get in a telling shot. Next Falkingham made a thrusting run forward and laid the ball off to Byrne to his right but his attempt went wide right. The Pars kept up the threat with Wallace setting up Whittle but Flynn made a fine job of saving the full back`s strong left footed shot. Flynn then had to save a powerful Wallace shot and he had the post to thank for keeping out Chris Kane`s glancing header in 61 minutes.

The Pars pressure paid off in 64 minutes when on loan FERGUSON beat the offside flag to home in on goal.  Flynn could not hold his block and the Dundee United player nipped in to sidefoot home from six yards. 2-1 to the Pars.

Ryan Ferguson puts the Pars ahead

Morris made a timely intervention to sweep the ball away from the Blue Brazil`s sub Kane Hemmings before Craig Dargo was introduced for goalscorer Ferguson in 71 minutes. It was the home side who were to come close from another corner but Wedderburn skied his shot wildly over.

After a run down the wing Whittle`s cross was cut out but when the ball was returned Dargo shot the ball against the same post that had denied both teams earlier in the day. With eleven minutes to go Dargo then set up Ryan THOMSON to slide the ball past Flynn and in at the far post to make it 3-1.

Ryan Thomson scores Dunfermlines third

It was to be made difficult for the home side to recover after Lewis Milne was shown a red card with five minutes remaining. The Cowdenbeath player retaliated, flicking his foot at Dargo after he felt that Morris should have been penalised for a challenge on Wedderburn. Wedderburn would be subsequently stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder and so Cowden finished the game with just nine men.

The second half performance ensured a satisfactory afternoon for Athletic but given the uncertainty over the creditors high noon meeting on Tuesday 30th July hopefully this was not the final Pars match.



COWDENBEATH: Thomas Flynn; David Cowan (Dean Brett 70), John Armstrong (c), Thomas O`Brien, Kenny Adamson; Nat Wedderburn, Marc McKenzie (Kyle Miller 81), Lewis Milne, Andrew Russell; Greg Stewart (Kane Hemmings 62), Jordan Morton.
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Ramsay, Callum Speedie (GK)
SCORERS: Wedderburn (15)
YELLOW CARD: Cowan (32), Adamson (45+1)
RED CARD: Milne (85)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Ryan Ferguson (Craig Dargo 71), Shaun Byrne, Chris Kane, Josh Falkingham (c); Ryan Wallace (Faissal El Bakhtaoui, 88), Ryan Thomson
SUBS NOT USED: John Potter, Ryan Williamson, Michal Hrivnak (GK)
SCORERS: Morris (36), Ferguson (64), Thomson (79)
YELLOW CARD: Wallace (11), Whittle (49)

REFEREE: Bobby Madden
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NEXT MATCH: Scottish Communites Cup v East Stirlingshire (away)
Saturday 3rd August, Ochilview, 3.00pm kick off

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Preview Cowdenbeath

Saturday, 27th Jul 2013

Ramsden Cup: (away) Saturday 27th July 2013


Dunfermline were the visitors at Central Park on the opening match of the 2012-13 league season when Cowdenbeath unfurled the flag for winning the previous season`s Second Division championship. Twelve months on it is the Pars who have their sights on the Second Division championship and this Ramsden Cup tie is possibly the only competitive match that these local rivals will contest this season.

Jim Jefferies at Central Park

Last August`s 4-0 win for Jim Jefferies men equalled the Blue Brazil`s worst ever defeat at the hands of their near neighbours. That came courtesy of goals from Andy Barrowman, Josh Falkingham and a brace from Ryan Thomson.

There are no records of Ramsden Cup meetings between the clubs but there have been 12 cup ties in the League and Scottish Cups in which Cowdenbeath have won only once - in January 1929.

Milestones Cowdenbeath (Away)

Last League Victory



First Div

Last League Defeat



First Div

Best League Victory



First Div
Second Div
Second Div

Worst League Defeat



Second Div

*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline`s league record against Cowdenbeath reveals 33 wins and 27 defeats with 14 draws. Recent form had certainly favoured the East End Park side - but when Cowdenbeath won 4-2 at Central Park in February that ended a wait since August 1977 for a home win over the Pars and was their first over their nearest neighbours since May 1993.

Linton scores fourth goal

Last Twelve League Meetings
20/04/13 Dunfermline 1-0 Cowdenbeath First Division
12/02/13 Cowdenbeath 4-2 Dunfermline First Division
27/10/12 Dunfermline 3-0 Cowdenbeath First Division
11/08/12 Cowdenbeath 0-4 Dunfermline First Division
02/04/11 Cowdenbeath 0-1 Dunfermline First Division
12/02/11 Cowdenbeath 0-4 Dunfermline First Division
29/12/10 Dunfermline 5-0 Cowdenbeath First Division
18/09/10 Dunfermline 2-1 Cowdenbeath First Division
01/05/93 Dunfermline 0-2 Cowdenbeath First Division
13/02/93 Cowdenbeath 1-2 Dunfermline First Division
19/12/92 Dunfermline 4-1 Cowdenbeath First Division
05/08/92 Cowdenbeath 2-5 Dunfermline First Division

Stephen Husband

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United): Ryan Scully (Michal Hrivnak 63): Ross MIllen, Kerr Young (John Potter 71), Trailist (Stephen Husband 58), Callum Morris (Lewis Martin 71), Alex Whittle Ryan Williamson 66); Shaun Byrne (Craig Dargo 71) Chris Kane, Josh Falkingham (c)(Fayssal El Bakhtaoui 71), Kevin Buchan (Lewis Spence 58), Ryan Thomson.

COWDENBEATH (v Motherwell XI):  Trialist, Dean Brett, Trialist, Thomas O`Brien, John Armstrong, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Lewis Milne, Kyle Miller, Greg Stewart, Andrew Russell, Jordan Morton.
SUBS: Kenny Adamson, David Cowan, Mark Ramsay, Jack Nicholson, Thomas Flynn (GK)

Cowdenbeath lost 5-0 on Saturday against a Motherwell XI (Motherwell played two fixtures that day, the other in Morecambe).  Jamie Stevenson will missed out this match as he serves a suspension for being red carded in the pre season `friendly` v East Fife.

Referee will be Bobby Madden

Lewis Coult and Chris Kane pick up yellow cards

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