Match Report

Central Park, 12th April 2018

Cowdenbeath 2 (Muirhead 37, Marks 90+3) – Raith Rovers

Rovers suffered a league winning hangover as they went down 2-0 to Cowdenbeath in the Fife Cup semi-final at a rainy Central Park.

The first forty-five minutes were played at a blistering pace, the home side looking to avenge the 4-0 defeat three days previously when Rovers won the league title.
Both sides traded blows in a high tempo encounter, Muirhead in particular showing intent, firstly hitting the post with a 30-yard rasper and minutes later striking the crossbar from a similar distance.

Smith, Trialist A and Bell had chances but Swinton was in top form and denied all three, he stymied further shots on goal from a Stevenson corner then a 25-yard strike from Stevenson which troubled the Cowdenbeath stopper but was held at the second attempt.

Cowdenbeath broke the deadline on the 37th minute via a ball being played out from defence, Cameron Muirhead latched onto the through ball and beat two defenders in a foot race, he went wide of the advancing Peden and slotted the ball under the diving keeper from 6 yards 1 – 0

The second half began with both sides having to contend with heavy drizzling rain which dampened more than the pitch; both sides struggled to make headway with the ball going from box to box with regularity.
It wasn’t until the dying minutes that the visitors began to threaten Swinton’s goal, Bell and Stevenson with efforts that drifted wide.

The game was into stoppage time when the game was put to bed by the hosts, a cross into the box was spilled by Peden and substitute Thomas Marks pounced on the loose ball to fire home from 4 yards 2 – 0

We wish both Cowdenbeath and Burntisland Shipyard well in the final which is to be played later this month.

 

Cowdenbeath Raith Rovers
Ben Swinton Christopher Peden
Kyle Sneddon Jamie Watson
Lewis Sawers Euan Valentine
Andrew MacKay James Berry
Callum Watt Josh MacDonald
Ali Smith Gregor Jordan
Harris Kay Lewis McCann (84)
Ronan McMurchie (89) Ryan Stevenson
Cameron Muirhead (65) Jack Smith
Hamish Thomson Kyle Bell
Sean McManus Trialist A (84)
sub: Thomas Marks (89) sub: Kieran Dall (84)
sub: Jay Bridgeforth sub: Andreas Thorsen
sub: Kallan Griffiths (65) sub: Lewis Crosbie (84)
sub: Kieran Swanson

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