Cowden go 6 adrift as City get vital victory

This bottom of the league clash had the makings of a potential cracker after both sides had picked up in recent weeks.

The first half was very scrappy with neither goalkeeper making a save. Mark Fotheringham had two efforts but was off-target with both while Fraser Mullen and Kyle Miller saw attempts fly over also.

Despite an early injury set-back, which saw Craig Beattie replaced by Shaun Harrison, James McDonaugh’s side had chances too. Farid El Alagui and Ashley Grimes were unable to trouble David McGurn as the first-half came towards a close.

However, two clinical strikes saw the visitors lead at the interval. Grimes had a shot blocked inside the area but on-loan Falkirk forward Scott Shepherd was on-hand to fire home from 12 yards out. Then, Grimes flighted in a free-kick which Harrison headed down for Scullion to double City’s advantage on 44 minutes.

The match lacked quality throughout, none more so than in the second half with very little goalmouth action.

Kyle Miller and Fraser Mullen had shots blocked while Jack Whittaker forced Callum Antell into his only save of the match late on. McDonaugh’s side defended strongly throughout and could have put the cherry on top in injury-time but Cameron Blues’ effort was blocked out.

Team Line-Ups / Ratings

Cowdenbeath:

McGurn 5, McInally 5, Swann 5, Pyper 5, Rumsby 5, Miller 5, Mullen 5, Fotheringham 4 (Garden 45, 5), Muirhead 6 (Connelly 67, 5), B.Smith 5, Whittaker 5 (Syme 88, 2). Subs Not Used: Trialist (GK), Rutherford, Henderson, A.Smith.

Edinburgh City:

Antell 6, Hall 6 (Caddow 88, 2), Scullion 6, Garcia Tena 6, Beattie 5 (Harrison 9, 6), Henderson 6, Grimes 6 (Blues 66, 6), Walker 6, Laird 6, El Alagui 6, Shepherd 7. Subs Not Used: Morton (GK), Mackie, Allan, Donnelly-Kay.

Referee: Lloyd Wilson 6.

Attendance: 365

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