Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion shared the points in the latest SPFL Development League East match under the Central Park lights on a crisp Monday night.
Cowdenbeath took the lead twice in the first half, with goals from Declan Byrne and Craig Johnston which were cancelled out by Ross Kavanagh and Sam Davidson. Roles reversed in the second half, this time it was the Bino’s going 3-2 and 4-3 up. Davidson and Kavanagh again both added to their tally before Cowdenbeath came back from behind twice late on with goals from Johnston and Cameron Muirhead.
The hosts started in the ascendency and took the lead in the fifth minute. Corner whipped in by Brian Ross found an unmarked Declan Byrne at the near post powering a header past Cammie Binnie.
The young Binos squandered a golden chance to equalise. Ross Kavanagh closed down Innes Murray’s would be pass to run clear on goal, but his finish lacked finesse and was straight at Shaun Donoghue in the 'Beath goal. A let off for the hosts.
The following attack saw another excellent chance arise for the away side. Kavanagh was again involved, receiving a cross from the left from Gregor Gwynne. His goal bound effort from just outside the six yard area was blocked by a Cowdenbeath defender.
Relentless pressure was mounting on the hosts and a deserved equaliser came in the 21st minute. Kavanagh pounced on Jordan Leslie’s weak back-pass to the keeper and he slotted expertly into the bottom right hand corner.
Three minutes later though the hosts regained the lead against the run of play, a deep cross from Josh Thomson evaded the Albion back four leaving Craig Johnston unmarked ten yards out slotting beyond Binnie.
It looked like Blue Brazil were taking a slender lead into the break, however the Binos got back on level terms from the last kick of the half. Kavanagh superbly winning the ball close to the by-line from a Cowdenbeath defender, before cutting back a low delivery for Sam Davidson to tap in from ten yards to make it honours even at the interval.