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Blue Brazil and The Binos share spoils in eight goal thriller

Cowdenbeath 4

Byrne 5' Johnston 24', 77', Muirhead 90'

Stirling Albion 4

Kavanagh 21', 80' Davidson 45+1', 64'
  • Monday, 07 March 2016
  • Central Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Development League East
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Cowdenbeath
  • 2-2
  • Stirling Albion
In the second half Stirling dominated the opening stages and created the first opportunity. Jordan Herron played a through-ball to Morgan Reid who raced into the area, but Donoghue stood tall blocking his attempt with his feet denying a certain goal.
 
Cowdenbeath struggled to get any fluidity in their play second half defending the majority of the time. They eventually made an opening through substitute Cameron Muirhead, beating his two markers on the left before cutting back a pass for Byrne finding himself in acres of space inside the box. But Byrne sliced an effort wide when he should have been testing the goalkeeper in the position he found himself in.
 
The following attack in the 64th minute saw Stirling go in front for the first time in the match. Reid dispatched a ball to Kavanagh on the left, who sent a low cross into the path of Davidson who tapped the ball into the net from eight yards.
 
Stirling looked comfortable retaining possession for large spells after taking the lead and it looked like it would be them who would go onto win by more.
 
However, against the run of play, they were pegged back in the 77th minute. Another substitute Callum Robertson involved in the build up. His floating ball into the Stirling box was not dealt with by the visiting defence. This was fortunate for Johnston, who controlled the loose ball inside the area with his back towards goal, turning and unleashing an unstoppable finish past Binnie.
 
But back came Stirling three minutes later to regain the lead. Davidson, turning provider this time, raced past his man on the right putting a ball in a dangerous area with Kavanagh on hand again tapping in from six yards.
 
It looked again like Stirling were going to see out the game and claim all three points, but Cowdenbeath’s resilience paid off in the 90th minute to snatch a point at the death. A long ball was chased down by Johnston. He picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, looked up before rolling a through-ball to the on-rushing Muirhead and he did the rest producing an angled finish past Binnie to the elation of the home fans.
 
Both sides had half chances in added time, but it ended all square.
  • Full Time:
  • Cowdenbeath
  • 4-4
  • Stirling Albion

Lineups

Cowdenbeath
Stirling Albion
1. Shaun Donoghue
2. Josh Thomson
3. Harvey Swann
4. Innes Murray
5. Jordan Leslie
6. Brian Ross
7. Kyle Mitchell
8. Liam Callaghan
9. Declan Byrne
10. Craig Johnston
11. Matty Graham
17. Shaun Hunte
12. Lyle Kellichan
14. Callum Robertson
15. Cameron Muirhead
16. Rory George
18. Callum Watt
1. Cammy Binnie
2. Scott Stevenson
3. Gregor Gwynne
4. Kyle Banner
5. Scott Davidson
6. Jordan Herron
7. Sam Davidson
8. Robbie McNab
9. Ross Kavanagh
10. Morgan Reid
11. Tommy McAllister
17. Maksymilian Cichowski
12. Luke Martin
14. Regan McLaren
15. Connor McMullan
Star Player
Cowdenbeath
Stirling Albion
Craig Johnston - Constant menace to the Stirling defence. His persistence and clinical finishing pivotal for his side's hard earned draw.
Ross Kavanagh - Two assists and a brace to his name. Chased every lost cause and involved in countless of Stirling's attacking play, work rate sensational, a defenders nightmare.
Magic Moment
Cowdenbeath
Stirling Albion
Craig Johnstone - Chasing the ball down for the fourth goal and putting it on a plate for Muirhead with a beautifully weighted pass.
Ross Kavanagh - Getting his side on level terms on the stroke of half time by somehow winning the ball on the by-line when it looked by all means Brian Ross had guarded it out for a goal kick.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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