Whatever Cove manager Scott Edwards said to his team at half time worked as they looked a much better team in the second half. Edwards credited moving Blair Stephen slightly deeper to help win the battle in the middle of the park as the reason for their second half resurgence.
Despite Cove’s better second period, Cowdenbeath nearly put the game beyond them just after half time. Johnston’s header from Callaghan’s corner was kicked off the post by Cove winger Ross Cochrane.
Cove were rewarded for their much improved performance when they halved the deficit after 63 minutes. A direct run by Stephen from deep resulted in Ryan Stewart clipping the ball through for Gunn who fired low past Speddie from 12 yards.
With 20 minutes remaining Cove’s Cochrane saw his near post shot well blocked by Speddie as Cove threatened an equaliser.
Cochrane was involved again a minute later when his looping cross was nearly bundled over the line by striker Chris Davidson.
Cove came closest to levelling the game in the 80th minute. A long throw-in was met by substitute Scott Davie whose header was acrobatically tipped over by goalkeeper Reid.
In stoppage time Cowdenbeath broke away to score their third and make the score line look a little more comfortable. After a great run up the right wing, Johnston squared the ball for Anthony whose shot from 18 yards was deflected and the ball, not for the first time today, changed direction to wrong-foot Reid.
Despite the defeat, Cove will be happy that they competed for long spells with a team which reached the quarter finals of the Scottish Youth Cup last season. The home side will point out that all three of Cowdenbeath’s goals were deflections, which probably signals that it just wasn’t meant to be their day.
As for Cowdenbeath, manager Derek Nicholson is hoping to at least replicate last year's performance by getting to the quarter finals again. He says he is hoping for Celtic or Rangers away in the next round.