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League (2nd Division)
|John Murphy (43)||
Mike Larnach (79)
1 Willie Wilson
2 Billy Simpson
3 Tom Breen
4 Jimmy Seath
5 Duncan Reid
6 Tommy Rae
7 George Hunter
8 Ronnie McHale
9 Bobby Morrison
10 John Murphy
11 Andy Harrow
Jim Gallacher 1
Norrie Hall 2
Gregor Abel 3
Jim Fallon 4
Sam Goodwin 5
Dougie Hay 6
Davie Cooper 7
Sammy Henderson 8
Mike Larnach 9
Joe McCallan 10
Ian Browning 11
12 Davie Ross
14 Bobby Russell
Jimmy Caskie 12
Bobby Provan 14
|Bobby Russell -> George Hunter||
Bobby Provan for Jim Fallon
Jimmy Caskie for Ian Browning (45)
RD Keggie (Referee)
The fans who made the trip to Fife on Saturday had a few shocks in store for them when Bankies took to the field. Out of the team that defeated Stirling to remain two points clear at the top of the league were Roddy McKenzie and Jim Lumsden and in came Jim Gallacher and Ian Browning.
This being both teams second match in as many days it was expected that Bankies full time training would see their superior fitness win through but it was Cowdenbeath who pressed forward from the start.
After Goodwin had fired in a 25 yard drive from a free kick that Wilson held in the first minute, little was seen of Bankies as an attacking force. The Fifers were in complete control of midfield and looked by far the more likely side.
As time wore on the game developed into a dour struggle containing more fouls than good moves. In fact,referee Keggie was the busiest man on the park and, with his whistle and stand side linesman's flag dominating proceedings there was only frustration for the few hundred fans.
Jim Fallon raised the hopes of the travelling support finishing fractionally wide of the post.
These hopes were dashed however in the 43d minute when the home side took a deserved lead. Harrow flighted over a corner and Murphy out-jumped the Bankies defence to head past a slow looking Jim Gallacher.
The homesters had their tails up now and kept up the pressure until the interval. Another corner ended with a Harrow header being scrambled away by Gallacher.
On the resumption Bankies sent on Caskie for Browning, reverting to a 4-2-4 formation in a bid for at least a point. Bankies looked better now but still the ball bobbed about with nobody making any real meaningful play.
When Provan replaced a limping Fallon things looked bleak for Bankies but they kept plugging away and eventually turned the tide.
Simpson was booked for hauling down Davie Cooper, in full flight for the first time in the match.Then with 15 minutes left came the break that Bankies fans needed.
A Dougie Hay shy was headed on by Joe McCallan but there seemed little danger as Seath moved to clear.
Inexplicably, he completely missed the ball and Mike Larnach was in there in a flash to hammer the ball into the roof of the net.
In the final minute Wilson produced a great save to turn away a super 25 yard shot by Jimmy Caskie and Bankies had to settle for a point.
A draw was probably the right result in the end for the Fifers fought all the way in a game that was too physical to be entertaining. With Alloa and Raith both winning it proved to be a vital point to drop and a reminder to Bankies that they have a fight on their hands yet before promotion is secure.
Next up Bankies take a break from league business when they face unbeaten Raith Rovers at Kirkcaldy in the cup. It will be an extremely stiff hurdle to cross and a hard and exciting game is in prospect. The winners have a home draw against first division Arbroath in the next round so both teams will be all out for victory.
|Jim Gallacher (GK)||24||3||-||103||-|
|Bobby Provan (sub)||-||6||-||46||1|
|Jimmy Caskie (sub)||25||16||1||208||66|
No games played.