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Cowdenbeath FC 0Greenock Morton FC 2

Date: 22nd March 2011 Kick off: 7:45pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 1st Division Referee: Iain Brines
Venue: Central Park Attendance: 359
Man of the Match: Craig Winter


Two crazy moments in each half saw Morton consolidate their mid table position as we slipped back into the play off position.

There was one change to the starting line up from the win at Firhill with Scott Linton returning to the side with young Kyle Miller dropping to the bench.

The game was only seconds old when controversy reigned. A throw-in bounced awkwardly and rose up to hit Baxter on the arm and referee Brines wasted no time in pointing to the spot despite Cowden's protests. After missing two penalties on their last visit to Central Park it was third time lucky for the Greenock men as Carlo Monti made no mistake from the award.

In four minutes we retaliated and Linton's pass into the box was met by Ramsay only eight yards out and Ton goalkeeper Cuthbert made a fine diving save.

From the Linton's corner Winter outjumped the defensive cover but his header drifted wide.

Morton's Graham threatened when he raced into the Cowden box and Hay had to make a good diving save but soon after Cowden substitute McKenzie, on for Campbell, sent over a good pass but before Stewart could convert Smyth cleared.

Graham had another opening for the visitors in the 27th minute but his 12 yarder hit the side net then seven minutes later Robertson had a chance for Cowden but he delayed his shot and Stuart McCaffrey cleared.

Two minutes from the break McKenzie found himself ten yards out confronted only by Cuthbert but his shot lacked power and the 'keeper gathered.

Nine minutes after the break Cuthbert came to the rescue for his team when Linton's corner was met by Winter and his header had goal written all over it but the 'keeper made a fantastic finger tip save to preserve Morton's lead.

Then six minutes later came the second bizarre goal. Baxter elected to headed back to Hay from 25 yards out and the 'keeper came off his line to clear but his strong kick hit the in-rushing Allan Jenkins on the backside and flew into the unguarded net.

This completely took the wind out of Cowden's sails but gradually they came back into the picture and with 20 minutes left Linton's cross looked perfect for McKenzie but Smyth cleared by launching the ball over his own bar.

We kept working hard but Morton defended well and there was no way they were going to easily give up the two rather fortuitous goals they had scored.







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