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Cowdenbeath FC 1Greenock Morton FC 3

Date: 1st August 2009 Kick off: 4:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 2nd Division Referee: Brian Winter
Venue: Central Park Attendance: 486
Man of the Match: Mark Baxter


Two moments of slackness saw us bow out of The Co-operative Insurance Cup at the first hurdle against First Division Morton.

The Greenock side went looking for an early goal and were rewarded after just seven minutes. There seemed little danger when McGuffie sent the ball into the box but somehow the Cowden cover was caught napping and Peter Weatherson (Goal, 7 mins) had the easiest of tasks to head past Hay from 10 yards.

There was a further shock for Cowden three minutes later when the visitors doubled their advantage in spectacular style. Masterton’s free kick struck the Cowden wall and rolled to Neil McFarlane (Goal, 10 mins) whose rasping 30 yard shot flew into the top corner of the net.

Soon after Hay pulled off a brilliant finger tipped save when a Weatherson shot took a deflection off Mbu and looked net bound. At the other end a McBride cross was met by McCabe who headed wide of the target.

We did however reduce the deficit after 31 minutes when a Paul McQuade (Goal, 31 mins) cross struck Monti on the arm and the striker slotted home from the spot for his third goal of the week.

This spurred us on to look for an equaliser and Wardlaw saw a fierce 18 yard drive held by Halliwell and soon after the keeper denied Stein. Five minutes into the second half Wardlaw burst into the visitors’ box but saw his shot strike the side netting.

However 60 seconds later Morton restored their two goal advantage when Peter Weatherson (Goal, 56 mins) headed home from a Masterton corner.

Cowden never gave up in their efforts to get back into the tie with Adamson heading just wide and then Dempster coming close with a low drive. Hay then had a double save to deny Weatherson and Jenkins while with four minutes to go Halliwell pulled off a good save to stop Fairbairn reducing the deficit. Baxter was booked along with the visitors Jenkins.


Danny Lennon spoke to the Blue Brazil Online after the game:

"We set out a game plan but unfortunately on this occasion the boys did not stick to it. We need to believe that we can get results in games like this and I thought we showed Morton too much respect.

"The biggest disappointed for me was our failure to defend properly at the first and third goals. We gave ourselves an uphill task by losing early goals again and then gave away a poor goal after Paul McQuade had brought us back into the game at 2-1."


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Greenock Morton FC