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Cowdenbeath 1 St Johnstone 1


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Cowdenbeath 1 St Johnstone 1

PostedJuly 22, 2012

We concluded our home pre-season games with another draw against SPL opposition to still remain unbeaten in the build up.
Cowden had the first chance of the afternoon after just three minutes but McKenzie’s shot took a deflection.
Soon after Stewart set up Garcia Rey but his shot from 22 yards drifted over the bar while a minute later Hasselbaink sent a low ball into the Cowden box but Flynn managed to block a shot from the trialist forward.
Just short of the half hour McKenzie fired in a low shot from the edge of the box which went just past the post.
Soon after Armstrong headed the ball into the path of Garcia Rey who slotted the ball to McKenzie but the danger was cleared by Moffat.
At the other end Saints trialist midfielder sent over a cross to May whose header was turned round the post at the expense of a corner by Flynn.
Minutes later Stewart beat two defenders before firing in an 18 yard effort which was just wide of the target.
It was however the visitors who opened the scoring after 33 minutes when a cross from Scobbie was met by Nigel Hasselbaink who headed home. Soon after May fired over as the visitors looked to increase their advantage.
With a minute of the opening period remaining Cowden got a deserved equaliser when Marc McKenzie fired a powerful 25 yard shot into the top corner of the net.
There was one change at the interval with Saints replacing Hasselbaink with Stewart.
With four minutes of the second half gone Stevenson fired in a low free kick from the edge of the box which was held by keeper Tuffey.
Cameron then went on a fine run and set up McKenzie but Scobbie intercepted to clear the ball.
On the hour mark the visitors made a double change with Tobbin and McIntosh replacing Mackay and Robertson while soon after Cowden replaced Ramsay and Cameron with Milne and O’Brien.
With 20 minutes to go Moon went on a run but his shot was blocked for a corner by Armstrong.
Miller then replaced Garcia Rey for the closing stages and came close with a shot which was deflected for a corner.
As the game wound down Cowden almost grabbed a winner when from a Stevenson corner O’Brien headed towards goal but his effort was blocked at the post by the legs of Tuffey.

COLIN CAMERON “Once again we worked hard and it was a good performance and no one looked off the pace.” The gaffer continued “Lewis Coult missed the game today due to bruising on a bone, but will back training on Monday and should be ok for next Saturday’s Ramsdens Cup game with Alloa.”

TOMMY WRIGHT (Saints assistant manager) – “We did well today after what has been a tough week.”

50/50 DRAW WINNER

The winner of the 50/50 draw against St Johnstone on Saturday was former Sunderland manager and current Scotland under 17 coach Ricky Sbragia who kindly donated his 70 prize to our youth development fund.

The club would like to thank Ricky for his kind gesture.

BOARDROOM RETURN FOR RODDY

Former Cowden and Saints favourite Roddy Grant was back at Central Park for Saturday’s game in his new role as associate director of the Perth club.Roddy scored 29 goals in 70 games for the Blue Brazil after being signed by Joe Craig from juvenile side Strathbrock in October 1986 and eventually moved to the Perth side two years later.Grant became a legend in his two spells in Perth and also turned out for Dunfermline Athletic, Partick Thistle, Ayr United and Peterhead. Overall he scored an impressive 187 goals in 595 senior appearances and famously completed the set of scoring against all the league clubs when scored an own goal for Cowden whilst playing for Brechin at Central Park!

TEAM: Thomas Flynn, David Cowan, Colin Cameron (Thomas O’Brien 65), John Armstong, Joe Mbu, Marc McKenzie, Rueben Garcia Rey (Kyle Miller 76), Mark Ramsay (Lewis Milne 64), Greg Stewart & Jamie Stevenson. Sub not used – Lee Wilson.

ST JOHNSTONE: Jon Tuffey, David Mackay (Chris Tobbin 60), Tom Scobbie, Kevin Moon, Chris Moffat, Stephen Anderson, Trialist, David Robertson (Richard McIntosh 60), Trialist, Stevie May & Nigel Hasselbaink (Keiran Stewart 45). Subs not used – Scott Gray & Zander Clark.

REFEREE: Mr Gary Hilland.

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