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Peterhead 0Cowdenbeath FC 2

Date: 12th December 2009 Kick off: 3:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 2nd Division Referee: Matt Northcroft
Venue: Balmoor Stadium Attendance: 494

Last years X Factor winner Alexandra Burke may have grabbed the midweek headlines in Peterhead after performing in the town but it was the small band of Cowden fans who were signing in the Blue Toon at Saturday teatime as we stretched our unbeaten league run to nine games.

There were two changes to the side which had lost narrowly at Alloa with Craig Winter returning to the side for his 300th league appearance in a Cowden jersey along with Scott Linton. Gareth Wardlaw was sidelined with a hip injury while Jay Stein dropped down to the bench.

Ramsay playing in a forward role had the ball in the back of the home net in the first minute but his effort was ruled out after a foul on the keeper.

With ten minutes gone Strachan had a good effort to put the home side in front when his long range shot bounced off the top of the crossbar.

Fairbairn then put Ramsay through on goal but his shot was smothered by keeper Jarvie.

The deadlock was eventually broken after 22 minutes when McBride sent over a cross from the left for Jon Robertson to turn in off the back post from close range.

Strachan fired in another long range effort minutes later which was pushed past the post by Hay.

As the first half drew to a close the normally deadly Bavidge headed wide from close range.

The second period opened with McBride sending a shot over the bar while at the other end Hay blocked a Bavidge shot.

The game was however over as a contest after 55 minutes when Fairbairn floated a free kick in to the home box which was picked up by Joe Mbu at the back post and the big defender fired home an angled shot for his first ever senior goal.

Midway though the half, Ramsay beat Mann to set up Fairbairn but his shot drifted over the bar, while at the other end a long range effort from Clark was tipped over by Hay.

As the game drew to a close Sharp and Bavidge came close for the home side but the Cowden defence held out for their tenth shut out of the season.

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

"I am delighted with the three points but the performance was particularly pleasing", said Danny Lennon.

"We played really well in phases and were strong all over the pitch. We also defended very well and it was great to keep another shut out.

"Balmoor is a very difficult place to get a result but It was an excellent showing from the boys and the win was well deserved.

"We were all disappointed with the result in midweek so it was a fantastic reaction from the boys and they deserve immense credit.

"We can stay in the mix at the top of the league if we can keep up this standard of performance but at this stage of the season it's really all about accumulating points

"We set targets and objectives at the start of the season and we are well on our way to achieving those.

"Finally, thanks to all the fans who made the long trip to Peterhead. It was great to see so many there and the players really appreciate your backing."

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