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Cove Thistle 2 – 3 Cowie Thistle

Premier Division at Catto Park on Saturday 4th April

Cowie Thistle have taken four points from Cove Thistle this season, denting Cove’s Premier Division title hopes.

It took Cowie five minutes to get the first goal. From defending a corner the ball was cleared upfield to Leith who beat a defender and his shot went under diving Cove keeper Hopkins. Three minutes later Fowler could have doubled Cowie’s lead but his fierce drive came back off the crossbar.

Cove were playing good football but the final pass was letting them down in the eighteen yard box. Wilson had a shot pushed over the bar by keeper Adie in fifteen minutes and their next chance came from a free kick taken by Wilson but his shot was again saved by keeper Adie. With play flowing from end to end the game was constantly stopped by referee Lovie who showed yellow cards to several players.

In thirty-five minutes Cowie’s defence were claiming the ball was over the byline but Cove’s Wilson carried on and scored the equaliser. With forty one minutes on the clock Cowie’s Fowler made a run down the left and crossed to Cahill who had only the keeper to beat but his shot went high over the bar.

Minutes later Cove had a great chance from a free kick on the right, as the ball fell to McKenzie but his hurried shot went past the upright keeping the scores level at half-time.

Half-time: 1-1

The second half started at a slower pace and in sixty-four minutes Cove’s Ryan Law had the ball in the net but referee Lovie ruled offside. In sixty-seven minutes Cowie went ahead when Fowler‘s long distance shot bobbled in front of the keeper and went into the goal.

Eighty minutes saw Cove’s keeper Hopkins pull off a great save from Cahill to keep his team in the game. Cove had Cowie pinned back in their own half and the pressure paid off when Little was unmarked at the far post and headed past keeper Adie.

Two minutes later Cowie were back in front after a run down the left by Leith who passed to McMillan allowing him to strike the ball into the net. Just on time referee Lovie showed the yellow card followed by a red to Cove’s Little.

Full time: 2-3

Cove Thistle: Hopkins, Bradford, Gill, Little, McKenzie, Thom, Christie, Gabriel, Wilson, Stewart, Ryan Law. Subs – Mayfield, Robertson, Craig Law, Chalmers, Storrie

Cowie Thistle: Adie, Bolton, Riddle, Taylor, Matthews, Watson, McMillan, Hudson, Cahill, Leith, Fowler. Subs – Fraser, Masson, Day, Strachan, Grant

Referee – A. Lovie