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Dumbarton 0Cowdenbeath FC 3

Date: 19th September 2009 Kick off: 4:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 2nd Division Referee: Steven McLean
Venue: The Stadium Attendance: 647
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The Blue Brazil put in their best performance of the season to secure their first ever win at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium as a double from Scott McBride helped Cowden to a convincing 3-0 win over Dumbarton.

McBride replaced in injured Paul McQuade in an otherwise unchanged line up from the victory over Clyde the previous weekend and under 19 striker John Ferguson took his place on the bench.

Dumbarton had the first scoring opportunity when Derek Carcary came close but from that moment onwards there was only one team in this game and McBride should have opened the scoring but missed a guilt-edged chance from 6 yard with the goal gaping. Jon Robertson played a wonderful ball into the path of Brian Fairbairn and his cross left McBride with a tap in but the youngster miscued from 6 yards out.

The on-loan Dunfermline forward made amends a few minutes later though when a Jon Robertson cross fell at his feet 8 yards out and McBride made no mistake this time to open the scoring after 15 minutes.

Cowden were in total command at this stage and it was no surprise when Wardlaw doubled the advantage 8 minutes later after finishing off a quality move. McBride played in Fairbairn down wing and 'Frankie' delivered an inch perfect cross for Wardlaw who beat the keeper with a diving header.

McBride missed another good chance just after the re-start but celebrated his 20th birthday in style by scoring the goal of the day after 53 minutes. He picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner of the onion bag.

The win propelled Cowden into 5th place and now face league leaders Stirling Albion at Central Park next weekend.

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

"I thought we done exceptionally well in the 1st half and scored two well worked goals and played some really good stuff overall. We worked on a few things at training during the week and it was pleasing to see that hard work rewarded.

"We have an excellent team spirit in the camp at the moment and that has been evident for all to see on the park. The boys are really working for one another and we spend a lot of time encouraging the boys to put their trust their team mates both in terms of being able to receive the ball and work rate.

"We kept a great shape when we did not have the ball and the desire to win the ball back was terrific as was the quality of the movement off the ball and some of the passing.

"My only disappointment was that we took our foot of the gas a bit after the break as we could have scored more goals."

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