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Cowdenbeath FC 1Peterhead 3

Date: 6th February 2010 Kick off: 3:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 2nd Division Referee: Brian Colvin
Venue: Central Park Attendance: 294
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A brace from Martin Bavidge, a formidable scorer against us in the past, along with a late free kick from another veteran Barry Wilson saw us go down to our first home league defeat since the opening day of the season.

There were two chances to the starting line up which had lost at Dumbarton a fortnight previously with Kenny Adamson returning from suspension along with Darren McGregor who made his first start of the campaign. Brian Fairbairn and Craig Winter dropped down to the bench.

A bright opening saw Wardlaw shot from the edge of the box deflect off Mann while Ramsay picked up on a poor clearance and tried his luck from 25 yards with a fierce shot which was saved by the diving Jarvie. Droudge then set up McQuade but he dragged his shot across the face of the goal.

After having made little impact the visitors took a surprising lead after 21 minutes when a long lob from Wilson caused Armstrong problems and Martin BAVIDGE forced the ball from the defender and coolly slotted the ball past the stranded Hay.

Looking to get back on level terms Ramsay fired wide while Linton tested Jarvie from the edge of the box while at the other end McVitie saw a curling 25 yard shot drift wide of the post.

The second half opened with McQuade and Robertson going close while Armstrong saw a header go just over the bar following a corner.

However the ever dangerous BAVIDGE grabbed a second goal for the visitors after 64 minutes when he beat the offside trap to chip the ball over the advancing Hay.

McQuade came close to pulling a goal back with 17 minutes to go when sent in an 18 yard shot which was heading for the top corner but Jarvie threw himself at the ball and managed to keep the ball out.

Two minutes later we did however manage to grab a lifeline when sub Jay STEIN was set up by Robertson and sent a 14 yard shot past Jarvie.

As we pressed for an equaliser McQuade shot straight at the keeper while Ramsay was once again denied by Jarvie who turned his right foot drive around the post.

In the closing minute it was the visitors however who got the final goal of the afternoon when Barry WILSON fired home a free kick from 22 yards.

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

"It was a frustrating afternoon and I felt we dominated possession over the piece, created good opportunities and worked their keeper yet came away with nothing.

"I was very disappointed in the manner in which we conceded today as all three were given away cheaply. Individual errors have cost us in the last three games but we win and lose as a team.

"The boys have set high standards this season and our success has been based on hard work, a strong defensive unit and winning the ball back for our creative players to damage the opposition. On the evidence of today, against a good established second division team, we are not far away but we need to defend better as a team and individually.

"We will continue to work hard for and believe in each other and our focus is now on another big game on Tuesday night against Alloa Athletic."

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