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Cowdenbeath FC 1Forfar Athletic 4

Date: 23rd February 2016 Kick off: 7:45pm
Competition: Ladbrokes League 1 Referee: Mr Steven Kirkland
Venue: Central Park Attendance: 269

We went down to a second successive home defeat with Kieran Gibbons sending off eight minutes from half time proving to be a game changing moment.
There were two changes to the side which had narrowly lost to Peterhead at the weekend with the injured Kenny Adamson out of the squad while Brad Donaldson dropped to the bench.
Aldin El Zubaidi and Ross Caldwell both returned to the side after coming off the bench against the Blue Toon.
The Loons had the first serious attempt on goal after five minutes when Swankie got free from Kerr but his low 14 yard shot was held by Roman.
In ten minutes a Swankie corner was headed over by Rodger and eight minutes later at the other end McDaid got along the bye line but his cross was cut out by Dunlop then a Brett shot was blocked.
With 26 minutes gone we broke the deadlock when Dean BRETT was brought down in the box by Kennedy and he duly stepped up to slot the resultant spot kick past Hill
Just 11 minutes later however the score was level when Gibbons tussled with former Central Parker O’Brien in the box and was sent off for his second booking of the night and Andy RYAN fired home from the penalty spot.
Things got worse three minutes later when the unmarked Gareth Rodger got on the end of a Swankie corner to head the visitors into the lead.
Forfar continued to have the better of the game in the second half and midway through Ryan tested Roman with a low 18 yard drive.
In 66 minutes Martin blocked a 25 yard free kick from Brett and two minutes later the Loons went further ahead when Steven CRAIG beat two defenders before crashing a low shot past Roman.
With six minutes to go the scoring was completed when Kerr HAY shot home from close range to take his side within three points of us.
TEAM: Alin Roman, Dean Brett, Fraser Kerr, Pat Scullion, Aldin El Zubaidi, Chris Kane (Declan Hughes 75), Kieran Gibbons, Jack Beaumont, Declan McDaid, Ross Caldwell (Craig Johnston 65) & Greig Spence. Subs not used – Jamie Sneddon, Mo Yaqub, Brad Donaldson, Lewis Milne & Declan Byrne.
Goal: Brett (26).
Bookings: Gibbons (12), McDaid (47), Brett (88), El Zubaidi (88).
Sent off: Gibbons (37).
FORFAR ATHLETIC: Darren Hill, Euan Spark, Michael Kennedy, Michael Dunlop (Martyn Fotheringham 46), Gareth Rodger, Thomas O’Brien, Scott Martin, Kerr Hay, Steven Craig, Gavin Swankie & Andy Ryan (Danny Denholm 79). Subs not used – Jason King, Derek Young, Bryan Hodge, Frankie Devine & Omar Kader.
Goals: Ryan (37), Rodger (41), Craig (68), Hay (84).
Bookings: Ryan (33), Craig (39), Rodger (89).

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