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Cowdenbeath FC 1Stenhousemuir 0

Date: 3rd April 2010 Kick off: 4:00pm
Competition: Irn-Bru 2nd Division Referee: William Collum
Venue: Central Park Attendance: 438
Man of the Match:

A Gareth Wardlaw header with 19 minutes to go gave us our third win of the season over the Warriors to keep the pressure on league leaders Alloa.

There were three changes to the side which had taken the field for the abandoned midweek clash with Stirling Albion.

Brian Fairbairn, Jon Dempster and Jon Robertson all returned to the side with Mark Baxter ruled out due to injury while Paul McQuade and Jay Stein dropped to the bench.

The goalless opening period saw chances for both sides to break the deadlock with Dempster, Wardlaw and Fairbairn all testing McLuskey while at the other end Dalziel and Gibb came close for the Warriors with their best chance falling to Motion who saw his free kick well saved by Hay.

Ten minutes after the restart we had a good claim for a penalty waived aside when a McGregor shot came off a visiting defenders arm.

The breakthrough however came after 71 minutes when Winter slotted the ball to Robertson who sent over a perfect cross from the right wing for Gareth Wardlaw to bullet home from ten yards.

The Warriors chances of an equaliser were few and far between with the best chance falling to Dalziel who fired wide of the target.

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

"I was pleased with the performance and delighted to pick up all three points.

"We were well worth the win and controlled the game for long spells. Stenhousemuir are fighting relegation and we knew that Stenhousemuir would be difficult to break down and that we would have to be patient. Getting wide was going to be crucial and the boys stuck to their task and were rewarded with the second half winner. It was a great ball from Jon Robertson and a cracking finish from Wardlaw.

"It was an added bonus to see young Danny Mackay make his comeback as a late sub. We are all delighted for him."

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