Scottish Championship - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Cowdenbeath 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Cowdenbeath celebrate O'Brien's goal

Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline battled out a draw in the Championship play-off final first-leg, with both goals coming from long throw-ins.

Andy Geggan's second-half header gave the visitors the lead in windy conditions at Central Park.

But Thomas O'Brien equalised when he met a Rory McKeown throw to nod home.

The Fife sides meet again on Sunday at East End Park to determine who will win promotion to the Championship for next season.

Cowdenbeath had the better of an opening spell that was littered with misplaced passes and heavy challenges, as both sets of players tried to stamp their authority on proceedings,

And Blue Brazil defender Darren Brownlie had the first chance but he could not keep his header down after rising well.

Ryan Thomson then had a clear sight of goal for the Pars following a slip by Brownlie, but the home defence closed ranks quickly and snuffed out the chance.

Dunfermline keeper Ryan Scully looked vulnerable at high balls into the box and Cowdenbeath tried to test him at every opportunity.

Alex Whittle was offering the visitors a decent outlet down the left and from his cross into the box, Thomson troubled goalkeeper Thomas Flynn, but his header dropped over the bar.

Andy Geggan goal
Andy Geggan grabs the opener for Dunfermline from a long throw-in

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui had a fine chance but after breaking into the box he shot the wrong side of Flynn's left-hand post from a tough angle.

And just before the break, Cowdenbeath's top scorer Kane Hemmings had the best opening of the first half.

Nathan Wedderburn smashed the ball up-field from a Dunfermline corner and Hemmings outstripped the defence in a footrace, but his attempt was brilliantly saved by Scully.

Hemmings again looked to have broken clear in the first minute of the second half but he was hauled down, and from the resulting free-kick McKeown curled an effort just wide.

The opener arrived after 76 minutes, from a long throw-in, a tactic both sides had employed all night.

Danny Grainger launched the ball into the box and Geggan nodded beyond Flynn.

O'Brien went close to a leveller five minutes later but his shot from close-range slid wide, after a free-kick into the area.

The Cowdenbeath star's celebration was only delayed for a minute, though, as he got on the end of McKeown's long throw to head home.

Dunfermline's Callum Morris almost caught Flynn out seconds later with a header straight from Scully's clearance, but the effort from 18 yards went narrowly wide.

Neither side could find a winner and they go into Sunday's second-leg with the tie finely poised.

Line-ups

Cowdenbeath

  • 1Flynn
  • 14Brett
  • 2McKeown
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 5Armstrong
  • 23Brownlie
  • 22RobertsonBooked at 79mins
  • 18Milne
  • 9StewartBooked at 36mins
  • 21HemmingsBooked at 62mins
  • 4O'Brien

Substitutes

  • 3Adamson
  • 8Stevenson
  • 11Morton
  • 12Gold
  • 17Usai
  • 20Miller
  • 26Kane

Dunfermline

  • 1Scully
  • 2Williamson
  • 7Whittle
  • 3Grainger
  • 5YoungBooked at 46mins
  • 4Martin
  • 6Geggan
  • 10Falkingham
  • 11ThomsonSubstituted forMorrisat 82'minutes
  • 9El-BakhtaouiBooked at 8minsSubstituted forSmithat 59'minutes
  • 8HusbandBooked at 42minsSubstituted forForbesat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Forbes
  • 14Byrne
  • 15Page
  • 16Smith
  • 17Millen
  • 18Morris
  • 20Goodfellow
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
3,379

Match Stats

Home TeamCowdenbeathAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Cowdenbeath 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Greg Stewart.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Dean Brett.

Foul by Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).

John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Cowdenbeath 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rory McKeown.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Callum Morris replaces Ryan Thomson.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

Goal!

Goal! Cowdenbeath 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Grainger.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Ryan Williamson.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt missed. Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ross Forbes replaces Stephen Husband.

Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath).

Booking

Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Allan Smith replaces Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui.

Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath).

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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