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Cowdenbeath 0 Stirling Albion 2

Cowdenbeath 0 Stirling Albion 2

Goals from Isaac Layne and Darren Smith earned Stirling Albion a first away win since beating Montrose in December as we leapfrogged Cowdenbeath.

It was only our second victory in Ladbrokes League 2 this season but was well deserved after a determined display at Central Park, where we had lost 4-1 on our last visit in February 2012.

Martyn Corrigan was in caretaker charge of the team following the departure of manager Stuart McLaren in the wake of the 4-0 home defeat to Elgin.

He was without Bryan Hodge, Aurelien Mazel, Jack McCue, Ross Forsyth and Moses Olanrewaju and former Queen of the South player/boss James Fowler was included as a trialist.

He did well in a midfield holding role, Ross McGeachie was excellent at right-back and Marc McKenzie impressed against his former club but it was a solid all-round performance.

The opening goal came in just six minutes – Eddie Ferns released Layne and the on-loan Alloa forward ran clear to beat David McGurn with a low shot into the corner.

We limited the Blue Brazil to few chances before the break and McKenzie came close to doubling our lead with a 40-yarder that almost caught out McGurn.

Cowdenbeath’s best spell of the match came early in the second half and Chris Smith tipped over a Fraser Mullen free kick but we doubled our advantage in 63 minutes when McKenzie did well on the left and his cut-back was converted by Darren Smith.

Ferns had a volley well saved before Chris Smith thwarted Lewis Moore at the other end. Ross Kavanagh, recalled from a loan spell at Cumbernauld Colts, should have added a third goal in stoppage time after being put through by fellow sub David Verlaque but he shot straight at the keeper.

Cowdenbeath: McGurn, Mullen, Sives, Creaney, McLauchlan, Brett (Murrell 74), Moore, Turner (Miller 50), Ross, Todorov (Glen 55), Renton.
Subs (not used): O’Brien, Rutherford, Pyper, Sneddon (GK).

Stirling Albion: C Smith, McGeachie, R Smith, R McMillan, Petrie, Trialist, McKenzie (Verlaque 90), Ferns, Dickson, D Smith, Layne (Kavanagh 69).
Subs (not used): Morrison, Henderson, Scott Davidson, Docherty, Binnie (GK).

Goals: Layne 6, D Smith 63

Referee: Grant Irvine

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