A game of few chances ended in a goalless draw at Central Park.

It was a third straight draw for the Blue Brazil and back-to-back shut-outs for the Binos but it was a scrappy encounter short on quality.

Stirling were missing Paul McLean, Jordan McGregor, Ray Grant, Akeel Francis, Dylan Mackin and Nathan Flanagan. There were two changes, with Marc Laird and Martin McNiff drafted into the starting line-up.

Ross McGeachie’s long throws were a feature and the tactic almost paid off after just four minutes when his delivery was met by Adam Cummins but his header hit the bar.

Stirling were the better team in the first half but chances were scarce at either end. The bottom club barely threatened before the break but in the second half on-loan Falkirk forward Sammy Ompreon sent an angled shot against the crossbar.

The closest to a Stirling goal came in 55 minutes, with the visitors adamant the ball was over the line. Laird swung in a cross and Jack Leitch’s close-range header was kept out by a combination of Cammy Gill’s reaction save and the crossbar.

In stoppage time, the ball broke to Laird following a McNiff throw-in but the experienced midfielder saw his powerful volley well saved.

Cowdenbeath: McDowall (Gill 34), Dunn (Swann 60), Mullen, Todd, C Barr, Denham, Miller (Barrowman 72), Morrison, R Buchanan (L Buchanan 46), Ompreon, Ferguson. Subs (not used): B Barr, Moore, Coulson, Carty.

Stirling Albion: Currie, McGeachie, Hancock, Cummins, McNiff, Banner, Dunsmore, Laird, Moore (Carrick 60), Leitch, Roberts (Paterson 81). Subs (not used): Law (GK), Creaney, J Grant, Young.

Referee: George Calder

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