DESPITE only coming away with a point Stenhousemuir manager Brown Ferguson was happy with his team’s performance as they drew 1-1 against Cowdenbeath at Central Park.
He said: “It was a performance that was full of determination and spirit and a game that I think we probably should’ve won come the end of it. It was good endeavour there, there was lots of fight and we matched Cowdenbeath in that sense. It’s still in our own hands and we’re still in the mix so we have to take today’s fight and performance into the next match.”
The weather might have been dull but the first half at Central Park certainly wasn’t. Stenhousemuir came closest first when Nikki Paterson hit the post with an excellent free-kick. Only minutes later Cowdenbeath centre back Jamie Pyper headed narrowly over from close range.
It was the away side who took the lead through Mark McGuigan. Ferns went on a run down the line before cutting into the box and crossing perfectly for McGuigan to head home from close range.
Within two minutes the home side had levelled however. Jordyn Sheerin robbed Stenhousemuir defender Ross Meechan of the ball before driving into the box and firing into the net at the front post.
The second half was of stark contrast to the first. Both teams created very few chances as they played out a boring 45 minutes.
Despite the lack of chances Stenhousemuir could’ve won it in the last few minutes as Eddie Ferns fired over the bar from inside the box and then Mark McGuigan skimmed the bar with a header in injury time.
Stenhousemuir goalscorer Mark McGuigan (pictured left, from www.stenhousemuirfc.com) said: “We’re disappointed to not win obviously but it was a battling performance and in a few weeks we might look back on this as a good point. A lot of the time today we just couldn’t get that final ball but it’s a positive point and something for us to build on.”
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