Cowdenbeath ensured they will remain in the Scottish Championship next season with a resounding victory against Dunfermline.

The writing was on the wall after Kane Hemmings opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock.

And further goals from Thomas O'Brien and Greg Stewart compounded Dunfermline's misery in the Fife derby.

The result ended the Pars' hopes of promotion and consigns them to another term in League One.

The teams took to the pitch after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and the East End Park faithful were awaiting a show.

But their spirits were dashed almost straight from kick-off thanks to Hemmings, who gave Cowdenbeath the lead with a neat finish after an assist from O'Brien.

The Blue Brazil dominated the opening stages, with Jimmy Nicholl's men flooding towards Ryan Scully's goal.

Dunfermline, who looked shell-shocked after conceding, started to find their feet and their best chance of the half came courtesy of striker Faissal El-Bakhtaoui, who did well to get free of the opposing backline and try his luck, but skewed his effort wide.

Greg Stewart nets the third goal for Cowdenbeath

Greg Stewart nets the third goal for Cowdenbeath

Following that sight of goal, the home side upped the tempo, with Alex Whittle and Danny Grainger proving good outlets as they looked to restore parity.

Jim Jefferies' side, however, were still unable to ask any real questions of goalkeeper Thomas Flynn, despite their possession.

And the visitors should have added to their lead, but Hemmings and Dean Brett were both denied by the impressive Scully.

Into the second half, and Dunfermline got out of the traps quickest, with Josh Falkingham powering a strike from the edge of the box after positive play, but Flynn kept it out with a magnificent stop.

The Pars then almost got themselves level.

From a fizzing Grainger corner, Ryan Thomson freed himself and headed towards the net from close-range but, agonisingly for their support, it sailed wide.

And, it was another set-piece that very nearly saw Cowdenbeath score again, however, John Armstrong was unable to keep his header down.

The second came soon after that, though.

After Scully saved a Stewart attempt, a touch from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Whittle, only for O'Brien - who had got on the scoresheet in the first leg - to rifle home confidently.

And the result was put beyond doubt when Stewart, who had been bright throughout, picked up a pin-point long ball and cut inside before moving into the box and slotting past a helpless Scully.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Dunfermline

  • 01 Scully
  • 02 Williamson
  • 07 Whittle (Husband - 67' Booked )
  • 03 Grainger
  • 05 Young Booked
  • 04 Martin
  • 08 Byrne (Forbes - 45' )
  • 10 Falkingham Booked
  • 11 Thomson (Dargo - 75' )
  • 09 El-Bakhtaoui
  • 06 Geggan Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Husband
  • 14 Forbes
  • 15 Page
  • 16 Morris
  • 17 Millen
  • 18 Dargo
  • 20 Goodfellow

Cowdenbeath

  • 01 Flynn
  • 14 Brett (Miller - 61' )
  • 02 McKeown (Adamson - 90' )
  • 06 Wedderburn
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 23 Brownlie Booked (Stevenson - 81' )
  • 22 Robertson
  • 18 Milne
  • 09 Stewart
  • 21 Hemmings
  • 04 O'Brien

Substitutes

  • 03 Adamson
  • 08 Stevenson
  • 11 Morton
  • 12 Gold
  • 17 Usai
  • 20 Miller
  • 26 Kane
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 8,288

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

2 6

Corners

5 6

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 3.

90:00 +2:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 3.

89:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Kenny Adamson replaces Rory McKeown.

89:16

Attempt missed. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

87:56 Booking

Booking Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

86:04

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

83:55 Booking

Booking Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

83:50

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

83:50

Rory McKeown (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:07

Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:07

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

81:04

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Kerr Young.

80:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jamie Stevenson replaces Darren Brownlie.

79:28

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

78:14

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 3. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Milne.

74:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Craig Dargo replaces Ryan Thomson.

72:05

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

72:05

Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:50

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:50

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath).

66:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Stephen Husband replaces Alex Whittle.

66:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 2. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

65:51

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

65:28

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

64:30

Foul by Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic).

64:30

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:39

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

63:39

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

62:11

Attempt missed. John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

61:48

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Ross Forbes.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Kyle Miller replaces Dean Brett.

60:16

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui.

59:08

Attempt saved. Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:07 Booking

Booking Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

57:02

Hand ball by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

56:29

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

56:01

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

55:25

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:25

Foul by Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath).

54:43

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

54:43

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:38

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

49:38

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

46:30

Attempt saved. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

46:10

Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:10

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath).

45:31

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

45:00

Second Half begins Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ross Forbes replaces Shaun Byrne.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 1.

45:00 +1:23

Attempt missed. Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

45:00 +0:34

Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:34

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

44:29

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

44:29

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:07 Booking

Booking Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

43:01

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:01

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath).

40:47

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

40:47

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

37:22

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Shaun Byrne.

37:12

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

36:59

Attempt saved. Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

36:27

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

36:27

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:53

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Dean Brett.

33:20

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

32:18

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

32:18

Foul by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

27:45

Attempt missed. Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

26:27

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

22:41 Booking

Booking Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

22:31

Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:31

Foul by Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic).

19:17

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:17

Foul by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

17:24

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:24

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic).

16:28

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath).

16:28

Lewis Martin (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:25

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:03

Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:03

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

8:24

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

8:24

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

7:51

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by John Armstrong.

6:29

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

6:29

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:10

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Cowdenbeath 1. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas O'Brien.

0:12

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:12

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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