Cowdenbeath 4-1 Stirling Albion

Lewis Coult's hat-trick inspired Cowdenbeath to a comfortable win over bottom club Stirling Albion and keep them two points clear at the top of the Scottish Second Division.

Cowden were quick out of the blocks as Coult put them ahead with a low, left-footed strike into the bottom corner in the 12th minute.

However, Stirling showed spirit and Sean Dillon headed an Alan Cook corner into the path of Gary Thom to lash home the equaliser before half-time.

Cowdenbeath upped their game after the break and retook the lead when John Armstrong headed across goal to find Coult, who nodded in his ninth of the season.

Coult completed his hat-trick just before the hour with a composed right-footed finish.

Marc McKenzie then grabbed a late fourth and Joshua Flood was sent off for a foul on Kenneth Adamson to complete a miserable day for Stirling.

Cowdenbeath: Flynn, Cowan (Cusack 75), Armstrong, Mbu, Adamson, McKenzie, Fisher, Robertson, Ramsay, Lyle (Linton 70), Coult (Stewart 81). Subs Not Used: Bejaoui, Milne.

Goals: Coult 12, 48, 59, McKenzie 84.

Stirling: Reidford, Thom, Allison, Dillon, Jacobs, Ferry, McCulloch, McSorley (Kelbie 63), Smith, Weir (Davidson 73), Cook (Flood 63). Subs Not Used: Filler, McLeish.

Sent Off: Flood (90). Booked: McCulloch, Dillon.

Goals: Thom 36.

Att: 341

Ref: Matt Northcroft

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