Scottish League One - Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Scottish League One play-off: Cowdenbeath 1-0 Queen's Park (1-2)

Greig Spence celebrates his goal
Greig Spence scored for Cowdenbeath

Greig Spence's 19th goal of the season wasn't enough to prevent Cowdenbeath being relegated to the League Two, their second demotion in two years.

The prolific striker glanced in a close ranger header but it's Queen's Park who progress to face Clyde in the play-off final with the first leg at home.

Chris Duggan's double in the first game of this tie at Hampden Park proved good enough to take the Spiders through.

It condemns the Fifers to the fourth tier for the first time in seven years.

Unfortunately Duggan is highly unlikely to play any further part in Queen's Park's promotion push as he went off with a hamstring injury midway through the first half.

Cowdenbeath player/manager Colin Nish made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 in midweek and they certainly gave it their best shot to get back into the tie.

The problem is in the first half they came up against side shrewdly organised by their boss Gus McPherson as they defended in depth to frustrate the Blue Brazil for long spells.

Even when the Fifers did have a clear look at goal they lacked the quality to exploit them as Chris Kane, Lewis Milne and Craig Johnston all missed decent first half chances.

They also came up against a decent goalkeeper as Willie Muir proved with a good save to keep out a Kane shot early on to prevent the home side gaining any momentum.

Spence finally broke the deadlock after the visitors failed to defend a corner they believed shouldn't have been awarded in the first place and referee Craig Charleston sent manager McPherson to the stand for comments made in the aftermath.

By contrast Nish was able to bring himself on as a substitute to try and influence things but neither he nor anyone else could get the goal to take the match into extra time.

Queen's Park manager Gus McPherson: "I was annoyed because it was clearly our goal kick and not their corner when they got their goal, but I thought my players really saw the game out strongly.

"We are looking forward to the final now as we have had a lot of tough games against Clyde this season and these two will be exactly the same."

Line-ups

Cowdenbeath

  • 1Adam
  • 2BrettBooked at 89mins
  • 4Sives
  • 5Kane
  • 3AdamsonBooked at 82mins
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forNishat 73'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 6Hughes
  • 8Milne
  • 10SwannSubstituted forMcDaidat 83'minutes
  • 9Caldwell
  • 11Spence

Substitutes

  • 12Scullion
  • 14Beaumont
  • 15El-Zubaidi
  • 16McDaid
  • 17Roman
  • 18Donaldson
  • 19Nish

Queen's Park

  • 1MuirBooked at 55mins
  • 2Burns
  • 5McGeever
  • 6Wharton
  • 3McLeish
  • 4Berry
  • 8BrownBooked at 39minsSubstituted forGaltat 64'minutes
  • 7WoodsSubstituted forBatyat 71'minutes
  • 10McVey
  • 11Bradley
  • 9DugganSubstituted forCarterat 23'minutesBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 12Carter
  • 14Galt
  • 15Gibson
  • 16Mitchell
  • 17Mortimer
  • 18Baty
  • 20O'Boyle
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
585

Match Stats

Home TeamCowdenbeathAway TeamQueen's Park
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cowdenbeath 1, Queen's Park 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 1, Queen's Park 0.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David Galt.

Attempt missed. Craig Sives (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Queen's Park. Conceded by Kenny Adamson.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by James Baty.

Chris Kane (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor McVey (Queen's Park).

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Declan McDaid replaces Harvey Swann.

Foul by Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath).

Bryan Wharton (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath).

David Galt (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James Baty (Queen's Park) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Ross Caldwell (Cowdenbeath).

Sean Burns (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Vincent Berry (Queen's Park) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath).

Booking

John Carter (Queen's Park) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by John Carter (Queen's Park).

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Colin Nish replaces Craig Johnston.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Ryan McGeever.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen's Park. James Baty replaces Paul Woods.

Foul by John Carter (Queen's Park).

Craig Sives (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Queen's Park. Conceded by Declan Hughes.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queen's Park. David Galt replaces Liam Brown.

Foul by Craig Sives (Cowdenbeath).

John Carter (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vincent Berry (Queen's Park).

Foul by Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath).

Joe Bradley (Queen's Park) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harvey Swann (Cowdenbeath).

Liam Brown (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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