On Monday evening, I travelled the short journey down to Central Park to watch my second pre season friendly between Cowdenbeath v Dundee. As expected, Dundee were massive favourites to win this match.
Cowdenbeath and Dundee both have played one pre-season friendly so far. Cowdenbeath winning 1-0 against Civil Service Strollers and Dundee drawing 1-1 at Glebe Park against League 1 side Brechin City.
Both sides have made a couple of summer signings, The Hosts have signed, Ryan Goodfellow (East Fife), Jason Talbot (Dunfermline), Blair Malcolm (Ross County), Martin Scott (Stenhousemuir), Jordyn Sheerin (Kelty Hearts) and Kris Renton (Alloa).
Dundee haven’t been as busy as the League 2 side but have made a couple of signings theirselves. They have signed Jack Hamilton (Hearts), Nathan Ralph (Woking), Jean Mendy (KSC Lokeren) and Elton Ngawatiaia ( Kidderminster)
The pitch at Central Park was unbelievably poor, one of the worst I have witnessed. It was tight and narrow and there was a huge number of holes in the ground which the ball just bobbled over. It may explain the poor game, well especially the first half.
( Match Report Below)
The first half on Monday evening was abysmal to say the least. it was very poor and not very action packed. The first chance of the match didn’t come until after 25 minutes when the away sides striker, Jean Mendy nicely flicked the ball forward towards Ngwataia, but his shot was comfortably saved. A couple of minutes later a corner was swung in by Randy Wolters which landed on the head of left back Nathan Ralph. His header was just by the post. The Hosts first chance came just before the break. A corner was taken by Fraser Mullen, which fell to Jamie Pyper who had all the space in the world, but his header was wide of the target.
The second half got underway. It was the away side who started better. The first chance came after 52 minutes. A free kick was awarded about 25 yards outside the Cowdenbeath box. Randy Wolters stepped up to take it and fired it well past the post. A minute later, Cowdenbeath had their best chance of the game so far. A throw-in was flicked on by Jordyn Sheerin, it fell to the Home side’s number 9, Kris Renton who stabbed his effort over the bar from a few yards out. The best chance of the entire match came to the Hosts after 62 minutes. A self inflicted mistake from substitute, Frank Jones, who strangely just left the ball, allowed Kris Renton to go through one-on-one. A fantastic save from Elliot Parish stopped Cowdenbeath opening the scoring. Dundee started to show their class and quality in the last half an hour as Cowdenbeath were beginning to struggle. The deadlock was broken after 74 minutes, when a long ball from midfield beat the whole Cowdenbeath back four. It was taken down by Matt Henvey who cheekily chipped the ball over the helpless Ryan Goodfellow. Two minutes later, an identical pass was played and it once again beat the whole Cowdenbeath back Four. It fell to Matt Henvey again but his shot was smartly tipped around the post this time by Goodfellow. The away side had a chance to seal the victory with the last kick off the ball. A corner was played in by Paul McGowan. Kerr Waddell rose highest off all and his powerful header was brilliantly kept out by Goodfellow.
Full Time, Cowdenbeath 0-1 Dundee