A late goal gave Cowie Thistle a point in a Mearns derby at Luthermuir on Saturday. The Premier Divsion match between the two local rivals was full of good football and was played in the right spirit.
Luthermuir started brightly, keeping the ball on the deck, while the pace of the Cowie front two was a constant danger to the home defence.
Cowie took the lead in 20 minutes. A mistake let an attacker get to the byeline and his cross left Shaun McDonald with a simple tap-in.
Luthermuir sent close when Andy Donald headed the ball on and Greig fired in a shot which shaved the outside of the post.
Luthermuir equalised in 40 minutes. Keeper Milroy made a hash of a clearance kick which went straight to Donald. Donald squared to Clayton who drew the keeper and passed for Donald to score.
The home side took the lead in 70 minutes. A 20 yard shot from Clayton came back off the bar and Murdoch Anderson controlled the ball and scored with Cowie claiming hand-ball.
Luthermuir couldn’t convert their chances with Robertson outstanding at the back for Cowie.
With time running out, Cowie earned a point. A free-kick was cleared by the home defence and Luthermuir claimed Miller was fouled as he ran out to close down Steven Massonb who took full advantage with a thunderous strike into the net.
After a good game between two well-matched teams, both managements were surprised by the number of times the referee had produced his yellow card.