Cowie Thistle 4 Kincorth 2
Cowie began their season by welcoming the current Premier League champions to a sunny Minerwell on Saturday, in what was to prove a very entertaining encounter.
With a number of last season’s regulars unavailable due to injuries and suspension, the new signings got a chance to impress against a team tipped to retain their title.
Kincorth started strongly and passed the ball around well as Cowie struggled to get going and the slow start was to prove costly as Kincorth took an early lead. The Cowie defence failed to clear the ball and it landed at the feet of a Kincorth midfielder who shot into the corner of the net past new keeper Valentine.
Cowie should have equalised when a deep cross by Adie was headed back across goal by Riddell for Penny to steer his header over with only the keeper to beat. This proved to be the first of many chances Cowie created in the first half and again Penny should have scored with only the keeper to beat. Watson then went close when he broke through the middle of the park and with only the keeper to beat, was some how toppled by the wind, leaving the ball to roll into the grateful goalkeeper’s hands.
Cowie started the second half much brighter and it wasn’t long until they were level after a great passing move involving, new signing, McDonald and Bolton who crossed for Barbour to volley the ball home.
With the Cowie pressure building it didn’t take long for the second goal to arrive. An Adie corner was met by Watson who knocked the ball on to McDonald who reacted quickly to smash it into the net.
Kincorth again started pressing Cowie back into their own half but they stood strong with Valentine having a few good saves to keep the lead intact. Kincorth did however find a way through the Cowie rearguard to equalise after a deep cross found an on rushing attacker.
Kincorth continued to push looking to secure the winner and were unlucky when a shot from distance was tipped onto the crossbar by Valentine and bounced down close to the line but the referee signalled play on, much to Cowie’s relief. Moments later Cowie took the lead. The ball was played across the back by a Kincorth defender only to be picked up by Fraser who beat his man before cutting back inside to curl an effort into the top corner of the net.
With very little time left on the clock, Kincorth became desperate and pushed forward in numbers looking for the equaliser but only succeeded in conceding a fourth goal.
Cowie finished the game off with sweeping counter attack which saw Tremain break free of his marker to pick Fraser and he in turn rolled the ball to Adie who had all the time in the world to coolly dispatch the ball into the net to wrap up the scoring.
Cowie could not have asked for a tougher start to the season but demonstrated during a pulsating 90 minutes that they will be a tough team to beat this year in their quest to challenge at the top end of the table.