A last-minute winner sealed the three points after a hard-fought encounter at Forthbank.
City came into the match on the back of two stellar victories over Cove and Annan and were looking to keep the pressure on the league leaders. In truth the opening exchanges weren’t high on quality, with the match devoid of any real chances to speak of. That changed midway through the first half when a deep cross from the left found Blair Henderson literally in acres of space in the box but his free header drifted over the bar. The match settled back into the attritional groove until just before half time, when arguably the best bit of football of the half led to Danny Handling driving wide from the edge of the box when normally the City number 10 would at least hit the target.
Half-time Stirling Albion 0-0 City
The second half followed much the same trend as the first, with clear cut chances at a premium. In fairness the hosts fashioned a terrific chance just after the hour when a far post cross come shot narrowly evaded the Binos’ number 4 with the goal gaping. City responded with decent chances for firstly Blair Henderson from a Callum Crane cross and then Liam Brown from distance coming close. With the match seemingly destined to finish in stalemate, the ball was played into the Stirling box, deep into injury time, Blair Henderson was tackled well but the ball broke nicely for Allan Smith and the forward composed himself before drilling a low shot into the net to send the City sidelines and travelling support wild!
Full Time Stirling Albion 0-1 City
Man of the Match
Both full backs showed up well with great delivery at times plus solid defensive work, but the nod went to Callum Crane for his tireless attacking runs down the left hand side.
Cowdenbeath (H) Saturday 28 December 2019