Edinburgh City 1, Cowdenbeath 1.
Ladbrokes League 2
COWDEN got the point they deserved out of the game, but like at Annan two weeks ago, it should have been all three points.
The Blues dominated possession, in the beautiful spring sunshine, but missed key chances, including a penalty, at important times and ended up having to rely on a 93rd minute goal from Kris Renton to leave Meadowbank Stadium with a point.
Considering Cowdenbeath were without their centre-half partnership of Gerry McLauchlan and Scott Rumsby, probably they would have settled for a point before the start, but with the openings they had they could well have forced the win they wanted to bring City that much closer to them.
David Syme and Jamie Pyper deputised for the experienced duo who were out through suspension and injury and the two youngsters did well.
Edinburgh have a decent strike force but the duo were able to keep them at bay with the midfield supplying plenty of quality possession.
Liam Henderson and Kyle Miller was joined by Burton O’Brien with Robbie Buchanan also coming in, and they enjoyed the sunshine by helping Cowden to have twice as many attempts at goal as City but alas it is goals that count.
Cowden opened confidently enough despite their changed line-up but it was City who had the first real chance in ten minutes when former Celtic star Craig Beattie fired wide from a good position but five minutes later Fraser Mullen had a good shot held by ‘keeper Calum Antell.
Pyper saw a header fly just wide two minutes further on when he would have felt he should have hit the target and then in 24 minutes Dale Carrick fired off target from 12 yards before Miller repeated the dose as Cowden kept pressing.
Then in 29 minutes City took the lead. A free-kick was awarded for City when Pyper clashed with Beattie and Josh WALKER fired a spectacular shot in to the top corner.
Edinburgh took confidence from this and Dougie Gair and Beattie tested Jamie Sneddon but six minutes from the break Cowden had a golden chance to level. Buchanan was floored by Walker in the City box but Carrick failed from the spot seeing Antell diving to save.
Miller came close to a goal on the interval whistle but fired wide and in the second period the visitors continued to have the better of things and Renton shot wide from a good position.
Edinburgh forced a couple of corners but Cowden kept them out and then Lewis Allan saw his shot held by Sneddon.
As the Blues went all out for an equaliser Renton fired over but in the third minute of time added on the equaliser at last came.
A good pass set up RENTON in the middle of the box and the big striker coolly fired wide of the ‘keeper to earn a draw.
Edinburgh City: Antell (7); Porteous (6), Dunsmore (6); Dunn (6) (Cummings 82 (2)), Mbu (7), McKee (6) (Harrison 82 (2)); Walker (7), Laird (6), Beattie (7), Allan (6) (Caddow 90 (2)), Gair (7). Subs not used, Riordan, McFarland, Stobie and Guthrie.
Cowdenbeath: Jamie Sneddon (7); Fraser Mullen (6), Shaun Rutherford (7); David Syme (8), Jamie Pyper (7), Kyle Miller (7); Robbie Buchanan (6) (Lewis Moore 65 (3)), Liam Henderson (7) (Cammy Muirhead 71 (3)), Dale Carrick (6)), Kris Renton (7), Burton O’Brien (6) (Craig Johnston 82 (2)). Subs not used, Brian Ross and Dave McGurn.
Referee-Craig Charleston (6).