BLUES boss Gary Bollan said his League Two side will enjoy the challenge of having to win away to Premiership side Livingston to make the knock-out stages of the Premier Sports Cup.

He believes his team can pull off a shock at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday after a last gasp 3-2 win over Brechin City kept their hopes alive.

Bollan knows a win would give Cowden nine points from four Group D matches and an outstanding chance of making the next stage of the competition, but it won't be an easy task.

He said: “Livingston did superbly last season and will know they too need to win to reach the next stage of the Premier Sports Cup so it sets up an intriguing tie."

The Blue Brazil boss was happy with the win against Brechin but felt it should have been more comfortable after his team blew a two-goal lead.

They needed a last minute winner to get over the line and Bollan said: “We hit a rich spell of first-half form and scored two good goals and could have had others.

“But we allowed Brechin to get a foothold in the second period and lost two poor goals from our point of view.

“The important thing was that we kept on going and grabbed the all important winner.

“It gives us the chance to go to Livingston on Saturday and get the win which would give us an outstanding chance of making it to the next stage.

“The players will certainly enjoy the challenge of trying to get the right result against a team who have been doing well in the top division over the past couple of seasons.”

The midfield area will be a key element in the match and Cowden’s Kyle Hutton and Kyle Miller, who have been so influential against Raith Rovers, Alloa and Brechin, will have to be at their best against Livi.

There are no new injury problems and in the Cowdenbeath squad will be new acquisitions, in striker Luke Mahady and link man Quinn Coulson.

The 17-year-olds are on loan from Raith Rovers and are seen as real prospects.

Coulson joined the Kirkcaldy club from the Fife Elite Football Academy.

Bollan said he is clever on the ball and a good finisher who can also play in a number 10 role or as a second striker.