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SFL DIVISION ONE PREVIEW – 16TH FEBRUARY 2013

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It may not have been seismic in proportion to other games played this year but on Tuesday night Cowdenbeath 4 Dunfermline Athletic 2 threw a number of questions up in the air. Firstly are the Pars doomed to fail in their promotion quest this year? They had won at the weekend against Hamilton Accies, getting revenge for their cup exit so the loss was keenly felt. Secondly, with 8 goals in 2 games does that mean that Colin Cameron has found the key to the trap door and the Blue Brazil will not be falling through relegations or play offs to the 2nd division? Only time will tell but it certainly proved this is a tight league. Last week, with Thistle’s game postponed Morton took advantage and ripped Airdrie apart in a 4-0 win that saw them stretch their lead at the top of the table. Ian Murray at Dumbarton toddled off to Livingston and they also got revenge by beating the Lions at home when the Lions had beat them the week before at the bet Butler. It all leaves things highly poised as we have some real cracking action today.

Game of the day? Greenock Morton v Partick Thistle. There is literally no other circus in town as the top two clash at the Tail O’ the Bank. Thanks to goals from David O’Brian, Colin McMenamin, Peter MacDonald and Kyle Wilkie Morton stretched out further in front of a Thistle side that were left idle due to floods in Kirkcaldy. Allan Moore has a few issues in his defence with late fitness tests for Mark McLaughlin and Craig Reid – both of whom were missing last weekend – who have been vital to the security of the Morton goal. Thistle and Alan Archibald has a full squad to choose from so this should have no excuses come quarter to five – this MUST be the advert for 1st Division football!

Falkirk v Dunfermline Athletic has the Bairns and the Pars shell shocked after coming up against Cowdenbeath! For the Bairns last weekend they lost 4-1 with Lyle Taylor having opened the scoring they then let Cowdenbeath score 4 times! Dunfermline had managed a 2-1 win at Hamilton thanks to goals from Andy Kirk and Chris Kane but then were 2-1 up thanks to Andy Dowie and Andy Kirk before Cowdenbeath went on to win 4-2! This ought to be the recovery room for both and I quite fancy the Pars to get back on track. Livingston v Cowdenbeath sees the victor in both of those games travel to Livingston after 8 goals that came from Kane Hemming, a John Armstrong double and Jamie Stevenson against Falkirk and Lewis Milne, a Scott Linton double and Kane Hemming getting the goals against Dunfermline. Both victories were achieved after going behind! Perhaps Gareth Evans should give Cowdenbeath a goal of a start? Last weekend they were always chasing Dumbarton as first Jordan Morton and then a penalty from Iain Russell got them level but the couldn’t find a 3rd as they went down 3-2 at home to Dumbarton. I have a strange feeling that the roll on which the Blue Brazil are motoring is going to run right through West Lothian!

Airdrie united v Hamilton Academical has two teams that are down at the bottom half and need to get their seasons back on track in the league,. It is far less dire for Billy Reid as he has managed to keep cup runs going and he was beaten last weekend by Livingston in the odd goal out of 3. Grant Gillespie got that goal and for 3 games he has been coping without talismanic midfield maestro Alex Neil. Neil is back today and that means a full squad from which to pick for the first time this year. Airdrie rode their luck after a great start to the season and now the season is beginning to look long and hard. They were well beaten last weekend 4-0 by Morton though Morton were on fire. Jimmy Boyle has tried everything to get a return from his team. Now he has Celtic goalkeeper Robbie Thomson on loan whilst is looking for another loanee for the season. Rumour has it, it might be Dundee United’s Jordan Moore. No matter who it is they should bring a magic wand. Raith Rovers v Dumbarton will see a game in a heavy pitch that didn’t survive an inspection last weekend so fingers will be crossed this weekend. Dumbarton travelled to Livingston last weekend and got their revenge against Livingston with a 3-2 win that had Bryan Prunty, Andy Graham and a Scott Agnew penalty the 3 goals that got them 3 points. Prunty’s strike was the pick of the bunch and is now available on SFL TV – well worth it. I fancy the Dumbarton band wagon to be the story of the year and they will come back west with 3 points at a quarter to five.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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