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O'Neill: No case for defence; COW'BEATH ..5 STIRLING A ..1.

Byline: ALAN HUTCHISON

BINOS bossJohnO'Neillslammed his side's shoddy defending after his nine-man side were hammered by rampant Cowden.

An own goal by Brian Allison and strikes by Greg Stewart, Mark Ramsay, Brian Fairburn and Kyle Miller cancelled out Gordon Smith's early strike.

AllisonandRyanBorriswerealso sent off but stirling gaffer O'Neill reckons his backline have only themselves to blame.

He said: "Defensively we were not good and if you defend like we did today, you are always going to lose goals."

Stirling started well and they were ahead when Smith headed home from 10 yards.

But Cowden levelled after Allison nodded Mark Ramsay's cross into his own net.

And he capped off a miserable afternoon by picking up a red card for a last-man challenge on Scot Linton.

The Fifers took full advantage three minutes later when Stewart lobbed the ball home from 20 yards.

The Blue Brazil made it 3-1 in 53 minutes with Ramsay scoring from close range.

Albion's Borris was then also sent for an early bath for a bad foul on Ramsay.

And Stirling were made to pay immediately with Fairburn rocketing home the resultant free-kick.

Youngster Miller wrapped up the win with Cowden's fifth goal nine minutes from time.

Manager Jimmy Nicholl said: "There was a great response from the lads after Stirling took an early lead.

"We did well to keep our concentration." MoM: Stewart (Cowden)
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 7, 2010
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