Cowdenbeath 1 - 1 East Kilbride (agg 1-1, 5-3 pens): Cowden retain SPFL status

Cowdenbeath retained their SPFL status with a penalty shoot-out defeat of East Kilbride, in what may be the most important win in the club's history.

Cowdenbeath's Liam Henderson celebrates the winning penalty to keep the club in the SPFL. Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott

Fraser Mullen had given the Blue Brazil a first-half lead after a strong start, only for Kieran Gibbons to net Kilby’s equaliser in the second-half. Following a goal-less first-leg, the match went through 30 minutes of extra-time before penalties.

The Fife side had been dismal from the spot, having missed several throughout the season, including one in the first-leg. However, they netted all five spot-kicks with Liam Henderson scoring the winner.

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Keeping their League Two place allows Cowden to rebuild having replaced Liam Fox with Gary Locke and Billy Brown, who had missed the first-half due to a delayed flight from Magaluf, in March. The duo prevented three successive relegations.

Cowdenbeath assistant manager Billy Brown (left) and manager Gary Locke (right). Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott

East Kilbride will have to go again having romped to Lowland League success before seeing off Highland League outfit Brora Rangers to set up the play-off clash.

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Cowdenbeath assistant manager Billy Brown (left) and manager Gary Locke (right). Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott