With both sides having lost their opening League fixtures, Cowie Thistle and Echt were keen to start putting points on the board in this clash at Stonehaven.
Chris Collie who missed the whole of last season through injury started this one at the heart of the Echt defence and with midfielder Jamie Wood and frontrunner Greg Kane also available the Echt line-up had a more balanced look about it.
The homesters made by far the better start and first Fraser and then central defender Matthews, up in attack failed to find the net from close in scoring positions, the latter albeit denied only by a Gordon Kessack tip over.
Marc Lawrence warmed the hands of home keeper Adie at the end of the first Echt threat on the home goal.
Cowie opened the scoring in 12 minutes when Cahill from the left edge of the Echt box floated a cross-cum-shot across goal and it looped high over Kessack to find net inside the far post.
Referee Hudson dismissed Kane for an off-the-ball incident in the 21st minute and as so often happens in football, thereafter ten man Echt began to impose themselves on the game.
Full back Stuart Cooper strode forward on the left and threaded a great through ball that Wood latched onto, and his low drive was stopped by Adie’s outstretched foot in 30 mins.
Cowie’s Watson was shown a red card in 35 minutes for a second bookable offence to level the sides in terms of personnel.
The second period started with Echt more and more asking questions. The ball was played into the home box and Wood created space to beat Adie with a chipped finish and level the score at 1-1 in 55 minutes.
Kessack was forced into another fine diving save to deny Cowie restoring their lead a few minutes later and Philip Craig then fired wide of Adie’s goal as Echt raced to the other end. A Cooper netbound effort of a Lawrence corner was scrambled off the Cowie line and three minutes later Paul Presslie climbed high to direct a looping header just off target.
Both sides settled for a share of the spoils, which was probably about right at the end of an entertaining 90 minutes.