The club are delighted to announce the signing of Jeremiah Otonti from Livingston United. The 22 year old is an attacking wide midfielder and made his debut in senior football in 2019 with Sauchie before a move to Livingston. After a brief spell with Camelon he returned to Livingston and finished the season as top scorer with 20 goals. Welcome to the Burnie Jerry! (home and away sponsorship for Jerry is available).
Blackburn United 0
Sauchie Juniors 1 Connor 79
Calum Heath tested Clark with a free kick after only seven minues, but this was a game contested by two evenly matched sides with few chances. The visitors first real chance came on 25 minutes when Danny Smith tested Saunders who got down well to gather his effort. It was Smith again ten minutes later but he flashed his shot wide across goal. Heath then had another effort before half time comfortably gathered by Clark.
Approaching the house mark Sauchie came closest to opening the scoring when McCaughie got on the end of a cross and headed against the post, and Saunders done well to get down to block the follow-up. A minute later David Howe broke into the box but fired his effort just past Clark’s far post.
The only goal of the games came with 11 minutes remaining when Daniel Connor got onto the end of a cut back to tap the ball into the net. Burnie pressed for a quick equaliser and Adam Forrest broke through the Sauchie backline by Clark tipped over his drive.
Sauchie claimed all three points and moved into second position in the league as a result.
Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Kyle McClung (Adam Forrest 65), David Wilson (John Binnie 86), Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane (Sam Thomas 53), Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle, Sam Nicolson, David Howe, Emre Karaduman (Jerry Otonti 65). Unused subs: Joe Osbourne, Laurie Devine, Jakub Welna.
Sauchie Juniors: Charles Clark, Ross Hutchison, Scott Davidson, Grant Dickie (Daniel Connor 71), Danny Smith, Sam Davidson (Kris Kelly 90), Alastair Peacock, David McCaughie, Connor Willaghan, Jack Docherty (Conor Kelly 71), Brian Morgan, Unused subs: Ross Balmer, Jon Tully, Sam Collumbine, Evan Collumbine.
Referee: Ryan Lee Assistants: Barry McNab, Jamie Murray.
A game of first and lasts.
Marcus Millar opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, prodding home from a corner, the visitors then equalised in injury time to take the game to extra time where Marcus scored the winner with a curling shot in the 121st minute. Welfare ended the game with 9 men.
Goals from Callum Heath, Sam Nicolson, David Wilson and a Richie Hutton penalty secure a comfortable victory.
Tuesday nights home Premier League match against Musselburgh Athletic has been postponed due to ongoing works to repair the floodlights. The re-arranged date will be confirmed in due course. Our next match will be on Saturday at home to Oakley United.
A fantastic win today. 2 goals down and down to 10 men after John Binnie’s red card, goals from Richie Hutton just before the break, and Dominic Kane and Laurie Devine in the second half completed the comeback!
Report to follow
South Challenge Cup 2nd Round – Saturday 15th October 2022
Edinburgh United 0
Blackburn United 6 Gould 10, Devine 17, 35 & 60, L.Meikle 82 & 86
With ten minutes gone, a Laurie Devine free-kick just outside the area was palmed away by Andrew Smith but Michael Gould was on hand to knock in the rebound to open the scoring.
Seven minutes later the lead was doubled when Laurie Devine got on the end of a Scott Richards through ball, Smith half blocked his shot which looped up and into the net. Smith blocked another Devine effort on the half hour mark but five minutes later it was three when a Luke Meikle corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Devine smashed the ball into the corner of the net.
There was still time for a John Binnie lobbed effort to sneak just past.
Second half started with the first real chances for the home side when Craig Ferrier had his effort blocked by Craig Saunders, the John Lamond also brought out a save from Saunders. Edinburgh were reduced to 10 men on 54 minutes when Calum Henderson was sent packing for a second yellow.
Daryl Meikle flashed a shot wide before Laurie Devine completed his hattrick on the hour mark when he blocked Smith’s clearance and stroked the ball into the empty net. Smith redeemed himself moments later when he somehow got a hand to a Richards shot and tipped it over the bar.
Calum Heath had an effort cleared off the line with ten minutes left before Luke Meikle converted a cut-back from Richards to make it five, and then a few minutes later he angled a drive past Smith for his second.
Edinburgh United: Andrew Smith, Reece Wyllie, Daniel Kay, Calum Henderson, Findlay Tough, Declan Paterson (Ross Aitken 29), Jack Egan (Jack Wilson 60), Harris Mackintosh, Ross Nicholson (Nathan Johnson 60), Craig Ferrier, Josh Lamond. Unused subs: Fraser Taylor.
Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, John Binnie, Joe Osborne, David Wilson (James Mildren 72), Marcus Millar (Adam Forrest 66), Daryl Meikle (Calum Heath 66), Michael Gould (David Howe 66), Scott Richards, Laurie Devine (Richie Hutton 66), Danny Campbell, Luke Meikle. Unused subs: Emre Karaduman, Jakub Welna.
Referee: Ralph Gordon
East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 8th October 2022
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 6 Allum 42, Connelly 46, Millar OG 49, Payne 74 & 79, Kellichan 85
Blackburn United 1 Millar 90+2
The home side opened strongly with Jakub Welna pulling off a good save to deny Ross Allum and tipping over an effort from Calum Adamson. Burnie had their chances with a Scott Richards header from a Hutton free kick being blocked by Stuart Hall and scrambled away, before Richards again had an effort which this time Hall gathered. Ryan Connelly then had an effort blocked by Welna, and up the other end Hutton fired just over. With three minutes remaining in the half, the home side opened the scoring when a cross into the box evaded everyone except Ross Allum who stabbed in at the back post. Hutton was then set free with the last attack of the half but Smith blocked his effort.
The second half started disastrously when straight from the kick-off a Lyle Kellichan cross in the box was met by Ryan Connelly in acres of space to head beyond Welna. Three minutes later another cross into the box was diverted beyond Welna by Marcus Millar.
It was largely one-way traffic and sub Lewis Payne grabber a quick fire double with a quarter of the game left before Lyle Kellichan scored another from a corner with five minutes remaining. There was still time for Marcus Millar to make amends for his OG by stabbing the ball into the net from close range. A second half to forget.
Hill of Beath Hawthorn: Stuart Hall, Shaun Leishman, Lyle Kellichan, Mark Forbes, Michael Watt, John Galloway, Calum Anderson (Lewis Payne 60), Michael Fleming, Ryan Connelly (Arran Dair 70), Ross Allum (Jordan Tosh 70), Brandon Luke (Ross Maclachlan 75). Unused subs: Dillon Fotheringham, Logan Halliday, James Donaldson.
Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, Dominic Kane, Adam Forrest, James Mildren, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Calum Heath (Laurie Devine 57), David Howe (Joe Osborne 57), Danny Campbell (Michael Gould 57), Scott Richards (Sam Thomas 69), Richard Hutton (Sam Nicolson 57). Unused subs: John Binnie, Craig Saunders.
Referee: Kenny Brown Assistants: Elis Walls, Andrew Lawrence
Blackburn United 6 Hutton 2, 19, 48, Richards 30, Heath 52, Gould 76
Value of Leithen 0
Richie Hutton bagged a hat-trick as Blackburn United sealed an emphatic 6-0 home win over Vale of Leithen.
The East of Scotland Premier Division basement boys arrived in West Lothian off the back of picking up their first league win of the campaign but an assured performance from the Burnie swept away any hopes of a second straight triumph.
The home side were firmly in the driving seat within two minutes as Hutton produced a moment of magic.
The winger robbed Gary Tickle of possession on the halfway line before charging down the flank, cutting inside on the edge of the box and effortlessly stroking the ball beyond Lewis Sanderson for the opener.
He doubled his account, and Blackburn’s lead, on 19 minutes when he was the quickest to react to Calum Heath’s curling effort clattering back off the post as he stabbed home the rebound.
It would be 3-0 on the half-hour mark as a David Howe corner was met by Scott Richards with his strike nestling into the back of the net after bouncing off the far post.
Calum Heath was then sent clear but Sanderson done well to block his shot, and he did likewise with a Devine effort just before the break.
A quick-fire double at the start of the second-half put any hopes of a Vale comeback to bed. Hutton completed his hat-trick on 48 minutes as he was sent clear and slammed the ball beyond Sanderson who, despite conceding six, had an impressive game for Vale.
The fifth arrived moments later when skipper Marcus Millar headed a Vale goal-kick back towards goal with Heath able to benefit as he got in behind the defence to fire into the net.
The final goal arrived 14 minutes from time as Luke Meikle’s ball across goal was tapped home by Michael Gould to complete the rout. There was still time for Laurie Devine to chip Sanderson but see his goal bound shot cleared off the line.
Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, Dominic Kane, James Mildren, David Wilson, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Calum Heath (Michael Gould 60), David Howe (Joe Osborne 68), Danny Campbell (Luke Meikle 60), Scott Richards (Laurie Devine 35), Richie Hutton (Same Thomas 60). Unused subs: Adam Forrest, Craig Saunders.
Vale of Leithen: Lewis Sanderson, Liam Smith, Connor Dyet, Gary Tickle, Conor Barclay, Archie Roue (Dylan Weldon 45), James Pringle, Andrew McNeill, Lewis Grahame (Dean Apichella 60), Kyle Mitchell, Mark Deya. Unused subs: Daniel Deya, Thomas Penker
Referee: Chris Gentles Assistant: Richard Kay, Ben Lawton.