14-JulFRUNIVERSITY OF STIRLING FC3-3Wright, Downie, Bain35
19-JulFRBERWICK RANGERS RESERVES6-0Martin (2), Campbell, McInnes, Bain, Young56
25-JulFRArmadale Thistle4-1Downie (2), McInnes, McConnell100
28-JulLCArniston Rangers7-0Hutton, Downie (4), Bain (2)75
01-AugLCHawick Royal Albert7-2Downie (2), Martin (3), McDowall (2)44
11-AugAJC1Easthouses Lily2-4Downie, Campbell45
18-AugEQC1Tweedmouth Rangers4-0McDowall (2), Downie, Browne52
21-AugLPreston Athletic3-4Downie (2), Wright80
08-SepLBroxburn Athletic2-5Bain, Downie171
22-SepLCraigroyston3-0Browne (2), Hutton48
06-OctLInverkeithing Hillfield Swifts4-1Young (2), Campbell, Hutton65
08-OctFRSTONEYBURN3-2McNaught, Campbell, McDowall21
13-OctLStirling University EoS4-5Downie, Campbell (2), Browne33
20-OctLEDINBURGH UNITED5-1Browne, Downie (2), Williamson, Wright61
27-OctLLinlithgow Rose1-5Downie336
03-NovLSt Andrews United3-1Downie, Campbell, Young81
05-NovFRHARTHILL ROYAL2-2McInnes (2)35
10-NovLST ANDREWS UNITED4-1Downie (2), Bain, McDowall89
24-NovLHERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY3-4Campbell, Downie (2)51
08-DecLOrmiston5-2OG, Browne, Campbell, Downie (2)54
29-DecLJeanfield Swifts2-2Young, Murphy61
12-JanLCamelon2-3Downie, Hutton147
19-JanLINVERKEITHING H SWIFTS3-1McDowall, Browne, Downie84
26-JanLHeriot Watt University1-1Downie52
23-FebLORMISTON5-1Downie (2), McDowall, Young, Browne58
25-FebFRMURIESTON AMATEURS2-1Young, Campbell20
30-MarLPRESTON ATHLETIC4-1Downie (3), Browne328
20-AprLEdinburgh United5-0Downie (3), Drummond, Campbell70

Blackburn United V Dunipace Pre-season Friendly .

Thursday 12th July 2018

Blackburn United 1

Kennedy 20mins

Dunipace 3

Moulangou 61mins, McFadden 63mins & 75mins​

United opened their pre-season friendlies by hosting Dunipace, a side also making the move from the Junior to Senior ranks this season, and after controlling most of the opening period of the game duly moved ahead after twenty minutes, Danny Campbell flighting in a corner that James Mildren teed up for Adam KENNEDY to knock home from close range. However, after making two changes at half time Blackburn were forced to play the final forty minutes of the game with only ten men when Stewart Devine was forced off with an injury and the visitors were more than slick enough to take full advantage, the tricky MOULANGOU equalising just beyond the hour mark from the edge of the area before, two minutes later, McFADDEN was on the end of a Tulloch cut back to flick home the Dunipace second. Fifteen minutes from time the scoring was complete when McFADDEN added his own second and the visitors third, clipping a twenty yard plus effort beyond the diving Adam Sinnet.

Blackburn United line-up: Sinnet, Ward (Trialist – McConnell 46), Devine, Mildren, Drummond (Meekison 56), McInnes, Trialist – Kennedy, Bain, Downie, Campbell, Warren-Black

Dunipace line-up:  Kane, Dryden, McPherson. Balmer, Gordon, Stevenson, Moulangou, Wright, McFadden, McCafferty, Raymen  Subs: Mitusch, Douglas, Tulloch, Lochhead, McHaffie, McGill, Mack

Referee: Mr. Brent Falconer

Blackburn United V University of Stirling Pre-season Friendly

Saturday 14th July 2018

Blackburn United 3

Wright 65mins, Downie 85mins, Bain 90mins

University of Stirling FC 3

Lowland League side University of Stirling FC were the visitors for United’s second pre-season friendly and they showed the quality of their higher league status quickly, opening the scoring within six minutes when an EMMOTT free-kick took a deflection off the defensive wall to wrong foot Adam Sinnet. Less than ten minutes later Blackburn were forced into a reshuffle when Baily Warren-Black hobbled off to be replaced by Ross Williamson and before the re-jigged line-up could settle the visitors moved two ahead, another free-kick from Emmott taking another deflection to fall perfectly for ADAMSON to slot home. A further six minutes had elapsed when another injury meant another change for United, James Mildren being replaced by midweek goalscorer Adam Kennedy. However, there was no more scoring before the half-time interval.

At the outset of the second half manager Mark Campbell, at 47 years and 68 days old becoming United’s oldest ever player, was on in place of John Drummond, taking his recovery slowly on his return from the injury that forced him to miss the end of last season, and moments later Kennedy was forced off by yet another injury meaning, for the second time in three days, Blackburn were forced to see out a large swathe of the game with only ten men. Nonetheless, the side did force their way back into things and Darren Downie was unlucky to see his shot strike the crossbar after Scott Wright and Danny Campbell had combined to set him up. With a quarter of the game remaining United did eventually find the net when WRIGHT broke clear on the left and, after cutting inside the full-back, hit a low one from the edge of the area into the bottom left hand corner. However, inside the last ten minutes the visitors restored their two goal cushion when Lyons hit the byeline to pull a ball back for FERRIS who calmly slotted home from no more than six yards. In a spirited finish Blackburn, though, weren’t to be denied something from the game and from a Campbell corner and a Michael Browne header that hit the bar DOWNIE was on hand to sweep the rebound past Walker in the University goal before, in the final minute, Jordan BAIN popped up on the back post to bundle home a Campbell free-kick for the equaliser.

Blackburn United line-up: Sinnet, Herriot, Warren-Black (Williamson 16), Mildren (Trialist – Kennedy 25), Drummond (M.Campbell 46), Browne, Downie, McInnes, Wright, D.Campbell, Bain

University of Stirling FC line-up:  Walker, McGale, Miller, Mailer, Peden, Cowley, Emmott, Macewan, Lyons, Adamson, Brown  Subs: Hall, Ferris, Hunter, McGuire, Baber, Landles, Webb, Allan

Referee: Mr. Duncan Smith

Blackburn United V Berwick Rangers Reserves Pre-season Friendly

Thursday 19th July 2018

Blackburn United 6

Martin 10mins & 78mins, Campbell 25mins, McInnes 29mins, Bain 60mins, Young 63mins

Berwick Rangers Reserves 0

United’s third successive home pre-season friendly came to life early when the energetic James MARTIN was quickly onto a Danny Campbell cut-back to chip the ball over the advancing Allan and into the net from the edge of the area for the opening goal. Moments later Allan only half saved a Campbell shot but McCrorie cleared Scott Wright’s follow-up off the line. The second goal, though, arrived soon thereafter when Martin took a touch to steady himself before setting up CAMPBELL for a shot that Allan got hands to but couldn’t keep out. Four minutes later the first half scoring was complete when Wright and Campbell combined to pull a ball across the face of goal which Martin stepped over to earn McINNES the time he needed to side foot home.

Early in the second period the visitors again had to clear off their own goal line, Low this time hacking the ball away after Calum McDowall hit a Jordan Bain cut-back on target before a fourth goal did arrive, Darren Downie heading a long ball down and into the path of BAIN who cleverly flicked his effort past the exposed ‘keeper. Substitute United goalkeeper Adam Sinnet then saved a Blair header at a stretch as the Wee Rangers threatened but it was at the other end that the net was found once more, returning captain Craig YOUNG hitting a shot from a little distance that took a deflection to wrong foot Allan. The scoring was complete twelve minutes from time when a Downie effort was saved but MARTIN was on hand to bundle the ball home. Ten minutes from time Downie himself hit the post but by that time the game was long since over as a contest.

Blackburn United line-up: King (Sinnet 46), Williamson (Trialist – White 64), Bain, Browne, Herriot (Meekison 68), McInnes (Downie 50), McDowall, Young, Wright (Trialist – McConnell 50), Campbell (Staniard 57), Martin

Berwick Rangers Reserves line-up:  Allan, Ashford, Heath, Lennie, McCrorie, Forsyth, Jack, Murray, Molloy, McGuire, Briggs Subs: Blair, Smith, Douglas, Sives, Low

Referee: Mr. Greig Haynes