Sauchie Juniors 3 Blackburn United 1

East of Scotland Premier League – Tuesday 5th April 2022

Sauchie Juniors                      3          (Crawford 6, Smith 23 & 48)

Blackburn United                    1          (Heath 61)

This was the re-arranged match after the one last July was abandoned with 7 minutes remaining and Sauchie leading 3-2.

They didn’t hang around this time and went ahead after six minutes when a cross from the right found Ross Crawford unmarked inside the box and he headed beyond Saunders to open the scoring.  Blackburn created their first chance on 12 minutes when a Calum Heath free kick was cleared to Danny Campbell 20 yards out but he pulled his shot wide.  However it was Sauchie who were pushing Burnie back and after Danny Smith fired over, he increased the lead on 23 minutes with a bit of luck after his shot deflected off Fergus Owens and into the net.

Nearing the half hour mark, Danny Campbell got on the end of a Daryl Meikle cross and his glancing header was pushed round the post by Charles Clark for a corner. Then a Jack Garrard effort was deflected and Clark again got down will to push it away for a corner.  As the half drew to a close, Sauchie looked to increase the lead when Morgan and then Smith had efforts which came to nothing. To compound matter, Danny Campbell limped off to be replaced by Laurie Devine.

The second half was barely three minutes old when the third came. Saunders saved well from a Morgan effort, but the ball was crossed back into the box and Smith headed in from barely 2 yards. Blackburn started to get a foothold in the game and on the hour mark, Laurie Devine was sent clear but he fired his effort wide. A couple of minutes later Jack Garrad broke down the left and slid the ball into Richie Hutton inside the 6yd box, he squared across the goalmouth to Calum Heath who tapped in at the back post to reduce the deficit.

Blackburn started to cause Sauchie problems with the pace of Devine but never really carved out any clear cut chances and Sauchie saw out the game to claim the three points.

Sauchie Juniors: Charles Clark, Scott Davidson, Jon Tully (William Greenhorn 87), Sam Columbine (Kris Kelly 60), Ross Crawford, Danny Smith (Conor Kelly 87), Mark Finlayson, Craig Comrie, Sam Davidson, Jack Doherty, Brain Morgan.  Unused subs: Ross Kavanagh, Darren Carroll, Evan Collumbine.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Kyle McClung (David Howe 61), Fergus Owens, John Drummond, Daryl Meikle, Richard Hutton (Jack Sayers 61), Dominic Kane, Jack Garrad (Baley Ferris 75), Danny Campbell (Laurie Devine 40), Calum Heath.  Unused subs: Marcus Millar, Chris Ashley, Gavin King.

Referee: Daniel Graves            Assistants: Andrew Simmonds, Cameron Doyle.