East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 14th January 2023
Musselburgh Athletic 1 Reid 25
Blackburn United 0
Musselburgh started the stronger and hit the woodwork with only seven minutes gone when Nathan Evans headed off the post from a corner. Seven minutes later Jackson Barker sprung the offside trap but Jakub Welna closed the angle and blocked the shot, the ball rebounded back off Barker and crept wide.
However the opening goals came on 25 minutes when from another corner, Liam Reid stabbed the ball into the net from close range.
Burnie’s only real chance of the half came when Calum Heath won possession on the right touchline before firing the ball into the near post where Laurie Devine met it but the ball slid wide.
Right on half-time, Jackson Barker was shown a red card for a heavy challenge on Jerry Otonti.
Only two minutes into the second half the referee decided to even up the numbers when Adam Forrest went for a bouncing ball whilst the Musselburgh player ducked to head it and was caught in the chest by Forrest’s boot. The referee saw it worthy of a red much to the surprise of most present.
Blackburn were now enoying the better of the game but Welna needed to produce a save at full stretch to push the ball over on 66 minutes from a Zacharry Khan shot. From the resulting corner, Devine collected the ball and set Calum Heath free, he carried it forward before sliding in Jerry Otonti but his effort is saved by Daniel Lang.
For that corner, Otonti’s effort is scrambled off the line and cleared as far as James Mildren who cannoned a shot off the underside of the crossbar and cleared.
With ten minutes remaining and as the conditions worsened, Daryl Meikle hit an effort from 25 yeards which Lang gathered, then at the other end Russell Cairns brought out a save from Welna. The game ended in driving rain and strong winds.
Musselburgh Athletic: Daniel Lang, Craig Stevenson, Liam Reid, Declan O’Kane, Nathan Evans, Matthew Knox (Russell Cairns 63), Liall Smith, Zacharry Khan (Gordon Harris 80), Lloyd Fiddler, Jackson Barker, Matthew Connor. Unused subs: Ross Mccrae, Jackie Myles, Ethan Wynne, Ben Weekes.
Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, James Mildren, Joe Osbourne, Adam Forrest, Marcus Millar, David Howe (Kyle Sampson 78), Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine (Luke Meikle 86), Richie Hutton, Jerry Otonti (Dominic Kane 78). Unused subs: John Binnie, Scott Richards, Same Thomas, Craig Saunders.
Referee: Mark Harris Assistants: Blair White, Stuart Robertson