League: East of Scotland Premier League

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Dundonald Bluebell vs Blackburn United

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 12th February 2022

Dundonald Bluebell 1 (Sibanda 41)
Blackburn United 5 (Garrad 21 & 78, Hutton 62, Meikle 76, Owens 90+3)

Dundonald kicked-off with the wind at their backs on a pitch that had stood up well to the wet weather.

Both teams took a while to adjust to the conditions but it was Blackburn who opened the scoring on 21 minutes when when Danny Campbell closed down Jordan Millar in the Bluebell goal and is able to collect the ball, he fired in a shot which Millar pushed clear but it hits the inrushing Jack Garrad who chests it over the line.

Dundonald applied the bulk of the pressure in the half with high clearances holding up a bit in the wind, and eventually equalised when a long throw-in ended up with Barry Sibanda heading in from close range. Garrad had an attempt from just outside the box before the half ended but it flew over.

Derek Drummond had suffered early on from being on the receiving end of a poor challenge and was replaced by Callum Heath at half-time with Liam Allison moving to left back. The sub had the first opportunity two minutes in when he pinged a shot just over. Then Danny Campbell got on the end of a Richie Hutton free-kick and glanced a header into the net only to see the linesman raise the flag for a tight offside. Ross Drummond had the homesters first attempt of the half when his long range effort slid past Saunders post.

Blackburn were starting to gain the upper hand and took the lead just past the hour when a Dominic Kane looping cross to the back post was met by Richie Hutton who looped a header back across Millar and into the net. Moments later Billy Rogerson was shown a straight red for appearing to lash out after a challenge and the home team were reduced to ten.

Dominic Kane sent an effort just wide of 70 minutes and at the other end, a Scott Durie shot was parried away by Saunders and cleared by Jack Sayers to safety. Danny Campbell then saw his in-swinging corner clip the bar and out for a goal kick.

With just under 15 minutes left, Blackburn looked to secure the points when from a throw-in, the ball fell to Daryl Meikle who volleyed the ball past Millar to make it three.Two minutes later Marcus Millar wins a clearing header and the ball reaches Heath, he slides in Jack Garrad who bears down on Jordan Millar before slamming the ball past him into the net.

Deep into injury time, a Meikle free-kick is met by Fergus Owens at the back post to fire the ball home to make it five with the last kick of the game.

Dundonald Bluebell: Jordan Millar, Scott Durie, Aiden Hendry, Colin Wilson, Craig Wedderburn, Billy Rogerson, Barry Sibanda (Darren Ormiston 70), Lewis McKenzie, Jack Smith (James Mackie 46), Scott Reekie, James Drummond. Unused subs: Kieran Gall, Chris Gay.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers, Derek Drummond (Calum Heath 46), Fergus Owens, Marcus Millar, Domini Kane, Richie Hutton (Laurie Devine 81), Daryl Meikle, Danny Campbell (Andy McQuillan 81), Jack Garrad (Kyle McClung 84), Liam Allison (David Howe 84). Unused subs: James Mildren, Gavin King.

Referee: Jordan Curran Assistants: Chris Ashley, Andrew Strang.

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Penicuik Athletic vs Blackburn United

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Hill of Beath Hawthorn vs Blackburn United

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 22nd January 2022

Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 (Connolly 42)
Blackburn United 1 (Garrad 69)

It was Callum Heath who carved out the first real chance of the game on 25 minutes when he danced past several challenges before firing just over from 20 yards. Then there were claims for a penalty three minutes later when Richie Hutton moved into the left hand side of the box, crossed into the middle and Garrad ended up on the decj claiming to have been bundled over, but the referee waved away the claims.

Garrad then had a shot beaten away by Hall in the Hill of Beath goal before at the other end the homesters couldn’t believe their luck when from a free kick, Saunders spilled the ball and Connolly gleefully stabbed the ball into the net to open the scoring just before the end of the half.

Seven minutes into the second there were even stronger claims for a penalty to Blackburn when a Danny Campbell cross from the right clearly struck the outstretched hand of a defender, but the claims were once again waved away.

The equaliser came on 69 minutes when a Campbell through ball was blocked but it fell to Calum Heath, he made his was to the byeline and crossed for Jack Garrad to fire the ball beyond Hall from close range.

A few minutes later Campbell collected a Laurie Devine cross, turned but shot just wide. In the last minute a ball caught out the Blackburn defence and as Lewis Elder bore down on goal , Michael Browne’s tackle took him down and he was flashed the red card.

Hill of Beath: Stuart Hall, Shaun Leishman, Russell Grierson, Jake Mitchell, Mark Forbes, Jon Galloway (Brandon Luke 79), Calum Adamson (Ross Allum 65), Ryan Connolly, Daniel Watt, Lewis Elder (Ross Maclachlan 79), Lyle Kellichan. Unused subs: Michel Watt, Paul Quinn, Lee Wilson, James Donaldson.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Fergus Owens, John Drummond, James Mildren (Laurie Devine 63), Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane (Lyall Cameron 80), Calum Heath, Michael Brown, Danny Campbell, Jack Garrad, Richie Hutton. Unused subs: Kyle McClung, Baley Ferris, Jack Sayers, Gavin King.

Referee: Andy Gamble Assistants: Ellis Walls, Derryn Brogan

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Blackburn United vs Lothian Thistle HV

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 15th January 2022

Blackburn United 3 (Heath 17 & 22, Browne 72p)
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 3 (Cunningham 7 & 24p, Douglas 58 )

After only 7 minutes Alex Cunningham met a cross inside the box and volleyed it home, despite Saunders getting a hand to it. Callum Heath then got a quick brace in a five minute spell to put Burnie in the lead, first an angled drive past Adams, and then a 20 yard free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net. However the lead only last two minutes when Cunningham also got his second from the spot after a Drummond foul in the box. After this frantic opening period there were more chances but the sides went in level at the break.

It was Cunningham who set-up Errol Douglas after the restart as he controlled the ball and stroked it past Saunders from just outside the box to give the visitors the lead once again. However the scores were levelled with 18 minutes remaining when Marcus Millar was upended in the box and Michael Browne cooly slotted home the penalty. A few minutes later Richie Hutton had a great chance to grab a fourth when he was sent clear of the visitors backline but Adams stood his ground and blocked his shot with his legs. Deep into injury time it was Saunders who rescued a point, saving at point blank range from Douglas when a late winner looked looked on the cards.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers (Danny Campbell 66), Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, John Drummond, Daryl Meikle, Callum Heath (David Howe 87), Michael Browne, Andy McQuillan, Richard Hutton, Laurie Devine (Fergus Owens 66). Unused subs: James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Baley Ferris, Callum Macdonald (GK)

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale: Ruairidh Adams, Dylan Moore, Sean Lally, Sean Guiney, Errol Douglas, Joe Viola, Mason Renton (Niall Kemp 64), Michael Deland, Niall Doherty (Joe Murray 77), Ryan Findlay (Louis Signorini 64), Alex Cunningham. Unused subs: Conor Barnes, Paul Crawford, Thomas Penker, Iain Laver.

Referee: Craig Wilson Assistants: Taylor Martin, Andrew Strang.

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Linlithgow Rose vs Blackburn United

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Blackburn United vs Camelon Juniors

East of Scotland Premier League – Wednesday 29th December 2021

Blackburn United 2 (Devlin 21, Browne 38p)
Camelon Juniors 2 (Sampson 36, Gribben 49)

The opening goal came via a long throw-in on the right which saw Richie Hutton’s half hit shot inside the box cleared to Laurie Devine on the edge of the area and he half volleyed it into the top corner for a spectacular opener. A Daryl Meikle header from a free kick then crept narrowly past. Camelon were on level term just past the half hour mark when a weak Mitchell Taylor effort was spilled by Saunders and Kyle Sampson had the easy task of slotting it into the net. Burnie regained the lead only a couple of minutes later when a long Jack Sayers clearance was headed back towards his keeper by Mark Sharp, however his effort was slightly weak and David Howe intercepted but was caught by the exposed Welna and the ref pointed to the spot. Michael Browne converted. Gribben and then Hutton then had unsuccessful efforts at either end.

Shortly after the restart a loose Meikle pass saw Taylor bear down on goal, his effort was deflected and looped over Saunders who managed to get a hand to it but it fell to Darren Gribben at the back post who slotted the ball into the net from a tight angle. The visitors were pushing for a third but their efforts never seriously threatened Saunders goal, and towards the end Burnie went looking for their own third but the game ended level.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers, Kyle McClung, Michael Browne, Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, Laurie Devine (Dominic Kane 86), Daryle Meikle, Andy McQuillan, David Howe (Calum Heath 76), Richie Hutton. Unused subs: James Mildren, Baley Ferris, Ryan Kidd (GK)

Camelon: Jakub Welna, Marky Munro, Jay Sandison, Lewis McArthur, Mark Sharp, Jackson Cowan, Kyle Sampson, Arnault Kasa (Mitchell McDonald 4), Darren Gribben (Michael Wallace 55), Aiden Stevenson, Mitchell Taylor. Unused subs: Cole Cattanach, Harry Osborne, Reece Boyle, Lewis Paton, Greg McGuiness.

Referee: Alastair Grieve. Assistants: Andrew Strang, Andrew Brown.

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Blackburn United vs Jeanfield Swifts

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 18th December 2021

Blackburn United 1 (Browne 5p)
Jeanfield Swifts 3 (Robertson 17, 47, Browne OG 27)

With only four minutes on the clock Danny Campbell got on the end of a Jack Garrard cross and stabbed the ball into the next from close range but the assistant refs flag ruled it out, however a minute later Danny broke clear and was hauled down by keeper Sean Dalton who received a yellow card and Michaels Browne stepped up to convert.

Jeanfield came strongly back into the game and were on level terms 12 minutes later when Blackburn failed to clear and the ball deflected into the path of Dayle Robertson six yards out and he couldn’t miss. Three minutes later Connor McLaren flashed a shot off the bar and then Craig Saunders managed to tip a Dolzanski header onto the bar. However the inevitable second eventually came but again with a huge slice of luck when a cross was glanced into his own net by Michael Browne.

With three minutes left of the half Danny Campbell got on the end of a fantastic Devine cross but managed to head over with the goal gaping.

Right from the start of the second half it was Swifts who took a grip of the game when Robertson got his second of the game after only two minutes. Saunders came to the rescue again when he saved from Chris Dodd shortly afterwards.

A number of changes saw Callum Heath come off the bench and moments later his 25 yard shot cannoned back off the bar. Blackburn cause wasn’t helped with ten minutes left when Jack Garrard received a second yellow for dissent after complaining about a linesman’s decision. With time running our Marcus Millar’s header from a corner came back off the bar to deny Blackburn again.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers (Kane 84), Marcus Millar, Lyalll Cameron, Michael Browne, Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine (Andy McQuillan 70), David Howe (Calum Heath 69), Danny Campbell, Jack Garrad, Richie Hutton. Unused subs: Kyle McClung, James Mildren, Ryan Kidd (GK)

Jeanfield Swifts: Sean Dalton, Chris Dodd, Greg Donald, Aaron Whitehead, Jake Dolzanski, Dayle Robertson (Regan McLaren 71), Connor McLaren (Liam Strong 74), Fraser Smith, Kieran Sweeney, Paul Simpson, Gary Fergus (Shaun Struthers 66). Unused subs: Mark Mitchell, Chris McLeish.

Referee: Jordan Curran Assistants: Scott Clark, Stuart Robertson.

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Whitehill Welfare vs Blackburn United

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 11th December 2021

Whitehill Welfare 4 (Weir 25 & 75, Millar 43, Ireland 47)
Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 10)

Whitehill Welfare: Musa Dibanga, Fynlay Connor, Liam Ireland (Finn Thomson 86), Richard Millar (Samina Dublin-Green 69), Darren McCormack, Blair Tolmie, Joshua Walker, Kevin Browne (Ewan McKinlay 86), Ryan Weir (Arran Laidlaw 65), Aiden McLaughlin, Andrew Kidd. Unused subs: Ross Gilpin, Jason Howie, Tyler O’Neill

Blackburn United: Gavin King, Jack Sayers, Kyle McClung, James Mildren, Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, Calum Heath, David Howe, Andy McQuillan, Danny Campbell (Jack Garrad 61), Richie Hutton (Laurie Devine 69). Unused subs: Craig Young, Sam Thomas, Arran Fowler, Craig Saunders.

Referee: Frazer Bushell Assistants: Dominic Falconer, Gianluca Marini

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Blackburn United vs Newtongrange Star

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 4th December 2021

Blackburn United 2 (Browne 1p, Heath 33)
Newtongrange Star 4 (Smith 39, McIntosh 53 & 54, Dougal 79)

In a remarkable start Burnie were awarded a penalty after only 15 seconds when Danny Campbell latched onto the ball in the box from kick-off and was brought down, Michael Browne dispatched the penalty with 50 seconds on the clock.

It was a frantic start as both sides were attacking at will, however the game settled and Nitten started to get a foothold and push for the equaliser with 22 and 11 have efforts, however Burnie increased their lead on 33 minutes when Callum Heath collected a throw in, turned his marker and guided his shot beyond Sean Brennan into the far corner.

Star pulled one back 6 minutes later when a ball into the back post was headed back across goal by Chris Robertson and Liall Smith headed past King from close range.

The visitors started the second half quicky looking for the equaliser with 17 & 12 going close, up the other end Danny Campbell hooked a Jack Sayers cross just wide and Kane had a shot comfortable saved.

However in the space of a minute the game was turned on its head when first, the referee pointed to the spot in what looked a dubious call by his assistant Mr.Richmond for a push in the box after the ball had been comfortably gathered by King. Liam McIntosh converted. Blackburn were rattled by this decision and a minute later it was McIntosh again pouncing to give Nitten the lead.

Things went from bad to worse on the hour mark when John Drummond was penalised for a foul that to all present should have been given the other way, he was booked and then booked a second time for dissent and sent packing by the Craig Wilson the referee. Gavin King tipped the resulting free kick onto the bar.

Ten became nine with 15 minutes left when a Star player looked to have handled but the appeals were waved away and Daryll Meikle was shown a straight red for taking his complaints too far in the eyes of Mr.Wilson. With around 10 minutes remaining Nitten increased their lead against the nine men through Ethan Dougal.

Blackburn United: Gavin King, Jack Sayers, Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, John Drummond, Dominic Kane (David Howe 60), Callum Heath, Daryll Meikle, Danny Campbell, Michael Browne, Richie Hutton (L.Devine 87). Unused subs: Andy McQuillan, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Joe Osbourne, Criag Saunders.

Newtongrange Star: Sean Brennan, Alexander Webb, Liam Peden, Adam Nelson (Steven Tait 73), Liam McIntosh (Ethan Dougal 76), Ryan Porteous (Jack Gillan 30), Alistair Forster, Ben Finnan, Chris Robertson (Shaun Conlon 73), Liall Smith, Michael Jones (Steven Froude 73). Unused subs: Ryan Ferguson, Andrew Muir.

Referee: Craig Wilson Assistants: Josh Heggie, Tim Richmond.

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