Burnie go nap

East of Scotland Premier League  –  Saturday 3rd September 2022

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale           1          Wilson-Need 82

Blackburn United                                5          Millar 7, Campbell 19, Howe 66, Heath 84, Richards 90+4

Burnie opened the scoring with only seven minutes on the clock when Marcus Millar headed home from a corner. The lead was doubled not long after when Richie Hutton was fouled on the edge of the box and Danny Campbell stepped up to curl the ball round the wall and past the despairing dive of Ben Galloway into the corner of the net.

A minute later the homesters created their first chance and only a diving Craig Saunders at full stretch managed to touch a Sean Wringe shot round the post.  Ben Viola then fired a shot just over as Vale tried to get a foothold back into the match.

However it was Burnie who nearly went into half time further ahead when a break by Laurie Devine on the right saw him in the clear, he crossed the ball into Daryl Meikle but his first time shot was blocked by Galloway.

The second half saw Burnie in command and the third came twenty minutes after the restart when Michael Gould broke into the box on the left and then cut it back to David Howe who beat Galloway at his near post.  Marcus Millar nearly got his second of the game when his header cannoned back off a post.

Vale got one back with eight minutes remaining when Logan Wilson-Need gathered the ball on the edge ot the box, turned and fired a low drive past Saunders. However two minutes later any thought of a comeback were extinguished when Luke Meikle got on the end of a goal kick and slid in Callum Heath who guided the ball past Galloway.

Deep into injury time it was Scott Richards who took advantage of a Ben Galloway fumble when trying to gather from a long Saunders kick and notched the fifth.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison-Vale: Ben Galloway, Dylan Moore, Liam O’Donnell (Danny Chisholm 46), Mason Renton (Fletcher Patterson 46), Kyle Scott, Sean Wringe (Joe Murray 47), Marc Malloy, Scott-Taylor McKenzie, Keiran Millar, Ben Viola (Logan Wilson-Need 71), Thomas Prior (Ryan Findlay 71). Unused subs: Fraser Ogilvie, Patryk Jelen.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Adam Forrest (Sam Thomas 88), John Binnie, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Laurie Devine (Callum Heath 77), Daryl Meikle, Danny Campbell (Michael Gould 63), David Howe (Scott Richards 77), Richie Hutton (Luke Meikle 63). Unused subs: Kieran Sweeney, Gavin King.

Referee: Brent Falconer          Assistants: Callum Donald, George Mathison

Broxburn Athletic 3 Blackburn United 0

Scottish Cup Preliminary Round – Saturday 27th August 2022

Broxburn Athletic                    3          Brass 18, Churchill 83, Binnie 87        

Blackburn United                    0

Report by Callum Cardon, West Lothian Courier

Broxburn Athletic seal Scottish Cup first round place after win over Blackburn United. A late double helped give the Brox a 3-0 win in the competition’s first West Lothian derby in nearly 100 years.

Broxburn Athletic claimed the West Lothian bragging rights and booked a Scottish Cup first round place in the process as they defeated Blackburn United 3-0 at Albyn Park.

A crowd of over 300 witnessed the first West Lothian derby in the competition since 1926 as the two sides battled it out in the Preliminary Round.

Gary Brass opened the scoring with a fine header on 18 minutes before an inspired display by United keeper Jakub Welna kept the visitors in the tie. He was unable to prevent a late double, though, as David Churchill’s sumptuous half-volley double Athletic’s lead eight minutes from time with Greg Binnie rounding off the scoring four minutes later.

The victory was certainly deserved but it could well have been a different story had Athletic keeper Josh Blair seen red for handling outside the box midway through the second half. The officials waved away Blackburn’s protests and that seemed to spark a change in momentum after the away side had threatened a leveller.

The contest started off slowly with Richie Hutton for United and Broxburn’s Ross Nimmo trying their luck from distance before the deadlock was broken.  Brass was able to leap the highest at the back post to thunder a header into the net from a Josh Jeffries whipped free-kick.

As was the case in the league game between the two sides earlier in the month, Athletic enjoyed much of the play in the first half with Craig Henderson and Jeffries in particular looking a threat every time they got the ball in space. Both players would go close to doubling the advantage with Welna denying the former twice while producing a terrific save to tip a Jeffries 25-yard effort over the bar.

In that league clash, United were a changed team after the break and came back to claim a draw and following a Welna save from a Ross Nimmo curling strike early in the second half, it seemed that may repeat itself as Blackburn enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Danny Campbell saw a deflected effort hit the side-netting while Daryl Meikle was denied by Blair before the contentious handball decision not given in United’s favour. From that passage of play, Campbell went close to levelling but saw his effort save.

Hutton was then agonisingly inches away from turning a Marcus Miller header that went back across goal into the net as United piled on the pressure with the game ticking into the final 20 minutes.

Having weathered that storm, Athletic grew back into the clash and were able to make the most of Blackburn flinging men forward. Binnie headed wide from close range before Welna produced an impressive diving save to deny Gordon Donaldson as he flicked a Nimmo free-kick towards goal.

The Brox finally gave themselves some breathing space when Churchill latched onto a Jordan Orru throw-in at the left-hand corner of the box and pinged an inch-perfect half-volley across goal and into the net after kissing the inside of the post.

Binnie wrapped up proceedings by slamming home from close range minutes later before Welna denied Liam Gray a fourth for Broxburn that would unquestionably have been harsh on the resilient visitors.

Broxburn Athletic: Josh Blair, Craig Newall, Gordon Donaldson, Daniel Nimmo, Ross Nimmo, Greg Binnie (Liam Gray 88), Jordan Orru, Gary Brass, Josh Jeffries (Bradley Donaldson 85), David Greenhill, Craig Henderson (David Churchill 76). Unused subs: Shaun Donoghue.

Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, James Mildren, Kyle McClung (Sam Thomas 85), John Binnie, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane (Fraser Cormack 76), Calum Heath (Danny Campbell 46), Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine, Scott Richards (Michael Gould 76), Richard Hutton (Craig Baillie 85). Unused subs: David Howe, Adam Forrest, Gavin King, Craig Saunders.

Referee: Ross Clark       Assistants: Ross Donaldson, Niamh Westwood

Hawick Royal Albert 0 Blackburn United 2

East of Scotland Qualifying Cup R2 – Saturday 20th August 2022

Hawick Royal Albert                0

Blackburn United                    2          Devine 47(p), 60

With a strong wind blowing down the park, Burnie kicked-off into the wind and Laurie Devine nearly struck in the third minute but Ross Wallace in the Hawick goal blocked the attempt.

At the other end Greg Ford saw his attempt held by Craig Saunders, whilst a Luke Meikle effort was parried round the post for a corner by Wallace. Despite the wind disadvantage it was Burnie who dominated possession.

On twenty minutes a break by Devine saw him cut inside and let go a shot just outside the area which Wallace blocked, the ball came back out to Michael Gould but again Wallace done well.

In a rare foray forward, Harry Fowler got on the end of a good move through the middle but Saunders pushed away his attempt for a corner.

The second half saw the scoring open almost immediately when Marcus Millar was pushed over at a corner and Laurie Devine converted the penalty sending Wallace the wrong way.

Then on the hour mark it was Devine again who rose to head a Luke Meikle cross beyond Wallace.

The game petered out into a scrappy affair with neither side looking likely to add to their tally. Referee Hogarth did however get a bit card happy showing yellows to both dugouts and then showing Craig Young a red card for dissent.

Hawick Royal Albert: Ross Wallace, Sean Solley, Robert McPherson (Ryan Shepherd 75), Tom Fowler, Andrew Common, Harry Fowler, Greg Ford, Yuan Fang, Ryan Prentice, Kieran Crawford (Hon To To 72), Siris Davidson (Darren Milne 77). Unused subs: Kacper Michalak, Kenneth Aitchison, Peter Beagley.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Joe Osborne (Kyle McClung 80), Adam forrest, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Michael Gould (Calum Heath 68), David Howe (Scott Richards 61), Laurie Devine (Kieran Sweeney 61), Sam Thomas (Fraser Cormack 61), Luke Meikle.  Unused subs: Daryl Meikle, Gavin King.

Hot and bothered

East of Scotland Premier League  –  Saturday 13th August 2022

Blackburn United                    1          Richards 29

Dundonald Bluebell                 3          Lumsden 32 & 72, McKenzie 56

Despite the hot temperatures of over 25c at kick-off, the game kicked-off at a frantic pace and after only a couple of minutes Laurie Devine saw a short turned round the post by Ben Swinton in the Bluebell goal. Moments later from a free-kick, Barry Sibanda just failed to connect with the goal gaping.

With ten minutes gone a long cross to the back post was headed back across goal by Lewis McKenzie but Regan Lumsden’s header was straight at Saunders.

Three minutes later Burnie almost took the lead when good work by Devine and Luke Meikle saw Dominic Kane played in on the right side of the box and his cross was met by Scott Richards who headed downwards and beyond Swinton but bounced up and off the bar.  Saunders at the other end clawed away a header which had looked goal bound, then Richards again had an attempt which went wide. That was all in the first 16 minutes.

The opening goal came just on the half house mark when from a throw-in the ball was shifted to Scott Richards on the edge of the box and his low shot found the corner of the net. The lead only lasted three minutes however when Regan Lumsden’s cross/shot from 20 yards appeared to catch Richie Hutton’s boot and fly right into the far corner of Saunders net.

The second half started a little quieter and the first real chance resulted in the visitors taking the lead when a cross into the box created a whole load of confusion via deflections and the ball hitting a post and eventually the referee signalled the ball had crossed the line, despite him and his linesman having a less than clear view. The goal being credited to Lewis McKenzie.

Daryl Meikle had a chance at the other end but shot into Swinton’s arms and it was the visitors who increased their lead with 20 minutes left when Lumsden fastened onto a loose bouncing ball inside the area to make it 3-1.

There should have been a chance five minutes later to reduce the leeway when Laurie Devine went on a run and evaded a couple of challenges before he looked to have been fouled inside the box, but to the surprise of everyone the referee Mr.Gill waved play on. Calum Heath then had an effort fly over and the game petered out.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Richard Hutton, Kyle McClung, David Wilson, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle (Keiran Sweeney 89), Laurie Devine, Scott Richards (Joe Osborne 70), Luke Meikle (Sam Thomas 70). Unused Subs: David Howe, Trialist, Gavin King.

Dundonald Bluebell: Ben Swinton, Scott Durie, Aiden Hendry, Gary Cennerazzo, Colin Wilson (Kieran Ritchie 87), Billy Rogerson, Barry Sibanda, Lewis McKenzie (Kieran Dall 80), Daryle Healy (Lewis Black 90), Regan Lumsden, Calum Smith (Adam Mansouri 46). Unused subs: Stuart Walton, Lachlan Murphy, Craig Richardson.

Referee: Stephen Gill              Assistants: Steve Ross, Andrew Connelly.

All square in the Derby

East of Scotland Premier League  –  Saturday 6th August 2022

Broxburn Athletic                                1          Henderson 37

Blackburn United                                1          Devine 64

The game was a fairly scrappy affair in the first half hour with the blustery wind affecting any high balls and it took until the 28th minute for Burnie to create anything of note when Scott Richards shot over after being set-up by Laurie Devine.   At the other end former Burnie man Darren Downie got clear inside the box but shot into the side netting.

Broxburn were enjoying most of the play without creating a lot but that changed on 37 minutes when Craig Henderson fastened onto a loose ball just out side the box and fired past Saunders, although he did appear to control the ball with his hand in the build up with the referee chose not to penalise.

Just before half time, David Wilson cleared a ball over the Brox back line and Hutton latched onto it but his shot went well over.

Right from the kick-off of the second half, Kyle McClung made progress down the left and his cross into the box was met by Devine but he couldn’t his shot which flew over.

A few minutes later Errol Douglas broke free from Wilson on the left wing and angled in on goal, but Saunders got down well to push his shot away for a corner.

The equaliser came just after the hour mark when a defensive mix-up saw Shaun Donoghue cannon his clearance off Richie Hutton and the ball looped up and hit the bar, it fell back to Laurie Devine just inside the area and despite Donoghue getting down to get both hands to his shot, it seemed to squirm from his grasp into the net.

There were a few half chances at either end for the remainder of the match. Andrew Gillen received a second yellow with three minutes left and was sent off, then Daryl Meikle angled a shot inches past the far post.  In injury time Burnie had a great chance to win the match when Michael Gould broke free on the left to create a three-on-one, he seemed to hang onto the ball a second too long and overhit his square ball to the unmarked Howe and Meikle in the middle, and the chance was gone.

Broxburn Athletic: Shaun Donoghue, Gordon Donaldson, Daniel Nimmo, Errol Douglas, Darren Downie (Greg Binnie 68), Jordan Orru, Jack Sayers, Andrew Gillen, Josh Jeffries (Ross Nimmo 80), David Greenhill (Robbie Sinclair 59), Craig Henderson.  Unused subs: Craig Newall, Liam Gray, David Churchill, Josh Blair.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, David Wilson, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane (Michael Gould 80), Calum Heath (Luke Meikle 75), Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine, Scott Richards (Sam Thomas 55), Richie Hutton (David Hose 80). Unused subs: Joe Osbourne, Keiran Sweeney, Gavin King.

Referee: Alex Shepherd           Assistants: Ken Boyd, Robert Swindells.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 3 Blackburn United 2

East of Scotland Premier League  –  Wednesday 3rd August 2022

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts               3          Murray 8, 27, Spence 33

Blackburn United                                2          Hutton 45 & 51

The game started at frantic pace and Burnie really should have gone ahead after only two minutes when Richie Hutton broke into the left hand side of the Swifts box and squared the ball across goal, it evaded Sweeney but there was nobody at the back post to tap it in.

The opening goal came at the other end shortly after when a poor pass by Trialist was intercepted and fed into Calllum Murray who held off David Howe and angled a shot past Welna. Ryan Cowie then headed wide form a good position inside the box.

On the quarter hour mark, Scott Richards also headed wide from a Laurie Devine cross, and it was the latter a few minutes later who was fouled on the edge of the area but Richards fired the free kick straight at Neil Mitchell.

The hosts went further ahead on 27 minutes when, after a David Howe free-kick into the Swifts box, Spence cleared and the hosts quickly broke, the ball finding its way to Murray who shot past Wemna for his second.

Swifts were causing all sorts of trouble to the Burnie defence and just past the half hour it was three when Greg Spence first timed a 25 yard shot into the postage stamp.

However, on the stroke of half time Richards slid in Hutton on the left and he took a touch before guiding the ball beyond Mitchell to reduce the deficit and provide a bit of a hope of a comeback.

That hope was increased seven minutes into the second half when it was Richards again who set-up Hutton to grab a second and the game was on.

On the hour mark, a corner found Marcus Millar at the back post but his shot was straight at Mitchelll, then immediately at the other end, Murray half hit a shot which Cowie flicked at with his head and it rebounded back off the post.

It was end-to-end stuff and Welna kept Burnie in it with a point blank save from Spence with 20 minutes remaining. Forrest was then replaced by Michael Gould after being concussed from a clash inside the box..

It was Welna again that saved from Spence as Swifts looked to put the game beyond Burnies reach, and deep into injury time the equaliser almost came when, with Welna up for the corner, James Mildren headed wide.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts: Neil Mitchell, Michael Paterson, Callum Murray, Shay Brough, Callum Deas, Ynyr Liddell, Liam Evans, Lewis Hynd (Liam Kelly 65), Ryan Cowie (Sean Cumming 78), Pat Scullion, Greig Spence.  Unused subs:   Charlie Simpson, Thomas Simpson, Ronan McMurchie, Ben Ramage, Michael Gibb.

Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Trialist (Michael Gould 77), Marcus Millar, David Howe (Dominic Kane 64), Laurie Devine, Daryl Meikle, Keiran Sweeney (Calum Heath 59), Scott Richards, Richard Hutton.  Unused subs: Joe Osbourne, Luke Meikle, David McKeon, Craig Saunders.

Referee: Kyle Hall        Assistants: Evan Cairns, Ralph Gordon

Scottish Cup Derby!

We have been drawn away to local rivals Broxburn Athletic in the Preliminary Round of this seasons Scottish Cup. The tie will take place at Albyn Park on Saturday 27th August with a 3.00pm kick-off. Further details nearer the time.