Season: 2019-20

Blackburn United vs Tranent Juniors

Blackburn United 0
Tranent 4 (McDonald 29mins & 30mins, Landers 42mins, McGovern 85mins)

Tranent arrived at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium smarting after a weekend defeat at Bo’ness United that knocked them from the summit of the league despite the Belters controlling large swathes of the game and they were the busier of the two teams from the off, McDonald firing an angled shot from the right just past Jonny Clements right hand post and then Berry firing a stunning effort from a similar angle but from further out against the underside of Clements bar. United then had a short period of possession that came to an end when a piercing, right to left ball from Michael Browne was just too far in front of Andy McQuillan. Just before the half hour mark the visitors were rewarded for their dominant start when Rutherford found McDONALD and the striker took a touch before spinning into space and firing through a clutch of players and past Clements from the edge of the area. Within a minute the Belters were two ahead when Barrett tricked his way to the left byeline and pinged a delivery onto the near post that McDONALD was onto in a flash to drill into the bottom corner for his own second of the evening. Minutes from the break the visitors lead became three when Barrett was again the creator, jinking into space on the left to pull an inviting ball back into the stride of LANDERS whose effort took a deflection to wrong foot Clements and nestle in the waiting net.

With the points secure, the Belters controlled much of the possession and territory in the second period without bringing too much further pressure to bear on the Blackburn back line, although Landers came close with an acrobatic hitch-kick that scraped over the crossbar. At the other end United mustered their first real attempt at goal but substitute David Howe’s shot was charged down and despite some lukewarm appeals for handball the danger was cleared. Five minutes from the end Tranent wrapped up the evening with their fourth and final goal, a long ball forward bisecting the Blackburn defence to allow McGOVERN to gallop through on goal and thump past the exposed Clements despite the young ‘keeper getting fingertips to it.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Mildren, S.Devine, Lawrie, Browne, Kane, Young (Howe 68), McLeod, McQuillan (Robertson 76), Campbell, Hutton (McDowall 63) Subs (not used): L.Devine, McIntosh, Mitchell

Tranent line-up: Inglis, Hawkins, Rutherford, Donaldson, Whitson, Hill, Berry, Landers, McDonald, Murphy, Barrett Subs: Jones, McKenzie, Moffat, McGovern, Stirling

Referee: Mr. George Calder
Assistants: Mr. Kian Gallacher & Ms. Emmanuelle Hingant

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Dundonald Bluebell vs Blackburn United

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Blackburn United vs St.Cuthbert Wanderers

Blackburn United 8 (Hutton 29mins, 48mins & 68mins, McQuillan 35mins & 41mins, S.Devine 63mins, Howe 71mins, Campbell 85mins)
St Cuthbert Wanderers 1 (Milligan 19mins)

The first ever meeting of the two sides almost brought an early goal when full-back James Mildren found space on the right to swing in a cross that Andy McQuillan rattled against the underside of the crossbar with only seven minutes on the clock. However, when an early goal did arrive it was the men from Dumfries & Galloway who claimed it, a long ball forward carrying just far enough for MILLIGAN to nip in behind the United rear guard and calmly beat the exposed Jonny Clements with his shot. Minutes later, Mildren linked with Calum McDowall who then swapped passes with Dominic Kane to lift in a back post cross that Richie Hutton knocked past. HUTTON, though, was more accurate just before the half hour mark when the ball was worked out to him on the left corner of the eighteen yard box from where he curled a beauty across the face of goal and in for the equaliser. Six minutes later Blackburn then had the lead when McDowall clipped a pass over the top of the visiting defence for McQUILLAN to run onto and beat Wallace with his shot. Before the break McQUILLAN grabbed his second and United’s third, taking advantage of hesitancy inside the Wanderers box to fire past an unsighted Wallace, although Black almost pulled a goal back with the last attack of the half, racing clear onto a McDonald’s pass but with Clements off his line quickly to narrow his options the striker rushed his effort wide.

Four minutes after the restart Blackburn moved further ahead when HUTTON claimed his second of the afternoon, heading home a McDowall delivery at the back post. At the other end Clements held onto a half hit Harris shot before United found the net again, McQuillan thumping a Danny Campbell cut-back against the post and, when the ball was cleared, Stewart DEVINE met it some twenty five yards out to send it sailing high past Wallace and into the top corner. It was then 6-1 shortly thereafter when Kane, David Howe and Campbell linked to create the chance for HUTTON to claim his hat-trick and the wide player gleefully did just that with a composed finish. Inside the last twenty minutes John Drummond saw his header from a Campbell corner swept off the line by McMurtie but with the ball not fully cleared HOWE followed up to net from just outside the edge of the box. Nine minutes from time Howe almost added an eighth but his twenty five yarder crashed off the bar. However, before the end the eighth and final goal did arrive, McQuillan holding off his marker to hit a shot that was blocked only for CAMPBELL to follow it in and net with ease.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Mildren, S.Devine, Lawrie, Drummond, McLeod (Howe 66), McDowall (L.Devine 71), Kane, McQuillan, Campbell, Hutton (Cowan 71) Subs (not used): Browne, Morajda

St Cuthbert Wanderers line-up: Wallace, Hall, Williamson, McConaghie, Peat, McMurtie, Harris, Pipe, Black, McDonald, Milligan Subs: McAdam, Hyslop, Jackson, Davis

Referee: Mr. Daniel Silva

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Blackburn United vs Broxburn Athletic

Blackburn United 2 (McLeod 71mins, Hutton 83mins)
Broxburn Athletic (Scott 1min (p), Nimmo 55mins, Binnie 57mins)

United had lost both derbies against the visitors last season as Broxburn marched to the Conference C title and within a minute of the referee’s whistle they had given themselves an even sterner task than already anticipated, giving away a penalty when Martin Lawrie was adjudged to have impeded Kelly on the edge of the six-yard box. SCOTT duly netted from the spot-kick. Before the quarter hour had been reached Blackburn were then forced into a change when goalkeeper Darren Mitchell hobbled off to be replaced between the sticks by Jonny Clements. With scoring chances at a premium it wasn’t until beyond the half hour mark that either ‘keeper was seriously tested but when Richie Hutton got clear for United and onto the end of a James Mildren through ball Wallace in the visiting goal did enough to block. Sixty seconds later Broxburn had the opportunity to double their lead but from good position Binnie sent a half volley from a long clearance sailing over. Right on half time Blackburn too had a chance from distance but John Drummond’s twenty yarder flew wide.

A minute after the resumption United really should have been level but when Calum McDowall’s delivery picked out David Howe plumb in the centre of goal the young midfielder somehow got it all wrong and his header just didn’t sufficiently test Wallace. At the other end a short corner allowed Scott to clip in a cross that Kelly got his head to but Clements was equal to the effort. However, moments later the young ‘keeper had no chance when Drummond was short with a square pass twenty yards from his own goal and NIMMO nipped in to take possession and skip past a couple of tackles to drill past an exposed Clements. Two further minutes had elapsed when the visitors were presented with another glorious chance, this time a long, hopeful ball upfiled catching Lawrie underneath it and when it bounced in behind him BINNIE was onto it in a flash to lift it over the head of the stranded Clements and into the net. Blackburn, though, grabbed a lifeline with nineteen minutes remaining when substitute Craig Young’s free-kick made it all the way to the back post where Stuart McLEOD was on hand to knock it home. Seven minutes from time United duly narrowed the gap to a solitary goal when McDowall showed some neat footwork on the right to fire in a cross that also reached the back post where, this time, the stooping HUTTON was on hand to head it into the net. However, despite a flurry in added time that ended when Mildren’s toe poke was gratefully gathered by Wallace, it was too little too late.

Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell (Clements 15), Mildren, Drummond, Lawrie (L.Devine 82), Browne, McLeod, McDowall, Howe (Young 65), Campbell, Kane, Hutton Subs (not used): S.Devine, Donnelly-Kay

Broxburn Athletic line-up: Wallace, Beesley, Ross, G.Grant, Townsley, Linton, Nimmo, Scott, Kelly, Locke, Binnie Subs: Miller, Goss, Gibson, Richards, J.Grant, McGill, Donoghue

Referee: Mr. Andrew Craven
Assistants: Mr. Andrew Brown & Mr. Ken Boyd

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Crossgates Primrose vs Blackburn United

Crossgates Primrose 3 (Templeman 38mins, Lawrie 63mins, McDonald 79mins)
Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 62mins)

In a first visit to Crossgates since a 3-1 win in August 2016 in an ERSJFA South Division fixture, United looked the more likely in the opening exchanges and Craig Young, making his 100th appearance for the club, engineered the first chance when releasing Danny Campbell on the right and when his clever turn in the box resulted in a cut back for Stuart MacLeod he was unlucky to drag his shot just past the left hand upright. Young was then the architect of the next opportunity too when Blackburn came even closer, captain Michael Browne heading his free-kick down towards Campbell whose acrobatic overhead kick smacked against the base of the right hand post. The home ‘keeper then had to show his worth, tipping over David Howe’s effort after MacLeod had rolled a ball inside the full-back to set him up. The hosts, though, were beginning to harness the wind advantage and a deep cross from the left by Wilkie found Aitken unmarked at the back post, although Jonny Clements did well to stretch and hold his header. Six minutes later Primrose had the ball in the net when Wilkie delivered another teasing cross but McAteer had drifted just offside before planting his header behind Clements. However, United just didn’t heed the warning and sixty seconds later it was a McAteer cross from similar position that found TEMPLEMAN’S head and although Clements got hands to it he couldn’t prevent it from creeping over the line and into his net. Right on forty five minutes Kieran Welsh and Dominic Kane linked to create a chance for Richie Hutton but, after fine chest control, his half volley was headed away by Forbes as it flashed goalwards. A minute into added time Clements was called into action at the other end to brilliantly tip away a Forbes header from a Wilkie corner.

The second half started with Blackburn striking the woodwork for a second time, Stewart Devine finding Hutton racing down the left and when he cut inside Swan he was desperately unlucky to see his curling effort hit the right hand post. Campbell then swapped passes with MacLeod as United continued to chase an equaliser but his parting shot was wide. However, less than two minutes later Blackburn were level, Kane skipping past a tackle and slipping CAMPBELL in on the right and as Henderson advance from his line he angled his shot beyond him and in at the bottom left hand corner. Parity didn’t last for long though and within sixty seconds United conceded a needless corner and when the delivery arrived in the middle of the area LAWRIE rose unchallenged to head past an exposed Clements. Chasing the game again, Howe smacked a loose clearance from Deas back towards goal from some twenty yards but the effort was wide of target and when Crossgates forced another corner kick a little more than ten minutes from time another relatively unchallenged header, this time from McDONALD, was sufficient to seal all three points for the hosts.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Welsh, S.Devine (L.Devine 72), Mildren, Browne, Howe (Trialist – McGill 72), MacLeod (Kinross 83), Young, Campbell, Kane, Hutton Subs (not used): Cowan, Mackay, Robertson

Crossgates Primrose line-up: Henderson, Swan, Deas, Forbes, Templeman, Moffat, Sawers, Aitken, Lawrie, McAteer, Wilkie Subs: Cowie, McDonald, Nutt, Clark, Ross, Campbell, Gilmour

Referee: Mr. Andrew Gamble
Assistants: Mr. Kenny Brown & Mr. Tayler Martin

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Blackburn United vs Hill of Beath Hawthorn

Blackburn United 1 (Hutton 43mins)
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 (Reid 81mins)
Fourteen days after the visitors had sent United tumbling from the Scottish FA Cup the two teams met again on league business at a sunny Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium and the Haws were first to test the others ‘keeper, Elder trying his luck from distance only to find Jonny Clements alert enough to tip his shot over the top. Ninety seconds later Donaldson in the Hill of Beath goal was tested too, holding onto Craig Young’s twenty yard free-kick. Midway through the half David Howe then set Andy McQuillan free of the visiting defence on an angled run but Donaldson narrowed down his options and the strikers resultant shot was blocked before, moments later, a Stewart Devine free-kick was saved by Donaldson and booted clear by Leishman. However, United did eventually find a way past Donaldson two minutes from the interval when Young picked out Richie HUTTON on the left and he forced his way past Leishman on the edge of the area before jinking past the Haws ‘keeper and rolling the ball into the waiting net for the opener.
A quick free-kick by Stuart MacLeod inside the first five minutes of the second period set-up McQuillan on the right of the box but his shot was too high and so too was Kellichan’s effort at the other end when he was put in just beyond the hour mark. Three minutes later strong penalty appeals were waived aside by referee Mr. Snedden when Hutton’s delivery from the right appeared to strike Kellichan on the hand. Lucky on this occasion, the full-back wasn’t quite so lucky a short time later when he found himself looking at a red card for an unsavoury display of violent conduct. There was little in the way of protest as the player made his way off the pitch. Thirteen minutes from time MacLeod gathered a Clements clearance to drive goalwards but his shot was touched away by the busy Donaldson. The visitors, though, showed they were made of stern stuff and, despite being a man short, hauled themselves back on level terms just four minutes later, REID powering home a header from the edge of the six yard box to give Clements no chance of stopping. Right on ninety minutes Kinninmonth flashed a shot just wide for the Haws but it was United who came closest to taking all three points in added time, first when Devine charged forward to thump a twenty yarder just too high and then when Young hit a Jackson Cowan cut back over. Incredibly, a third chance in as many added minutes arrived for Blackburn but when Cowan wriggled into space to meet a left to right delivery on the back post he could only scoop it into Donaldson’s arms.
Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Welsh, S.Devine, Mildren, Browne (Bonnar 76), Howe (Mackay 84), Hutton, Young, McQuillan, Kane, MacLeod (Cowan 81) Subs (not-used): Robertson, Ferris, McIntosh, Mitchell
Hill of Beath Hawthorn line-up: Donaldson, Leishman, Kellichan, Wright, M.Watt, Harrower, Kinninmonth, Reid, Payne, Elder, Lumsden Subs: Mitchell, Kirby, Adamson, D.Watt, Dair
Referee: Mr. I.Snedden
Assistants: Mr. J.Taylor & Mr. C.Ashley

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University of Stirling vs Blackburn United

University of Stirling 2 (Burrows 30mins, Heath 81mins)
Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 57mins)

Forthbank Stadium in Stirling offered an immaculate playing surface for the teams in this First Round Football Nation Cup tie and it was United who took advantage of the fine conditions first when a period of controlled possession lead to a Craig Young corner that was just out of the reach of James Mildren. A second corner shortly thereafter from the same player was then half cleared and from around the edge of the area Mildren lofted a clever effort just a little too high and just a little too wide. A long ball forward then found play at the other end and when John Drummond didn’t get his headed clearance quite right Baird’s opportunist hitch-kick crept past the left hand upright. However, it was a similar ball not so long after that saw the students edge in front, goalkeeper Allan launching a high one that Baird did well to head on and when BURROWS got onto the knock down he was clever enough to instantly lift the ball over the outrushing Jonny Clements to give the debutant Blackburn No.1 no chance of preventing the opener.

With the limping Callum Robertson off to be replaced by Andy McQuillan at the start of the second half United posed an early threat when Danny Campbell wriggled free on the right, but when McQuillan tried to control his resultant cross on his chest Allan was quickly from his line to deny him a shooting chance. However, moments later that shooting chance was to come and when it arrived at the end of neat work between David Howe and Campbell it resulted in McQUILLAN angling a drive past the ‘keeper and in at the left hand post for the equaliser. George Bonnar, making his first appearance of the season, then set out on a driving run from his full-back position to give McQuillan another shooting opportunity but this time Allan was the equal to his powerfully hit half-volley. With Blackburn continuing to look the more likely, Campbell then found Callum McDowall who tricked his way past Doan but when his cross was headed goalward by Take Hirooka the looping effort was plucked from the air by Allan. The winning goal, though, was to arrive at the other end just nine minutes from time when a sweeping Jarvis pass from right to left caught Bonnar out and, at the second attempt, ex-Blackburn man HEATH drilled a low one past Clements. Some unsavoury celebrations from the Stirling bench then resulted in a coming together of several parties in front of the Stirling dug-out which ended when unused United substitute Marty Lawrie was sent packing. Rather surprisingly, none of the antagonists from the home bench were similarly punished. Four minutes from time Heath headed over a McGale cross when it looked like he might very well have put a gloss on the scoreline for his side and, some sixty seconds later, McDowall became the second Blackburn player to see red when his forearm appeared to catch a Uni player as he tried to shield the ball from his attentions, the home players somewhat dramatic reaction sealing the wide players fate.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Bonnar (L.Devine 82), S.Devine, Mildren, Drummond, Kane (Hirooka 57), Howe, Young, Robertson (McQuillan 46), Campbell, McDowall Subs (not used): Lawrie, Welsh, Mackay, Mitchell

University of Stirling line-up: Allan, Mailer, Quigley, Downie, Doan, Bremner, Kennedy, Heath, Baird, Burrows, McGale Subs: Berry, Brown, Jarvis, Peden, Webb, Penker, Adamson

Referee: Mr. S.Luke
Assistants: Mr. T.Martin & Mr. R.Macartney

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Hill of Beath Hawthorn vs Blackburn United

Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2 (D.Watt 5mins, Elder 83mins (pen))
Blackburn United 0

In bright sunshine on a playing surface in seemingly pristine condition and with both teams making their Scottish Cup debuts a nervy start might have been expected but the hosts were out of the traps quickly and were ahead in only five minutes, Kellichan getting in behind Keiran Welsh to pull the ball back for Daniel WATT and although it was perhaps a little behind him and not as straight forward as he might have liked the striker managed to twist and get a hitch-kick in that flew past young Jamie Morajda who was making his debut in the United goal thanks to the unavailability of the holidaying Darren Mitchell. With the Haws still on top, a long ball set Adamson clear but his angled shot was saved by Morajda as was Patrick’s follow-up from all but point blank range. Next, Morajda’s right hand post was struck when Elder clipped in an opportunist fifteen yarder. On the half hour mark Blackburn cam close to equalising when Welsh forced a ball out to Danny Campbell but, after tricking his way past Wright, his parting shot crept past the left hand upright. Before the interval the Keirs Park men had another effort at Morajda’s goal, Adamson making a break on the right that allowed Reid a pop that flew past the young ‘keepers right hand post.

Four minutes into the second half and with the rain now coming in torrents and the pitch beginning to get that little bit heavier United’s tough task became tougher still when Elder surged past Michael Browne only for the Blackburn centre-back to tug him back by his shirt. What looked like a routine booking became a straight red card from referee Mr. Williams who decided a clear goalscoring opportunity had been denied, despite several back-tracking United defenders appearing to be in position to cover their captain. Four minutes later though and numbers were evened up when Patrick lunged in on Craig Young with a high boot and flailing studs to earn his own early bath. Young was to depart the scene injured not long thereafter. With the game still in the balance Blackburn then enjoyed their best spell of the afternoon and a Calum McDowall slide rule pass was collected by Campbell and curled just over the junction of post and bar before the same player flighted in a corner that was headed goalwards from James Mildren only for it to be booted clear from the line. The Haws, however, were ever dangerous and when Watt spun past Mildren his shot was only just off target. At the other end Andy McQuillan had an effort at the culmination of some intricate play between David Howe, Campbell and McDowall but Donaldson was able to gather comfortably enough. With thirteen minutes remaining a Lumsden corner was headed over by Elder before, seven minutes later, the tie was ended when Kirby was tripped by Marty Lawrie as the substitute raced to the byeline and from the resultant penalty ELDER picked his spot behind Morajda to ease his side through.

Blackburn United line-up: Morajda, Welsh (Robertson 73), Lawrie, Browne, Drummond, Kane, Cowan (Mildren 51), Young (Howe 62), McQuillan, Campbell, McDowall Subs (not used): L.Devine, S.Devine, Bonnar, Mackay

Hill of Beath Hawthorn line-up: Donaldson, Leishman, Kellichan, Wright, Dair, Patrick, Adamson, Reid, Elder, D.Watt, Lumsden Subs: M.Watt, Harrower, Mitchell, Kirby, Payne

Referee: Mr. Duncan Williams
Assistants: Mr. David Dunne & Mr. Gary Callachan

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Penicuik Athletic vs Blackburn United

Penicuik Athletic 4 (Somerville 1min & 43mins, Jones 72mins & 86mins)
Blackburn United 2 (Campbell 8mins & 10mins)

Last season’s Conference A winners got off to the perfect start at a sunny Penicuik Park when, in the games first attacking moment, Stewart found space on the left to pull a ball back into the stride of SOMERVILLE who lifted a first time effort from the edge of the area high past Darren Mitchell and into the top left hand corner. For United, Danny Campbell then had a snap shot into the side netting and Andy McQuillan sent a header just over before the scores were quickly brought back to parity when CAMPBELL cut in off the right and curled a terrific effort from the corner of the eighteen yard box over the head of the beaten Swain in the home goal. Barely a further two minutes had elapsed when CAMPBELL all but matched his earlier stunning effort with another cracker, this time controlling a loose ball some twenty or more yards out and rifling an unstoppable shot beyond Swain to put Blackburn ahead. On the quarter hour mark the hosts were very nearly level after a Mitchell clearance from a Martin Lawrie pass back fell kindly for Stewart but the ‘keeper made up for his error by tipping the resultant shot over the crossbar before Ponton beat the offside trap but was off target with his effort. Before thirty minutes had passed United were forced into a reshuffle when Richie Hutton limped off to be replaced by Laurie Devine and the youngster was quickly into the action when setting up Dominic Kane for a pop at goal that flew narrowly past the left hand upright. From a quickly taken throw-in McCrory Irving was next to try his luck for the Cuikie but Mitchell was alert enough to touch his shot past. Two minutes from the interval though and the hosts did pull themselves back level when, from the second of two successive Baptie corners, SOMERVILLE got across his man on the near post to flash a header inside the post that Mitchell just couldn’t quite get to.

Blackburn began the second half with the second of two enforced changes, Craig Young replacing the injured Devine and he helped set up the first chance of the half with a ball that put McQuillan in behind the Penicuik back line for a shot on the run that Swain seemed to push past the post, although the referee didn’t agree and awarded a disputed gaol kick. At the other end McCrory-Irving fired over the top from twenty yards and Somerville, in search of his hat trick, saw a half blocked effort held by Mitchell. However, it was the home ‘keeper who was to be severely tested and come up with the answers when, after substitute Take Hirooka had been fouled in the act of shooting, Young hammered a free-kick from twenty five yards that the big stopper somehow managed to claw away. From the resultant corner the ball wasn’t properly cleared but the almighty scramble that ensued couldn’t see a United player take advantage. With the game still very much in the balance Penicuik then came close themselves, Stewart executing a spectacular overhead kick that flew over the junction of right hand post and bar. However, the hosts next attack brought much greater reward when JONES broke through a challenge twenty yards from goal to half hit a shot that broke back to him off Michael Browne and when he took aim with his second attempt it fairly flew past the diving Mitchell and into the waiting net. Two minutes later Tansey almost added a fourth for his side but dragged his shot past. With six or so minutes remaining Blackburn almost dragged themselves back on terms when Young’s free-kick arrived in the box for James Mildren to connect with a diving header that Swain saved but couldn’t hold, although he was relieved that no one in United colours was on hand to tap the rebound in. Four minutes from time Penicuik put the outcome of the game beyond doubt when JONES controlled a throw-in on the edge of the penalty box before clipping a perfect right footer high past Mitchell who might just have got a fingertip to it but couldn’t quite keep out.

Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell, Welsh, Lawrie, Browne, Mildren, Kane, Hutton (L.Devine 27) (Young 46), MacLeod, McQuillan, Campbell (Hirooka 61), McDowall Subs (not used): S.Devine, Mackay, Trialist – Robertson, Clements

Penicuik Athletic line-up: Swain, O’Donnell, Baptie, Page, Connolly, Somerville, Williams, McCrory-Irving, Ponton, Stewart, Stevenson Subs: Watt, Young, Caddow, Jones, Watson, Tansey, Sampson

Referee: Mr. Alex Shepherd
Assistants: Mr. Blair White & Mr. Stuart Robertson

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