Season: 2019-20

Camelon Juniors vs Blackburn United

Camelon 1 (Cameron 47mins)
Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 60mins, Young 90mins pen)

United looked the brighter side in the opening exchanges as both sides strived to put their opening day loses behind them but it was Camelon who had the first clear opportunity when Swanson whipped a delivery in from the left which Kay could only head past. At the other end clever work by Danny Campbell put Andy McQuillan in and when he tricked his way past Lochie to hit a sixteen yarder goalwards Kinnear made a fine save down low to his left. Campbell then fizzed in a cross from the right that reached the back post where McQuillan got in a powerful header which was blocked and when he reacted quickest to fire the ball back across the face of goal it was only just out of the reach of the inrushing Calum McDowall. Another header, this time from a Lochie free-kick, was just off target for Camelon, Morrison nodding rather weakly past before Darren Mitchell was called into action to save a Cameron effort from the edge of the area after he’d managed to get past a John Drummond challenge. With the last chance of the half Campbell went close with a long range lob after being set-up by Michael Brown and a clever turn and pass into space by McQuillan.

A minute after the resumption Blackburn came close again when Richie Hutton pulled a ball back from the left byeline and Campbell’s initial mishit rolled kindly for Dominic Kane but the midfielder could only lash his shot over. A minute later though and the hosts found themselves ahead when CAMERON chased down a long ball to nip past a couple of challenges on the edge of the eighteen yard box and brilliantly pick his spot in the bottom right hand corner of Mitchell’s net and he went close again seven minutes later when Docherty found him with a pass but this time Mitchell was equal to his effort. Ryan Kane also came close for the Carmuirs Park men just before the hour but his effort from distance flew over the top. Sixty seconds later it was United who had come up with a goal though, Dominic Kane picking out McDowall on the right and he cut the ball back into the box where McQUILLAN was on hand to roll a shot past Kinnear and home. With quarter of an hour remaining and the game finely balanced Blackburn were reduced to ten men when Drummond turned his back on a speculative shot from distance only for the ball to rattle against the back of an outstretched arm. With a free-kick correctly awarded a second yellow of the evening seemed a somewhat harsh additional punishment but referee Mr. Macrae was adamant the centre-half had to go. However, despite being shorthanded Blackburn seemed comfortable and, indeed, secured all three points in the final minute of the game when a McQuillan shot was handled by Skinner inside the area and from the resultant spot-kick substitute Craig YOUNG fired past the despairing dive of Kinnear.

Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell, Welsh, Lawrie, Browne, Drummond, Kane (Young 63), Hutton (Mildren 75), MacLeod, McQuillan, Campbell (L.Devine 66), McDowall Subs (not used): Bonnar, S.Devine, MacKay, Clements

Camelon line-up: Kinnear, McGroary, Swanson, Skinner, Lochie, Kay, Kane, Da.Morrison, Cameron, A.Sneddon, Docherty Subs: Herron, Do.Morrison, Daramola, B.Sneddon, Love, Fullerton

Referee: Mr. Craig Macrae
Assistants: Mr. Andrew Strang & Mr. Rhys Struthers

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Blackburn United vs Linlithgow Rose

Blackburn United 2 (Campbell 6mins, McQuillan 29mins)
Linlithgow Rose 4 (Allum 11mins, OG 47mins, Coyne 54mins & 90+1mins)

United’s opening Premier Division fixture was as tough as it gets with the visitors being amongst the early season favourites for the title and the local derby pulled in a near 250 crowd that witnessed the Rose on the attack first, a diagonal ball finding Allum who took a touch past John Drummond before striking a left foot effort that Darren Mitchell clawed away. However, it was Blackburn who hit the front little more than sixty seconds later when a measured ball from the back split the defensive core of Linlithgow and when Danny CAMPBELL darted onto it he sidestepped the outrushing goalkeeper with no little aplomb before calmly side-footing it into the waiting net from just inside the eighteen yard box. Indeed, it was so very nearly two just two minutes later but when Campbell turned provider Andy McQuillan’s angled shot drew a smart save from McKinven. The early United lead, though, was cancelled out not long thereafter when a deep corner from the Rose left found Thom loitering on the back post and when he directed it down into ALLUM’S path the striker made no mistake. Mitchell then had to be alert to save Danny Smith’s drive from the edge of the area as the Prestonfield men looked to assert themselves and the little livewire again came close when dancing in off the right, but his angled effort was touched over by Mitchell who then did brilliantly to pull off a double save some eight or so minutes later to deny first Allum and then Smith on the follow-up. However, when the next goal arrived it was to be Blackburn who were celebrating again, a clever Stuart MacLeod turn in midfield earning him the space to find Campbell on the left who quickly spotted the run of McQUILLAN and provided his fellow front man with the perfect weight of pass to allow him to confidently pick his spot behind McKinven. With the visiting defence struggling to cope with the penetration of the United front two, Calum McDowall, Kieran Welsh and Dominic Kane then linked for the latter to pick out Campbell but his acrobatic half volley scraped over the junction of post and bar. Campbell was the creator again moments later, sliding in McQuillan to beat the offside trap but this time he lacked a little in composure and sent his parting shot high and wide and another chance to double the lead was gone.

Two minutes after the resumption Blackburn contrived to give their opponents a mighty helping hand when the second of two corners arrived at the back post and captain Michael Browne somehow contrived to steer a header behind his own goalkeeper for a Rose equaliser. A further two minutes had elapsed when Gray hit a stunning twenty five yarder that rattled against the right hand post with Mitchell beaten but relieved that the woodwork had come to his rescue. However, Linlithgow did find the third goal they were looking for within five minutes, Barbour delivering a ball that was only half cleared and the prolific Tommy COYNE was on hand to lash home. MacLeod and Welsh then seemed to confuse each other in going for a ball which allowed Meikle to take advantage, playing in Coyne whose half-volley whizzed past. Twenty minutes from time United were almost back level but when Mitchell’s long clearance was misjudged allowing Campbell in on goal his stabbed effort was blocked by the legs of McKinven and although McQuillan was first to the loose ball his shot was deflected over the top by a back tracking defender. At the other end Slaven flicked on a high one that fell to Ronald but his pop at goal was too high. With three minutes remaining and with Blackburn having thrown centre-half Drummond up front and going to three at the back to try and force a way back into the game Drummond helped a Craig Young ball out to McDowall on the right and when his return pass was thumped goalwards by the marauding Drummond, McKinven was on hand to save only for the ball to spin loose but when Drummond looked to get onto it again a grounded Linlithgow defender threw himself in front of him to baulk his run. Mr. McCart, however, was non-plussed and the loud penalty appeals were waived away. To add insult to injury, in time added on the visitors broke away for Smith to draw Mitchell and square to COYNE who had made a lung bursting supporting run and the striker had the easiest of tasks to double his own tally and secure the points for his team.

Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell, Welsh (Hirooka 73), Lawrie, Browne, Drummond, Kane (Young 68), Hutton (L.Devine 63), MacLeod, McQuillan, Campbell, McDowall Subs (not used): MacKay, Bonnar, Jackson, Morajda

Linlithgow Rose line-up: McKinven, Gray, Scullion, Thom, Dar.Smith, Barbour, Ronald, Allum, Meikle, Coyne, Dan.Smith Subs: Strickland, White, Slaven

Referee: Mr. Michael McCart
Assistants: Mr. James Taylor & Mr. Lewis Graham

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