Season: 2021-2022

Blackburn United vs Linlithgow Rose

East of Scotland League Cup Group J – Tuesday 15th March 2022

Blackburn United 1 (Devine 75)
Linlithgow Rose 5 (Thom 24, Stowe 26, Ogilvie 44, Sneddon 77 & 88)

Report by John Gilmour

It was with some trepidation that the Rose support travelled over the Bathgate hills to face a Blackburn side still on a high after their recent win at Penicuik. With most of the squad back fit, boss Herd was looking for a response against a side playing much better than their league position would suggest – and he certainly got one.

Blackburn came out of the traps quickly and for the opening 20 minutes looked lively. Eventually though, the Rose settled and after Mark Stowe rattled the Blackburn crossbar with a terrific 30 yard effort, the good football started to flow. In the 24th minute Gary Thom headed home from a Stowe corner then, only a couple of minutes later, Stowe himself ran onto a super long ball from Dan Baur to lob the keeper and double the Rose lead. The lads grabbed a decisive third before the break when a good decision by the referee to allow play to go on after a foul gave Jack Ogilvie a well deserved return to the scoresheet.

Now with a 3 goal half-time lead the Rose’s confidence returned big time. They picked up the pace of the game and Blackburn were finding it tough to keep the score down. However with 15 minutes remaining the home side were awarded a penalty which could have given them a lifeline back into the game, Laurie Devine converting. The Rose response was almost immediate though as sub Alan Sneddon slammed home a flick on by fellow sub Nicky Riley following a corner. Then with the full time whistle fast approaching Nicky Riley’s quick thinking saw his superb lob crash off the Blackburn crossbar only for Sneddon to pounce and head home to complete the scoring.

Blackburn United: Gavin King, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Fergus Owens, Marcus Millar (Dominic Kane 46), Daryl Meikle (Lyall Cameron 55), Laurie Devine, Michael Browne (Fraser Cormack 55), Danny Campbell (Callum Heath 55), Jack Garrad (David Howe 67), Richie Hutton. Unused subs: Baley Ferris, Chris Ashley.

Linlithgow Rose: Lewis McMinn, Willis Hare, Cameron Thomson, Gary Thom, Daniel Baur, Jack Ogilvie (Thomas Halleran 61), Callum Bremner (Sean Heaver 61), Jamie Allan (Connor McMullan 61), Conor McKenzie (Alan Sneddon 61), Mark Stowe (Nick Riley 61), Lewis Payne. Unused subs: Martin Lawrie, Dean Shaw.

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Blackburn United vs Dalkeith Thistle

East of Scotland League Cup Group J – Saturday 12th March 2022

Blackburn United 1 (Allison 14)
Dalkeith Thistle 1 (Leslie 71)

It was Burnie who dominated this match for long spells but were unable to add to their early opener and were caught with a Dalkeith sucker punch.

Liam Allison opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark after Jack Garrad set Laurie Devine clear of the defence, and he drew Dowie in the Dalkeith goal before squaring to Allison to slot home.

It was a half of few clear-cut chances but just before the break, a ball over the defence by Daryl Meikle saw Laurie Devine run clear again but his angled shot just crept past Dowie’s far post.

Just after the restart, Jack Garrad saw a shot blocked by Dowie for a corner, from which Devine then tried a cheeky back-heel which crept past. As Burnie applied the pressure a number of corners saw the ball headed goalwards but miss the target.

Burnie were dominating and a Callum Heath effort was blocked by Dowie before Liam Allison fastened onto the ball from a corner but skied it over from the penalty spot.

In their first real foray forward of the second period, Dalkeith were handed a equaliser when Garrard, under pressure from Cameron Leslie, played the ball back to Craig Saunders from quite close range and his rushed clearance kick cannoned off Leslie into the net.

With ten minutes remaining, Allison headed over from a Hutton cross, and then in the dying minutes a Mildren clearance was flicked on by Campbell and Michel Browne bore down on Dowie but again the Dalkeith custodian blocked the effort and secured a point for the visitors.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Fergus Owens, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle (Michael Browne 65), Calum Heath, Jack Garrad (David Howe 75), Laurie Devine (Danny Campbell 65), Richie Hutton, Liam Allison. Unused subs: Dominic Kane, Lyall Cameron, Baley Ferris, Ryan Kidd.

Dalkeith Thistle: Shea Dowie, Ross Aitchison, Ronan Clelland, Michael Lennie, Steven Woods, Michael Fairnie (Jordan Mackie 66), Darren Leslie, Connor Dyet (Cameron Miller 45), Cameron Leslie (Josh Davidson 90+1), Darren McTernan, Jack Morgan. Unused subs: Matthew Johnston, Greig Callaghan, Szymon Merwa, Steven Ferguson.

Referee: Andy Gamble Assistants: Josh Heggie, Stuart Robertson

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Penicuik Athletic vs Blackburn United

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 5th March 2022

Penicuik Athletic 1 (Watson 47)
Blackburn United 2 (Allison 66, Heath 87)

Burnie started the game with trialist Chris Ashley in goal after a bit of a goalkeeping crisis with both Craig Saunders and Gavin King unavailable, and Hamilton loanee Jamie Smith recalled by his parent club without playing a game owing to their own injury problems.

It was the trialist who was involved in an early incident when he raced out his box for a ball but didn’t get there ahead of the Penicuik forward and took him down, and he was shown a yellow for his troubles. Liam Allison had the first chance of the game on 12 minutes when his shot was beaten away by Robert Watt in the Cuikie goal and Danny Campbell’s follow up was blocked. Like last week, it was turning into a game of few chances, but just before half time Liam Allison danced past two challenges before firing over from 20 yards, then Richie Hutton beat his marker on the right and drove into his box but his shot from a tight angle was saved by Watt.

The second half started with the home side immediately claiming the lead, a low ball in from the right caught the Burnie defence napping and Kieran Watson slid the ball home from the back of the 6 yard box. Penicuik got a boost from the early strike and pressured Blackburn in search of a second, with David Edwards shooting over from close range. Danny Campbell created the first chance of the half for Burnie on 52 minutes when a volley from the edge of the area flew directly into Watt’s arms.

However the equaliser came on 66 minutes when Richie Hutton broke away on the right wing and crossed into the box, Campbell got his head to it and flicked it onto Liam Allison who looped a header into the far corner of Watt’s net. The game was pretty even at this point and settled into a midfield battle.

With nine minutes left Dave Edwards was shown a second yellow for a late challenge on Liam Allison but immediately the 10 men created a chance to win the game when Nick Reid was sent clear one-on-one with Ashley but the trialist stood his ground and blocked the shot. However with three minutes of normal time remaining Burnie grabbed the winner. Callum Heath collected the ball inside his own half before feeding Liam Allison on the left, Heath continued his run forward and took a return pass before driving into the left hand edge of the box, holding off the attentions of Forbes before firing an angled shot across Watt into the far corner to claim all three points for the Burnie.
Penicuik Athletic: Robert Watt, Jack Furness, Lewis Collins (Cameron Dawson 87), Darrel Young, Reece Hope, David Edwards, Andrew Forbes, Kieran Watson, Aiden Walsh, Nichola Reid, Paul Tansey. Unused subs: Ben Weekes, Liam Robertson, Aaron Somerville, Liam O’Donnell.

Blackburn United: Chris Ashley, James Mildren (Lyall Cameron 67), Kyle McLung, Fergus Owens, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Richard Hutton, Dominic Kane (Michael Browne 46), Dany Campbell (Laurie Devine 74), Jack Garrad (Callum Heath 80), Liam Allison. Unused Subs: David Howe, Sam Thomas, Callum Macdonald.

Referee: Jordan Curran Assistants: Iain Gallacher, Scott Downie. Att:251

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Blackburn United vs Penicuik Athletic

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 26th February 2022

Blackburn United 1 (Browne pen 90+3)
Penicuik Athletic 2 (Tansey 30, Forbes 53)

The wind played a big part in the game and it was a bit of a leveller with neither keeper having too much to do.

Penicuik opened the scoring on the half hour mark when a Lamb throw-in on the left was squared to Paul Tansey 20 yards out and he cracked a tremendous shot past Saunders into the far corner of the net. There wasn’t a lot of other clear chances during the first half.

The visitors increased their lead soon after the re-start when a corner was looped into the box and Andrew Forbes rose unmarked to head back across Saunders into the net.

In the closing minutes a Richie Hutton effort from distance was touched over the bar by Watt, and then in injury time Jack Garrad was bundled over in the box and Michael Browne converted the spot kick but it was too late to change to outcome.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Fergus Owens, Liam Allison, Michael Browne, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Jack Garrad, Dominic Kane, Danny Campbell (Laurie Devine 78), Richard Hutton, Callum Heath. Unused subs: James Mildren, Lyall Cameron, John Drummond, Baley Ferris, Kyle McClung.

Penicuik Athletic: Robert Watt, Darrel Young, David Edwards (Jack Furness 90), Kieran Watson, Paul Tansey (Lumbert Kateleza 86), Gregor Lamb, Reece Hope (Lewis Collins 90), Andrew Forbes, Aiden Walsh (Liam O’Donnell 88), Scott McCrory-Irving, Nichols Reid (Ben Weekes 88), Unused subs: Cameron Dawson, Aaron Somerville.

Referee: Terry Ormiston Assistants: Cameron Stirling, Dale Kerr att: 132

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Blackburn United vs Sauchie Juniors

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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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