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
King Cup Second Round – Saturday 2nd March 2019
Camelon 3 Skinner 45+1, Anderson 52, Docherty 73
Blackburn United 0
Missing top scorer Darren Downie, United made the thirty minute or so journey to face fellow Conference C side Camelon in the King Cup but were further up against it as early as the eleventh minute when his replacement, Danny Campbell, pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem as he chased a through ball, young Aaron Gowans coming on in his place and into an unfamiliar strikers role. However only four minutes later Blackburn almost grabbed the lead, but when home ‘keeper Shaw failed to deal adequately with a Stuart McLeod free-kick into the box Skinner was on hand to spare his blushes and clear off the line. A further eight minutes on and Skinner’s central defensive partner Morrison took his turn to be in the right place at the right time, getting back to hack the ball off the line after Gowans had raced onto a Craig Young through ball and beaten Shaw with his shot. The hosts, though, were beginning to feel their way into the game and when Lochie hit a twenty yard free kick into the defensive wall Marty Lawrie did well to get his head to the full-back’s follow-up effort to deflect it past for a corner. From McKenzie’s resultant flag kick Sneddon headed the ball onto the roof of Darren Mitchell’s net. In the time added on at the end of the half for Campbell’s early injury Camelon then forced one last opening from a corner, Sneddon heading goalwards where McLeod was on hand to head the ball up against his own crossbar and clear only for it to eventually be forced back across the face of goal where SKINNER had found a yard of space to knock home. Despite vociferous complaints that the scorer was offside and referee Mr. Newman speaking briefly with his enclosure side linesman the goal stood.
Seven minutes after the resumption the Carmuirs Park men forged two ahead when, after a James Mildren foul some twenty plus yards from goal, the prolific ANDERSON fired the resultant free-kick into Mitchell’s bottom left hand corner. United then scorned a terrific opportunity to haul themselves back into the cup tie when Gowans put Richie Hutton through on Shaw but the home ‘keeper’s speed from his line had narrowed the angle sufficiently enough that the Blackburn man couldn’t force his shot past him. With seventeen minutes remaining Camelon ensured any lingering doubts over the result were extinguished when substitute DOCHERTY was quick and clever to beat the offside trap and advance on goal before drawing Mitchell and sliding an effort beyond him and into the waiting net. Before the end Mitchell pulled off a top drawer save to make sure the score stayed as it was and by the final whistle the hosts had deservedly advanced to the third round, although the final scoreline was perhaps just a little bit flattering.
Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell, Herriot, Lawrie, Mildren, Drummond, Browne, Williamson, McLeod, Campbell (Gowans 11), Young, Hutton (L.Devine 74) Subs (not used): Bonnar, M.Campbell, Sinnet, Ure
Camelon line-up: Shaw, Deans, Lochie, Morrison, Skinner, Kay, Kane, Herron, Sneddon, Anderson, McKenzie Subs: Docherty, Frame, McMullan, McCroary, Batchelor, Livingstone
Referee: Mr. Chris Newman Assistants: Mr. Chris Hobbs & Mr. Darren Robertson