Blackburn United 3 (Lawrie pen 22, McQuillan 44, Garrad 88)
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 (Galloway 49)
On a warm and sunny day at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium, both teams started quickly with the visitors going close with a header before Burnie’s first chance came on 12 minutes when a Darren Gribben corner appeared to be headed off the line and cleared for a second corner. This was taken short and David Howe’s shot seemed to take a deflection and nestle into the net but the referee blew for offside.
However ten minutes later Jack Garrad collected the ball inside the box from another corner which wasn’t properly cleared and was bundled over by Scott Gibson and the referee pointed to the spot. Marty Lawrie stepped up to slot home the penalty.
From a Hill of Beath corner on 35 minutes which was cleared, the ball was recycled and crossed back in where Bradley Grieve headed just wide. Then at the other end Darren Gribben’s 20 yard free-kick was clawed away by James Donaldson for a corner.
As half time approached Burnie went further ahead, Jack Sayers and Danny Campbell combined on the right, the ball was squared into Andy McQuillan just inside the box and he deceived Leishman before slotting past Donaldson, who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.
It was the visitors who started the second half on the front foot and four minutes in John Galloway stroked the ball into the net from close range after a breakaway exposed the Burnie defence. A couple of minutes later Marcus Millar almost cleared a dangerous looking cross into his own net as Hill of Beath pressed home their attacks.
Burnie’s first real chance of the second period came in the 64th minute when Richie Hutton failed to connect properly with a Campbell cross and diverted the ball into Donaldson’s grateful arms. Ten minutes later a near identical chance, with Gribben and Campbell combining saw a low cross met by McQuillan 6 yards out but he managed to screw the shot wide.
With a few minutes remaining Hill of Beath continued to press for an equaliser without creating too many clear cut chances. An attack broke down but Russell Grierson stumbled on halfway when trying to gather a clearance, allowing Jack Garrard to collect and feed Gribben running away inside the Hill of Beath half before he played Garrad back in who ran into the box and calmly slotted the ball beyond Donaldson to seal the three points. In injury time Grierson’s bad day got worse when he saw a second yellow for hand ball and was sent packing.
Blackburn United: Saunders, Sayers, Lawrie, Browne (Mildren 81), Millar, Garrad, Campbell (Kane 76), Howe (McClung 81), McQuillan (Sweeney 85), Gribben, Hutton. Subs: Shaw, McKeon, Clements (SG)
Hill of Beath Hawthorn: Jams Donaldson, Shaun Leishman, Russell Grierson, Jake Mitchell, Bradley Grieve, Scott Gibson, John Galloway, Lee Reid, Daniel Watt, Brandon Luke, Calum Adamson. Subs: Joe Kinninmonth, Mark Wilkie, Michael Watt, Rory Harrower, Ryan Connelly, Lyle Kellichan, Lee Wilson.
Referee: Mr. Stewart Luke
Assistants: Mr. Cameron Sanderson & Mr. Luke Quinton att 71
Saturday 12th December 2020 – Scottish Cup Second Preliminary Round
Blackburn United 1 Civil Service Strollers 1 (AET, CSS won 4-2 pens)
Redfern 44 Moffat 53
A piece of history was made at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium as it hosted the first ever Scottish Cup tie in Blackburn, with the winners moving into the First Round draw to be played on Boxing Day. Last seasons debut in the competition away to Hill of Beath resulted in captain Michael Browne being sent off, meaning he was unavailable for todays game.
The first chance of the match came on ten minutes when from a throw in, Dominico Gibson ran onto the ball but John Drummond blocked his effort in the act of shooting and the ball went out for a fruitless corner. The same player again tried his luck a few minutes later but dragged his shot wide. On twenty minutes Blackburn carved out their first chance when Richie Hutton directed a throw-in on the right to Danny Campbell inside the box, his effort from a tight angle was held by Lewis Budinauckas the young on-loan Rangers keeper.
Just past the half hour, Marley Redfern sent in a cross towards the near post looking for Laurie Devine, however the covering defender just got his head to it to send it out for a corner. Jordan Hopkinson then tried his luck at the other end but flashed his shot wide.
With time running out in the first half, a moment of brilliance lit-up the game. Marley Redfern collected the ball inside his own half on the left, before going on a run past several defenders before cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable shot past Budinauckas into the roof of the net. A moment of brilliance from the on-loan Hamilton Accies youngster to send Blackburn in at the break.
Strollers made a change at half time looking to get back into the game and with eight minutes gone they done just that. A free-kick on the left into the near post was met by Jonathan Moffat to bullet a header past King into the bottom corner of the net to draw the sides level.
After that bright start from the visitors the game became cagey, with neither side wanting to lose what could provide to be a decisive second goal. On 69 minutes Connor Young flashed a shot wide, then a few minutes later Laurie Devine went down in the Strollers box but was shown the yellow card instead of a penalty by referee MacDonald.
With ten minutes remaining it was Young again who had an effort for the visitors, this time well saved by King, then Marley Redfern slid a ball into Laurie Devine whose curling shot crept past the far post.
The game moved into extra-time, with few incidents of note. A Connor Young effort drifted past and then strong penalty claims from Blackburn were waved away after Jordan Devine appeared to be bundled over in the box. With time running out a Jordan Devine header from a Redfern cross went over the bar.
The game therefore needed to be settled on the lottery of penalty kicks, Martin Lawrie converted the first, but Brian Ross sent his effort over the bar and then David Howe’s effort was saved. Despite Laurie Devine converting his kick it was left to Dominico Gibson to covert Strollers fourth penalty to win the tie and progress to the first round.
Blackburn United: Gavin King, Richard Hutton, Martin Lawrie, John Drummond, James Mildren ©, Stuart MacLeod (Jordan Devine 101), Danny Campbell (David Howe 85), Marc Smith (Dominic Kane 68), Laurie Devine, Brian Ross, Marley Redfern. Unused subs: Matthew Kinross, Justin Watson, Paddy Queen, Craig Saunders.
Civil Service Strollers: Lewis Budinauckas, Kyle Fee, Euan Bauld, Jonathan Moffat (Ross Guthrie 104), Matthew Cunningham (David Churchill 104), Mark McConnell, Alieu Faye, Jordan Hopkinson (Connor Young 62), Matthew Shaw (Andrew Johnston 46), Craig Newall, Dominico Gibson. Unused subs: Ross Young, Lewis Duffy, Fraser Napier.
Saturday 28th November 2020 – East of Scotland Premier League
Blackburn United 1 Dundonald Bluebell 2
L.Devine 50 Strang 36, Dall 90+4
It was a fairly uneventful opening period to the match with both teams sizing each other up without creating much of note. Just past the quarter hour mark the first real chance was created, a free kick by Aiden Hendry was met by Barry Sibanda who headed back across goal where Stuart Cargill had time to gather and turn but his shot was clawed away by Gavin King, and Marty Lawrie cleared the loose ball before Sibanda could get on the end of it.
It took until the half hour for the next chance when Callum Strang swung in a free-kick from the right and Sibanda slashed high and wide from only 8 yards. However on 36 minutes the opening goal came when from a throw-in deep on the right hand side, it was flicked on and Strang got his head to it and flicked it on again, this time into the far corner of the net.
Blackburn had created little of note but that changed early in the second half when Laurie Devine set Brian Ross clear down the right wing, James Lennox came racing out of his goal but Ross dinked it past him and crossed from the bye line into the middle for Devine to head into the unguarded net for the equaliser.
On 59 minutes, a long throw out by King found Ross who sent a through ball which Danny Campbell tried to race onto. Lennox got to the ball just before Campbell but a collision was inevitable, and a stramash involving most players ensued. After Campbell had received treatment he was booked for his part in the challenge but Lennox was lucky only to see yellow for retaliation in the aftermath.
Then with twenty minutes remaining Lewis McKenzie went in late on Marley Redfern with his studs showing and referee Colin Whyte flashed the red card, reducing Bluebell to ten men.
Blackburn looked to take advantage and a few minutes later Macleod sent a long ball upto Ross who was racing clear but Scott Durie managed to make up the ground and put in a goal saving tackle. Devine then flashed a header wide from a Mildren cross as the home side pushed for a second.
With 10 minutes left Ross swung in a cross, Devine got his head to it but Lennox managed to tip the effort over the bar almost from point blank range. Then Ross himself had an effort that flew over.
With time running out Derek Wallace headed wide from a corner in a rare second half chance for the visitors before into injury time Marty Lawrie was sent packing for a second yellow after a challenge on Sibanda. As play continued and into the fourth minute of injury time, a long ball from the back found Kieran Dall in the clear on the right and his angled drive across King crept in at the far post to win it for the visitors.
Blackburn United: Gavin King, James Mildren, Marty Lawrie, John Drummond, Michael Browne, Stuart MacLeod, Laurie Devine, Justin Watson, Brian Ross, Danny Campbell (Kieran Swanson 92), Marley Redfern (Richie Hutton 77). Unused subs: David Howe, Jordan Devine, Marc Smith, Paddy Queen, Craig Saunders.
Dundonald Bluebell: James Lennox, Scott Durie, Aiden Hendry, Colin Wilson, Lewis McKenzie, Barry Sibanda, Stuart Cargill, Ross Mutch (Kieran Dall 46), Derek Wallace, Chris Gay, Callum Strang (Craig Wedderburn 75). Unused subs: Darren Gribbin, Jason McLaren.
Referee: Colin Whye Assistants: George King, James Taylor