Blackburn United vs Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts

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Blackburn United vs Tynecastle

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 9th April 2022

Blackburn United 1 (Devine 52)
Tynecastle 3 (Chesser 10, Cameron 81, Hendry 90+4)

There was a frantic start to the game with Richie Hutton curling a shot off the bar after only six minutes, at the other end Jamie Smith blocked a Hendry shot with his legs and then Chesser fired the rebound past. In the tenth minute the visitors took the lead when a floated free kick saw Jack Chesser get a second chance and this time he made no mistake with a half volley at the back post. Only a minute later Laurie Devine came close to equalising but his effort was turned round the post by Jackson.

The game settled down but on the 20 minute mark Hutton got on the end of a Meikle cross and guided a shot beyond Jackson but was flagged offside. Kyle McClung then fired over from close range a few moments later. With ten minutes of the half left, Laurie Devine got on the end of a long Fergus Owens pass and ran clear but Jackson blocked his shot.

The equaliser eventually came seven minutes after the restart when Hutton made his way to the bye line and crossed into McClung who hooked the ball back to Devine to fire past Jackson, Blackburn were dominating the second period with chance after chance going begging, Hutton saw a shot deflect wide and then Devine again found himself in the clear but again Jackson denied him.

With ten minutes left, Blake Wales was yellow carded for a second time but it took a while, and the help of one of his assistants, to prompt Mr.Bushell to show a red. From the free kick Marcus Millar’s header crept past, but Jacksons long goal kick caught the defence napping and Ryan Cameron raced onto the ball to stab it past Smith for a second completely against the run of play. Blake Wales then ran back onto the pitch and got into a confrontation with the Burnie bench in unsavoury scenes before he was dragged away.

Burnie pressed for a second equaliser but were again caught by a sucker punch almost with the last kick of the ball with Hendry scoring.

Blackburn United: Jamie Smith, James Mildren (Baley Ferris 90), John Drummond, Fergus Owens, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Kyle McClung (Jack Sayers 69), Dominic Kane, Laurie Devine, David Howe (Craig Young 88), Richard Hutton. Unused subs: Michael Browne, Sam Thomas, David McKeon, Craig Saunders.

Tynecastle: Murray Jackson, Lee Dawson, Conor Power, Nichola Weir (Charlie Thompson 79), Fletcher Hendry, Neil Janczyk (Jamie Carrick 79), Aaran Ponton, Jack Chesser (Joe Kerr 71), Taylor Hendry (Alexander Elliot 40), Ryan Cameron, Blake Wales. Unused subs: Jack Henderson, Jonathan Steel, Jamie Rae.

Referee: Fraxer Bushell Assistants: Cameron Sanderson, Stephen Allan.

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Blackburn United vs Sauchie Juniors

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 26th March 2022

Blackburn United 1 (Devine 36)
Sauchie Juniors 0

West Lothian Courier report

A good crowd took advantage of Blackburn United opening the gates for free to watch as United recorded a 1-0 win over Sauchie to put themselves a point behind 14th placed Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the East of Scotland Premier Division. Laurie Devine’s first half header proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium.

From the offset, both teams set a frantic pace in the late March heat, but the early exchanges were devoid of clear-cut chances. On 16 minutes, Sauchie’s Chic Clark would be the first of the goalkeepers to be called into action. Jack Garrard found himself free in the Sauchie box and was able to get his shot away. Clark, however, reacted magnificently to deny the Blackburn man. In any case, Garrard would see himself flagged for offside in the build-up.

Both teams continued to take turns to put pressure on each other without really bothering either keeper. In the opening half hour, both Callum Heath and Sam Davidson would each try their luck from distance for Blackburn and Sauchie respectively. But neither effort looked likely to open the scoring.

However, with nine minutes of the first half remaining, Blackburn would find their opening. Right back James Mildren had spent much of the first half producing his typical combative display and it was his determination to keep, what seemed like, a long lost cause in play that led to the goal. His cross from the byline found the head of Devine who was able to guide it high into the net.

This seemed to give United the impetus to kick on and as the early the second half unfolded, they would push for a second. But not before Sauchie would have a penalty claim turned down. Six minutes into the second half, the Sauchie players felt that Lyall Cameron’s clearance took more of Connor Kelly than the ball but the officials disagreed and allowed play to continue.

Devine in particular seemed spurred on by his goal and would produce two chances in as many minutes. First, on 65 minutes he would pick up Heath’s cross field ball and, cutting inside, force a good save from Clark. A minute later, Garrard’s skillful spin away in the centre of the park allowed him to play Devine through. He looked certain to have doubled United’s lead but he could only see his effort cleared off the line after navigating a crowded penalty area.

As the game entered its last quarter, Garrard and Danny Campbell would each have chances to see the game off. First, Garrard looked to be clean through on goal but Sauchie’s Will Greenhorn reacted with a last ditch tackle to deny him. Then, Devine’s good running found him in a position to lay the ball back to Campbell at the edge of the box. Campbell, however, saw his tame shot saved.

In the end, a resounding defensive display saw Blackburn hold on to record a deserved victory.
These two sides will meet again on the 5th of April in Clackmannanshire, with United knowing a second victory over Sauchie will see them leapfrog Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and into safety.

Blackburn United: Gavin King, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Fergus Owens, Lyall Cameron, Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine (Dominic Kane 76), Richie Hutton, Danny Campbell (Fraser Cormack 81), Jack Garrad (David Howe 89), Calum Heath. Unused subs: Joe Osborne, Chris Ashley.

Sauchie Juniors: Charles Clark, William Greenhorn, Ross Hutchison (Grant Dickie 40), Scott Davidson, Sam Davidson (Ross Kavanagh 64), Jack Docherty (Ross Crawford 64), Sam Collumbine, Darren Carroll (Jon Tully 76), Conor Kelly (Kris Kelly 76), Danny Smith, Brian Morgan. Unused subs: Iain Syme, Evan Collumbine.

Referee: Keith Maskell Assistants: Andrew Simmonds, Cameron Doyle. Att 154.

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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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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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Blackburn United vs Lothian Thistle HV

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 15th January 2022

Blackburn United 3 (Heath 17 & 22, Browne 72p)
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 3 (Cunningham 7 & 24p, Douglas 58 )

After only 7 minutes Alex Cunningham met a cross inside the box and volleyed it home, despite Saunders getting a hand to it. Callum Heath then got a quick brace in a five minute spell to put Burnie in the lead, first an angled drive past Adams, and then a 20 yard free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net. However the lead only last two minutes when Cunningham also got his second from the spot after a Drummond foul in the box. After this frantic opening period there were more chances but the sides went in level at the break.

It was Cunningham who set-up Errol Douglas after the restart as he controlled the ball and stroked it past Saunders from just outside the box to give the visitors the lead once again. However the scores were levelled with 18 minutes remaining when Marcus Millar was upended in the box and Michael Browne cooly slotted home the penalty. A few minutes later Richie Hutton had a great chance to grab a fourth when he was sent clear of the visitors backline but Adams stood his ground and blocked his shot with his legs. Deep into injury time it was Saunders who rescued a point, saving at point blank range from Douglas when a late winner looked looked on the cards.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers (Danny Campbell 66), Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, John Drummond, Daryl Meikle, Callum Heath (David Howe 87), Michael Browne, Andy McQuillan, Richard Hutton, Laurie Devine (Fergus Owens 66). Unused subs: James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Baley Ferris, Callum Macdonald (GK)

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale: Ruairidh Adams, Dylan Moore, Sean Lally, Sean Guiney, Errol Douglas, Joe Viola, Mason Renton (Niall Kemp 64), Michael Deland, Niall Doherty (Joe Murray 77), Ryan Findlay (Louis Signorini 64), Alex Cunningham. Unused subs: Conor Barnes, Paul Crawford, Thomas Penker, Iain Laver.

Referee: Craig Wilson Assistants: Taylor Martin, Andrew Strang.

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Blackburn United vs Camelon Juniors

East of Scotland Premier League – Wednesday 29th December 2021

Blackburn United 2 (Devlin 21, Browne 38p)
Camelon Juniors 2 (Sampson 36, Gribben 49)

The opening goal came via a long throw-in on the right which saw Richie Hutton’s half hit shot inside the box cleared to Laurie Devine on the edge of the area and he half volleyed it into the top corner for a spectacular opener. A Daryl Meikle header from a free kick then crept narrowly past. Camelon were on level term just past the half hour mark when a weak Mitchell Taylor effort was spilled by Saunders and Kyle Sampson had the easy task of slotting it into the net. Burnie regained the lead only a couple of minutes later when a long Jack Sayers clearance was headed back towards his keeper by Mark Sharp, however his effort was slightly weak and David Howe intercepted but was caught by the exposed Welna and the ref pointed to the spot. Michael Browne converted. Gribben and then Hutton then had unsuccessful efforts at either end.

Shortly after the restart a loose Meikle pass saw Taylor bear down on goal, his effort was deflected and looped over Saunders who managed to get a hand to it but it fell to Darren Gribben at the back post who slotted the ball into the net from a tight angle. The visitors were pushing for a third but their efforts never seriously threatened Saunders goal, and towards the end Burnie went looking for their own third but the game ended level.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers, Kyle McClung, Michael Browne, Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, Laurie Devine (Dominic Kane 86), Daryle Meikle, Andy McQuillan, David Howe (Calum Heath 76), Richie Hutton. Unused subs: James Mildren, Baley Ferris, Ryan Kidd (GK)

Camelon: Jakub Welna, Marky Munro, Jay Sandison, Lewis McArthur, Mark Sharp, Jackson Cowan, Kyle Sampson, Arnault Kasa (Mitchell McDonald 4), Darren Gribben (Michael Wallace 55), Aiden Stevenson, Mitchell Taylor. Unused subs: Cole Cattanach, Harry Osborne, Reece Boyle, Lewis Paton, Greg McGuiness.

Referee: Alastair Grieve. Assistants: Andrew Strang, Andrew Brown.

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Blackburn United vs Jeanfield Swifts

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 18th December 2021

Blackburn United 1 (Browne 5p)
Jeanfield Swifts 3 (Robertson 17, 47, Browne OG 27)

With only four minutes on the clock Danny Campbell got on the end of a Jack Garrard cross and stabbed the ball into the next from close range but the assistant refs flag ruled it out, however a minute later Danny broke clear and was hauled down by keeper Sean Dalton who received a yellow card and Michaels Browne stepped up to convert.

Jeanfield came strongly back into the game and were on level terms 12 minutes later when Blackburn failed to clear and the ball deflected into the path of Dayle Robertson six yards out and he couldn’t miss. Three minutes later Connor McLaren flashed a shot off the bar and then Craig Saunders managed to tip a Dolzanski header onto the bar. However the inevitable second eventually came but again with a huge slice of luck when a cross was glanced into his own net by Michael Browne.

With three minutes left of the half Danny Campbell got on the end of a fantastic Devine cross but managed to head over with the goal gaping.

Right from the start of the second half it was Swifts who took a grip of the game when Robertson got his second of the game after only two minutes. Saunders came to the rescue again when he saved from Chris Dodd shortly afterwards.

A number of changes saw Callum Heath come off the bench and moments later his 25 yard shot cannoned back off the bar. Blackburn cause wasn’t helped with ten minutes left when Jack Garrard received a second yellow for dissent after complaining about a linesman’s decision. With time running our Marcus Millar’s header from a corner came back off the bar to deny Blackburn again.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Jack Sayers (Kane 84), Marcus Millar, Lyalll Cameron, Michael Browne, Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine (Andy McQuillan 70), David Howe (Calum Heath 69), Danny Campbell, Jack Garrad, Richie Hutton. Unused subs: Kyle McClung, James Mildren, Ryan Kidd (GK)

Jeanfield Swifts: Sean Dalton, Chris Dodd, Greg Donald, Aaron Whitehead, Jake Dolzanski, Dayle Robertson (Regan McLaren 71), Connor McLaren (Liam Strong 74), Fraser Smith, Kieran Sweeney, Paul Simpson, Gary Fergus (Shaun Struthers 66). Unused subs: Mark Mitchell, Chris McLeish.

Referee: Jordan Curran Assistants: Scott Clark, Stuart Robertson.

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