In this friendly match at St.Marks Park in Edinburgh, Burnie eased to victory against our Conference A opponents with a double from Laurie Devine, a Michael Browne penalty, and strikes from Richie Hutton, Marcus Millar, Baley Ferris and John Drummond.
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.
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.
The recently imposed limit on crowd sizes in Scotland will have little effect at non-league level. We’re the only game taking place in the East of Scotland Premier League on Wednesday 29th December, so get oot the hoose, shake off the tinsel and come and support the Burnie!
£6 adults, £3 concessions, U12’s free with an adult. Cash on the gate or tickets can be bought in advance here;
Meanwhile, have a safe and enjoyable Christmas (bring some leftover sweets….)
There are only 6 home games left this season, the next one being Camelon on 29th December.
If you would like a “season ticket” for the remaining Burnie matches you can purchase these for £25 Adult, £10 concession/child, or £30 for a Adult & Child.
To arrange this, please email the club at Blackburnunitedfc@gmail.com or they can be collected at the Camelon game.
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.
A bad day in Rosewell, report to follow.
East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 4th December 2021
Blackburn United 2 (Browne 1p, Heath 33)
Newtongrange Star 4 (Smith 39, McIntosh 53 & 54, Dougal 79)
In a remarkable start Burnie were awarded a penalty after only 15 seconds when Danny Campbell latched onto the ball in the box from kick-off and was brought down, Michael Browne dispatched the penalty with 50 seconds on the clock.
It was a frantic start as both sides were attacking at will, however the game settled and Nitten started to get a foothold and push for the equaliser with 22 and 11 have efforts, however Burnie increased their lead on 33 minutes when Callum Heath collected a throw in, turned his marker and guided his shot beyond Sean Brennan into the far corner.
Star pulled one back 6 minutes later when a ball into the back post was headed back across goal by Chris Robertson and Liall Smith headed past King from close range.
The visitors started the second half quicky looking for the equaliser with 17 & 12 going close, up the other end Danny Campbell hooked a Jack Sayers cross just wide and Kane had a shot comfortable saved.
However in the space of a minute the game was turned on its head when first, the referee pointed to the spot in what looked a dubious call by his assistant Mr.Richmond for a push in the box after the ball had been comfortably gathered by King. Liam McIntosh converted. Blackburn were rattled by this decision and a minute later it was McIntosh again pouncing to give Nitten the lead.
Things went from bad to worse on the hour mark when John Drummond was penalised for a foul that to all present should have been given the other way, he was booked and then booked a second time for dissent and sent packing by the Craig Wilson the referee. Gavin King tipped the resulting free kick onto the bar.
Ten became nine with 15 minutes left when a Star player looked to have handled but the appeals were waved away and Daryll Meikle was shown a straight red for taking his complaints too far in the eyes of Mr.Wilson. With around 10 minutes remaining Nitten increased their lead against the nine men through Ethan Dougal.
Blackburn United: Gavin King, Jack Sayers, Marcus Millar, Lyall Cameron, John Drummond, Dominic Kane (David Howe 60), Callum Heath, Daryll Meikle, Danny Campbell, Michael Browne, Richie Hutton (L.Devine 87). Unused subs: Andy McQuillan, James Mildren, Kyle McClung, Joe Osbourne, Criag Saunders.
Newtongrange Star: Sean Brennan, Alexander Webb, Liam Peden, Adam Nelson (Steven Tait 73), Liam McIntosh (Ethan Dougal 76), Ryan Porteous (Jack Gillan 30), Alistair Forster, Ben Finnan, Chris Robertson (Shaun Conlon 73), Liall Smith, Michael Jones (Steven Froude 73). Unused subs: Ryan Ferguson, Andrew Muir.
Referee: Craig Wilson Assistants: Josh Heggie, Tim Richmond.
match report to follow
East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 27th November 2021
Musselburgh Athletic 4
Blackburn United 1 (Browne 13 pen)
[match report by Derek Hall]
Plenty to play for on a bitterly cold day at Olivebank in the EOS Premier with Musselburgh Athletic aiming to stay in touch with the top three whilst Blackburn United went looking for a result to move them further from the scrap near the bottom. A cagey start saw the first real effort arrive on three minutes as Bradley Whyte fired a low long range left foot drive well wide for the home side and then Danny Campbell worked hard for the visitors on the right flank but his cross into the box drifted behind. After six minutes, Whyte did the spadework before finding Josh Jefferies and his low left foot 25 yard drive had United keeper Gavin King going low to make the save. A minute later, Conor Thomson got to the goal line and Jack Sayers made an excellent block to concede the games first corner which Musselburgh failed to profit from. A long through ball then dropped over the head of United centre half Marcus Miller but Jordan Smith just couldn’t get on the end of it and keeper King gratefully gathered the ball. However with ten minutes on the clock, the keeper could do nothing as the home side hit the front when a lovely ball from the left flank picked out Mathu King on the edge of the United penalty area and he managed to dig the ball out from under his feet before flicking the ball beautifully into the corner of the net with the outside of his right foot from 15 yards, taking the effort early before keeper King could set himself for a really classy finish. That early advantage only lasted for around two minutes with an equaliser which owed much to United’s Campbell who won the ball on the left wing before clipping a lovely pass inside to Richard Hutton and he skipped past one challenge and into the Burgh penalty area where he was upended by home keeper Ross McRae and referee Alastair Grieve was right there to award an obvious spot kick. United captain Michael Browne stepped up to cooly send keeper McRae the wrong way from the penalty and with almost thirteen minutes on the clock, we were back to all square. Jeffries tried an immediate response from distance for the home side but this one was well wide and Blackburn had taken heart from getting themselves level. On eighteen minutes, a free kick into the Athletic box after a foul on Daryl Meikle saw the ball ping around before keeper King scrambled the ball behind with Campbell again right there for the visitors. Callum Heath played the corner short to Dominic Kane and his long, looping back post cross was taken on the volley by Meikle from around nine yards and only a desperate lunging block by Liam Reid preserved parity for the home side. Browne was then in again for the visitors and only a brave block from keeper McRae kept the United skipper at bay although a short passback a few seconds later from Sayers had United keeper King under a little more pressure than he wanted before managing to clear. Not to be outdone, Reid then almost put his keeper McRae in a bit of bother with a back pass and United winger Hutton wasn’t far away from closing the Burgh keeper down. However, after 24 minutes, the home side relieved the pressure in the best possible way as Jordan Smith raced down the right flank and got his head up before stroking a lovely cross towards the near post and the incoming King didn’t have to break stride as he met the ball eight yards out and powered home a thumping header just inside the near post to put the home side back in front. A foul on 28 minutes by John McManus on Hutton saw United put six players into the Burgh penalty area so it must have been very frustrating when Heath’s delivery didn’t manage to clear the first defender. On the half hour, Whyte played a nice pass into the United penalty area wide on the left which tempted Sayers into an ill advised challenge, possibly on Orru, but the upshot was another clear spot kick and nobody was surprised when King stepped up to stroke the ball home low into the corner to claim a 21 minute hat trick and with just over half an hour gone, the home side had given themselves some breathing space and King was now thinking about clearing a space on the mantelpiece for the match ball. After 35 minutes, Lloyd Fiddler found Whyte and he laid the ball into the path of Orru whose 18 yard left foot angled drive was brilliantly tipped over by United keeper King and the keeper was soon involved again dealing with a speculative 35 yard half volley from Greg Page. United were looking to stay solid and ensure things didn’t get any worse before the break, but Heath got forward for the visitors to send a left foot drive from 24 yards over the crossbar. However, at the break, United had a few problems to solve and would be coming out in the second period knowing that the games next goal had to be theirs if they had any ambitions at all of taking something from a home side who had in Mathu King a striker who on this form looked like he could score at will.
Four minutes into the second half, Heath raced away down the right flank for the visitors but he was closed down by the Burgh defence before he could deliver any sort of cross. At the other end, Burgh defender McManus was almost playing like a right winger at times and a dangerous cross into the United penalty area was headed behind by Lyall Cameron. Jefferies corner found the head of Whyte and the ball then flashed across the United goal area before being cleared. After 52 minutes, the hard working Campbell laid the ball into the path of Hutton and his angled 15 yard drive brought out a good save from home keeper McRae at the second attempt. Two minutes later, Browne headed the ball inside the box to Campbell and his sixteen yard header hit the back of the Burgh net but the offside flag had gone up early and the header didn’t count. At the other end, Sayers misjudged a ball into the United penalty area and Orru dispossessed him before firing his left foot drive into the side netting from a fairly acute angle. After 57 minutes, a Reid clearance saw King break upfield for Burgh and as he went past Miller on the halfway line, the United centre half somewhat cynically took him down and referee Grieve didn’t hesitate in going to his pocket for the first time to look out his yellow card. A minute later, King was probably disappointed as he sent an unchallenged header from a McManus cross well wide of the United goal after a nice move begun in midfield by Fiddler. After 63 minutes, Campbell saw a shot from sixteen yards blocked behind by Page and the United striker was working tirelessly up front for his side whilst basically feeding on scraps and when the corner came over, the same player glanced a header across the Burgh goal area and wide. On 65 minutes, Musselburgh replaced hat trick hero King and also Whyte with Declan O’Kane and Aaron Murrell. Miller then received what had to be a final warning from referee Grieve for complaining about a nothing throw in, daft at any time but bordering on mental when you’re already carrying a yellow card. The game had gone a bit flat, Burgh were content to manage their two goal lead and Blackburn just couldn’t seem to carve out any real killer chances. On 68 minutes, the visitors made their own double switch as Kyle McClung and Heath made way for James Mildren and David Howe. Thomson and Murrell almost worked a nice one two on the edge of the United penalty area but Meikle read the situation and made the interception. Blackburn were frustrated again by a couple of offside flags in quick succession against Campbell and Hutton, both from passes by Sayers but with 15 minutes left they almost got the breakthrough as home keeper McRae somehow kept out a Sayers header, scooping the ball away as he was going down in the opposite direction. Meikle was then replaced by Bailey Ferris as Blackburn went to their bench again just before a Howe effort dropped for Ferris and only a good challenge from Reid stopped another decent chance for the visitors at the expense of a corner. With just over ten minutes remaining, Burgh made another double switch as Fiddler and Smith were replaced by Jackie Myles and Conner Fitzpatrick. On 83 minutes, Thomson sent a 25 yard effort over the top for a home side who hadn’t really fashioned a chance for a good ten minutes, whilst still remaining fairly comfortable. Six minutes from time, Murrell drove forward for Burgh, avoiding a clip from Browne, and his pass to Thomson saw the strikers shot deflected behind for a corner, at which point referee Grieve then went back and cautioned United skipper Browne for his earlier attempted trip on Murrell. The ball into the box saw a clumsy challenge by Cameron on Reid once again correctly penalised by referee Grieve and the game had its third spot kick, with the responsibility this time falling on the shoulders of Murrell, who made a lovely job of sending King the wrong way and tying the game up for the home side at 4-1. Before the game restarted, Burgh made their final switch as Ciaran Young came on for Thomson and he was on just in time to see Blackburn claim for another spot kick when Hutton’s powerful 22 yard right foot drive was blocked inside the box but referee Grieve was unmoved. Jeffries flashed an excellent corner kick right through the heart of the United goal area as we entered the final minute but in the end, it was the home side who took the points with an inspired first half performance being followed by a professionally managed second half which will doubtless give manager Joe Hamill a good deal of satisfaction on a day when Mathu King showed again why he is such a favourite in these parts. Blackburn worked very hard without really convincing anyone during the second half that they could turn things around, but a bit more support for the excellent Danny Campbell might yet yield dividends in future fixtures.
Musselburgh Athletic: Ross McCrae, Jordan Orru, John McManus, Josh Jeffries, Conor Thomson (Ciaran Young 86), Mathu King (Aaron Murrell 65), Bradley Whyte (Declan O’Kane 65), Liam Reid, Lloyd Fiddler (Connor Fitzpatrick 79), Jordan Smith (Jackie Myles 79), Greg Page. Unused subs: Liam Gregory, Harvey Tanner.
Blackburn United: Gavin King, Jack Sayers, Kyle McClung (James Mildren 68), Lyall Cameron, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Calum Heath (David Howe 68), Michael Browen, Danny Campbell, Daryl Meikle (Baley Ferris 77), Richard Hutton. Unused Subs: Craig Saunders, Craig Young.
South Challenge Cup Third Round – Saturday 19th November 2021
Hurlford United 2 (Morrison 27, 92)
Blackburn United 1 (Hutton 77)
A missed penalty with 10 minutes remaining cost the Burnie dear as our Ayrshire hosts won the match in entra-time. Match report to follow