An agonising last minute defeat after Andy McQuillan had us ahead at half-time in the Scottish Cup first round tie. Report to follow…..
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 2 (Spence 2mins & 81mins)
Blackburn United 2 (Campbell 22mins, Hutton 69mins)
Like the weekend visit to Camelon, United were behind early when ex-Raith Rovers striker SPENCE took advantage of a remarkable piece of good fortune to sweep the ball past an exposed Craig Saunders after a Lyall Cameron clearance ricocheted off Brough to deflect perfectly into his path and just like that Camelon clash too, scores were almost level when Danny Campbell nodded a Calum Heath cross narrowly over. Swifts then almost doubled their lead when Spence held up a long ball to pull it back for Mauchlen who sidefooted past from good position. Kelly then twisted into space and hit a twenty yarder that Saunders tipped away and the ‘keeper went one better moments later with a fantastic save from a Spence half volley. However, it was United who were next to find the net, a Heath corner from the right being brilliantly headed home by CAMPBELL. Within ten minutes and with Blackburn starting to take a grip on proceedings, the linesman’s flag brought celebrations of a second United goal to an abrupt halt after Richie Hutton slammed a Heath delivery into the roof of the net from a marginally offside position. Before the break, Jack Sayers and Heath linked down the right to set up David Howe for a pop at goal that Kaye saved.
Blackburn came agonisingly close to the lead seven minutes into the second period when Heath picked out Campbell for a swerving cross that clipped the face of the crossbar and fell just out of the reach of an off-balance Hutton with the goal gaping. Hutton then headed another Campbell cross just too high after good work from Howe and the latter too had an effort, his twenty yarder touched away from goal by the diving Kaye. However, five minutes later and it was third time lucky for HUTTON, substitute Laurie Devine showing a blistering turn of pace to race clear on the right and whip a delivery to the back post where he fairly clattered the ball high past Kaye. With the game slowing in pace and chances now at a premium it was perhaps against the run of play when the hosts claimed a share of the spoils with just nine minutes remaining, a wicked, left to right ball deceiving both Saunders and the United back line to land at the feet of SPENCE to guide into the waiting net.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Sayers, Lawrie, Cameron, Millar, Meikle, Heath, Browne (Devine 57), Campbell, Howe, Hutton Subs (not used): Smith, Drummond, McClung, Sweeney, Gribben, King
Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts line-up: Kaye, Paterson, Scullion, Mauchlen, McQueen, Murray, Brough, Hynd, Cowie, Kelly, Spence Subs: C.Simpson, Mitchell, T.Simpson, McLean, Wardlaw, Morris, Graham
Referee: Mr. Daniel Graves
Assistants: Mr. Chris Ashley & Mr. Tayler Martin
Camelon 3 (Wallace 2mins, Cowan 40mins, Baird 51mins)
Blackburn United 4 (Heath 30mins & 58mins, Hutton 68mins, McQuillan 81mins)
The quickest of starts by the hosts saw the Carmuirs men ahead inside two minutes when WALLACE was sharp to react to a ball arriving at his feet inside the box to lash it across Craig Saunders and in at the left hand post. However, United might have been level not too long thereafter when James Mildren won possession out on the right and whipped in a cross, but Andy McQuillan could only head it past the upright. Another glorious chance then came and went for the equaliser when Calum Heath made space to clip a ball into the feet of McQuillan who was duly upended as he maneuvered for space inside the box. Marty Lawrie saw his resultant penalty brush against the outside of the right hand post on its way past. McQuillan’s close control caused all sorts of problems for the Camelon backline again moments later and when he was once more brought crashing to the ground, the free-kick awarded some twenty yards from goal was guided around the wall and in at the bottom left hand corner by HEATH. On top of the game and looking for the lead, Blackburn were then reduced to ten men when Mildren caught Taylor high in front of the home dugout, although the Camelon man too was a little robust in his lunge for the ball, and the hosts made their man advantage count five minutes from the break when ex-United youth player Jackson COWAN curled a free-kick past Saunders.
It took only six minutes of second half play for the hosts to stretch their lead, BAIRD finding himself free inside the middle of the six yard box to sweep a cross from the right past an exposed Saunders. However, Blackburn still looked more than capable of breaching the Carmuirs Park sides defence and before the hour mark HEATH had halved the deficit with a beauty, cutting in from the right and curling an unstoppable effort past the flailing hands of Welna. Seven minutes later Heath was the provider for the deserved equaliser when he took advantage of McQuillan harrying Boyle into a mistake to deliver a pinpoint cross onto the head of Richie HUTTON to nod into Welna’s net. The hosts, though, were almost back ahead but for Saunders touching over a fine strike by Stevenson from the edge of the area. Jack Sayers then made a surging run on the right but couldn’t get his shot away as he might have liked, the ball falling for McQuillan whose effort was held. However, United were not to be denied and the fight back was complete when McQUILLAN refused to give up on a ball down the left channel, bullying his man out of possession and hairing in on goal to brilliantly fire past Welna from a tight angle for what proved to be the winner.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Mildren, Lawrie, Cameron, Millar, Browne, Heath (Devine 77), Meikle, McQuillan (Sweeney 88), Howe (Sayers 35), Hutton Subs (not used): Drummond, McClung, Smith, King
Camelon line-up: Welna, Sandison, Lemetti, Boyle, Macisaac, Baird, Cowan, Wallace, Stewart, Taylor, Stevenson Subs: Mowat, Forrest, McDonald, McCafferty, Canavan, Gould
Referee: Mr. Craig Wilson
Assistants: Mr. Steven Adair & Mr. Derryn Brogan
In todays First Round draw, Scottish Rugby Head Coach Gregor Townsend paired us with Highland League side Rothes, with the match taking place at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium on Saturday 18th September with a 15.00 kick-off.
Blackburn United 2 (Heath 19mins, Campbell 44mins)
Easthouses Lily 1 (Russell 21mins)
A third appearance in the Scottish Cup for United began in positive fashion when Danny Campbell did well with a piece of hold up play that allowed him to lay the ball off to the supporting James Mildren but his shot was held easily enough by Hay in the visiting goal. Shortly thereafter Campbell was again the creator, slipping in Richie Hutton on the right but his pop was saved by Hay down low to his left. At the other end Russell got his head on a cross to set up Beattie but he couldn’t get his own header on target. The opening goal then duly arrived on nineteen minutes and it was Campbell who once more was at the heart of it, taking a long clearance down brilliantly and playing in Callum HEATH on the right who chopped his stride to create the space to curl an absolute beauty past Hay and into the left corner of the net. However, the lead was short lived and RUSSELL was strong to hold off a challenge as he barrelled into the box to pick his spot in the bottom right hand corner. A looped Campbell header from a Hutton cross was touched over as Blackburn looked to re-establish the lead but it was a terrific one on one black by Craig Saunders that prevented McBeth squeezing the visitors in front. However, just before the interval the United lead was indeed restored, Keiran Sweeney setting off on a run down the left from inside his own half and sliding a pass across the face of the box to CAMPBELL who took a touch and thumped a shot across Hay and into the bottom left.
The second half was more of a tame affair with Blackburn happy to allow the men from East Lothian possession without too much in the way of clear cut chances arriving, other than Russell curling an effort wide of the left hand post. Substitute Darren Gribben then presented the Lily rearguard with some problems without testing Hay too much. With some six minutes remaining both sides were reduced to ten men when Beattie lunged in on James Mildren with his boot up and studs showing, catching the full back high on the shin and causing a bit of heated pushing and shoving in the aftermath. Once referee Mr. Soutar was able to calm matters, his red card was deservedly brandished at original culprit Beattie as well as Campbell who had been first to take exception to his tackle. Once play resumed the final minutes were negotiated easily enough by Blackburn to progress into the first round proper of the national cup competition for the first time.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Mildren, Lawrie, Cameron, Millar, Browne, Heath (Gribben 82), Howe, Sweeney (McClung 86), Campbell, Hutton Subs (not used): Young, Ferris, Baillie, King, Clements
Easthouses Lily line-up: Hay, Smith, Whyte, McQueenie, Meikle, Russell, McBeth, Hunter, Elliot, Janczyk, Beattie Subs: Sives, Kearney, Lennie, Connell, Brown, Currie, McDermott, Amos
Referee: Mr. Greg Soutar
Assistants: Mr. Ralph Gordon & Mr. Sean Duff
Tranent 5 (Docherty 4mins & 38mins, Wringe 20mins, Lander 28mins, Greig 88mins)
Blackburn United 0
Within five minutes of kick-off the hosts were ahead when a mix-up in the United defence saw a fortunate ricochet allowed space for a left to right delivery that found DOCHERTY arriving on the right to cut inside John Drummond and smash an effort across Craig Saunders and into the net. Watson then manouvered across the eighteen yard line before hitting a shot over. Blackburn, though, really should have been level in ten minutes when David Howe’s free-kick found Keiran Sweeney in good space plumb in the centre of goal but his header somehow ended up past the right hand post and Tranent didn’t waste any time in punishing the miss, WRINGE making a blindside run to earn the room to clip past an exposed Saunders. Eight minutes later a quick free-kick saw Watson race into a suspiciously offside position but with play waved on he had the time to square to LANDER who made no mistake. The pick of the first half of goals then arrived six minutes before the interval, DOCHERTY stepping past challenge after challenge before smashing a beauty into the top corner from just inside the box.
With the three points secure, the Foresters Park men might have scored a fifth on fifty eight minutes but Watsons fine run and cross found no takers and six minutes later an even better chance was scorned, Saunders brilliantly saving Docherty’s penalty. John Drummond and Andy McQuillan then combined to move the ball down the Blackburn left but McQuillan’s fizzing delivery was just out of the reach of Richie Hutton. Twenty minutes from time United’s penalty appeals were waved away by the referee when a determined run into the box by Hutton was blocked and when the ball broke to Sweeney he looked to be barged to the ground in the act of shooting. With just two minutes of the ninety remaining Tranent found their fifth and final goal of the afternoon, GREIG getting in behind a flat back-line on the right to whip a cross-cum shot in that was helped on it’s way into the net by a stretching Martin Lawrie boot.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Sayers, Drummond, Lawrie, Millar, Cameron, Hutton (Baillie 77), Howe (Duncan 77), Ferris (McQuillan 55), Sweeney (Fleming 77), McClung Subs (not used): Young, King
Tranent line-up: Swain, Stevenson, Rutherford, Whitson, Lander, Miller, Docherty, Watson, Wringe, Murphy, Donaldson Subs: Thomson, Knox, Greig, Anderson, Jones, Jackson
Referee: Mr. Brent Falconer
Assistants: Mr. Finlay Anderson & Mr. Darren Robertson
After two fine performances as a trialist against Newtongrange Star and then Dunbar United, ex-Whitletts Victoria and Bonnyton thistle defender Lyall Cameron has signed with the United first team. Welcome to the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium Lyall.
Blackburn United 1 (Drummond 47mins)
Dunbar United 1 (Jones 39mins)
A David Howe corner found John Drummond rising highest in the opening minutes but his header drifted past before Drummond was penalised at the other end, a free-kick award that allowed Neave to hit an effort past the right hand post. However, six minutes before the interval the visitors did squeeze ahead, Berry lifting a ball over the top and into the left of the box where JONES was onto it in a flash to hit a terrific half volley into the top left hand corner. Keiran Sweeney, Richie Hutton and Kyle McClung then moved the ball well down the United left but when the delivery eventually arrived in the box Baley Ferris couldn’t quite get his shot away, although Sweeney’s acrobatic follow up did test Laing.
Two minutes after the resumption Blackburn did pull level though, Howe’s free-kick being met by Marcus Millar and when his header was blocked DRUMMOND managed to scramble the ball over the line. Two corners in quick succession for the Seasiders eventually created a shooting opportunity for Thomson whose twenty yarder was saved by Craig Saunders. Ferris was clever on the hour mark to nut meg Thomson and curl an effort just over as United pushed for a winner and the young striker went close again thereafter, nodding past the left hand upright after Millar had headed a Howe free-kick back across the face of goal. A Lyall Cameron header was then blocked before Dunbar’s McLaren could only head a Jones cross onto the roof of the net to ensure the points were shared.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Sayers, Drummond, Cameron, Millar, Kane (Duncan 82), Hutton, Howe, Sweeney (McLeod 71), Ferris (Baillie 88), McClung Subs (not used): Osborne, Landels, Young
Dunbar United line-up: Laing, Purves, McFarlane, Thomson, Berry, McLaren, Handling, Jones, Neave, Weir, Whitson Subs: Ingram, Devlin, Johnstone, Edmond, Fairnie, Hay, Fleming
Referee: Mr. John Stewart
Assistants: Mr. Finlay Anderson & Mr. Steven King
In the draw for the Prelimenary Rounad of the Scottish Cup on Thursday, we drew out fellow East of Scotland League side Easthouses Lily MW, with the match taking place at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium on Saturday 28th August. The winners will progress the the First Round.
Blackburn United 2 (Lawrie 15mins & 52mins)
Broxburn Athletic 4 (Allum 27mins, Greenhill 38mins, Ross 48mins & 83mins)
The first local league derby of the Premier League season kicked-off in bright sunshine and it was the visitors who exerted some early pressure without unduly troubling Craig Saunders in the United goal while Andy McQuillan and Danny Campbell were beginning to look troublesome at the other end with more limited possession. With fifteen minutes on the clock and the play beginning to find itself more in the Broxburn half that the home one, United found the breakthrough when McQuillan controlled the ball with a wonderful first touch and slipped it to Campbell whose shot was blocked out as far as Richie Hutton whose subsequent run into the left of the box was brought to an end by a clumsy tackle. From the resultant penalty Marty LAWRIE slammed the ball home off the underside of the crossbar. Minutes later the Albyn Park men were almost level but, from Gillen’s cross Binnie’s point-blank header was quite brilliantly pushed onto the bar by Saunders. However, the equaliser was only delayed by another ten minutes and when Ross’s corner was won in the air by Wright all sorts of consternation in the heart of the Blackburn defence ended when ALLUM popped up to bundle the ball over the line. With United then forced into an early attacking change when Campbell went off injured, as the visitors had been defensively moments earlier when Harrison replaced Townsley, Broxburn took advantage when a Gillen cross from the right evaded everyone bar GREENHILL whose half-volley crept past Saunders despite the big ‘keeper almost stopping it with a strong hand. Right on forty five minutes McQuillan found himself clear on goal with only Wallace to beat but the visitors No.1 made himself big enough to block his shot before, a minute into added time, Dominic Kane hit a powerful half-volley that Wallace saved at full stretch.
Athletic were quickly out of the traps after the interval and eased further ahead when ROSS hit a cross in from wide on the right that perhaps caught on the wind but certainly deceived Saunders in the home goal, looping over his head and finding a spot in high in the net behind him. At the other end, Laurie Devine darted in off the right and weaved his way past several tackles on his way into the box only to be impeded as he lifted his parting shot over the top. After consulting with his assistant, referee Mr. MacLean pointed to the spot and LAWRIE converted another immaculate effort to reduce the leeway back to one. Ten minutes later it really could have been all-square again when Davide Howe and Richie Hutton linked for a cross to the back post where an unmarked McQuillan couldn’t quite get any contact on it with the goal gaping. Substitute Keiran Sweeney then got in on the right thanks to a Devine pass but Wallace held his shot. The visitors too were posing a threat and Tait was unlucky to see his curling effort whizz narrowly over. On the eighty minute mark Lennon Smith played a one-two with Howe to hit an effort just wide but it was at the other end that the sixth an final goal of a keenly contested derby arrived, Greenhill and Binnie linking to put ROSS through and he made no mistake, angling a cracker home from around twelve yards out on the right. With just four minutes remaining what had been a competitive but fair game boiled over when Donaldson went in wildly on Smith in front of the Blackburn dugout and when the youngster reacted furiously a melee of players had to be separated and when order had been restored both me were shown the red car, as was Townsley for racing from the Broxburn dugout to become involved. In the sixth minute of added time yet more controversy was visited on the afternoon when Ross went down on the edge of the box with what appeared to be little if any contact and the referee somehow contrived to flash a second yellow card at a mystified Lawrie despite his and others protestations including, it seemed, Ross himself.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Sayers, Lawrie, Mildren (Browne 46), Millar, Kane (McClung 71), Devine (Smith 75), Howe, McQuillan (Ferris 71), Campbell (Sweeney 35), Hutton Subs (not used): Fleming, King
Dundonald Bluebell line-up: Wallace, Gillen, Donaldson, Wright, Townsley, Nicol, Newall, Greenhill, Allum, Binnie, Ross Subs: Harrison, Hutchison, Cowley, Barker, Tait, Ireland, Donoghue
Referee: Mr. Simon MacLean
Assistants: Mr. Cameron Doyle & Ms. Emmanuelle Hingant