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League Cup draw

In the first round of the League Cup, we have been drawn at home to Livingston United, probably on 4th March. The winners will then host the winners of Linlithgow Rose v Newtongrange Star on 1st April.

Musselburgh Athletic 1 Blackburn United 0

East of Scotland Premier League  –  Saturday 14th January 2023

Musselburgh Athletic              1          Reid 25

Blackburn United                    0

Musselburgh started the stronger and hit the woodwork with only seven minutes gone when Nathan Evans headed off the post from a corner. Seven minutes later Jackson Barker sprung the offside trap but Jakub Welna closed the angle and blocked the shot, the ball rebounded back off Barker and crept wide.

However the opening goals came on 25 minutes when from another corner, Liam Reid stabbed the ball into the net from close range.

Burnie’s only real chance of the half came when Calum Heath won possession on the right touchline before firing the ball into the near post where Laurie Devine met it but the ball slid wide.

Right on half-time, Jackson Barker was shown a red card for a heavy challenge on Jerry Otonti.

Only two minutes into the second half the referee decided to even up the numbers when Adam Forrest went for a bouncing ball whilst the Musselburgh player ducked to head it and was caught in the chest by Forrest’s boot. The referee saw it worthy of a red much to the surprise of most present.

Blackburn were now enoying the better of the game but Welna needed to produce a save at full stretch to push the ball over on 66 minutes from a Zacharry Khan shot. From the resulting corner, Devine collected the ball and set Calum Heath free, he carried it forward before sliding in Jerry Otonti but his effort is saved by Daniel Lang.

For that corner, Otonti’s effort is scrambled off the line and cleared as far as James Mildren who cannoned a shot off the underside of the crossbar and cleared.

With ten minutes remaining and as the conditions worsened, Daryl Meikle hit an effort from 25 yeards which Lang gathered, then at the other end Russell Cairns brought out a save from Welna.  The game ended in driving rain and strong winds.

Musselburgh Athletic: Daniel Lang, Craig Stevenson, Liam Reid, Declan O’Kane, Nathan Evans, Matthew Knox (Russell Cairns 63), Liall Smith, Zacharry Khan (Gordon Harris 80), Lloyd Fiddler, Jackson Barker, Matthew Connor.  Unused subs: Ross Mccrae, Jackie Myles, Ethan Wynne, Ben Weekes.

Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, James Mildren, Joe Osbourne, Adam Forrest, Marcus Millar, David Howe (Kyle Sampson 78), Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine (Luke Meikle 86), Richie Hutton, Jerry Otonti (Dominic Kane 78). Unused subs: John Binnie, Scott Richards, Same Thomas, Craig Saunders.

Referee: Mark Harris               Assistants: Blair White, Stuart Robertson

Blackburn United 3 Broxburn Athletic 2

East of Scotland Premier League  –  Saturday 7th January 2023

Blackburn United        3          Kyle Sampson 6 (pen), Callum Heath 54, Richard Hutton 66

Broxburn Athletic        2          Mark McConnell 16, Jordan Wright 36

By Liam Campbell

Blackburn took the 3 points today in a vital game in the East of Scotland Premier League, overcoming local rivals Broxburn Athletic in a 5-goal thriller at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium.

The 3 points saw Blackburn cut the gap between themselves, in 13th, and Hill of Beath Hawthorn, in 12th, meaning only 7 goals separate the two. Looking downwards, despite Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale picking up an impressive point today at home to 4th place Sauchie, Blackburn have extended the gap between themselves and the relegation zone to 2 points and they also have 2 games in hand on LTHV.

A home win may have taken a few by surprise as Broxburn Athletic currently sit 8th in the league and with the two sides meeting twice earlier this season, the visitors will be disappointed to see their unbeaten record this season against the hosts disappear.

The game began as you would expect most derbies to begin, frantic and aggressive offering little time on the ball for the players.

It was Blackburn who struck first though as inside 5 minutes they were awarded a penalty after a long ball over the top of the Broxburn defence saw Josh Blair in the Broxburn goal completely mistime his attempt at clearing the ball before he clattered into the Blackburn player which left the referee very little choice other than to award a penalty to the hosts.

New boy Kyle Sampson stepped up, and just as he’d slotted his two penalties away last week against Jeanfield Swifts, the striker coolly converted with a power strike right down the middle of the goal.

This was Sampson’s 3rd goal in the last 2 games showing he’s certainly made his mark for his new club.

Around 8 minutes in it was once again Sampson who came close for the hosts with a powerful effort from outside the box just flying north of the top corner.

Sampson found himself involved once again in the opening exchanges as he fired a ball across goal but unfortunately for Blackburn there was no takers on the end of his delivery.

Broxburn however, began to grow into the game and on the 16th minute we seen a real contender for goal of the season when Mark McConnell smashed the ball into the top corner of the goal with aid from the crossbar from the outside of the box.

The early equaliser saw a real shift in momentum and after a positive start from Blackburn they found themselves on the back foot for the rest of the first half.

In the 36th minute Broxburn took the lead when skipper Jordan Wright rose highest at the back post and got his head on the end of a wonderful free kick delivery.

Broxburn were unlucky not to score again before the end of the half as they once again caused concern with a wicked delivery into the box, however on this occasion Jordan Wright couldn’t keep his header down.

Blackburn offered little before the end of the half other than a few half chances that were blazed over the bar.

Blackburn went into the second half trailing and on the back foot, however the team talk at half time looked to have encouraged the hosts who came out the traps flying in the second half.

Blackburn’s forward Jeremiah Otoni proved a handful for the Broxburn defence as drove at the heart of the defence testing Blair in the Broxburn goal inside the first 5 minutes of the second half.

The opening exchanges of the second half remained as fiery and aggressive as the first 45 and within 5 minutes the referee had booked two Blackburn players, David Wilson and Adam Forrest.

After banging on the Broxburn door for the first 10 minutes of the second half Blackburn found themselves level with a wonderful strike from Callum Heath who showed great technique to control his volley from the edge of the area with the outside of his boot placing it in the bottom right corner leaving Blair no chance of stopping it.

The half time substitution from Blackburn was one that proved to change the game. Laurie Devine’s pace was a constant issue that the Broxburn defence seemed to have no answer for.

2 more yellow cards followed just past the hour mark, one for each side.

Blackburn’s number 6, David Howe curled a beauty of an effort towards goal and was immensely unlucky to see it cannon back out of the bar.

Blackburn had started the second half amazingly and the third was always on the cards, but it was a quick drop of the shoulder from Richard Hutton that created the opening for him to smash an effort goalward that proved far too powerful for Blair in the Broxburn goal giving the hosts the lead for the second time in the game.

On 70 minutes Blackburn came close to adding a fourth as David Howe was unlucky to see his diving header attempt fly wide of the target from a great corner delivery.

On 73 minutes Broxburn may have been lucky to keep all 11 players on the pitch when the referee deemed only a booking was necessary when Andrew Gillen lunged recklessly into a tackle causing a minor delay in the restart with the Blackburn players injury.

The final 15 minutes of the game was a very end to end affair as the visitors looked for a crucial equaliser leaving themselves open for counter attacks at the other end which Laurie Devine’s pace really exploited.

The game management was fantastic from Blackburn who limited the visitors to only half chances in added time and the final whistle saw a mighty roar from the players, management staff and fans alike.

A massive victory for the boys in their first game of 2023 and we will hope for a similar outcome next week when we travel away to 6th placed Musselburgh Athletic.

Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, Adam Forrest, James Mildren, David Wilson (Dominic Kane 68), Marcus Millar, David Howe, Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle, Kyle Sampson (Laurie Devine 46), Richie Hutton (Scott Richards 82), Jerry Otonti (Sam Nicolson 86). Unused subs: Joe Osbourne, Luke Meikle, Craig Saunders.

Broxburn Athletic: Josh Blair, Gordon Donaldson, Jordan Wright, Bradley Donaldson, Errol Douglas (Darren Downie 63), Jordan Orru (Steven Clark 72), Gary Brass, Andrew Gillen, David Greenhill, Craig Henderson, Mark McConnell. Unused subs: Aaron Hamilton, Craig Newall, Shaun Harrison, Jack Sayers, Liam Gray.

Referee: Sean Duff      Assistants: Sean Redgrave, Tyler Waddell.

Blackburn United 2 Jeanfield Swifts 4

Blackburn United                    2          Sampson 21p, 82p

Jeanfield Swifts                      4          McLaren 6, 11, Simpson 45, Forrest OG 50

Burnie started with a re-shuffled defence as captain Marcus Millar was ruled out though illness. James Mildren took the armband in his 200th appearance for the club.

After only two minutes Calum Heath saw a free-kick saved by Sam Townsley in the Swifts goal, and then at the other end Ewan Moyes headed over from a corner.

A minute later Swifts took the lead when a shot from just outside the box from Connor McLaren took a deflection off David Wilson and looped over Welna into the net. It was McLaren again who was on hand to double the lead shortly after when he was unmarked in the six yard box to power a header past Welna from a Scott cross.

Burnie fought back and when it looked as though Kyle Sampson was breaking into the box he was brought down by Moyes who was shown the red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity. A free kick was awarded whick Townsley saved from Sampson.

However Burnie did get a goal back when Sampson again broke into the box and was brought down by Townsley. He dusted himself down to convert the spot kick.  Heath then had a chance to equalise but his effort was tipped over.

After the frantic opening, the game settled down as Swifts adjusted to being a man down and right on half-time they grabbed a third when a high bouncing ball on the edge of the box looked to be covered by David Wilson, but a nudge in the back by Paul Simpson was somehow missed by all officials, he took possession and slotted past Welna.

The opening minutes weren’t much better for Burnie and a low cross into the box was stabbed into his own net by Adam Forrest.

Swifts were happy to protect their three-goal cushion as Burnie huffed and puffed to get a foothold back into the game, which didn’t come until the 82nd minute when Richie Hutton was brought down in the box and it was Sampson again who converted the spot kick.

The ten men though saw out the game to claim all three points.

Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, James Mildren, Joe Osbourne (Sam Thomas 86), David Wilson, Adam Forrest, Dominic Kane (Scott Richards 70), Calum Heath, David Howe, Sam Nicolson (Richie Hutton 62), Daryl Meikle (Jerry Otonti 62), Kyle Sampson.  Unused subs: John Binnie,. Laurie Devine, Craig Saunders.

Jeanfield Swifts: Sam Townsley, Aaron Whitehead, Kieran Sweeney, Connor McLaren, Fraser Smith, Chris McLeish (Adam Leese 87), Paul Simpson (Rannoch Ramsay 80), Gary Fergus (Chris Dodd 67), Chris Scott, Scott Smith, Ewan Moyes. Unused subs: Mark Mitchell, Scott Mollison, Elliott Scott.

Referee: Rhys Struthers                      Assistants: Will Pare, Peter Dawson


The Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium pitch is still covered in snow and icy underneath, therefore tomorrows game against Hill of Beath is postponed. Have a great Christmas and (hopefully) see you on Hogmanay for the match against Jeanfield Swifts.

Kyle joins!

he club are delighted to confirm the signing of 22 year old striker Kyle Sampson from Camelon. Kyle was on the books of Livingston and spent some time on loan at Pumpherston before moving to Penicuik Athletic initially on loan before a permanent transfer, scoring 13 times in 48 appearances. Two seasons later in 2019 Kyle moved to Armadale Thistle, and then 12 months ago onto Camelon. Welcome to the Burnie Kyle!

Jerry Joins!

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Jeremiah Otonti from Livingston United. The 22 year old is an attacking wide midfielder and made his debut in senior football in 2019 with Sauchie before a move to Livingston. After a brief spell with Camelon he returned to Livingston and finished the season as top scorer with 20 goals. Welcome to the Burnie Jerry! (home and away sponsorship for Jerry is available).