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.
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.
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.
Blackburn United 1 Heath 68
Penicuik Athletic 2 Somerville 30, Watson 119
Burnie went into the game missing six regulars but also opened the scoring after three minutes when latching onto a Callum Heath through ball Kieran Sweeney hit the post with his shot from 20 yards, with Laurie Devine’s follow up effort from the rebound sliding past.
On the quarter hour mark, Craig Saunders got down well to push a shot away for a Penicuik corner, then at the other end almost the opener when from a Kyle McClung throw in, David Howe had a shot tipped onto the underside of the bar by Liam Robertson and bounced down close to the line, Sweeney followed up with a header which also hit the bar before Heaths resulting shot was blocked.
Daryll Meikle was next to try his luck but Robertson saved comfortably, then Sweeney shot just over. Penicuik moved up the park from the goal kick and won themselves a free kick, the kick was floated to the far post where Forbes headed back across goal and Aaron Somerville was lurking to shoot past Saunders to open the scoring.
Right on half time Penicuik nearly doubled the leade when Andrew Forbes met a long free kick again at the back post but headed wide.
Marcus Millar, who had went over on his ankle ten minutes from the break, didn’t re-appear and the back line was shuffled again with Jack Sayers coming on.
After 15 minutes of the second half a crossfield pass from Heath found Kieran Sweeney but his angled drive was saved by Robertson. However the equaliser wasn’t long in coming when Callum Heath met a Laurie Devine cross and flashed a shot beyond Robertson for 6 yards.
Penicuik upped the pressure in search of an equaliser and both Baptie and Reid passed up good chances before at the other end Forbes almost headed the ball into his own net. Meanwhile Sweeney got on the end of a Meikle cross at the near post and was inches wide.
The visitors looked to have won it with minutes remaining but the goal was flagged offside by the enclosure side linesman. Sweeney then had another half chance but shot wide.
Into extra time and another injury for Burnie when Kieran Sweeney went down heavily after a poor tackle and went off with a dislocated shoulder. With Blackburn tiring after their second bout of extra-time in a week, Penicuik looked to capitalise and Saunders done well to block a shot, and was again on hand just after the restart of the second period of extra time when He got do superbly to push away a Reid shot only for it to deflect off the inrushing Kateleza intio the net, however he was in an offside position and the goal was ruled out.
With time running out and penalties looming, a long throw-in wasn’t cleared and the ball fell to Kieran Watson to shoot through a crowded box into the corner of the net to win the game.
Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Lyall Cameron, Kyle McClung, Michael Browne, Marcus Millar (Jack Sayers 46), Daryll Meikle, Laurie Devine (Lennon Smith 109), Dominic Kane (Kieran Sweeney (Baley Ferris 98), David Howe, Kieran Sweeney. Unused Subs: Tom Baillie, Gavin King (GK)
Penicuik Athletic: Liam Robertson, Liam Baptie, Darrell Young, Kieran Watson, Cameron Dawson (Gregor Lamb 63), Aaron Somerville (Lumbert Kateleza 85), Jack Furness (Rhys McMurdo 80), Payl Thomson, Reece Hope (Lewis Collins 91), Andrew Forbes, Nicholas Reid. Unused subs: Robbie Neave, Aiden Walsh.
Referee: Simon MacLean Assistants: Michael Dixon, Steve Ross