Blackburn United vs Vale of Leithen

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Blackburn United vs Dundonald Bluebell

East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 13th August 2022

Blackburn United 1 Richards 29
Dundonald Bluebell 3 Lumsden 32 & 72, McKenzie 56

Despite the hot temperatures of over 25c at kick-off, the game kicked-off at a frantic pace and after only a couple of minutes Laurie Devine saw a short turned round the post by Ben Swinton in the Bluebell goal. Moments later from a free-kick, Barry Sibanda just failed to connect with the goal gaping.

With ten minutes gone a long cross to the back post was headed back across goal by Lewis McKenzie but Regan Lumsden’s header was straight at Saunders.

Three minutes later Burnie almost took the lead when good work by Devine and Luke Meikle saw Dominic Kane played in on the right side of the box and his cross was met by Scott Richards who headed downwards and beyond Swinton but bounced up and off the bar. Saunders at the other end clawed away a header which had looked goal bound, then Richards again had an attempt which went wide. That was all in the first 16 minutes.

The opening goal came just on the half house mark when from a throw-in the ball was shifted to Scott Richards on the edge of the box and his low shot found the corner of the net. The lead only lasted three minutes however when Regan Lumsden’s cross/shot from 20 yards appeared to catch Richie Hutton’s boot and fly right into the far corner of Saunders net.

The second half started a little quieter and the first real chance resulted in the visitors taking the lead when a cross into the box created a whole load of confusion via deflections and the ball hitting a post and eventually the referee signalled the ball had crossed the line, despite him and his linesman having a less than clear view. The goal being credited to Lewis McKenzie.

Daryl Meikle had a chance at the other end but shot into Swinton’s arms and it was the visitors who increased their lead with 20 minutes left when Lumsden fastened onto a loose bouncing ball inside the area to make it 3-1.

There should have been a chance five minutes later to reduce the leeway when Laurie Devine went on a run and evaded a couple of challenges before he looked to have been fouled inside the box, but to the surprise of everyone the referee Mr.Gill waved play on. Calum Heath then had an effort fly over and the game petered out.

Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Richard Hutton, Kyle McClung, David Wilson, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle (Keiran Sweeney 89), Laurie Devine, Scott Richards (Joe Osborne 70), Luke Meikle (Sam Thomas 70). Unused Subs: David Howe, Trialist, Gavin King.

Dundonald Bluebell: Ben Swinton, Scott Durie, Aiden Hendry, Gary Cennerazzo, Colin Wilson (Kieran Ritchie 87), Billy Rogerson, Barry Sibanda, Lewis McKenzie (Kieran Dall 80), Daryle Healy (Lewis Black 90), Regan Lumsden, Calum Smith (Adam Mansouri 46). Unused subs: Stuart Walton, Lachlan Murphy, Craig Richardson.

Referee: Stephen Gill Assistants: Steve Ross, Andrew Connelly.

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Blackburn United vs Linlithgow Rose

East of Scotland Premier League – 30th July 2022

Blackburn United 1 Richards 79
Linlithgow Rose 1 Andrews 90+2

Burnie had Craig Saunders, Danny Campbell unavailable, David Wilson suspended and Fraser Cormack nursing an injury, with Richie Hutton filling-in at right-back and Dominic Kane back from holiday and on the bench.

Burnie had the ball in the net after 5 minutes when Luke Meikle angled a shot past Binnie but the referee’s whistle blew for offside. A few minutes later at the other end Mark Stowe cut inside and curled a shot off Welna’s far post and out for a goal kick.

Burnie were struggling to gain any foothold in the game and it was Stowe again who broke clear and clashed with Welna inside the area but referee Struthers waved away shouts for a penalty. It was Welna again who kept the scores level when a free kick into the box resulted in a bit of a stramash with Welna saving a couple of close range efforts and the ball crashing off the bar before being hacked to safety.

On 35 minutes there were more calls for a penalty when Kyle McLung dived into a challenge on Stowe on the left hand edge of the six yard box and appeared to bring him down without getting to the ball, but the referee awarded a corner kick instead, and Burnie survived the half without conceding.

The second half continue in the same vein but it was sub Scott Richards, on for Sam Thomas at the half, who almost opened the scoring on 62 minutes when he curled a shot beyond Binnie but watched it cannon back off the post. Linlithgow then nearly took the lead on 75 minutes but for a piece of brilliant goalkeeping, a cross deep to the back post was met by that man again Stowe, his header looked goal bound before Welna clawed it over the bar.

Blackburn then, for the first time in the game, exerted a bit of pressure and it paid dividends. Firstly Binnie was caught in no mans land but Michael Gould’s effort from distance flew over, then a minute later Kieran Sweeney broke the offside trap and bore down on Binnie, but the keeper got a heel to the shot and the ball crept past. However from Hutton’s corner kick, Scott Richards glanced a fantastic header into the far corner of the net to give Burnie the lead.

With time running out the lead was almost doubled when from a free kick out by the right corner flag, the ball was again met by Richards but his effort was hacked off the line by Allison.

With the game moving into injury time Linlithgow finally made their dominance count when from an in- swinging corner, the ball was deflected goalwards which deceived Welna and ended up in the net, with Own Andrews claiming it.

Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, Richie Hutton, Kyle McClung, James Mildren, Marcus Millar, David Howe (Dominic Kane 75), Calum Heath (Kieran Sweeney 59), Daryl Meikle, Laurie Devine (Trialist 81), Sam Thomas (Scott Richards 46), Luke Meikle (Michael Gould 75). Unused subs: Gavin King, Joe Osbourne.

Linlithgow Rose: Cameron Binnie, Cameron Thomson, Gary Thom, Liam Allison, Greg Skinner, Mark Stowe, Sean Heaver (Owen Andrew 60), Conor McKenzie, Jack Ogilvie (Alex Cunningham 68), Greg MacPherson, Callum Bremner. Unused subs: Lewis McMinn, Alex Webb, Ben Davidson, Trialist, Jamie Allan.

Referee: Rhys Struthers Assistants: Stuart Gray, Richard Kay.

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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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