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
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
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
Blackburn United 3 (Lawrie 87mins, Garrad 90mins, Campbell 90+2mins)
Whitehill Welfare 2 (McIntosh 13mins & 15mins)
The visitors almost benefitted from a goalkeeping slip early on when Craig Saunders partly fumbled an Anderson shot but recovered quickly enough to prevent McIntosh taking advantage. McIntosh then had the ball in the net shortly thereafter but celebrations were cut short by the assistant’s flag. However, on the next attack Welfare were ahead, Ward lifting a ball over a square United rear-guard for McINTOSH to race onto and clip over the head of a stranded Saunders and into the net. Ninety seconds later the pair linked again for Whitehill’s second goal, a carbon copy move that saw McINTOSH beat Saunders again. On the half hour mark McIntosh might have claimed his hat-trick but could only head Ward’s cross narrowly past the right hand post. Before the break Marcus Millar came up with a threat for Blackburn but he could only direct Danny Campbell’s corner-kick wide of the upright.
Five minutes after the resumption Saunders came up with a big save to deny the visitors a third, narrowing McIntosh’s angles and stretching to block his resultant shot. After the let-off Blackburn gradually took control of the game without being able to translate both possession and territory into clear chances and even after Welfare’s Anderson was dismissed for a second bookable offence opportunities were at a premium, with only David Howe managing a shot from a Jack Garrad corner that was saved by Coats. However, with just three minutes remaining it was at another Garrad corner that the afternoon began to change, Cairney manhandling substitute James Mildren to the ground for referee Mr. Curran to point to the spot from where Martin LAWRIE netted with aplomb. With their tails now up, United piled forward and when Lawrie’s rampaging run picked out GARRAD on the edge of the box in the final minute he curled an absolute peach past the despairing dive of Coats for the equaliser. Matters, though, were not over and two minutes into added time Blackburn found the winner, Lawrie again doing the damage on the left with a run and although his mishit shot from a return pass was wild it was recycled back into the path of CAMPBELL whose half-volley on the run fairly flew past Coats to bulge the net and earn what had looked for most of the afternoon a quite unlikely three points.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Sayers, Lawrie, Browne, Millar, Garrad, Hutton, Howe (Mildren 85), McQuillan (Sweeney 72), Campbell, Heath (Devine 23) Subs (not used): McClung, Landels, Clements
Blackburn United 3 (Lawrie pen 22, McQuillan 44, Garrad 88)
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 (Galloway 49)
On a warm and sunny day at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium, both teams started quickly with the visitors going close with a header before Burnie’s first chance came on 12 minutes when a Darren Gribben corner appeared to be headed off the line and cleared for a second corner. This was taken short and David Howe’s shot seemed to take a deflection and nestle into the net but the referee blew for offside.
However ten minutes later Jack Garrad collected the ball inside the box from another corner which wasn’t properly cleared and was bundled over by Scott Gibson and the referee pointed to the spot. Marty Lawrie stepped up to slot home the penalty.
From a Hill of Beath corner on 35 minutes which was cleared, the ball was recycled and crossed back in where Bradley Grieve headed just wide. Then at the other end Darren Gribben’s 20 yard free-kick was clawed away by James Donaldson for a corner.
As half time approached Burnie went further ahead, Jack Sayers and Danny Campbell combined on the right, the ball was squared into Andy McQuillan just inside the box and he deceived Leishman before slotting past Donaldson, who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.
It was the visitors who started the second half on the front foot and four minutes in John Galloway stroked the ball into the net from close range after a breakaway exposed the Burnie defence. A couple of minutes later Marcus Millar almost cleared a dangerous looking cross into his own net as Hill of Beath pressed home their attacks.
Burnie’s first real chance of the second period came in the 64th minute when Richie Hutton failed to connect properly with a Campbell cross and diverted the ball into Donaldson’s grateful arms. Ten minutes later a near identical chance, with Gribben and Campbell combining saw a low cross met by McQuillan 6 yards out but he managed to screw the shot wide.
With a few minutes remaining Hill of Beath continued to press for an equaliser without creating too many clear cut chances. An attack broke down but Russell Grierson stumbled on halfway when trying to gather a clearance, allowing Jack Garrard to collect and feed Gribben running away inside the Hill of Beath half before he played Garrad back in who ran into the box and calmly slotted the ball beyond Donaldson to seal the three points. In injury time Grierson’s bad day got worse when he saw a second yellow for hand ball and was sent packing.
Blackburn United: Saunders, Sayers, Lawrie, Browne (Mildren 81), Millar, Garrad, Campbell (Kane 76), Howe (McClung 81), McQuillan (Sweeney 85), Gribben, Hutton. Subs: Shaw, McKeon, Clements (SG)
Hill of Beath Hawthorn: Jams Donaldson, Shaun Leishman, Russell Grierson, Jake Mitchell, Bradley Grieve, Scott Gibson, John Galloway, Lee Reid, Daniel Watt, Brandon Luke, Calum Adamson. Subs: Joe Kinninmonth, Mark Wilkie, Michael Watt, Rory Harrower, Ryan Connelly, Lyle Kellichan, Lee Wilson.
Referee: Mr. Stewart Luke
Assistants: Mr. Cameron Sanderson & Mr. Luke Quinton att 71
Blackburn United 0
Dundonald Bluebell 2 (Sibanda 30mins, Gay 90mins)
Nineteen minutes had elapsed before the first serious pop at goal materialised and it was United’s David Howe who dragged the ball from left to right along the eighteen yard box before hitting a shot that flew over the junction of the left hand post and crossbar. Richie Hutton then got in behind on the right but his square ball was cleared, but only as far as Howe who clipped an effort wide. However, it was the visitors who were to prove more accurate in front of goal when their opportunity arrived, SIBANDA rising highest to nod Carstairs corner from the left past Craig Saunders. Cargill then then hit a dipping shot just high and wide as the ‘Bell started to impose themselves and Jack Smith also came close before the interval, curling Cargill’s pass just over.
The resumption saw Dundonald continue in the ascendency and from around the penalty spot Cargill went close with a snap shot before Blackburn too came close, Marcus Millar heading down a Howe free-kick that Laurie Devine got to only to see his shot blocked. The ‘Bell then came closer still when they hit the bar on their next attack McKenzie smacking the woodwork from a Cargill lay-off. Sibanda almost doubled his and his teams goal tally with less than twenty minutes remaining but his shot lacked for power before Darren Gribben almost equalised for United but his shot was blocked by Wilson. With Blackburn throwing everything at it in pursuit of an equaliser the visitors put the game beyond reach in the final minute when a quick break saw GAY afforded the time to arrow a low one into the bottom right hand corner of Saunders net.
Blackburn United line-up: Saunders, Sayers, Lawrie, Browne, Millar, Garrad, Hutton, Howe, McQuillan (Mildren 90), Campbell (Kane 84), Smith (Devine 46)(Gribben 67) Subs (not used): McClung, Shaw, Clements
Dundonald Bluebell line-up: Marley, Durie, Hendry, Wilson, Sibanda, Brown, Cargill, Carstairs, J.Smith, Ford, Gilfillan Subs: Rogerson, McKenzie, Drummond, Craig, Gay, Mackie, Crowe
Referee: Mr. George Calder
Assistants: Mr. Mark Donaldson & Mr. Rory Millar