Blackburn United 2 Musselburgh Athletic 1

Match report, better late than never!

Blackburn United 2 (Campbell 48mins, McLeod 51mins)

Musselburgh Athletic 1 (Thomson 66mins)

After a midweek chastening from Tranent, United hosted a Musselburgh team buoyant on the back of their 6-2 win over Linlithgow Rose seven days previously and were lively from the start, Callum Robertson taking advantage of a defensive lapse to set-up Danny Campbell for a shot that was blocked out as far as Stuart McLeod who could only drag his own shot past the left hand post. Next, Calum McDowall sprayed the ball from left to right where McLeod took a touch before whipping in a deep delivery to where McDowall had arrived on the back post but from a tight angle his header rattled against the outside of the left hand post. At the other end Evans headed a Thomson corner over the top from good position as the first half ended goal less.

Within six minutes of the restart though, Blackburn had taken full advantage of two defensive lapses from the visitors to ease two goals ahead, the first coming when Williams and his ‘keeper Robinson got in a fankle at a long ball forward from Stewart Devine and allowed Robertson to nab possession and thread a ball to CAMPBELL on the edge of the area and he thumped it into the roof of the net. The second then duly arrived just three minutes later when McDowall did brilliantly to take advantage of a Martin Lawrie ball into the box to get in a shot from a tightening angle on the left that was blocked but when Williams clearance ricocheted off him it flew across goal and was diverted into the net by McLEOD. Musselburgh then had a chance to reduce their leeway on the hour mark but Thomson’s free-kick from around twenty yards out flew past the left hand upright. However, just six minutes later THOMSON was much more accurate when a delivery into the United area could only be half cleared and the striker curled a beauty into the right hand corner of Darren Mitchell’s net from the edge of the box. Ex-Blackburn striker Downie then directed a ball back across the face of goal to Gregory but his effort sneaked past as the Olivebank men pressed for an equaliser. However, it was United who came closest twice in the dying moments, first when Campbell and Dominic Kane combined to create a shooting chance for McLeod that Robinson touched past and then when Campbell played in Andy McQuillan who galloped into space on the right and arrowed a terrific effort against the inside of the left hand post before it was hastily booted clear.

Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell, Mildren, S.Devine (Young 75), Lawrie, Browne, Howe, McDowall, Kane, Robertson (McQuillan 71), Campbell, McLeod  Subs (not-used): Hutton, L.Devine, Clements

Musselburgh Athletic line-up: Robinson, Martin, Orru, Myles, Williams, O’Kane, Moffat, Evans, Thomson, Downie, Whyte  Subs: Grant, Clare, King, McBay, Gillan, Gregory

Referee: Mr.Daniel Silva

Assistants: Mr. James Taylor & Mr. Michael Harte