Blackburn United 0 Tranent Juniors 4

Blackburn United 0

Tranent 4 (McDonald 29mins & 30mins, Landers 42mins, McGovern 85mins)

Tranent arrived at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium smarting after a weekend defeat at Bo’ness United that knocked them from the summit of the league despite the Belters controlling large swathes of the game and they were the busier of the two teams from the off, McDonald firing an angled shot from the right just past Jonny Clements right hand post and then Berry firing a stunning effort from a similar angle but from further out against the underside of Clements bar. United then had a short period of possession that came to an end when a piercing, right to left ball from Michael Browne was just too far in front of Andy McQuillan. Just before the half hour mark the visitors were rewarded for their dominant start when Rutherford found McDONALD and the striker took a touch before spinning into space and firing through a clutch of players and past Clements from the edge of the area. Within a minute the Belters were two ahead when Barrett tricked his way to the left byeline and pinged a delivery onto the near post that McDONALD was onto in a flash to drill into the bottom corner for his own second of the evening. Minutes from the break the visitors lead became three when Barrett was again the creator, jinking into space on the left to pull an inviting ball back into the stride of LANDERS whose effort took a deflection to wrong foot Clements and nestle in the waiting net.

With the points secure, the Belters controlled much of the possession and territory in the second period without bringing too much further pressure to bear on the Blackburn back line, although Landers came close with an acrobatic hitch-kick that scraped over the crossbar. At the other end United mustered their first real attempt at goal but substitute David Howe’s shot was charged down and despite some lukewarm appeals for handball the danger was cleared. Five minutes from the end Tranent wrapped up the evening with their fourth and final goal, a long ball forward bisecting the Blackburn defence to allow McGOVERN to gallop through on goal and thump past the exposed Clements despite the young ‘keeper getting fingertips to it.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Mildren, S.Devine, Lawrie, Browne, Kane, Young (Howe 68), McLeod, McQuillan (Robertson 76), Campbell, Hutton (McDowall 63)  Subs (not used): L.Devine, McIntosh, Mitchell

Tranent line-up: Inglis, Hawkins, Rutherford, Donaldson, Whitson, Hill, Berry, Landers, McDonald, Murphy, Barrett  Subs: Jones, McKenzie, Moffat, McGovern, Stirling

Referee: Mr. George Calder

Assistants: Mr. Kian Gallacher & Ms. Emmanuelle Hingant

U20’s update

Friday night saw a visit to Ainslie Park, home of defending Lowland Developement League Champions in a first round League Cup tie, and despite Jackson Cowan drawing us level at 1-1 midway through the half we eventually succumbed of a 5-1 defeat against the stronger opponents.

Monday nights sees a trip through to Peffermill to face Edinburgh University in the the league, followed by hosting Cumbernauld Colts at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium next Friday, also in a league match. Kick-offs are 20.00

Come along and support the boys if you can. Remember it’s free for season ticket holders.

East Stirlingshire visit

We have been drawn against East Stirlingshire in the third round of the SFA South Regional Challenge Cup. The match will take place at the Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium on 12th October

Upper Annandale U20 4 Blackburn United U20 6

In an end-to-end match at Benburb Juniors ground in Glasgow, Laurie Devine notched a hattrick, Nathan Donnelly-Kay weighed in with a double and Derek white nodded one home to secure a thrilling win in the Lowland U20 Development League match on Friday evening.

Blackburn United 8 St.Cuthbert Wanderers 1

Burnie moved comfortably into the next round of the South Challenge Cup with the help of a Richie Hutton hattrick. Report to follow.

Blackburn United 8 (Hutton 29mins, 48mins & 68mins, McQuillan 35mins & 41mins, S.Devine 63mins, Howe 71mins, Campbell 85mins)

St Cuthbert Wanderers 1 (Milligan 19mins)

The first ever meeting of the two sides almost brought an early goal when full-back James Mildren found space on the right to swing in a cross that Andy McQuillan rattled against the underside of the crossbar with only seven minutes on the clock. However, when an early goal did arrive it was the men from Dumfries & Galloway who claimed it, a long ball forward carrying just far enough for MILLIGAN to nip in behind the United rear guard and calmly beat the exposed Jonny Clements with his shot. Minutes later, Mildren linked with Calum McDowall who then swapped passes with Dominic Kane to lift in a back post cross that Richie Hutton knocked past. HUTTON, though, was more accurate just before the half hour mark when the ball was worked out to him on the left corner of the eighteen yard box from where he curled a beauty across the face of goal and in for the equaliser. Six minutes later Blackburn then had the lead when McDowall clipped a pass over the top of the visiting defence for McQUILLAN to run onto and beat Wallace with his shot. Before the break McQUILLAN grabbed his second and United’s third, taking advantage of hesitancy inside the Wanderers box to fire past an unsighted Wallace, although Black almost pulled a goal back with the last attack of the half, racing clear onto a McDonald’s pass but with Clements off his line quickly to narrow his options the striker rushed his effort wide.

Four minutes after the restart Blackburn moved further ahead when HUTTON claimed his second of the afternoon, heading home a McDowall delivery at the back post. At the other end Clements held onto a half hit Harris shot before United found the net again, McQuillan thumping a Danny Campbell cut-back against the post and, when the ball was cleared, Stewart DEVINE met it some twenty five yards out to send it sailing high past Wallace and into the top corner. It was then 6-1 shortly thereafter when Kane, David Howe and Campbell linked to create the chance for HUTTON to claim his hat-trick and the wide player gleefully did just that with a composed finish. Inside the last twenty minutes John Drummond saw his header from a Campbell corner swept off the line by McMurtie but with the ball not fully cleared HOWE followed up to net from just outside the edge of the box. Nine minutes from time Howe almost added an eighth but his twenty five yarder crashed off the bar. However, before the end the eighth and final goal did arrive, McQuillan holding off his marker to hit a shot that was blocked only for CAMPBELL to follow it in and net with ease.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Mildren, S.Devine, Lawrie, Drummond, McLeod (Howe 66), McDowall (L.Devine 71), Kane, McQuillan, Campbell, Hutton (Cowan 71)  Subs (not used): Browne, Morajda

St Cuthbert Wanderers line-up: Wallace, Hall, Williamson, McConaghie, Peat, McMurtie, Harris, Pipe, Black, McDonald, Milligan  Subs: McAdam, Hyslop, Jackson, Davis

Referee: Mr. Daniel Silva

Blackburn United 2 Broxburn Athletic 3

Blackburn United 2 (McLeod 71mins, Hutton 83mins)

Broxburn Athletic (Scott 1min (p), Nimmo 55mins, Binnie 57mins)

United had lost both derbies against the visitors last season as Broxburn marched to the Conference C title and within a minute of the referee’s whistle they had given themselves an even sterner task than already anticipated, giving away a penalty when Martin Lawrie was adjudged to have impeded Kelly on the edge of the six-yard box. SCOTT duly netted from the spot-kick. Before the quarter hour had been reached Blackburn were then forced into a change when goalkeeper Darren Mitchell hobbled off to be replaced between the sticks by Jonny Clements. With scoring chances at a premium it wasn’t until beyond the half hour mark that either ‘keeper was seriously tested but when Richie Hutton got clear for United and onto the end of a James Mildren through ball Wallace in the visiting goal did enough to block. Sixty seconds later Broxburn had the opportunity to double their lead but from good position Binnie sent a half volley from a long clearance sailing over. Right on half time Blackburn too had a chance from distance but John Drummond’s twenty yarder flew wide.

A minute after the resumption United really should have been level but when Calum McDowall’s delivery picked out David Howe plumb in the centre of goal the young midfielder somehow got it all wrong and his header just didn’t sufficiently test Wallace. At the other end a short corner allowed Scott to clip in a cross that Kelly got his head to but Clements was equal to the effort. However, moments later the young ‘keeper had no chance when Drummond was short with a square pass twenty yards from his own goal and NIMMO nipped in to take possession and skip past a couple of tackles to drill past an exposed Clements. Two further minutes had elapsed when the visitors were presented with another glorious chance, this time a long, hopeful ball upfiled catching Lawrie underneath it and when it bounced in behind him BINNIE was onto it in a flash to lift it over the head of the stranded Clements and into the net. Blackburn, though, grabbed a lifeline with nineteen minutes remaining when substitute Craig Young’s free-kick made it all the way to the back post where Stuart McLEOD was on hand to knock it home. Seven minutes from time United duly narrowed the gap to a solitary goal when McDowall showed some neat footwork on the right to fire in a cross that also reached the back post where, this time, the stooping HUTTON was on hand to head it into the net. However, despite a flurry in added time that ended when Mildren’s toe poke was gratefully gathered by Wallace, it was too little too late.

Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell (Clements 15), Mildren, Drummond, Lawrie (L.Devine 82), Browne, McLeod, McDowall, Howe (Young 65), Campbell, Kane, Hutton  Subs (not used): S.Devine, Donnelly-Kay

Broxburn Athletic line-up: Wallace, Beesley, Ross, G.Grant, Townsley, Linton, Nimmo, Scott, Kelly, Locke, Binnie  Subs: Miller, Goss, Gibson, Richards, J.Grant, McGill, Donoghue

Referee: Mr. Andrew Craven

Assistants: Mr. Andrew Brown & Mr. Ken Boyd

Crossgates Primrose 3 Blackburn United 1

Crossgates Primrose 3 (Templeman 38mins, Lawrie 63mins, McDonald 79mins)

Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 62mins)

In a first visit to Crossgates since a 3-1 win in August 2016 in an ERSJFA South Division fixture, United looked the more likely in the opening exchanges and Craig Young, making his 100th appearance for the club, engineered the first chance when releasing Danny Campbell on the right and when his clever turn in the box resulted in a cut back for Stuart MacLeod he was unlucky to drag his shot just past the left hand upright. Young was then the architect of the next opportunity too when Blackburn came even closer, captain Michael Browne heading his free-kick down towards Campbell whose acrobatic overhead kick smacked against the base of the right hand post. The home ‘keeper then had to show his worth, tipping over David Howe’s effort after MacLeod had rolled a ball inside the full-back to set him up. The hosts, though, were beginning to harness the wind advantage and a deep cross from the left by Wilkie found Aitken unmarked at the back post, although Jonny Clements did well to stretch and hold his header. Six minutes later Primrose had the ball in the net when Wilkie delivered another teasing cross but McAteer had drifted just offside before planting his header behind Clements. However, United just didn’t heed the warning and sixty seconds later it was a McAteer cross from similar position that found TEMPLEMAN’S head and although Clements got hands to it he couldn’t prevent it from creeping over the line and into his net. Right on forty five minutes Kieran Welsh and Dominic Kane linked to create a chance for Richie Hutton but, after fine chest control, his half volley was headed away by Forbes as it flashed goalwards. A minute into added time Clements was called into action at the other end to brilliantly tip away a Forbes header from a Wilkie corner.

The second half started with Blackburn striking the woodwork for a second time, Stewart Devine finding Hutton racing down the left and when he cut inside Swan he was desperately unlucky to see his curling effort hit the right hand post. Campbell then swapped passes with MacLeod as United continued to chase an equaliser but his parting shot was wide. However, less than two minutes later Blackburn were level, Kane skipping past a tackle and slipping CAMPBELL in on the right and as Henderson advance from his line he angled his shot beyond him and in at the bottom left hand corner. Parity didn’t last for long though and within sixty seconds United conceded a needless corner and when the delivery arrived in the middle of the area LAWRIE rose unchallenged to head past an exposed Clements. Chasing the game again, Howe smacked a loose clearance from Deas back towards goal from some twenty yards but the effort was wide of target and when Crossgates forced another corner kick a little more than ten minutes from time another relatively unchallenged header, this time from McDONALD, was sufficient to seal all three points for the hosts.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Welsh, S.Devine (L.Devine 72), Mildren, Browne, Howe (Trialist – McGill 72), MacLeod (Kinross 83), Young, Campbell, Kane, Hutton  Subs (not used): Cowan, Mackay, Robertson

Crossgates Primrose line-up: Henderson, Swan, Deas, Forbes, Templeman, Moffat, Sawers, Aitken, Lawrie, McAteer, Wilkie  Subs: Cowie, McDonald, Nutt, Clark, Ross, Campbell, Gilmour

Referee: Mr. Andrew Gamble

Assistants: Mr. Kenny Brown & Mr. Tayler Martin

U20’s get League campaign off to a cracker

Blackburn United 6 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 0

Friday night saw the U20’s play their first competitve match and it could not have gone any better. In a dominant performance Laurie Devine bagged 4 goals, with Bailey Ferris grabbing the first of the match and a stunning 40 yard lob from Take Horooka.

Next up is a trip to Dundonald Bluebell on Tuesday 3rd Setpember.

Blackburn United 1 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1

Blackburn United 1 (Hutton 43mins)

Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 (Reid 81mins)

Fourteen days after the visitors had sent United tumbling from the Scottish FA Cup the two teams met again on league business at a sunny Purdie Worldwide Community Stadium and the Haws were first to test the others ‘keeper, Elder trying his luck from distance only to find Jonny Clements alert enough to tip his shot over the top. Ninety seconds later Donaldson in the Hill of Beath goal was tested too, holding onto Craig Young’s twenty yard free-kick. Midway through the half David Howe then set Andy McQuillan free of the visiting defence on an angled run but Donaldson narrowed down his options and the strikers resultant shot was blocked before, moments later, a Stewart Devine free-kick was saved by Donaldson and booted clear by Leishman. However, United did eventually find a way past Donaldson two minutes from the interval when Young picked out Richie HUTTON on the left and he forced his way past Leishman on the edge of the area before jinking past the Haws ‘keeper and rolling the ball into the waiting net for the opener.

A quick free-kick by Stuart MacLeod inside the first five minutes of the second period set-up McQuillan on the right of the box but his shot was too high and so too was Kellichan’s effort at the other end when he was put in just beyond the hour mark. Three minutes later strong penalty appeals were waived aside by referee Mr. Snedden when Hutton’s delivery from the right appeared to strike Kellichan on the hand. Lucky on this occasion, the full-back wasn’t quite so lucky a short time later when he found himself looking at a red card for an unsavoury display of violent conduct. There was little in the way of protest as the player made his way off the pitch. Thirteen minutes from time MacLeod gathered a Clements clearance to drive goalwards but his shot was touched away by the busy Donaldson. The visitors, though, showed they were made of stern stuff and, despite being a man short, hauled themselves back on level terms just four minutes later, REID powering home a header from the edge of the six yard box to give Clements no chance of stopping. Right on ninety minutes Kinninmonth flashed a shot just wide for the Haws but it was United who came closest to taking all three points in added time, first when Devine charged forward to thump a twenty yarder just too high and then when Young hit a Jackson Cowan cut back over. Incredibly, a third chance in as many added minutes arrived for Blackburn but when Cowan wriggled into space to meet a left to right delivery on the back post he could only scoop it into Donaldson’s arms.

Blackburn United line-up: Clements, Welsh, S.Devine, Mildren, Browne (Bonnar 76), Howe (Mackay 84), Hutton, Young, McQuillan, Kane, MacLeod (Cowan 81)  Subs (not-used): Robertson, Ferris, McIntosh, Mitchell

Hill of Beath Hawthorn line-up: Donaldson, Leishman, Kellichan, Wright, M.Watt, Harrower, Kinninmonth, Reid, Payne, Elder, Lumsden  Subs: Mitchell, Kirby, Adamson, D.Watt, Dair

Referee: Mr. I.Snedden

Assistants: Mr. J.Taylor & Mr. C.Ashley