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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Glenrothes on 21/10/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Musselburgh Athletic 2 v. 1 Blackburn United on 14/10/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Rosyth 0 v. 5 Blackburn United on 07/10/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Haddington Athletic on 30/09/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Fauldhouse United 0 v. 4 Blackburn United on 23/09/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Kirriemuir Thistle 0 v. 2 Blackburn United on 16/09/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Tayport on 09/09/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Scone Thistle 2 v. 4 Blackburn United on 02/09/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Dalkeith Thistle 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 26/08/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 St Andrews United on 19/08/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Whitburn on 16/08/2017 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Arniston Rangers 1 v. 1 Blackburn United on 12/08/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Bathgate Thistle 2 v. 0 Blackburn United on 09/08/2017 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 1 Dundee Downfield on 05/08/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Stoneyburn on 02/08/2017 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 0 Lanark United on 29/07/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Tynecastle on 26/07/2017 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 Fauldhouse AFC on 24/07/2017 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 2 Heriot Watt on 22/07/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Wishaw 0 v. 1 Blackburn United on 19/07/2017 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Camelon on 15/07/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Dunbar United 1 v. 0 Blackburn United on 29/04/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • West Calder United 0 v. 1 Blackburn United on 22/04/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Musselburgh Athletic 3 v. 0 Blackburn United on 19/04/2017 at 18:45 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 6 v. 0 Crossgates Primrose on 15/04/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Lochgelly Albert 1 v. 0 Blackburn United on 08/04/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Penicuik Athletic 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 01/04/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Stoneyburn on 25/03/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Kirkcaldy YM 1 v. 4 Blackburn United on 18/03/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Oakley United 1 v. 6 Blackburn United on 11/03/2017 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • West Calder United P v. P Blackburn United on 04/03/2017 at 14:30 Match Postponed


    Hermand Park failed a morning pitch inspection due to water logging and the league game against West Calder United was postponed.

  • Oakley United P v. P Blackburn United on 25/02/2017 at 14:15 Match Postponed


    Blairwood Park failed a morning pitch inspection due to water logging and the league game against Oakley United was postponed.

  • -- P v. P Blackburn United on 18/02/2017 at 14:30 Match Postponed


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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 Rosyth on 18/02/2017 at 14:15 click for match report

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  • -- P v. P Blackburn United on 11/02/2017 at 14:30 Match Postponed


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  • Kirkcaldy YM P v. P Blackburn United on 11/02/2017 at 14:15 Match Postponed

    Denfield Park failed a 10:00am pitch inspection due to water logging and the league game against Kirkcaldy YM was postponed.

  • West Calder United P v. P Blackburn United on 04/02/2017 at 14:00 Match Postponed

    Hermand Park failed a 10:30am pitch inspection due to water logging and the league game against West Calder United was postponed.

  • Edinburgh United 0 v. 0 Blackburn United on 28/01/2017 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 2 Pumpherston on 21/01/2017 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Lochgelly Albert P v. P Blackburn United on 14/01/2017 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    Gardiners Park failed a morning pitch inspection and the league game against Lochgelly Albert was postponed.

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 0 Easthouses Lily on 07/01/2017 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Livingston United 0 v. 3 Blackburn United on 17/12/2016 at 13:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Craigroyston on 10/12/2016 at 13:30 click for match report

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  • Stoneyburn 0 v. 2 Blackburn United on 03/12/2016 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 West Calder United on 26/11/2016 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 5 Girvan on 19/11/2016 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Kirkcaldy YM 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 12/11/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 3 Crossgates Primrose on 05/11/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 0 Dunbar United on 29/10/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Forfar Albion 0 v. 11 Blackburn United on 22/10/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Easthouses Lily 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 15/10/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Rosyth on 08/10/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 2 Livingston United on 01/10/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Rosyth 2 v. 0 Blackburn United on 24/09/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 2 Lochgelly Albert on 17/09/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Pumpherston 3 v. 6 Blackburn United on 10/09/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 0 Armadale Thistle on 03/09/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 0 Edinburgh United on 27/08/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Craigroyston 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 20/08/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 8 v. 1 Oakley United on 13/08/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Crossgates Primrose 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 06/08/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Glasgow Perthshire on 30/07/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Dunipace on 27/07/2016 at 19:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 3 Berwick Rangers XI on 23/07/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 1 Royal Albert on 20/07/2016 at 19:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 2 Larkhall Thistle on 16/07/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • West Calder United 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 07/05/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 11 v. 0 Kirkcaldy YM on 30/04/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • West Calder United P v. P Blackburn United on 16/04/2016 at 14:30 Match Postponed

    Match cancelled, no match report for this game!

  • Rosyth 0 v. 1 Blackburn United on 09/04/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Stoneyburn 0 v. 3 Blackburn United on 02/04/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Whitburn 1 v. 1 Blackburn United on 26/03/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Easthouses Lily 1 v. 0 Blackburn United on 19/03/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Pumpherston on 12/03/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 2 Rosyth on 05/03/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 0 v. 0 Tranent on 27/02/2016 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Easthouses Lily P v. P Blackburn United on 20/02/2016 at 14:15 Match Postponed


    Easthouses Lily's Newbattle playing surface failed another early morning pitch inspection and our league game in Mid Lothian has been postponed.

  • Easthouses Lily P v. P Blackburn United on 13/02/2016 at 14:15 Match Postponed


    Easthouses Lily's Newbattle playing surface failed an early morning pitch inspection and our league game in Mid Lothian has been postponed.

  • Kelty Hearts 2 v. 0 Blackburn United on 06/02/2016 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Kelty Hearts P v. P Blackburn United on 30/01/2016 at 13:45 Match Postponed


    Despite efforts to clear it the Kelty Hearts playing surface was covered in snow and, after a 9:30am inspection, the Fife & Lothian's Second Round Cup tie was postponed for a second time.

  • Whitburn P v. P Blackburn United on 23/01/2016 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    Despite passing a morning inspection, part of the Central Park pitch was deemed unplayable by the match referee and the match was postponed twenty five minutes from kick-off.

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 2 Lochgelly Albert on 16/01/2016 at 13:30 click for match report

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  • Stoneyburn P v. P Blackburn United on 09/01/2016 at 13:30 Match Postponed


    The Beechwood Park surface was covered in snow and the match was postponed.

  • Blackburn United P v. P Rosyth on 19/12/2015 at 13:30 Match Postponed


    The New Murrayfield Park Middle Pitch failed a 9:30am inspection due to waterlogging and the match has been postponed.

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 West Calder United on 12/12/2015 at 13:30 click for match report

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  • Kelty Hearts P v. P Blackburn United on 05/12/2015 at 13:45 Match Postponed


    Despite it being a 3G surface, the New Central Park pitch was deemed unplayable due to adverse weather conditions and the match was postponed.

  • Dunbar United 3 v. 3 Blackburn United on 28/11/2015 at 13:45 click for match report

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  • Irvine Meadow XI 6 v. 1 Blackburn United on 21/11/2015 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Stoneyburn on 14/11/2015 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • West Calder United P v. P Blackburn United on 07/11/2015 at 14:00 Match Postponed


    The Hermand Park pitch failed a late inspection due to waterlogging and the match has been postponed.

  • Blackburn United 6 v. 1 Crossgates Primrose on 31/10/2015 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Downfield on 24/10/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Tranent 1 v. 1 Blackburn United on 17/10/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Livingston United 1 v. 7 Blackburn United on 10/10/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Pumpherston 2 v. 2 Blackburn United on 03/10/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 1 Easthouses Lily on 26/09/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Kirkcaldy YM 0 v. 0 Blackburn United on 19/09/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Livingston United on 12/09/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 0 v. 2 St Andrews United on 05/09/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Lochgelly Albert 0 v. 1 Blackburn United on 29/08/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Dunbar United on 22/08/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Whitburn on 08/08/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Bathgate Thistle 2 v. 2 Blackburn United on 04/08/2015 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Edinburgh United 0 v. 4 Blackburn United on 01/08/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Larkhall Thistle on 29/07/2015 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 4 v. 1 Northbank (Carlisle) on 25/07/2015 at 14:00 click for match report

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  • Wishaw 3 v. 3 Blackburn United on 22/07/2015 at 19:15 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 Dunipace on 18/07/2015 at 14:00 match photos available click for match report

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  • Bo'ness United 5 v. 0 Blackburn United on 11/05/2015 at 19:15 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 0 Stoneyburn on 29/04/2015 at 18:45 click for match report

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  • Dunbar United 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 25/04/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Rosyth on 18/04/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Tranent 0 v. 0 Blackburn United on 11/04/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Bonnyrigg Rose on 04/04/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Rosyth on 28/03/2015 at 14:30 Match Postponed


    The Dem-master Community Stadium pitch has failed a morning inspection due to waterlogging and the match has been postponed.

  • Harthill Royal 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 21/03/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 2 v. 0 West Calder United on 17/03/2015 at 19:00 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 2 Livingston United on 14/03/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic on 07/03/2015 at 14:30 Match Postponed


    The Dem-master Community Stadium pitch has failed a morning inspection due to waterlogging and the match has been postponed.

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 0 Crossgates Primrose on 28/02/2015 at 14:30 click for match report

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  • Lochgelly Albert 3 v. 3 Blackburn United on 21/02/2015 at 14:15 click for match report

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  • Blackburn United 3 v. 3 Haddington Athletic on 14/02/2015 at 14:15 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 3 (Campbell 62mins, Allison 81mins, Suchinskyj 85mins)
    Haddington Athletic 3 (Gray 6mins, Murray 12mins & 21mins)

    After three successive postponements and at the fourth time of asking United’s clash against the runaway league leaders eventually got underway at an overcast Dem-master Community Stadium and it was Blackburn who came close very early on, Sid Easton clipping a pass through the centre of the visiting defence to pick out Alex Lurinsky racing clear but he lifted his first time effort from distance narrowly past. However, little more than two minutes later it was the Hi-Hi who found their way to goal first, a corner from the right finding GRAY in the centre of the six yard box and he had next to no trouble heading beyond Michael Tugman, who was making his first start for United since the 2010/11 season, to open the scoring. Six minutes later the division’s pace setters doubled their lead and this time it was the prolific Joe MURRAY who was the executioner, the ex-Musselburgh Athletic striker getting on the end of Sinclair’s knock down from a Smith cross to sweep home. Just beyond the twenty minute mark the Millfield men were at it again, Easton getting caught in possession and giving up the ball to Ponton who scuttled clear and hit a shot that Tugman did well to save only for it to drop perfectly at the feet of MURRAY who had the simplest of tasks to guide it into the net. With the game already looking all but over things cooled down heading towards half time with neither side looking overly dangerous by the time the referee’s whistle brought the half to a conclusion, although the visitors did have a strong penalty claim waved away.

    With Mark Campbell and Jamie McCormick’s half time words no doubt ringing in their ears and the shape of the team tweaked to a more conventional 4-4-2 Blackburn looked eager to make amends for a poor opening forty five minutes and Lee Suchinskyj came close at an Easton corner but his header was cleared before Lurinsky had his second twenty yards plus pop at goal of the afternoon, this one dipping just over the top. The United striker then had a turn and shot on the left of the area that was well held by the visiting ‘keeper. A United goal was coming though and just after the hour it duly arrived, Fraser Spence making ground down the right and when denied the space to shoot by the covering Noble he managed to slide the ball inside for Danny CAMPBELL to squeeze an effort in at the bottom left hand corner. Moments later Haddington came agonisingly close to restoring their three goal lead when Murray bore down on Tugman and lifted a shot over him that clattered against the left hand upright, the same piece of woodwork that Smith then hit with his follow up effort. However, within sixty seconds Murray was through on Tugman again and this time the Blackburn ‘keeper raced from his goal to try and win a foot race for the ball, only to realise he’d badly misjudged matters and his lunge at the feet of the Hi-Hi striker was reckless and earned him a red card that couldn’t have come as any real shock. With Easton having to make way for him, United brought on long serving midfielder Alan Brown to take up an unaccustomed spot between the sticks but he was untroubled with the eventual free-kick. At the other end Suchinskyj again came close with a header, this time nodding Campbell’s corner from the right onto the top of the bar and over. Nine minutes from time though the United arrears were indeed reduced to just one when Ross Williamson flighted in a delivery from the left that Campbell headed down into the path of Liam ALLISON who confidently clipped the ball behind Polowyj. Four minutes later the remarkable comeback was complete when substitute Calum McDowall’s free-kick was flicked on into the box where SUCHINSKYJ stretched every sinew in his neck to get his head on the ball and divert it past Polowyj and into the net for the equaliser. Incredibly, not much more than a minute later Gary Smith really should have won it for United when he raced clear onto an Allison pass only to curl his shot past not only Polowyj but the right hand post too. A minute into time added on Brown then made not one but two point blank saves, the second of which was an instinctive fingertip push away that earned Blackburn what had seemed a hugely improbable point.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Trialist - Tugman, McIntosh, Lawrie, Trialist - Greig, Suchinskyj, Williamson, S.Easton (Brown 65), Spence (McDowall 76), Lurinskyj (Smith 76), Campbell, Allison Subs (not used): Sommerville, Mackie

    Haddington Athletic Line-up: Polowyj, McPartlin, Noble, Gray, Gordon, Fairnie, Berry, Ponton, Sinclair, Murray, Smith Subs: Wright, Knowrospour, Szemis, Slight, Gallacher

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Blackburn United P v. P Haddington Athletic on 07/02/2015 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    The Dem-master Community Stadium pitch has failed a morning inspection due to snow and ice and the match has been postponed.

  • Blackburn United P v. P Haddington Athletic on 31/01/2015 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Haddington Athletic on 24/01/2015 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    The Dem-master Community Stadium pitch has failed a morning inspection due to a heavy frost and the match has been postponed.

  • Falkirk 3 v. 1 Blackburn United on 17/01/2015 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Falkirk 3 (Ure 11mins, Bell 28mins, Watson 86mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 58mins)

    United went into this crunch league fixture missing goalkeeper James Wightman and influential midfielders Fraser Spence and Chris Simpson and were accordingly up against it from very early on, eventually falling behind to a URE goal on eleven minutes, the home striker getting on the end of Griffin’s cross to the back post to sneak a header in between Darren Mitchell and the left hand upright. Soon thereafter Sid Easton saved Blackburn from falling further behind when popping up on the goal line to clear Griffin’s deflected header. However, before the half hour was reached United did indeed concede a second and it was Griffin who was again the creator, his free-kick from the right being bulleted high past Mitchell by the head of BELL. Despite a growing surfeit of possession Blackburn couldn’t really test McGlynn in the home goal as the half progressed and it was Falkirk who came close again ten minutes from the interval but Mitchell was equal to Tinning’s twenty yard strike.

    The second period was much more productive for United in an attacking sense and after just seven minutes a fine run and cut back by Danny Campbell on the right engineered a chance for Gary Smith but his shot was blocked by Tinning. Three minutes later Martin Lawrie sprayed the ball from left to right where Easton danced across the edge of the eighteen yard box, avoiding tackle after tackle on the way, only for his parting shot to be blocked past for a fruitless corner. However, the goal to haul Blackburn back into the contest was only delayed a few more minutes and when Smith picked out Easton on the edge of the area his strike was redirected past a sprawling McGlynn by the outstretched boot of CAMPBELL. Joe Brady then had a chance from a Campbell knock down but, with his back to goal, he could only manage an overhead kick that McGlynn held comfortably. Before the end manager Mark Campbell paid the price for the United bench having been spoken to earlier in the game when he was sent to the stand for his reaction to a series of inconsistent decisions by referee Mr. Addy. Five minutes from time United got caught pushing too many men forward in search of an equaliser when a long ball forward found substitute WATSON homing in on goal on the left and he was clever enough to take advantage of his own heavy touch that sat up perfectly for him to head over an exposed Mitchell and into the waiting net to seal all three points for a home side recording their third successive win over teams from within the top five places in the division.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Trialist - D.Mitchell, Meekison, Lawrie, Brown, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Brady (Allison 72), S.Easton, Lurinskyj, Campbell, Smith (Trialist - McDowall 86) Subs (not used): Trialist - R.Mitchell, Mackie, Sommerville

    Falkirk Line-up: McGlynn, Nicol, Tinning, Faulds, Bell, Kane, Griffin, Shirra, Ure, Sneddon, McAteer Subs: Watson, Ritchie, Mitchell, Sobolewski, Trialist - McArthur

    Referee: Mr. Michael Addy

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Tranent on 10/01/2015 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 3 (Campbell 25mins & 65mins, Lurinskyj 27mins)
    Tranent 0

    United's first outing since a resounding 7-0 win at Pumpherston at the start of December started positively when Scott Mackie set up Alex Lurinskyj to turn and slip a ball out to Danny Campbell on the right, but his low delivery across the face of goal was lifted over the top by Gary Smith at full stretch. Minutes later Mackie and Campbell combined again to find Sid Easton who quickly swapped the ball from his right foot to left before firing just too high. A short Campbell corner then earned Easton enough time on the left hand corner of the eighteen yard box to curl in an effort that smacked against the base of the right hand post and when the ball was only half cleared Alan Brown smashed in a pile driver from twenty yards that Valenzuela did brilliantly to block. However, ninety seconds later United did eventually open the scoring when CAMPBELL eluded some tight marking on the edge of the area to spin into space and place his shot past Valenzuela. Little more than two minutes further on and the Blackburn lead was doubled, an Easton corner on the right finding LURINSKYJ sixteen yards from goal and he coolly lifted his shot high into the top left hand corner of the net. A Campbell pop at goal after fine work from Lurinskyj and Fraser Spence was then saved by Valenzuela before the visitors had a rare foray forward of their own, Hall motoring into space to send Collin in on the right but his angled shot flew across the face of Darren Mitchell's goal and past.

    With the lines of the pitch brushed clear of the falling snow during the interval the Belters went in search of the goal that would halve their deficit and Reynolds made room on the right to clip the ball towards the near post where McKillop got onto it only to see his shot blocked and diverted past for a fruitless corner. With sixty five minutes on the clock a surging run by Spence saw him arrive deep inside the Tranent box from where he drew the 'keeper and squared for CAMPBELL arriving inside him and, although Hall managed to force him wide, the United striker somehow managed to screw the ball into the net from an incredibly tight angle. A Brown half volley from around twenty or more yards out after being set up by Easton almost added a fourth for Blackburn but the ball fizzed over the top before, in the final minute of the ninety, substitute Ross Mitchell cleverly danced into space on the right to whip a delivery across the six yard box that fellow replacement Darren Cooke flicked onto the crossbar and over with the goal at his mercy.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Trialist - D.Mitchell, Mackie, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (Trialist - R.Mitchell 80), S.Easton (Brady 75), Williamson, Lurinskyj (Cooke 70), Campbell, Smith

    Tranent Line-up: Valenzuela, Hall, Gray, Colquhoun, McLeod, Ramsay, Fairgrieve, Finlayson, Collin, McKillop, Reynolds Subs: Innes, J.Easton, Hunter, Fairnie, Malcolm

    Referee: Mr. Daniel Graves

  • Falkirk P v. P Blackburn United on 20/12/2014 at 13:30 Match Postponed

    Falkirk's Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round match v Culter of the North Region has been rescheduled for Saturday 20th December and this tie takes precedence over a league match. Consequently our game at Grangemouth Stadium has been postponed.

  • Blackburn United P v. P Crossgates Primrose on 13/12/2014 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    The Dem-master Community Stadium pitch has failed a morning inspection due to snow and frost and the match has been postponed.

  • Pumpherston 0 v. 7 Blackburn United on 06/12/2014 at 13:45 click for match report


    East Region South Division

    Pumpherston 0
    Blackburn United 7 (Lurinskyj 1min, 54mins & 71mins, Easton 35mins, Smith 57mins, Campbell 84mins, Allison 86mins)

    United travelled the short distance to Servoca Park and on a heavy, rain soaked pitch made the perfect start when Sid Easton picked out Gary Smith racing clear on the left and when his delivery arrived in the middle Alex LURINSKYJ was on hand to slide the ball past Barry Hunter. Only thirty five seconds had elapsed. On the nineteen minute mark Lurinskyj then turned provider to set up Danny Campbell for a clever lob from around eighteen yards that clipped the top of the crossbar on the way over. However, ten minutes from the interval Blackburn did double their lead when EASTON played a neat exchange of passes with Lurinskyj to race through on goal, draw Hunter and guide the ball behind him into the waiting net. Just before the break James Wightman confidently clutched to his chest the home sides only real first half attempt at his goal.

    Nine minutes into the second period United took the game further from Pumpherston’s reach when Lurinskyj put Campbell clear on the right and when Hunter couldn’t hold his rasping shot LURINSKYJ himself was on hand to slam the ball past the helpless ‘keeper. Three minutes further on a perfectly weighted pass inside the Pumphy right-back from Campbell set SMITH scampering through on goal and he cracked his angled, fifteen yarder across Hunter and in at the far post. A diving save by Wightman to his top left then kept the Blackburn goal intact before substitute Liam Allison accepted a pass from fellow replacement Ross Williamson on the left to barrel past a challenge and square across the six yard box for LURINSKYJ to complete his hat-trick by firing the ball high into the roof of Hunter’s net. Six minutes from time Lurinskyj turned provider yet again to give CAMPBELL a sight of goal from only six yards out and he made no mistake in clattering his shot home and just two minutes later United’s widest ever margin of victory was claimed when Campbell and Lurinskyj linked to set up ALLISON for an adept flick at the ball with the outside of a boot that directed it past Hunter and into the net for the seventh and final goal of the afternoon.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison (Williamson 62), Lawrie, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (Allison 68), Simpson, Easton, Lurinskyj, Campbell, Smith (Brady 81) Subs (not used): McIntosh, Wilson

    Pumpherston Line-up: TBA

    Referee: Mr. Calum Doyle

  • Kelty Hearts 5 v. 0 Blackburn United on 29/11/2014 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    East of Scotland Cup Second Round

    Kelty Hearts 5 (C.Courts 44mins, Cargill 68mins & 77mins (pen), O'Neill 79mins & 90+1mins)
    Blackburn United 0

    It was always going to be a big ask for United to take anything from this East of Scotland Cup Second Round tie at East Region Super League leaders Kelty Hearts and so it proved against a side who had tasted defeat only once this season, although Blackburn did look lively early on and when Danny Campbell found Alex Lurinskyj on the edge of the area his instant chest control and lay off to Fraser Spence earned the young midfielder a twenty yard strike that Kyle Allison in the home goal had to tip past at full stretch. From the resultant corner though, the home side broke quickly and Cargill was clean through on James Wightman only to rattle his shot against the bar. Conrad Courts then set up Duffin for a shot that Lee Suchinskyj did well to block with his chest and launch clear. On twenty seven minutes United thought they had grabbed a shock lead but when Campbell rolled his pass through a flat back four for Lurinskyj the little striker had went just too early and his clip over Allison and into the net was disallowed for offside. At the other end Cargill really should have done better than scoop his twelve yard effort high over the top from Ritchie's knock down and might also have done better moments later when firing a first time shot past the post from Manson's low delivery. However, the deadlock was broken in fortuitous fashion thirty seconds from the interval when Conrad COURTS deep cross from out on the Kelty right was misjudged by Wightman and ended up flying into the roof of his net at the back post.

    Wightman was in action early in the second half to block an O'Neill shot with his feet as the striker raced onto a long ball forward. With three quarters of the game behind them United were still in the tie but as can often be the case against top calibre opposition a half chance on sixty eight minutes was seized upon by Hearts when Duffin's long ball forward was chased down by CARGILL who drew Wightman and slotted the ball below him for the Central Park sides second of the afternoon. Nine minutes later Conrad Courts and O'Neill swapped passes before the latter was sent tumbling inside the box by Martin Lawrie's tackle. From the resultant penalty CARGILL picked his spot behind Wightman. A third Kelty goal in little more than eleven minutes and the home sides fourth overall arrived almost straight away as Blackburn heads slumped, O'NEILL planting a terrific header high into the net from Cargill's cross. A minute into injury time United's agony was complete when Hughes reached the byeline to pull a ball back into the stride of O'NEILL whose shot took enough of a deflection to fizz past Wightman to round off the scoring.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Lawrie, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence, Simpson (Allison 69), Williamson, Lurinskyj, Campbell, Smith Subs (not used): McIntosh, Cooper, Davidson, Brady

    Kelty Hearts Line-up: K.Allison, Duffin, Leighton, Hughes, T.Courts, C.Courts, Ritchie, Greig, O'Neill, Cargill, Manson Subs: Morrison, McCabe, S.Lawrie, McDonald, Marley

    Referee: Mr. J.Stokoe
    Assistants: Mr. J. Ross & Mr. R. MacDonald

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Whitburn on 22/11/2014 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 0
    Whitburn 1 (L.Brown 89mins)

    United were looking to complete the league double over near neighbours Whitburn after a 1-0 win at the Academy earlier in the season and were almost ahead within five minutes, but Horne in the visiting goal pulled off the first of several top class saves in touching Alex Lurinskyj’s curling effort past after the striker had been set up by Liam Allison. Next to be out of luck was Danny Campbell whose clever near post run earned him the space for a glancing header on Joe Brady’s cross but it was just too high. At the other end Hamilton’s deep cross found Lee Brown lurking at the back post but his controlled half volley was tipped away by the diving James Wightman. Brown then linked with Brass to pull a ball back from the byeline for Taylor but, from prime position, he could only direct his shot past the right hand post. A piece of quick thinking at a free-kick by Chris Simpson then found Alan Brown in an advanced position and his perfectly weighted pass sent Campbell through on the right but from a narrowing angle his first time effort flew across the face of goal and past the left hand upright.

    Another first time pop at goal by Campbell after he accepted Lurinskyj’s pass on the run was held by Horne as the second half opened up and, moments later, a cross cum shot from the same player was again matched by Horne’s unerring ability to cling onto all that was coming his way. Wightman, too, was equal to any Whitburn attempts on goal, although after saving Lee Brown’s shot just after the hour mark he was relieved to see Brass blast his follow up high over the bar. Horne then pulled off his best save of the afternoon not long thereafter when Campbell’s free-kick was met by Allison and when his shot was blocked out to Gary Smith his fiercely hit effort from the edge of the box was somehow clawed away by the ‘keeper and unceremoniously booted clear by Skinner. Campbell himself was then denied by another Horne save as was Lurinskyj whose effort from a Lee Suchinskyj knock down looked to be creeping in at the bottom right hand corner until the big ‘keepers intervention. Lee Brown also came close for the visitors but his eighteen yarder lacked for accuracy and drifted past. However, just as the points looked as if they were to be shared Brass broke clear on the Whitburn right in the final minute and, from what looked a suspiciously offside position, clipped a ball across the six yard box for the arriving Lee BROWN to gleefully side foot past an exposed Wightman. A minute into injury time United thought they had equalised but when Lurinskyj acrobatically hitch kicked home Alan Brown’s knock down from close in referee Mr. Addy, from quite some distance back, disallowed the goal for…..offside.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Simpson, Meekison, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (Wilson 86), Brady (Williamson 69), Allison, Lurinskyj, Campbell, Smith Subs (not used): McIntosh, Cooper, Davidson

    Whitburn Line-up: Horne, Hamilton, McQueenie, Skinner, Porteous, O'Donnell, Taylor, Russell, L.Brown, Brass, Bain Subs: Macrae, Robertson, Orr, Duffy, Allan

    Referee: Mr. M.Addy

  • West Calder United 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 15/11/2014 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    West Calder United 1 (Fox 30mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (Campbell 11mins, Lurinskyj 37mins)

    With no league victories in six attempts since the hosts move to Hermand Park at the start of the 2008/09 season Blackburn at last laid to rest their West Calder hoodoo with a battling performance that started with a commitment to attack and ended with a spirited defensive display that kept Cauther at bay. A Joe Brady free-kick in the eighth minute signalled Blackburn's early attacking intent and, from it, Alex Lurinskyj's half volley was first blocked and then eventually gathered by McQuillan in the home goal. However, just three minutes later another Brady free-kick from almost identical position saw Danny CAMPBELL nip in ahead of his marker to clatter the near post delivery high past McQuillan and into the roof of the net for the opening goal. The Hermand Park men then forced James McQuillan into action to save with an outstretched boot Sneddon's low shot from Fox's delivery before an unusually bad piece of control from Alan Brown presented namesake Anthony Brown with a half chance that he dragged past. However, on the half hour Cauther were presented with the perfect opportunity to level when referee Mr. Birch adjudged Fraser Spence to have handled a tricky bouncing ball in the box and pointed to the spot from where FOX struck his penalty well enough only for Wightman to pull off a fine save, but the taker reacted quickly to pop in the rebound. Seven minutes later Blackburn reclaimed their narrow advantage when Chris Simpson, playing his second game in succession in the unfamiliar right back position, lifted a ball into LURINSKYJ lurking in the box and his instant control and quick turn earned him the time and space to fire high past McQuillan. Before the half time whistle Wightman was again on hand to deny Fox after he burst through several half challenges to hit an angled shot goalwards.

    The second period wasn't as alive with chances as the first forty five minutes had been and it wasn't until almost the hour mark that, after the home side had dominated both in territory and possession, Brady picked out Campbell to break clear and take a touch before firing narrowly wide. Seconds later McQuillan then had to be at his very best to save from Lurinskyj after the 'keeper had miskicked his clearance straight at the Blackburn striker. Fyffe's cross to the back post moments later presented Henderson with a sight of goal but, at full stretch, his shot was comfortably saved by Wightman. The hosts last opportunity of salvaging a point arrived nine minutes from time but when Fox's cross from way out on the right was overhit, although it deceived Wightman it clubbed against the face of the left hand post and flew clear.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Simpson, Meekison, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence, Brady, Allison, Lurinskyj, Campbell, Smith Subs (not used): Cooper, Duncan, McIntosh

    West Calder United Line-up: McQuillan, Henderson, L.Brown, Scullion, Paton, Fleming, Sneddon, McLaughlin, A.Brown, Fyffe, Fox Subs: Ross, Rennie, Adams, Aitken, Hamilton

    Referee: Mr. Euan Birch

  • Falkirk 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 08/11/2014 at 14:00 click for match report


    Fife & Lothian’s Cup Second Round

    Falkirk 1 (Ure 79mins)
    Blackburn United 3 (Lurinskyj 27mins, Campbell 29mins & 89mins)

    For United’s Fife & Lothian’s Cup Second Round trip to a wet Grangemouth Stadium Danny Campbell took on the role of Alex Lurinskyj’s strike partner in the wake of Andy McQuillan’s move to Super League side Fauldhouse United but it was youngster Joe Brady, making only his fifth start of the season, who took the early attacking initiative and, after linking with Lurinskyj at a corner, he hit an eighteen yarder that took a slight deflection before being saved by McGlynn in the home goal. Sixty seconds later Darren Cooke, returning after suspension, might have done better than hit the side netting after collecting Alan Brown’s precise pass on the right of the area. The home side, too, should have done that bit better when Shirra’s free kick from the right was met by the head of Watson but he nodded over with the goal at his mercy. Within five minutes United then made their hosts pay when Brady’s corner was helped on by Lee Suchinskyj to the feet of the lurking Campbell and when his shot flew goalwards LURINSKYJ popped up to prod it over the line to open the scoring. Two minutes later the Blackburn lead was duly doubled when Cooke’s free-kick into the box found CAMPBELL timing perfectly his aerial challenge with the home ‘keeper to cleverly loop a header over him and into the net. On the forty minute mark Brown then came to Blackburn’s rescue twice in quick succession to block first McAteer’s shot and then Watson’s pop from the edge of the area thirty second later before, a minute from the interval, a terrific Fraser Spence break on the right set up Lurinskyj for an effort on the half volley that was deflected wide.

    Almost straight from the resumption Falkirk went close when Shirra set up Sneddon for a shot from the edge of the box that James Wightman did well to save down to his left and at the other end a neat move saw Campbell square a ball from the right that Lurinskyj laid off into the path of Liam Allison for the young midfielder to curl just over the junction of post and bar. Another Wightman save down to his left, this time from a deflected Kerr free-kick from some twenty five yards out, then preceded United almost going further ahead but when Campbell’s fine turn and sprint into space ended with a strike from twenty yards, a one handed McGlynn save was enough to take the pace out of the ball and allow him to turn and flop on it as it screwed goalwards. Twenty minutes from time substitute URE headed over a McAteer cross at the back post but less than ten minutes later he was much more accurate when lifting a cracking free-kick from just outside the area into the top left hand corner of Wightman’s net to reduce the home sides arrears. Watson then had a shot that scraped narrowly past as the Grangemouth men pressed for an equaliser but a deserved third arrived for Blackburn in the final minute of normal time when good work between Allison and substitute Gary Smith sent CAMPBELL clear down the right to race into the area and, from a tight angle, slam an unstoppable shot high past McGlynn and into the roof of the net to seal United’s place in the third round and a home tie against Super League side Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Simpson, Meekison, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (Williamson 61), Brady (Smith 75), Allison, Lurinskyj (Wilson 87), Campbell, Cooke Subs (not used): Duncan, McIntosh

    Falkirk Line-up: McGlynn, Nicol, Tinning, Mitchell, Bell, Kerr, Watson, Shirra, McAteer, Sneddon, Sobolewski Subs: Arundel, Kane, Ure, Ritchie, Chalmers

    Referee: Mr. Colin Whyte

  • Rosyth 3 v. 1 Blackburn United on 01/11/2014 at 14:00 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Rosyth 3 (Hampson 28mins & 77mins, Morrison 46mins)
    Blackburn Utd 1 (Suchinskyj 81mins)

    United's form continued to desert them at a bright but cold Recreation Park as the hosts took full revenge for Blackburn's 5-1 victory the last time the sides clashed in the Kingdom Fife. However, it was United who looked the most likely in the opening exchanges and after just six minutes Andy McQuillan outmuscled Murphy on the right to race goalwards but his effort from the corner of the eighteen yard box was charged down, although when the ball consequently fell kindly for the supporting Fraser Spence he might have done better than pull his shot wide. Minutes later a searing twenty yarder from Morrison hit James Wightman's bar and Blackburn were relieved to hear the whistle sound for offside when Goodwin steered in the rebound. On the quarter hour mark an injury blow when Lee Suchinskyj had to replace the struggling Darren McIntosh forced United into a bit of a reshuffle but a chance was still manufactured shortly thereafter when Gary Smith hit the left byeline and pulled a ball back for Alex Lurinskyj but his side foot effort flew past the left hand upright. At the other end, from out on the left Penman delivered a cross to the back post where Hammill saw his shot save by Wightman but little more than a minute later the home side were in front, another Penman cross from similar position finding the unmarked HAMPSON who headed home. After being picked out by Alan Brown, McQuillan's near post effort just before the interval almost pulled Blackburn back level but Mayne in the home goal was equal to it.

    The second half was less than a minute old when Rosyth found their way to goal a second time, Hampson making space and time on the left to lift a ball onto the back stick where MORRISON had the simplest of tasks to place it behind Wightman. Wightman was then brave to dive at MacMillan's feet to prevent the midfielder adding to the home sides account and also witnessed another shot from distance strike his woodwork before he was beaten for a third time when Goodwin's cross was diverted against the left hand post by the outstretched leg of Suchinskyj to leave HAMPSON the easiest of tasks to pounce on the rebound and slam it into an unguarded net. A single goal consolation nine minutes from time was then Blackburn's when Lurinskyj turned and flighted a ball into the six yard box where SUCHINSKYJ planted his forehead on it to fairly bullet it behind Mayne. In a desperate last few moments McQuillan lifted a great chance from around ten yards out way over the top before Brown rattled the right hand post with a snap shot but the league leaders deservedly held on to retain their advantage over Blackburn and the other chasers at the top.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, McIntosh (Suchinskyj 15), Brown, Davidson, Spence (Simpson 74), Smith, Williamson (Brady 60), McQuillan, Campbell, Lurinskyj Subs (not used): Allison, Duncan

    Rosyth Line-up: Mayne, Ogg, O'Connor, Hammill, Murphy, Gilfillan, Morrison, MacMillan, Hampson, Goodwin, Penman Subs: Johnstone, Robertson, McDiarmid, Clark, McGregor

    Referee: Mr. Billy Cooper

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 3 Musselburgh Athletic on 25/10/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 0
    Musselburgh Athletic 3 (Sheerin 17mins, 41mins & 71mins)

    On a day where an almost gale force wind had the potential to adversely affect the game, United were under the cosh against their Super League opponents right from the off and ex-Blackburn man Jed Davie ripped an eighteen yarder against James Wightman’s right hand post as early as the fourth minute. Thirteen minutes and a fair amount of possession later the visitors then opened the scoring when SHEERIN dispossessed Liam Allison in midfield and skipped past Alan Brown on the right edge of the area before dispatching an angled drive across Wightman and in at the bottom left hand corner. However, despite a continuing surfeit of the ball the Olive Bank men were struggling to break down an organised United back lot and it was Blackburn who almost found a route to goal just beyond the half hour when Darren McIntosh laid a ball out to Alex Lurinskyj on the left and he carried it into the left of the penalty box from where he lifted in a curling effort that Adams in the visiting goal tipped onto the top of the crossbar and over for a fruitless corner. Four minutes from the interval it took a momentary lapse in concentration for Musselburgh to claim a second counter, Fraser Spence playing a midfield pass behind right back Lee Meekison and allowing Kevin McDonald an unimpeded run in behind to square for SHEERIN to lash home his own second from just inside the eighteen yard box. Right on the forty five minute mark the striker almost claimed a hat-trick but was denied by Wightman who held onto his header from a McDonald cross.

    United resumed with the gale at their backs and enjoyed a more substantial share of possession and Allison had a header from a Danny Campbell cross blocked by Adams before the visitors posed a threat at the other end, Sheerin spinning past Stuart Davidson on the left to hit a cross cum shot that McIntosh scrambled clear to avert any danger. However, SHEERIN was not to be denied his hat-trick and when substitute Moffat’s deep cross from the right arrived at the back post he fairly buried his header behind an exposed Wightman. With the wind continuing to be a major contributor in keeping chances to a minimum the final real effort on goal came from the visitors some two minutes from time when another Moffat cross arrived in the box but Steven McDonald’s near post shot was well saved by Wightman. On an afternoon when several fellow South Division sides took severe beatings from more illustrious opponents United had escaped with a degree of dignity intact.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, McIntosh, Brown, Davidson, Spence, Allison (Smith 64), Simpson (Williamson 68), McQuillan, Campbell (Brady 76), Lurinskyj Subs (not used): Duncan, Cooper

    Musselburgh Athletic Line-up: Adams, A.Christie, Martin, Myles, Hamilton, Hunter, Turner, K.McDonald, S.McDonald, Davie, Sheerin Subs: Ralton, Moffat, Doig, Munro, M.Christie

    Referee: Mr. Derek Crothers
    Assistant Referees: Mr. Michael McCart & Mr. Andrew Strang

  • Stoneyburn 3 v. 1 Blackburn United on 18/10/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Stoneyburn 3 (Mackie 10mins, Gilhooley 27mins, Sharp 70mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (Cooke 45mins)

    United's appalling recent record at Beechwood Park continued with as poor a performance as the side have put together in the past eighteen months or more and Stoneyburn ran out deserved winners in a game where they might very well have won by a more convincing scoreline than three goals to one. The first of those three Stoneyburn goals arrived within ten minutes of the start when MACKIE got in on the United right and tricked his way past Jamie Hammill amongst others on a run that took him into the area and, from what appeared an extremely tight angle, he guided the ball across James Wightman and in at the bottom left hand corner. Just after the quarter hour mark Mulligan then lifted a cross in from the right that the Fulshie’s trialist striker headed just over the junction of post and bar before a second Stoneyburn goal did arrive, Ross Williamson taking a clumsy touch in trying to control a long ball into the United box and only succeeding in gifting possession to GILHOOLEY who took full advantage by dancing into space and past two half challenges to crack a shot past a hopelessly exposed Wightman. Mulligan then got into a crossing position on the right once again and once again a free header was the result but Sharp could only direct his effort into Wightman’s hands. Sixty seconds before the interval Blackburn introduced Darren Cooke in place of the hobbling Hammill ahead of a free-kick some twenty yards or so from goal but the substitute was the victim of some over officious refereeing before he could take up position, match official Mr. Anderson booking him for entering the field of play without his say so. From the free-kick Liam Allison struck a shot that Holliday in the home goal couldn’t hold onto and COOKE was on hand to net with his first touch of the ball.

    The second half opened more promisingly for Blackburn when a looping cross from Williamson was met by Gary Smith but his half hit shot was comfortably gathered by Holliday before the game eventually settled back into the pattern of the first period with the hosts enjoying most of the possession and most of the chances, Gilhooley hitting a dipping twenty five yarder that flew just over and then Hogg setting up the same player for a pop at goal from the left corner of the box that Wightman did brilliantly to tip over the top. United, though, almost did sneak back to parity just before the hour mark when Allison’s free-kick was only cleared as far as Cooke but his strike at goal was cleared off the line by Calvey. Unfortunately for Cooke it was to be his last involvement in the game as ninety seconds later he was sent off for catching Laing with a late challenge that, added to his comical booking in the first half, resulted in him getting a shot of the showers ahead of the rest of his team mates. Sharp really should have then put the Fulshie two goals clear when a slip by Lee Suchinskyj allowed him a clear run at goal but he somehow hit the base of the left hand post when it looked easier to score. However, a third counter for the Beechwood Park men was only delayed and when Andy Cooper upended SHARP in the box the striker dusted himself down to lash the resultant penalty past Wightman despite the 'keeper getting a hand to it. Two minutes from time Blackburn should have made the final score closer than it deserved to be but after clever link play between Andy McQuillan and Smith had put Fraser Spence through on goal the midfielder could only drag his shot wide to sum up United’s miserable afternoon.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Hammill (Cooke 44), Cooper (Davidson 75), Suchinskyj, Spence, Simpson (Brady 75), Allison, McQuillan, Williamson, Smith Subs (not used): Duncan, McIntosh

    Stoneyburn Line-up: Holliday, Mulligan, McMeechan, Calvey, Laing, Dawson, Mackie, Hogg, Trialist, Sharp, Gilhooley Subs: Brown, Trialist, Trialist, Little, McLean

    Referee: Mr. Ross Anderson

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 2 Lochgelly Albert on 11/10/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 2 (Smith 34mins, Campbell 69mins)
    Lochgelly Albert 2 (Seath 4mins & 89mins)

    United were looking to continue their winning run against their visitors from Fife after claiming all six points from last season’s two league encounters and introduced new signing Alex Lurinskyj to the starting line-up in the hunt for goals but it was Berts striker SEATH who showed his predatory instincts first, taking a long ball into the box on his chest before firing an unstoppable effort in off the underside of the bar. For United, Andy McQuillan turned in midfield to earn himself the space to present Danny Campbell with a clear sight of goal but his shot flew straight at Wilson in the Lochgelly goal. A Page delivery from the right was then headed past the junction of post and bar by McGuire as the visitors looked to increase their lead but minutes later it was Blackburn who were back on level terms when Alan Brown picked out Gary SMITH advancing on the left and he carried the ball past Colquhoun and guided a right foot shot behind Wilson and into the bottom right hand corner. Brown himself then almost gave United the lead when he slalomed past three separate challenges on the edge of the area before hitting a shot that was deflected narrowly past by the outstretched leg of his namesake in the Berts back line.

    The second half was only eight minutes old when Schiavone hit the left byeline and pulled a ball back for Perrie but the Lochgelly wide man dragged his shot past the right hand post. Thereafter, United took a stranglehold on possession but clear cut chances were few and far between until, on sixty nine minutes, the second of two loud penalty appeals was met with the agreement of referee Mr. Love when Ross Williamson’s shot was blocked by the hand of visiting centre-half Davies and CAMPBELL lashed home the resultant spot kick. With Blackburn now all but laying siege to the visitors goal McQuillan headed a Campbell corner just past from good position before, in a swift breakaway, James Wightman had to be alert to cling onto a low effort from Seath. The sucker punch, though, was to arrive from a similarly swift charge towards the United goal in the final minute of the ninety, Perrie getting in on the left to square for that man SEATH who gleefully slammed home from the edge of the six yard box. In time added on substitute Lawson might have won it for the men from Gardiner’s Park but he hit his shot straight at Wightman while Blackburn came even closer when Campbell’s header rattled against the right hand post seconds before the final whistle.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Hammill, Brown, Cooper, Spence, Smith, Williamson (Simpson 70), McQuillan, Campbell, Lurinskyj (Duncan 77) Subs (not used): Allison, Brady, Sommerville

    Lochgelly Albert Line-up: Wilson, Colquhoun, Grierson, Barratt, Davies, S.Brown, McGuire, Schiavone, Seath, Page, Perrie Subs: Lawson, St.Brown, Grubb, Hush, McIntosh

    Referee: Mr. S.Love

  • Livingston United 0 v. 3 Blackburn United on 04/10/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Livingston United 0
    Blackburn United 3 (Campbell 49mins, McQuillan 63mins & 90mins)

    With Haddington Athletic on local Cup duty, Blackburn were looking to put pressure on the South Division league leaders by closing to within three points with a win at Station Park and had Lee Meekison back in the starting line-up having missed the previous weeks trip to Millfield due to work commitments. Midfielder Liam Allison, however, was still absent through injury. After just eight minutes a well worked free-kick saw Alan Brown slide a pass into Fraser Spence lurking near the penalty spot but his curled effort was comfortably held by Wortley in the home goal. At the other end the hosts also came close when James Wightman couldn’t hold onto a low snap shot and as the ball got away from him Drummond spun into space to hit a goal bound effort that Andy Cooper headed off the line. Shortly thereafter Gary Smith got clear on the left to cut a ball back to Joe Brady whose shot was blocked before Andy McQuillan’s follow-up was saved by Wortley. A clever Danny Campbell ball over the top of the Livi back lot then found McQuillan who held it up waiting on support that arrived in the shape of Smith, but Wortley touched his shot over the top. Moments from the interval Smith was industrious enough to block an attempted clearance inside the Livingston box but his resultant shot from a tight angle was saved.

    After a first half of chances that went a begging it took Blackburn only four minutes of second half action to eventually claim the opening goal and it was worth the wait, CAMPBELL accepting a pass from Brown and striking a stunning twenty five yarder high past Wortley into the roof of the net. Campbell then turned creator, taking Spence’s ball in his stride to whip it onto the near post where McQuillan’s flick was diverted away from goal. However, McQUILLAN’S next attempt was much more successful, the striker showing excellent chest control to bring Campbell’s cross under his control and smack a twelve yard shot into the bottom left hand corner on the half volley. With eighteen minutes remaining substitute Sean Duncan was next to deliver a cross into the Livingston area where Chris Simpson headed it down into the six yard box but Wortley was both alert and brave to dive at Cooper’s feet and prevent a third goal for the visitors. A glancing Campbell header on a Jamie Hammill free-kick then flew narrowly past before the third goal did arrive just as the final minute was reached, a long ball from Campbell setting McQUILLAN free and he took a delightful touch before arrowing a low one behind Wortley from just inside the box.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Hammill, Brown, Cooper, Spence, Brady (Simpson 66), Williamson, McQuillan, Campbell, Smith (Duncan 71) Subs (not used): Davidson, McIntosh, Sommerville

    Livingston United Line-up: Wortley, Stewart, Miller, Adams, Halliday, Djamba, Kay, Drummond, Russell, Crawford, McWilliams Subs: Thomson, Wotherspoon, McNeil

    Referee: Mr. Charlie MacVicar

  • Haddington Athletic 2 v. 2 Blackburn United on 27/09/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Haddington Athletic 2 (Murray 36mins, Sinclair 51mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 43mins, Spence 78mins)

    United travelled to East Lothian looking to add to an impressive record at Millfield where fifteen goals and three wins in the last three seasons had been just reward for some enterprising attacking play. However, the home side were looking to protect their 100% start to the league campaign and were aiming for their eleventh straight league win to extend a run stretching back to the end of last season so something had to give. After a quiet opening ten minutes an awkward bouncing ball gave Lynch no end of problems as it flew over his head and allowed Andy McQuillan the space to race to the left byeline from where he pulled it back into the path of Gary Smith whose shot was blocked. Three minutes later McQuillan provided an even better opportunity for his strike partner when a clever turn in midfield and a precise pass beat the Haddington offside trap and sent Smith racing towards goal but he hit his shot straight at Polowyj. The Hi-Hi were then aggrieved before thirty minutes had been reached when Lynch and Ponton linked to eventually force the ball across the face of goal where Sinclair knocked it home only for the referee to adjudge that Ponton had impeded Darren Cooke in the build-up. Almost immediately Blackburn came close at the other end when Fraser Spence and Danny Campbell combined down the right for the later to hit a cross to the back post where Cooke headed it goalward to force Lynch to divert the ball narrowly past his own post with a headed clearance. As the game roared from end to end, sixty seconds later Noble delivered a ball from the left that Sinclair flicked goalwards with a glancing header that James Wightman held. The Millfield men moved ahead not to long afterwards though when, after a couple of close offside calls had denied first Gary Smith and then McQuillan clear runs at their goal, Mark Smith clipped a ball in from the left that Berry squeezed back across goal for MURRAY to bundle into the net from no more than a yard or two out. Two minutes from the interval a sweeping move then pulled United level, Campbell picking the ball up inside his own half to dash down the right and pick out Gary Smith supporting him inside and he in turn quickly moved it out to the left corner of the eighteen yard box where McQUILLAN, arriving at pace, struck a low, first time effort that fairly flew behind Polowyj.

    The Hi-Hi started the second half looking to regain the initiative and when Mark Smith outmuscled Jimmy Sommerville his cross from the left was flicked just past by Sinclair. The dangerous home front man was much more accurate some four minutes later though when Mark Smith again provided the ammunition from the left and this time SINCLAIR found the net at the second time of asking after his initial shot had been blocked. A Mark Smith half volley from distance that was heading for the bottom left hand corner was then saved by Wightman on the hour mark before he also touched past a Noble free-kick that found a way past the Blackburn wall. However, against the balance of second half possession United dug out a second equaliser twelve minutes from time, McQuillan turning brilliantly thirty yards from goal to slip a pass through a square Haddington rearguard for Danny Campbell to race onto. With options right and left Campbell elected to shoot but when Polowyj was equal to his effort the ball broke to SPENCE who calmly stroked it into an empty net from ten yards. Five minutes later a free-kick from all of thirty yards or more was blasted on target by Noble but Wightman tipped it over the top before, with the last chance of the afternoon, Ponton headed Ferguson’s cross over the crossbar to ensure that United stayed not so very far behind the home side in the promotion chase.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, Hammill, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence, Cooke (Simpson 60), Williamson, McQuillan, Campbell, Smith Subs (not used): Cooper, Wilson, Duncan, Brady

    Haddington Athletic Line-up: Polowyj, Lynch, Noble, Gordon, Gallagher, Fairnie, Berry, Ponton, Murray, Sinclair, Smith Subs: Wood, Wojtoycz, Wright, Szemis, Ferguson

    Referee: Mr. Colin Whyte

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Bathgate Thistle on 22/09/2014 at 19:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Friendly

    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 63mins)
    Bathgate Thistle 2 (Jack 52mins & 53mins)

    Mark and Jamie sent out a team showing eight changes from Saturday's starting line-up as the fringe players got an opportunity to impress but a goal less first half ensued before Bathgate's JACK scored twice in the space of ninety seconds early in the second half. A flurry of United substitutions on the hour mark brought with it a goal from one of them, Danny CAMPBELL, who drilled home a penalty after Andy McQuillan had been upended in the box. However, an equaliser failed to arrive and the game ended in a narrow 2-1 win for the Premier League visitors.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, McIntosh (Campbell 60), Hammill (Meekison 60), Davidson, Cooper, Wilson (Spence 60), Brady (Devineau 75), Williamson, McQuillan, Sommerville, Simpson (Smith 60)

    Bathgate Thistle Line-up: Shaw, McMillan, Easton, Byle, Brady, Denis, Wales, Wilson, Jack, Malone, Hutton Subs: TBC

    Referee: Mr. Daniel Graves

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 0 Pumpherston on 20/09/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 4 (Smith 16mins & 46mins, Brown 50mins, Suchinskyj 71mins)
    Pumpherston 0

    The Dem-master Community Stadium was bathed in September sunshine for this local derby and only eight minutes had elapsed when Blackburn created the first chance of the game, Liam Allison slipping a pass inside McGuigan for Darren Cooke to hit a first time effort that ex-United ‘keeper Barrie Hunter in the visiting goal held. However, Hunter wasn’t quite so clever eight minutes later when a poor punch at a Danny Campbell cross from the right only succeeded in knocking the ball into Gary SMITH’S path and he quickly readjusted his footing to knock home the opening goal of the afternoon. Campbell then rolled a clever free kick in front of Smith advancing into the right of the box but Hunter was equal to his parting shot this time. On the half hour, an Allison corner reached the back post where Cooke’s half volley was also saved by Hunter who then pulled off an even better stop little more than three minutes later in acrobatically touching over Andy McQuillan’s angled drive from the right of the area.

    Thirty seconds after the restart SMITH grabbed his own and United’s second when Fraser Spence set up Alan Brown to perfectly weight a pass into the feet of the striker who made no mistake from around fourteen yards. Almost straight away Cooke fired in a low delivery from the left that McQuillan side footed past from good position. However, the third Blackburn goal was only delayed by a few minutes and when Allison’s corner arrived at the near post a neat flick of the boot by BROWN was enough to divert the ball over the line. On the hour Brown turned creator again but Cooke’s shot was saved at Hunter’s near post before Brown and Jamie Hammill linked to put Allison in for a shot that was also blocked by the overworked Pumpherston ‘keeper. At the other end the visitors eventually did manage to mount an attacking threat but when Rae pulled a ball back for the supporting McGuigan his shot flew well over. Sixty seconds later United moved further ahead when a Campbell corner from the left was planted firmly behind Hunter by the head of Lee SUCHINSKYJ. Allison then had another shot held after getting on the end of a move that also involved Hammill and Smith but the last shot on goal was reserved for the visitors and for another ex-United player, David Wright hitting an effort from sixteen yards that James Wightman gathered comfortably enough.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Hammill, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (Williamson 72), Cooke (Duncan 70), Allison, McQuillan, Campbell (Sommerville 78), Smith Subs (not used): McIntosh, Wilson

    Pumpherston Line-up: B.Hunter, McGuigan, Spooner, A.Campbell, McKenzie, McWilliams, C.Hunter, Downie, Wright, Watson, Rae Subs: Gibson, Lavrin

    Referee: Mr. Kevin Lindsay

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 2 Falkirk on 13/09/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (Smith 26mins, Campbell 38mins, Cooke 65mins)
    Falkirk 2 (Sneddon 64mins, Kerr 80mins)

    With the Commonwealth Games running track from Hampden still in the midst of being re-laid at Falkirk’s Grangemouth Stadium home this game was accordingly rearranged for the Dem-master Community Stadium and it was United who looked hungrier in the opening stages, Andy McQuillan forcing Ritchie in the visiting goal into a fine early save after controlling Danny Campbell’s pass to thump in an eighteen yarder that the ‘keeper touched past the post. However, quarter of an hour later Ritchie was picking the ball out of his net when a sweeping Blackburn move saw the ball worked from McQuillan to Campbell and when he squared it across the six yard box Gary SMITH arrived with immaculate timing to stroke home. Two minutes later United had the ball in the net again but McQuillan was adjudged to be offside when heading in Campbell’s cross. On the half hour Darren Cooke hit a twenty two yarder into Richie’s midriff as Blackburn kept up the pressure on the home goal and it was the visitors ‘keeper who was the hero again when spectacularly tipping over Campbell’s header from Liam Allison’s corner. The second goal, though, arrived ninety seconds later when a left to right ball from McQuillan found CAMPBELL advancing into the right of the area and his touch and early shot caught Ritchie out on his near post to double United’s lead. Just before the interval James Wightman had to show the same acrobatic skills as his opposite number to prevent Jamie Hammill directing a Mitchell cross into his own net.

    A full length save down at his bottom left hand corner from a Fraser Spence header got the Falkirk No.1 up and running for the second half and provided the platform for the Grangemouth men to get back in the game fifteen minutes later when SNEDDON broke in off the right to drill a shot between Wightman and his near post. However, almost straight away Blackburn restored their two goal advantage when another fine move culminated in Spence rolling in McQuillan on the right and, rather than shoot, the prolific front man chose to place the ball inside for COOKE to side foot into the waiting net from no more than ten yards. A McQuillan run was then blocked and when the ball fell to Campbell twenty yards out on the right his angled pile driver was brilliantly touched over by Ritchie. Sadly for the goalkeeper though, he exacerbated an earlier injury in the process and had to be replaced by McGlynn who confidently clutched the resultant corner. Ten minutes from time the visitors were handed a route back into the game when Andy Cooper, making his first start of the season after injury, mistimed a tackle on Sneddon who was clean through on Wightman and after referee Mr. MacKinnon blew for the inevitable penalty and dismissed the United captain KERR made no mistake from the spot. With a man advantage Falkirk pressed eagerly for an equaliser and came closest when Sneddon headed Shirra’s cross from the right narrowly over with just four minutes to play but, despite almost eight minutes of injury time, neither defence was breached again – although Nicol was sent-off for the visitors for a silly scythe at Campbell who was then dismissed himself for petulantly throwing the ball at an opponent in the final minute of added time.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, McIntosh, Hammill, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Spence (Williamson 73), Cooke (Brady 78), Allison, McQuillan, Campbell, Smith (Duncan 78) Subs (not used): Meekison, Sommerville

    Falkirk Line-up: Ritchie, Nicol, Mitchell, Chalmers, Lejman, Faulds, Watson, Shirra, McAteer, Sneddon, Tinning Subs: Kerr, McInnes, Arundel, McGlynn

    Referee: Mr. Laurie MacKinnon

  • Blairgowrie 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 06/09/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blairgowrie 1 (Neave 9mins)
    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan 10mins & 52mins, Suchinskyj 62mins)

    Blackburn headed north to Blairgowrie for this East of Scotland Cup tie couraged by a fine performance in the league the previous week and the return to the starting line up of striker Andy McQuillan. The game began with both teams trying to get a foothold in the game bu it took Blackburn less than three minutes to create the first chance as Lee Suchinskyj burst through the Blair defence only to be called back for offside. Barely three minutes later and a Danny Campbell shot again had the Blair defence worried. Against the run of play and with possibly their first attack of the game Blairgowrie took the lead when Darren NEAVE was left alone at the back post to send his header back across James Wightman into the United goal. Straight from the kick off Blackburn evened things up as Andy McQUILLAN slotted home from close range. Blackburn continued to control the game playing a good mixture of short passing and long balls out wide creating chance after chance which they could not convert. Darren Cooke, McQuillan and Campbell with some notable efforts. Blairgowrie settled for strong defending and trying to upset the Blackburn back four on the break but could not create any clear cut chances. On forty minutes an enforced change saw Alan Brown give way to Andy Cooper but Wightman in the United goal saw no difference in his defence and got to half time thout having to make any save of note.

    As the second half started the heavens opened and the game continued in heavy rain. The elements seemed to affect Blackburn least as they continued to push the Blair defence deeper into their own half. On fifty two minutes Blackburn took the lead as McQUILLAN was quickest to react after his own initial attempt was blocked and headed into the net from four yards. Ten minutes later and the game went further out of Blairgowrie’s reach as SUCHINSKYJ got across his marker to clip the ball into the net from twelve yards. As the weather improved Blackburn continued to press with the midfield of Fraser Spence and Liam Allison to the fore. On as a sub Joe Brady then made an immediate impact on the right side of midfeld with a fine run and shot which just went wide. With time running out frustration got the better of the Blairgowrie scorer Neave and two yellow cards in the space of twenty seconds meant he had to walk. United could not make the extra man count as further chances were scorned but overall ran out comfortable winners after a fine performance.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, McIntosh, Suchinskyj (Meekison 80), Brown (Cooper 39), Hamill, Campbell, Spence, Allison, McQuillan, Cooke, Smith (Brady 70) Subs (not used): Wilson, Simpson

    Blairgowrie Line-up: O’Brien, Simpson, Nicoll, Tovey, Brash, McDonald, Axworthy, Millar, Findlay, Bremner, Neave Subs: Duncan, Hood, Kelly, Middleton

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 3 Fauldhouse United on 01/09/2014 at 19:00 click for match report


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    Blackburn United 0
    Fauldhouse United 3

    In the second of two Monday night friendlies under the New Murrayfield Park lights Blackburn used the opportunity to give a couple of trialists a further run out and to try out a few positional changes which made the exercise more than worthwhile against strong Super League opponents.


    Blackburn United Line-up,: Wightman, Trialist - JP Greig, Trialist - Hamill (McIntosh 60), Brown, Cooper (Suchinskyj 63), Simpson (Allison 55), Cooke (Brady 55), Williamson (Spence 55), McQuillan, Campbell, Smith (Devineau 63)

  • Blackburn United 5 v. 0 Harthill Royal on 30/08/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 5 (Smith 19mins & 44mins, Allison 43mins, Cooke 66mins, Brown 72mins)
    Harthill Royal 0

    In the opening stages of the game, Lee Suchinskyj, Fraser Spence and Danny Campbell all had chances to open the scoring before in the nineteenth minute the goal did come when Jordan Roberts in the Harthill goal cleared a ball to Daniel McCloughney twenty five yards out and he was robbed of possession by Gary SMITH who calmly rounded Roberts to open the scoring. Smith had another chance ten minutes later but pulled his shot wide before the first meaningful Royal chance came on thirty five minutes when Stuart Marshall had an effort at the back post from a corner which was blocked for another corner which came to nothing. With four minutes of the half remaining John Paul Greig sent Darren Cooke clear but he shot straight at Roberts. However, the second goal was only delayed by two minutes when an Alan Brown free kick found Greig who played the ball back along the six yard line for Liam ALLISON to slot home. No more than a minute later it was three when a cross by Cooke was steered into the corner of the net by SMITH. Three goals were the least Blackburn deserved in a half they dominated.

    Second half and with thirteen minutes gone Smith had a great chance to grab his hattrick when a Spence pass sent him clear but Roberts got his fingertips to his shot to send it past the post. Moment later Harthill nearly got a foothold in the game when Wightman was caught outside his box, McCloughney lobbed the ball back over his head towards goal but Alan Brown managed to hook clear. On sixty four minutes the game was effectively over when a long ball from deep inside his own half by Jamie Hamill found COOKE breaking clear and he calmly rounded Roberts to notch the fourth. Number five came six minutes later when a Cooke free kick found Smith who laid it back to BROWN who danced past a number of challenges on the edge of the area before slotting home. Harthill played out the last ten minutes with only ten men after an injury to one of their players after their only sub Liam Lynch had already come on, but McCloughney did have a chance of a consolation which was smothered by Weightman.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Trialist - Greig, Trialist - Hamill, Brown, Suchinskyj, Allison, Brady (McIntosh 80), Spence (Cooper 72), Smith, Campbell, Cooke (Davidson 80) Sub (not used): Devineau

    Harthill Royal Line-up: Jordan Roberts, Ian Kirkwood, Ben Mackay, David Kidd, Pail Deighan, Jay Spowatt, Alex Cumming, Daniel McCloughney, Kyle Fox, David Allen, Stuart Marshall. Sub: Liam Lynch

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Civil Service Strollers on 25/08/2014 at 19:00 click for match report


    Friendly

    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 20mins)
    Civil Service Strollers 1 (73mins)

    United took the lead against their East of Scotland Premier League opponents when striker Andy McQUILLAN pounced to lash home from the corner of the eighteen yard box on twenty minutes and continued to hold the balance of play at the interval. However, with just over a quarter of an hour remaining a mistimed Darren McIntosh tackle allowed the visitors the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot which they duly took to see the game end all square. With Andy Cooper getting his first forty five minutes of the season under his belt and several trialists on show United will have benefitted from the workout.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Trialist – Timmins, Davidson (McIntosh 45), Trialist (Williamson 55), Brown, Suchinskyj (Cooper 45), Spence (Brady 45), Smith (Trialist – McGowan 45), Allison, McQuillan, Campbell (Devineau 55), Cooke (Simpson 55)

  • Whitburn 0 v. 1 Blackburn United on 23/08/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Whitburn 0
    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 8mins)

    United made the short trip to Whitburn and to the unfamiliar surroundings of Whitburn Academy looking to find some of the form that had so far deserted them in the opening games of the league campaign and were in front as early as the eighth minute when Darren McIntosh played a pass in behind the hosts central defensive pairing which Andy McQUILLAN was onto quickly to carry the ball into the right of the penalty area and, although his initial shot was blocked, he smartly curled his second attempt across the face of Allan in the home goal and into the bottom left hand corner. This had come shortly after Whitburn had scorned their own chance at opening the scoring when Lee Brown dragged his shot past from prime position twelve yards out. Both sides then had reasonable penalty appeals waved aside by referee Mr. Oliver before McQuillan shouldered O'Donnell aside on the left of the area to smash a shot across the face of goal and past. A sweeping United move that began with Joe Brady and ended with a Danny Campbell cross that just eluded McQuillan then almost saw the early lead doubled but it was the hosts who came closest to the games next goal before the break when Brass made space in a crowded box to clip in a shot that James Wightman blocked with an outstretched leg. Sixty seconds later Gary Smith and McQuillan set up Campbell for a diving header that sailed over Allan’s crossbar.

    On the resumption Whitburn were almost level instantly, Watson’s corner falling for Brass to hit a goalbound shot that Chris Simpson did well to block. Lee Suchinskyj then had a glorious opportunity to take the Blackburn lead to two but when Brady directed Campbell’s free-kick back to him he could only head past the left hand upright from no more than five yards. A Brass cross from the right corner flag then picked out Whitburn substitute Skinner but he too headed past as the game flowed from end to end. The home side came closer still when awarded a free-kick plumb in the centre of goal and Brass curled a fine right foot effort around the wall and against the outside of the right hand post. That, though, was as close as the game got to being brought back to parity and United held out reasonably comfortably despite the late sending-off of Ross Williamson for an apparent off the ball offence to claim all three points.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (Davidson 40mins), McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Brady, Williamson, McQuillan, Campbell (Allison 82mins), Smith (Cooke 77mins) Subs (not used): Spence, Devineau

    Whitburn Line-up: Allan, Johnston, McQueenie, O'Donnell, Graham, Watson, King, Gardner, Brass, L.Brown, Bain Subs: Russell, Dunn, Skinner, Clarke

    Referee: Mr. Ryan Oliver

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 Whitburn Bluebell Amateurs on 18/08/2014 at 19:00 click for match report


    Friendly

    Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 60mins, Wilson 68mins)
    Whitburn Bluebell Ams 1 (27mins)

    Hardworking amateur outfit Whitburn Bluebell took the lead inside half an hour with a goal that was rich reward for their early dominance but United gradually took control thereafter and wound up worthy winners when Andy McQUILLAN’S second half equaliser was quickly followed by substitute Kevin WILSON’S well worked winner.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Trialist – Timmins, Sommerville, McIntosh, Davidson, Suchinskyj, Brady, Devineau, Allison, McQuillan, Campbell, Smith Subs (all used): Brown, Wilson, Trialist – McGowan, Meekison, Williamson, Spence

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Dunbar United on 16/08/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 76mins)
    Dunbar United 2 (Young 71mins, Girdwood 79mins)

    Blackburn scorned a hatful of first half chances at a rain swept Dem-master Community Stadium to allow their east coast visitors to claim victory with two well worked goals in the second half. However, it was those succession of missed chances that ultimately influenced the destination of the three points, the first of which came inside ten minutes when Andy McQuillan got on the end of an Alan Brown free-kick to hit a near post shot that Wood did well to save. At the other end James Wightman was also called into action early to hold a Hill half volley from Cowan’s right wing delivery. Blackburn though, came closest when Liam Allison flighted in a high one that saw McQuillan outjump Wood near the penalty spot only for his looped header to roll against the base of the left hand post and past. Sixty seconds later McQuillan was in on the right but Wood saved his effort from twelve yards and was also a match for McQuillan’s follow up, the strikers third effort being forced clear by a relieved Seasiders back lot. McQuillan was again out of luck on the half hour mark when Jimmy Sommerville directed a Danny Campbell cross into his path but his thumping sixteen yarder was charged down by Cowan. Wightman was then called into action as Burstow and Girdwood linked to set up Tait for a shot that was touched past the left hand upright by the Blackburn ‘keeper. The final effort of the half though was reserved for that man McQuillan but once again Wood was his equal, saving his angled shot from the left of the box after the front man had been set up by Allison’s pass.

    Ross Williamson directed a header into the area for McQuillan to hit a shot across the face of goal and past as the second half opened up in similar fashion to the way the first had ended, although a short pass back by Lee Meekison almost let Tait in for the visitors but he pulled his shot wide. Alan Brown then found McQuillan who slid a measured pass inside the full back for Campbell to hit an angled drive that Wood held onto but it was Dunbar who really should have gone ahead just before the seventy minute mark, Thomson somehow only managing to direct his back post effort into the side netting after finding himself unmarked at a corner. However, two minutes later the visitors were in front when Grant’s left to right delivery set up the prolific YOUNG to hold off Darren McIntosh and fire a glorious half volley across Wightman and in at the far post. Five minutes later Blackburn were level in controversial circumstances, referee Mr. Weir pointing to the spot after the ball appeared to come off the hand of Thomson in a crowded box to allow CAMPBELL to slam home the resultant penalty. Little more than a further three minutes had passed though before the Seasiders were ahead again, Cowan’s throw being flicked on into the box by Young where GIRDWOOD made no mistake with his header. As the game moved into injury time Blackburn almost earned a share of the spoils when McIntosh’s long throw was acrobatically knocked on target by Sommerville but a fine fingertip save by Wood touched the ball onto the face of the crossbar before it was cleared to safety.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Allison (Cooke 76), Simpson, McQuillan, Campbell, Sommerville Subs (not used): Devineau, Trialist – MacLaren, Wilson, Davidson

    Dunbar United Line-up: Wood, Cowan, Burstow, Taylor, Thomson, Carter, Tait, Hill, Young, Girdwood, Grant Subs: Ferguson, McFarlane, Twaddle, Glynn, Gatt

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Crossgates Primrose 2 v. 3 Blackburn United on 09/08/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Crossgates Primrose 2 (Hyslop 67mins, Forrester 73mins)
    Blackburn United (Trialist - Lurinsky 8mins, 15mins & 79mins)

    After the unexpected opening day defeat at the hands of West Calder, United travelled to Fife and, just as they did at Humbug Park last season, raced into a two goal lead within the opening fifteen minutes after Alex LURINSKY was onto McCann’s short pass back after Andy McQuillan had put him under pressure to draw the ‘keeper and slot the ball underneath him and into the net before repeating the feat when collecting a slide rule pass from an Alan Brown free-kick to lash high past Wotherspoon in the home goal. In between times Joe Brady might have done better than shoot high and wide from good position after being set up by Danny Campbell. For the home side, Forrester hit an effort over the top from a McNeill cut back but it was Lurinsky who almost made his mark again just before the interval, hitting an eighteen yarder that broke his way from a Lee Meekison shot that was charged down only for Wotherspoon to deny him a first half hat-trick.

    A long ball forward from Jimmy Sommerville on forty seven minutes sent McQuillan clear and into the left of the box where he took a touch to steady himself but his strike at goal was saved by Wotherspoon. Moments later he found himself in similar position only for his drive to fly past the left hand upright. Prattis then found Smart at the back post where he was blocked by a combination of Meekison and Brady but, moments later, the home side did find a way back into the game when HYSLOP reacted quickest to steer the ball home from barely six yards after James Wightman had saved Gray’s shot from Smart’s cross. McQuillan then had another shot saved at the other end before the Rose were back on level terms in controversial circumstances. Referee Mr. McKenzie adjudged Wightman to have held onto the ball for longer than six seconds as he prepared to clear from hand and awarded a free kick to the Humbug Park men just inside the area. From the award the ball was rolled into the path of FORRESTER and, despite the Blackburn wall charging him down, he guided it round the ruck of players and into the bottom left hand corner. However, with just eleven minutes remaining United deservedly dug out the winner when Brown spotted LURINSKY racing clear onto the edge of the box and picked him out with a pass that allowed him to cleverly lift the ball over Wotherspoon’s head and into the waiting net.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, Meekison, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Trialist - Lurinsky, Spence (Allison 80), McQuillan, Campbell (Trialist – MacLaren 22) (Williamson 86), Brady Subs (not used): Davidson, McIntosh, Callaghan

    Crossgates Primrose Line-up: Wotherspoon, Gourlay, K.Brown, McCann, McNab, Prattis, Smart, Gray, Stark, McNeill, Forrester Subs: Mcomish, Hyslop, Kerr, Bissett, Wilson

    Referee: Mr. David McKenzie

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 3 West Calder United on 06/08/2014 at 19:00 click for match report


    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 0
    West Calder United 3 (Fox 45+1mins, Scullion 51mins, McKenzie 63mins)

    Installed as 9/2 third favourites for the title before kick-off, Blackburn got their league challenge off to the worst possible start with as poor a display as New Murrayfield Park has seen since the side took up residence at the very end of season 2012/13. With all three of the games’ best chances falling the way of the visitors heading into the closing minutes of the first half and James Wightman having to be alert to deny McKenzie, twice, and McLaughlin opening the scoring from them, fortunes were almost reversed when Andy McQuillan broke away at the other end to drive onto the edge of the eighteen yard box and hit a thumping shot that was pushed away at full stretch by his brother Gavin in the Cauther goal. From the rebound Fraser Spence really should have found the net but was also denied by the sprawling figure of the West Calder keeper. Little more than ninety seconds later, failure to take such a golden opportunity was punished when, out of nothing, FOX spun onto a loose ball twenty five yards out on the right to unleash an unstoppable effort into the top left hand corner of Wightman’s net.

    Six minutes after the resumption the Hermand Park men doubled their advantage when Fox’s corner from the right made it to the back post where an unmarked SCULLION managed to bundle the ball home from a couple of yards out. A double substitution by Blackburn then saw Andy McQuillan given a strike partner in the shape of Danny Campbell and resulted in more activity around the visitors goalmouth but only a weak Campbell shot that was comfortable held by Gavin McQuillan was at the end of a short period of pressure. Three minutes later the game was well and truly over when Carson drifted in of the West Calder right to hit a shot that was saved by Wightman but McKENZIE was quick to knock home the rebound. All that was then left was for Gavin McQuillan to again deny his brother, this time in the final minute when plucking from the air his attempted chip after the striker had been set up by a clever Campbell back heel.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Sommerville, Brown, Davidson, Wilson (Trialist – MacLaren 69), Spence, Allison (Brady 52), McQuillan, Simpson (Campbell 52), Williamson Subs (not used): McIntosh, Suchinskyj

    West Calder United Line-up: G.McQuillan, Ross, L.Brown, Scullion, Paton, Fleming, Carson, Fyffe, McKenzie, McLaughlin, Fox Subs: R.Sneddon, G.Sneddon, Aitken, A.Brown, Tucker

  • Armadale Thistle 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 02/08/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    John Gaffney Memorial Trophy

    Armadale Thistle 1
    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan 49mins & 86mins, Hislop 66mins)

    United claimed the John Gaffney Memorial Trophy from their Super League hosts with a brace of second half goals from Andy McQuillan and a stunning free-kick from Scott Hislop. However, it was the ‘Dale who had looked the most likely in a first half in which they had the better of possession but squandered the limited chances that came their way, other than the one which gave them an early lead when a corner from Milton found MacLEOD running into the box to bullet a header past James Wightman and into the top left hand corner. Blackburn were back on terms on forty nine minutes though when Kevin Wilson played in McQUILLAN on the left and he carefully guided a right foot shot from sixteen yards around the ‘keeper and into the net for the equaliser. Almost right away, Wightman saved a snap shot from MacLeod but it was United who claimed the lead with a quarter of the game remaining when McQuillan was upended some twenty yards from goal and HISLOP stepped up to crack a glorious free-kick high past the keeper’s despairing right hand. Thistle’s Mauchlin hit a half volley just past the right hand post as the Volunteer Park men tried to pull level but with just four minutes to play a poorly placed pass in the middle of the park allowed McQUILLAN to intercept and race clear to round Swinburn in the home goal and seal the victory and the John Gaffney Memorial Trophy for Blackburn.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, Trialist - Hislop, Trialist - Davidson (Trialist - MacLaren 54), Brown, Wilson, Simpson (Brady 46), Spence (McIntosh 78), McQuillan, Williamson (Devineau 61) (Callaghan 83), Trialist - Allison

    Armadale Thistle Line-up: Swinburn, G.Brown, Milton, Bonnar, Morrison, Patrick, MacLeod, Mauchlin, Feeney, S.Brown, Thompson Subs: Dalrymple, Duncan, Marshal, Trialist, Tucker

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Royal Albert on 30/07/2014 at 19:15 match photos available click for match report

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    Pre-season Friendly

    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 77mins)
    Royal Albert 2 (McGill 24mins & 88mins)

    Smith in the Albert goal denied first Andy McQuillan and then Chris Simpson’s follow up as Blackburn looked for an early goal, but that came at the other end in the twenty fourth minute when the Burnie defence couldn’t clear allowing McGILL to control and prod the ball past the trialist keeper Michael Timmins. The chance to equalise came thirteen minutes later when McQullian was flattened in the box but Alan Brown’s resulting penalty was saved by Smith. The ball was in the visitors net on the stroke of half time courtesy of a Fraser Spence header but the ref ruled it offside. McQuillan had the first chance of the second period but dragged wide from a tight angle before, on the hour mark, trialist Alastair McCarthur pounced on a short passback but spurned the chance to equalise and shot wide. It was then trialist Liam Allison’s turn, his shot from a Lee Meekieson cutback cannoning back off the post. The equaliser, though, eventually came on seventy seven minutes when McQUILLAN rifled home fom a Devineau cross. However, Albert won the game when McGILL found himself in the freedom of the entire Blackburn half from Smith’s clearance and he rounded Timmins to score his second goal of the game.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Trialist - Timmins, Williamson (McIntosh 55), Meekison, Trialist - Davidson, Brown, Trialist - Allison, Brady (Devineau 61), Spence (Wilson 55), McQuillan, Trialist - Millar (Trialist - McCarthur 57), Simpson Sub (unused): Trialist - Marc Petretti

  • Wishaw 3 v. 0 Blackburn United on 26/07/2014 at 14:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Pre-season Friendly

    Wishaw 3 (Kennedy 7mins, Collinder 77mins & 88mins)
    Blackburn United 0

    Wishaw’s Chalmers fired in a twenty five yarder which Wightman tipped over, but from the resulting corner KENNEDY headed in unmarked to put Wishaw ahead after only seven minutes. Trialist Liam Allison then tried his luck for Blackburn from just outside the box but his shot sailed over. On twenty six minutes Danny Campbell had a shot blocked but he collected the ball again to dink it to the back post for Darren Cooke to head home only to be ruled offside. Early in the second half Alan Brown had to take the goalies jersey after James Wightman was forced to limp off before trialist Alastair McCarthur had a shot deflected wide. It was a game of few clear cut chances but with thirteen minutes to go COLLINDER headed home at the back post to increase Wishaw’s lead and then the same player wrapped things up from twenty yards with minutes left, his shot going in off a post.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman (Brown 61), Trialist - MacLaren, McIntosh (Trialist - Petretti 78), Williamson (Trialist - Davison 70), Sommerville, Trialist - Allison (Trialist - McCarthur), Spence, Simpson, Easton, Campbell, Cooke (Devineau 55)

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Dunipace on 23/07/2014 at 19:00 click for match report

    Pre-season Friendly

    Blackburn United 0
    Dunipace 1 (Rodger 31mins)

    With both centre halves missing, United gave up a series of free-headers inside the box and paid the price just beyond the half hour mark when Hunter got onto Mullen's corner to nod down into RODGER'S path and the striker neatly flicked the ball over his shoulder and into the net from little more than a couple of yards. A dipping Danny Campbell volley almost brought Blackburn level but it was just too high before Kevin Wilson's free-kick from twenty two yards out was touched over by Mather in the visiting goal. A defensive mix-up almost brought Dunipace a second goal around the hour mark but Lee Meekison popped up to clear off the line. It was then James Wightman's turn to prevent United falling two behind when he saved Rodger's shot from near the penalty spot. The last chance of an equaliser then came and went when Darren Cooke hit the right byeline and pulled the ball back for Campbell but he screwed his shot past.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Trialist - Davidson (Meekison 56), McIntosh (Devineau 61), Williamson, Sommerville, Wilson (Trialist - Petretti 68), Spence (Trialist - Slesser 52), Simpson, McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke Sub (not used): Brown

    Dunipace Line-up: Mather, Kirwan, Mullen, Smith, Boslem, Sharp, Mitchell, Batchelor, Espener, Rodger, Hunter Subs: D.Brown, Oates, Steven, S.Brown

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 3 Airdrieonians on 19/07/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 63mins)
    Airdrieonians 3 (Parker 32mins & 66mins (pen), O.G. 72mins)

    SPFL side Airdrieonians provided the testimonial opposition for long serving Alan Brown, an Airdrie born and bred man himself, and fitting tribute was paid to the player when both sides formed a guard of honour to applaud him and his young son onto the park ahead of kick-off. However, the visitors generosity ended there and they took command of the match from the very early stages and only the quick reactions of James Wightman prevented Paddy Boyle from opening the scoring, the United ‘keeper blocking his effort after he had cut inside the area onto a John Boyle pass. Moments later Lee Meekison had to be alert to head clear from John Boyle as the Airdrie front man attacked a cross from Bain. At the other end Andy McQuillan had a turn and shot from the edge of the box that McNeil comfortably gathered. Before the half hour mark the men from New Bromfield had the ball in the net but Blockley was adjudged to be offside when nodding in the loose ball after Wightman had saved John Boyle’s header. However, five minutes later the visitors did open their account, Keigan PARKER stepping up to curl an outstanding free-kick into the top right hand corner from around twenty yards out after Lee Suchinskyj was penalised, perhaps harshly, for an infringement on Parker himself. Blockley then hit a pile driver from all of twenty five yards that Wightman watched carefully as it flew narrowly over.

    John Boyle cut in from the right and hit an eighteen yarder that Wightman held as Airdrie resumed on the attack but it was United who almost got back on terms when Danny Campbell forced the ball in front of McQuillan racing into the area but the pass had just a little bit more pace than the Blackburn striker did and he couldn’t quite get his shot away, much to McNeil’s relief. Parker then had another free-kick that Wightman got to this time to save and he was equally adept at keeping out Blockley’s follow up. On sixty three minutes though, Blackburn were back on level terms, Jimmy Sommerville taking a touch on a ball rolled back to him from the left bye line to whip a cross towards the penalty spot where McQUILLAN got in front of his marker to direct a header behind McNeil and into the waiting net. However, parity was a short lived affair and when Meekison tripped John Boyle on the very edge of the box referee Mr. Smith had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and PARKER slammed home the resultant penalty with no little aplomb. Five minutes later and after United had made a couple of quick substitutions the game was ended as a contest when a loose ball on the edge of the Blackburn area fell invitingly for Blockley to slam in a shot that took a pretty wicked deflection off Stuart Davidson to leave Wightman flat footed and put the Diamonds two goals to the good. With United tiring Airdrie had one or two further half chances that came to naught as the visitors claimed a deserved win that ultimately extended their proud run of only one defeat in the year 2014 to date.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison (Trialist – Davidson 69), Sommerville (McIntosh 70), Suchinskyj (Cooper 87), Wilson (Spence 50), Simpson, Cooke, Brown, McQuillan, Campbell (Trialist – Petretti 75), Williamson (Easton 57)

    Airdrieonians Line-up: McNeil, Bain, P Boyle, Proctor, Fitzpatrick, Hamill, Gray, Blockley, Parker, J Boyle, Watt Subs: O'Neil, Cadden, Wilson, Stewart, Tapping, Kirwan

    Referee: Mr. Duncan Smith
    Assistants: Mr. J.Van Der Ster & Mr. Dominic Falconer

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 5 Haddington Athletic on 26/04/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 3 (C.Easton 14mins, Cooper 53mins, McQuillan 70mins)
    Haddington Athletic 5 (Lynch 9mins, 23mins (pen) & 84mins (pen), Sinclair 28mins, OG 74mins)

    With both sides still retaining an outside chance of promotion depending on Dundonald Bluebell’s result at Stoneyburn, it was the visitors who seemed the more eager early in proceedings to gain revenge for Blackburn’s 6-1 win at Millfield earlier in the season and, after Waugh had hit the bar with a twenty yard strike, they opened the scoring when Jack Wilson pulled the ball back to the edge of the eighteen yard box for LYNCH to slice his shot into the top right hand corner. However, barely five minutes later United were back on terms after piecing together a flowing move that culminated in Kevin Wilson sliding a pass in front of Darren Cooke who took a touch and squared the ball across the six yard box where Craig EASTON arrived to side foot home. The Hi-Hi almost regained the lead just beyond the twenty minute mark when McEwan hit the left bye-line and set up MacDonald for a flick at goal from the corner of the six yard box that James Wightman saved before, two minutes later, their lead was indeed re-established when referee Mr. Smith adjudged Andy Cooper to have impeded McDonald on the left of the box and LYNCH slammed the resultant penalty under Wightman. Blackburn almost repeated the feat of equalising quickly but Andy McQuillan headed Cooke’s delivery from the left into the hands of a relieved McQueen. Barely a minute later instead of parity a two goal lead was Haddington’s, a slack Alan Brown clearance being charged down by SINCLAIR who nipped past Darren McIntosh and advanced on goal to draw Wightman and guide his shot past him and into the net.

    A close range Jack Wilson effort forced Wightman into an early second half save as the visitors looked to put the points beyond United but instead of being able to do so they found their lead halved shortly thereafter, Brown flighting a free-kick into the box where Craig Easton found some space to lash an angled shot goalward that McQueen couldn’t cling onto and Andy COOPER pounced to clip the ball over him and into the waiting net. McQuillan then almost levelled matters but after swapping passes with Danny Campbell his attempt from a tightening angle flashed across goal and past the left hand upright. At the other end Haddington too still posed a threat and Wightman did well to save at MacDonald’s feet with Jack Wilson blazing his follow up way too high. The game, though, was back in the melting pot with twenty minutes remaining when Campbell once again linked well with McQUILLAN and the striker did as he so often does against the Millfield men and thumped his fifteen yard shot past McQueen for the equaliser. However, just as United looked capable of going onto claim all three points a calamitous defensive error lead to an equally calamitous own-goal to gift the lead back to the visitors when Brown dallied too long on the ball on the left of the area, allowing Lynch in to fire across goal where the ball thumped against an unprepared Fraser Spence and flew past a hopelessly exposed Wightman. Six minutes from time a more than generous second penalty award to the Hi-Hi presented LYNCH with the perfect opportunity to claim his hat-trick and the full back did so with no little aplomb, lashing past Wightman to secure the victory that turned out to be not quite enough to prevent Dundonald Bluebell ascending to the Premier League thanks to their narrow 1-0 win at Beechwood Park.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Callaghan (Meekison 75), McIntosh, Brown, Cooper, Spence, Cooke (G.Easton 75), Wilson, C.Easton, Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): Suchinskyj, Sommerville, Williamson

    Haddington Athletic Line-up: McQueen, Lynch, Ponton, Gallacher, Motion, Bracks, Waugh, Wilson, MacDonald, Sinclair, McEwan Subs: Conaghan, Ferguson, Jones, Martin, Slight

    Referee: Mr. Nikki Smith

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 0 Whitburn on 19/04/2014 at 14:30 click for match report


    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 1 (O.G. 90mins)
    Whitburn 0

    United hosted local rivals Whitburn still clinging onto an outside chance of securing a top two slot and, with it, promotion while the visitors travelled in the hope of retaining their place in the top half of the division. However, in truth the game had more of an end of season feel to it due to the defeats suffered by both teams the week before and it wasn’t until a quarter of an hour was on the clock that the first opportunity arrived, Danny Campbell feeding Andy McQuillan on the right who advanced on goal to fire in a shot that Allan saved and did so again from McQuillan’s follow up. McQuillan then had his second chance of the afternoon but headed Campbell’s cross from the right onto the roof of the net. The best of the halves opportunities arrived on the half hour mark though when Darren Cooke and Craig Easton combined to force the ball in front of McQuillan but he somehow scooped it way too high when it seemed to have been easier to simply head it into the waiting net. Whitburn’s Gary Brass then saw his free header from ten yards out scrambled clear as the first forty five minutes ended goal less.

    The second period was as bereft of any real chances as the first and it was Brass to the fore again for the Central Park men when his header from a corner kick was cleared off the line by Alan Brown. A deflected McQuillan shot midway through the half was then deflected into the clutches of Allan as United took a firmer grip on proceedings but it was Whitburn who came close moments later when only a fine Paul Callaghan tackle just on the edge of the six yard box denied that man Brass. Two minutes from time McQuillan displayed a fine piece of chest control to turn and hammer in a half volley that flew narrowly past but when his next opportunity came in the final minute of normal time he was given a massive helping hand by ex-United player Davie Sneddon, the Whitburn captain chasing the striker back but only managing to deflect his wayward shot into his own net past a wrong footed Allan for the games only goal.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, P.Callaghan, McIntosh, Brown, Cooper, Williamson (Wilson 81), Cooke, Spence, C.Easton, Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): G.Easton, Meekison, Sommerville, Suchinskyj

    Whitburn Line-up: Allan, O’Donnell, Brennan, Graham, D.Sneddon, Hamilton, Taylor, Sutherland, Brass, Scott, Bain Subs: King, Wilson, Stewart, S.Sneddon, Ritchie

  • Dunbar United 1 v. 0 Blackburn United on 12/04/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Dunbar United 1 (O.G. 82mins)
    Blackburn United 0

    Blackburn’s promotion hopes were all but blown away in an incessant gale force wind that contrived to ruin the game for both sides. Five minutes in and from a Grant Easton corner on the right Keith Tait popped up to head Andy McQuillan’s effort off the Dunbar line before, just as the interval approached, Easton’s twenty two yard free-kick was comfortably held by Wood in the home goal with players from both sides struggling to cope in the awful overhead conditions.

    Another Easton free-kick as the game resumed presented Andy Cooper with the chance to shoot but when his effort was blocked McQuillan could only send his sixteen yard follow up scraping past the right hand post. Chris Simpson then set up Danny Campbell on the right but when his near post delivery was inadvertently deflected goalward by Tait as he tried to intercept Wood made a fine, diving save to spare his full back’s blushes. With the ball spending as much time off the park as on it due to the wind the next opportunity fell to the hosts as Grant’s cross from the right was taken by the gale and was whacked against the crossbar before being cleared. Ten minutes later Blackburn too struck wood when the ball broke to Craig Easton from a quickly taken corner but his fierce, angled drive clattered against the right hand upright. With little more than eight minutes remaining though the Seasiders delivered the sucker punch that, in all likelihood, ensures Blackburn’s continued presence in the South Division when Chris Grant’s delivery from the left was horribly sliced by Grant Easton as he attempted to clear and the ball curled up and over the head of the stranded James Wightman with more than a little assistance from the ever present wind.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, P.Callaghan, G.Easton, Brown, Cooper, Simpson, Cooke, Wilson (Spence 64), C.Easton, Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): Miller, Williamson, McIntosh, Suchinskyj

    Dunbar United Line-up: Wood, Watson, K.Tait, Cowan, Baillie, Brown, Girdwood, S.Tait, S.Hill, C.Hill, Grant Subs: Morgan, West

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 3 Crossgates Primrose on 29/03/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 4 (C.Easton 18mins, Cooper 62mins, Campbell 68mins, Cooke 70mins)
    Crossgates Primrose 3 (Stark 7mins, Smart 41mins, Hyslop 85mins)

    Within seconds of the first whistle Craig Easton sent Danny Campbell clear on the right as United looked to impose themselves immediately but his square ball across the face of goal was touched away by Wilson under severe pressure from the arriving Darren Cooke. However, little more than two minutes later it was the visitors who found themselves with a golden opportunity, Lee Suchinskyj making a mistake to let Stark advance on goal unhindered but James Wightman was quick off his line to block his eventual shot. Primrose, though, were nonetheless able to move ahead before the ten minute mark was reached when the far side linesman raised his flag to indicate the ball had crossed the line after STARK’S header from a Kerr free-kick had crashed off the underside of the crossbar. The game was then quickly brought back to parity some eleven minutes later when Campbell made ground on the right to cut inside Brown and roll a pass in front of Craig EASTON who hit a first time shot across Wilson and in at the far post before Andy McQuillan almost put Blackburn ahead, but after taking a Darren Cooke pass in his stride he hit his twenty yarder narrowly past. An even better chance fell United’s way shortly thereafter but once Craig Easton had flicked on Andy Cooper’s long ball McQuillan could only shoot straight at Wilson. Three minutes later, McQuillan threw himself at a Grant Easton corner only for his header to fly right at Wilson again. However, having survived a barrage of pressure Crossgates had the last word of the half when McComish broke clear to set up SMART supporting on his right and he cracked his effort past Wightman and into the waiting net.

    Much like the majority of the first half, Blackburn started the second period on the offensive and buzzed around the visitors goal for long spells before eventually being rewarded just after the hour mark, Grant Easton’s corner from the right being firmly met by the forehead of COOPER to plant the ball behind Wilson. This equaliser then heralded a further spell of pressure which brought a further two goals before seventy minutes were on the clock, first when Chris Simpson and Craig Easton combined on the left to get the ball all the way to the back post where CAMPBELL hit a low, angled drive past the despairing dive of Wilson and then when Campbell turned provider, intercepting the ball just inside the Primrose half to speed clear and set up COOKE to fire home from around twelve yards out. Indeed, but for Beveridge clearing McQuillan’s header off the line United might have moved three clear moments later. A nervy final few minutes were ultimately ensured though when, from a Smart cross, HYSLOP bundled the ball past Wightman with what was Crossgates first proper effort at goal of the half. However, the final whistle was reached safely to see Blackburn move five points clear of Dundonald Bluebell in the race for the Division’s second promotion spot with the Fifers having played two games fewer.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, G.Easton (Callaghan 53), Cooper, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Cooke, Wilson, C.Easton, Campbell (Miller 84), McQuillan Subs (not used): McIntosh, Spence, Williamson

    Crossgates Primrose Line-up: Wilson, Pearson, Brown, Beveridge, McNab, Kerr, McComish, Prattis, Stark, Duffy, Smart Subs: Newbigging, Robertson, Devaney, Hyslop, Watt

    Referee: Mr. Scott Jamieson

    Assistants: Mr. M.McDermid & Mr. W.Smith

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Tranent on 22/03/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 3 (Cooke 10mins, McQuillan 21mins & 56mins)
    Tranent 0

    United opened up quickly in pursuit of an early goal and, after Andy McQuillan had spun past Horne to hit a shot that was touched past the near post by Beveridge in the visiting goal, were rewarded when McQuillan then burst clear on the right and his first time delivery across the face of goal was crashed home from ten yards on the half volley by Darren COOKE. Six minutes later though Blackburn had Grant Easton to thank for keeping this early lead intact when, from a Tranent corner, he cleared Ferguson’s headed effort off the line. However, United duly moved two ahead on the twenty one minute mark when Craig Easton sent McQUILLAN in on the right to advance on goal and fire a terrific shot between Beveridge and his left hand post from around fourteen yards out. McQuillan then had two opportunities to double his tally just before and just beyond the half hour, first after stepping past Horne on the left to hit an angled drive narrowly past the far post and then when taking a Craig Easton pass in his stride to ping in a shot that Beveridge got enough of a hand on to allow Fairnie time to get back and hack clear from the line. Craig Easton then had his own pop at goal from the right edge of the area but the ball flew into the side netting.

    Eleven minutes after the resumption United put the game firmly beyond the Belters when Grant Easton’s corner on the right was headed goalwards by Andy Cooper where Beveridge blocked but couldn’t hold onto the ball and McQUILLAN was onto it in a flash to knock it into the net through a gaggle of bodies from little more than six yards. Another Grant Easton delivery from the right and another Cooper header almost brought a fourth Blackburn counter but this time the big centre half’s header sneaked past. Sixty seconds later a fine passage of play between Kevin Wilson, Cooke, and McQuillan resulted in Cooke’s shot at goal being stopped only by the feet of a diving Beveridge before Grant Easton broke up a Tranent attack twenty yards from his own goal and raced the length of the park to put McQuillan clear on goal but a heavy touch just at the wrong time saw the strikers chance of a hat-trick disappear. With the pressure continuing on the visitors goal Wilson almost repeated his trick of the previous week when lifting in an effort from all of thirty yards but this time instead of the ball finding the net as it had against Stoneyburn the visiting ‘keeper managed to push it past. Tranent then had the briefest of flurries at the other end heading into the last eight minutes or so but after substitute Kennedy’s shot dribbled past the post he then snatched at his next opportunity to allow Ross Williamson to shepherd the ball away from his line. United, though, finished on the attack and in the final minute almost found a fourth when Danny Campbell got in on the right only for his shot to flash across goal and past.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (P.Callaghan 81), G.Easton, Brown, Cooper, Simpson (Williamson 76), Cooke, Wilson, C.Easton (Miller 76), Campbell, McQuillan Sub (not used): McIntosh

    Tranent Line-up: Beveridge, Horne, Ross, Fairnie, Ferguson, Reynolds, Berry, Wojtowycz, Stoev, McKillop, Finlayson Subs: White, Kennedy, Malcolm

    Referee: Mr. Alastair Leghorn

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 3 Stoneyburn on 15/03/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 4 (C.Easton 3mins & 66mins, Brown 7mins, Wilson 85mins)
    Stoneyburn 3 (Calvey 13mins, Robertson 26mins, Smith 60mins)

    In the first of a series of must win games United were off the mark quickly when, with barely three minutes on the clock, Danny Campbell sent Craig EASTON clear down the right to advance into the box and smash a low drive past Holliday for his sixth goal for the club in only his tenth start. Four minutes later Blackburn doubled this early lead when Alan BROWN, breaking Craig Spence’s all time appearance record for United, collected the ball on the left corner of the eighteen yard box and curled an inch perfect shot into the top right hand corner of the net. However, the visitors, fielding four trialists from Loganlea Amateurs, were right back in the game before the quarter hour mark was reached when Mackie’s corner found the unmarked CALVEY who hit a fine half volley past James Wightman from around sixteen yards. From a Campbell corner captain Andy Cooper then directed a header onto the roof of the Stoneyburn net before, sixty seconds later, a Campbell run to the right byeline and subsequent cut back was fired straight at Holliday by Andy McQuillan. The Fulshie, though, brought the game back to parity on the twenty six minute mark when Mackie looked up to pick out ROBERTSON racing in behind the United rearguard and the pacy front man lifted his shot over the advancing Wightman and into the waiting net. Before the break Blackburn almost found themselves back in front but when Cooper got onto Brown’s free-kick into the box and manoeuvred himself past Gourley his parting shot rattled against the legs of Calvey and flew clear.

    With Lee Meekison on for Jimmy Sommerville at the start of the second half United looked to re-establish their lead and Darren Cooke went close with an angled half volley from a Campbell delivery that flew narrowly over. However, on the hour mark a calamitous mix-up between Darren McIntosh and Wightman handed the lead to the visitors when, after a poor goal kick from Wightman, Mackie headed the ball back towards the United goal where McIntosh tried to shepherd it back to his ‘keeper but confusion reigned as both left it for each other and SMITH had the simplest of tasks to nip in and roll the ball into an empty net from little more than a yard or two out. Almost straight away Blackburn tinkered with their formation, moving to a back three to apply more pressure going forward and were rewarded six minutes after going behind when Easton chased a Brown pass to the right byeline and was upended just inside the box by a lunging Gourley tackle. With the big Stoneyburn centre-half consequently dismissed for what was his second bookable offence of the afternoon EASTON picked himself up to fire the resultant penalty home despite Holliday getting a hand on the ball as it made its way past him. The Beechwood Park men weren’t finished either though and in a lightning break to the other end Robertson smacked a shot against the left hand post before the same player got in on the left only to be denied by Wightman. However, with their man advantage United were now bossing play and Brown almost added his second of the game, curling in another fine effort from a tight angle that landed on the roof of Holliday’s net. With just five minutes remaining and much to the relief of the bench and home support alike, Blackburn did eventually contrive to find a winner as reward for their pressure, substitute Kevin WILSON pulling a quite brilliant finish out of the bag when latching onto the ball almost thirty yards out after it had broken to him from a contested bounce ball on the edge of the box and lifting an inch perfect shot over everyone’s head and into the top left hand corner of the net to keep United’s promotion challenge on course.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (Meekison 46), McIntosh (Wilson 61), Cooper, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Cooke (Miller 77), Brown, C.Easton, Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): G.Easton, Williamson

    Stoneyburn Line-up: Holliday, Brown, Gilhooley, Gourley, Calvey, Drew, McDowall, Mackie, Smith, Robertson, Pelc Subs: Marshall, Reid, Sharp, McKinlay

    Referee: Mr. Laurie MacKinnon

  • Edinburgh United 2 v. 2 Blackburn United on 08/03/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Edinburgh United 2 (Fisher 17mins (pen), Murray 25mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (C.Easton 8mins, Campbell 32mins)

    With the top four putting distance between themselves and the rest of the league this 2nd v 3rd clash had the potential to have a huge bearing on the promotion race and it was Blackburn who struck first after soaking up some early pressure, James Sommerville lifting in a free-kick from out on the right that reached the back post where Craig EASTON was onto it first to direct the ball behind Sinclair Inglis in the home goal. However, after patient probing for an opening behind the Blackburn back four the home side were eventually presented with the perfect opportunity to drag themselves back to parity when Fraser Spence was adjudged to have barged Fisher over on the very edge of the eighteen yard box. Despite the innocuous looking nature of the challenge referee Mr. Ferguson had no hesitation in awarding a penalty and FISHER picked himself up to drill the ball past the reach of James Wightman from the spot. Chris Simpson then set up Andy McQuillan with a chance to restore the Blackburn lead but after bringing the ball under control the striker could only find the side netting with his angled drive before, moments later, the hosts were awarded a free-kick some twenty five yards out that Smith cracked on target and Wightman tipped over the junction of his post and bar. From the resultant corner the ball was cleared out only as far as Fisher who clipped the it back into the centre of the box where MURRAY found himself in enough space to direct a header down and into the bottom right hand corner to give the Paties Road men the lead. Ninety seconds later Lee Suchinskyj got his head on a Danny Campbell corner but Inglis was able to save. However, the equaliser was delayed only a further five minutes and arrived when Andy Cooper did well to force the ball out to CAMPBELL on the right and the youngster raced clear to draw Inglis and net with style, placing his shot neatly between the ‘keeper and the right hand post. A near post cross from Darren Cooke then allowed McQuillan a shot at goal that crept past before the same player was on the end of a Spence pass minutes from the interval only for Inglis to save his shot.

    Blackburn were forced into a reshuffle at the start of the second half with Alan Brown replacing the injured Cooper at the heart of the defence and Edinburgh almost took advantage straight away when clever link play from Murray and Fisher set up Hunter for a pop at goal that Wightman clung onto. At the other end Chris Inglis scrambled clear from close to his own goal line after a right to left ball from McQuillan set up Easton for a downward header but it was the home side who were turning the screw and Murray was unlucky to see his curled effort from a Fisher pass kiss the top of the bar on its way over. Not much more than sixty seconds later Blackburn too had the bar to curse when McQuillan took a Cooke pass in his stride to canter into the left of the box and cleverly turn past Hume before lifting a terrific effort over Inglis only for the ball to slam back off the face of the crossbar. Heading towards the last ten minutes the woodwork was struck yet again, the side from the capital carving out a chance for Murray to cross and for substitute Mitchell to head against Wightman’s bar. With less than five minutes remaining Edinburgh continued to force the pace but couldn’t find a way past Wightman for the winner, coming closest when Smith fired past the left hand post and then, in added on time, when the same player saw his effort from a Fisher cut back held by the Blackburn ‘keeper.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (Callaghan 69), McIntosh, Cooper (Brown 46), Suchinskyj, Simpson, Cooke, Spence (Wilson 58), C.Easton, Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): Miller, Williamson

    Edinburgh United Line-up: S.Inglis, Hume, Stewart, Heggie, Gordon, C.Inglis, Murray, Fairnie, Hunter, Fisher, Smith Subs: Mitchell, Dick, Paterson, Draper, White

    Referee: Mr. Craig Ferguson

  • West Calder United 3 v. 2 Blackburn United on 01/03/2014 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    West Calder United 3 (Pagliarulo 9mins & 54mins, G.Sneddon 79mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 65mins, Cooper 71mins)

    Since the hosts move to Hermand Park at the start of the 2008/09 season Blackburn had made five previous visits to West Calder on league business and had failed to emerge victorious on each occasion, recording two draws to sit alongside three narrow defeats and Cauther set about the opening moments with the clear intention of continuing their dominance of the fixture, McKenzie finding Fyffe on the edge of the eighteen yard box for a pop at goal that James Wightman held. However, with their very next attack the home side did find a way past Wightman when a free-kick out on the right was flighted into the box by Brown where PAGLIARULO was on hand to connect and direct his first time, side foot effort into the net. At the other end Danny Campbell too showed he could deliver a free-kick, Andy Cooper heading it down into the path of Andy McQuillan who skipped past Dryden only for his shot to be charged down by Scullion. Two minutes later Darren Cooke set up Campbell on the right for a shot that looked destined for the top right hand corner before Pennycook stretched to touch it over. The big Cauther ‘keeper then pulled off an even better stop just after the half hour mark when somehow denying McQuillan from just about point blank range after the striker had timed his run perfectly to get on the end of a low, right to left delivery from Craig Easton. West Calder, though, were almost two up before the interval when Carson’s looping header deceived Wightman but cracked off the left hand upright. However, Blackburn finished the half on the attack, Easton spinning past Dryden on the left to clip in an effort from a tight angle that beat Pennycook this time but Paton popped up on the line to head clear.

    After the resumption Cauther too saw an effort cleared off the line, Darren McIntosh doing the needful when McLaughlin’s shot might have been creeping into the bottom right hand corner before, on fifty one minutes, Pennycook pulled off arguably his best save yet, spreading himself to deny McQuillan from point blank range once again after Blackburn’s top scorer had tried to put the finishing touch on a flowing move started by Alan Brown and Craig Easton and completed by a pin point delivery from Campbell. Three minutes later though, a swift and incisive breakaway by the home side doubled their lead, PAGLIARULO remaining cool under pressure to slide the ball past Wightman after racing clear on goal from just inside the Blackburn half. A Campbell cut back from the right byeline just after the hour then presented Alan Brown with the chance to haul his side back into the game but yet again Pennycook was there to block, although he was helpless sixty seconds later when eventually beaten, McQUILLAN slamming a Cooke cross from the left into his net before quickly helping retrieve the ball to hurriedly get the game restarted. Six minutes later such urgency was rewarded when Campbell’s free kick from out on the left arrived in the middle of the box where COOPER got the last touch amongst a number of players to force the ball home for a richly deserved equaliser. In quick succession Blackburn then found that lady luck wasn’t to be on their side when the woodwork was struck twice, first when a terrific McQuillan looping header from a Campbell free kick rattled the inside of the left hand post and soon thereafter when Campbell himself lifted a glorious lob over Pennycook only for it to strike the face of the crossbar. To compound matters, barely five minutes later in almost a carbon copy of the breakaway that brought their second goal the hosts moved back in front, substitute Grant SNEDDON racing from around halfway to draw Wightman and lift the ball into the net for a goal celebrated wildly both by him and his team mates. There was still enough time left for Easton to hit a sixteen yarder just past and for Pennycook to do as he had done all afternoon and pull off a save from a Cooper shot and another from a McIntosh header that looked as if it was just about to sneak in but, try as they might, Blackburn just couldn’t force the ball past the big ‘keeper for a third time as the equaliser eluded them along with that first ever league win at Hermand Park.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (Wilson 60), McIntosh, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Cooke, Brown, C.Easton, Campbell (Miller 84), McQuillan Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, G.Easton, Williamson

    West Calder United Line-up: Pennycook, Dryden, Brown, Paton, Scullion, A.McLaughlin, Carson, Fyffe, McKenzie, Pagliarulo, Fox Subs: R.Sneddon, G.Sneddon, S.McLaughlin, Aitken, Gear

    Referee: Mr. Chris Newman

  • Blackburn United P v. P Haddington Athletic on 22/02/2014 at 14:15 Match Postponed

    New Murrayfield Park failed a 9:00am pitch inspection and the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

  • Dunbar United P v. P Blackburn United on 15/02/2014 at 14:15 Match Postponed

    New Countess Park failed a 9:45am pitch inspection and the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

  • Blackburn United P v. P Haddington Athletic on 08/02/2014 at 14:00 Match Postponed


    New Murrayfield Park failed a 10:00am pitch inspection and the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

  • Falkirk 1 v. 5 Blackburn United on 01/02/2014 at 13:45 click for match report


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    Falkirk 1 (Ure 83mins)
    Blackburn United 5 (Campbell 12mins & 47mins, OG 28mins, McQuillan 44mins, Cooke 71mins)

    The last time United travelled to Grangemouth Stadium on league duty the side emerged 4-1 winners and a quick start that saw Andy McQuillan step onto the ball some twenty five yards from goal to stride forward and power an effort from twenty yards just over the top suggested that a similarly urgent display to that afternoon might be on offer. Indeed, an early goal to further confirm this arrived not long thereafter, Darren Cooke finding McQuillan racing to the left byeline from where he clipped a ball onto the back post for Danny CAMPBELL to gleefully head into the roof of Hardie’s net. Minutes later the hosts came close to levelling matters but Aitken’s downward header from Young’s cross bounced up into James Wightman’s hands before Blackburn almost grabbled a second, Craig Easton sending Campbell in behind Keir but his square ball was bravely claimed by Hardie with McQuillan lurking. Hardie was then called into action again to touch Cooke’s snap shot past the bottom left hand corner at full stretch. However, the big Falkirk ‘keeper wasn’t quite so clever just before the half hour mark in completely misjudging a long Darren McIntosh throw into his area to only succeed in pushing it up and into the roof of his own net for an embarrassing own goal. Five minutes from the break Falkirk came close to reducing their arrears with a fine Ure header on a Keir cross but Wightman was more than equal to it and it was to be United who found the net again before the interval, Campbell firing a deep cross from the right beyond the back post where Easton controlled it and rolled it back to McIntosh who flighted in a perfect delivery for McQUILLAN to side foot home on the half volley.

    Two minutes after the resumption the game was well and truly killed off as a contest when Easton fed CAMPBELL on the right to advance into the box, draw Hardie from his line and lift a lovely little chip over him and into the net for his own second goal of the afternoon. Campbell then almost claimed his hat-trick in spectacular fashion when collecting the ball wide on the right and dancing his way past three defenders before sizing up an angled shot that crashed off Hardie’s chest and clear. Aitken then came to the home sides rescue when popping up to head a goal bound Alan Brown header off the line and then an intricate build up between captain Andy Cooper, Cooke and Campbell saw the latter square for McQuillan to drill narrowly past as Blackburn sensed there were more goals in the offing. Two minutes later, in fact, and there was another, McQuillan firing a low one onto the back post where a thumping COOKE half volley was saved by Hardie only for it to land back at the youngsters feet who calmly arrowed his second attempt past the ‘keeper and home. Before the end a pop from distance by Faulds called Wightman into action but it was United who came close yet again, McQuillan hitting a fierce effort that beat Hardie all ends up but rattled back off the left hand post. Falkirk, though, did eventually manage to make a mark on the scoreline with just seven minutes remaining when a loose ball fell invitingly to URE some sixteen yards out to lash a fine volley past Wightman. However, Blackburn’s tenth win in eleven league outings had long since been secured.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Simpson, Cooke, Spence (Brown 45mins), C.Easton, Campbell (G.Easton 72), McQuillan

    Falkirk Line-up: Hardie, Mitchell, Keir, Lejman, Roberts, Faulds, Aitken, Shirra, Ure, Young, Arundel Subs: Watson, Taylor, Wilson, Lawrie, Cook

    Referee: Mr. Calvin Mark

  • Blackburn United P v. P Tranent on 25/01/2014 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    New Murrayfield Park failed a 10:00am pitch inspection and the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Harthill Royal on 18/01/2014 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan 29mins, Campbell 58mins, Davie 60mins)
    Harthill Royal 0

    The United line-up was unchanged from the previous week and the 1-0 win over Dundonald Bluebell but the difficult underfoot conditions were proving almost impossible to master and it was the visitors who adapted better early on without finding a route to James Wightman’s goal. After eighteen minutes though Blackburn duly found a foothold and came close when Craig Easton manoeuvred himself from left to right and picked out Danny Campbell on the right and when his back post delivery arrived it was only just out of the reach of Andy McQuillan. Moments later an even better opportunity was carved out when McQuillan set up Campbell to hit the right bye-line and pull a ball back for Fraser Spence who hit his shot narrowly past the right hand post at the second attempt. Harthill too then came within a whisker of finding the net when Moffat hit a twenty yard free-kick just over the top after Chris Simpson had pushed Boyle to the ground as he headed towards the eighteen yard box. However, it was United who broke the deadlock ninety seconds later with a free-kick of their own, McQUILLAN drilling the dead ball into the bottom left hand corner from a little over twenty yards out after Simpson’s run was impeded by Gardner. Easton then had a pop from nearer twenty five yards distance charged down as Blackburn looked to double the lead, as were two further attempts by the striker just before the interval after Campbell had picked him out with a right wing cross.

    Harthill’s King almost hauled the scores level at the outset of the second period but he had to stretch just a little too much to get on the end of Whitelaw’s cross and could only divert the ball wide of Wightman’s goal before, four minutes later, the same player fashioned himself an even better chance, but after spinning onto Garrett’s delivery he screwed his effort from around ten yards past the right hand post. The visitors were then punished for these two missed opportunities just ahead of the hour mark when CAMPBELL darted onto a loose ball some thirty or more yards from goal to dance past several challenges and slalom into the box to brilliantly find the net with a delicate clip past the outrushing McGuinness. Two minutes later the game was put beyond Harthill by Jed DAVIE who was quickest to react when Darren McIntosh’s cross from the left was headed clear to the edge of the area from where he planted a controlled left footer into the top left hand corner of McGuinness’s net. McQuillan then saw a shot saved after Davie’s cross was redirected to him by Lee Suchinskyj. The final threat on goal of the afternoon came from some neat interplay between substitutes Darren Cooke and Nicky Miller who set up Spence for a shot that was blocked by Duffy as United ultimately ran out comfortable winners to move up into second spot in the South Division.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Simpson (Brown 68), Davie, Spence, C.Easton (Cooke 74), Campbell, McQuillan (Miller 74) Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, G.Easton

    Harthill Royal Line-up: McGuinness, Robertson, Whitelaw, Duffy, Gardner, Morton, Moffat, King, Luke, R.Boyle, Garrett Subs: C.Boyle, Sinnet, Greenan, Carmichael, Dodds

    Referee: Mr. Gordon MacVicar

  • Dundonald Bluebell 0 v. 1 Blackburn United on 11/01/2014 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    Dundonald Bluebell 0
    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 69mins)

    United travelled to Fife having to rejig their back four due to Alan Brown’s unavailability but Club captain Andy Cooper was fit again to take his place alongside Lee Suchinskyj in the centre of the defence after a near three month injury absence and a solid start to the game saw the previously high scoring hosts limited to pops at goal from long range. The early storm weathered, Blackburn then carved out the best opportunity of the opening period when Fraser Spence sent Craig Easton in on the right but his angled drive flashed past the left upright with the aid of a slight deflection. Moments later Danny Campbell then linked cleverly with Easton to deliver a ball into the box that broke the way of Andy McQuillan but his snap shot was blocked on the six yard line. At the other end Walton’s throw was cleared only as far as Duffy but his low, twenty yarder flew past James Wightman’s left hand post. The ‘Bell then came closer still when Carr’s corner on the right broke for Walton whose shot, which looked to be heading well wide, was redirected by the boot of Laird but sneaked past the right hand post. Six minutes later United then pieced together the halves best move when Easton turned into space some thirty yards from goal and played a pass inside Graham for Campbell to race onto but just as he prepared to shoot the beaten left back made a last gasp challenge which caught the wingers standing leg and sent him crashing to the ground. To the astonishment of both the home and away dugouts and support alike, referee Mr. Reid chose to wave play on rather than award what appeared to be a glaring penalty kick.

    Some eleven minutes after the resumption Campbell was again fouled in a dangerous position and from the free-kick Easton curled his effort around the defensive wall but narrowly wide. A Dundonald free-kick was then charged down by the Blackburn wall but broke kindly for Duffy to curl his attempt just over from the edge of the box. However, the only goal of a keenly contested game arrived not long thereafter when Campbell made ground down the United right and looked up to clip in a delivery for the arriving McQUILLAN to take a touch to steady himself and poke past Wilson in the home goal from six yards out. Heading into the closing ten minutes Carr produced a neat lay-off for Duffy to have another attempt from distance but he was once more too high before Blackburn almost found the net again when McQuillan managed to turn and squeeze a shot past Wilson before Graham managed to get back in just enough time to hack the ball off his goal line. Seconds later Wightman then produced a save from the very top drawer to ensure all three points would travel back across the Forth Road Bridge, tipping a Lally pile driver that looked destined for the top corner past the junction of post and bar to help inflict upon the men from Cardenden their first league defeat of the season and their first ninety scoreless minutes of the campaign.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Davie, Spence (G.Easton 89), C.Easton (Cooke 80), Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): Miller, Williamson

    Dundonald Bluebell Line-up: Wilson, Grieve, Graham, Mayne, Laird, Walton, Duffy, Carr, Wallace, Lally, Morrison Subs: McCreadie, McQuade, Shields, Lennox

    Referee: Mr. Barry Reid

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 Lochgelly Albert on 04/01/2014 at 13:30 click for match report


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    Blackburn United 3 (Brown 57mins, C.Easton 63mins, Campbell 88mins)
    Lochgelly Albert 1 (Watt 13mins)

    In a game of two halves the visitors from across the bridge held the balance of play for most of the opening period and were ahead after just thirteen minutes, Duncan delivering a free-kick to the back post where, with James Wightman rooted to his line, WATT was on hand to nod home. United, though, also had early chances and only a fingertip save by Rushford prevented a Jimmy Sommerville header levelling matters before an Andy McQuillan cross field pass from left to right allowed Danny Campbell to step inside Perrie and unleash a shot that screwed over the top. However, before the break the Berts were again threatening Wightman’s goal, Barratt’s twenty five yard free-kick finding a way through the Blackburn wall and forcing Wightman to dive and touch it past.

    Four minutes after the resumption United should really have been back on terms but once Lee Suchinskyj had headed Campbell’s corner from the right onto Nicky Miller the little front man could only lift his tame effort over the top from point blank range. Duncan and Brown then linked for the visitors for the latter to rifle past but it was United’s Brown in the shape of Alan BROWN who was that much more accurate only sixty seconds later when he pounced on a long Darren McIntosh throw-in to crash the ball into the roof of Rushford’s net from around six yards for the equaliser. Four minutes later Miller set up McQuillan to put Craig Easton through on goal but his toe poke was blocked. However, EASTON wasn’t to be denied and within ninety seconds he had indeed found the net, linking with Campbell on the right to race on into the box and take the return pass and guide the ball beyond the reach of Rushford in the Lochgelly goal. An angled shot from O’Hanlon was then saved by Wightman as the visitors attempted to salvage something from the game but the points were secured for United two minutes from time when Jed Davie was fouled right on the very edge of the box and Easton stepped up to thunder a free-kick past the wall which forced the excellent Rushford into a save that he couldn’t ultimately cling onto and CAMPBELL was on hand to tuck the loose ball into the net. In added on time substitute Darren Cooke rattled a powerful effort off the right hand post from a McIntosh pass before the Berts Seath was foolish enough to say way too much to a harassed referee over an innocuous decision to earn himself a foolish red card.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Miller (Davie 64), Spence, C.Easton, Campbell, McQuillan (Cooke 83) Subs (not used): Meekison, P.Callaghan, G.Easton

    Lochgelly Albert Line-up: Rushford, O'Connor, Perrie, Swan, Barratt, Duncan, Brown, MacFarlane, Watt, Duncan, O'Hanlon Subs: Seath, Samson, McManus

    Referee: Mr. Paul Crosbie

  • Rosyth 1 v. 5 Blackburn United on 28/12/2013 at 13:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Rosyth 1 (Watson 14mins)
    Blackburn United 5 (Campbell 5mins & 50mins, C.Easton 32mins & 36mins, Brown 49mins)

    The home side were looking to avenge the 7-1 they suffered at New Murrayfield Park earlier in the season and started brightly enough when MacMillan wormed his way past Lee Suchinskyj on the right to ping in a shot that Jimmy Sommerville was forced to head off the line. However, within a minute the scoring was opened at the other end, Danny CAMPBELL breaking clear on the United right and racing past Scott before drawing Mayne from his line and rolling the ball underneath him. Ninety seconds later it was almost two but when Andy McQuillan flicked Campbell's left wing delivery against the crossbar Craig Easton's follow up was blocked and cleared for a corner by Watson. Indeed, WATSON then became the hero at the other end too when, not long thereafter, he took advantage when a free-kick on the edge of the box, awarded for a hotly disputed pass back, cannoned off the wall and broke kindly for him to smack into the bottom left hand corner from twenty yards out. Almost straight away United too had an opportunity from a dead ball situation but Dylan Clark's effort from 22 yards was spectacularly tipped over by Mayne in the home goal. However, the Blackburn lead was restored just beyond the half hour mark when Fraser Spence was put through one one one with Mayne only to be tugged back by Taylor in the very act of shooting but as the ball broke to EASTON the referee waved play on and he drilled an angled shot across goal and in. Four minutes later McQuillan headed a ball into Campbell's path and he flicked it in front of Easton racing into the box who was tugged back by Scott and this time referee Mr. Cooper awarded a penalty. EASTON himself made no mistake from the spot. Disappointingly, Easton then completed a remarkable six minute spell in a way he probably rather wouldn't have, mistiming a challenge in midfield to earn himself a second yellow card and a very early shot of the showers.

    On the resumption parity of numbers was quickly restored when Bateson did something silly off the ball and saw himself staring at a red card before, three minutes later, the afternoon's second penalty was awarded, McQuillan turning Taylor inside out only to be flattened as he looked to unleash a shot. From the resultant spot kick Alan BROWN thumped the ball high past Mayne. Sixty seconds later the game was done and dusted as a contest, Brown spreading the play to Spence who clipped a pass over the top for CAMPBELL to run onto and lift his effort over the advancing Mayne for a fine goal. A left to right pass by Hampson picked out Gilfillan but his shot hit the side netting as Rosyth looked to put a better reflection on the scoreline but it was United who came closest to adding to the scoring before the end, Sommerville lashing a thirty yarder against the bar before, in the closing minutes, McQuillan stretched for a Nicky Miller cross from the right that he redirected narrowly past.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Clark (Miller 75), Spence (Davie 66), C.Easton, Campbell (Cooke 83), McQuillan Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, Meekison

    Rosyth Line-up: Mayne, Courts, Scott, Watson, Taylor, Gilfillan, Bateson, McCrindle, Ogg, MacMillan, Hampson Subs: Lawson, Johnstone, Strathearn, Morrison, Houston

    Referee: Mr. W.Cooper

  • Blackburn United P v. P Whitburn on 21/12/2013 at 13:30 Match Postponed

    New Murrayfield Park failed a pitch inspection and the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

  • Crossgates Primrose 0 v. 2 Blackburn United on 14/12/2013 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    Crossgates Primrose 0
    Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 1min, C.Easton 15mins)

    In vicious Fife weather conditions and with only 47 seconds on the referee’s watch Craig Easton spun in the middle of the park and clipped a pass out to Danny Campbell advancing on the right who blasted past Crossgates left back Robertson and fired in low one that Andy McQUILLAN met on the edge of the six yard box with his instep to open the scoring. A thumping free-kick by Duffy then flew past James Wightman’s left hand post without unduly troubling the United ‘keeper before the Blackburn lead was doubled on the quarter hour mark, EASTON winning the ball in midfield and advancing to a spot some twenty yards from goal from where he slammed home an unstoppable shot for his first United counter in only his second start. As the truly atrocious weather conditions worsened so the play began to take on the form of a battle of attrition and the only other chance of note in the opening period fell to Campbell who headed narrowly past after he himself had initially set up the attack by releasing Fraser Spence on the right to play the ball back into Jimmy Sommerville’s path for the cross he had carried on his run to reach.

    With no lessening of the howling wind Darren McIntosh almost took advantage of it being behind Blackburn backs in the second half when he hit a twenty five yarder that was spectacularly tipped over the top by Wortley for a fruitless corner. Primrose then created their own chance moments later when Gavin’s free-kick found Smart on the back post but he headed past. With less than a quarter of the match remaining an Alan Brown free-kick was missed in flight by Campbell when it looked like he might trouble Wortley with a shot and then, minutes later, Brown himself had a pop at goal from a Campbell corner but his effort was held at the second attempt. With the last chance of the game United substitute Jed Davie then pounced on a ball on the edge of the area and advanced on goal before lifting in a shot that Wortley saved as the match blew towards its conclusion.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Clark (Miller 75), Spence, C.Easton (Cooke 75), Campbell (Davie 86), McQuillan Sub (not used): P.Callaghan

    Crossgates Primrose Line-up: Wortley, Pearson, Robertson, Watt, McNab, Prattis, Smart, Gavin, S.Stark, Duffy, Allan Subs: Clark, Brown, Kerr, Hyslop, A.Stark

    Referee: Mr. Allan Spalding

  • Haddington Athletic 1 v. 6 Blackburn United on 07/12/2013 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Haddington Athletic 1 (Jones 5mins)
    Blackburn United 6 (McQuillan 3mins, 36mins, 43mins & 78mins, Clark 40mins, Spence 71mins)

    United found the perfect response to last weeks defeat at the hands of Edinburgh United by inflicting on fellow promotion contenders Haddington Athletic their first home defeat of the season. Indeed, the Millfield me were dropping their first home points of the campaign. The match was only three minutes old when Danny Campbell set Andy McQUILLAN free down the right and when he looked up to spot McQueen off his line his dipping effort flew over the 'keepers head and into the net for a spectacular opener to put Blackburn a goal up. However, the lead lasted only two minutes and when Waugh flashed a shot wide from twenty yards the referee deemed James Wightman had got his fingertips to it and awarded a corner that was cleared for a second flag kick from which JONES rose largely unchallenged to send a powerful downward header goalwards which crept over the line amongst a sea of bodies. Haddington then began to have the lions share of possession without creating too many clear cut chances, although one arrived on twenty five minutes when, from another corner, Ponton lofted in a shot which clipped Wightman’s bar on its way over. Sixty seconds later McQuillan closed down a McQueen clearance at the other end but the ‘keeper recovered in time to deny McQuillan the chance to roll the ball into the net. The game swung in the thirty third minute though when Alan Brown won a defensive header just inside his own half which was then flicked on by Craig Easton into the path of McQUILLAN who rounded McQueen and shot home from a tightening angle to reclaim the lead for United. Two minutes later Easton won the ball inside the Athletic half before slipping in Dylan Clark whose shot was blocked by McQueen for a corner. From the resultant kick the ball was eventually swung into the box where Jimmy Sommerville’s goal bound shot was tipped past by McQueen. From the second corner the ball fell to McQuillan whose fierce shot was handled by a Haddington defender but referee Mr. Thomson waved away the penalty claims before approaching the Blackburn bench to explain that he felt it was ball to hand rather than hand to ball which it had looked like to most everyone else. However, the third goal was delayed by only a minute. Campbell was fed the ball on the right and his looping cross was met at the back post by CLARK who bulleted a header past McQueen. In the aftermath, Wilson was red carded for protesting a little too much over a perceived foul in the build-up. The game as a contest was all but ended two minutes before the interval when Clark won the ball in the middle of the park and sent a great cross field pass to Campbell who had stolen in behind the Haddington defence and he advanced to the edge of the penalty area from where he sent a low cross over to McQUILLAN to stab home at the back post and claim a first half hat-trick.

    Two minutes into the second half it should have been five when another Campbell cross found Clark unmarked eight yards out but he sent his header wide with the goal gaping. From then on in it was a case of United being content to let Haddington play the ball about in front of the defence without causing too much alarm. A fifth goal did eventually come on seventy two minutes though when, from a throw in, Easton controlled the ball and laid it back to Fraser SPENCE whose angled shot took a slight deflection as it flew into the corner of the net. Six minutes later it was six, Brown winning a header from a corner deep inside his own box and after McQuillan gathered he set off towards the home goal before sliding a pass wide to Campbell who took it on before squaring a return ball back to McQUILLAN who had the simplest of tasks to side foot a shot home and round off the scoring.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (Davie 79), Clark (Miller 78), Simpson, C.Easton (Cooke 73), Campbell, McQuillan Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, Cooper

    Haddington Athletic Line-up: McQueen, Lynch, Noble, Gallacher, Carter, Bracks, Waugh, Wilson, Jones, Conaghan, Ponton Subs: McEwan, Motion, Slight, Wilson, Quinn

    Referee: Mr. Robert Thomson

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 3 Edinburgh United on 30/11/2013 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 0
    Edinburgh United 3 (OG 47mins, Fisher 52mins, Fairnie 90+1mins)

    Blackburn went into this match looking to secure all three points to overhaul their visitors near the summit of the league and were offered the chance of the perfect start when Smeaton dumped Dylan Clark on the seat of his pants with a high and rash challenge that gave referee Mr. Weir little option but to point to the spot. However, Andy McQuillan’s resultant penalty was saved by Inglis. Two minutes later Jimmy Sommerville sent McQuillan in on the right but after he stepped past Stewart his effort on goal was blocked. On the break the capital side then drew out the best in Blackburn ‘keeper James Wightman who had to tip Fisher’s rasping shot over the top after the dangerous front man had been set up by Hume. Paterson’s shot was then deflected into the path of Fairnie whose eighteen yarder flew over as Edinburgh continued to press but it was Blackburn who came closest twice in a matter of seconds, Inglis pulling out a save from the very top drawer to deny Lee Suchinskyj’s volley from a Grant Easton free-kick before McQuillan’s follow up rattled back off the crossbar.

    The second half was barely two minutes old when the deadlock was eventually broken and it came in unfortunate circumstances for Suchinskyj, the big defender inadvertently deflecting a Fisher cut back from the right byeline behind Wightman to gift the visitors the lead. With their tails now up the men from Paties Road wasted little time in doubling their lead, a corner five minutes later being cleared only as far as FISHER on the edge of the box and his instinctive, first time curler found the roof of Wightman’s net. A near post Fisher delivery then found Paterson but Wightman clung onto his header before substitute Hunter had a shot saved. Four minutes from time Grant Easton committed to a tackle on Hunter that was way too late and had little complaint when Mr. Weir flourished the red card, although Hunter’s response was unnecessarily aggressive when he too was sent-off for his reaction to the tackle. A minute into time added on Edinburgh put a final sheen on their performance when FAIRNIE found space for a snap shot that beat Wightman from the edge of the box.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (Meekison 65), G.Easton, Brown, Suchinskyj, Davie (C.Easton 65), Miller, Spence, McQuillan, Campbell, Clark (Cooke 70) Subs (not used): McIntosh, Callaghan

    Edinburgh United Line-up: S.Inglis, Mack, Stewart, Heggie, Smeaton, Gordon, Paterson, C.Inglis, Hume, Fairnie, Fisher Subs: Mitchell, Hunter, Smith, McMillan, Combe

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Blackburn United P v. P Edinburgh United on 23/11/2013 at 13:45 Match Postponed

    New Murrayfield Park failed a 9:30am pitch inspection and the match was postponed due to a frozen pitch

  • Broxburn Athletic 2 v. 2 Blackburn United on 18/11/2013 at 20:05 click for match report


    Friendly

    Broxburn Athletic 2 (19mins, 27mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (Cooke 34mins, Clark 55mins)

    United came back from two goals down against their Super League opponents to record a more than creditable draw in a hastily arranged friendly.

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    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, McIntosh, Callaghan (Sommerville 45), Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson (Davie 73), Clark, Davie (Spence 53), McQuillan (Campbell 45), Cooke (McQuillan 68), Miller (Meekison 62)

  • Lochgelly Albert 0 v. 4 Blackburn United on 16/11/2013 at 14:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Lochgelly Albert 0
    Blackburn United 4 (O.G. 4mins, Campbell 14mins, Spence 64mins, Clark 69mins)

    The hosts started brightly and pushed United back from the off and had the ball in the net not much more than a minute after kick-of but the final touch was applied from an offside position and was duly disallowed by referee Mr. Bell. Three minutes later though and it was United who had opened the scoring, albeit from rather fortunate circumstances, Danny Campbell being set clear on the left by Dylan Clark and whipping in a teasing ball that Barratt couldn’t get out the way off and he managed only to redirect it into his own net. From a Samson throw Leishman had a twenty yard plus, wind assisted pop at goal that James Wightman gathered comfortably enough before Blackburn stormed two ahead moments later, Andy McQuillan picking out CAMPBELL streaking clear on the right and when the ball arrived in front of him he steadied himself and arrowed a shot across McEwan from the edge of the eighteen yard box and in at the far corner. Perrie then almost had his own slice of good fortune when his corner from the right was caught by the wind and clipped the junction of Wightman’s post and bar. However, it was then a fine piece of goalkeeping that prevented Albert getting back into the game when Barratt’s free-kick from all of thirty yards was spectacularly tipped past by the Blackburn No.1 who then had an altogether easier save to make five minutes later when collecting another Barratt free-kick. A clever piece of trickery by McQuillan then took the United striker to the left byeline but his cut back was rifled over the top by Campbell.

    Wightman was called into action again early in the second half when tipping over Seath’s shot but it was Blackburn who were beginning to take a more measured degree of control and Clark almost took full advantage of a poor clearance but his run and shot flew just over the left hand junction of post and bar. Campbell then robbed Barratt of possession and set up McQuillan but his effort was just too high before, at the other end, Lee Suchinskyj’s perfectly timed tackle was enough to prevent Seath’s shot from being overly troublesome for Wightman. A cross from the right by Campbell was then punched away by McEwan but only as far as Clark whose shot was blocked out to Fraser Spence who hit a follow up that was also saved by McEwan. However, a minute later SPENCE was celebrating finding the net when he smashed his shot high past the ‘keeper after a terrific run and square ball across the six yard box from Campbell had created the chance. A first time McQuillan effort from a Chris Simpson pass then brought out another McEwan save but United’s fourth was delayed only another sixty seconds and arrived when a clever ball inside O’Connor by the alert McQuillan set CLARK in on goal to fire across McEwan and home. Going into the closing minutes McQuillan again displayed some intricate footwork to fashion a chance but he was denied by the Lochgelly ‘keeper one last time.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville (McIntosh 73), G.Easton, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Clark (Miller 80), Spence (Cooke 70), McQuillan, Campbell, Davie Sub (not used): Meekison

    Lochgelly Albert Line-up: McEwan, O'Connor, Samson, Barratt, Ross, Leishman, S.Brown, MacFarlane, Watt, Seath, Perrie Subs: McManus, Payne, Duncan, O'Hanlon, Rushford

    Referee: Mr. Jonathan Bell

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 5 Linlithgow Rose on 09/11/2013 at 14:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 0
    Linlithgow Rose 5 (Coyne 5mins, Ro.MacLennan 25mins, Shirra 58mins & 86mins, Strickland 90+1mins)

    United came up against top class Super League opposition in the second round of the East of Scotland Cup in the shape of Linlithgow Rose and were behind within five minutes, Lee Suchinskyj giving away a free kick that Tyrrell delivered and when the ball was knocked high in the air and across the face of goal by a Blackburn head COYNE reacted smartly to hitch kick it behind James Wightman from little more than six yards. Wightman was then called into action to save a curling, twenty yard effort from Ruari MacLennan before United almost got themselves back level, only for Dunn to pop up on the line to clear Jimmy Sommerville’s goal bound header from a Grant Easton corner kick. However, when a second goal did arrive it went the way of the visitors once more, Lee Meekison letting a dangerous Dunn cross bounce in the box and giving Rory MacLENNAN the opportunity to spring onto it and lift a delicate chip over Wightman. Smith then headed a Tyrrell cross onto the top of the bar and over as the Rose piled on the pressure, although it was relieved somewhat when Fraser Spence turned Shirra and Nelson to roll a pass in front of Andy McQuillan and send him racing onto the edge of the area where a perfectly time MacKenzie tackle did just enough to close down the danger. Five minutes from the break Rory MacLennan set up Smith for a first time strike at goal that Wightman clung onto well.

    The second period began with most of the play becoming just a little bogged down in the centre of a heavy pitch but the Prestonfield men were that bit more intelligent in possession and when SHIRRA made space in the box after a neat swap of passes with Coyne he was also sharp enough to react quickest to Wightman parrying his initial shot at goal to guide the rebound home for his sides third of the afternoon. Smith then turned Suchinskyj to hit a shot narrowly over before United carved out their first chance of the half, Alan Brown picking out Danny Campbell who in turn set up McQuillan who hit a first time effort from the right angle of the box across the face of goal and past the left hand post. A clever piece of improvisation by Strickland saw his back heeled pass present Meechan with a sight of goal but his eighteen yard strike was too high. A minute later McQuillan found himself on the same angle as his earlier chance but again his effort flew across the face of goal and past. A terrific Easton tackle then denied Smith in the very act of shooting before Linlithgow did carve out their fourth goal of the tie four minutes from time, SHIRRA and Coyne linking for the former to lash past Wightman. A minute into time added on by referee Mr. Roome STRICKLAND rounded off matters for the visitors when taking advantage of a fortunate ricochet in front of goal to slam his close range shot into the net.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, Meekison, A.Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson (McDowall 75), G.Easton, Spence (Clark 45), McQuillan, D.Campbell, Miller (Davie 60) Subs (not used): Cooke, McIntosh

    Linlithgow Rose Line-up: Christie, Tyrrell, Dunn, MacKenzie, Ovenstone, Shirra, Ru.MacLennan, Nelson, Smith, Coyne, Ro.MacLennan Subs: Strickland, Meechan, Gibson, Herd, Hamilton

    Referee: Mr. David Roome
    Assistants: Mr. Michael Hart & Ms. Emma Hingant

  • Blackburn United 7 v. 1 Rosyth on 02/11/2013 at 14:00 click for match report


    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 7 (McQuillan 19mins, 27mins & 35mins, Sommerville 32mins, Miller 53mins, Davie 85mins, Campbell 90mins)
    Rosyth 1 (Morrison 80mins)

    With rain an ever present companion for most of the afternoon, United completely over ran their visitors from Fife and were ahead early when Andy McQUILLAN was first to react to Mayne saving Chris Simpson’s shot to despatch the ball into the waiting net. Eight minutes later Grant Easton struck a thunderous effort from some twenty five yards out that forced Mayne into another fine save but McQUILLAN was again quickest on the scene to take a touch as the ball broke from the ‘keeper before slotting it past him. McQuillan then almost completed a speedy hat-trick but his drive from the angle of the eighteen yard box struck the outside of the post and went past. However, a third goal was only delayed and arrived when Nicky Miller hit the byeline to cut a ball back into Jimmy SOMMERVILLE’S path and he lashed it into the roof of the net. McQUILLAN’S hat-trick duly arrived before the interval when Danny Campbell found Darren Cooke and his deep cross to the back post was headed home by the striker.

    Seconds after the resumption McQuillan turned provider to square along the six yard box for Cooke but his side foot effort brought out a fine Mayne save. Bateson then had an effort from the edge of the area for the visitors after an uncharacteristic Alan Brown mistake but James Wightman held easily before a fifth United goal did arrive, McQuillan diving full length to direct a Campbell cross on target and when Mayne managed to claw it away MILLER was on hand to head home. Mayne was in action again just beyond the hour mark to touch past an angled Campbell effort from just inside the penalty box and the big ‘keeper came to the Fifers rescue yet again moments later when he saved McQuillan’s near post effort after he had played a neat one-two with Campbell. However, it was the visitors who were next on the scoresheet when MORRISON was on hand to net after Smith’s header cannoned back off the crossbar. With five minutes remaining United’s sixth and seventh goals were chalked up when first Jed DAVIE smashed a six yard shot high past Mayne after being set up by Campbell and then when CAMPBELL himself broke clear on the right to arrow an unstoppable shot behind Mayne to round off the scoring.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, G.Easton, A.Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson (Clark 77), Miller, Spence (McDowall 65), McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (Davie 54) Subs (not used): Meekison, MacIntosh

    Rosyth Line-up: Mayne, Togneri, Ford, Hamill, Taylor, Scott, Bateson, McCrindle, De.Ogg, Houston, Gilfillan Subs: Da.Ogg, Johnstone, Smith, Morrison

    Referee: Mr. Tony Kelly

  • Stoneyburn 1 v. 0 Blackburn United on 26/10/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Stoneyburn 1 (Laing 72mins)
    Blackburn United 0

    Barely five minutes had passed when United had their first effort on goal, Andy McQuillan cutting inside Gilhouley to smack in a shot that took a deflection before being pushed away by Holliday in the home goal. From the follow up the ‘keeper was quickly back to his feet and, with the aid of Drew, managed to deny Nicky Miller’s attempt to force the ball home. At the other end a terrific Jimmy Sommerville tackle halted Pelc’s run and when the ball broke kindly for Johnston he delayed his shot way too long and Fraser Spence got back to block. Holliday then juggled but eventually held onto Miller’s twenty yarder before the little front man turned provider, clipping a cross in from the left that Holliday punched clear but only as far as Spence whose sixteen yard volley flew too high. Just beyond the half hour mark another Miller delivery found Danny Campbell on the near post where Holliday misjudged matters and upended him to give referee Mr. Mark little option but to point to the spot. However, the Stoneyburn No.1 redeemed himself instantly by saving McQuillan’s resultant kick as well as the prolific strikers follow up effort. The Fulshie then had a gilt edged opportunity of their own to open the scoring but when James Wightman saved Calvey’s shot from the edge of the area Tinning couldn’t take advantage when the ball dropped at his feet and hurriedly blasted past an unguarded goal from around fifteen yards. With half time beckoning United then arguably had an even better chance than their hosts, a fine Campbell through ball sending McQuillan in on goal but, after rounding Holliday, he took one, two and even three touches too many and ran the ball out with the goal gaping. Right on the break a Campbell corner found the head of Sommerville but Holliday miraculously clawed the ball out from underneath the bar.

    A ripping twenty five yarder from Tinning seconds after the resumption flew past Wightman’s left hand post as Stoneyburn opened up on the attack before Campbell hit a similar effort at the other end with an identical result. McQuillan was then back in front of goal on the end of an Alan Brown pass but after manoeuvring past two defenders his eventual strike from the edge of the box was saved. The goal when it did come though was the Fulshie’s, Tinning earning himself some space on the left to flight in a looping delivery that caught the Blackburn defence flat footed and allowed LAING to nip in behind them and stick out a boot to direct the ball past an exposed Wightman. Eight minutes from time United forced no less than four successive corners but only really came close from the last of them, Sommerville’s header being held by Holliday. Three minutes into added on time and with the very last kick of the ball Blackburn substitute Calum McDowall found himself with a sight of goal from around sixteen yards out but his first time shot thumped off the base of the right hand post to deny United even a share of the spoils in what was a hugely frustrating derby defeat.


    Blackburn United line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, G.Easton, Brown, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Miller (Meekison 82), Spence (McDowall 71), McQuillan, D.Campbell, Cooke Sub (not used): A.Campbell

    Stoneyburn line-up: Holliday, Drew, Gilhouley, M.Brown, Meikle, Pelc, Tinning, Smith, Johnston, Calvey, Laing Subs: Thomson, Kay, Spowart, Ireland, Tierney

    Referee: Mr. Calvin Mark

  • Crossgates Primrose P v. P Blackburn United on 19/10/2013 at 14:30 Match Postponed


    Match Postponed - waterlogged pitch

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Falkirk on 12/10/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan 4mins, 25mins & 65mins)
    Falkirk 0

    Eager to get back to winning ways after a league defeat at Tranent and early exits from both the Scottish Junior Cup and the Fife & Lothian’s Cup United were in and around the Falkirk goalmouth from the opening minutes and took an early lead when a fine touch and turn by Darren Cooke in the centre circle saw him release Andy McQUILLAN for a clear run on goal and he confidently rounded Pacitti before slotting the ball home. Two minutes later Nicky Miller hit the left byeline before pulling the ball back to Danny Campbell but his shot hit the left hand upright. Keeping up the pressure, Alan Brown broke up a rare Falkirk attack and stepped forward into midfield before picking out McQuillan with a well weighted pass but as he attempted to round Pacitti for a second time the visiting keeper did just enough to pluck the ball from his toes. Cooke was then only denied by a combination of Pacitti and the post after connecting with a Brown free-kick but, despite loud claims that the ball had crossed the line, referee Mr. McCunnie waved played on. However, the second Blackburn goal was only delayed and when Cooke charged down an attempted Keir clearance he was alert enough to square the ball across the six yard box for McQUILLAN to lash past Pacitti. Barclay was then the Falkirk saviour when he cleared a McQuillan shot off the line after Cooke had again harassed the visiting defence into a mistake before the last chance of the half fell to the men from Grangemouth, Bolan taking advantage of a Lee Suchinskyj error to hammer in an effort that James Wightman saved at full stretch.

    Bolan was first to threaten after the interval too, spinning to hit a shot from the edge of the area after Brown had been caught out but Wightman was again able to save. McQUILLAN then hit the top of the bar with a header from a Grant Easton corner but was none the less able to celebrate a hat-trick of goals only moments later when Brown set him up to swivel and hit a stunning, sixteen yard half volley behind a helpless Pacitti. McQuillan almost netted a fourth but was denied when his shot from an Easton cross was blocked by Keir. However, as at the end of the opening forty five minutes the visitors had the last pop at goal of the game, Griffin coming close with a twenty two yarder that clipped the top of the crossbar on its way over.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, G.Easton, A.Brown, Suchinskyj, Spence (McDowall 72), Miller (Meekison 89), Simpson, McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (McIntosh 81) Subs (not used): Trialist - A.Campbell

    Falkirk Line-up: Pacitti, Lejman, Keir, Barclay, Roberts, Shirra, Bolan, Cochrane, Ure, Griffin, Myles Subs: Arundel, Mitchell, McQuade, Taylor, Hardie

    Referee: Mr. Jim McCunnie

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 3 Dundonald Bluebell on 05/10/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Fife & Lothian's Cup First Round

    Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 58mins & 88mins)
    Dundonald Bluebell 3 (Morrison 50mins & 82mins, Young 90+1mins)

    South Division pacesetters Dundonald arrived at New Murrayfield for this first round Fife & Lothian’s Cup tie looking to improve on the 2-2 league draw at the beginning of the season but it was United who threatened first, Alan Brown heading Lee Meekison’s throw into the hands of Wilson. Brown was then involved in the games next chance too when his loose pass let in Duffy to hit an eighteen yarder that James Wightman held before Lally had a couple of pops from distance for the ‘Bell that first drew out a fine diving save from Wightman followed by an easy hold. Just ahead of the half hour mark Blackburn had the ball in the net when Lee Suchinskyj sneaked in at the back post to head Meekison’s free-kick past Wilson but referee Mr. MacKinnon ruled that the big centre-half had strayed offside. Minutes from the break Jimmy Sommerville had a header from a Grant Easton corner blocked before Calum McDowall’s follow up was charged down to keep the scoreline blank at the interval.

    Five minutes after the resumption the visitors opened the scoring when Duffy’s initial delivery from the left was blocked only to take a kind deflection back into his path and when his second attempt reached the back post MORRISON had a simple task to guide it home. Four minutes later Graham set out on a run that took him to the edge of the area from where his shot was gathered by Wightman. McDowall then hit an eighteen yard shot after Brown and Andy McQuillan had set him up but it lacked just a little in accuracy and flew wide. However, barely sixty seconds later the scores were brought level, McQUILLAN racing in on the left to draw the ‘keeper and hit a terrific, angled drive across him and into the net. A mix-up between Sommerville and Wightman then let Morrison in at the other end but he hit his shot past from the corner of the six yard box. A second Dundonald goal was only delayed a further four minutes though and it came from a poorly hit Meekison free-kick to the edge of the visitors area that was quickly cleared and when MORRISON broke into the left of Wightman’s box he made no mistake, planting the ball into the bottom left hand corner. Danny Campbell, on as a substitute for Darren Cooke, was then onto a perfectly weighted Brown pass to deliver a super ball across the face of the Bluebell goal that was begging to be redirected into the net but found no takers before, with only two minutes remaining, the scores were brought back to parity once more when McQuillan was sent crashing to the ground inside the box by Laird. With a penalty duly awarded and Laird dismissed for what was a second bookable offence McQUILLAN himself stepped forward to net from the spot. However, with the tie looking destined for a penalty shoot-out Dundonald managed to do exactly as Largs Thistle had done seven days previously and netted a winner just when United had thought they’d done all the hard work by equalising, YOUNG rising in the centre of the six yard box a minute into added on time to nod home Duffy’s free-kick.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, G.Easton, Sommerville, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Cooke (Campbell 71), A.Brown, McQuillan, McDowall (Spence 64), Miller Subs (not used): McIntosh, P.Callaghan

    Dundonald Bluebell Line-up: Wilson, McCreadie, Graham, Mayne, Laird, Wallace, Duffy, Walton, Carr, Lally, Morrison Subs: Shields, Brown, Young, Murphy, Lennox

    Referee: Mr. Laurie MacKinnon

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Largs Thistle on 28/09/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Scottish Junior Cup First Round

    Blackburn United 1 (Cooper 78mins)
    Largs Thistle 2 (N.Little 20mins, Marks 79mins)

    United made the brighter start against their West Region Super League opponents and in the ninth minute both Darren Cooke and Andy McQuillan had shots charged down on the edge of the area before Jimmy Sommerville had an eighteen yard follow up that visiting ‘keeper McWilliams clung onto. Sixty seconds later though it was James Wightman’s turn to be called into action, holding a Muir strike from similar distance before claiming a Little header from a right wing Fisher cross as the running power of Thistle began to influence proceedings. However, when Lee Meekison’s ball forward somehow managed to find Calum McDowall inside the box the young midfielder might have done better than hurry his shot past the Largs ‘keepers left hand upright. Two minutes later and the importance of taking just such a half chance was underlined when the visitors took full advantage of their own, Nicky LITTLE sneaking clear onto a bouncing ball after United captain Andy Cooper lost his footing to lift an effort over an exposed Wightman’s head and into the waiting net for the opening goal of the tie. A similar slip by Cooper some seven minutes later then presented Thistle with a glorious chance to double their lead but when Marks shot from close in hit the inside of the left hand post it rebounded into the grateful hands of Wightman. Before the break Danny Campbell did well to twist onto a Grant Easton cross from the left but his half volley flew way too high.

    The early moments of the second half were short on chances, the first of which didn’t arrive until close to the hour mark, Muir making a diagonal run across the eighteen yard box to clip in a shot that Wightman was equal to. A double substitution by United, with Chris Simpson and Nicky Miller replacing Calum McDowall and Darren Cooke, then began to turn the game in Blackburn’s favour and when both substitutes linked to set up a chance for McQuillan racing into the six yard box a deft first touch and quick shot were denied only by a combination of a McWilliams point blank block and the base of the right hand post. An Alan Brown free-kick was then curled around the wall but held by McWilliams before the equaliser eventually did arrive when Easton did brilliantly on the left of the box to squeeze in a cross cum shot that seemed to be helped into the net by the supporting COOPER to make up for his first half slip. However, parity lasted barely forty five seconds and, from the resumption, a neat one-two on the Largs right caught United sleeping and this moments lack of concentration was punished by MARKS who slammed the resultant cross past Wightman from around six yards out, although his joy was tempered somewhat with a booking for removing his shirt in celebration. Three minutes from time Miller sped past Creag Little and fired in an effort that was held by McWilliams, leaving only enough time for the scorer of the winning goal to somewhat unfortunately receive a second yellow and subsequent red card for a high feet offence inside the United area when trying a speculative overhead kick.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, G.Easton, A.Brown, Cooper, Williamson (McIntosh 90), Sommerville, McDowall (Simpson 65), McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (Miller 65) Sub (not used): Spence

    Largs Thistle Line-up: McWilliams, Fisher, C.Little, Walton, Holden, Gault, Lindsay, Muir, Marks, N.Little, McLaughlin Subs: Boyd, Keogh, Thomson, McStay, Weir

    Referee: Mr. R.Strain
    Assistants: Mr. R.Thomson & Mr. K.Boyd

  • Tranent 3 v. 2 Blackburn United on 21/09/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Tranent 3 (Berry 35mins & 60mins, McKillop 42mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (Cooke 24mins, Spence 63mins)

    With centre half and captain Andy Cooper missing for the second successive Saturday after picking up an injury in the home win over Dunbar United at the start of the month United travelled to East Lothian looking to preserve and, depending on other results, perhaps improve on second spot in the title chase and Andy McQuillan forced McMullen in the home goal into action early on when a fine Fraser Spence run from half way set him up for a pop at goal that the big ‘keeper saved. Spence then put Danny Campbell in on the right but when his low one across the face of goal arrived on the back post it took the slightest of bobbles in front of McQuillan and his effort flew just over the junction of post and bar. At the other end James Wightman clung onto a McKillop header from a Berry cross. However, in keeping with the balance of play Blackburn duly opened the scoring on twenty four minutes when Ross Williamson speared a ball out to Campbell on the right and his early cross was met on the run by Darren COOKE who smashed a powerful header high past McMullen. Five minutes later the lead was almost doubled but after tricking his way into space some twenty yards from goal McQuillan’s effort was saved at full stretch by McMullen. The Belters, though, weren’t entirely subdued and ten minutes from the break drew level, BERRY taking a lay-off from Colquhoun to spin and fire a low shot beyond the despairing dive of Wightman and into the bottom left hand corner. Minutes later Campbell earned himself a yellow card for a poorly timed tackle out on the United right, a booking that was to cost him dear early in the second half, and shortly after that the hosts turned the game on its head when Fairnie’s cross from the right found an unmarked McKILLOP free in the six yard box to nod gleefully home for an interval lead.

    After Cooke saw his shot from a tightening angle blocked by McMullen’s feet in the opening moments of the second half Campbell saw himself looking at a second yellow card and the inevitable red just past the fifty minute mark for another poorly judged tackle in the middle of the park and, almost as inevitably, as Blackburn tried to readjust to being a man short Tranent extended their lead when BERRY accepted a pass on the edge of the eighteen yard box to curl a well-placed effort past Wightman. This, though, was to be the home sides last real strike on target and United, despite being shorthanded, took the game by the scruff of the neck and were back in the contest barely three minutes later, Alan Brown picking out SPENCE with a perfectly weighted pass in behind and the midfielder guided the ball into the bottom left hand corner from around sixteen yards. Brown then repeated the trick to send Cooke through but, after a touch to control the ball and to steady himself, his shot was held by McMullen. A near post corner from Grant Easton then allowed McQuillan a stooping header the sneaked past before a Williamson cross from the right found Lee Suchinskyj’s head but McMullen grasped it above his own head to prevent a deserved equaliser. The last word was left to the Forresters Park men but Berry shot well over from the edge of the area.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Sommerville, G.Easton, A.Brown, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Simpson (Miller 58), Spence (McDowall 75), McQuillan, D.Campbell, Cooke Subs (not used): Macintosh, Meekison, Trialist - A.Campbell

    Tranent Line-up: McMullen, Fairnie, Murray, Christie, Grey, McEwan, Berry, Watson, McKillop, Ross, Colquhoun Subs: Devine, Porteous, McFarlane, Wood, Stoev

    Referee: Mr. Michael Addy

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Kirkcaldy YM on 14/09/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East of Scotland Cup First Round

    Blackburn United 3 (Cooke 3mins, McQuillan 69mins, Miller 82mins)
    Kirkcaldy YM 0

    Despite missing two of the regular back four and with goalkeeper Bob Wood making his competitive debut it took United only three minutes to open the scoring when Andy McQuillan knocked Jimmy Sommerville’s long ball into the path of Darren COOKE and he raced clear to confidently guide it beyond the visiting ‘keeper. Two minutes later the Blackburn lead was almost doubled but McQuillan’s header from Grant Easton’s corner kick rattled the face of the crossbar before Lee Suchinskyj’s acrobatic hitch kick on the follow up was blocked on the line. A fine angled drive from the left of the box by McQuillan was then touched past for a fruitless corner as United kept up the pressure on their Premier League visitors and, moments later, Cooke had a go from distance too but his shot flew narrowly wide. A sweeping McQuillan left to right pass just before the half hour then set up Danny Campbell to stride past the YM full back and hit an effort that was goal bound all the way until Greig popped up on the line to clear. The visitors only real effort of the half then arrived when Forbes shot was held comfortably by Wood. However, it was the Kirkcaldy No.1 who had to come up with an even better save before the interval, diving to touch past another angled drive from McQuillan after he’d been set up by Calum McDowall.

    A poorly weighted pass back by Easton sixty seconds into the second period almost handed the Fife outfit a way back into the tie when Wilson was onto it quickly but his shot was blocked and Wood was able to save Elder’s effort from the rebound before, some six minutes later, Forbes saw his pop at goal from the edge of the area sail over the top. However, after weathering the twenty minutes of pressure applied by the Denfield Park side it was United who again found the net and it was done so with aplomb, McQUILLAN darting onto the ball twenty yards from goal to step across Rodger and strike a low one into the bottom right hand corner to wrong foot the ‘keeper. Campbell then had a shot from the right that struck the base of the left hand post before Wood pulled off a point blank save at the feet of Wilson at the other end. Going into the final ten minutes McQuillan picked out a cross field pass to Easton on the left and when his flashing ball across the face of goal arrived on the back post he just couldn’t stretch quite far enough to direct it into the waiting net. However, the third and final goal of the afternoon arrived just three minutes later, McQuillan slipping a pass inside the right full back for substitute Nicky MILLER to latch onto and lift a cute chip over the ‘keeper for his first goal of the season.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wood, Williamson, G.Easton, Sommerville, Suchinskyj, Spence, Simpson (A.Brown 74), McDowall (Miller 74), McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (McWilliams 77) Subs (not used): McIntosh, L.Brown

    Kirkcaldy YM Line-up: TBC

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 2 Dunbar United on 07/09/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 4 (OG 7mins, Cooke 16mins, Williamson 50mins, Sommerville 70mins)
    Dunbar United 2 (Young 47mins, Grant 61mins)

    With Blackburn missing half their regular back four in the shape of the absent Lee Suchinskyj and Paul Callaghan, this was a game where chances came thick and fast and primarily fell to Blackburn. Accordingly, the scoring was opened in the seventh minute when Andy McQuillan burst clear onto a Darren Cooke head flick and guided in a shot which Hudson managed to block but couldn’t hold onto, somehow mishandling it and inadvertently directing it into his own net. A slaloming run then took Chris Simpson into the left of the Dunbar box but Hudson quickly narrowed the angle and saved. Sixty seconds later the visiting ‘keeper did even better, diving to touch away McQuillan’s drive before McQuillan then linked with Cooke for the latter to ping a ball to the back post where Fraser Spence only just failed to reach it with an outstretched boot. The Seasiders too threatened when Sean Hill’s high, looping cross dropped invitingly for Grant but he volleyed across the face of goal and past. However, a second Blackburn goal duly arrived shortly thereafter when Danny Campbell did well to dispossess Keith Tait on the right of the area and whip in a low, near post ball that COOKE slammed home despite Hudson getting fingertips to it. Before the half hour Campbell was only inches away from a third Blackburn goal when, after neat play between Ross Williamson and Cooke, his thunderous twenty yarder rattled the crossbar. A minute later Campbell turned creator, slipping a ball inside the right full back for McQuillan to race onto and draw Hudson only to shoot past. At the other end a misplaced Grant Easton pass let Young stride clear but when his cross from the left landed at Grant’s feet with the goal gaping he contrived to scoop the ball over the top when it looked easier to score. Right on the interval McQuillan had one last pop at goal, spinning his marker to thump an eighteen yarder narrowly over.

    Two minutes after the resumption the visitors clawed their way back into the game when Jimmy Sommerville put in an ill-advised challenge on the right edge of the eighteen yard box and sent YOUNG tumbling to the ground. The striker himself grabbed the spot-kick opportunity to reduce the Dunbar leeway. However, the Blackburn lead was back to two on fifty minutes when a loose ball took a ricochet into the path of WILLIAMSON some twenty five or so yards from goal and he zipped a beauty into the bottom left hand corner. The scoring glut continued just after the hour mark with a goal reminiscent of one lost by Blackburn at Whitburn seven days previously, a long throw making its way to the back post where GRANT had the simplest of tasks to head over the line from no more than two yards out and haul his side back into contention. Six minutes later Andy Cooper pulled up with what looked to be a groin injury as he danced clear from his defensive beat and a quick rejig saw Williamson take up a far from familiar position in the centre of the Blackburn defence alongside the already makeshift centre half of Sommerville. However, before the Seasiders could test out the solidity of this inexperienced partnership it was SOMMERVILLE himself who cast any potential worries aside to throw himself at a teasing Easton corner kick and, from even closer than Grant had for the visitors, head the ball past a posse of players on the goal line and into the waiting net. Spence then had a clever run that saw him engineer a strike at goal from the edge of the area but it was too high before Dunbar substitute Watson came to his sides rescue inside the last ten minutes when he was in the right place at the right time to clear Nicky Miller’s effort from a Campbell delivery off the line.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, G.Easton, Sommerville, Cooper (McDowall 67), Williamson, Simpson (Miller 79), Spence, McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (Trialist - L.Brown 86) Subs (not used): McIntosh, Wood

    Dunbar United Line-up: Hudson, Cowan, K.Tait, Gibb, Baillie, C.Hill, Twaddle, S.Tait, Young, S.Hill, Grant Subs: Watson, Welsh, Morgan, Girdwood, Wood

    Referee: Mr. Ewan Hamilton

  • Whitburn 2 v. 1 Blackburn United on 31/08/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Whitburn 2 (Kennedy 84mins, Brass 90+2mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 25mins)

    This local derby began with United persistently probing the Whitburn defence, a defence which included ex-Blackburn man Davie Sneddon who was captaining his new side, and as early as the third minute a decent opportunity had come and gone, Grant Easton hitting the left bye line to pull a ball back for Danny Campbell but his half hit effort was cleared and from the right angle of the eighteen yard box Andy McQuillan fizzed his subsequent follow up over the top. A near post run by Lyon at the other end was picked out by O'Donnell's free-kick but his half volley was held by James Wightman. On twenty minutes a mix up between Allan in the Whitburn goal and his left back Graham almost left them both red faced when the latter's lofted pass back sailed over his 'keepers head but to each man's relief it scraped past the right hand post. The opener, though, was merely delayed and arrived little more than five minutes later when the Whitburn defence were once more caught flat footed to allow CAMPBELL time to race into the right of the area and arrow a first time effort across Allan and into the net. Easton then delivered a ball from the left that was narrowly missed by McQuillan on the near post and Campbell arriving in the centre of the six yard box. Four minutes from the interval a misdirected Sneddon header from an Andy Cooper long ball allowed McQuillan to race in on Allan but a perfectly timed Kennedy intervention just as the striker was about to shoot denied United a two goal lead at the break.

    Blackburn resumed in the ascendency and an Easton eighteen yarder was deflected past before the same player passed up a glorious opportunity to claim United's second, taking too long to steady himself for a shot after Alan Brown and Campbell had linked to pick him out on the back post and allowing Allan to spread himself and block his eventual effort. This missed chance was to prove something of a turning point though as the home side gradually asserted themselves and only a fine Wightman save prevented Whitburn trialist Brass from levelling the scores before the same player got onto the end of an enormous Sinclair throw only to head past the left hand upright. However, this turned out to be merely a dry run for this new line of Whitburn attack and with only six minutes remaining another Sinclair throw of huge proportions was met by the head of KENNEDY to bring the home side back to parity. Two minutes into time added on by the referee a deep corner from the Whitburn right managed to make its way unhindered to the back post where BRASS was on hand to head into the waiting net to present his side with an unexpected and wildly celebrated three points.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, P.Callaghan, Suchinskyj (Summerville 77), Cooper, Williamson, G.Easton (Simpson 75), Spence (McDowall 83), McQuillan, Campbell, Brown Subs (not used): Trialist - L.Brown, Wood

    Whitburn Line-up: Allan, O'Donnell, Graham, Kennedy, Sneddon, Mackay, Hamilton, Wilson, Trialist - Brass, Lyon, King Subs: Hannah, Pagliarulo, Taylor, Trialist - Sinclair, Ritchie

    Referee: Mr. Boise Allan

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 0 Armadale Thistle on 27/08/2013 at 18:45 match photos available click for match report

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    Friendly

    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 84mins)
    Armadale Thistle 0

    United started brightly and created several chances with Andy McQuillan going close early on. Trialist Brass for the Superleague visitors then tested Bob Wood who clawed away his close range header before Craig fired in a long range shot a few minutes later which Wood did well to block.

    Danny Campbell tested Swinburne in the ‘Dale goal only a couple of minutes into the second half and ten minutes after that the keeper did well to stick out a leg to block a close range Darren Cooke effort after a low Campbell cross. Blackburn were on the front foot and on the hour mark Lee Meekieson brought the ball from deep inside his own half and played a neat one-two with Campbell before screwing his shot wide from the edge of the area. At the other end Wood then had to look sharp to touch over a Robin Feeney shot moments later. The only goal of the game came on eighty four minutes when Fraser Spence collected the ball inside the Blackburn half before setting Campbell free on the right and he sent in a low cross from the bye line that was stabbed home by McQUILLAN arriving at the back post.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wood, Meekison, McWilliams (McIntosh 70), Suchinskyj, Cooper (Summerville 60), Williamson, Simpson, Spence, McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (Trialist - L.Brown 60) Sub (not used): Wightman

    Armadale Thistle Line-up: Swinburne, McGrotty, Rarity, Morrison, McGuigan, Mauchline, Craig, Wilson, Trialist - Brass, O’Neil, Lacki Subs: Valentine, Feeney, S.Brown, G.Brown, Milton

    Referee: Mr. Scott Jamieson

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 1 West Calder United on 24/08/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 2 (Cooke 56mins, McQuillan 86mins)
    West Calder United 1 (Robertson 34mins)

    Quarter of an hour had come and gone before Blackburn turned their early superiority into a chance and when Nicky Miller delivered from the right not only was Fraser Spence’s shot blocked but so too was the follow up from Danny Campbell. Four minutes later and another fine Miller delivery only just evaded Andy McQuillan as he stretched to try and direct it goalward. However, as the visitors gradually played their way into the contest it was they who opened the scoring before the interval when ROBERTSON took the ball in his stride as it broke to him some twenty five yards from goal and looked up to curl a glorious effort past James Wightman and into the top left hand corner.

    The second half was an altogether more one sided affair though with Blackburn peppering the Cauther goal with shots, the first of which came when Paul Callaghan set up Campbell for a low ball across the six yard box which Darren Cooke flicked towards the bottom right hand corner only to be denied by a fine Pennycook save. Three minutes later the game was duly brought back to parity when Grant Easton whipped in a delivery that COOKE got to first to direct beyond the reach of the West Calder ‘keeper. Some ten minutes later Campbell then burst clear on the right, outstripping Fox to lash in a thunderous effort that cannoned off Pennycook’s left hand upright. McQuillan was next to try his luck but after dancing past his marker and onto a Ross Williamson pass he shot narrowly past the right hand post. Cooke was then through but saw his shot saved and from the corner Alan Brown took a neat touch to control but hit his half volley just over. Against the run of play though West Calder almost regained the lead when a fine Lawrence Brown cross found Robertson but his header rebounded from the junction of post and bar. Back at the other end Jimmy Summerville played in McQuillan on the angle but Pennycook dived to touch his arrowed drive past before, sixty seconds later, the big ‘keeper denied McQuillan again when the striker found himself one on one with the Cauther No.1. However, just when it seemed Blackburn would have to settle for a share of the spoils McQUILLAN eventually came up trumps, drifting onto the back post to be in the right place at the right time to gleefully nod home Easton’s perfectly flighted cross for the winner.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, P.Callaghan, Easton, A.Brown, Cooper, Williamson, Miller (Summerville 65), Spence (Simpson 71), McQuillan, Campbell, Cooke (Trialist - L.Brown 83) Subs (not used): McIntosh, Wood

    West Calder United Line-up: Pennycook, Paton, Fox, Scullion, Faulds, R.Sneddon, Carson, Fyffe, Robertson, Connor, L.Brown Subs: G.Sneddon, Allan, Trialist - Aitken, Hunter, Cunningham

    Referee: Mr. Jim McCunnie

  • Blackburn United 5 v. 2 Steelend Victoria on 17/08/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 5 (McQuillan 44mins & 73mins, Suchinskyj 49mins, Brown 62mins, Cooke 90mins)
    Steelend Victoria 2 (26mins, 59mins)

    After almost half an hour of struggle for dominance in a congested midfield the visitors created and scored the first real opportunity of the game on the twenty sixth minute when Wallace got onto the end of a clever pass from Lynn to thrash in a shot that James Wightman did well to block, but when the ball rebounded to the nippy Steelend attacker the United ‘keeper dived at his feet to try and block again and was adjudged to have committed a foul which resulted in referee Mr. Strang pointing to the spot. WALLACE himself made no mistake with his kick. Two minutes later Nicky Miller linked with Danny Campbell who squared the ball across the face of goal where Andy McQuillan was arriving but his shot struck the outside of the left hand post. Slack play then presented the Vics with a chance but Wightman came to the rescue with a smart save. Right on half time a terrific lay off by Miller from a Campbell cross set Fraser Spence up with a gaping goal six yards out but in the act of shooting he was bundled to the ground. After the offender was dismissed McQUILLAN stepped forward to confidently slam home the equaliser and chalk up his 100th competitive goal for United.

    It took only two minutes of the second half for Blackburn to establish a lead when, from the second of two successive Grant Easton corners on the right, Lee SUCHINSKYJ fairly bulleted a diving header in at the near post. However, the lead was barely twelve minutes old when the visitors were back level, Wightman coming to the edge of his box to punch away a free-kick but only succeeding in directing it onto the instep of LYNN who, from twenty five yards, lifted it back over everyone’s head and into the net despite the valiant efforts of Andy Cooper to clear. Three minutes further on though and United’s one goal advantage was restored, Alan BROWN lifting in a free-kick from fully forty yards that the visiting ‘keeper misjudged in flight to allow it to fly into the roof of his net. Substitute Calum McDowall then got onto the end of an incisive passing move between McQuillan, Lee Meekison and Spence only to drag his shot past from around twenty yards out. From another lightning move Campbell set up Darren Cooke for an angled shot that was saved, as was the follow up effort from Easton. However, a fourth Blackburn goal duly arrived when McQUILLAN accepted a Cooke pass and danced along the edge of the eighteen yard box to create enough room to fire in his own second of the afternoon. On the stroke of full time further gloss was put on the scoreline when Chris Simpson and Easton linked to set up COOKE for a simple tap in on the back post.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, P.Callaghan, Meekison, Suchinskyj, Cooper (McDowall 65), Spence (Simpson 81), G.Easton, Brown, McQuillan, Campbell, Miller (Cooke 65) Subs (not used): Wright, Summerville

    Referee: Mr. Steven Strang

  • Harthill Royal 1 v. 4 Blackburn United on 13/08/2013 at 19:00 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Harthill Royal 1 (73mins)
    Blackburn United 4 (McQuillan 34mins, 40mins & 74mins, Spence 50mins)

    Despite a Danny Campbell penalty miss near the end, a well taken hat-trick from Andy McQUILLAN and a neat strike from Fraser SPENCE gave United all three points in a hard fought local derby.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, P.Callaghan, G.Easton, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Williamson, Cooke (C.Easton 60), Brown, McQuillan, Spence (McDowall 70), Miller (Campbell 75) Subs (not used): Simpson, McWilliams

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 2 Dundonald Bluebell on 10/08/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 2 (Cooper 16mins & 57mins)
    Dundonal Bluebell 2 (Morrison 24mins, Wallace 53mins)

    United welcomed pre-season bookies favourites Dundonald Bluebell to New Murrayfield Park for the opening game of the new look South Division league campaign and gave up the first half chance in seven minutes when Duffy’s corner was knocked past the near post by Wallace. Within three minutes Blackburn had then carved out their own first opportunity and it was one that really should have brought the opening goal, Alan Brown sending a long diagonal out to Fraser Spence on the left who hit the byeline before swinging in a cross that Andy McQuillan dived to head over the junction of post and bar with the visiting ‘keeper rooted to the spot. Before the quarter hour the Bell came closest yet when a speculative effort from Carr on the right of the area curled against the face of James Wightman’s bar. The deadlock, though, was broken at the other end when a Lee Meekison throw found Andy COOPER’S head and the United captain directed his back header behind Wilson. However, the lead was short lived and the men from Fife were back on terms eight minutes later, Carr turning Grant Easton to set up MORRISON for an angled, twelve yard drive that snuck into Wightman’s bottom right hand corner. Before the break both Meekison and McQuillan had efforts at goal that, on each occasion, Wilson was equal to.

    On the resumption Blackburn almost crept back ahead when Meekison’s throw arrived in the box but when it broke for McQuillan and although his feet were quick enough to redirect it on goal McCreadie was on hand to hack it off the line. Two quick chances then followed for the visitors, the first when Wightman dived to touch away Young’s shot and the second when the same player rattled the left hand post. Moments later the referee waved away loud United penalty claims when Nicky Miller was upended by Wilson after he had touched the ball around the big Dundonald No.1 and made to follow. However, with Mr. Cameron unmoved, from the resultant clearance and with Blackburn players still claiming for the award, WALLACE burst clear to home in on goal and steer the ball under Wightman. Like United’s lead in the first half though, the visitors advantage was short lived and when Lee Meekison’s free-kick arrived in the box COOPER again rose highest to send his header into the top right hand corner. Admirable persistence from Miller on the right then earned another chance for McQuillan but his half volley flew over the top before Easton had a shot from a Spence cut back that went wide. Wilson then held a Lee Suchinskyj header and tipped past a Ross Williamson pop at goal before, two minutes from time, the best chance to claim all three points fell to Bluebell but with Walton through on goal a combination of the advancing Wightman and the back tracking Paul Callaghan snuffed out the danger.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, P.Callaghan, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Williamson, G.Easton (Campbell 88), Brown, McQuillan, Spence (McDowall 78), Miller (Cook 73) Subs (not used): Simpson, C.Easton

    Dundonald Bluebell Line-up: Wilson, McCreadie, Brown, McNeill, Mayne, Carr, Terras, Duffy, Young, Morrison, Wallace Subs: Lally, Walton, McQuade, Bryce, Lennox

    Referee: Mr. Mark Cameron

  • Blackburn United 5 v. 1 Pumpherston on 06/08/2013 at 19:15 click for match report

    Pre-season Friendly

    Blackburn United 5 (McQuillan 9mins, 52mins & 68mins, McDowall 32mins, Cook 50mins)
    Pumpherston 1 (77mins)

    A hastily arranged friendly against Premier Division Pumpherston saw Andy McQUILLAN and Calum McDOWALL give Burnie a comfortable halftime lead. Darren COOK rifled home a third on fifty minutes before McQUILLAN was fouled in the box before stepping up to convert the penalty. McQUILLAN tapped home a Fraser Spence cross to complete his hat-trick in the sixty eighth minute before Pumpherston grabbed a late consolation.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, McWilliams (P.Callaghan 45), Brown, Cooper (S.Callaghan 45), Williamson (Cook 45), G.Easton (Wright 56), Spence, McQuillan, McDowall (Simpson 61), Miller (Trialist - McGraw 66)

  • Ashfield 1 v. 1 Blackburn United on 03/08/2013 at 14:30 click for match report


    Pre-season Friendly

    Ashfield 1 (89mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 45mins)

    Ashfield enjoyed most of the early possession without creating too much with United happy to hit on the counter. The hosts should have scored on thirty seven minutes when a mix-up between Lee Meekison and James Wightman let the Ashfield No11 in to roll the ball into the unguarded net, except he hit the post! On the stroke of half time Grant Easton was bundled over in the box and Andy McQUILLAN converted the penalty. Alan Brown nearly doubled the lead soon after the restart when McQuillan's back post cross saw him stretch to reach it only to head straight at the 'keeper. Blackburn were having more of the game and Ashfield were reduced to ten men after sixty eight minutes when their sub striker was red carded for dissent after he thought he had earned a penalty. Andy Cooper and Ross Williamson went close but the Ashfield penalty did eventually come in the last minute when Nicky Miller bundled his opponent over in the box, and No.9 converted.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, P.Callaghan (McWilliams 68), Suchinskyj, Cooper, S.Callaghan (Cook 51), Sommerville (Williamson 51), McDowall (Spence 51), McQuillan, Brown (Wright 68), G.Easton (Miller 62)

  • Blackburn United 6 v. 2 Stenhousemuir AFC on 30/07/2013 at 19:15 click for match report


    Pre-season Friendly

    Blackburn United 6 (Wright 7mins, McQuillan 11mins, 32mins & 75mins, Spence 42mins, Cook 71mins)
    Stenhousemuir AFC 2 (25mins, 30mins)

    Plenty of goalmouth action in this friendly against former player Greig Crooks new team. David WRIGHT opened the scoring on seven minutes with a nice lob after being played in by Alan Brown, Andy McQUILLAN then doubled the lead four minutes later. A three goal burst in three minutes then saw the amateurs draw level with a header and sweet shot from their No.10, before McQUILLAN restored the lead. Fraser SPENCE then added a fourth before the break with a diving header from a McQuillan cross. The second half took a while to get going but it was Darren COOK who eventually added a fifth, stabbing home a Calum McDowall cross from close range on seventy one minutes before, four minutes later, McQUILLAN completed his hat-trick, running onto a lovely through ball from McDowall to round the 'keeper and role home. The visiting No.10 might also have completed his hat-trick late on but his header was ruled out for offside.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman, Meekison, P.Callaghan (McWilliams 68), Suchinskyj, Cooper, Williamson, Wright (McDowall 48), Brown, McQuillan, Cook (S.Callaghan 54), Spence (Sommerville 51)

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 1 Forth Wanderers on 27/07/2013 at 14:30 click for match report


    Pre-season Friendly

    Blackburn United 4 (Brown 44mins, McQuillan 63mins & 66mins, Suchinskyj 90+1mins)
    Forth Wanderers 1 (Gilchrist 73mins)

    Blackburn came out of the traps quickly with Andy McQuillan and Darren Cook passing up good chances early on. McQuillan then had the ball in the net on the half hour mark but it was ruled out for offside. The opening came on the stroke of halftime when a neat one two between Alan Brown and Cook saw BROWN free inside the box to curl the shot past the Forth keeper and into the net. Early in the second half the Wanderers hit the post after a slip by Andy Cooper let in the visiting forward, but the lead was doubled on sixty three minutes when a lofted through ball from Calum McDowall found Cook springing the offside trap and when his shot was palmed away McQUILLAN followed in the rebound. The pair combined again three minutes later when Cook again beat the offside trap and squared to McQUILLAN to tap home. Forth got back into the game on seventy three minutes when GILCHRIST curled a shot past Robert Wood, but in injury time a Danny Campbell corner was bulleted home by Lee SUCHINSKYJ to complete the scoring.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wightman (Wood 45), Meekison (P.Callaghan 49), McWilliams (S.Callaghan 49), Brown, Cooper (Suchinskyj 67), Sommerville (Williamson 45), McIntosh, McDowall, McQuillan, Cook, Miller (Campbell 45) Sub (unused): Simpson

  • Blackburn United 2 v. 0 Glenrothes on 20/07/2013 at 14:00 click for match report

    Pre-season Friendly

    Blackburn United 2 (C.Easton 58mins, McQuillan 68mins)
    Glenrothes 0

    On what was a baking hot day on a playing surface that was clearly lacking some water, the game was split into three thirty minute periods with a five minute break between each. Blackburn went on the attack from the start and Andy McQuillan and Nicky Miller both went close in the opening fifteen minutes. In the second period Lee Meekison let fly from twenty yards which brought out a good save from Jack Small in the visitors goal. A flurry of substitutions then took place with Bob Wood being replaced between the sticks by James Wightman and it was the latter who saved well from Callum Wylie. Just before the end of the second period the first goal came when a Craig Easton shot was handled in the box and EASTON himself took the penalty, sending Small the wrong way. A second penalty came in the third period on sixty eight minutes when a short back pass allowed McQuillan to intercept and round Glens replacement keeper who stuck out a leg and brought him down. McQUILLAN then dusted himself down and sent him the wrong way, twice, as the spot kick had to be re-taken. Calum McDowall also went close thereafter and Miller fired wide late on.

    Blackburn United Line-up: Wood (Wightman 45), Meekison, McWilliams (Cook 45), Brown, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan (McDowall 45), Williamson (Simpson 50), Spence (Sommerville 36), McQuillan, Campbell (C.Easton 36), Miller (McIntosh 45)

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Dunbar United on 08/06/2013 at 14:30 click for match report


    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 0
    Dunbar United 1 (S.Hill 75mins)

    After the disappointment of a midweek defeat at the hands of local rivals Pumpherston in front of the biggest home crowd of the season another healthy gathering was present for Blackburn’s second match on the New Murrayfield Park pitch and saw the side open up in the ascendency, Danny Campbell and Andy McQuillan combining to set up Nicky Miller for a good first touch only for the little striker to send his shot over the junction of post and bar. McQuillan then got onto a Campbell corner kick from the right but could only head the ball over the top. Gavin McQuillan was then called into action at the other end when he held Young’s angled drive from a Glynn pass. Just before the interval McQuillan was again equal to a shot on target from the visitors, comfortably hanging onto Hill’s effort from twenty or so yards out.

    Five minutes after the resumption a Campbell free-kick from out on the right was directed goalwards by McQuillan but Morgan popped up on the line to scramble clear before, little more than five minutes later, he repeated the trick of being in the right place at the right time to clear Lee Suchinskyj’s header off the line from a Grant Easton corner. Hill then threatened the Blackburn goal for a second time but dragged his shot across the face of goal around the hour mark. Sixty seconds later McQuillan held the ball up perfectly for Miller but his clipped effort was well saved by Thorburn in the Seasiders goal and then McQuillan himself had a sight of goal but his shot too was saved. With quarter of an hour remaining Andy Cooper went on a forty yard run from his central defensive beat to roll a pass in front of Campbell on the right but after the youngster took a touch to steady himself his rasping strike forced a fine stop from Thorburn. As if that wasn’t to be disappointing enough, barely a minute later the visitors claimed the afternoons only goal, a long clearance allowing Young to beat the offside trap and square to HILL who had the simplest of tasks to knock the ball into the waiting net.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, Meekison, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Williamson, Wright (Easton 52), Simpson (McDowall 67), A.McQuillan, Campbell, Miller (Spence 78) Sub (not used): Sommerville

    Dunbar United Line-up: Thorburn, Glynn, Watson, Gibb, Morgan, C.Hill, Tait, Jones, Young, S.Hill, Grant Subs: Lees, Brown, Wood

    Referee: Mr.

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 4 Pumpherston on 05/06/2013 at 19:15 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 81mins)
    Pumpherston 4 (O.G. 15mins, Macauley 16mins, Murray 39mins, White 59mins)

    A bumper crowd of over 170 witnessed United's first ever game at New Murrayfield Park as Pumpherston became the third West Lothian side to win promotion to the Premier League. The visitors grabbed the opener when White made a nuisance of himself at a deep cross, forcing Jimmy Sommerville to head into his own net and then added a second when McGregor’s long-range volley was wonderfully saved by Gavin McQuillan only for the ball to land directly in the path of MacAULEY who fired home. MURRAY then made it 3-0 when he battled his way into space to bundle home.

    Blackburn started the second half with a rare attack when Andy McQuillan headed goal-wards, but Reid made a smart save before Danny Campbell cut inside and hit a rasping twenty five yarder just wide as United enjoyed their best spell of the game. However that’s as good as it got as Pumphy added a fourth when Paul Callaghan’s wayward pass-back hit goalie Gavin McQuillan and WHITE took advantage of the chaos to slot home. With quarter of an hour remaining substitute Sean Callaghan was deservedly sent off for a reckless tackle on McGregor and then, shortly thereafter, Nicky Miller was manhandled to the ground inside the box for a penalty kick award that CAMPBELL netted for the consolation of the first Blackburn goal at the new venue.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, Sommerville (McIntosh 25), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Simpson, McDowall (S.Callaghan 60), A.McQuillan, Campbell, Miller Sub (not used): Trialist - Guest

    Pumpherston Line-up: Reid, Farquhar, Bremner, Coyle, Robertson, Jack, Murray, McGregor, Macauley, White, McCracken Subs: Forbes, Robinson, Walker, Whyte, Doherty

    Referee: Mr. Laurie MacKinnon

  • Tranent 0 v. 0 Blackburn United on 25/05/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Tranent 0
    Blackburn United 0

    As befitting an end of season, mid-table clash United’s trip to East Lothian produced a game of few chances, the first of which didn’t arrive until fully half way through the first period, the home sides Berry lifting in a cross that saw Murray send a looping header into the hands of Gavin McQuillan. United too then created a headed chance when Andy Cooper challenged Jamieson under a Calum McDowall cross but when the ball broke for Jimmy Sommerville his header was held by Jamieson. Moments from half time Blackburn trialist Lee Brown galloped onto a through ball by Ross Williamson but his parting shot from the edge of the area was comfortably saved before Tranent came closest seconds from the break when Gibson headed Murray’s cross from the right onto the top of the bar and over.

    The second half was even shorter on goal scoring opportunities, McDowall coming close in the fifty third minute when a bit of chest control on a Nicky Miller cross earned him space to hit a shot that was blocked by the feet of Jamieson. Shortly thereafter McDowall and Chris Simpson linked in, arguably, the games best move but Williamson’s finishing effort from eighteen yards slid past the left hand upright. A Gordon shot for the Belters with nine minutes remaining flew past McQuillan’s left hand post which was a feet repeated by Miller at the other end when he broke clear onto a John Berwick pass only to send his effort past the junction of post and bar. Two minutes from time Tranent had the ball in the net but Fairnie had strayed offside before connecting with Berry’s pass.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G.McQuillan, Meekison, Sommerville, Sneddon, Cooper, Simpson, Miller, McDowall, Trialist - L.Brown, Williamson, Trialist – Berwick Subs (not used): McIntosh, S.Callaghan, McCormick, Sheridan

    Tranent Line-up: Jamieson, Mazit, Gray, Dick, Horne, Fairnie, Berry, Gordon, Murray, Gibson, Smith Subs: Kidd, McManus, Small

    Referee: Mr.

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 Fauldhouse United on 22/05/2013 at 19:15 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (Miller 32mins & 57mins, McDowall 79mins)
    Fauldhouse United 1 (Martin 1min)

    Runaway league leaders Fauldhouse United arrived at Murrayfield Park knowing that a win would seal the South Division championship and were ahead with just 53 seconds on the clock, a cross from the left being headed down into Kenny MARTIN’S path for the striker to head past Gavin McQuillan from barely three yards out. However, Blackburn heads refused to go down and, through a combination of fine ball retention and an eagerness to play at a high tempo, the game was primarily played out in the visitors half for the remainder of the opening period, the first chance being created when a Lee Meekison throw allowed Sid Pryde to lift a ball to Chris Simpson whose side foot effort flew over. Thereafter a Meekison free-kick found Andy McQuillan who directed the ball back into the path of Lee Suchinskyj who fired a shot into Stewart’s hands. A misjudged Jimmy Sommerville back header then let Martin in against the balance of play but with just Gavin McQuillan to beat he blazed wildly over. Relieved to not have fallen further behind, Blackburn then produced a deserved equaliser before the break when a Pryde corner kick caused a fair deal of confusion in the visitors box and gave Nicky MILLER the opportunity to whip the ball over the line from no more than a couple of yards out. Gavin McQuillan then held a Nicholson snap shot to ensure the scores were level at the interval.

    With the home side continuing to play most if not all of the football after the resumption and the Park View men looking decidedly out of sorts it was the culmination of several long spells of possession that eventually brought about the breakthrough that saw Blackburn move ahead, Andy McQuillan bursting clear on the left to deliver a teasing ball across the six yard box that MILLER, arriving on the back post, guided home at the second attempt. Meekison then sent Miller clear in the search for his hat-trick but, under pressure from the back tracking Scott, his parting shot was pushed away by Stewart in the visiting goal. However, a third a decisive strike was only delayed and when Stuart Guest played a pass behind a square Fauldhouse defence Andy McQuillan was onto it in a flash to burst clear and into the box where he was chased down and sent tumbling by Ross. Just as referee Mr. Crosbie appeared to be pointing at the spot for the penalty that would lead to Ross’s inevitable sending-off the ball broke to Calum McDOWALL who calmly and skilfully curled it round the diving Stewart and into the bottom right hand corner to clinch all three points and delay the Fauldhouse celebrations for at least a further three days. Vociferous protests by the Fauldhouse bench and players that the goal should not have stood ended only when both Ross and Cruikshank were invited to partake of the showers before their team mates, although a third Park View man was apparently dismissed after the final whistle.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G.McQuillan, Meekison, Sommerville, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Miller, McDowall, McQuillan, Trialist – Guest, Trialist - Pryde Subs (not used): Trialist - Hendry, Trialist – Mindren, Williamson, McIntosh, Sheridan

    Fauldhouse United Line-up: Stewart, Cruikshank, Robertson, Scott, Ross, Campbell, Deans, Baird, K.Martin, Nicholson, S.Martin Subs: Fairweather, Smith, Wilkins, Shanks, Peake

    Referee: Mr. Paul Crosbie

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 4 Arniston Rangers on 20/05/2013 at 19:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 1 (Suchinskyj 87mins)
    Arniston Rangers 4 (Sommerville 2mins & 90+3mins, Robertson 62mins, Fenwick 79mins)

    A Robertson ball from right to left barely two minutes in caught the United rearguard out and SOMMERVILLE popped up on the near post to steer the visitors ahead from around ten yards out. A powerful Calum McDowall drive at the other end was then beaten away by the Rangers 'keeper before he was called into action again before the quarter hour mark to dive to his left and parry away an Andy McQuillan eighteen yarder. Robertson then came close for Arniston at the end of a frenetic opening fifteen minutes but his shot across the face of goal lacked accuracy. A perfectly timed Alan Brown tackle deep inside the Blackburn box denied Sommerville a clear shot at goal just beyond the half hour mark before a Lee Suchinskyj error presented Beattie with a golden opportunity that he somehow managed to squander. United, though, finished the half the stronger and Nicky Miller's turn in the centre circle and well weighted pass sent McQuillan clear to pull a ball back to McDowall who, from twenty five yards or more, rattled a screamer off the face of the Arniston crossbar.

    A perfect opportunity to get back on terms was presented to United four minutes after the resumption when Sommerville pushed Miller to the ground inside the area but when McQuillan picked the bottom left of the goal for his penalty kick it turned out to be precisely where Rachowski had decided to dive and his effort was saved. Brown then set up Miller on the left to drill a ball across the face of goal that found no takers before, against the run of play, the visitors pulled a rabbit from the hat in the shape of a second goal, ROBERTSON racing onto a long clearance that was missed by Brown to plant his shot behind Gavin McQuillan. Incredibly, Rangers then made it three when Kataleza reached the left bye line to cut a ball back into the path of FENWICK who placed his shot across McQuillan and just inside the far post. The deficit was reduced three minutes from time when McDowall's corner was bulleted home by the head of the diving SUCHINSKYJ but, despite Lee Meekison and Brown combining to set up Jimmy Sommerville for a hook shot that almost cut the arrears further, Arniston sealed the win deep into injury time when No.Fenwick forced the ball into the six yard box from out on the right for SOMMERVILLE to knock into an empty net.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G.McQuillan, Sneddon, McIntosh (Meekison 72), Brown, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Simpson, McDowall, Miller, A.McQuillan, Sommerville Subs (not used): M.Campbell, Sheridan

    Arniston Rangers Line-up: Rachowski, Burgess, Newall, Brady, Faulds, Lucas, Kataleza, Moriarty, Beattie, Robertson, Somerville Subs: Garden, Anderson, Jones, Fenwick, McCaul

    Referee: Mr. Paul Hanlon

  • Blackburn United P v. P Arniston Rangers on 18/05/2013 at 14:30 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Livingston United on 15/05/2013 at 19:15 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 1 (McDowall 57mins)
    Livingston United 2 (Jaconelli 11mins & 47mins)

    A loose ball inside by Jimmy Sommerville allowed Livingston’s JACONELLI possession just beyond the ten minute mark and when he stepped past Lee Suchinskyj on the edge of the box his parting shot fizzed past Andy Sheridan for the opening goal. Less than five minutes later the Livi striker almost doubled the visitors lead but his sharp header from Craig Russell’s cross was brilliantly tipped over by Sheridan. At the other end, a Sommerville half volley on a Calum McDowall free-kick beat Shaw in the Livingston goal but Steven Russell popped up to head clear before, just ahead of the interval, Ross Williamson won a tackle twenty five yards from goal to set up Nicky Miller to slide a pass in front of Andy McQuillan who tried a snap shot that crept past the right hand post.

    Two minutes after the restart the visitors moved two goals ahead when McWilliams forced the ball onto JACONELLI and the strikers quite stunning strike from the left of the penalty area fairly flew past Sheridan on its way into the net. Sheridan was then equal to Craig Russell’s sixteen yard shot that Davie Sneddon tidied up by blasting clear after the ball broke his way. This then heralded Blackburn’s best spell in the game as, gradually, control was wrest from the Station Park side and a terrific run on the right from Chris Simpson ended when his delivery found its way to McDOWALL to blast an eighteen yarder high past Shaw. Minutes later Simpson was again the architect but Sommerville’s acrobatic hitch kick on the back post was just off target. A similar effort from Sommerville was then deflected just past Shaw’s right hand post before Blackburn’s last chance, a Simpson drive from the edge of the box, was also deflected wide.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Sheridan, Sneddon, McIntosh, Brown, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Simpson, McDowall, Miller, A.McQuillan, Sommerville Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, M.Campbell, Meekison, G.McQuillan

    Livingston United Line-up: Shaw, Martin, McWilliams, Purves, S.Russell, Murray, C.Russell, McCormack, Jaconelli, Lurinsky, McAvoy Subs: Pagliarulo, Love, Hepburn, Hunter, Burns

    Referee: Mr. Gordon MacVicar

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 3 Stoneyburn on 11/05/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (McDowall 6mins, McQuillan 45mins & 59mins)
    Stoneyburn 3 (5mins, 44mins, O.G. 73mins)

    After a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture at Beechwood Park on Wednesday night, United were caught off guard in this one after only five minutes when a quick delivery from the right was met at the near post by MARSHALL. However, a minute later Calum McDOWALL took advantage of hesitation amongst the visiting back lot to guide a shot into the bottom left hand corner to pull the game level before, five minutes later, Nicky Miller put Andy McQuillan through only for his sixteen yard shot to be saved. Chris Simpson and Miller then combined for the former to whip a dangerous ball across the face of goal to the back post where both McQuillan and Jimmy Sommerville narrowly missed getting something on it. A minute from the break the visitors were ahead again when Andy Sheridan completely misjudged a free-kick arriving in his box to let it in at his near post. Just as in the early moments though, Blackburn were back on terms straight away, a Lee Meekison corner from the right being redirected into the roof of the net by a glancing McQUILLAN header.

    When the game resumed after the break McQUILLAN was through and round the Fulshie ‘keeper only to over run the ball slightly and fail to get a shot away. However, his next opportunity wasn’t to be scorned and when Miller’s perfect square ball along the six yard box arrived in his path he planted it firmly into the waiting net. A powerfully struck free-kick by the striker was then held as United looked to seal the points but the visitors showed that they too had the ability to recover from a deficit when, with seventeen minutes remaining, a wicked delivery from the left was lashed high past Sheridan and into his own net by the unfortunate Davie Sneddon. Indeed, with ten minutes remaining only a fine save by Sheridan prevented Stoneyburn from sneaking away with all three points.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Sheridan, Meekison, McIntosh (Sneddon 56), Brown, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Simpson, McDowall (Trialist - Pryde 65), Miller, A.McQuillan, Sommerville Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, G.McQuillan

    Stoneyburn Line-up: TBA

    Referee: Mr. Gavin Kennedy

  • Stoneyburn 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 08/05/2013 at 19:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Stoneyburn 1 (Donnelly 57mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (Campbell 8mins, Miller 70mins)

    Fresh from their 3-2 weekend victory over Whitburn, the hosts were looking to continue their recent improvement in league form but United were eager to atone for their 1-0 Monday night defeat at the hands of the same opposition and were ahead within eight minutes, Nicky Miller weighting a lovely through ball in front of Danny CAMPBELL for his strike partner to steady himself and slot behind Holliday despite the ‘keeper getting a hand on the ball. However, within five minutes the Fulshie should have drawn level when referee Mr. Weir pointed to the spot after Paul Callaghan had pushed Malone to the ground just inside the box but Calvey sent his kick high and wide. Blackburn then came close twice in the space of four minutes around the midway point of the half, first when Lee Suchinskyj headed Calum McDowall’s cross from the left onto the top of the crossbar and over and then when the young midfielder was put through himself on the end of a Miller pass only to lift his parting shot over the top. Just beyond the half hour mark what looked like a nasty ankle injury to Campbell that resulted in him being stretchered from the park seemed to disrupt the rhythm United had managed to find and Stoneyburn gradually worked their way back into the game before the interval, coming closest when Smith struck an effort from around eighteen yards out that deflected into Andy Sheridan’s hands.

    With Blackburn still trying to find the shape with which they opened the game, the early exchanges of the second half were dominated by the home side and Calvey might have done better than to head past from a Pelc corner before Pelc himself intercepted a short ball from Sheridan to Lee Meekison only to curl a shot wide. However, ninety seconds later an equaliser did arrive, Marshall finding space to force a delivery into the box that DONNELLY lifted over the advancing Sheridan with the instep of his left boot. Indeed, Stoneyburn could then have moved ahead ten minutes later but, after Sheridan had scrambled a Pelc cross sum shot away from his goal, Ireland could only hit a close range shot against the outside of the right hand post from a tight angle. This let off was just what United needed though and barely two minutes later their lead was re-established, McDowall claiming possession in midfield and sliding a pass in front of MILLER advancing on the right who took a touch and arrowed a cracker across Holliday and into the bottom left hand corner. Miller then almost returned the favour when heading on a Lee Meekison long ball to the feet of McDowall but the youngsters pop at goal was held. In the final minute of normal time the hosts last chance of the night came and went when Brown’s deep cross from the right onto the back post was headed narrowly past by Donnelly.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Sheridan, P.Callaghan, Meekison, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Sommerville, McDowall, Miller, Campbell (Simpson 34), Wright Subs (not used): Brown, McIntosh

    Stoneyburn Line-up: Holliday, Smith, Gilhooley, Calvey, McMeechan, Malone, Ireland, Lorek, Donnelly, Pelc, Marshall Subs: McInally, Brown, Williamson, Halliday, Chappell

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Whitburn on 06/05/2013 at 19:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 0
    Whitburn 1 (Anderson 58mins)

    A first half in which neither goalkeeper had a save worthy of the name to make failed to live up to the pre-match anticipation of a local derby in which both teams retained at least marginal interest in the South Division promotion race. A chance apiece came early in proceedings, first when a Lee Meekison throw-in set up Andy McQuillan for a sharp turn and half volley that flew just over Barnard’s bar and then when the visitors came even closer when King hit a dipping shot from eighteen yards that struck the top of Sheridan’s bar on the way over.

    The game picked up a little in pace on the resumption but when Nicky Miller burst into space on the left Danny Campbell’s header on the back post lacked for accuracy and looped across the face of goal and past before McQuillan slipped a pass in front of Chris Simpson whose touch was a little heavy and allowed Barnard to narrow the angle and pull off a routine save. However, a goal was to arrive ahead of the hour mark but it was at the other end, a poor kick-out and a misjudgement by United No.1 Andy Sheridan as the ball arrived back in his area allowing ANDERSON to run it into an empty net for the only goal of the game and earn the visitors all three points.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Sheridan, Meekison, McIntosh (Wright 65), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Simpson (McDowall 68), Williamson, Trialist - Brown, A.McQuillan, Campbell, Miller Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, G.McQuillan

    Whitburn Line-up: Barnard, Bodel, Coll, McDonald, Woodhouse, Wilson, Miller, Scott, McQuade, King, Anderson Subs: Browne, Taylor, Sharp, Norman, Ritchie

    Referee: Mr. Colin Whyte

  • Harthill Royal 0 v. 3 Blackburn United on 04/05/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Harthill Royal 0
    Blackburn United 3 (Williamson 55mins, Brown 60mins, McQuillan 89mins)

    A blustery wind and bumpy pitch threatened to be the main headline from an afternoon that saw United create and miss enough first half chances to win several games. On fifteen minutes captain Davie Sneddon threaded in Andy McQuillan who rounded the Royal ‘keeper only for a nasty bobble to throw his parting shot off target as the empty net waited. Next, Chris Simpson sent Danny Campbell through on goal but he fired his shot over before, moments later, he was in again, this time on the right, but his angled drive was saved. Just before the half hour mark however, Harthill almost claimed the lead themselves when a clever flick from a free-kick rattled off the face of Andy Sheridan’s crossbar before the rebound was struck against his right hand post. The action, though, was soon back at the other end and, from a Campbell corner, Alan Brown’s header was cleared off the line before Lee Suchinskyj’s rebound effort was similarly hacked clear.

    The second half was barely ten minutes old when the home sides resistance was finally broken, Ross WILLIAMSON showing a bit of fine chest control before looping his volley off the underside of the bar and in from some twenty yards out. Five minutes later BROWN duly doubled the lead when he too displayed a clever piece of chest control on the back post to tame a Campbell corner and sneak a shot past the despairing dive of the ‘keeper and into the bottom right hand corner. McQuillan then scraped a twenty yard free-kick narrowly over the bar and Brown almost doubled his own tally with a snap shot that was well saved before, in the final minute of normal time, McQUILLAN intercepted a short pass back to waltz past the Royal No.1 and roll the ball into the unguarded net.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Sheridan, Meekison, McIntosh, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Williamson (Rintoul 85), Trialist - Brown, A.McQuillan, Campbell (Wright 70), Miller (McDowall 74) Subs (not used): Cooper, P.Callaghan, G.McQuillan

    Harthill Royal Line-up: TBA

    Referee: Mr.

  • Pumpherston 0 v. 3 Blackburn United on 01/05/2013 at 19:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Pumpherston 0
    Blackburn United 3 (Campbell 55mins, Miller 75mins, McQuillan 90+3mins)

    United stormed back from the weekend reversal against Spartans to record a thumping win against promotion contenders Pumpherston with a second half performance in particular that could, and perhaps should, have brought an even greater winning margin. However, despite Blackburn finding the net within the opening two minutes when Danny Campbell’s delivery from the right was lashed beyond Reid by Andy McQuillan, the celebrations were cut short by an offside whistle to ensure that the remainder of the opening quarter belonged to the home side, Swan firing in a cross come shot from the left that Andy Sheridan managed to block for the ball to squirm across goal where McCann really should have done better than bundle it past the right hand post. Next, McCann was sent clean through but Sheridan was able to stand strong and block his shot. A clever Jack flick on a Swan cross then brought out a fingertip save from Sheridan who touched the ball onto the bar and over. As the half progressed though, United grew more into it and after McQuillan’s goal bound shot was wonderfully blocked by Coyle a huge penalty appeal was waved away when Nicky Miller’s cross from the left was blocked by not one but both of Farquhar’s hands, a decision that incensed the Blackburn bench and resulted in manager Mark Campbell being sent from the dugout. Just before the break Campbell set up McQuillan for a pop at goal that was pushed into the side netting by Reid.

    McQuillan opened the second period by dragging a shot across the face of goal from a terrific Chris Simpson pass before, in the fifty fifth minute, he was sent tumbling on the right of the box by Robinson for a penalty kick that CAMPBELL gleefully despatched past Reid for the opener. Barely a minute later Pumpherston were almost level, Swan cutting inside Lee Meekison to crash a shot against the face of the crossbar before Meekison denied the diminutive winger a similar opportunity with a well-timed tackle moments later. It was United in control of the game come the hour mark though and Campbell’s delivery from the right was only marginally in front of Miller or the lead might have been doubled. Alan Brown then set up McQuillan to race goalwards but his finishing effort crashed off the chest of Reid. However, the second goal was merely delayed and when Brown sent a pin point pass in front of MILLER bolting clear on the left the little front man drew the ‘keeper and slid the ball beyond him for a coolly taken strike. Campbell then came close with a shot from distance before substitute Calum McDowall squared a teasing ball across the six yard box for McQuillan to rattle the outside of the right hand post. In time added on a third Blackburn goal did arrive and it was by and large a replica of the chance squandered moments before, McDowall finding space on the left to square for McQUILLAN to take a touch, dance past Reid and slide the ball into the waiting net.


    Blackburn United Line-up: Sheridan, Meekison, McIntosh, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Williamson, Trialist - Brown, A.McQuillan, Campbell (McDowall 85), Miller (Wright 85) Subs (not used): Sommerville, Cooper

    Pumpherston Line-up: Reid, Farquhar, White, Coyle, Robinson, Gerrard, Jack, Drummond, McCann, White, Swan Subs: Murray, Walker, Forbes, A.Campbell, Macauley

    Referee: Mr. Jordan Curran

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 3 Spartans on 27/04/2013 at 14:30 click for match report


    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 0
    Spartans 3 (Finnie 52mins - pen & 67mins, Rusin 64mins)

    After a second half slump at West Calder in midweek, United were looking to get back on the rails and onto the fringes of the promotion race against their visitors from Edinburgh but it was an early run and cross by Laidlaw that was met by Finnie before being cleared by Andy Cooper that signalled that Spartans were intent on revenge for United’s win in the capital earlier in the season. Accordingly, it took almost half an hour for Blackburn to make any inroads towards Jackson in the visitors goal and when Darren McIntosh set up Ross Williamson to control and shoot from the edge of the area the big ‘keeper was equal to it.

    Seven minutes after the resumption referee Mr. Reid somehow interpreted Wringe losing his footing while being escorted away from goal by Alan Brown as a foul on the Spartans striker and, incredibly, pointed to the spot despite no one in the visiting line-up even seeing fit to claim for a penalty. After the astonished Brown was booked FINNIE made no mistake from the spot. A fine piece of chest control from Danny Campbell ten minutes later saw him make room for a half volley that almost brought United level but it was the visitors who found the net again shortly thereafter when a huge clearance from Jackson allowed Wringe to nip past Davie Sneddon and play in RUSIN who galloped into the box before slamming a near post shot past Gavin McQuillan. To cap an awful afternoon, the merest of deflections off Sneddon moments later was enough to take FINNIE’S angled drive past McQuillan for Spartans third.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G. McQuillan, McIntosh, Sneddon, Trialist, Cooper, S.Callaghan (Simpson 65), Campbell, McDowall (Miller 62), Sommerville (Meekison 85), A.McQuillan, Williamson Subs (not used): Suchinskyj, Wright, Sheridan

    Spartans Line-up: Jackson, Boyes, Ghamgosar, Kidd, Armstrong, Stewart, Laidlaw, Claperton, Wringe, Finnie, Rusin Subs: Milligan, Wright, Roberts

    Referee: Mr. P.Reid

  • West Calder United 2 v. 0 Blackburn United on 24/04/2013 at 18:45 match photos available click for match report

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    West Calder United 2 (53mins & 70mins)
    Blackburn United 0

    United fell to their first defeat in eight league games when, after Nicky Miller had rattled the underside of the bar in the first period, two simple, headed goals in the second half from the 'Cauther captain sealed all three points for the home side.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G. McQuillan, P.Callaghan (Wright 61), Sommerville, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan (McDowall 67), Williamson, Simpson (Rintoul 63), Miller, McQuillan, Campbell Subs (not used): Meekison, McIntosh

    West Calder United Line-up: TBA

    Referee: Mr. Stephen Allan

  • West Calder United 1 v. 1 Blackburn United on 22/04/2013 at 18:30 click for match report


    Fife & Lothian's Cup 2nd Round

    West Calder United 1 (37mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (Simpson 16mins)

    West Calder win 4-3 on penalties

    An early Chris SIMPSON goal was wiped out by a debatable 'Cauther penalty before half time and, with stalemate written all over the second half, the inevitable penalty shoot-out turned in the home sides favour when, despite a splendid Gavin McQuillan save at the fourth West Calder penalty, first Davie Wright and then Lee Meekison missed from the spot.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G. McQuillan, McIntosh, Meekison, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Rintoul (S.Callaghan 69), Wright, McDowall (Miller 71), A.McQuillan, Sommerville, Simpson Subs (not used): Donnelly, Cooper, P.Callaghan

    West Calder United Line-up: TBA

    Referee: Mr. Jim McCunnie

  • Falkirk 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 20/04/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Falkirk 1 (Aitken 19mins)
    Blackburn United 3 (Sommervill 87mins, McQuillan (90+1 & 90+4mins)

    A heavy pitch at Carmuirs Park in Camelon helped bog down the opening passages of play in a game in which United were seeking to extend their six match unbeaten run in the league and it was no surprise that it took something extraordinary to lift the game from the wearying battle it was becoming, the home sides AITKEN sending an unstoppable, nineteenth minute shot from twenty yards or so flying high beyond Gavin McQuillan and into the top left hand corner of the net for a stunning opener. A sweeping right to left move moments later then saw Blackburn momentarily threaten but Nicky Miller’s cross was cleared by Keir just as it looked as though it might find its way to Calum McDowall arriving on the edge of the six yard box. When Chris Simpson then picked out Andy McQuillan he too produced a delivery from the left that almost brought dividends but it was just behind young trialist Jordan McGraw who, right on the interval, also had the next opportunity when swivelling to hit a sixteen yarder that was held by MacPherson in the home goal.

    The second half was all Falkirk’s in the early exchanges, Scott’s header from Aitken’s corner being held by Gavin McQuillan before the ‘keeper, sporting some natty protective headwear after the head knock he sustained against Jeanfield Swifts seven days previously, was equal to a rasping twenty yard effort from Soblewski. Another Aitken corner then picked out Lawrie but the towering centre half could only nod weakly past the right hand post. With less than twenty minutes remaining and United having tinkered with their line-up to go three at the back and send Jimmy Sommerville into the front line, an equaliser almost arrived when Jordan Rintoul’s long throw was headed on into the box by Andy Cooper where Andy McQuillan reacted to it quickest to send a snap shot onto the top of the bar and over. A fine Gavin McQuillan save down at his left hand post then kept Blackburn in the game with eight minutes remaining and the importance of the moment was underlined little more than five minutes later when the scores were brought level through a goal that owed much to the industry and tenacity of Miller, the tricky front man spinning into space on the right to whip in a low one than SOMMERVILLE got across his marker to get to first and lash high past MacPherson. In an eye popping finish, a minute into time added on by the referee Andy McQUILLAN danced first one way and then another out on the left hand touchline to manoeuvre his way past two opponents before whipping in a cross come shot from all of twenty five yards or more that dipped viciously past MacPherson and into the top right of his goal to put Blackburn ahead and, in the fourth minute of injury time, the striker added polish to the scoreline when nutmegging MacPherson from an outrageously tight angle to guarantee all three points and a fifth league win in seven games.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G. McQuillan, P.Callaghan (Rintoul 68), Sommerville, Sneddon, Cooper, Crooks, Simpson (Meekison 87), McDowall, Trialist - McGraw (McIntosh 74), A.McQuillan, Miller Subs (not used): Sheridan

    Falkirk Line-up: MacPherson, Baxter, Keir, Lawrie, McFarlane, Learmouth, Aitken, Sneddon, Ure, Scott, Soblewski Subs: Griffin, Crawford, Christie, McQuade, Quinn

    Referee: Mr. Craig Wilson

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Jeanfield Swifts on 13/04/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 50mins)
    Jeanfield Swifts 2 (Mackie 66mins, Holt 84mins)

    United took to the field for the final time at Murrayfield Park ahead of the impending move to New Murrayfield Park next door with a recast side due to the enforced absences of Ross Williamson and brothers Paul and Sean Callaghan and were thankful early on when ‘keeper Gavin McQuillan wasn’t deceived by a Gavin Anderson twenty yarder that took a horrid bounce just in front of him. MacKie was next to try his luck for the Premier League side but his effort from distance took a deflection and flew wide. A lung bursting break by Andy Cooper after intercepting a pass on the edge of his own box then sent Andy McQuillan into space on the left but when his square ball arrived in front of the supporting Danny Campbell another nasty bounce was enough to see his parting shot fly high and wide. A Nicol back post volley from a Deans corner almost broke the deadlock for the visitors on the half hour mark but it lacked for accuracy and zipped past the left hand upright before, at the other end, Jordan Rintoul had a pop from fully twenty five yards that the Swifts No.1 managed to hang onto. Just before the interval Rintoul then turned provider when a miscued shot from some way out was redirected on target by the boot of McQuillan only for Bruce to leap and push the ball out and away from his goal.

    Quick thinking by Rintoul saw him slide a free-kick inside Nicol five minutes after the resumption where CAMPBELL was onto it in a flash to cleverly flick a shot past the advancing Bruce and into the net with the outside of his right boot for the ties opening strike. However, barely a minute later United were reeling when Gavin McQuillan was sent crashing to the ground as he leapt to claim a high ball into his six yard box and, after lengthy treatment, was forced to come off with suspected concussion, substitute ‘keeper Andy Sheridan taking his place between the sticks to pull off a terrific save moments later when getting down low and at full stretch to palm away Anderson’s half volley. Shortly thereafter Andy McQuillan almost doubled the Blackburn lead when Nicky Miller and Campbell worked a short corner-kick for the latter to whip in a delivery to the back post that the striker nodded narrowly past. However, the next goal was to be Jeanfield’s who hauled themselves back into the tie when, after a cross into the United area could only be half cleared, MACKIE sent a sixteen yard hitch kick sneaking past the despairing dive of Sheridan. Mackie then almost doubled his own and the Swifts tally but his shot on the turn from the edge of the box was wide of the left hand post. Six minutes from the end and with the game looking as if it was heading for penalties a long clearance from Gunnion deceived Cooper and John Anderson jumping together just inside the eighteen yard box which was enough of a distraction to give Anthony HOLT the space to draw Sheridan and slide a shot underneath him for the decisive goal to send the Perth side into the third round of the East of Scotland Cup. Right at the end Campbell swung an ill-advised and frustrated boot at the legs of a time wasting Swifts player. The inevitable red card was a disappointing way to bode farewell to 35 years of ups and downs at Murrayfield Park.


    Blackburn United Line-up: G. McQuillan (Sheridan 51), Sneddon, Sommerville, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Rintoul (McIntosh 87), Simpson, McDowall, Miller, A.McQuillan, D.Campbell Subs (not used): Meekison, Easton, M.Campbell

    Jeanfield Swifts Line-up: Bruce, Nicol, Dobie, Gunnion, Gordon, G.Anderson, Holt, Deans, J.Anderson, Kelly, Mackie Subs: McAllister, Cummings, Whitehead

    Referee: Mr. Paul Crosbie

  • Edinburgh United 0 v. 2 Blackburn United on 06/04/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Edinburgh United 0
    Blackburn United 2 (Sneddon 51mins, McQuillan 59mins)

    After three weekends of inactivity due to what would seem to be a never ending winter, Blackburn travelled to the capital to face a Paties Road side buoyed by several recent new signings looking to continue a five match unbeaten run in the league. After a tepid opening first ten minutes ex-Blackburn man Eddie Mangan created the first opportunity for the hosts but Gavin McQuillan was equal to Mitchell’s eventual shot from the edge of the area and clung onto it comfortably. Six minutes later Paul Callaghan lifted a free-kick to the back post where Andy McQuillan got his head to it to knock it down into Sean Callaghan’s path for the midfielder to lash first time into the roof of the net only for his celebrations to be short lived when the referee penalised McQuillan for a bit of pushing. Gavin McQuillan was then called into action again when he held a half hit shot on the turn from Mitchell. At the other end, a clever turn and twist by Nicky Miller just beyond the half hour was almost enough to provide the game’s first goal but when his cut back arrived at the feet of Andy McQuillan the strikers shot soared too high and, right on the interval, an off balance McQuillan then headed Danny Campbell’s free-kick over.

    The first effort of the second half was also one that ended up over the top when Miller got onto McQuillan’s deflected clip into the box but couldn’t keep his header down. However, sixty seconds later captain Davie SNEDDON showed just how it should be done when, at a Jimmy Sommerville corner, he made a terrific run across his man to stoop and direct a perfect near post header into the roof of Cadger’s net. Not to be outdone though, Andy McQUILLAN eventually found his range just before the hour mark when he reacted quickly to a ricochet inside the box to steady himself and plant a twelve yard, side foot effort behind Cadger to give Blackburn a two goal lead. A Mitchell cross that resulted in a tame header across the face of goal then might have given Gavin McQuillan a scare but didn’t and Blackburn almost made it three shortly thereafter when Miller won possession to set up Campbell for an angled drive that flew high and wide. With time almost up the hosts had little left to offer as Blackburn played out time and only a sixteen yard shot that was right down McQuillan’s throat brought any real threat to the youngster chalking up a deserved clean sheet.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, Sommerville, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan, Campbell (Cooper 90), Simpson (McDowall 69), Miller (Rintoul 77), A.McQuillan, Williamson Subs (not used): Meekison, Sheridan

    Edinburgh United Line Up:

    Referee: Mr.

  • Blackburn United P v. P Jeanfield Swifts on 30/03/2013 at 14:30 Match Postponed

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  • West Calder United P v. P Blackburn United on 23/03/2013 at 14:30 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Livingston United on 16/03/2013 at 14:30 Match Postponed

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  • Haddington Athletic 3 v. 5 Blackburn United on 09/03/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Haddington Athletic 3 ((Martin 53mins, Wilson 68mins, Lynch 81mins)
    Blackburn United 5 (Campbell 41mins & 60mins, Suchinskyj 46mins, McQuillan 82mins & 90mins)

    In a match that really did have just about everything, United travelled to East Lothian to face a Haddington side suffering a dip in form but still hanging onto second place in the title race and it was the home side that were on the offensive from the start, Wilson linking with Martin to hit a shot from six yards that was instinctively saved by Gavin McQuillan before the same player was unlucky to see his shot from the rebound cannon off the post and back into the ‘keepers hands. Three minutes later Blackburn had their own sniff at goal after Andy McQuillan and Nicky Miller combined to set up Jimmy Sommerville for a twenty five yarder that fizzed over the bar. When the Hi-Hi’s Thomson then set up Martin at the back post to hit a shot into the side netting before Bracks took Wilson’s pass to strike a daisy cutter narrowly past the left hand post it was the Millfield men who looked more dangerous despite United’s composure on the ball and only a terrific fingertip save by McQuillan to touch Martin’s header over the top kept the scores level. However, four minutes from the break determination and perseverance in equal measure from Sommerville and Ross Williamson created a chance for Miller and when his shot from the edge of the area was blocked Danny CAMPBELL was on hand to rifle an angled drive underneath Hill to open the scoring.

    Forty Five seconds after the resumption Blackburn doubled their lead when Lee SUCHINSKYJ was alert enough to get onto the end of Campbell’s free-kick to redirect the ball into the bottom right hand corner. With their tails up the United lead was almost three but, after skipping past Lynch, McQuillan could only hit the side netting with an effort from an ever tightening angle. The Hi-Hi were let back into the game not long thereafter though when returning captain Davie Sneddon miscontrolled an overhit through ball on his chest and as it bounced away from him, MARTIN was onto it in a flash to barrel past Paul Callaghan and slide his shot past the exposed Gavin McQuillan. However, the Blackburn lead was back to two once more when, moments after Suchinskyj had scraped the left hand post with a header, Andy McQuillan was sent tumbling by Hill as he rounded the big ‘keeper, leaving referee Mr. Doig with no option but to point to the spot and dismiss the Haddington No.1. After a lengthy delay, substitute ‘keeper Johnston couldn’t stop CAMPBELL sweeping his penalty confidently past him. Being reduced to ten men seemed to reinvigorate the home side though and as they piled forward Martin retrieved an overhit cross on the left and turned to clip in a pin point cross that WILSON bulleted home off the underside of the crossbar before Gavin McQuillan misjudged a ball cleared high into the air inside his own box by Sommerville and dragged Slight to the ground for the games second penalty that LYNCH smashed high into the net to haul his side level with nine minutes to go. Straight away United regained the lead with McQUILLAN taking advantage of hesitancy inside the home box at a Callum McDowell corner to lash a near post shot past Johnston. McDowell then had an eighteen yarder saved before fellow substitute Ryan Donnelly hit Johnston with his shot when one on one with the ‘keeper. Seconds later McQUILLAN had the ball in the net again when he redirected Donnelly’s shot past Johnston but his celebration was cut short by the offside whistle. However, not to be denied, Blackburn’s top scorer did net his own second and United’s fifth when, four minutes into added on time, he raced clear, danced past Motion and planted his measured right foot shot behind Johnston.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, Sommerville, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan, Simpson, Williamson, A.McQuillan, Miller (Trialist - McDowell 76), Campbell (Donnelly 87) Subs (not used): McIntosh, Cooper, Meekison

    Haddington Athletic Line Up: Hill, Lynch, Nobel, Motion, Wilson, Bracks, Thomson, Slight, Martin, Cropley, Wilson Subs: Bernawi, Aitken, McLaren, Peden, Johnston

    Referee: Mr. David Doig

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Harthill Royal on 02/03/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 1 (Sneddon 67mins)
    Harthill Royal 1 (Drummond 3mins - pen)

    An explosive start to this game was ensured when referee Charlie McVicar pointed to the spot barely three minutes after kick-off for a supposed Andy Cooper hand ball that seemed more out of the box than in and once the astounded commotion died done the scoring was duly opened when DRUMMOND swept his penalty kick just beyond the reach of the diving Gavin McQuillan. United then attempted to hit back quickly and Sean Callaghan’s shot from the right angle of the eighteen yard box was held at the second attempt by Heron before Danny Campbell had a pop from similar distance charged down by a combination of Mulligan and Sinnet. With the game heading towards the interval and with Blackburn dominant in possession if not in the score line referee Mr. McVicar once again chose centre stage for himself, flashing a second yellow and subsequent red to Sean Callaghan for what he deemed to be a high tackle made after he had blown his whistle for a foul on the aforementioned United midfielder. Strange decisions complete, Harthill retained their lead at half time.

    Despite being shorthanded, United took total control of the second period and were almost level within two minutes of the restart when Campbell swapped passes with Andy McQuillan to drill in a cross come shot that Heron had to touch over the top at full stretch, although having set up camp in the visitors half for prolonged periods it was Blackburn who were none the less relieved to remain only a goal behind when, just before the hour, Adam burst past Jimmy Sommerville on the right to set up Drummond with a simple chance to double his own and Royal’s account. Remarkably, it was a chance that the midfielder somehow contrived to miss. Moments later a Cooper header from Campbell’s corner was only inches too high. However, the equaliser arrived not long thereafter when, from a free kick some ten yards inside the United half, goalkeeper Gavin McQuillan dropped a long ball enticingly into the box where substitute Davie SNEDDON jumped highest to direct a header behind Heron. With their tails up Blackburn pursued the winner and Andy McQuillan launched a shot over the junction of post and bar after he’d been set up by Lee Suchinskyj and Nicky Miller before a quick swivel of the hips earned him similar space inside the box five minutes later only for him to repeat the trick of hitting his final effort too high. A second and winning goal, though, wasn’t forthcoming and when Campbell’s half hit a shot in the final minute of normal time ended up in Heron’s hands it was a guarantee that the points were to be shared.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan (Sneddon 56), Sommerville, Cooper (Meekison 82), Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan, Simpson, Williamson, A.McQuillan, Campbell, Miller Subs (not used): McIntosh, Donnelly

    Harthill Royal Line Up: Heron, Gallacher, Brady, Mulligan, Sinnet, Wilson, McCann, Drummond, McLachlan, Adam, Watson Subs: Easton, McLean, Kennedy, Roberts

    Referee: Mr. Charlie McVicar

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 1 Crossgates Primrose on 23/02/2013 at 14:30 match photos available click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (Sommerville 6mins, McQuillan 7mins, Campbell 66mins)
    Crossgates Primrose 1 (88mins)

    After the disappointment of exiting the Scottish Junior Cup at the last 32 stage United were back in knock-out action in the East of Scotland Cup and quickly established a firm grip on the match against their Fife visitors when, after only six minutes, Danny Campbell’s corner from the left arrived at the back post where Jimmy SOMMERVILLE was on hand to prod his close range shot over the line. Sixty seconds later Blackburn’s lead was duly doubled when Andy McQUILLAN picked up the ball midway inside the Crossgates half and carried it forward to play a one-two with Nicky Miller on the edge of the area before guiding his effort behind the visiting ‘keeper. Centre-half Andy Cooper then almost took United three clear before the quarter hour mark but his header from Campbell’s free-kick scraped over the junction of post and bar. Barely two minutes later Blackburn came closer still when Miller and Campbell linked for McQuillan to get a sight of goal only for his shot to be hacked off the line. With the ball only half cleared it then broke for Sean Callaghan to lift in a twenty yarder that clipped the top of the bar on its way over. A couple of long range efforts from the visitors that were ably dealt with by Gavin McQuillan heralded a lull in proceedings before United had the ball in the net for a third time in the half, although McQuillan’s fine header from Miller’s pin-point delivery was ruled out for offside.

    As the second period progressed Blackburn continued to dominate possession and, with it, large swathes of the match but it wasn’t until the sixty sixth minute that another real opportunity was carved out and it was one that was taken with some aplomb, Ross Williamson springing CAMPBELL clear on the right to stride forward and send an angled, sixteen yard shot soaring past the ‘keeper with the aid of a slight deflection. Almost straight away substitute David Wright then had a pot shot after turning his man but his effort was well held. Fourteen minutes from time Campbell produced a teasing cross that McQuillan got his head on but the visiting ‘keeper was equal to it and it was to be Primrose who had the last say with a consolation goal. With time running out Sommerville was harshly penalised for a perceived infringement on the edge of the box and the resultant spot-kick was swept past the fingertips of the diving Gavin McQuillan.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, Sommerville, Cooper, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan, Simpson, Williamson (Donnelly 76), A.McQuillan, Campbell (McIntosh 61), Miller (Wright 61) Sub (not used): Meekison

    Crossgates Primrose Line Up: TBC

    Referee: TBC

  • West Calder United P v. P Blackburn United on 16/02/2013 at 14:00 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Rutherglen Glencairn on 09/02/2013 at 14:00 match photos available click for match report

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    Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round

    Blackburn United 0
    Rutherglen Glencairn 1 (Agnew 85mins)

    At the fourth time of asking, United's hopes of upsetting the odds and ousting their more glamorous visitors to reach the last sixteen of the Junior Cup came to nought on a bitterly cold afternoon at Murrayfield Park. The West Region Super League Division One side arrived in Blackburn looking to repeat their convincing victory at the same stage of the competition here 19 years previously and started the match with the bulk of the possession, although it was Blackburn who made better use of the little they had in the early stages, Andy McQuillan linking well with Nicky Miller to send his strike partner clear on the right from where he fired a teaser across the six yard box that Bell in the Glen's goal did well to cut out. However, it was the visitors who came closest before twenty minutes had elapsed, Eadie swinging in a deep cross to the back post that McLaughlin almost squeezed in, only to be denied by a fortunate combination of Gavin McQuillan and a post. Agnew’s fine turn and run was then halted only by a fine David Sneddon challenge sixteen yards out that resulted in a corner that brought McQuillan back into action to save a McGuire pop from the edge of the area. United, though, conjured up a far better opportunity several minutes later when Danny Campbell flighted a free-kick into the box where Ward headed clear only as far as Sean Callaghan who whipped the ball back into the feet of Andy McQuillan who somehow managed to lift his first time shot from barely six yards out high over the bar. Before the break a Galloway interception was just enough to prevent Miller’s delivery from causing any greater consternation at the heart of the Rutherglen defence.

    Blackburn took a better grip on possession and territory at the outset of the second period although it was the men from the Clyde Gateway Stadium who almost sneaked ahead when, after a Gavin McQuillan save from a McLaughlin shot resulted in a corner kick, McGuire sent a near post header narrowly past. However, as in the first half, it was United who created another glorious chance, Andy McQuillan bursting clear through the middle to set up Campbell supporting on the left but his right foot shot was well saved by Bell. Shortly thereafter Blackburn were presented with an even better opportunity when, after a fine run by centre-half Andy Cooper allowed Campbell to trick his way onto the edge of the box, referee Mr. Duncan had little choice but to point to the spot when two Glens defenders combined to upend the youngster. From the penalty though, the usually reliable Andy McQuillan rolled a weak effort to the bottom right hand corner that Bell flopped on to save. Little more than five minutes later and with only five minutes remaining United had even greater cause to rue the penalty miss when, from a corner on the right, the ball was cleared back out to taker McAlpine who drilled in a second delivery that struck the unsuspecting Ward high on the chest to fall perfectly for AGNEW to bundle an effort from amongst a ruck of players behind the unsighted Gavin McQuillan. Almost from the restart yet another terrific chance came for Blackburn when a superb Ross Williamson pass sprung Andy McQuillan behind the visiting defence but as he bore down on goal Bell stood strong to bravely block a shot that might just as easily have ended up past him for the equaliser. In stoppage time Gavin McQuillan denied McLauglin a second for Rutherglen but the men from the West had already done just enough to edge into the last 16 of the Cup.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, Sneddon, Cooper, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan (Crooks 67), Simpson, Williamson, Miller (Sommerville 71), A.McQuillan, Campbell Subs (not used): Lynch, Easton, Sheridan

    Rutherglen Glencairn Line Up: Bell, Galloway, Eadie, Aitchison, Ward, McGuire (Burke), Hamilton (Donaghy), McClay, McLaughlin, Agnew, McAlpine Subs (not used): McCarry, Flannery, Ballantyne

    Referee: Mr. Gavin Duncan
    Assistants: Mr. Steven Rintoul & Mr. Kenneth Boyd

  • Craigroyston 4 v. 3 Blackburn United on 04/02/2013 at 19:30 click for match report

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    Craigroyston 4
    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan (2), Suchinskyj)

    Two quick strikes, one from Andy McQUILLAN and one from Lee SUCHINSKYJ, had United ahead early on but a penalty kick dragged the East of Scotland side back into the game. However, a well worked third from United when McQUILLAN guided home Danny Campbell's square ball had Blackburn two ahead again at the break.

    Five second half substitutions change the United shape at the outset of the second period and although the tempo dropped accordingly only a fine save from McQuillan's fiftieth minute penalty prevented the Edinburgh side from falling further behind. With just over half an hour left Blackburn were reduced to ten men when the referee invited Sean Callaghan to leave the pitch despite the midfielder appearing to be more sinned against than sinner. The game was levelled almost straight away and with United shorthanded for the remainder of the game a wicked deflection on a twenty yard free-kick that left Gavin McQuillan helpless handed Craigroyston a narrow victory as the snow closed in.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, Meekison, Suchinskyj, Sneddon, Cooper, Williamson, Simpson, S.Callaghan, A.McQuillan, Miller, Campbell Subs: Lynch, Forret, Gr.Crooks, Sommerville, Donnelly

  • Blackburn United P v. P Rutherglen Glencairn on 02/02/2013 at 14:00 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United U21's 0 v. 3 Blackburn United on 26/01/2013 at 15:00 click for match report

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    Blackburn United 3 (Miller, Williamson, Lynch)
    Blackburn United U21's 0

    With the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup Fourth Round tie against Rutherglen Glencairn postponed for a second successive week United took on their under-21 side and, in a game of slick, entertaining football free from the kind of heavy challenges that can often colour these affairs, the youngsters competed well but succumbed to a first half Nicky MILLER goal that was augmented by strikes from Ross WILLIAMSON, after great work from David Wright, and Peter LYNCH in the second period.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, Meekison, Suchinskyj, Sneddon, Cooper, Gr.Crooks, Sommerville, Simpson, A.McQuillan, Miller, Campbell Subs: Lynch, Forret, Williamson, Ga.Crooks, Wright

    Referee: Mr. Paul Hanlon

  • Blackburn United P v. P Rutherglen Glencairn on 26/01/2013 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Rutherglen Glencairn on 19/01/2013 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Armadale Thistle 4 v. 2 Blackburn United on 19/01/2013 at 12:00 click for match report

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    Armadale Thistle 4 (McKay 39mins, Taylor 49mins & 85mins, Baxter 80mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (McQuillan 29mins, Miller 42mins)

    For the second time in recent weeks the Bathgate Sports Centre 3G hosted a mid-winter friendly for United, this time after the early morning postponement of the Scottish Junior Cup 4th round tie against Rutherglen Glencairn. On this occasion though, unlike the 2-1 success against Rosyth at the end of December, a win wasn’t to be forthcoming despite a first half that provided two goals and a high tempo performance. Just before the half hour Nicky Miller and Chris Simpson combined crisply to set up Andy McQUILLAN for a neat, side foot finish and although a freak McKAY goal brought Premier League Thistle back level United were rightly a goal ahead again before the break, MILLER stooping to head home McQuillan’s pinpoint, back post cross.

    A raft of substitutions just before and after the interval understandably disrupted United’s rhythm and the Volunteer Park men weren’t slow to take advantage, a terrific curling effort from the left corner of the area by TAYLOR bringing them back level. After substitute Davie Wright had went close for United and Gavin McQuillan had pulled off two point blank saves to prevent the ‘Dale taking the lead Thistle claimed a morale boasting win with two goals in the last ten minutes, firstly when an eighteen yard BAXTER shot screwed past an unsighted McQuillan at the second attempt and then, five minutes from time, when TAYLOR'S free header on the back post closed out the game.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan (Forret 55), MacIntosh (Meekison 43), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Crooks (Wright 43), Simpson (Campbell 55 (Williamson 80)), S.Callaghan (Crooks 64), Miller (Lynch 52), A.McQuillan, Williamson (Sommerville 52)

    Referee: Mr. Stephen Allan

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 0 Edinburgh United on 12/01/2013 at 13:45 click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Blackburn United 3 (Miller 4mins, Crooks 30mins, McQuillan 68mins)
    Edinburgh United 0

    With sections of Edinburgh United’s Paties Road unplayable, this league game was moved from the capital city to Murrayfield Park at just 24 hours’ notice, a decision which ultimately proved a wise one from a Blackburn perspective as United were put on their way to a third win in four outings when, in the fourth minute, Nicky MILLER tricked his way past Thomson on the right to hit a shot that Smeaton could only help into his own net. Ten minutes later Paul Callaghan lifted a ball forward that Andy Cooper, still loitering on the edge of the eighteen yard box after being up for an earlier corner, knocked down to Andy McQuillan to swivel and fire narrowly past the left hand post. McQuillan then had the ball in the net not long thereafter but was ruled offside when, after mishitting his initial attempt from a Miller cut-back, he redirected Paul Callaghan’s effort from the edge of the box past Cadger in the visiting goal. However, a second goal did arrive on the half hour when Sean Callaghan picked out Greig CROOKS to send a dipping, twenty yard volley in-off the left hand upright. Before the interval, Gavin McQuillan had to punch Catlin’s corner away from underneath his bar as the Paties road men almost sneaked a way back into the game.

    Eleven minutes after the resumption a Ross Williamson corner from the left found its way to the back post where captain Davie Sneddon tried a controlled, side foot volley that was too high. In a half of few chances the game was then put beyond the men from the capital midway through after McQUILLAN brought a Darren McIntosh throw down on his chest only to be impeded by Smeaton as he tried to maneuver a shooting opportunity. Once referee Mr. Hall had flourished a yellow card at the disgruntled offender the prolific striker slammed his spot kick behind Cadger. Before the end the visitors too had to handle the disappointment of a disallowed goal, Mukundwa straying a good two yards beyond the last man as he prodded home a Hughes free-kick.

    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, MacIntosh, Sneddon, Cooper, Crooks, Simpson, S.Callaghan (Easton 77), Miller (Sommerville 73), McQuillan (Trialist - Lynch 69), Williamson Subs (not used): Wright, Forret

    Edinburgh United Line Up: Cadger, Kerr, Thomson, Mangan, McVey, Gibbons, Catlin, Smeaton, Hughes, Blair, Mitchell Subs: Dalling, Jervis, Mukundwa, Heggie, Campbell

    Referee: Mr. Kyle Hall

  • Whitburn 1 v. 1 Blackburn United on 05/01/2013 at 13:30 click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Whitburn 1 (Nimmo 17mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (Campbell 37mins)

    Before kick-off both teams and the assembled crowd observed a minutes applause in recognition of the sad passing of the home sides Vice President over the festive period, but when the game got underway most of the niceities were immediately dispensed with amidst a flurry of combative challenges befitting this local derby. An early, free header from the home sides Craig didn't bother Gavin McQuillan as it might have before, ten minutes in, Danny Campbell got into space on his right wing beat to whip in a cross that Andy McQuillan headed into ex-United 'keeper Francis Carlin's hands. However, when the next headed effort on goal arrived it was to be the one that opened the scoring, Whitburn new boy Ryan NIMMO'S diving header from Scott's corner on the right flying past McQuillan and into the net. United were almost on terms moments later when Campbell's corner clattered off Nicky Miller's knees in the centre of the six yard box only to screw narrowly past the left hand upright. The equaliser, though, was only briefly delayed and when Miller turned provider to squeeze Sean Callaghan's pass out to CAMPBELL arriving on the right of the box his rising strike flashed past Carlin on it's way into the roof of the net. Several mammoth McQuillan clearances as the game headed towards half time also unsettled the home defence, with one in particular almost causing Carlin some embarrassment, but the scores remained level at the interval.

    The second half brought more in the way of possession for the home side but more in the way of chances for Blackburn, the best of the early ones falling to Ross Williamson whose fierce, eighteen yard shot after Campbell's free-kick broke kindly for him on the edge of the box was right down Carlin's throat. Darren McIntosh then set up Williamson for a swerving cross onto the edge of the six yard area but McQuillan's glancing header crept past. At the other end Gavin McQuillan proved his worth by pulling out a save from the very top drawer, diving to brilliantly claw away Craig's powerful, netbound effort from a Scott pass. The last chance of the game then fell to United and to the usually deadly Andy McQuillan, but when McIntosh's throw was headed onto him by Lee Suchinskyj he could only redirect it into the relieved grasp of Carlin.

    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, P.Callaghan, MacIntosh, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan (Meekison 86), Williamson, Simpson, McQuillan, Miller (Trialist - Lynch 74), Campbell Subs (not used): Forret, Norman, Sheridan

    Whitburn Line Up: Carlin, Bodel, McDiarmid, Wilson, Mooney, Nimmo, Spence, Browne, King, Craig, Scott Subs: Rodger, Taylor, Woodhouse, Sharp, Ritchie

    Referee: Mr. Stephen Allan

  • Rosyth 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 29/12/2012 at 14:00 click for match report

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    Rosyth 1 (53mins)
    Blackburn United 2 (Sneddon 57mins, Campbell 85mins)

    With the misearable winter weather claiming yet another league fixture when Murrayfield Park failed a 9:45am pitch inspection ahead of the scheduled game against Harthill Royal, the United coaching staff acted quickly to arrange this friendly at the Bathgate Sports Centre 3G surface.

    After a pretty even first forty five minutes, a clever Peter Lynch back heel after Davie Sneddon had headed Danny Campbell's corner down to him almost opened the scoring but the ball was booted clear just as it looked as though it might sneak over the line. Six minutes later the deadlock was eventually broken but with the goal coming at the other end, the Fifers centre forward breaking clear through the heart of the United defence to lift his shot over a horribly exposed trialist 'keeper. However, parity was restored shortly thereafter when SNEDDON headed powerfully home from another Campbell corner. Five minutes from time Blackburn created and executed a fine move that won the game, Campbell arrowing a left to right pass out to Andy McQuillan who swivelled past a couple of Rosyth defenders to roll a pass across the eighteen yard box to where CAMPBELL had galloped forward in support and he swept the ball past the despairing dive of the 'keeper and into the bottom left hand corner of the net.


    Blackburn United Line Up: Trialist (G.McQuillan 58), P.Callaghan, McIntosh (Forret 58), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan (Norman 73), Norman (Simpson 50), Williamson, A.McQuillan, Campbell, Donnelly (Trialist - Lynch 35) Sub (not used): Sommerville

    Rosyth Line Up: TBC

    Referee: Mr. Ralph Gordon

  • Blackburn United P v. P Harthill Royal on 29/12/2012 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Stoneyburn on 22/12/2012 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Dunbar United 1 v. 3 Blackburn United on 15/12/2012 at 13:45 click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Dunbar United 1 (Glynn 29mins)
    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan 69mins, Campbell 70mins, Williamson 72mins)

    In one of only two games to survive the wretched winter weather in the east, Blackburn made the long haul down the A1 to the coast to face a Dunbar side whose recent form had seen them sneak up the league table and into a top six berth. However, the homesters made life difficult for themselves when, within seven minutes, combative midfielder Calum Hill foolishly swung an elbow at Danny Campbell and earned himself a hot shower way earlier than he might have imagined at kick-off. No more than five minutes later Blackburn almost capitalised on their numerical advantage but Andy McQuillan's header from Campbell's swerving corner rattled off the underside of the crossbar and was booted clear. McQuillan then turned provider to set up Nicky Miller on the right but he sliced his shot past and the miss was to prove costly just before the half hour when the Seasiders grabbed a shorthanded lead when GLYNN was presented with a free header from Lees cross after Gavin McQuillan had originally pushed Thomson's free-kick over the top for the flag kick. Indeed, the Dunbar lead could have been doubled shortly thereafter but McQuillan did well to hold Grant's header at the back post. Before the interval, Andy McQuillan burst onto a through ball as Beveridge strayed from his goal line but, from a tight angle, his cut-back across goal was diverted past by Watson for a fruitless corner. Right on forty five minutes McQuillan again drilled a ball into the near post but it was just out of reach for Lee Suchinskyj and Beveridge gathered.

    A Danny Campbell free-kick shortly after the resumption set the tone for the second half when it found the head of Andy Cooper but his knock down only just eluded McQuillan's outstretched boot. It was the Seasiders who came closest though when, on the hour mark, Watson released Grant on the left but his clever lob over Gavin McQuillan struck the base of the right hand post. However, once Blackburn switched to three at the back with Jack Norman replacing full-back Paul Callaghan the game developed more opportunities for the visitors and Beveridge pulled off a fine save when Chris Simpson set up Campbell for a pop at goal. There then followed a remarkable three minutes that turned the game on his head. Firstly, Campbell's spinning cross from the left was knocked on by the head of Suchinskyj and a challenging defender to the back post where McQUILLAN rose to gleefully nod home the equaliser. Sixty seconds later Davie Sneddon set Miller scampering down the right and a deft CAMPBELL flick on the edge of the six yard box brilliantly redirected his square ball behind Beveridge. Incredibly, Blackburn then made it three in as many minutes when McQuillan slid the ball into Ross WILLIAMSON'S path on the edge of the 18 yard box and he thrashed it into the bottom left hand corner of the net. With quarter of an hour remaining both sides probed for further openings to no avail before referee Mr. Whyte brought proceedings to an end and the three points deservedly made their way back to West Lothian.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, Callaghan (Norman 59), Sneddon, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Crooks, Williamson, Simpson, Miller (Meekison 73), A.McQuillan (McIntosh 82), Campbell Sub (not used): Forret

    Dunbar United Line Up: Beveridge, Thomson, Watson, Glynn, Morgan, Lees, C.Hill, S.Tait, Jones, Young, Grant Subs: S.Hill, K.Tait, Cowan, McEwen, Girdwood

    Referee: Mr. Colin Whyte

  • Whitburn P v. P Blackburn United on 08/12/2012 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Edinburgh United on 01/12/2012 at 13:45 Match Postponed

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  • Fauldhouse United 2 v. 1 Blackburn United on 24/11/2012 at 13:45 click for match report

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    East Region South Division

    Fauldhouse United 2 (Martin 36mins, Greig 83mins)
    Blackburn United 1 (McQuillan 60mins)

    Blackburn made the short journey to Park View for what was one of the few games in West Lothian to escape the excesses of the worsening winter weather and withstood an opening barrage from the home side that ended when ex-Blackburn man Alan Brown put Scott in on the right to fire across the face of goal for Martin to side foot narrowly past. Sixty seconds later Blackburn then had their own effort on goal but after Paul Callaghan and Nicky Miller had linked up to slice open the 'Hoose defence Andy McQuillan could only hit his angled shot well over. It was the Park View men who then came agonisingly close to opening the scoring when Martin reacted quickly to a loose ball falling his way to send an 18 yard effort spinning against the underside of the bar from where Davie Sneddon launched clear. At the other end Sneddon turned creator to slip in Danny Campbell and when McQuillan turned quickly on his cut back Ross was only just able to block his drive. However, the afternoon's first goal arrived eight minutes from the interval when Andy Cooper misjudged his challenge on Wilkins on the edge of the box to send the little front man tumbling and turn an innocuous ball across goal into a gilt edged opportunity from the spot which MARTIN gleefully converted. Just before the break Gavin McQuillan ensured the game remained alive for Blackburn when touching Greig's twelve yarder over the top at full stretch.

    Blackburn were the livelier side on the resumption and only two minutes had passed when Campbell's corner from the left was headed against the underside of the bar by Chris Simpson to be gathered by a relieved Stewart. Shortly thereafter a weak clearance from Stewart allowed Ross Williamson to spring Miller goalwards but he rushed his shot just a little and smashed an eighteen yarder narrowly over the bar. However, five minutes later the scores were deservedly brought level when Andy McQUILLAN dispossessed Cruikshank out on the right to stride into the box and whip a glorious, curling left footer high past Stewart into the top left hand corner. The home side were then almost back in front when Deans threw in a cross from the right that Martin dived to get his head on but Gavin McQuillan instinctively thrust out a hand to brilliantly touch the ball away from his goal. It was Blackburn, though, who came closer still when substitute Darren McIntosh delivered a ball from deep that was only half cleared to Cooper whose hitch-kick looked in all the way until Gallacher popped up to clear it off the line. Seven minutes from time the Park View men took full advantage of this let off and of a mistake by Scott Forret who, having only just come on for the injured Cooper, tried to back heel a pass inside while running at full tilt only to succeeded in giving up possession to Smith who drilled a low one across goal and through a forest of legs to the back post where GREIG had the simplest of tasks to side foot past the exposed McQuillan for the winner.


    Blackburn United Line Up: G.McQuillan, Callaghan, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Cooper (Forret 80), Simpson, Norman (McIntosh 72), Williamson, Miller, A.McQuillan, Campbell Sub (not used): Donnelly

    Fauldhouse United Line Up: Stewart, Greig, Cruikshank, Ross, Gallacher, Campbell, Deans, Scott, Martin, Wilkins, Brown Subs: Chilton, Fairley, Shanks, Smith, Peace

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Blackburn United 3 v. 2 Blairgowrie on 17/11/2012 at 13:45 match photos available click for match report

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    Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round

    Blackburn United 3 (McQuillan, Miller, Cooper)
    Blairgowrie 2 (Hood, Murison)

    On a heavy surface that had passed a 9:00am pitch inspection United were up and at their opponents quickly, Andy McQuillan breaking clear and holding the ball up before playing in Danny Campbell on the right for a shot across the face of goal that scraped past the far post. However, it was the Perthshire men who found the net first when, on the quarter hour mark, HOOD made himself just enough room in a congested box to fire a fifteen yard shot past Gavin McQuillan. To compound matters, the visitors then managed to double their lead little more than four minutes later when O'Brien's long clearance deceived Lee Suchinskyj and landed at the feet of Axworthy who delayed just long enough for MURISON to arrive on his right and he steered his angled drive home. In reply, McQUILLAN hit an eighteen yarder just wide before taking a Nicky Miller pass in his stride to home in on goal only for O'Brien to somehow block his shot. It was a case of third time lucky for the striker though when, just before the half hour, he beat the offside trap to surge onto Chris Simpson's ball forward and cleverly lift it over the outrushing O'Brien before darting round the big 'keeper and walking it into the waiting net.

    The Blair were first to threaten after the interval and came close to re-establishing their two goal lead when a loose ball at the edge of the eighteen yard box fell kindly for Pirie to lash a shot off the underside of the bar which was then scrambled clear by Davie Sneddon. United, however, were back on level terms moments later when Greig Crooks slid a ball from the centre circle back to Andy Cooper who quickly lifted it over the top to MILLER who raced beyond a static back four to draw O'Brien and clip a twelve yard shot past him for the equaliser. Matters then got even better when, at the culmination of some real pressure, Campbell's corner from the left dropped deep onto the back post where COOPER rose highest to head Blackburn into the lead for the first time. With their early advantage gone, the visitors mounted a last ditch attempt to force the tie to a replay but Sneddon was brave to head Josef's shot away and when Murison's curler cleared Gavin McQuillan's bar United's path to the fourth round was secure. In time added on Blairgowrie 'keeper O'Brien earned himself a yellow card for a stupid push which was quickly followed by a second and the inevitable red when he found himself thirty yards from his own goal committing a foolishly high tackle.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: G.McQuillan, Forret, Sneddon, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Simpson, Williamson, Crooks (Sommerville 75), Miller (Norman 82), McQuillan, Campbell (Meekison 87) Subs (not used): Donnelly, Callaghan, MacIntosh

    Blairgowrie Line-Up: O'Brien, Ramsay, Nicoll, Hood, Pirie, McDonald, Findlay, Millar, Murison, Josef, Axworthy Subs: French, Harris, Hay, Cowan

    Referee: Mr. Craig Wilson

  • Blackburn United P v. P Fauldhouse United on 10/11/2012 at 13:30 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United P v. P Crossgate Primrose on 03/11/2012 at 13:30 Match Postponed

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  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 Tranent on 27/10/2012 at 13:30 click for match report

    After the successful trip north the previous weekend that brought ultimately comfortable progress to the third round of the Emirates Junior Cup United were quickly brought back to earth by the visitors from East Lothian within five minutes of kick-off when Darling, after the Blackburn back lot had several chances to clear and failed to do so, whipped a ball into the near post where BRANLEY was on his toes to squeeze an effort past Gavin McQuillan. The flow of the game though was primarily towards the Tranent goal and when Andy McQuillan linked with Danny Campbell the latters delivery was met on the half volley by Nicky Miller but the little strikers shot flew past the upright. Next to try his luck was Chris Simpson whose pop at goal after Campbell and Miller had combined crept narrowly past. United then came closer still when McQuillan broke into the box but, instead of shooting, attempted to round Jamieson who stuck out a leg to deny him, the ball breaking to Simpson whose goal bound strike was deflected past by Horne for a fruitless corner.

    In a second half that Blackburn continued to dominate for huge swathes, McQuillan's early half volley from a Campbell free-kick was touched past by Jamieson before the overdue equaliser arrived, Greig Crooks managing to smuggle the ball out to CAMPBELL on the right just as he was dumped on the seat of his pants by a late Darling tackle but Mr. Kennedy played a good advantage and the youngster lashed his sixteen yard shot home from a tight angle. McQuillan then had a couple of good efforts that lacked only for a little accuracy, first when he took a Davie Sneddon header in his stride to drag a shot across the face of goal and past and then when he swivelled into space twenty yards out to thump an effort past the right hand post. The Belters then conjured up a real chance going into the final minute of normal time when substitute Davidson strode forward to unleash a shot that Gavin McQuillan, making his first start between the sticks, did well to push past at full stretch. In added on time brother Andy then passed up perhaps the games best opportunity when his tenacity got him in on the left of the box from where he dragged his effort past the far post to leave him wondering quite how he managed to draw a blank on chances in each half which he would normally have buried without so much as a backward glance.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: G.McQuillan, Forret, Sommerville, Cooper, Sneddon, Crooks, Norman (Meekison 70), Simpson, Miller (Donnelly 83), McQuillan, Campbell Subs (not used): MacIntosh, M.Campbell

    Tranent Line-Up: Jamieson, Barbariou, Baillie, Horne, Darling, Christie, Fairnie, Berry, Branley, Hutchison, Robertson Subs: Ferguson, Davidson, McCrindle, Polowyj

    Referee: Mr. Gavin Kennedy

  • Glentanar FC 3 v. 6 Blackburn United on 20/10/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    United made the long journey north to Aberdeen for this Junior Cup Second Round tie and were under the cosh early, Mackie striking the right hand post with a shot from an Adams cut back. Moments later Adams created another chance for the home side and this time it lead to the opening goal, Andy Sheridan fumbling GRINDLAY'S half volley into the net. Glentanar then almost stretched their lead on twenty five minutes when Taft made his way along the edge of the eighteen yard box before blasting a shot towards the top left hand corner which Sheridan did well to tip over the top. However, ninety seconds later Blackburn were level, Danny Campbell bursting clear on the right to square a ball across the six yard box that Nicky Miller couldn't quite reach but that Andy McQUILLAN did to thump behind Duff. Miller then burst through as United took a grip of the game but his parting shot crept past the left hand post. In the very next attack though MILLER timed his run just right to get on the end of a Campbell pull back to slide home a carbon copy of the equaliser. Five minutes later the first half goalscoring was complete when Jack Norman raced to the left bye-line and clipped in a swerving cross that Askew could only head into the roof of his own net while trying to clear.

    Sheridan was called into action in the opening moments of the second half to touch past a Dawson drive from eighteen yards but it was United who stretched their lead not long thereafter, Campbell again being the home sides tormentor in chief, slicing clear on the right to smash in an angled shot that Duff couldn't hold and that MILLER was onto in a flash to steer home his second of the afternoon. In an end to end affair, Sheridan was once more called into action to push Legge's pile driver over the top but just before the hour mark he was helpless to stop ADAMS penalty finding the net after Ross Williamson had upended Taft on the very corner of the eighteen yard box. Williamson almost made amends six minutes later but Duff clung onto his long range effort. However, barely sixty seconds further on Blackburn's three goal advantage was restored and again it came from the right, Miller turning provider this time to square for McQUILLAN to redirect the ball into Duff's net. Still Glentanar wouldn't be subdued though and the home side clawed back to within two goals when MACKIE thundered a shot from some twenty yards high past Sheridan. The best goal of the game then arrived eleven minutes from time and it was to prove more than enough to finally see off the Aberdeen outfit, McQUILLAN picking the ball up in his own half to slalom past several challenges on a surging run to the edge of the penalty area from where he drilled past a helpless Duff. Not long from the end Jimmy Sommerville almost topped McQuillan's effort but he was unlucky to see his forty yard lob over the head of Duff clip the top of the bar on its way over.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Forret, Sommerville, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Williamson (Meekison 75), Norman (Donnelly 82), Simpson, Miller, McQuillan, Campbell (McIntosh 80) Sub (not used): G.McQuillan

    Glentanar Line-Up: Duff, Munro, Askew, Dines, Gray, Dawson, Grindlay, Mackie, Deans, Taft, Adams Subs: Legge, Stewart

    Referee: Mr. Ian Bailey

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 3 Haddington Athletic on 13/10/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    Free scoring league leaders Haddington Athletic arrived at Murrayfield Park firm favourites to continue their imperious run of form and their eagerness to underline this status lead to some early pressure that culminated in Simpson picking out Bracks at the back post for a half volley across the face of Andy Sheridan's goal and past.
    However, United slowly eased themselves into the game and began to enjoy the balance of pressure, Greig Crooks and Nicky Miller linking to good effect to see the latter fire in a near post cross that Danny Campbell only just missed putting a finishing touch to. Moments later Andy Cooper pinged in a delivery from the right that Campbell might have done a bit better than head over the top. The opening goal was only delayed though, and just beyond the quarter hour mark a poor kick-out from Johnston in the visiting goal allowed Ross Williamson to drive to the edge of the box and when his run was blocked and the ball broke lose CROOKS was on it quickly to guide his eighteen yarder into the bottom right hand corner. United's task then looked to be made a whole lot easier when, after half an hour, Haddington's Clark was ordered off in mysterious circumstances for what must only have been for talking out of turn. This man advantage proved to be of little benefit for Blackburn however and it wasn't until sixty seconds from the interval that a further chance was carved out, Andy McQuillan turning on a Williamson pass to set Miller up with a clear sight of goal, but his shot was deflected into Johnston's hands and even then the Hi-Hi were quickly to the other end to create their own last chance of the half, Sheridan holding onto Simpsons effort.

    Sheridan was then called into action early in the second period to touch a fierce free kick wide before, at the other end, McQuillan broke clear on the right only to flash a shot past the left hand post. The visitors, though, were anything but subdued and barely ever looked as if they were shorthanded as eagerness and endevour to get forward at every opportunity was writ large over their play and just such desire was rewarded four minutes later when MARTIN earned space on the left of the box to lash a shot across Sheridan and into the net for the equaliser. Almost instantly thereafter United then came close to re-establishing their lead but, from a Crooks pass, Campbell's shot was touched over the junction of post and bar. Haddington too came ever so close to adding to the scoring in a frenetic few minutes and Bracks might yet be wondering how he missed converting on the back post when Lynch's cross dropped at his feet. Jimmy Sommerville then smuggled the ball to Campbell on the Blackburn left but just as his curling shot looked to be heading into the top right hand corner Johnston's fingertips appeared from nowhere to touch the ball against the post. Heading into the final ten minutes it was the visitors who were doing the pushing and after MARTIN had hit an effort into the side netting from Bernani's cross he was much more accurate six minutes from time when taking advantage of a dreadful mix-up amongst a confused Blackburn back lot to drill home a shot from around the penalty spot. Right on ninety minutes the Hi-Hi wrapped up a deserved win when Noble's overhit cross came back off the inside of the right hand post to rattle Sheridan's legs and skitter into the net for the unfortunate 'keeper to chalk up an unwanted own goal.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Forret, Sommerville, Sneddon, Cooper, Crooks, Williamson, Simpson, Miller (Norman 68), McQuillan, Campbell Subs (not used): Suchinskyj, Meekison, Trialist - Donnelly, G.McQuillan

    Haddington Athletic Line-Up: Johnston, Lynch, Noble, Gallacher, Carter, Bracks, Clark, Motion, Simpson, Conaghan, Martin Subs: Bernani, Campbell, Cropley, Scott, Wilson

    Referee: Mr. Duncan Williams

  • Spartans 1 v. 2 Blackburn United on 06/10/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    It was, perhaps, a long time in coming but United eventually chalked up their first league win of the season at the fifth time of asking. On a perfect 4G Ainslie Park surface which suited the teams desire to get the ball down and pass it, Blackburn looked the more eager side to get forward and when Andy McQuillan's shot was charged down Chris Simpson was first to the break of the ball to rattle in a twenty yarder that Jackson in the home goal touched past. Three minutes later McQuillan then tested the Spartans No.1 with a strike, this time from the right corner of the eighteen yard box, but Jackson again tipped past. However, it was a case of persistence rewarded on the quarter hour mark when McQUILLAN got across his man at a free-kick to cleverly redirect the ball into the bottom right hand corner for the game's opening goal. In response, the Edinburgh side huffed and puffed a bit in the lead up to the break and came closest when Rusin's cross from the left was punched away by Andy Sheridan from underneath his crossbar.

    Nicky Miller was onto a Simpson pass in the early moments of the second period but his low shot flashed past the near post before Simpson himself got a sight of goal as a free-kick arrived in the box but he could only lift his shot over the bar from around eight yards out. However, as in the first half it was McQUILLAN who looked the sharpest of the players on display and when he robbed Zavaroni of possession out on the left and raced into the box his angled drive fairly sizzled past Jackson to double the United lead. Spartans, though, weren't content to cough up the three points quite so easily and they hauled themselves back into the game some eight minutes later when a static Blackburn defence watched a long throw-in bounce into the box for the unchallenged RUSIN to head past an exposed Sheridan. After Simpson then had another effort for United that was blocked by the 'keeper Andy Cooper came closer still when Bruce had to clear his header from a corner off the line before Sheridan came to the rescue at the other end with a fine diving save from a Cunningham free-kick. Cunningham also had a glimpse of goal moments later but he could only swivel and clip in a shot that was too high as Blackburn held on for a valuable win.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Forret, Sommerville, Sneddon, Cooper, Crooks, Easton (Norman 80), Simpson, McQuillan, Miller (Malkiewicz 76), Williamson Subs (not used): Suchinskyj, Meekison

    Spartans Line-Up: Jackson, Zavaroni, Bruce, Kidd, Armstrong, Cunningham, Stewart, Milligan, Hunter, Roberts, Rusin Subs: Laidlaw, Summers, Tabengwa, Boyes, Ghamgosar, Dwyer

    Referee: Mr. Gordon MacVicar

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 3 West Calder United on 29/09/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    One step forward, two steps back, this would seem to be how Blackburn's season is panning out for the time being. After an exceptional defensive display at Arniston Rangers a fortnight ago, elementary errors at Livingston last week were added to by more of the same in this morale sapping defeat. Despite starting on the front foot and going close when Andy McQuillan controlled a Grant Easton cross on his chest before ripping in a shot that was blocked out to Jordan Rintoul to hit a first time eighteen yarder that was saved well by Wartley it was the visitors who opened the scoring, LAING latching onto a loose ball on the very corner of the Blackburn box and unleashing a beauty into Andy Sheridan's top left hand corner. However, barely sixty seconds later it looked like the perfect opportunity to square the game had arrived when McQuillan was onto a fumbled Wartley save only to be sent sprawling by the scrambling 'keeper but, rather than point to the spot for what looked a clear penalty and a potential sending-off, referee Mr. Wilson chose to wave play on.

    The second period started much brighter for Blackburn though and a goal of terrific quality arrived only two minutes in, Easton getting in behind Sinclair on the West Calder right and when the ball took a fortunate break to Danny CAMPBELL supporting the attack the teenager curled a fabulous effort over Wartley's head and into the roof of his net. Indeed, Campbell almost edged Blackburn in front less than ten minutes later but his angled sixteen yard effort from out on the right was pushed away by the 'Cauther No.1. Just before the hour mark however, a misunderstanding between Lee Meekison and Nicky Miller resulted in the full-back's throw-in landing at the feet of Swan who took full advantage of his gift to stroll to the bye-line and pull the ball back for CRAWFORD to smash home. Six minutes later Easton's corner from the right was headed against the crossbar by McQuillan as Blackburn came close to a second equaliser, but the game was put out of sight soon afterwards when Sheridan was weak with an attempted clearance which was headed down into the path of SWAN by Laing and the substitute neatly flicked the ball behind a crestfallen 'keeper. Moments from time Campbell looked on disbelievingly as Wartley somehow kept out his point blank, diving header from a Rintoul delivery and the youngsters misery was complete when he was sent-off shortly thereafter for berating the referee after being upended and earning his second yellow card of the afternoon.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Meekison (Williamson 70), Sommerville, Sneddon, Cooper, Rintoul, Easton, Crooks, McQuillan, Miller (Norman 60), Campbell Subs (not used): Forret, Malkiewicz, G.McQuillan

    West Calder United Line-Up: Wartley, Sinclair, Tunning, Watson, Paton, Alexander, Laing, Drew, Crawford, Wilson, Brown Subs: G.Sneddon, Arundel, Swan, Johnston, Lavery

    Referee: Mr. Craig Wilson

  • Livingston United 5 v. 2 Blackburn United on 22/09/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    A slow start and a desperate six minute spell around the half hour mark for the Blackburn defence saw Livi striker Brian Jaconelli help himself to a hat-trick that was the bedrock upon which this Livingston win was built. After Andy McQuillan had shown a lovely touch to turn and hit a shot narrowly over after five minutes it was the home side who opened the scoring barely four minutes later, JACONELLI darting in off the left to clip a fine eighteen yarder out of Andy Sheridan's reach and the elegant front man really should have doubled his tally seconds later when heading Byle's free-kick past from only six yards out. Blackburn then crafted an opportunity for an equaliser before the twenty minute mark but Chris Simpson's cut back from a Jordan Rintoul pass found no takers as it zipped across the six yard box and the visitors were to regret not capitalising on the moment when the Station Park side grabbed their second just before the half hour, JACONELLI being the first to react and nod home his second of the game after Lee Meekison had cleared McCormack's header off the line. Within sixty seconds JACONELLI then walked onto a loose ball twenty yards out, waltzed past several half-hearted challenges and guided a shot confidently past Sheridan to send his side three clear. No more than five minutes later and, incredibly, it was four nil to the home side when Byle's free-kick made it all the way to the back post where an unmarked STEWART rolled it home from barely a yard out. Blackburn, though, breathed some life back into the game with a quick fire double of their own, Simpson taking Ross Williamson's pass and whipping in a shot that Irvine-Holliday in the home goal saved only for Nicky MILLER to slam in the loose ball before Simpson again got free on the right to square across the six yard box for McQUILLAN to poke home.

    Having taken heart from those two goals, Blackburn started the second half reinvigorated and took the game to Livingston only to scorn the half chances their possession created before Sheridan had to come to the rescue when saving at Jaconelli's feet. Just beyond the hour mark substitute Danny Campbell won the ball thirty yards from goal and sent Williamson scurrying down the left to roll a pass to McQuillan who beat the offside trap and smacked in a dipping shot that Irvine-Holliday touched past at full stretch and the big Livi 'keeper showed his agility again when Campbell sent in a fierce free-kick which he touched over his bar for a fruitless corner. Pagliarulo then broke clear on the left against the run of play and had he squared to Stewart instead of trying his luck from a tight angle the home side would have stretched their lead back to an unassailable three. As it was though, after Grant Easton's cross into the heart of the Livingston box went a begging, Andy Johnstone's outfit did reclaim their three goal lead and with it the victory when Meekison gave up possession too easily and let JACONELLI in for his fourth goal of the afternoon despite Davie Sneddon's valiant attempt to clear off the line.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Meekison, Easton, Sneddon, Cooper, Crooks, Williamson (Norman 77), Rintoul, A.McQuillan, Miller (Campbell 62), Simpson (Davis 63) Subs (not used): McLaughlin, G.McQuillan

    Livingston United Line-Up: Irvine-Holliday, Byle, Love, Purves, Russell, McCormack, Russell, Murphy, Stewart, Pagliarulo, Jaconelli Subs: Docherty, McWilliams, Wilson, S.Thomson, R.Thomson

    Referee: Mr. Howard Wilkin

  • Arniston Rangers 0 v. 0 Blackburn United on 15/09/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    United's first trip to Gorebridge in more than ten years saw the side rediscover at least some of last seasons form which had been missing from much of the early season League Cup campaign and certainly from last weeks sloppy defeat at the hands of Falkirk. On seven minutes Andy McQuillan displayed no little skill in tricking his way past Newall inside the area and clipping in a shot from the corner of the six yard box that Rachowski pushed past for a corner. Shortly thereafter McQuillan then set up Nicky Miller on the left for a first time shot that Rachowski was again equal to. With the back line ably snuffing out the sporadic threat of Kaigwa on the Arniston right it was Blackburn who also created and scorned the final opportunity of the first half, McQuillan holding his head in despair when his side foot effort was saved after a clever touch and turn by Miller on receipt of a Chris Simpson pass had presented him with a clear sight of goal.

    If the first half had been all about United then the second was all about Rangers and all about the imposing presence of Andy Cooper at the heart of the visiting defence. On fifty six minutes Anderson put in Kaigwa on the right but he sliced wildly past before he was ultimately tamed and nullified as a real threat by Jimmy Sommerville playing in the unfamiliar left back position. However, it was Cooper, an early season signing from local rivals Fauldhouse United, who really prevented the home side from truly threatening Andy Sheridan in the Blackburn goal and, time and time again, the big central defender's head or boot intervened just when required, although when the United 'keeper was forced into action he dealt comfortably enough with Garden's shot before guiding Kaigwa's deflected effort past. At the other end Ross Williamson and McQuillan linked to put in substitute Danny Campbell but he dragged his shot across the face of goal and past. With the game heading into added time Sheridan was called upon one last time to block a Jones shot to ensure that the points were shared.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Meekison, Sommerville, Sneddon, Cooper (Davis 89), Crooks, Simpson, Rintoul, Miller (Campbell 71), A.McQuillan, Williamson (Malkiewicz 85) Subs (not used): McLaughlin, G.McQuillan

    Arniston Rangers Line-Up: Rachowski, Brady, Newall, Moriarty, Faulds, Anderson, Sommerville, McLennan, Beattie, Kaigwa, Cockburn Subs: Jones, Marshall, McCaul, Fenwick, Garden

    Referee: Mr. Jordan Curran

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 2 Falkirk on 08/09/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    United opened their League campaign a week after all the South Division's other protagonists and things got off to the worst possible start when URE picked up the ball some thirty yards from goal and advanced a further ten yards unchallenged before thrashing an unstoppable shot in off the underside of Andy Sheridan's bar. As the game settled somewhat it was the visitors who carved out the next real opportunity too, Myles clipping a ball inside for McKenzie to lash a twenty five yarder wide before, moments later, Faulds missed a snip of a chance for Falkirk when he could only divert Shirra's cross into the hands of Sheridan with the goal gaping. Andy McQuillan then created space for himself when darting along the eighteen yard box but his parting shot was saved by MacPherson as United's first chance of the half disappeared. Right on the break Nicky Miller seemed to be tugged by Faulds not once but twice on a darting run towards the right of the area and when the third pull arrived inside the box and the little striker went down it looked like the referee would have little option but to point to the spot. However, instead of doing so he somehow deemed Miller's fall as an act of simulation and booked the Blackburn No.9.

    From a Danny Campbell corner in the opening minutes of the second period McQuillan got his head to the ball to nod goalwards but Keir was on the right hand post to boot clear from the line. Sixty seconds later Miller broke clear on the right and swung in a cross that Lee Suchinskyj got to to thump a header down into the ground that bounced up over the head of MacPherson but agonisingly over the bar too. After gliding past Watson, Ross Williamson then hit a crisp twenty yard shot that MacPherson was equal to as United continued their search for an equaliser before Suchinskyj again went close with a header from a Campbell dead ball delivery. With less than five minutes remaining MacPherson in the visiting goal slipped as he was coming to clear a loose ball into his box and McQuillan was onto it in a flash but, as he rounded the 'keeper, he dragged the ball a little too wide and his shot screwed agonisingly across the face of goal and narrowly wide. To compound matters for Blackburn, six minutes later and three minutes into time added on Falkirk doubled their lead and secured the points with their only true attempt at goal in the half, SOBLEWSKI rolling into an empty net after Sheridan had did well to save Ure's snap shot from point blank range.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Meekison (Malkiewicz 74), Sneddon, Cooper, Suchinskyj, Williamson, Sommerville, McLaughlin (Rintoul 59), Miller (Davis 61), A.McQuillan, Campbell Subs (not used): Crooks, G.McQuillan

    Falkirk Line-Up: MacPherson, Lejman, Keir, Faulds, MacFarlane, McKenzie, Watson, Shirra, Ure, Christie, Myles Subs: Aitken, Sneddon, Baxter, Soblewski, Griffin

    Referee: Mr. Scott Jamieson
    Linesmen: Mr. Jamie Myles & Mr. Colin Weir

  • Harthill Royal 2 v. 3 Blackburn United on 30/08/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    United brought a hugely disappointing League Cup campaign to a conclusion with a well deserved win at a midgie infested Gibbshill Park by fighting back from a goal behind at the break to win by the odd goal in five. After taking the lead within the opening twenty minutes when Danny CAMPBELL rolled an Anthony McLaughlin pass under the advancing 'keeper, Blackburn contrived to pass up several gilt edged chances before having to stand back in admiration when, in the space of nine minutes, two twenty five yarders flew past Andy Sheridan to put the home side ahead. Campbell almost trumped everything in the spectacular stakes a minute from the interval though, but his thunderous free-kick rattled off the underside of the bar and was cleared.

    The second half, in the main, was a procession towards the Harthill goal and after Andy McQUILLAN was denied by both goalkeeper and defender he was back for more on sixty six minutes when he headed Campbell's corner into the roof of the net. Ten minutes later a slick move and Williamson cross from the right found McQUILLAN bustling into space inside the six yard box from where he made no mistake to seal United's first win of Group B, although thanks were also due to Sheridan when he pulled off an instinctive save in the closing minutes to prevent a late equaliser.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Sheridan, Suchinskyj, Cooper, Sneddon, Crooks (Rintoul 61), McLaughlin, Sommerville (Davis 61), Trialist, A.McQuillan, Campbell (Malkiewicz 70), Simpson Subs (not used): Meekison, G.McQuillan

    Referee: Mr. John Weir

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 2 Whitburn on 25/08/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    An improvement in performance over what had gone before in League Cup Section B wasn't quite enough to earn United the points but was probably enough to show that some of the form of last season may be closer to being rediscovered than was initially feared. A cracking shot from Danny Campbell which bounced down off the underside of the bar allowed Andy McQUILLAN to show his usual sharpness to head home the opening goal of the game inside the first ten minutes and he came close to doubling that lead in the twenty fifth minute, but this time his header from a Campbell cross was too high. The visitors also came close around half an hour into the game when King took a touch before arrowing in a daisy cutter that Andy Sheridan stretched to tip past his upright.

    The second half was barely two minutes old though when the Central Park men did equalise, Bucknell taking advantage of a couple of kind breaks of the ball to set up WOODHOUSE for a fine finish across Sheridan. Anthony McLaughlin then had a decent pop from distance as United looked to restore their lead but it was to be the visitors who claimed all three points when, with a quarter of an hour remaining, Rodger's corner was headed down by King into the path of WILSON who rattled home through a sea of bodies from six yards. Before the end Blackburn were reduced to ten men when Lee Meekison was sent off after a hand ball offence earned him his second booking of the afternoon.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Trialist - Sheridan, Meekison, P.Callaghan, Sneddon, Trialist (Trialist - Wardlaw - 88), Trialist, Sommerville (Crawford 70), McLaughlin (Trialist - Malkiewicz), McQuillan, Campbell, Simpson Sub (not used): Trialist

    Whitburn Line-Up: Pacitti, Gordon, Bodel, Wilson, Woodhouse, Bucknell, Spence, Browne, King, Sharp, Rodger Subs: Scott, Taylor, Craig, McDiarmid, Ritchie

    Referee: Mr. Jim McCunnie

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 4 Stoneyburn on 22/08/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    United's League Cup campaign went from bad to worse on a wet and miserable night that matched an equally miserable performance. A goal down in the opening minutes due to some slack defending a lack of any real marking allowed the visitors to double that lead before the quarter hour mark was reached. A third goal from the visitors, this time from the penalty spot, had the game all but over just beyond the half hour mark while all that Blackburn had to show in the opening forty five was an effort against the outside of the left hand post and a rasping Chris Simpson twenty yarder that crept narrowly wide.

    The second half showed a marginal improvement for United and the balance of the game was played out in the Stoneyburn half although only an opportunist SIMPSON strike, with the aid of a slight deflection, was recorded before Andy Sheridan pulled off a point blank save to keep the deficit at two. However, right on full time even Sheridan couldn't stop a fourth goal for the Beechwood Park men, an angled, eighteen yard drive flashing past him and into the bottom right hand corner.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Trialist - Sheridan, Davis, Meekison (McLaughlin 50), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Crooks, Campbell (Malkiewicz 72), Sommerville, McQuillan, Crawford (Miller 59), Simpson Sub (not used): Wright

  • Fauldhouse 4 v. 0 Blackburn United on 18/08/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    Two highly debatable sendings off, Ross Williamson in the first half and trialist Andy Cooper in the second, contributed to a second successive heavy defeat for United who, although a man and a goal down to a MARTIN strike at the interval, had competed well in the opening forty five minutes. However, a slick home side took advantage of the space created by having that extra man and a quick second half goal from CAMPBELL looked even at that early stage to have secured the points. Substitute Cooper's dismissal after being on the park for barely fifteen minutes put the tin lid on a horrible afternoon, as did SHANKS clever third and WILKINS bullet header in the final minute.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Trialist - Sheridan, P.Callaghan, Meekison (Trialist - Cooper 70), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Sommerville, Trialist - Williamson, Crooks (McLaughlin 66), Crawford (Wright 41), Miller, Campbell Subs (not used): Rintoul, Simpson

    Fauldhouse United Line-Up: Paterek, Cruikshanks, Greig, Ross, Gallacher, Campbell, Shanks, Baird, Martin, Deans, Scott Subs: Wilkins, Easton, Norman, Jamieson

  • Linlithgow Rose 8 v. 0 Blackburn United on 15/08/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    Having lost by only 5 goals to 3 in the reverse fixture last season United turned up at an immaculate Prestonfield without recently retired club captain Craig Spence and top scorer Andy McQuillan and were also missing Alan Brown from the starting XI as he continued his struggle for full fitness. However, despite Blackburn creating the first real chance when Nicky Miller went close from a Danny Campbell cut-back the Super League side were in irresistable form and when COYNE opened the scoring with an instinctive poachers finish the writing already appeared on the wall. Full back DUNN then saw his free-kick take a wicked deflection off the defensive wall to wrong foot Ross Hendrie and trickle in at the bottom left hand corner. In a reversal of the norm, we then went from the ridiculous to the sublime when DUNN again netted directly from a free-kick but this time it was a cracker, leaving Hendrie with no chance as it sailed into the top left hand corner. A Ruari MacLENNAN goal right on the interval added further gloss to an already impressive half-time scoreline for the hosts.

    As impressive as the scoreline was the performance of the Prestonfield outfit was, perhaps, even more impressive and when the fifth goal found its way past Hendrie from McARTHUR'S boot the United heads visibly sagged and it was then simply a question of how many the home side would run in. In the event, further goals from MANSON, with a fine solo effort, HERD and COYNE, with his second of the evening, just about summed up the home sides dominance on a dispiriting evening for Blackburn who, early on, had only shown glimpses of the form which had kept them in the South Division promotion race for much of last season.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Hendrie, P.Callaghan, Rintoul, Sneddon, Suchinskyj, Crooks, McLaughlin (S.Callaghan 57), Sommerville (Simpson 70), Miller (Wright 68), Campbell, Trialist - Williamson Subs (not used): Brown, Trialist - Crawford

    Linlithgow Rose Line-Up: Hay, Gibson, Dunn, MacKenzie, Ovenstone, Nelson, McArthur, Ru.MacLennan, Herd, Coyne, Manson Subs: Ro.MacLennan, Shirra, Smith, Fleming, Pinkowski

    Referee: Mr. Scott Millar

  • Blackburn United 1 v. 1 West Calder on 08/08/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    A terrific overhead kick from Nicky MILLER ten minutes into the second period after Graham Crawford had missed a first half penalty looked to have set Blackburn up for all three points in this opening League Cup Group B game but some sloppy defending right on time allowed the visitors to equalise when IRVINE nodded home after Craig had headed against the bar.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Hendrie, Spence, Meekison, Brown, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan (McLaughlin 59), Campbell, Rintoul (Trialist - Williamson 77), Miller, Trialist - Crawford (Wright 56), Simpson Subs (not used): P.Callaghan, Trialist - Cooper, Sommerville

    West Calder United Line-Up: Wartley, Laing, Brown, Watson, Paton, Wilson, Sneddon, Craig, Irvine, Thomson, Tinning Subs: Drew, Robertson, MacIntosh, Arundal, West

    Referee: Mr. Duncan Williams

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 4 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy on 04/08/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    United carved out a couple of decent chances against one of the favourites to go on and win this coming seasons West Region Super League but it was the visitors who were sharp and proficient in front of goal to deservedly win the last of the pre-season warm-ups, although the score perhaps flattered them just a little.

    Blackburn United Line-Up: Hendrie, Meekison, Spence, Brown, Sneddon, Simpson, Campbell, Rintoul (Sommerville 61), Miller, Trialist - Crawford, McLaughlin

    Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Line-Up: Robertson, McLaughlin, McVey, Ohgkiam, K.Connolly, Smith, Easton, Meechan, Coakley, Diak, Bradley Subs: McAleenan, Lindsay, C.Connolly, Murray, Coulter, Terry

    Referee: Mr. Paul O'Neill

  • Blackburn United 4 v. 2 Wishaw on 31/07/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    Two quick goals, one from Nicky MILLER and one from Graham CRAWFORD, were added to by a second MILLER strike on the twenty minute mark while the visitors netted their own early counter to see United go in at the interval two goals to the good. The second half was notable for United captain and full-back Craig Spence being pushed into a strikers role after Millers departure through injury but it was Wishaw who found the net again before the hour mark. However, the scoring was complete and a win secured when Lee SUCHINSKYJ dived full length at the back post to head home Jordan Rintoul's free-kick.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Hendrie, Spence, Trialist - Tevendale (Carter 69), Sneddon, Suchinskyj, S.Callaghan, Campbell (McLaughlin 23), Rintoul, Miller (Trialist - D.Williamson), Trialist - Crawford, Simpson

    Wishaw Thistle Line-Up: TBA

    Referee: Mr. Charlie McVicar

  • Blackburn United 0 v. 1 Loganlea Amateurs on 25/07/2012 at 19:30 click for match report

    A well worked goal from the amateurs just before the half hour mark highlighted to United the need to match an opponents work ethic,endevour and attitude before looking to make their normally slick passing game pay and, despite Andy McQuillan and Sean Dugan coming close in either half, the visitors held out comfortably in the end for a deserved win and a decent feather in their cap.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Hendrie, Meekison (Trialist - Tevendale 65), Spence (Carter 73), Brown, Sneddon (Trialist - D.Williamson 60), Sommerville (Rintoul 45), Dugan, Simpson (Trialist - R.Williamson 45), Trialist - Crawford (Trialist - Higgins 45), McQuillan, Campbell

    Referee: Mr. Evan Cairns

  • East Kilbride Thistle 1 v. 4 Blackburn United on 21/07/2012 at 14:30 click for match report

    United's bright opening to this first pre-season friendly was eventually rewarded when Andy McQUILLAN chested home Danny Campbell's cross a minute from the break. Three minutes after the resumption it was CAMPBELL himself who got on the scoresheet with a terrific effort that flew high past the home 'keeper and into the top right hand corner. With Blackburn now in complete control James SOMMERVILLE then notched a quickfire double when his deflected twenty two yard pop sailed high into the net before being followed up by a bullet header from Ross Carter's perfect cross. Indeed, only a narrow offside call that saw a tap in disallowed denied the new signing a fine hat trick. Thistle grabbed a consolation ten minutes from time after a neat move left the back four flat footed but United almost made it five near the end when Davie Sneddon's header hit the junction of post and bar.


    Blackburn United Line-Up: Hendrie, Spence (Trialist - Williamson 45), Meekison (Carter 56), Sneddon (P.Callaghan 45), Brown (Meekison 82), Rintoul (S.Callaghan 60), Campbell (Sneddon 70), S.Callaghan (Simpson 45), McQuillan, Trialist - Crawford (Miller 60), Miller (Sommerville 45)

    East Kilbride Thistle Line-Up: TBA

    Referee: Mr. David Roome