East of Scotland Cup First Round
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Blackburn United 4
Gowans 35mins, Marshall 67mins, Campbell 71mins & 77mins
Armadale Thistle 0

United rested both Dean Macarthur and top scorer Andy McQuillan and after an initial ten minutes of sparring with their Premier League visitors created a glorious opportunity to get their noses in front in the twelfth minute when Aaron Gowans slipped a pass through the centre of a flat Armadale defence for Gary Calvey to latch onto but his parting shot struck the right hand post and rebounded into Maltoni's grateful hands. At the other Downie headed a Milton cross past and when Gray then picked him out with a pass the striker fired goalwards but Gavin King was equal to it. However, moments later GOWANS picked up a loose pass inside his own half to canter forward, cleverly tricking his way past Brown on the way and drawing Maltoni from his line to calmly stroke the ball beyond him for the opening goal. Before the interval Ewan Herriot charged down a shot from King to keep the Blackburn lead intact.

The Volunteer Park men began the second half on the front foot and Kane had a pop at goal from some twenty yards that flew wide. Milton then delivered a deep cross that Weir controlled on his chest before hitting a half volley that Herriot blocked. For United, Danny Campbell swapped passes with Chris Marshall on the left to race in on goal and make space for a near post shot that Maltoni saved. A second United goal came soon thereafter though and when Martin Lawrie found Calvey with a pass he quickly released MARSHALL in behind the 'Dale defence and he powered into the box before steadying himself and calmly picking his spot behind Maltoni. Lawrie was also at the heart of Blackburn's third, breaking up a Thistle attack and rolling a ball out to Gowans on the right who, in turn, sent CAMPBELL bursting clear into the right of the box and he showed plenty of composure to slip it under the advancing Maltoni and into the net. Six minutes later it was four when Lawrie's free-kick sprung Marshall on the left and his precise square ball across the six yard box gave CAMPBELL the easiest of chances to claim his second of the afternoon. With barely a minute left of normal time Campbell really should have claimed his hat-trick but wildly lashed an effort high over the top from good position.

Blackburn United Line-Up: King, Herriot, Mildren (Wilson 74), Woodhouse, Lawrie, Spence (Gowrie 82), Marshall, Williamson, Calvey, Campbell, Gowans (Meekison 88) Sub (not used): Mitchell

Armadale Thistle Line-Up: Maltoni, Milton, McMullan, Brown, Marriot, J.Kane, Gray, Russell, Downie, King, Weir Subs: McKee, L.Kane, Brennan, Hislop, Walker

Referee: Mr. A.Grieve
Assistants: Mr. C.Macrae & Mr. K.Boyd

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( © Jim McQuillan )
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( © Donald Stewart )