Monday 26th September 2016
Blackburn United 3
Young 17mins, Cormack 53mins, Macarthur 78mins
Berwick Rangers XI 4
Hogg 14mins, S.Scott 38mins, Forrest 62mins, Dolan 76mins

United rang the changes in this Monday Night friendly following defeat at Rosyth with two trialists starting and one on the bench but it was the visitors who took an early lead, a long delivery onto the back post being headed back across goal for HOGG to head home unmarked from around six yards out. Almost straight away, a curling effort from Ryan Conroy hit the post as Blackburn tried to strike back. However, only two minutes later the scores were indeed level, Craig YOUNG firing a free-kick over the defensive wall and into Goodfellow’s top corner. On the half hour mark another Young free-kick brought out a diving save and Fraser Cormack knocked the rebound past. The wee Gers though were back in front just before the break when Stephen SCOTT fired home from close range.

Eight second half minutes had elapsed when the scores were level once more, Young picking a through pass that CORMACK raced onto to slide under Goodfellow and into the net. Parity lasted only a further nine minutes though when FORREST was left unmarked at a corner kick to stab home at the back post and it was a two goal lead for the Shielfield Park men when DOLAN squeezed his shot under Gavin King. Twelve minutes from time the scoring was completed when Scott Mackie took control of a slack pass in the middle of the park to pick out Dean MACARTHUR who clipped an angled drive beyond Goodfellow.

Blackburn United Line-Up: King (Mitchell 85), Herriot, Wilson (Meekison 54), Lawrie, Mildren (Sommerville 82), Young (Williamson 75), Trialist – Drummond (Marshall 45), Trialist – Govan (Trialist – Henderson 63), Conroy (Macarthur 54), Spence (Mackie 54), Cormack (Gowans 71)

Berwick Rangers line-up: Goodfellow, King, Porteous, Forrest, Orru, Ingram, K.Scott, Hogg, S.Scott, Watters, Dolan Subs: Anderson, Dixon, Chapman, Allan

Referee: Mr. Daniel Graves

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( © Fiona McGinty )