East Region South Division
Saturday 15th April 2017
Blackburn United 6
OG 39mins, McQuillan 61mins & 83mins, Drummond 63mins,
Williamson 64mins, Mildren 76mins
Crossgates Primrose 0

cross cum shot that the unlucky Higgins appeared to divert past his own 'keeper.

With the second half only eight minutes old  Campbell almost increased the United lead when surging into the right of the eighteen yard box and onto a Young pass but his shot was deflected wide before he turned provider of the next opportunity only sixty seconds later, setting up McQuillan for an effort that Wilson blocked with his feet. However, within five minutes Blackburn had not only found a deserved second but a third and fourth too, the first of those three goals arriving when a wonderful Chris Marshall pass picked out Cormack on the right and when Wilson saved his angled drive McQUILLAN was on hand to clip the ball home. Next, John DRUMMOND strode forward to thump a twenty two yarder past Wilson and into the bottom left hand corner before, just a minute later, even that was eclipsed in the spectacular stakes, Ross WILLIAMSON opening his goalscoring account for the season with a beauty from similar distance but after coming in off the right. Campbell then almost added his name to the scoresheet when nipping onto a long ball forward and hitting a shot that was deflected into the side netting before James MILDREN was the second of the centre halves to score, heading home Young's pin-point delivery. McQUILLAN then rounded off the scoring with seven minutes remaining, chipping Wilson from all of twenty five yards. But for Wilson's speed off the line moments later McQuillan might have had his hat-trick but the points had been secured much earlier setting the team up for the midweek trip to Musselburgh Athletic in the Quarter Final of the Fife & Lothian's Cup before the all important trip to West Calder United for a game that could secure promotion to the Premier League.


Blackburn United line-up: King, Williamson, Herriot, Mildren, Drummond, Spence (Meekison 73), Marshall (Trialist - Mooney 83), Young, McQuillan, Campbell, Cormack (Gowans 70) Subs (not used): Wilson, G.McQuillan

Crossgates Primrose line-up: R.Wilson, Beveridge, Christie, Higgins, McDonald, Gray, McKenzie, Prattis, McNeil, Carroll, Anderson Subs: Fenwick, Mcomish, Allan

Referee: Mr. Chris Newman
South Division Table.....
(Top Six @ Full Time)
Blackburn United
Pumpherston
Dunbar United

1

2

3

4

5

6
Lochgelly Albert
Easthouses Lily
West Calder Utd
Pl
24

25

22

20

25

25
W
20

20

19

13

12

11
D
2

1

1

4

3

5
L
2

4

2

3

10

9
Pts
62

61

58

43

39

38
Match highlights click here
( © Luke Walker )
After the set back of the previous week, United went into this game knowing that six points from the three remaining games were still required to guarantee promotion, with all nine on offer required to guarantee the South Division title but in a cautious start it was the visitors who threatened first, McNeil hitting a shot from around twenty yards out narrowly past the left hand upright. However, as matters settled down it was blackburn who controlled both territory and possession and Danny Campbell did well to get clear on the left and set up Fraser Cormack for a side foot effort that was blocked by Higgins. Soon thereafter captain Craig young came close from a quickly worked short corner, curling an effort from the right corner of the box just over the junction of post and bar. The opener, though, was coming and duly arrived in thirty nine minutes, Andy McQuillan  bursting clear on the  left of the area  to hit a