East Region South Division
Saturday 10th December 2016
Blackburn United 3
Young 37mins (pen), Mildren 77mins, Swan (T) 89mins
found Swan bursting into the left of the box where he was uncerimoniously upended by Hawkins. From the resultant penalty award YOUNG lashed his kick into the roof of the net. The St Marks Park men had the final chance of the half however when Gavin McQuillan was caught too far from his line on the right edge of his box but when the ball was quickly delivered onto the near post Martin Lawrie's presence was enough to put Boggie off and he could only stretch and hit his shot too high.
Moments after the resumption Spence and Lawrie had to combine to deny first Verth and then Dolan from equalising from close in before McQuillan pulled off a save at full stretch down low to his right to deny another Dolan effort. For Blackburn, an overhit Aaron Gowans cross from the right was rescued by Marshall who slid it in front of Swan but his neat touch and shot was pushed past the upright by Tansey. However, a second United goal was merely delayed and when Swan's free-kick was headed clear by Hawkins under pressure from Easton, Marshall was quick to recycle the ball back into the box where James MILDREN threw himself at it to head a beauty back across the goalkeeper and into the top right hand corner. A twenty two yard pop from Young was then held as Blackburn searched for a third and Easton went close with a curling effort after good work from Lawrie and Marshall. However, in the 89th minute the third goal did arrive from a bit of route one football, McQuillan's clearance landing at the feet of SWAN who controlled it and rounded Tansey before rolling the ball home.
Blackburn United line-up: G.McQuillan, Herriot, Lawrie, Mildren, Drummond, Marshall, Gowans (Warren-Black 88), Spence (Fleming 50), Easton,Young, Trialist - Swan Subs (not used): Sommerville, Cormack, King
Craigroyston line-up: Tansey, Taylor, Pennycuik, Hawkins, Swaney, Nisbet, Verth, Rooney, Buckley, Boggie, Dolan Subs: Inglis, Dickson, King, Young
Referee: Mr. Kevin Lindsay
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United took to the pitch without the services of strikers Andy McQuillan and Ross Donnelly as well as midfielder Ross Williamson which meant recently returned Craig Easton made his first start of the season as the focal point of the attack and in the early moments he was a real handful for the twin centre halves of the capital side, an acrobatic hitch-kick that was saved by Tansey being the most eye catching moment. Trialist David Swan too was troublesome for the visitors, his snap shot from a Fraser Spence pass only being half saved by Tansey before being cleared as it rolled goalwards. Swan then created an opportunity for Chris Marshall on the left with a defence splitting pass but the midfielder didn't quite catch his shot properly and Tansey easily gathered. A United goal, though, eventually did arrive when Spence rolled a ball back to Craig Young and his instant pass forward