East Region South Division
Saturday 7th January 2017
Blackburn United 4
Spence 27mins, Marshall 50mins, McQuillan 61mins, Swan 71mins
Easthouses Lily 0
to deflect Shearer's shot against the bar with an outstretched leg. Russell couldn't direct his follow up header on target. Chris Marshall then redirected a Lawrie cross field pass into James Mildren's feet and he brought out the best in Taylor who tipped his twenty two yard shot round the junction of post and bar.
Five minutes after the resumption United doubled their lead when neither Graeme Young or Ross Hamilton could deal adequately with a Gavin McQuillan clearance, allowing Swan to dart onto the ball and past Moffat to clip a delivery onto the back post where MARSHALL lifted a terrific side foot volley over Taylor's head and into the net. From a Lawrie throw that was headed back into his path by Donnelly, Spence then saw his sixteen yard half volley touched brilliantly against the face of the bar by the fingertips of Taylor. The third Blackburn goal wasn't much delayed though and arrived some three minutes later, Swan nipping in to intercept a loose pass in midfield and sending McQUILLAN clear on the left of the box to arrow a shot across Taylor and into the bottom right hand corner. Shortly after Lawrie had gotten onto the end of neat link up play between Swan and McQuillan to crash his shot into the side netting the three goal lead became four when Swan again stole possession in the middle of the pitch to allow Donnelly to find McQuillan and, with SWAN continuing his run, the little front man was quickly set up to roll a shot home under the diving Taylor. With the game done and dusted McQuillan almost added a fifth but his close range header from a Young cross flew past the right hand post before Lily finished on the attack, Gavin McQuillan holding Ferguson's header from a Graeme Young knock down to ensure that United recorded their fifth successive clean sheet in the league to make it 464 minutes in total since a goal was conceded to a South Division rival and, in the process, chalking up a ninth successive win.
Blackburn United line-up: G.McQuillan, Williamson, Lawrie, Mildren, Drummond, Spence (Fleming 68), Marshall, Young, McQuillan, Donnelly (Cormack 72), Swan (Easton 77) Subs (not used): Wilson, Gowans
Easthouses Lily line-up: Taylor, Moffat, Hamilton, Hall, Young, Russell, Barrie, Watson, Shearer, McDermott, Ferguson Subs: Arthur, Tainsh, McEwan, Barnett
Referee: Mr. S.Wilson
South Division Table.....
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( © Jim McQuillan )
United took only five minutes of this first game back after the short festive break to create a goalscoring opportunity, Ross Williamson finding Ross Donnelly who in turn slid a pass in front of Andy McQuillan whose parting shot flashed into the side netting before John Drummond headed a Craig Young corner narrowly over. Captain Martin Lawrie then picked up a Donnelly pass from a quickly taken David Swan throw-in and thumped an effort goalwards that rose over the top. However, the building pressure eventually resulted in the afternoon's opening goal, Fraser SPENCE collecting a ball in midfield and swapping passes with McQuillan to gallop into the eighteen yard box and fire home a shot which Taylor got a hand to but couldn't stop. The visitors, though, were almost straight back in it when the Blackburn defence couldn't clear a delivery into the box and Gavin McQuillan had to react brilliantly
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