plus effort that lacked just a little in accuracy before Martin Lawrie headed another Young corner over the top and Gowans threatened down the right once more, firing an angled shot across the face of goal that crept just past to ensure the half ended goalless.
Young and Gowans linked at the outset of the second period for the latter to hit a shot that was half blocked by McManus and as the ball squeezed past the defender his goalkeeper was quick to react to nullify any remaining danger. A raking Young pass from right to left then found Chris Marshall in space and when he pulled the ball back for Gowans the youngsters shot was again blocked after he'd turned neatly into a yard of space. Moments later Lawrie bundled MacDuff to the ground on the edge of the United area but Gavin King was equal to the resultant free-kick from Small before, almost exactly midway through the half, Blackburn eventually opened the scoring when, with his first touch after coming on as a replacement for Fraser Spence, Gary CALVEY peeled off his marker to bullet home a header from a Young corner. However, the lead was short lived as, seven minutes later, Calvey miscued a clearance that resulted in a corner kick that Byrne delivered for DOIG to head powerfully past King. Lawrie then delivered an enticing ball across the six yard box that found no takers as United went hunting a winner and a little less than ten minutes later it arrived, another Young corner arriving in the heart of the YM box where John DRUMMOND managed to get the merest of touches to it to send the ball goalwards, striking the unlucky Fenton on the way to end up creeping into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Mildren almost added a third two minutes from time but could only direct Calvey's cut back straight into the hands of Mushet and the points were sealed four minutes into added time when King was both quick and brave to dive at the feet of Doig to prevent him getting onto the end of a long free-kick shelled into his box.
Blackburn United line-up: King, Herriot, Lawrie, Mildren, Drummond, Williamson, Marshall, Spence (Calvey65), McQuillan, Young, Gowans Subs (not used): Meekison, Fleming, Govan, Sommerville
Kirkcaldy YM line-up: Mushet, Grubb, McManus, Byrne, Arthur, MacDuff, Linton, Small, Fenton, Kinnonmonth, S.King Subs: Doig, Henderson, Brown, Lawson, Matthew
Referee: Mr. Andrew Strang