Saturday 16th July 2016
Blackburn United 3
McQuillan 9mins, R.Mitchell 17mins & 41mins
Larkhall Thistle 2
Jack 21mins, Gracie 63mins
Two goals inside the opening twenty minutes were just reward for some enterprising football in the first of United's five pre-season friendlies, a Fraser Cormack slide rule pass splitting the visiting defence in nine minutes to allow Andy McQUILLAN to gallop through on Thomson and guide his shot past him and into the net before, little more than eight minutes later, Cormack was again the creator, flighting in a cross from the left that was blocked out only as far as Ross MITCHELL who clipped an effort into the bottom left hand corner. The visitors, who had finished their West Region league campaign with a long unbeaten run, were back in it only four minutes later though when Gracie got in on the left to lift a ball towards the back post where JACK hit a first time effort past Darren Mitchell from the angle of the six yard box. Before the interval Cormack almost found the net himself but his looping twenty yarder was touched onto the crossbar by Thomson who also denied Jack McLaren's close range follow up. However, a third United goal did arrive moments later when a Danny Campbell run from right to left along the eighteen yard box ended with him dragging a shot back across the face of goal where Ross MITCHELL was loitering to squeeze it in at the post.
The second half was a much quieter affair with Blackburn making several changes and just past the hour mark Thistle substitute Canning dispossessed Martin Lawrie twenty yards out to thump in a shot that Darren Mitchell did well to save only for the ball to drop kindly for GRACIE to slot home. A couple of efforts from McQuillan and Campbell for United were matched late on by shots from distance by Larkhall's Gracie and Canning but there were to be no more goals.
Blackburn United Line-Up: D.Mitchell, Wilson, Mildren, Lawrie, Williamson (C.Marshall 52), Mackie (Williamson 80), McLaren (Meekison 71), Cormack, McQuillan, Campbell, R.Mitchell (Kellock 55) Subs (not used): Gowrie, Clarkson
Larkhall Thistle line-up: Thomson, Doyle, Burns, Reynolds, Brown, Jack, McKeever, Kelly, Gracie, Reid, Nicol Subs: Innes, Canning
Referee: Mr. Gary Logan
Match photographs click here
( © Fiona McGinty )