East Region South Division
Saturday 1st October 2016
Blackburn United 4
Herriot 38mins, Macarthur 73mins & 90mins, McQuillan 79mins
Livingston United 2
McGurk 4mins, Crawford 12mins
a little fortuitously with seven minutes of the half remaining when the ball was fed out to the right where Ewan HERRIOT, thirty or more yards from goal, swung in a deep cross which deceived Macarthur and flew into the far corner of the net. Tempers got a little frayed before the break when Blackburn coach Podge Dixon got into a heated argument with referee Mr. Steven Wilson and was sent from the dugout. There was time left, though, for Smyth to test Mitchell but his shot was comfortably held.
Second half saw Blackburn dominate possession from the outset without creating much, Craig Young curling a twenty five yard free-kick just over in the fifty third minute and then James Mildren shooting weakly into the arms of Macarthur at the back post after getting on the end of a McQuillan cross. It took until midway through the half before Mitchell got a touch on the ball in the Blackburn goal. Dean Macarthur, Chris Marshall and Ross Williamson were all introduced to proceedings from the bench in an effort to force a breakthrough and it was the latter who created the equaliser almost immediately after coming on, Williamson swinging in a deep cross from the right for an unmarked MACARTHUR to calmly nod past his namesake. A minute later he almost got a second but this time the Livingston 'keeper got down well to touch his shot round the post. Blackburn reamined dominant and in seventy nine minutes eventually took the lead for the first time when possession was won back deep in Livingston territory and the ball fed through to McQUILLAN who evaded a number of tackles inside the area before slotting it beyond Macarthur and into the far corner. At the other end a minute or so later Mitchell was called into action to smother a Smyth free-kick. The game should have been wrapped-up on eighty four minutes when Williamson collected a ball inside the Livvy penalty area but was fouled in the act of shooting. Martin Lawrie stepped up to take the penalty kick but Macarthur got down well to his right to beat it away. Mildren then went close with a header at the back post from a Young cross which skimmed the bar. The fourth and decisive goal finally arrived right on ninety minutes when Scott Mackie set McQuillan free on the left and he drove on into the box before squaring to MACARTHUR for the simplest of tap-ins.
Blackburn United line-up: Mitchell, Herriot, Wilson (Williamson 71), Mildren, Lawrie, Mackie, Cormack, Young, McQuillan, Conroy (Macarthur 57), Gowans (Marshall 61) Subs (not used): Woodhouse, Spence
Livingston United line-up: Macarthur, McKee, McWilliams, Smyth, Roberts, McLenaghan, Russell, Thomson, Crawford, Mitchell, McGurk Subs: Page, Duff, Gallagher, McLaren
Referee: Mr. S.Wilson
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The visitors were first to show when Thomson flashed a shot wide only two minutes into the match, and it took only a further two for them to take the lead when Mitchell swung in a cross from the right that McGURK was well positioned to nod past Darren Mitchell from six yards. It got worse for Blackburn on the twelve minute mark when Russell, looking suspiciously offside, was set free on the left and his run into the box was deemed to have been ended illegally by Aaron Gowans. CRAWFORD stepped up and slotted the resultant spot kick past Mitchell to double the lead. Andy McQuillan then had the first real United chance after some eighteen minutes but shot into the side netting. A few minutes later Gowans had an angled shot blocked and McQuillan followed up with another effort which was also beaten away by Mark Macarthur in the Livingston goal. The Livingston lead was halved
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( © Donald Stewart )