East Region South Division
Saturday 10th September 2016
Murray 6mins, Rendell 21mins, McLachlan 77mins
Blackburn United 6
Lawrie 8mins, McQuillan 33mins, 59mins & 86mins, Young 84mins & 90+2mins
took the lead for a second time when a right to left pass sent RENDELL scurrying clear and with King off his line and exposed the front man scored with a glorious chip over his head on the run. On the half hour mark Ewan Herriot found Aaron Gowans with a throw-in and when his cross from the right bye-line found Andy McQuillan the strikers header was held by Wjlna. However, the equaliser was only delayed by another three minutes and when Campbell teed up Lawrie's delivery for McQUILLAN he danced around Wjlna and clipped the ball into the net with the outside of his left boot. Only a perfectly timed challenge from Oliver then prevented Campbell and McQuillan linking to dangerous effect before a Campbell hitch-kick from a Gowans knock down flew over.
Piling on the pressure at the start of the second half United were first to threaten when Campbell and McQuillan set up Chris Marshall for a pop at goal from just inside the left hand corner of the area but the ball flew past. The lead the Blackburn pressure was building to eventually arrived though when a quick break forward from Gowans on the right saw him pick out McQUILLAN supporting on the left and although pushed wide by Oliver he hit an angled shot across Wjlna and in at the bottom right hand corner. Six minutes later the hosts task of getting back into a game they had twice lead became all the more difficult when McRitchie and Fraser Spence went head to head in the aftermath of a free-kick with the Pumpherston man stupidly pushing his head forward in the confrontation to earn himself a straight red card with Spence himself receiving a caution. However, shorthanded or not, the Recreation Park men were level not to long thereafter, Oliver's deep free-kick clearing the United defenders to fall for McLACHLAN sliding in behind them to lift his shot high past King. Blackburn, though, weren't to be denied and after Pumpherston's Sneddon had saw King save his shot it was substitute Craig YOUNG who had a decisive say in events, taking a pass from Ross Williamson after Marshall had fed his fellow midfielder and skipping past Shaw before hitting a twenty yarder beyond an unsighted Wjlna. Two minutes later the points were secure when Young and Wilson linked to find Marshall on the left and when he squared for McQUILLAN the prolific striker picked his spot for what was his third of the afternoon and his twelfth goal in just five league games. Two minutes into time added on by the referee Young broke clear from inside his own half to outpace Grieve and hit a chip shot that Wjlna got his hands to but couldn't quite hold and YOUNG himself was first to react to race onto the loose ball and slam it into the unguarded net to round off the scoring.
Blackburn United line-up: King, Herriot, Wilson, Mildren, Lawrie, Spence (Young 66), Gowans, Williamson, McQuillan (Conroy 87), Campbell (Calvey 73), Marshall Subs (not used): Mackie, Mitchell
Pumpherston line-up: Wjlna, Butler, Norris, Oliver, Parkinson, Shanley, Shaw, McLachlan, McRitchie, Murray, Rendell Subs: Nwanze, Grieve, McGraw, Sneddon, Williamson
Referee: Mr. A.Strang
South Division Table.....
(Top Six @ Full Time)
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Both sides were putting their 100% starts to the South Division league campaign on the line and, after Danny Campbell had seen an early effort blocked by Parkinson, it was the hosts who drew first blood, McRitchie squeezing a pass through a flat United back line to the pacy MURRAY who drew Gavin King before slotting the ball past him and into the bottom left hand corner. However, the lead was no more than two minutes old before it was cancelled out, a Campbell corner from the right being handled by Rendell for referee Mr. Strang to point to the spot from where Martin Lawrie's effort was saved by Wjlna, although the 'keeper couldn't hold onto it and LAWRIE himself followed up to crash the ball into the net. A low, curling Campbell effort from around twenty yards out then slipped past the left hand upright as Blackburn looked to get their noses in front but it was Pumpherston who
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( © Donald Stewart )