East Region South Division
Saturday 25th March 2017
Blackburn United 2
Donnelly 27mins, McQuillan 63mins
Campbell too saw a shot blocked after Fraser Cormack had set him up.
Buoyed by a fairly even first half despite the McQuillan goal, Stoneyburn were in the ascendency in the opening minutes of the second period and levelled matters in the fifty second minute, Wilson lifting a ball forward that substitute DAWSON managed to get to just ahead of John Drummond to clip a right footed shot beyond the reach of King and in at the far corner. However, parity lasted only eleven minutes and when Craig Young won a fifty fifty challenge in midfield the ball broke towards the edge of the visitors area where the tenacity of McQUILLAN earned him a shot at goal that angled past a flat footed Holliday and squeezed inside the left hand post. Wilson then had a pop at goal that King held before Blackburn had loud appeals for a penalty, James Mildren's shot from a half cleared Young corner appearing to strike Wilson on the arm as it flew goalwards, but the referee was unsighted and waved play on. Before the end another Young corner provided the game's final chance but Drummond's header was blocked and eventually cleared.
Blackburn United line-up: King, Herriot, Meekison, Mildren, Drummond, Spence (Wilson 67), Donnelly, Young, McQuillan, Campbell, Cormack, Subs (not used): Trialist - Mooney, Fleming, O'Brein, Swan
Stoneyburn line-up: Holliday, D.Drew, Mackay, Clements, E.Drew, C.Wilson, Knox, Brady, Henry, S.King, Waddell Subs: Menzies, Dawson, Dick
Referee: Mr. Colin Drummond
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( © Jim McQuillan )
With United looking for three wins from the remaining five league fixtures to secure promotion, Stoneyburn were the visitors for this local derby and, with two successive league wins under their own belts for the first time since 2015, they provided stubborn resistance in the early exchanges and only a couple of half chances that ultimately came to nothing did anything to ruffle early Fulshie composure. However, just before the half hour mark Andy McQuillan, so often the man to find the net, was the instigator of the opening goal, quick and clever feet in the middle of the park earning him a yard of space to look up and deliver a ball from left to right that found Danny Campbell on the right of the area and when his square ball arrived in the six yard box Ross DONNELLY arrived too and he was able to sweep it past Holliday in the visitors goal. A couple of minutes later though and Stoneyburn were almost level, Knox gathering a long ball and clipping in a shot that Gavin King did well to block with his feet. At the other end
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( © Fiona McGinty )