East Region South Division
Saturday 3rd December 2016
Stoneyburn 0

Blackburn United 2
Gowans 45mins, Young 89mins

Gavin McQuillan clung onto well. Back at the other end, Donnelly set up Aaron Gowans for a delivery into the box which Young lifted over the junction of post and bar. Five minutes from the interval an off-the ball incident between United's Ross Williamson and the home sides Callum Wilson saw both players sent-off when, really, a yellow card for each would have sufficed. With both teams readjusting to playing with and against ten men Blackburn were able to take advantage right on the half time whistle when, after Menzies had cleared a Spence effort from a Chris Marshall cross off the line, Donnelly did well on the right to roll in GOWANS who hit his shot across Holliday and into the bottom left hand corner for the opener.

The second period slowly but surely turned into a bit of a war of attrition with neither side able to take advantage of the greater space afforded to them after the two first half dismissals and it wasn't until midway through the half that either 'keeper was called into any sort of real action, Gavin McQuillan showing commendable bravery to dive at the feet of the Fulshie's trialist substitute to put an end to a dangerous moment. Henry just couldn't quite reach a Drew knock-down moments later as the hosts looked to draw level but it was United who really should have stretched further in front with just six minutes to go, Marshall curling his effort past from good position after getting onto the end of good build up play between Easton and Darren Fleming. Shortly thereafter Fleming then came agonisingly close to his second goal in two games when his twenty yard pop at goal from a McQuillan pass crashed back off the crossbar. Gavin McQuillan was then as equally brave as he had been earlier wwhen he plucked the ball clear of a forrest of boots. With time running out and the Fulshie pushing men forward Martin Lawrie was clever in chesting an overhit cross at the edge of his own area down into the path of Andy McQuillan and he burst clear to time his pass forward to perfection and allow the supporting YOUNG to race from almost the half way line and draw Holliday before crashing his shot behind him and into the waiting net. In added time Marshall headed into the side netting as Blackburn searched for a third and Easton's crunching angled drive seconds later was well saved by the diving Holliday before the referee eventually blew at the end of six additional minutes.


Blackburn United line-up: G.McQuillan, Herriot, Lawrie, Mildren, Marshall, Spence (Fleming 83), Young, Williamson, McQuillan, Donnelly (Easton 70), Gowans Subs (not used): Wilson, Drummond, Sommerville

Stoneyburn line-up: Holliday, D.Drew, Menzies, Mackay, Dawson, Henry, Wilson, Millar, Mooney, McGrane, E.Drew Subs: Knox, Thomson, Clements, Gilmour, Gilhooley

Referee: Mr. Colin Drummond
South Division Table.....
(Top Six @ Full Time)
Blackburn United
Pumpherston
Dunbar United

1

2

3

4

5

6
Lochgelly Albert
Edinburgh United
West Calder Utd
Pl
13

13

11

12

13

14
W
11

11

9

7

6

5
D
1

0

1

3

2

4
L
1

2

1

2

5

5
Pts
34

33

28

24

20

19
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( © Jim McQuillan )
With Gavin McQuillan between the sticks after joining on loan from Bathgate Thistle until the end of the season and the returning Craig Easton on the bench, United travelled the short distance to Beechwood Park for this local derby looking to consolidate their lead at the top of the table and were alomst in front after only three minutes, Fulshie 'keeper Holliday having to be at his best to touch Andy McQuillan's header from a Craig Young corner onto the bar and over. Ross Donnelly then wriggled clear on the left and fed Fraser Spence whose tempting low ball onto the back post was only just out of the reach of the stretching McQuillan. Two minutes later and McQuillan's third opportunity of the afternoon ended up in the net, but his towering header was disallowed for climbing. Stoneyburn, too, were looking to threaten and Wilson got in on the right,  jigging  past  Young  and hitting  an  angled  drive that

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( © Fiona McGinty )