Handy Andy leads Blackburn spree
Fauldhouse United suffered their first defeat of the season in stunning fashion to rivals Blackburn United.
The Hoose entered the game boasting a record of seven wins and a draw from their eight league games but they proved to be no match for the rampant visitors.
Fauldhouse actually started the game the brighter of the two sides and had debutant goalkeeper Kyle Marley to thank for keeping the scores level with a fine save in the early stages.
The value of that save was underlined barely two minutes later when Mark Campbell’s men took the lead as Craig Young pounced on a half- clearance by Fauldhouse defender Declan Brady before firing the ball high into the roof of the net.
That spurred the visitors on and they should have doubled their lead when Andy McQuillan glanced a header wide from a fine Danny Campbell cross.
The second goal wasn’t long in coming, though, as they doubled their advantage just as the clock ticked on to the midway mark in the first half when former Fauldhouse man Michael Browne floated a cross into the box with Brian Ross on hand to prod the ball home.
David Dunn went close as the hosts looked to get back into the match but his effort went just over the junction of post and bar.
After the break, Blackburn’s pace continued to cause problems with Campbell starting a fine move that resulted in JC Hutchison producing a fine save to deny John Drummond.
At the other end, David O’Donnell latched on to a long ball and set up Matthew Bennett but he could only lift his shot over the bar.
McQuillan continued to be a threat for Blackburn and he was once again denied by a decent save before eventually getting his name on the scoresheet when he broke free from his marker to place a powerful header from a Young corner-kick beyond the Hoose keeper.
Five minutes later it was four for Blackburn and two for McQuillan as the striker finished off a brilliant attacking move by nodding home a cross.
He almost made it a hat-trick late on but Hutchison was quick off his line to block the striker’s attempt.
Blackburn made it four wins on the bounce to continue their fine start to their maiden Premier League season, while Fauldhouse will be hoping this result was simply a small blip as they look to remain in contention at the top.
Party time Blackburn United players celebrate one of their goals