Three sides in shut out

West Lothian Courier - - Memory Lane -

Black­burn United played out a very com­pet­i­tive 0-0 draw in the SWFL 1 South at home to Bor­ough­muir This­tle, writes Pe­ter Stewart.

A rain-soaked and windswept New Mur­ray­field hosted Black­burn’s close league ri­vals, and ex­pec­ta­tions of a keenly con­tested match were met with both sides cre­at­ing open­ings early on.

Black­burn’s Vicky Wood sent a strike straight at the This­tle goal­keeper, while the vis­i­tors were sim­i­larly de­nied when sent through on goal. United cap­tain Natasha Frew nearly scored when her free-kick bounced dan­ger­ously.

Nei­ther side came closer to scor­ing than when Black­burn’s Nicole Nor­ris pro­duced a bril­liant piece of skill mid­way through the half. With the This­tle keeper ad­vanc­ing hes­i­tantly, the winger sent a lob goal­ward that nearly crept in with the help of the wind – but the ball came back off the post.

Af­ter an invit­ing Bianca Mur­phy set-piece went beg­ging, Black­burn went in at the break sens­ing they should have led.

Bor­ough­muir came out with in­tent in the se­cond half, and should have been ahead when gifted a close range ef­fort was fluffed by their cap­tain. They then threat­ened more as the half went on, with Black­burn scram­bling away a cor­ner as the clock ticked down.

The rain was side­ways by now, but United dug in and gave a fi­nal at­tack­ing push. A low Mur­phy ef­fort was de­nied, and at the death a Nor­ris cross was nearly de­flected into the net off a This­tle de­fender.

Next for Black­burn is a jour­ney west to take on Greenock Mor­ton on Sun­day.

There wasn’t a goal between the three West Loth­ian sides , with nei­ther Brox­burn Ath­letic Colts or Murieston United find­ing the net on their trav­els.

Brox­burn’s task at Glas­gow City De­vel­op­ment was al­ways a chal­leng­ing one, and they went down 12-0 to the SWFL 2 Cen­tral ti­tle chal­lengers.

Their op­po­nents this week­end are Cum­ber­nauld Colts Yel­lows, who saw off Murieston 2-0.

Now with­out a win in four, Murieston will have been dis­ap­pointed to fall to the ninth-placed Colts.

They host Haw­ick at the week­end.

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