Three sides in shut out
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.