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Davie Park side register first win of season


A deadly double in the first half was enough to earn Blairgowri­e three East Region Midlands League points last Wednesday night in what was the home team’s first league win of the season. Matty Adam got the party started on six minutes at Davie Park with a header at the near post before experience­d attacker Gary Axworthy wasted little time in adding a second. Opponents Forfar United – who had already taken account of Brechin Vics and drawn with Kirrie Thistle – were unable to find a way through after the break, despite having the chance to do so from the penalty spot.

Goalkeeper Cammy Johnstone saved and the east Perthshire men comfortabl­y saw out the victory despite further chances for both sides.

Blairgowri­e had received a boost ahead of the midweek match when club captain James Simpson’s red card received versus Kirrie Thistle was rescinded on appeal.

Video evidence convinced the authoritie­s that his challenge near the centre circle did not in fact prevent an obvious goalscorin­g opportunit­y and Simpson was cleared to play.

It was something of a hollow victory, however, as his dismissal was followed by Kirrie’s winning goal.

On Saturday, Blairgowri­e produced a battling performanc­e to hold a strong Downfield side to a draw at Davie Park.

The home side fell behind three times and each time they equalised.

Downfield took the lead after 15 minutes, with Axworthy equalising 10 minutes later with a beautiful lob.

A penalty saw Downfield go 2–1 ahead after 34 minutes, only for Adam to race through to score an equaliser just a minute later.

The Dundee side took the lead for the third time shortly after half-time, but Axworthy equalised for Blairgowri­e with a vicious low free-kick in the 55th minute for 3-3.

With more than a third of the match left, the only surprise was that there was no further scoring.

This Saturday the Davie Park side face a stern test when they entertain Broughty Athletic in the Midlands League.

Kick off is at 2.30pm.

On Wednesday next week, August 17, Blairgowri­e travel to Angus to take on Brechin Vics. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 6.45pm.

Last week’s winning Blairgowri­e Juniors’ Lottery numbers were 3, 4, 7, and 20.

 ?? ?? Experience­d Blairgowri­e JFC forward Gary Axworthy
Experience­d Blairgowri­e JFC forward Gary Axworthy

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