Dunbar faced West Lothian opposition for the second week running. Having visited Armadale last Saturday in the Scottish Cup, it was Dunbar’s turn to host with Blackburn Utd the visitors in the regions second biggest cup competition.
The game kicked off at noon to allow the travelling support time to shake off any Saturday night effects.
It didn’t take long for the home side to kick into life, and from a couple of Cooper runs up the right, Dunbar won a corner. Unfortunately, Cooper seemed to tweak a hamstring and he could not continue. A reshuffle seen Renton switch from left to right and Kinghorn take his spot down the left.
With only 5 minutes played, a corner swung in from the left by Renton seen Smillie rattle a volley home from about 8 yards out. It was a very composed finish and the players enjoyed celebrating and acknowledging his first goal of the season.
A minute later and it was 2-0. It came from what is now becoming a trademark Ben Knox run into the box, where he collected the ball and fired a low shot into the bottom corner for his 8th goal of the campaign. He looks sure to beat his 11 goals from last season and is in a rich vein of form at present.
Dunbar laboured slightly from here, and their attacking threat came from the right hand side with Twist pushing high up the park, linking with Foggo and Renton and saturating the Blackburn left. This did expose the Dunbar defence on a few occasions but Brunton, Hall and Hood looked relaxed and able to deal with anything thrown their way.
The third goal was not long in coming and it came from goal machine Renton. He received a ball out on the right and spied the keeper off his line. The execution in chipping the ball over the Blackburn No. 1 and into the roof of the net was perfect.
Blackburn then lost their busy number 10 Ben Jamieson to a serious looking injury. It looked like a fairly innocuous challenge between Jamieson and Knox, with the Blackburn player landing awkwardly. There was concern from both sets of supporters as the young lad appeared unconscious for a few minutes and on coming to, was clearly confused and dizzy. An ambulance was called and play was stopped for approx. 20 minutes. Dunbar Utd Colts wish the player all the best with his recovery.
When play resumed, it was Blackburn who looked like they had adapted better to the stoppage. From a long ball, Purves came off his line. The striker nicked the ball past Purves but Twist was alert to the danger and sped back to make a goal-saving tackle.
However, Dunbar were outdone with a very similar move moments later when a long ball evaded Brunton and Hall. The Blackburn player was again quickly through and he rounded the Dunbar keeper and knocked the ball into the empty net.
With half time closing, Dunbar came back into the game and scored their 4th of the match through Dixon. Renton was the creator as he surged down the right – his ball in saw Dixon hit it first time. The goal keeper saved brilliantly but Dixon was calm and he curled it over the despairing keeper with his left foot.
Half Time: Dunbar United Colts 4-1 Blackburn United.
The second half showed how much strength in depth is on offer in the current Dunbar squad with Mclean, Kielty, Pickles and Sutherland all able to come on. The game looked won but the match was disjointed with regular niggly fouls and stoppages breaking up any periods of play.
Knox was pushed further up the park in recognition of his goal scoring form, but he seemed to change his shooting boots for two left feet at the break.
He was sent through 1 on 1 on goal – he looked certain to score, opened his body and pushed his effort well wide of the target. Kielty fell victim to the niggly passage of play when he was booked for speaking out of turn.
Knox recovered from his misfortune in front of goal and sent Renton through who showed him how it was done. His clinical finish making it 5-1 to the home side. It looked like 6 was right behind it when again Knox was in on goal – this time he saw the keeper make a great stop.
Goal number 6 did arrive soon after. Kielty’s persistence down the right and clever play on the touchline saw him charge into the box – his cutback was slotted home by Dixon who met the cutback just as Mclean was lining up his shot. This takes Dixon into double figures for the season and still a long way short of his 51 from last.
The Blackburn number 11 Stewart was the next player to be booked – again, for use of his tongue when the energy would have been put to better use playing football.
The second half continued in a fairly disjointed manner – Blackburn did threaten with the same long ball but on each occasion the added pace of Pickles in the home defence ensured Purves had little to do.
Knox had one more effort at goal but for some reason he seemed destined not to add to his tally. He again pulled his effort wide when he looked like scoring.
Kinghorn did score and he seems to regularly find himself in the right place at the right time – this time a Sutherland ball saw Mclean flick it on to Kinghorn, and he showed great composure to fire in his 9th of the season.
Dunbar rounded things off with a hat-trick for Renton – his pace took him clear, and when his effort was saved, he was clever enough to respond to the rebound and lift the ball over the keeper for his 30th goal of the campaign.
Full Time: Dunbar United Colts 8-1 Blackburn United