|27th September 2014||2:30 pm||Scottish Junior Cup||Season 2014-15|
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Scone welcomed Newtongrange Star to Farquharson Park in the first round of the 2014/15 Barr Scottish Junior Cup. For the Superleague side it was their first visit to Scone and they brought with them a sizable support keen to see the visitors get off to a flying start.
In fact it was the home side, undermining their underdog status, that almost took the lead after seven minutes when a Newtongrange corner from the left was met at the back post by Laing who cleared the ball to the edge of the area where Mitchell picked it up. Mitchell cleared the ball upfield as far as Cherrie who took too long to take control of the ball and Smith nipped in and stole the ball, taking it up the pitch. Smith played the ball up the left wing to Simms and he, in turn, moved forward before attempting to pick out Smith who had continued his forward run. Amos in the Star goal had to race from his line to grab the ball before Smith could pounce.
Despite missing five first team regulars in Doig, Fergus, Craig Mitchell, Hynd and Jamie Ayton, Scone were more than holding their own against their much fancied opponents and after Thomson had a long range effort which sailed over Curtis’ crossbar, Mitchell brought Amos into action after 25 minutes when he got on the end of a Lafferty free kick to head goalwards. However there wasn’t sufficient power in the effort and Amos held the ball comfortably.
In a half of few chances Renton and Chris King had efforts off target just before the end of the first period of play which had seen an interesting tactical battle between the two managers but no goals.
The second half however saw a dramatic change in fortunes for Scone and for the second week in a row they found themselves two down within the first 15 minutes of the half.
Firstly a Mathu King cross into the area from the right was met by Macleod, however he was unable to control the ball cleanly and it broke for Renton who had an easy task in knocking it home. Renton doubled his tally for the day after 58 minutes when a ball forward to Cherrie saw the Star man attempt to move goalwards but be tackled by Laing. The ball broke to the right to the unmarked Mathu King and he crossed into the area where Renton met the ball at the back post for goal number two.
Star made it 3-0 after 64 minutes and this time it was Kris Renton’s turn to play provider, when he received the ball from Cherrie in midfield. Renton went to the right before chipping the ball towards the back post where Chris King ran in to slot it home.
Star were showing the class of a team sitting second top in the East Region’s top division and Scone were on the ropes with Chris King forcing a series of good saves from Matt Curtis in the home goal.
Jags were only able to put the occasional pressure on the visiting goal and one of these chances, a Keir freekick from just outside the area, saw Amos pull off a great acrobatic save to maintain his clean sheet.
It was only a matter of time before Newtongrange extended their scoring and it duly came after 74 minutes when a Chris King corner on the right was met by Tolmie and his header hit the back of the net.
Star repeated the feat after 79 minutes when another corner from the right wasn’t defended and this time it was Kerr who knocked the ball into the net at the far post for his first Newtongrange Star goal.
There was just time for a full competitive debut for new signing Joe Ayton, younger brother of Jamie, in a Scone jersey before the referee blew for full time.
Disappointment for the Jaggies overall, however with a great first half performance Scone showed what they are capable of and must take that form into next weekend’s league visit to Brechin.
|Farquharson Park, Scone|