Category: Scone Thistle FC Juniors

News and information from Scone Thistle FC who play in the Scottish Junior FA East Region McBookie League North Division

Luncarty: matchday preview

This week Scone invite Luncarty to make the short trip to Farquharson Park in the McBookie.com Premier League North for a 2.30pm kick off. The last time these 2 sides met was back in September with Luncarty winning 2-1 with Aaron Carlon scoring that day for the Jaggies. Since then Scone have been in scintillating form lifting them to 2nd in the League while Luncarty although remaining unbeaten, have dropped points with a number of draws leaving them 5 points behind in 3rd place but with 2 games in hand. Both sides will be keen to pick up points today in what has always been a keenly contested battle and with Dundee North End on Cup duty a win for Scone could see them reclaim top spot. Manager Derek Lawson will have a full squad at his disposal with Martin Strachan now once again available after his break. Unfortunately there will be no “live” updates this weekend on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive but we will bring you a match report & summary of all of today’s games after the weekend.

Off the park this week, congratulations to Scone “old boys” who were crowned champions last night at the Bells Sports Centre winning the Rachel Wolecki Cup & kindly donating their prize money to the fund. By all accounts a good time was had by all with mixed teams of all ages taking part.

There are only 2 other games in the Premier League North which are as follows:

Arbroath Vics v Dundee Violet and

Forfar Albion v Blairgowrie

Meet The Player: Willie Laing

Continuing our recent feature “Meet The Player” we thought it was high time that we caught up with Club Captain Willie Laing sponsored by D A Window Cleaning to get his take on how things are going this season, here’s what he had to say:

Q: You are now the longest serving player at the Club & the only survivor from the team that came out of abeyance in 2012 what are the biggest changes you have seen over the last 8 years?

A: The Club has transformed dramatically over the years I’ve been here from being just a Junior team to now being a thriving Community Club. We now have a management team, players & a community drive that is working hard to push Scone together to the next level.

Q: Next season will be your 9th with Scone and it would be great if you can make it to 10. What keeps you motivated?

A: Reaching the big 10 years mark would be a great achievement and to be honest I just love playing football and will keep going as long as I can!

Q: You have worn a few different strips over the years do you have a favourite?

A: I have to say the best strip has to be the current away strip (pictured) sponsored by Tay Models & J & D Simpson. I much prefer the short sleeved tops so will have to pick this one.

Q: You have always worked hard at the gym, away from training with the squad what do you work on yourself?

A: I like to work on upper body strength at the gym as I get enough cardio exercise playing football!

Q: The squad are currently showing some great form this year, can you pinpoint what has made the difference this time around?

A: I would say it’s the belief that on our day we can beat anyone! We trained & prepared well for this season adding to the squad with the likes of Darren Gray & Andrew Mackenzie who have both come in & done well. More recently we have also added Abi Njie & Lee Maloney to help us finish strongly.

Q: As Captain you must be delighted the way the team has gelled in recent months & you always appear to look after the young boys who are the future of the Club, how are the dynamics in the changing room?

A: Yes it’s been fine, we all get along well & have a laugh which you’d expect. The young ones Calum Black, Aaron Carlon & Darren Spence are the future of the Club so looking after them is only to Scone’s & the teams benefit.

Q: The manager appears to be getting the best out of the squad & I’m sure you are learning from him every day, do you still plan to move into coaching yourself when you finish playing?

A: Yes I do, however I plan to keep playing as long as I can and then see where it takes me. Continuing in a coaching role with Scone in the future is certainly something I will be aiming for.

Q: What do you do to relax away from football, any hobbies you enjoy in your spare time?

A: My favourite way to relax is to spend time with my fiancé, friends & family.

Q: Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding celebrations and great to see it’s in the summer break how are all the plans going?

A: All the plans are going smoothly, although again if I’m honest it’s Rhiannon that’s organised everything which is probably for the best!

Q: Lastly, the club are always grateful for the support given by local business’s do you have a message for your sponsor D A Window Cleaning?

A: It’s always great to have the support of local business’s which helps with the costs so a big thank you to Derek Angus of D A Window Cleaning for his sponsorship and hopefully his continued support next season!

Dundee North End – match off!

Due to overnight snow, today’s scheduled McBookie.com Premier North League top of the table clash between Dundee North End and Scone Thistle has been postponed.

Attention now turns to next week’s mouth watering league derby at Farquharson Park when Luncarty are the visitors to Scone. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

Match Report: Arbroath Vics

Saturday 9th March at Farquharson Park, McBookie.com Premier League North:

Saturday saw Scone extend their winning run to 9 league wins in a row but for the 2nd week running had to dig deep to ensure there were no slip ups. On a wet & windy day, conditions were far from ideal as the game kicked off. Manager Derek Lawson made 2 changes with Andrew Mackenzie & Arran McKay both starting, perhaps with one eye on next weeks fixture with Martin Strachan unavailable. Despite the weather, Scone took the game to Arbroath Vics right from the kick off with Darren Gray & Lee Maloney both creating chances in the opening couple of minutes with goal keeper Alex Cargill being called into early action. On 13 minutes, Lee Maloney again created another chance forcing Cargill into the save as did Craig Mitchell on 23 mins. Scone continued to attack with both Arran McKay & Craig Mitchell both having further chances before the break but were unable to find the breakthrough as the visitors held on for a rare goalless 1st half. 

Half time score: Scone 0-0 Arbroath Vics

As the weather improved for the 2nd half, so did Scone’s performance and the game was ultimately decided by a devastating 5 minute period which saw 3 goals for the hosts. However, before that the Vics took the lead when Arbroath broke quickly from a Scone attack and a defensive mix up saw Scone’s keeper Josh Gorton fail to clear the ball quickly enough which allowed Zac Archer to open the scoring for the visitors on 57 minutes. This had been the Vics first shot on target & seemed to give them a lift with Josh Gorton having to make a save 3 minutes later to keep the deficit from getting any greater. Scone knew they had to react quickly & on 64 mins equalised via a superbly taken free kick. When Arbroath conceded a foul on the edge of the area Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) stepped up to equalise. Within 3 minutes, Scone took the lead after good work from Lee Maloney who made a great run & cross to find Arran McKay (sponsored by J D Simpson) who “leapt like a salmon” to head past Cargill who was given little chance to save the ball. The pick of the bunch came 2 minutes later when Andrew Mackenzie (sponsored by A & S Properties) hit a rocket of a shot from outside of the area to score Scone’s 3rd goal of the afternoon. At this point Scone looked to see out the game with Abi Njie coming on for Lee Maloney on 73 minutes before Calum Black replaced Stephen Moon with Arran McKay dropping back to cover. What should have been a comfortable win was soured by a 2nd error which allowed Michael Fotheringham to pull a goal back for the visitors but Scone managed to finish the game with another win to ensure they continued their excellent home record. 

Full time score: Scone 3-2 Arbroath Vics

Man of the match for Scone: Andrew Mackenzie (sponsored by A & S Properties) with all 3 scorers catching the eye, “Kenzie” gave a solid performance & scored the goal of the day. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “We were made to work hard for the 3 points. I am disappointed with the goals that we lost which were very sloppy but again we showed great character to win the game“. Next up for Scone is a tough away trip to League leaders Dundee North End on Saturday 16th March with a 2:30pm kick off.

Matchday 28 summary:

League leaders Dundee North End won 2-1 away to Forfar Albion with 3rd place Luncarty drawing 2-2 with 4th placed East Craigie. Kinnoull are within 2 points of the top 3 with a 3-1 win in Blairgowrie while Dundee Violet won 7-0 at home to Coupar Angus. Scone remain 2nd with 5 games to go but with all of the top sides to play games against those around them, we are in for an exciting end to this years campaign. The updated League table is available here. 

Arbroath Vics – matchday preview

Today we welcome Arbroath Vics to Farquharson Park in the McBookie.com Premier League North for a 2.30pm kick off. This will be the 4th time these 2 sides have met this season having also been drawn in the same section of the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup. Scone have won the previous 3 games and in the reverse of this League fixture Scone won 8-2 thanks to goals from Stephen Moon & Darren Gray. The match also included hat-tricks from Aaron Carlon & Max Avolio who came on as a substitute scoring his in a formidable 13 minutes. All of these players will be available for manager Derek Lawson in today’s squad with only Ross Mitchell being unavailable. Scone will be looking to continue their impressive form & will be looking for no slip up’s against a side that like last week’s opponents will be capable of making things difficult for the hosts. For those unable to make the game, coverage will be on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive and on the website available here from 2:15pm and we hope to bring you a match report & photo’s from the game over the coming days. After the game both sides will be at the newly refurbished Scone Arms who we thank for hosting us today.

Elsewhere in the McBookie.com Premier League North today’s remaining fixtures are:

Blairgowrie v Kinnoull

Dundee Violet v Coupar Angus

East Craigie v Luncarty

Forfar Albion v Dundee North End

Match Report: Forfar Albion

Saturday 2nd March at Farquharson Park:

Saturday saw Scone welcome Forfar Albion in the McBookie.com Premier League North. Although there has been some comfortable wins over recent seasons there has also been some keenly contested battles that defies the visitors current league position. On another day, this could’ve been a banana skin of a slip up but ultimately Scone’s determination and confidence in their own current form saw them over the line. In what had been a pleasant morning the rain began just as the game kicked off and didn’t stop for the whole of the game adding to the days challenge. Manager Derek Lawson made 3 changes to last weeks starting 11 with Stephen Moon, Sean Whitworth & Lee Maloney coming in as he experimented with a different formation. Scone started with a number of corner kicks in the opening quarter but were unable to create many clear cut chances with Craig Mitchell coming the closest on 19 minutes. Forfar Albion were forced into their first change of the afternoon when on 25 mins Ben Johnson replaced the injured Robbie Gallacher. Scone thought the breakthrough had come on 31 minutes only for a well hit free kick from Darren Gray, to ricochet off the woodwork to keep the scores level. Scone kept pushing with another couple of corners and on 42 minutes a Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) cross was only partially cleared to Ross Wilson who found Lee Maloney (sponsored by Jempson Joinery) free to confidently strike the ball past Jason Hill to give the hosts the lead going into the break.

Half time score: Scone 1-0 Forfar Albion

The 2nd half started with Scone continuing to attack and on 48 minutes Lee Maloney nearly doubled his tally after a brilliant solo run saw his final shot comfortably saved by Hill. Martin Strachan then had a long range effort on 52 minutes only for his effort to drift over the bar. As long as there was only a goal in it, Scone couldn’t fully relax & so it would prove on 54 minutes when the visitors equalised. Willie Laing had a fresh air attempt to clear the ball whose boot caught the player instead & Forfar Albion were awarded a penalty kick by referee Duncan McLullich. Kevin Scott stepped up to take the kick sending Josh Gorton the wrong way to level the score. This would prove to be the visitors last shot on goal as Scone dominated the remainder of the game while searching for the winner. Lee Maloney was through on goal 2 mins later only for his shot to just clear the post before on 63 minutes hitting the post and the cross bar 6 minutes later. On 68 minutes both sides made changes with Abi Njie making his return to Scone replacing Sean Whitworth while Paul Heggie came on for Forfar Albion’s Craig Paterson before Arran McKay came on for Lee Maloney on 77 mins. Scone could be forgiven for thinking it was going to be one of those days especially when a minute later a Craig Mitchell effort from a Ross Wilson corner kick was cleared by John Miller with the keeper beaten but Scone continued to try & play their passing attacking game right up to the last minute. In the 89th minute Scone got their just rewards when more patient build up play, saw a Kevin Sinclair cross flicked on by Arran McKay to Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) who was in the right place to steer the ball pass the keeper which this time Miller was unable to clear. The sense of relief was palatable and although Forfar Albion will be disappointed not to hang on for a draw, Scone did enough to ensure the 3 points went to Scone & to stay in touch with the League leaders. 

Full time score: Scone 2-1 Forfar Albion

Man of the match for Scone: Andy Webster (sponsored by Noble & Bradford Flooring) on a day when the defence had to be vigilant Andy worked hard to keep Forfar Albion at bay. Special mentions to Lee Maloney who scored on his first start and Darren Gray who scored his 13th goal of the season. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “It was a frustrating afternoon for us but we managed to get the 3 points, credit to Forfar Albion who made us work very hard for the win”. Next up for Scone, Arbroath Vics will be the visitors to Farquharson Park for a 2:30 pm kick off on Saturday 9th March.

Matchday 27 summary:

With the Arbroath Vics fixture v Coupar Angus postponed there were 3 other games in the McBookie.com Premier League North with Blairgowrie winning 3-0 at home to Dundee Violet and East Craigie winning 4-2 away at Brechin Vics. The biggest scoreline saw Dundee North End beat Lochee Harp 7-0 a result that keeps them 1 point ahead of Scone, the updated league table is available here. In the Signature signs Cup, Kinnoull beat Luncarty 3-2 which means Scone’s league match against Luncarty is now scheduled for 23rd March.

Forfar Albion – matchday preview

This week it’s back to League action as we welcome Forfar Albion to Farquharson Park in the McBookie.com Premier League North for a 2.30pm kick off. This will be the 3rd time this season the 2 sides have met. Scone won at Guthrie Park 5-0 on the opening day of the season before the 2 sides last met in the DJ Laing East Region Cup with Scone going through on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw. Manager Derek Lawson will be without Ross Mitchell & Max Avolio but will be able to welcome Fraser MacDonald & Abi Njie into the match day squad. With only 7 League games left, Scone will be looking to continue their recent run of good form and depending on how North End get on today, will be looking to reclaim their place at the top of the table but can afford no slip ups against todays opposition. For those unable to make the game, coverage will be on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive and on the website available here from 2:15pm and we hope to bring you a match report & photo’s from the game over the coming days. After the game both sides will be at the newly refurbished Scone Arms who we thank for hosting us today.

Elsewhere today in League action are:

Arbroath Vics v Coupar Angus (OFF)

Blairgowrie v Dundee Violet

Brechin Vics v East Craigie and

Lochee Harp v Dundee North End

Match Report: Kinnoull

Saturday 23rd February at Farquharson Park:

In a break from League action, Saturday saw Scone welcome Kinnoull for the 3rd Round of the DJ Laing East Region Cup. Manager Derek Lawson made a couple of changes from Scone’s last game with Aaron Carlon, Arran McKay & Ross Wilson all starting as the Jaggies looked to book their place in the quarter final draw. Kinoull started well enjoying a lot of the early possession as Scone looked to settle into their own stride. After a string of corner kicks to the visitors, Scone keeper Josh Gorton (sponsored by Blackadders) was called into action as he made the first of his saves on 25 minutes. Scone’s first shot on target came 5 minutes later when Craig Mitchell’s effort was turned out for a corner kick by keeper Lukasz Osinski. The breakthrough came on 34 minutes when Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Jempson Joinery) was found on the edge of the box and he hit a rocket of a shot past the flying Osinski to give the hosts the lead. Martin Strachan had a chance on 37 minutes before 2 minutes later Craig Mitchell also saw his effort drift wide as Scone finished the half strongly.

Half time score: Scone 1-0 Kinnoull

Whatever was said at half time seemed to have the desired effect with Scone going on to dominate the rest of the game. Within 2 minutes of the re-start. Scone had an early chance when Scone won a free kick on the edge of the Kinnoull penalty box only for Osinski to comfortably make the save from a Kevin Sinclair effort. Josh Gorton then pulled off 2 saves to keep the Jaggies ahead and almost immediately on 58 minutes Scone doubled their lead. Aaron Carlon beat his man & crossed the ball to the 6 yard line where Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence) sprinted onto the ball to calmly chip past the Kinnoull keeper. On 64 minutes, Aaron Carlon nearly added to his tally when his pace found him with just the keeper to beat only for his shot as it rolled goal-wards to be cleared off the line by Kinnoull’s George Hughes. Found in a similar situation 6 minutes later, Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Perth City Decorating Company) was this time able to beat the keeper & defence to score his 10th goal of the season. Both sides made changes with Lee Maloney coming on for Aaron Carlon after 75 minutes & Max Avolio & Calum Black coming on for Kevin Sinclair & Andrew Mackenzie as Scone looked to see out the match. All of the changes had a positive effect & on 82 minutes Lee Maloney passed to Max Avolio (sponsored by Marques of Scone) who calmly rounded the keeper to seal the win. Scone finished strongly with a flurry of late chances but in the end were comfortable winners in this 3rd round cup tie.

Full time scone: Scone 4-0 Kinnoull

Man of the match for Scone: Wille Laing (sponsored by DA Window Cleaning) with a number of good performances across the pitch, the defence worked hard to ensure a clean sheet for the Jaggies. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “We are delighted to get into the next round of the East Region Cup. At times, Kinnoull caused us a few problems & put us under some pressure but I thought we dominated the 2nd half & created a lot of chances. Another clean sheet is also pleasing and we can now look forward to the challenge of Forfar Albion“. Yes. it’s a return to League action on Saturday with a 2:30pm kick off a preview of which we will bring you on the morning of the game.

Matchday 26 summary:

There were 4 games played in the McBookie.com Premier League North. Lochee Harp won 5-0 away to Blairgowrie and East Criagie beat Dundee Violet 2-0 at home. North End go back on top after beating Arbroath Vics 6-3 in Dundee, a game which saw Arbroath Vics take the lead 3 times in the 1st half. Luncarty beat Brechin Vics 5-0 which keeps them 3rd but with an improved goal difference. The updated league table is available here.

Kinnoull – matchday preview

Today Scone welcome Kinnoull to Farquharson park for the 3rd Round of the DJ Laing East Region Cup for a 2:30pm kick off. Both sides will be playing for a place in the quarter finals and should the tie be level after 90 minutes we go straight to a penalty shoot out. The last time these 2 sides met, was in the League back in September with Scone winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Sean Whitworth & Darren Gray. With both sides showing some consistent form over the last few weeks this is sure to be an intriguing cup tie. Manager Derek Lawson has no new injury worries coming into the game although Ross Mitchell is currently away getting married and will be boosted with his 2 new signings added to the squad. Please note that season tickets are not valid for this game & there will be a minutes silence before the kick off for former Brechin Vics secretary Bill Barclay. For those unable to make the game, coverage will be on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive and on the website available here from 2:15pm and we hope to bring you a match report & photo’s from the game over the coming days. After the game both sides will be at the newly refurbished Scone Arms who we thank for hosting us today.

For those that had cup games last week, there are 4 games scheduled in the McBookie.com Premier League North today which are as follows:

Blairgowrie v Lochee Harp

Dundee North End v Arbroath Vics

East Craigie v Dundee Violet and

Luncarty v Brechin Vics

Abi Njie signs for Scone

Off the park this week, Scone have welcomed back Abi Njie to Farquharson Park who agreed to sign for the Jaggies and has gone straight into training with the rest of the squad. In Abi’s last season with Scone he managed an impressive 20 goals in as many league games and picked up the Players Player of the Year award shared with Craig Mitchell before moving on to Super League side Kirriemuir Thistle. Manager Derek Lawson told Jaggie News tonight: ” We are delighted to bring Abi back to the Club. He has scored a lot of goals at this level and I hope he can score many more goals for Scone. I also think it is important to have good people like Abi around at the Club“. Along with other members of the squad who this week have also agreed to extend their time with Scone, the manager will be looking to finish the season as strongly as possible as well as preparing for next.

This weekend Scone have a break from League action with the 3rd Round of the DJ Laing East Region Cup v Kinnoull. Kick off is 2:30 pm at Farquharson Park, Scone a preview of which we will bring you in the morning.