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

East Craigie – Match Postponed

After a midweek frost, Scone has had some snow overnight & today’s match v Dundee East Craigie unsurprisingly has been postponed. Instead, the Jaggies are playing a friendly v Forfar West End (confirmed) at the Craigie Community Sports Hub with a 2pm kick off. Our next competitive match will now be v Blairgowrie on Saturday 26th January at Farquharson Park with a 1:45pm kick off. 

All of the remaining Premier League North fixtures due to be played today have also been postponed: 

Brechin Vics v Blairgowrie (OFF)
Coupar Angus v Kinnoull (OFF)
Forfar Albion v Arbroath Vics (OFF)

Match Report: Arbroath Vics.

Saturday 12th January:

Saturday saw Scone travel to Ogilvy Park to play Arbroath Vics for the 3rd of their 4 qualifying games in Section B of the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup. Carnoustie are the 3rd team in this section who travel to Scone next month for the last game of this section. With games postponed either side of the Christmas break, this was Scone’s first match since December 8th and manager Derek Lawson must have been happy to get the players playing again before Scone’s League campaign starts back up again next week. With Max Avolio suspended and Willie Laing & Sean Whitworth on the bench, Craig Mitchell deputised as Captain and in central defence with Darren Gray & Ross Mitchell given the nod up front. With Carnoustie having already beaten Arbroath twice, Scone knew they had to match their result to give themselves any chance of progressing from this section. The visitors started brightly with Mitchell & Gray both with chances in the opening minutes. Scone won their first corner in 9 minutes taken by Ross Wilson who found Stephen Moon at the far post who headed on to Arran McKay (sponsored by J & D Simpson) who gave the Jaggies the early lead. Despite further efforts from Gray, Strachan & a spectacular effort from McKay, Scone were unable to add to their lead going into the break.

Half time score: Arbroath Vics 0-1 Scone

Having restricted the hosts to a couple of off target efforts in the first half, Scone continued to create the better chances in the second half with Kevin Sinclair creating Scone’s fist chance of the half after cutting in from the wing only for his effort to hit the side netting. On 53 minutes Scone doubled their lead when a Martin Strachan (sponsored by Strachan Sheet Metal) effort from the edge of the area was deflected off the unfortunate Ben Sellars to leave keeper Arran Lyall little chance of preventing the goal. Scone made their first change of the game when Aaron Carlon came on for Stephen Moon with McKay dropping back to cover. The hosts also made their first change on 62 minutes with Calvin Wood replacing Danny Casey. Scone continued to attack and 5 minutes later Arran McKay headed wide from a Ross Wilson corner kick before Kev Sinclair saw a long range effort drift agonisingly wide. The remainder of the game became littered with cards as the referee Robin Taylor showed 12 cards in the last 33 minutes in what did not feel like an ill disciplined game. Sinclair & Ross Mitchell both had further chances before on 75 minutes Calum Black came on for Martin Strachan for the remainder of the game. Scone continued to create chances and things got more difficult for the hosts when on 90 minutes Kellon Lyons was shown a red card for his second bookable offence. As the game entered stoppage time, Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Perth City Decorating Company) created one last chance when through on goal he was brought down by Lyall to concede a penalty kick which Carlon took himself to score his 9th goal of the season. In a competition where goal difference could come into play if Scone can win their last game v Carnoustie, the visitors might be disappointed not to have scored more goals but will be happy to see out what in the end was a comfortable win.

Full time score: Arbroath Vics 0-3 Scone

Man of the match for Scone: Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence) who is having a great season and looked confident & comfortable playing in defence as did Arran McKay when called to drop back for the remainder of the game. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “I am happy with a clean sheet and the win. It was a game in which we dominated the ball, I’m a bit disappointed with our play & decision making in the final 3rd but maybe being a bit too critical especially not having played for 5 weeks“. Next up for Scone is the visit of East Craigie at Farquharson Park on Saturday 19th January in what is sure to be another keenly contested fixture. Also announced this week, manger Derek Lawson added that Sean Whitworth is stepping up his playing role to assistant coach.

Elsewhere in this Cup, next weeks visitors East Craigie beat Dundee Violet 4-1 at home and there were defeats against Super League opposition for Brechin Vics, Blairgowrie & Coupar Angus while Lochee Harp beat Tayport 3-1 at home, Scone’s Section B League table is available here.

Matchday 20 summary:

There was only 2 fixtures in the Premier League North with Kinnoull beating the League leaders 3-1 in Dundee & Luncarty beating Forfar Albion 5-1 at home. These results keep Scone in 2nd place but with only 3 points now separating the top 4 clubs we are in for an exciting climax to this years campaign. The current league standings are available here.

Arbroath Vics – matchday preview

This week Scone travel to Ogilvy Park for the 2nd leg of their Thorntons Property East Region League Cup tie v Arbroath Vics. The 3rd team in Section B are Carnoustie who this week play Kirriemuir in the Super League. In the first leg of this tie at Farquharson Park Scone won 5-1 and will be looking to ensure there are no slip ups against a side currently sitting 10th in the Premier League North in what is always a tricky tie. Manager Derek Lawson will be without Max Avolio who is currently suspended while Sean Whitworth is doubtful. Kick off is 1:45pm and for those unable to make the game, coverage will be on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive and on the website available here from 1.30pm and we hope to bring you a match report & photo’s from the game over the coming days.

Over the Christmas break, Ben Ayton & Calum Kinnear have both left Scone by mutual consent & the Club thank them for their efforts & wish them the best of luck for the remainder of the season. We will keep you up to date with any transfers of our own, in the meantime we hope that you are enjoying our new feature “Meet The Player” as we introduce you to the squad.

There are 2 League games to be played today with Dundee North End at home to Kinnoull while Luncarty are at home to Forfar Albion.

Meet The Player: Arran McKay

In the third of our new feature “Meet The Player” we caught up with Arran McKay sponsored by J D Simpson. Arran joined Scone in January 2017 having previously played for the likes of Brechin Vics & Kinnoull. As the players take a winter break from League action this week, we caught up with Arran to find out how things are going.

Q: You played as a trialist for Scone in May 2016 before joining Brechin. How close were you to signing back then & what made you come to Scone?

A: I was very close to signing but at Fair City we had just won the league and cup double so I decided to re-sign for them. It didn’t work out there early on, so I signed for Brechin as I had a previous spell with the club a couple of years prior. I left the “Vic’s” in December and because I knew a lot of the boys that were at Scone and I had just recently moved to the area, I felt it was the right move.  

Q: You must be delighted how you settled in, picking up the Players Player of the Year and Player of the Year (shared with Kevin Sinclair) for 2017/18, how are you finding things this season?

A: Yes absolutely, to get awards at any team is always a bonus. This season so far has been good and I think it shows when you look at the League table. We have a great bunch of players and management within the team but we know it’s going to be a tough second half of the year to try and keep challenging.  

Q: When did you start playing football?

A: My early memories start when I was about 13/14. I played for Gannochy from about u15s through to u17s then moved to Letham at u19s. My coaches at Letham were involved with my local amateur team Bridgeton AFC so I ended up signing for them before making the move into Juniors. I’ve certainly met some good friends and played with some good footballers throughout the years.   

Q: What advice would you give to a kid starting out now?

A: My advice would be to listen to your coach or manager and never let a defeat stop you from enjoying it, football can change so quickly.   

Q: I know you’re a gym regular, what training do you do away from Scone Thistle?

A: I usually try and get to the gym every night we don’t train, so around 3 times a week. It keeps me busy at night and I enjoy it which helps. There’s a few boys in the team that go to the same gym so I’m never short of a training partner. Personally it’s all weight and core exercises that I focus on, I feel I get enough cardio from our training sessions and games!  

Q: What’s the extra benefit from that?

A: Certainly nowadays upper body strength in football has become more visible in professional players and the like. On the pitch when trying to protect the ball, being stronger than your opponent is a huge benefit. I’ve never been known to be muscley so any gain I can get is a bonus for me!  

Q: Do you have any pre match rituals?

A: I’m not really a superstitious type, the only thing I do the same each week would be wearing my cut socks rather than the ones from the kit bag. A rub on my legs from Eric the physio is also becoming more regular but I think that’s an age thing!  

Q: Who’s the joker in the dressing room?

A: Thinking about it, we don’t really have anyone who would stand out as the joker. There’s always good banter being thrown about by everyone and the dressing room is a good place to be at the moment. If I had to give it to someone it would probably be Martin Strachan. 

Q: Who organises the team nights out & what’s been the best one? 

A: Kev Sinclair is classed as the night out committee. Since I’ve been at the club he takes great pleasure in organising the nights out for the boys. I think I’ve been on 3 or 4 now and each one has been great. I’d probably say the recent Christmas one in Glasgow was my favourite. Martin Strachan is in charge of collecting the monthly £10 from the lads and this will be funding our end of season do which I’m sure will be another great weekend away.  

Q: The Club are always grateful for all of the support received from local businesses & sponsors, do you have a message for your sponsor J D Simpson?

A: I know John well and would class him as a good friend. He knows that the Club and I are grateful for his support and it was great to see him being rewarded by winning the shirt draw and having his company logo on the back of our new away strip (pictured).

Dundee North End – Match Postponed

Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t warmed up enough to thaw an already hard pitch so today’s game v Dundee North End has been postponed. Our next game will now be away to Arbroath Vics on Saturday 12th January in the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup.

At the time of writing, the remaining games due to be played today in the Premier League North are as follows:

Blairgowrie v Luncarty (OFF)

Coupar Angus v Forfar Albion (OFF)

Dundee Violet v Lochee Harp

East Craigie v Arbroath Vics and 

Kinnoull v Brechin Vics

Meet The Player: Darren Gray

In the second of our new feature “Meet the Player” we caught up with Darren Gray sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone. Darren re-signed for the Jaggies in August of this year in what has been his 3rd signing for Scone. As a youth player, Darren started his footballing career with St Johnstone before moving on to Cowdenbeath where he was temporarily transferred to Scone in 2008/09 before a second spell at the Club in 2010/11. Since then Darren has played for a number of Clubs including, Jeanfield Swifts, Luncarty & Kinnoull.

Q: Since coming into the team you have made a massive impact and appear to be enjoying yourself how are you settling in?

A: I’m absolutely loving it, it’s the most I have enjoyed my football in years. All the boys are brilliant as are the manager, coaching staff and committee.

Q: You were last at the club back in 2010 how are things different this time round?

A: Derek Adam has finally hung up his boots!  A lot has been done since the last time I was here and the boys have everything we could want. A lot of work has also gone into the changing rooms which are fantastic and appreciated by all the team!

Q: You have contributed this season with a number of goals, is there one that you have particularly enjoyed?

A: I’ve scored a few but the kinnoull one was maybe the most important. It got us the 3 points which was the main thing and it’s always nice to score against your old team.

Q: How has training being going?

A: Training is really good, the gaffer always has good drills and works on different things. All the boys give 100% so there is always a good standard. Eric is also there to help boys with injuries which all the boys are grateful for.

Q: Who’s the hardest trainer?

A: Craig Mitchell always works hard takes the warm ups and sets the tone for training. Martin Strachan has worked hard on his shooting the last few months he sometimes hits the target now!

Q: Who’s in charge of the match day tunes? 

A: Sean “Yeti” Whitworth is in charge of the tunes although some of his choices are questionable.

Q: I asked Martin this, as an association, we’ve seen the Juniors re-structure the Leagues with Scone now playing in a 12 team League which so far is looking like it could have a close & exciting second half to come. How are you finding the new League set up?

A: I don’t really think about the structure I’m just glad to be playing football. Hopefully if we all keep working hard we will have a chance of going up as we know we can compete in the higher league but this is a very tough league to get out of.

Q: Which team do you support?

A: I’m a Rangers fan so I’m very happy this weekend. I also want Saints to do well as they’re the local team.

Q: Who’s your favourite all time player?

A: Messi, I love watching the way he plays.

Q: The Club are always grateful for all of the support received from local businesses & sponsors, do you have a message for your sponsor G & J Glaziers, Scone?

A: I would just like to thank my sponsor and everyone for their continued support and hopefully I can score more goals and help us win even more games in the New Year as we look to kick on!

Many thanks to Darren for taking the time to speak to us and we look forward to meeting some more of the players over the rest of the season. Everyone at the Club would like to wish all a Happy New Year and a reminder that our first game of 2019 will be on 5th January when we welcome Dundee North End to Farquharson Park for a 1:45pm kick off.

Forfar Albion – Match Postponed

Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t warmed up enough to thaw an already hard pitch so today’s game v Forfar Albion has been postponed. This was due to be the last game of 2018 so our next game will now be on Saturday 5th January v Dundee North End at Farquharson Park with a 1.45pm kick off. On behalf of the Club we would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas & thank everyone for their efforts over the year, our sponsors for their continued support & best wishes to the players & staff for the remainder of the season in 2019.

The remaining games due to be played today in the Premier League North are as follows:

Arbroath Vics v Kinnoull

Blairgowrie v Dundee North End (OFF)

Coupar Angus v East Craigie (OFF)

Lochee Harp v Brechin Vics

Meet The Player: Martin Strachan

In the first of a new feature we thought that we would introduce the players to enable us to find out some more about them. First up is Martin Strachan who having scored a brace at the weekend & picked up the Man of the Match, Jaggy News caught up with him to get his thoughts, hopes & ambitions for himself & the Club. Martin re-joined the Jaggies from Tayport in February 2018, having started his career at Dundee FC before spells at Forfar FC, Brechin Vics and Dundee North End.

Meet the player: Martin Strachan

Sponsored by: Strachan Sheet Metal

Q: This is your second spell at the Club and we were all delighted to welcome you back, how are you finding things second time round?

A: “I’m loving it, we have a great squad and a great togetherness“.

Q: On & off the pitch the Club is striving to improve, from a players point of view how do you think the Club is progressing?

A: “Personally I think the club is progressing well both on and off the park and the results are showing“.

Q: The team seem to have found a good blend of youth & senior players, for a Club like Scone it’s important that the pathway exists for youth players to graduate through to senior football. How impressed have you been with some of the lads that have trained & played with the juniors?

A: “I’ve been very impressed with some of the boys that have trained and those that have played. Especially Aaron Carlon, Darren Spence and Calum Black who have all come in and done very well“.

Q: As well as providing that pathway, the Community Club has been instrumental in supporting the juniors with the refurbishments completed over the summer. How are you finding the new facilities?

A: “The new facilities were much needed and are great. The new changing rooms have helped big time and the boys are delighted with them“.

Q: The manager has a philosophy of how the game should be played & the team appear to have adopted that, how do you think the team have been playing?

A: “The team have been working very hard both on and off the park and it’s showing in our performances but we have to keep it going if we want to be in with a shout of challenging at the right end of the table“.

Q: As an association, we’ve seen the Juniors re-structure the League’s with Scone now playing in a 12 team League which so far is looking like it could have a close & exciting second half to come. How are you finding the new set up?

A: “The new league structure is a lot tougher this season as there are a lot of contenders for not only the league but for the play off spot with the likes of North End, Luncarty, Kinnoull and ourselves all challenging“.

Q: This looks like the strongest squad Scone have had in recent years. How well do you think this group of players can do over the next couple of seasons?

A: “Its a good group of boys but too soon to tell what can happen, a lot of games left this season so we will take each game as it comes. This season is the priority“.

Q: Looking at the future now, what ambitions do you have for yourself?

A: “if my legs can cope with another couple of seasons I’ll be happy, ageing fast is an understatement“.

Q: After playing, do you have any ambitions to stay in the game? Perhaps coaching or managing?

A: “I would love to manage a team one day“.

Q: The Club are always grateful for all of the support received from local businesses & sponsors, do you have a message for your sponsor Strachan Sheet Metal?

A: “I certainly do, if I score 10 goals this season I’ll be expecting a wage rise“!

We thank Martin for his time in speaking to us and we look forward to meeting some more of the players over the rest of the season.

Match Report: Lochee Harp

Saturday 8th December:

Saturday saw Scone welcome Lochee Harp to Farquharson Park in the Premier League North. With the visitors having won the reverse of this fixture back in September, Scone were determined to exact revenge and maintain their recent run of good form. Manager Derek Lawson named a strong starting 11 and early indications were that Scone looked well prepared although when the first couple of chances went begging, you wondered if Scone would rue these chances but the truth is the hosts looked more than comfortable for the majority of this game of picking up all 3 points. The best of the opening chances fell to Darren Gray on 15 minutes when Scone were awarded a free kick which was taken by Ross Wilson & when Gray had just the keeper to beat Ryan Mitchell pulled off a good point blank save to keep the score level. Just 3 minutes later, Scone were awarded their 1st penalty of the day when Mitchell brought down Arran McKay, Darren Gray stepped up to take the kick which again Mitchell was able to save for the Harp. However there was no need to panic & and on 27 minutes, Scone had scored the opening goal that they deserved. This time Martin Strachan got on the end of a McKay cross and after good work from Kevin Sinclair & Craig Mitchell received the ball back to knock the ball past Mark Kelly on the line to give the hosts the lead, before the visitors had a chance to catch their breath Scone were awarded a 2nd penalty kick by referee Anthony Brown after Kelly handled the ball which this time was comfortably scored by Martin Strachan to score his & Scone’s 2nd of the day. Scone continued to attack and to create chances with Josh Gorton having little to do in goal at the other end.

Half time score: Scone 2-0 Lochee Harp

Within a minute of the game restarting, Arran McKay created the first chance of the half before after a string of corners to Scone, Darren Gray & Craig Mitchell both had chances with Craig just agonisingly missing out as the ball drifted past the far post. The visitors made the first change of the day with the frustrated Kelly being replaced by Logan Irvine. Scone continued to look dangerous on every attack with McKay, Strachan & Mitchell all creating chances as they looked to kill off the game. Scone then made some changes themselves with Aaron Carlon coming on for Arran McKay on 72 minutes before 10 minutes later, Calum Black replaced Andrew Mackenzie. As the hosts looked to see out the game, the 3rd goal eventually came on 84 minutes from a Scone free kick which fell to Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Jempson Joinery) for an easy tap in from 6 yards out. There was just enough time for Sean Whitworth to replace Strachan for the last few minutes as the Jaggies held out for a well deserved win.

Full time score: Scone 3-0 Lochee Harp

Man of the match for Scone: Martin Strachan (sponsored by Strachan Sheet Metal) Again a number of good performances throughout the team and another clean sheet for Josh Gorton but Martin wins not only for his 2 goals but for his work throughout the game. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “I thought we gave a solid performance in a game that we dominated. We restricted Lochee Harp to a couple of chances and we now look forward to a hard game vs a very much improved Forfar Albion on Saturday“.

Matchday 17 summary;

With only 2 other games in the Premier League North, Blairgowrie won 11-0 away to Coupar Angus while Dundee Violet beat Brechin Vics 6-1 at home. Scone move to 1 point off the top & 3 points clear of 3rd but both teams have games to play, the updated League table is available here.

Lochee Harp – matchday preview

This Saturday, Scone are back in League action as we welcome Lochee Harp to Farquharson Park for a 1.30pm kick off. The Harp have picked up 3 draws in their last 5 games whereas the Jaggies have picked up 4 wins & a draw over the same period however having beaten Scone back in September, the Jaggies will have to be at their very best today to keep their fine run of good form going. Manager Derek Lawson will be able to welcome back Ross Mitchell who is available again after missing last week but will be without Max Avolio who starts his 3 game suspension. For those unable to make the game, coverage will be on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive and on the website available here from 1.15pm and we hope to bring you a match report & photo’s from the game over the coming days. With many thanks to the Wheel Inn who will be hosting both teams after today’s match.

Off the park this week, we welcome a new team into the fold of the Community Club with the Under 15’s Girl’s team playing their first game this morning v Dundee East at the Glebe, Scone at 10.30am. This will be a friendly as they prepare for next year, we wish them the best of luck and welcome to the Club! Anybody interested in playing for any of the Youth teams can contact that team through their facebook page or by contacting us via the website & we will forward any message on.

Elsewhere today Dundee North End, Forfar Albion, Luncarty, East Craigie & Kinnoull are all competing in the Thorntons Property East region League Cup. With only 3 games in the Premier League North, the other two games are as follows:

Coupar Angus v Blairgowrie

Dundee Violet v Brechin Vics