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Match Report: Luncarty

Saturday 18th May:

Saturday Saw Scone travel to Brownlands Park for the last of their Section 2 games in the Consolation League Cup v Luncarty and for what ultimately turned out to be Scone’s last game of the season. With a number of players missing, Manager Derek Lawson had to juggle his squad once again as Scone looked to finish with a good performance in what turned out to be a competitive game in a competition that neither team really wanted at this stage of the campaign. The opening half hour was pretty even as both sides looked for the breakthrough, Kevin Sinclair had Scone’s first chance on 5 minutes with stand in keeper Mark Reid being called into action at the other end on 14 minutes. If Scone have had any kind of weakness in recent months it’s conceding a goal straight after another and that’s exactly what happened next with Luncarty scoring twice in 5 minutes. Kieran Donald opened the scoring on 29 minutes before ex-Jaggie Fraser Mills doubled their lead on  34 minutes to give the hosts a cushion going into the break.

Half time score: Luncarty 2-0 Scone

Luncarty made the first change at the break with Alexander Whytock coming on for Kyle Mitchell who wasted no time picking up a yellow card for his hefty challenge on Ross Wilson who was unable to run off the knock and had to be replaced by Lee Maloney on 52 minutes. On 60 minutes Mark Reid did well to pull off a double save before Scone pulled a goal back. On 64 minutes Kevin Sinclair got his first goal of the afternoon when he headed in a Andrew Mackenzie corner kick. Scone then made a further change with Darren Gray coming on for Abi Njie on 65 minutes. As Scone pushed for the equaliser they were unfortunate to concede a penalty which was taken by Tony Holt who calmly slotted home on 73 minutes. Scone hadn’t given up though and on 80 minutes Kevin Sinclair scored his 2nd, this time heading in from a Lee Maloney corner kick to set up a keenly contested finish.  Sinclair had a chance to complete his hat-trick on 85 minutes but was unable to keep his effort on target. The manager will be pleased with the teams efforts not only for this match but across the season and all at the Club thank those involved on a good season which has seen Scone improve again year on year.

Full time score: Luncarty 3-2 Scone

Man of the match for Scone: Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) not only for his 2 goals but for his efforts throughout the match. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “I am happy enough with the performance considering we were missing so many players & the fact it was a nothing game. I am now looking forward to having a break and then getting prepared for next season“. Next up for Scone is the End of Season Presentation which will see the Player of the Year, the Players Player of the Year and the Clubman of the Year pick up their awards on Friday 14th June. The Club will also be holding their AGM on the 26th June, anyone outwith the Club wishing to attend either event please email secretary@sconethistlefc.org for further details.

Luncarty – matchday preview

Saturday Scone travel to Brownlands Park to play Luncarty for the last game in Section 2 of the Consolation League Cup. With 3 teams in each section & playing each other home & away, Luncarty currently top the section having won the reverse of this fixture last month at Farquharson Park. Similar to the earlier rounds of the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup, Scone find themselves having to win by a large margin in the last group game to have any chance of progressing through to the next round, the current league table of section 2 is available here. To make a tough job harder, manager Derek Lawson has a number of players missing, Willie Laing is away for his stag do with some of the squad while the Mitchell Brothers & Darren Spence are also unavailable & Martin Strachan is doubtful due to injury. For those unable to make the match, 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.

There is only 1 game in the McBookie.com Premier league North today with East Craigie away to Dundee North End. There were 3 midweek games which saw Coupar Angus narrowly lose to Forfar Albion 1-0 at Foxhall Park, Luncarty won 3-2 at home to Dundee North End while Kinnoull beat Lochee Harp 4-0 to go 3rd on goal difference.

Match Report: Broughty Athletic

Wednesday 8th May:

With no League game this weekend, Scone travelled to Craigie Park for the quarter final of the DJ Laing East Region Cup v Broughty Athletic. Having won by a similar scoreline last Saturday few would have predicted a defeat of this magnitude at this stage of the competition. With regular keeper Josh Gorton injured, Scone had drafted in Josh Main for the remaining games of the season, with a couple of other key squad players also injured, manager Derek Lawson was still able to field a strong squad which makes the scoreline disappointing. Within 5 minutes the writing was on the wall when Josh Skelly scored the first of his evenings goals followed by Darryn Kesson on 20 minutes who scored the first of his and the first of 3 goals in 5 minutes. Within 2 minutes Ross McCord scored Broughty’s 3rd before Scone conceded a penalty on 25 mins taken by Josh Skelly. The half came to a close with Darren Kesson getting his 2nd of the evening just before the break on 43 mins. Max Avolio had a great chance for Scone just on half time but was unable to keep his shot on target.

Half time score: Broughty Athletic 5-0 Scone

As the rain continued to fall so did the goals although at a slower rate. On 53 minutes Josh Skelly completed his hat-trick before 2 mins later Bradley Smith scored. John Roberts added to Broughty’s tally on 64 mins before Louis Appere wrapped up the scoring on 74 minutes. Scone made a change on 79 minutes as young Darren Spence was given some game time replacing Andrew Mackenzie. If Scone have any desires to play in the Super League then they will have had a rude awakening of what to expect & will certainly have to perform better than this. We thank Broughty for their hospitality & wish them all the best in the semi final v Pumpherston or Kennoway Star Hearts for a place in the final v Carnoustie or Livingston Utd.

Full time score: Broughty Athletic 9-0 Scone

Man of the match for Scone: Andrew Mackenzie (sponsored by A&S Properties) on a day with little to cheer for the visitors, Kenzie once again caught the eye constantly working hard. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “It was an embarrassing performance, we let everyone down at the Club“. Next up for Scone is the last game in Section 2 of the Consolation League Cup v Luncarty at Brownlands Park on Saturday 18th May.

Match Report: Coupar Angus

Saturday 4th May, Consolation League Cup:

Saturday saw Scone welcome Coupar Angus to Farquharson Park for the home leg of the previous weekends tie at Foxhall Park. If a week is a long time in politics so it can also be in the football world as the visitors looked a different proposition to the previous week. This game very nearly didn’t go ahead and the kick off had to be delayed as Coupar Angus were still waiting for players to arrive, the visitors did take to the pitch with only 1 substitute on the bench and 6 changes to the team that ran out the previous weekend. Scone too made changes with manager Derek Lawson making half a dozen changes himself to the midweek game v Dundee North End. Scone were also able to welcome some of this season’s sponsors to enjoy some hospitality for the day as we looked to thank them for their support this season & we were delighted to welcome representatives from Jempson Joinery, Tay Electrics, Ian R Taylor, The Town Planner, J D Simpson & Marques of Scone. It didn’t take Scone long to get going and on 2 minutes Sean Whitworth opened the scoring as Jaggy fans wondered just how many goals they might rack up. Within 2 minutes, Scone had doubled their lead when Abi Njie scored the 1st of his afternoons goals & his first since returning to Scone. On 17 minutes, Abi Njie scored his 2nd of the day before Ross Mitchell (sponsored by Cherrybank Garage) got in on the goals on 28 minutes. Within 2 minutes, Abi Njie completed his first half hat-trick on 30 minutes before Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Decorator & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) got his 2nd of the day to take his season’s tally to 16 goals.

Half time score: Scone 6-0 Coupar Angus

The visitors were forced into a substitution at the break with Kerr Sangster coming on for Andrew Kelly. Max Avolio had Scone’s next chance when he was unlucky to see his free kick rebound off the woodwork before Andrew Mackenzie replaced Calum Black for Scone on 52 minutes who had also picked up an unfortunate knock. Abi Njie scored again on 68 mintes before Scone made a double substitution with Kevin Sinclair & Darren Gray coming on for Ross Mitchell & Willie Laing. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors on 75 minutes when Scott Stockman had to be carried off having broken his tibia forcing the visitors to finish the game with just 10 men having already used their available substitute. All at the Club would like to wish Scott well for a speedy recovery. There was just time for 1 more goal & on 80 mintes Abi Njie scored his 5th of the afternoon to wrap up a comfortable win for the hosts.

Full time score: Scone 8-0 Copuar Angus

Man of the match for Scone – Abi Njie (sponsored by Balajee Spice) who having scored 5 of Scone’s 8 goals deserved the vote for this weeks performance. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “It was good to give some young players some more game time plus look at playing players in different roles. It was also good to rest some players for the Broughty game who are recovering from injury“. Next up for Scone is the midweek trip to East Craigie on Wednesday night to play Broughty Athletic in the quarter-final of the DJ Laing East Region Cup. Please note that this will now be at the slightly earlier time of 7pm to allow for any diminishing light. 

Matchday Summary:

Elsewhere in the Consolation League Cup there was home wins for Dundee North End, Newburgh & Whitburn while Arbroath Vics & Brechin Vics shared the points in a goalless draw and Lochgelly Albert drew with Kennoway Star, Tayport drew with Blairgowrie and Stoneyburn drew with West Calder.

There was only 1 game in the McBookie.com Premier League North which saw Dundee Violet beat Luncarty 3-2 which lifts them above Lochee Harp to 6th.

Coupar Angus – matchday preview

This Saturday Scone welcome Coupar Angus to Farquharson Park for the 3rd of our Consolation League Cup games in Section 2. Scone won the reverse of this fixture 4-1 last Saturday with 2 goals each from Sean Whitworth & Kevin Sinclair but with Luncarty winning 14-0 during the week, Scone will need a bigger win today if they harbour any desire to qualify from this group & through to the next round. We are also delighted to welcome a number of sponsors from the season as we thank them for their continued support & we hope that they enjoy their day. Manager Derek Lawson will be without Lee Maloney & Josh Gorton who picked up an injury in the mid week game while Martin Strachan remains doubtful. For those unable to make the match, 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.

Elsewhere today  in the Consolation League Cup:

Arbroath Vics v Brechin Vics

Dundee NE v Lochee Harp

Lochgelly Albert v Kennoway Star Hearts

Newburgh v Kirkcaldy YM

Stoneyburn v West Calder

Tayport v Blairgowrie & 

Whitburn v Bathgate

There is only 1 game in the McBookie.com Premier League North with Luncarty at home to Dundee Violet.

Match Report: Dundee North End

Wednesday 1st May:

Wednesday night saw Scone welcome Dundee North End to Farquharson Park for Scone’s last game in the McBookie.com Premier league North as the visitors looked to cement their lead at the top and Scone looked to stay in the top 3 & push for the last available promotion place. Manager Derek Lawson made 6 changes with Stephen Moon, Ross Wilson, Craig Mitchell, Andrew MacKenzie, Arran McKay & Ross Mitchell all starting. Scone started the match taking the game to the visitors & within 3 minutes Ross Mitchell saw his first effort of the evening hit the post. There was an urgency about Scone that had been missing in recent weeks and they looked sharp & hungry as they pushed & harried for every opportunity and on 9 minutes were rewarded with the opening goal. Darren Gray found Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) who’s curling shot beat Neal Ferrie to give the visitors the lead. Craig Mitchell & Stephen Moon both created chances as Scone kept up the pressure before Josh Gorton was forced into his first save on 28 minutes as North End looked to get back into the game. Gorton was unfortunate to pick up an injury fracturing his finger & knuckle which will see him miss the last of the Cup games but did not see him leave the field after being temporarily bandaged up to get through the rest of the game. On 33 minutes Scone conceded a free kick and Liam McCartney who scored the last time these 2 sides met equalised for the visitors.

Half time score: Scone 1-1 Dundee North End

The second half started with Ross Mitchell replaced on 50 minutes with Aaron Carlon coming on for the remainder of the match. The game broke up a little with both sides conceding niggly fouls but with both sides still pushing for the winner. On 70 minutes it looked like the breakthrough had come when Arran McKay had a chance to win the game but his effort drifted off target. North End then hit the crossbar on 81 minutes before Willie Laing had an effort at the other end. Scone made one last change on 83 minutes with Max Avolio coming on for Ross Wilson with Sinclair dropping back to cover. As it looked like the match would end all square, Gary Sutherland scored the winner for the visitors on 93 minutes. It was a cruel way for the game & the campaign to end especially after such a herculean effort with Scone having given absolutely everything and even more so when a point might have been so crucial. Whatever happens to the final League table, the management team & players are thanked & applauded for an exciting season and we now move our attention to the final 2 Cup competitions.   

Full time score: Scone 1-2 Dundee North End

Man of the match for Scone: Andrew MacKenzie (sponsored by A&S Properties) quite literally most of the team were worthy of praise with Captain Willie Laing leading his troops by example but “Kenzie” wins the vote for his constant hard work in midfield. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “I thought we were excellent & didn’t deserve to lose the game. I felt we were the better football team on the night & I’m very proud of the players that gave absolutely everything in the game“. With now only cup games to complete, next up for Scone is the visit of Coupar Angus to Farquharson Park in the Consolation League Cup on Saturday before the quarter final of the DJ Laing East Region Cup away to Broughty Athletic next Wednesday 8th May at 7:15pm.

Matchday summary:

Kinnoull will have been boosted by the news that they have now been awarded 3 points for their abandoned game v Dundee Violet but await to hear their fate regarding their outstanding appeal. Lochee Harp won 6-0 at home to Coupar Angus in the only other League game. In the meantime, Scone drop to 4th & any hopes of finishing in the top 3 now rely on the aforementioned appeal & Dundee North End beating East Craigie in their last game of the season. Wednesday night also saw 2 games played in the Consolation League Cup with Forfar West End drawing with Tayport while Glenrothes won away to Kirkcaldy YM.

Match Report: Coupar Angus

Saturday 27th April at Foxhall Park:

Saturday saw Scone travel to Coupar Angus for the 2nd of their Section 2 games in the Consolation League Cup which sees each of the 3 teams play each other home & away. Having beaten Coupar Angus twice already in the League this season, this was expected to be another comfortable game for the visitors and although Scone were restricted to 4 goals on the day it could’ve easily have been double that. Manager Derek Lawson made 6 changes with Darren Spence, Max Avolio, Kevin Sinclair, Darren Gray, Lee Maloney & Aaron Carlon all starting. It was an unfamiliar Coupar Angus side with a number of changes in personnel since the last outing, with the exception of Gary Mackie making the move from Scone to Coupar Angus back in February. It was the hosts that forced the first save of the day as they looked to start brightly with Scone’s first effort coming from Lee Maloney on 9 mins with Sean Whitworth forcing David Beatie into the first of his saves a minute later. Scone did however open the scoring on 11 mins when Kevin Sinclair was on hand with a delightful chip over Beatie to open the scoring. Lee Maloney was working hard against his old club and came close again on 21 minutes before Sean Whitworth hit the cross bar when he looked certain to score. Within 2 minutes Sean Whitworth did score his first of the afternoon when a well taken strike from the edge of the area left Beatie little or no chance. Scone were looking dangerous with every attack and hit the woodwork again 5 minutes later when Darren Gray beat the keeper only for the ball to ricochet off the post & fall to Aaron Carlon who was unable to convert from close range. On 40 minutes Lee Maloney won a penalty for Scone & when Beatie saved the effort Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Decorator & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) was on hand to score his 14th League & Cup goal of the season.

Half time score: Coupar Angus 0-3 Scone

Scone created the first effort of the 2nd half again forcing Beatie into the save from a Whitworth effort but it would be the hosts that scored next when Scone conceded a penalty kick on 49 minutes duly taken by Andrew Kelly who sent Josh Gorton the wrong way. As the game approached the hour mark Scone hit the woodwork for the 3rd time when a Kevin Sinclair rocket hit the post but within 3 minutes Kevin Sinclair scored his 2nd of the day from a Lee Maloney corner kick. Both sides made changes with Craig Mitchell coming on for Darren Spence on 65 minutes before Andrew Mackenzie & Ross Mitchell came on for Willie Laing & Sean Whitworth. Scone continued to push for more goals with Lee Maloney, Darren Gray & Aaron Carlon all having shots on target only to be kept at bay by Beatie who was probably Coupar’s best player.

Full time score: Coupar Angus 1-4 Scone

Man of the match for Scone: Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) a number of players caught the eye but Kevin wins the vote for his 2 goals, effort & work rate. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “It was good to try a different formation & give some young lads some game time. We dominated the game I am just disappointed that we didn’t take more of our chances”. Next up for Scone is the last remaining League match v Dundee North End who we welcome to Scone on Wednesday night for a 7pm kick off followed by the reverse of this Consolation League Cup fixture when Coupar Angus are the visitors to Farquharson Park on Saturday 4th at 2.30pm a game we hope to see as many of our sponsors from the season also welcomed to Scone.

Matchday summary:

Elsewhere in the Consolation League Cup there were home wins for Lochgelly Albert, Glenrothes, Brechin Vics & West Calder with away wins for Whitburn Jrs, & Tayport.  

In the McBookie.com Premier League North there were 3 games with the League leaders North End winning 3-0 away to Dundee Violet, Kinnoull beat East Craigie 2-0 at Tulloch Park while Lochee Harp beat Forfar Albion 3-1 at home. Scone remain 3rd in the League with Kinnoull currently 4th & 3 points behind. The updated table is available here.

Coupar Angus – matchday preview

After Wednesday’s first game in the Consolation League Cup, Scone now travel to Coupar Angus for the 2nd game of Section 2 at Foxhall Park with a 2:30pm kick off. Manager Derek Lawson will be without Fraser MacDonald but will be able to welcome back Craig Mitchell although with 6 changes made in the midweek match we are likely to see a similar number today as he looks to give as many boys as possible a game. The 2 sides have already met twice in the League this season with the last game being in November which saw Scone win 9-0. For those unable to make the match, 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.

Elsewhere today in the Consolation League Cup:

Blairgowrie v Tayport

Brechin Vics v Arbroath Vics

Glenrothes v Kirkcaldy YM

Lochgelly Albert v Lochore Welfare

Rosyth v Whitburn  and

West Calder v Stoneyburn

There are also 3 games in the McBookie.com Premier League North:

Dundee Violet v Dundee North End

Kinnoull v East Craigie and

Lochee Harp v Forfar Albion

Match Report: Luncarty

Wednesday night saw Scone play the first of their games in the Consolation League Cup. Drawn in Section 2 with Luncarty & Coupar Angus all teams will play each other home & away with the winner of the group progressing to the last 8. Manager Derek Lawson made 6 changes with Arran McKay, Calum Black, Andrew Mackenzie, Ross Mitchell, Abi Njie & Sean Whitworth all starting. The first chance of the match fell to Luncarty on 5 mins when a rash clearance by Stephen Moon was deemed to be a penalty which ex Jaggie Fraser Mills stepped up to take but was comfortably saved by Josh Gorton to keep the score level. Scone’s first chance fell to Arran McKay on 10 mins only for his effort to be blocked. The first goal came on 18 minutes when Jake Dolzanski scored for Luncarty pouncing on a short pass back to give the visitors the lead. Scone thought they had equalised on 23 minutes through Arran McKay only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul in the build up. Scone had another chance to equalise on 32 mins when an Andrew Mackenzie corner kick was narrowly missed at the back post by Sean Whitworth. Mackenzie then had a shot saved by Colin Sanchez on 44 minutes as the visitors took their lead into the break.

Half time score: Scone 0-1 Luncarty

After Abi Njie was caught offside, Scone’s first effort of the 2nd half fell to Mackenzie on 58 mins only for his effort to be turned out for a corner kick but the next goal fell to Luncarty on 66 minutes when Fraser Mills made up for his earlier penalty miss. Scone’s best period of the game followed with a hat-trick of chances the first of which fell to Ross Mitchell on 67 mins only for his effort to be cleared off the line. A minute later Abi Njie saw a fierce shot blocked when he looked certain to score before Sean Whitworth saw his effort drift wide after excellent work from Arran McKay. Both sides then made changes with Lee Maloney & Darren Gray coming on for Whitworth & Njie with Maloney unlucky to pick up a knock within 5 minutes and needing to be replaced by Aaron Carlon. Mackenzie & Gray both created chances in the last few minutes before Aaron Carlon looked liked he’d beaten the keeper in injury time only for his effort to just go wide of the post.

Full time score: Scone 0-2 Luncarty

Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black (sponsored by Tay Electrics) who had an excellent game in the middle of the park. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “We tried a different formation and gave boys some game time, I was happy with the performance and commitment from the players but we conceded 2 soft goals. We created a lot of chances but never got the luck in front of goal but at least we tried to play some football on a difficult pitch“. Next up for Scone is the aforementioned trip to Coupar Angus in the 2nd of these Section 2 games with a 2:30pm Kick off.

Consolation League Cup roundup:

There were away wins for Arbroath Vics & Dundee North End who beat Forfar Albion & Lochee Harp respectively while Harthill Royal & Forfar West End won at home to West Calder & Blairgowrie. The only draw of the evening saw Kennoway Star Hearts & Lochore Welfare share the points. The previous evening saw Glenrothes win away to Newburgh.

Luncarty – matchday preview

Scone return to action this week after the Easter break with 2 games in the Consolation League Cup made up of teams eliminated from the first section of the Thornton’s Property Cup.  On Saturday Scone travel to Coupar Angus but before then we welcome Luncarty to Farquharson Park tonight for a 6.45pm kick off in the same competition. Manager Derek Lawson has Craig Mitchell & Fraser MacDonald missing otherwise will have a full squad available.  For those unable to make the match, coverage will be on our sister twitter account @jaggieslive and on the website available here from 6:15pm and we hope to bring you a match report & photo’s from the game over the coming days.

Off the park this week, Scone have now also received the date for their quarter final tie v Broughty Athletic which will be on Wednesday 15th May at 7.15pm in the DJ Laing East Region Cup and a reminder that Scone’s last League game of the season will be at home to Dundee North End on Wednesday 1st May. We will also be holding a “Sponsorship Day” on Saturday 4th May in the return leg of the Coupar Angus game in the Consolation Cup when we hope to welcome & thank as many of our sponsors & guests as possible, details to follow.  

Tonight’s remaining fixtures in this competition are as follows:

Forfar Albion v Arbroath Vics

Forfar West End v Blairgowrie

Harthill Royal v West Calder Untd

Kennoway Star Hearts v Lochore Welfare

Lochee Harp v Dundee North End