|19th July 2017||7:15 pm||Friendly Match||Season 2017-18|
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Wednesday night saw Scone travel to Dundee where they played Menzieshill Rovers AFC at the Craigie Community Sports Hub.
After a handful of goals on Saturday, striker Charlie Fertacz was missing for Scone’s second pre season friendly. Coach Mark Reid had 16 players available all of whom would make an appearance during the match.
Menzieshill Rovers came to this match off a good 3-0 win v Dundee Violet at the weekend so this was always going to be a tougher match for Scone and so it would transpire. Both sides started brightly with plenty of niggly challenges and the referee Chris Fordyce had to work hard to ensure the game remained friendly.
Both sides had early chances with Josh Gorton, who had an excellent game, being forced into a save on 23 minutes. Ten minutes later Abi Njie (available to sponsor) scored with the first of his two headers after good work from Martin Strachan who delivered the perfect cross for Abi to open the scoring. A few minutes later, Ross Mitchell who had picked up a knock in the early exchanges was substituted for Ben Moffat. The score at half time remained 1-0.
During the interval, Arran McKay and Matthew Muir came on for Kevin Sinclair and Willie Laing with Menzieshill substituting Ben Clark and Cairn Gray for Ryan Cruickshanks and Danny Moir just after the break. The Rovers started the second half well with a couple of shots on target before Scone made a further substitution on 54 minutes with Gary Mackie coming on for Jamie Ayton. Menzieshill made a further change on 59 minutes with Ross Grant coming on for Jon Rosscraig before Scone replaced Martin Strachan with Lewis Avolio. Ben Moffat had looked particularly lively since coming on and on 62 minutes raced to the byline before crossing the ball to Arran McKay (available to sponsor) who was able to score from just inside the six yard box to score his second goal in two games. After a couple more chances for Scone it would be Menzieshill who would score next when on 76 minutes Paul Scobbie scored to make it 2-1. However when it looked like the Rovers might get back into the game, it was Abi Njie who scored again just two minutes later when Arran McKay turned provider for Abi to get his second of the night to make it 3-1.
After the match, Mark Reid (available to sponsor) told Jaggie news, perhaps with tongue firmly in cheek “with the gaffer away this week at the Euro’s, I was delighted to maintain my unbeaten record”. Mark will be looking for the team to build on the opening two performances when on Saturday Scone travel to Montrose Roselea JFC for a 2pm kick off.
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|Craigie Community Sports Hub, Dundee|
|12 Garnet Terrace, Dundee DD4 7PZ, UK|