Saturday 15th September at Tulloch Park, McBookie.com Premier League North:
Tulloch Park has always been a tricky ground to visit in recent seasons and Saturday proved to be another hard fought affair. Last season, Scone were unlucky just to leave with a single point but this year they went one better leaving with all 3 points in the bag. With Scone still carrying a couple of injuries, young Darren Spence (sponsored by David Routledge) made his first start for the Juniors joining Aaron Carlon as another graduate from the 2001 team. As both sides looked to settle in to the game, it looked like Kinnoull had found the breakthrough in 14 minutes but for a last ditch tackle from Andy Webster who cleared the danger. Scone were passing the ball well and Aaron Carlon was causing problems with his pace up front but the visitors first shot on goal came from a set piece. When Kinnoull conceded a free kick in the 33rd minute, Kevin Sinclair’s kick fell to Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Painter & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) who was on hand to score his 7th goal of the campaign. Kinnoull fought to get back into the game with a further couple of chances as the half closed but Scone were able to take their slim lead into the break.
Half time score: Kinnoull 0-1 Scone
What was already a keenly contested game became even more of a battle as Kinnoull looked to equalise and Scone looked to stretch their lead. Referee Gordon McCabe was kept busy in the middle of the park issuing a total of 8 cards in the second half alone. On the hour mark, Scone made the first change with Ross Wilson replacing Darren Spence who looks like he will continue to be an asset for the Juniors. Kinnoull conceded a free kick on 62 minutes and when Webster drifted into the penalty area to support the attack, he was able to knock the ball to the back post where Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers of Scone) was able to force the ball over the line and score against his former Club. David McPhee came on for Aaron Carlon on 70 minutes but it would be the home side that would strike next. When Scone conceded a free kick on 71 minutes Liam Woolley was on hand to pull a goal back for the hosts. Kinnoull made their first change with Cameron Robertson replacing Gary Crockett before Ryan Robb came on for David Gray. Scone made their last change when Calum Kinnear came on for Fraser MacDonald on 76 minutes as the visitors looked to see out the game. The game ended with a string of fouls from both sides which must be the only reason the referee added on an additional 6 minutes and it was during this time that Max Avolio received a 2nd booking as the game eventually came to a close.
Full time score: Kinnoull 1-2 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Darren Gray, Aaron Carlon also caught the eye & Willie Laing along with the defence worked tirelessly on a difficult afternoon but Gray just shades it. After the match, manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Lindsays Butcher & Ronnie McNeill – Painter/Tiler) told Jaggies News “It was a very hard fought game, I was pleased with the hunger & desire of the players to see out the game and credit to Kinnoull who pushed us right to the final whistle. I thought it was a much improved performance on last weeks and we now look forward to training for the Luncarty game this Saturday“.
Match day 7 summary:
There were also away wins for Dundee Violet who beat Brechin Vics 3-2 and East Craigie who won 4-0 at Blairgowrie. Dundee North End won 3-1 at home to Lochee Harp while Arbroath Vics won by the same scoreline against Forfar Albion. Luncarty were comfortable 6-1 winners at home to Coupar Angus who along with Forfar are yet to pick up any points so far this season. Scone move up one place with only 4 points separating the Top 5, the updated League table is available here.