Match Report: Aberdeen East End

Saturday 2nd November at Farquharson Park, sponsored by Ronnie McNeill – Decorator/Tiler:

At the weekend Scone welcomed Aberdeen East End to Farquharson Park for the 3rd round replay of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup in what turned out to be an equally tough game. Despite the heavy rain, the pitch held up enough to allow the game to go ahead and manager Sean Whitworth made 3 changes with Stephen Moon, Willie Laing & Aidan Benvie all returning to the starting 11. As happened the weekend before, the hosts took the lead this time with Darren Gray scoring for Scone on 7 minutes after good work from Aaron Carlon. Carlon again had a chance after being through on goal before Craig Mitchell saw a header cleared off the line after 21 minutes. Again as in the previous week, the visitors equalised before the break when a deflected shot from Lee McKenzie beat Sorley to level the score at the break. 

Half time score: Scone 1-1 Aberdeen East End

The visitors were the first to make changes with a double substitution at the break with Jack Odlin & Gregor Whyte coming on for Lewis Masson & Demilade Yunus respectively with Scone making their change on the hour mark with Max Avolio coming on for Aaron Carlon before Darren Spence came on for Stephen Moon on 64 minutes. Andrew McKenzie almost gave Scone the lead in the 2nd half but was unlucky to see his shot hit the post as the hosts continued to exert pressure onto the visitors who held on as the game came to a close. Arran McKay picked up a knock on 90 minutes & was replaced by Samuel Sanchez as the visitors too made one last change with Connor Wood coming on for Lee McKenzie. With the score tied on 90 minutes, the referee Anthony Brown blew for full time & the tie was decided by penalty kicks. East End scored all of their kicks while Scone missed 2 of theirs meaning that East End go through to the next round with our best wishes for the remainder of the competition.

Full time score: Scone 1-1 Aberdeen East End (Pens: 2-4)

Man of the match for Scone: Craig Mitchell (sponsored by J MacGregor & Sons) who was one of a few good performances throughout the team. After the match manager Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Balagee Spice) told Jaggy News “I am in general pleased with the performance & effort put into the game. We had a high tempo about our play & attack from the 1st minute. Unfortunately, we did not take some of our chances which would have swung the tie in our favour. To be fair to East End, they were very organised in their defence & worked hard throughout, I wish them all the best in the next round.” Next up for Scone is a return to League action with Broughty Athletic the visitors on Saturday 9th November with a 2pm kick off. A reminder that we are still hosting a hospitality day for the game, tickets are £35 which includes food & refreshment before & after the game. Anyone who wishes to attend can contact secretary@sconethistlefc.org for further details.

Off the park this week, Saturday’s bonus ball was “40” congratulations to Darren Spence who wins £100. Again there are still numbers left & if anyone is wanting to reserve a number on a weekly basis, they can either contact the above email address or anyone at the Club for further details. 

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