Saturday 20th October at Ogilvy Park, McBookie.com Premier League North:
Not many people would have predicted this scoreline at the start of the day when Scone travelled to Ogilvy Park on Saturday for what would end up being a comfortable away win for the Jaggies in this years McBookie.com Premier League North campaign. Early indications how the day might go was demonstrated in the opening exchanges with both sides scoring in the opening 6 minutes before either side had a chance to settle. The hosts opened the scoring on 4 minutes when Michael Fotheringham scored for Arbroath however within 2 minutes Scone had equalised when their first attack of the game saw Stephen Moon (sponsored by Mark Berwick Motors) score from the edge of the area with a shot into the bottom corner. Playing in goal for Scone, John Bonnar (sponsored by Murrayshall) was making his debut and on 9 minutes was called into action to save a Vic’s effort at the other end as both sides continued to create chances. Scone would take the lead on 15 minutes when Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) scored his 5th goal of the season after a great run & shot. Within 3 minutes Scone got their 3rd & Aaron Calon (sponsored by Perth City Decorating Company) scored his first of the afternoon when he sprinted past the Vic’s defence to calmly slot the ball past Arran Lyall in goal for the Vic’s. Scone would go on to dominate the remainder of the half, Sean Whitworth did get the ball in the back of the net on 25 minutes but the goal was ruled out due to a foul in the build up. With the hosts restricted to only a couple of chances neither side scored again before the break.
Half time score: Arbroath Vics 1-3 Scone
The hosts came out for the second half looking to take the game to Scone and created the first chance on 53 minutes with John Bonnar making the save before Daren Gray & Andrew Mackenzie both saw shots saved by Lyall at the other end. Craig Mitchell then hit the post on 63 minutes as the visitors pushed for that decisive 4th. Scone made the first substitution of the day when Ross Mitchell came on for Sean Whitworth and on 67 minutes Stephen Moon was unlucky to see his headed corner cleared off the line by a combination of the post & defender. The next chance fell to Arbroath Vics and on 69 minutes Cameron Mooney took his goal well with Bonnar left little chance of stopping it. At 2-3 the game was delicately poised and the next goal would be crucial and as the game entered the last 20 minutes Scone would ruthlessly finish the game off. Craig Mitchell was again involved who this time slid the ball along the 6 yard line for Aaron Carlon to score his 2nd of the afternoon. On 75 minutes Max Avolio replaced Calum Kinnear to make a devastating impact. Within a minute Max Avolio (sponsored by Marques of Scone) scored perhaps the goal of the day with a curling effort into the top right hand corner to put the result beyond doubt. A minute later & Max Avolio scored his 2nd of the day with another assist from Craig Mitchell. Max then turned provider teeing up Aaron Carlon to complete his hat-trick on 84 minutes before Carlon returned the favour for Max Avolio to complete his 13 minute hat-trick in the 89th minute. A great win for Scone and a much improved performance to the corresponding fixture last season. With so many players returning from injury & holidays, the squad is looking strong and well prepared with plenty of competition for places.
Full time score: Arbroath Vics 2-8 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence) With 2 players picking up hat-tricks and contenders themselves, Craig was instrumental in midfield and led the team superbly. After the match, manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Lindsays Butcher & Ronnie McNeill – Painter/Tiler) told Jaggies News “I am happy with the 3 points and very happy with the impact the subs made in the game. Overall, I thought our performance was ok with some aspects I wasn’t happy with but credit to this young Vics side who were in the game until the last 15 minutes“.
Match day 10 summary:
Scone were the only team to win away from home on Saturday with Luncarty & East Craigie resulting in the only draw. The score finished 1-1 at Brownlands Park which means Dundee North End go top after their 2-1 win against Forfar Albion a score matched by Dundee Violet against Blairgowrie. Brechin Vics won 3-1 at home to Lochee Harp while Kinnoull put 9 past Coupar Angus with no reply at Tulloch Park. Scone move up to 4th but with only 7 points splitting the top 6 teams there could still be plenty of movement to come. However, what is refreshing to see is 3 Perthshire teams in the Top 5 in a League that has in recent years been dominated by the Dundee clubs, only time will tell how this season will pan out. The updated league table is available here, next up for Scone is the 2nd Round of the D J Laing East Region Cup v Forfar Albion, kick off 2:30pm at Guthrie Park on Saturday.