Saturday 1st December:
Saturday saw Scone welcome Arbroath Vics to Farquharson Park for the second of their 4 qualifying games in Section B of the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup. Carnoustie are the 3rd team in this section who have beaten both these teams in the first legs of these ties with the second legs still to come. Scone came into this game off a run of a good results & were looking to take that form into this game. Derek Lawson was without Ross Mitchell as he once again looked to shuffle his matchday squad with Stephen Moon, Calum Kinnear & Max Avolio coming in to the starting 11. Not for the first time, Scone have had to be wary of the dangers presented by Arbroath and as in the previous meeting between these 2 sides, it was Arbroath who again struck first when Calvin Wood opened the scoring on 6 minutes for the visitors. Andy Webster came close for Scone from a Calum Kinnear corner kick and then again from a Darren Gray corner kick and Andrew Mackenzie saw a long range effort from the edge of the penalty area drift over the crossbar. Max Avolio, Sean Whitworth & Darren Gray all created chances in the remainder of the half but the visitors held on to take their lead into the break.
Half time score: Scone 0-1 Arbroath Vics
The second half was dominated by the home side and within 2 minutes of the restart Scone had equalised. A Sean Whitworth effort won Scone a corner kick and when Arbroath failed to clear the danger and the ball came back in to Craig Mitchell he was able to shoot pass Jack Whitton in the Vics’s goal to pull Scone level. Arbroath were forced into their first substitution when Paul Taylor went off injured & on 57 minutes Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Steven & Yvonne Whitworth & Stuart Bruce Decorator) would score the first of his afternoon’s goals to give Scone the lead after a Darren Gray cross found him at the far post to slot the ball home. As the game reached the hour mark, the afternoon’s unfortunate incident occurred. after a reckless challenge from Daniel Duggan, Max Avolio reacted with the referee Terry Ormiston left little choice but to send the 2 of the players off for violent conduct but not before both sets of players & the visiting technical area had all got involved in the altercation with the referee doing well to stop the situation escalating any further. Within 10 minutes, Scone had increased their lead when the referee awarded Scone a free kick in the Arbroath penalty area after Ben Fraser was judged to have passed the ball back to Whitton. Despite half the team being on the touch line there was little to stop Sean Whitworth scoring his 11th League & Cup goal of the season from the resulting free kick. Aaron Carlon & Arran McKay then came on for Whitworth & Stephen Moon on 73 minutes, Scone had not finished for the afternoon though & on 74 minutes Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) scored his first of the afternoon when he beat the offside trap to get on the end of a Martin Strachan pass and calmly rounded the keeper to shoot into an empty net. Calum Black then replaced Martin Strachan before Darren Gray scored his second of the afternoon on 87 minutes when a Calum Kinnear corner kick was headed on by Aaron McKay with Gray able to score his 10th League & Cup goal of the season.
Full time score: Scone 5-1 Arbroath Vics
Man of the match for Scone: Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence). With 2 goals from Sean Whitworth and a further 2 from Darren Gray there was plenty of candidates this week but Craig just pipped the vote to pick up the honour. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “Credit to the players again this week, I am happy enough with the performance especially the second half. We dominated the game and created plenty of chances which was pleasing. Our focus now for this week is on a hard game on Saturday v Lochee Harp in the League“.
Matchday 16 summary:
There was only 1 League game in the McBookie.com Premier League North which saw Kinnoull narrowly defeated by Luncarty 4-3 at Tulloch Park, the updated League table is available here.