Match Report: Blairgowrie

Saturday 25th August at Davie Park, McBookie.com Premier League North: 

Saturday saw Scone travel to Davie Park to face Blairgowrie who were looking to bounce back from last weekends defeat to Dundee North End while Scone were looking to build off the back of a good result away to Coupar Angus. Gary Mackie continued to cover for Stephen Moon at right back while Sean Whitworth again played up front deputising for Aaron Carlon who was also unavailable. If Scone needed reminding not to be complacent they didn’t have to wait long as Blairgowrie nearly opened the scoring within 5 minutes with the first corner of the match when Matthew Adam saw his headed effort brilliantly cleared off the line by Gary Mackie standing on the far post. Darren Gray, making his first start for Scone came close 5 minutes later only for his effort to drift wide. Sean Whitworth & Kevin Sinclair both had further chances but were unable to beat Gordon O’Brien in goal for the hosts. As the first half drew to a close there was just time for one more chance & Adam again for the hosts will have been disappointed to see his effort hit the post on the stroke of half time. 

Half time score: Blairgowrie 0-0 Scone 

Scone looked to up the tempo in the second half and continued to pass the ball round well and catch Blair on the counter attack. The first chance fell to Gary Mackie in the 49th minute only to see his long range effort drift over the crossbar. Scone thought they had opened their account on 57 mins when Sean Whitworth headed into the net only for the goal to be ruled out for offside by referee Anthony Brown. The next chance fell to Ross Mitchell who’s dipping shot from the edge of the penalty area dropped just over the bar. Scone could sense a goal coming & 2 mins later Ross Mitchell found himself in a similar position & this time ran into the box only to be fouled by Mark McDonald who conceded a penalty. Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Painter & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) stepped up to take the kick and despite O’Brien getting a hand to it was unable to stop Whitworth getting his 4th goal in 4 games. Josh Gorton was forced into a couple of saves at the other end as Blairgowrie fought to get back into the game. Scone made their 1st substitution on 83 minutes with Fraser MacDonald coming on for Ross Wilson. A minute later Max Avolio doubled Scone’s lead with a superbly taken goal beating the offside trap and drifting in from the right wing to calmly slot the ball past O’Brien and into the far corner. Callum Cocker -Tough then replaced Whitworth in the 87th minute & nearly immediately scored when he sprinted from the half way line with just the keeper to beat only for O’Brien to race out of his area to deny him. Cocker-Tough had another effort 2 minutes later when a pass meant for Avolio deflected back into his path only for his long range effort to fall comfortably for O’Brien. As Scone looked to see out the game David McPhee replaced Darren Gray and Scone finished the afternoon with all 3 points. 

Full time score: Blairgowrie 0-2 Scone 

Man of the match for Scone: Max Avolio who after a summer break is back with the squad and looked impressive on his return. After the match, manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Lindsays Butcher & Ronnie McNeill – Painter/Tiler) told Jaggies TV. “ I’m delighted with the result, the performance was brilliant and the best we’ve played so far this season. Defensively we’re looking good and solid & we’ve got a good structure about us. Another clean sheet and having to play on the counter attack at times from back to front I’m very pleased the way they all linked up”. Highlights of the game are available here and please subscribe to Jaggies TV on our YouTube channel to be kept up to date. Next up for Scone is the D J Laing East Region Cup v Stoneyburn on Saturday 1st Sept. The Club will be running a bus meeting at the Wheel Inn at 10:30am.There will be some additional seats available for any friends, family & supporters at £5 per head. Anyone wishing to reserve a seat please contact any of the players/committee or email secretary@sconethistlefc.org. The players will be having a pasta brunch before we leave & the pub will be open for friends & family should you wish to purchase tea/coffee/bacon rolls etc. Any season ticket holders will also get 20% discount off their bill by producing their cards. Let’s make this a great day & show the boys our support. Tickets are also on sale now for the Sportsperson’s Dinner on Saturday 8th September at the Civil Service Club priced at £40. Please contact anyone at the Club to purchase or reserve your ticket.

Match day 4 summary:

East Craigie remain the only unbeaten team having won 3-1 away to Violet while Dundee North End were held in a goalless draw at Kinnoull. The biggest win of the day saw Lochee Harp beat Coupar Angus 9-1 but the battle of the Vics saw 11 goals with Brechin beating Arbroath 7-4 away. Forfar Albion conceded 7 goals at home to Luncarty and the updated League table is available here.

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