Saturday saw Scone travel to Carnoustie for the opening game of the McBookie.com North Superleague and were given a harsh wake up call in what to expect this season. With Craig Mitchell injured and Andrew Mackenzie & Samuel Sanchez unavailable, the 3 youngest members of the squad all started with new signings Gavin Sorley & Aiden Benvie on the bench. As the game started, Carnoustie where quick to test Josh Gorton in goal with the first shot on target coming in the opening minute. Scone created their first chance with a Lee Maloney corner kick in the 5th minute, Andy Webster did well to get a shot on target forcing keeper Jamie Robbie to concede another corner but the opening goal came at the other end when on 13 minutes Ryan Dignan opened the scoring for the hosts. 5 minutes later Scone had a great chance to equalise only for a Martin Strachan effort to be cleared off the line & perhaps an early indication that Lady Luck would not be with Scone on this day. Carnoustie continued to create chances with Josh Gorton making a number of saves to keep the hosts at bay and Scone would’ve been glad to go into the break only a goal behind.
Half time score: Carnoustie Panmure 1-0 Scone
Scone created the first chance of the 2nd half when Martin Strachan hit a long range effort which was held by Robbie on 47 mins but within 2 minutes “The Gowfers” doubled their lead. It looked like Calum Black had been fouled in the build up but the referee allowed play to continue with Steven McPhee lobbing the ball over Gorton to make a it 2-0. Any chance of Scone getting back into this game we’re squashed when on 58 mins Scone were punished when a defence error allowed Jamie Winter to slip the ball through to Sam Simpson who beat the offside trap to calmly make it three. Scone made a triple substitution on the hour mark as manager Derek Lawson tried to inject some extra firepower. Ross Mitchell, Max Avolio & Aiden Benvie coming on for Aaron Carlon, Lee Maloney & Darren Spence but another 2 goals in as many minutes for the hosts put the result beyond doubt. Ryan Dignan got his 2nd of the afternoon on 65 mins before 2 minutes later Paul McLellan got the first of his. Scone created little in terms of 2nd half chances and Carnoustie were clinical with theirs but insult was added to injury when in stoppage time McLellan scored from a free kick to complete the afternoon. A steep learning curve for the Jaggies & Scone will need to re group quickly ahead of the midweek fixture v Luncarty this Wednesday at 6:45pm.
Full time score: Carnoustie Panmure 6-0 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Martin Strachan. On a day of little to cheer, Martin came closest to scoring and continued trying to create chances. After the match manger Derek Lawson told Jaggie news: “I was embarrassed by the performance and the defending for some of their goals was shocking. If performances don’t improve it will be a long season“. As above, Wednesday’s game will be at Farquharson Park with the gate admission this season being £6 for Adults & £3 for Seniors, anyone wanting to purchase a season ticket please speak to one of the committee on the night.
Luncarty were the only other team to win on the opening day winning 3-2 at home to Lochee Utd with all of the other games being drawn. Downfield drew 0-0 with Tayport while Forfar West End & Kirriemuir Thistle drew 1-1 at home to Broughty Athletic & Dundee North End.