Saturday 14th April at Foxhall Park, McBookie.com North Division:
As Scone looked to improve on last weeks result, manager Derek Lawson changed things up a bit as he looked for a reaction from his team. With Ross Mitchell unavailable & Ben Moffat and Charlie Fertacz missing, Lawson looked to youth and turned to 16 year old Aaron Carlon who grabbed his chance with only his 2nd start for the Juniors. Craig Mitchell started as he returned from injury with Sean Whitworth and Derek Angus on the bench. Scone started the game well building from the back as they looked to settle down while trying a new formation. The last meeting between these 2 sides was a close affair and settled by just a solitary goal, this time around Scone were to go on and dominate the game especially in the first half. Gary Mackie nearly opened the scoring within 4 minutes only to be ruled offside before Aaron Carlon squared the ball towards Max Avolio whose effort 2 minutes later was just off target. Scone had their first corner on 10 minutes which was taken short by Carlon who received the ball back from Martin Strachan and crossed the ball for Stephen Moon to head over the bar however Scone fans didn’t have to wait long for the first goal and 2 minutes later Arran McKay found Aaron Carlon unmarked on the edge of the penalty area who hit a wonderful strike into the top corner leaving Coupar keeper Ryan Stewart little chance. Within 6 minutes Aaron Carlon & Scone had doubled their lead, Max Avolio crossed the ball from the wing to the far post where Martin Strachan was able to head the ball back to Carlon on the penalty spot who was able to withhold the challenge from Ryan Beedie and slot the ball home. Coupar did have a couple of chances at the other end but were unable to get an effort on target. Max Avolio & Gary Mackie combined well on 32 minutes but it would be the youngster who would score next and complete is hat-trick on 44 minutes. Unfortunately for Scone, the influential Aran McKay picked up a knock and had to be replaced with Derek Angus. Mackie won the ball in midfield & fed Aaron Carlon who sprinted into goal, when the Coupar defence caught up, Carlon was able to calmly round the defender and shoot past Stewart to take the Jaggies into the break with a comfortable lead.
Half time score: Coupar Angus 0-3 Scone Thistle
After such an impressive first half, most people were expecting the home team to come out fighting for the second period and the hosts did have the first effort of the half but again it fell off target. With one eye on the Scone 2001’s next game, Sean Whitworth came on for Carlon and gave some extra height up front. Josh Gorton in goal for Scone made a handful of saves to keep a clean sheet and on 75 minutes, Gary Mackie (sponsored by Aceso Clinic) put the result beyond any doubt. Max Avolio rolled the ball into Mackie’s path who despite being sandwiched between 2 Coupar players was able to poke the ball past the keeper when Lee Maloney was unable to clear the danger. Coupar would make a change on 83 minutes with Jonny Hinks replacing Euan McIlvenny but Scone were able to see out a much improved performance that sees the Jaggies maintain their 5th place in the League.
Full time score: Coupar Angus 0-4 Scone Thistle
Man of the match for Scone: Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Scone 2001s) who is showing with every game how well he is developing and has now scored his first hat-trick for the Junior’s side. After the match manager Derek lawson (sponsored by Graham Milne) told Jaggies News “I am delighted with the attitude, desire & hunger of the players. We were also very happy to keep a clean sheet, and feel that was our best performance for a while“. Next up for Scone is the visit of Luncarty for what will be the last home game of the season at 2:30pm on Saturday.
Matchday 29 summary:
Dundee Violet drew with Lochee Harp 0-0 which means that Dundee North End go top after winning 4-1 away to Forfar Albion. Kinnoull beat Arbroath Vics 4-0 while East Craigie won 1-0 away to Lochore Welfare. Luncarty beat Blairgowrie 5-3 and Newburgh won 3-2 against Brechin Vics. The updated League table is available here.