Saturday 24th November:
Saturday saw Scone welcome Coupar Angus to Farquharson Park in the McBookie.com Premier League North in what was to be a comfortable win for the hosts. Having won the reverse of this fixture back in August 7-0, Scone managed to surpass that score line & the reality is it could have been even worse for the visitors. Knowing that they could take nothing for granted, Scone looked hungry from the start and with a string of attacks & corners in the early minutes, it was only a case of time before an early goal would arrive allowing the hosts to enjoy the rest of the game. The opening goal duly came on 9 minutes when Craig Mitchell ran past Calum Byers and cut the ball back to Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Perth City Decorating Company) who made sure from 6 yards out to score his first goal of the afternoon. After another string of corner kicks Scone scored their second on 25 minutes. With a poor clearance from the Coupar keeper, Aaron Carlon was able to sprint into the area and slot the ball beyond Byers for his and Scone’s second. As the game reached the half hour point, Scone scored their 3rd goal when Carlon found Arran McKay (sponsored by J & D Simpson) who from a tight angle scored his first goal of the season. Within a minute, Carlon again turned provider this time linking up with Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence) who beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper to score his first goal of the afternoon. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when a Carlon cross was inadvertently turned in by the unfortunate Michael Malone on 36 minutes. Scone continued to dominate the rest of the half & despite creating another half a dozen chances were unable to add anymore to their tally.
Half time score: Scone 5-0 Coupar Angus
The second half started in much the same vein and in the first minute Scone struck again. Carlon sprinted into the penalty area, reached the byline & crossed to the far post where Craig Mitchell was on hand to score his second of the day. Calum Kinnear then came on for Ross Wilson on 53 minutes as Scone manger Derek Lawson looked to give everyone some game time. Coupar eventually managed to create a shot on target on 54 minutes but was comfortably saved by Josh Gorton who was on the way to his 5th clean sheet of the season. Calum Kinnear created the next Scone chance but this time Byers was able to make the save. On 65 minutes Max Avolio came on for Darren Gray and within a minute was involved in Scone’s next goal when it was his cross that was met by Aaron Carlon who completed his hat-trick. Within another minute Arran McKay scored his second of the day with a looping header that dropped under the crossbar leaving Byers little chance. Scone then scored their 3rd in as many minutes when Max Avolio (sponsored by Marques of Scone) scored himself after another run & cross from Carlon left him with the easiest of chances to score his 5th goal of the season. On 68 minutes Sean Whitworth came on for Martin Strachan for the last quarter of the game. Scone were still creating chances with Whitworth, McKay & Calum Black all having late chances but Byers was able to make the saves & avoid the afternoon being any worse for the visitors.
Full time score: Scone 9-0 Coupar Angus.
Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black (sponsored by Tay Electrics). Despite another hat-trick & a number of assists for Aaron Carlon & Craig Mitchell and Arran McKay both picking up a brace, Calum worked hard in midfield to break down any chance that Coupar Angus could muster. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News” It was a chance to rotate the squad and give some young players a run and I’m delighted with the result, performance and another clean sheet. We have picked up a good momentum just now and we need to keep working hard as we prepare for this weeks game v Arbroath Vics“. This will be Scone’s second game in Section B of the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup kick off will be at 1:30pm in Scone with Carnoustie this week involved in the Macron Scottish Junior Cup.
Matchday 15 summary:
There was only one other League game in the McBookie.com Premier League North, East Craigie missed the chance to go 3rd with Blairgowrie beating them 2-1 in Dundee, Scone remain 2nd and the updated League table is available here. Dundee North End, Dundee Violet & Luncarty all exited the Macron Junior Cup while Broughty Athletic won 4-0 away to Forfar Albion in the Signature Signs Cup.