Saturday 27th April at Foxhall Park:
Saturday saw Scone travel to Coupar Angus for the 2nd of their Section 2 games in the Consolation League Cup which sees each of the 3 teams play each other home & away. Having beaten Coupar Angus twice already in the League this season, this was expected to be another comfortable game for the visitors and although Scone were restricted to 4 goals on the day it could’ve easily have been double that. Manager Derek Lawson made 6 changes with Darren Spence, Max Avolio, Kevin Sinclair, Darren Gray, Lee Maloney & Aaron Carlon all starting. It was an unfamiliar Coupar Angus side with a number of changes in personnel since the last outing, with the exception of Gary Mackie making the move from Scone to Coupar Angus back in February. It was the hosts that forced the first save of the day as they looked to start brightly with Scone’s first effort coming from Lee Maloney on 9 mins with Sean Whitworth forcing David Beatie into the first of his saves a minute later. Scone did however open the scoring on 11 mins when Kevin Sinclair was on hand with a delightful chip over Beatie to open the scoring. Lee Maloney was working hard against his old club and came close again on 21 minutes before Sean Whitworth hit the cross bar when he looked certain to score. Within 2 minutes Sean Whitworth did score his first of the afternoon when a well taken strike from the edge of the area left Beatie little or no chance. Scone were looking dangerous with every attack and hit the woodwork again 5 minutes later when Darren Gray beat the keeper only for the ball to ricochet off the post & fall to Aaron Carlon who was unable to convert from close range. On 40 minutes Lee Maloney won a penalty for Scone & when Beatie saved the effort Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Stuart Bruce Decorator & Steven & Yvonne Whitworth) was on hand to score his 14th League & Cup goal of the season.
Half time score: Coupar Angus 0-3 Scone
Scone created the first effort of the 2nd half again forcing Beatie into the save from a Whitworth effort but it would be the hosts that scored next when Scone conceded a penalty kick on 49 minutes duly taken by Andrew Kelly who sent Josh Gorton the wrong way. As the game approached the hour mark Scone hit the woodwork for the 3rd time when a Kevin Sinclair rocket hit the post but within 3 minutes Kevin Sinclair scored his 2nd of the day from a Lee Maloney corner kick. Both sides made changes with Craig Mitchell coming on for Darren Spence on 65 minutes before Andrew Mackenzie & Ross Mitchell came on for Willie Laing & Sean Whitworth. Scone continued to push for more goals with Lee Maloney, Darren Gray & Aaron Carlon all having shots on target only to be kept at bay by Beatie who was probably Coupar’s best player.
Full time score: Coupar Angus 1-4 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) a number of players caught the eye but Kevin wins the vote for his 2 goals, effort & work rate. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “It was good to try a different formation & give some young lads some game time. We dominated the game I am just disappointed that we didn’t take more of our chances”. Next up for Scone is the last remaining League match v Dundee North End who we welcome to Scone on Wednesday night for a 7pm kick off followed by the reverse of this Consolation League Cup fixture when Coupar Angus are the visitors to Farquharson Park on Saturday 4th at 2.30pm a game we hope to see as many of our sponsors from the season also welcomed to Scone.
Elsewhere in the Consolation League Cup there were home wins for Lochgelly Albert, Glenrothes, Brechin Vics & West Calder with away wins for Whitburn Jrs, & Tayport.
In the McBookie.com Premier League North there were 3 games with the League leaders North End winning 3-0 away to Dundee Violet, Kinnoull beat East Craigie 2-0 at Tulloch Park while Lochee Harp beat Forfar Albion 3-1 at home. Scone remain 3rd in the League with Kinnoull currently 4th & 3 points behind. The updated table is available here.