Saturday 16th November at Downfield Park, Scone sponsored by Jempson Joinery:
Scone made the short trip to Dundee at the weekend to take on Downfield in the McBookie.com North Superleague where the final scoreline flattered the hosts with 3 goals in the dying minutes. Scone had a few players either missing or injured and were boosted by youngsters Kieran Sweeney & Andrew Allan joining up with the senior matchday squad for the first time as manager Sean Whitworth looked to revenge the narrow defeat from back in August. Scone started brightly and in fact on 15 minutes had a strong shout for a penalty of their own. Aaron Carlon cut in from the wing & played a neat one two with Ross Mitchell before being bought down in the penalty area only for referee Willie Ferguson to dismiss the appeal. Despite Scone’s early promise it was the hosts that made the breakthrough when Gavin Thomson pounced on a defensive mix up to open the scoring for the Spiders on 32 minutes who took their lead into the break.
Half time score: Downfield 1-0 Scone
The second half started with Ross Mitchell creating a half chance with a cheeky back heel comfortably saved by Grant Adam on 54 minutes before Scone made the first change of the game with Aidan Benvie coming on for Max Avolio 3 minutes later. The game was ultimately decided by 2 penalty kicks within 6 minutes which put the final score beyond doubt. On 83 minutes Craig Mitchell was judged to have committed the foul with Kerr Hay stepping up to take the kick which was saved by Josh Gorton who could do little to stop the rebound being tapped in to double the Spiders lead. Within 6 minutes, Downfield were rewarded a 2nd penalty which this time was taken by substitute Jordan Colquhourn as Downfield seemed to be getting the benefit of the doubt with their appeals. To add insult to injury, Downfield were rewarded with a free-kick deep into added injury time with Ross Storrier getting the final goal of the match to wrap things up for the hosts. Downfield were worthy of their win, although Scone will feel that but for a bit of better luck they might’ve had something to show from the game themselves.
Full time score: Downfield 4-0 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Josh Gorton. On a day of few highlights and with only a single goal between the 2 sides for a vast majority of the 90 minutes, Josh worked hard to keep his team in the game. Special credit to Max Avolio who is doing his bit for men’s health by supporting this years Movember campaign! After the match manager Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Balajee Spice) told Jaggy News “The first 15 minutes of each half we looked as if we could cause Downfield some problems with some good play. However Downfield dominated the game and deserved their victory”. Next up for Scone, Luncarty visit Farquharson Park on 23rd November for a 1.45pm kick off in what is sure to be another keenly contested fixture.
Elsewhere in the North Superleague:
Broughty Athletic & Carnoustie Panmure both won 5-0 at home to Dundee North End & Tayport respectively, to maintain their position in the top 2 of the league. Lochee Utd won 2-0 away to Forfar West End while Kirriemuir Thistle beat Luncarty 4-3 at home. The updated league table is available here and we have our remaining fixtures confirmed for the rest of the year available here.