Saturday 24th February at Craigie Park, McBookie.com North Division:
Saturday saw Scone travel to Dundee to play East Craigie and try to revenge a narrow defeat at Farquharson Park on the opening day of the season. The game started with a minutes silence for Angus Adam who was a former President of the Tayside Region as well as a regular visitor to many of the Dundee Clubs including East Craigie. Scone were missing a number of players through injury & unavailability and manager Derek Lawson started with 2 of the Scone 2001 team on the bench as Scone looked to pick something up from the game. Scone started the brighter of the 2 teams and had a string of corners within the first 10 minutes. Scone opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Ben Moffat got on the end of a Martin Strachan corner to put the ball beyond Liam Dunn in goal to give the visitors an early lead. This wasn’t to last long though and 8 minutes later, East Craigie equalised through Nick Mann. Scone conceded a free kick which was flicked on by Andrew McDonald before Mann beat Josh Gorton to level the score for the home side. Arran McKay got on the end of a Strachan free kick 2 minutes later only to see Dunn save comfortably and neither side managed a further shot on target for the remainder of the first half. As the half finished Aaron Carlon had to replace Calum Black who was a victim of a crunching tackle and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Half time score: East Craigie 1-1 Scone
The second half saw referee Keith Maskell dish out 8 of the days 9 yellow cards as the game became a bit of a slogfest and ultimately saw Scone “outboxed” by an East Craigie side who did enough to ensure the 3 points stayed in Dundee. Within 2 minutes of the restart Kevin Sinclair saw a long range effort comfortably saved but it was the hosts that scored next on 50 minutes when Sean Reekie scored with a header after good work from Baird & Rosscraig. Martin Strachan came close to an equaliser on 63 minutes with another good long range strike only for Dunn in goal to deny the midfielder. As long as there was only a goal between the 2 sides, there was always a possibility Scone could get back into the game. Javier Perez Cuevas replaced Max Avolio on 73 minutes but almost inevitably it was East Craigie that made sure of the points when Finlay Baird scored in the 93rd minute to complete the win.
Full time score: East Craigie 3-1 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Taylor’s Hair & Beauty) who in his first game for a number of weeks played through the pain barrier to support his team mates. After the match, Scone manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Graham Milne) told Jaggie news “I thought we worked hard particularly as we were missing 9 players and had 4 players playing through the pain barrier. We have been going through a testing time lately with boys out injured but on a positive note, we have had to rely on boys from the 2001s to help us out who have done well coming in to the squad. This has also given the boys some experience with the Juniors and we thank them and appreciate the work that is done at youth level in Scone“. Next up for Scone is a trip through to Newburgh (weather permitting) which we will preview on Saturday morning.
Matchday 23 summary:
Blairgowrie & Kinnoull’s home games were postponed along with Lochee Harp’s which bizarrely was called off less than 10 minutes before kick off. This only left a further 3 games played in the North Division with Newburgh winning 1-0 away to Arbroath Vics, Dundee Violet winning away to Lochore Welfare and Coupar Angus beating Forfar Albion at home 5-2. Saturday’s result lifts East Craigie to 8th while Scone stay 4th, the updated League table is available here.