Wednesday 1st May:
Wednesday night saw Scone welcome Dundee North End to Farquharson Park for Scone’s last game in the McBookie.com Premier league North as the visitors looked to cement their lead at the top and Scone looked to stay in the top 3 & push for the last available promotion place. Manager Derek Lawson made 6 changes with Stephen Moon, Ross Wilson, Craig Mitchell, Andrew MacKenzie, Arran McKay & Ross Mitchell all starting. Scone started the match taking the game to the visitors & within 3 minutes Ross Mitchell saw his first effort of the evening hit the post. There was an urgency about Scone that had been missing in recent weeks and they looked sharp & hungry as they pushed & harried for every opportunity and on 9 minutes were rewarded with the opening goal. Darren Gray found Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Your Amazing Brain) who’s curling shot beat Neal Ferrie to give the visitors the lead. Craig Mitchell & Stephen Moon both created chances as Scone kept up the pressure before Josh Gorton was forced into his first save on 28 minutes as North End looked to get back into the game. Gorton was unfortunate to pick up an injury fracturing his finger & knuckle which will see him miss the last of the Cup games but did not see him leave the field after being temporarily bandaged up to get through the rest of the game. On 33 minutes Scone conceded a free kick and Liam McCartney who scored the last time these 2 sides met equalised for the visitors.
Half time score: Scone 1-1 Dundee North End
The second half started with Ross Mitchell replaced on 50 minutes with Aaron Carlon coming on for the remainder of the match. The game broke up a little with both sides conceding niggly fouls but with both sides still pushing for the winner. On 70 minutes it looked like the breakthrough had come when Arran McKay had a chance to win the game but his effort drifted off target. North End then hit the crossbar on 81 minutes before Willie Laing had an effort at the other end. Scone made one last change on 83 minutes with Max Avolio coming on for Ross Wilson with Sinclair dropping back to cover. As it looked like the match would end all square, Gary Sutherland scored the winner for the visitors on 93 minutes. It was a cruel way for the game & the campaign to end especially after such a herculean effort with Scone having given absolutely everything and even more so when a point might have been so crucial. Whatever happens to the final League table, the management team & players are thanked & applauded for an exciting season and we now move our attention to the final 2 Cup competitions.
Full time score: Scone 1-2 Dundee North End
Man of the match for Scone: Andrew MacKenzie (sponsored by A&S Properties) quite literally most of the team were worthy of praise with Captain Willie Laing leading his troops by example but “Kenzie” wins the vote for his constant hard work in midfield. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: “I thought we were excellent & didn’t deserve to lose the game. I felt we were the better football team on the night & I’m very proud of the players that gave absolutely everything in the game“. With now only cup games to complete, next up for Scone is the visit of Coupar Angus to Farquharson Park in the Consolation League Cup on Saturday before the quarter final of the DJ Laing East Region Cup away to Broughty Athletic next Wednesday 8th May at 7:15pm.
Kinnoull will have been boosted by the news that they have now been awarded 3 points for their abandoned game v Dundee Violet but await to hear their fate regarding their outstanding appeal. Lochee Harp won 6-0 at home to Coupar Angus in the only other League game. In the meantime, Scone drop to 4th & any hopes of finishing in the top 3 now rely on the aforementioned appeal & Dundee North End beating East Craigie in their last game of the season. Wednesday night also saw 2 games played in the Consolation League Cup with Forfar West End drawing with Tayport while Glenrothes won away to Kirkcaldy YM.