17th August, match sponsored by Jempson Joinery Ltd:
Last season the Premier North champions did the double over Scone and only lost 1 game the whole season on their way to winning the title. Any result for Scone at North End Park was going to be a tough ask this time around especially down to 10 men but that’s exactly what Scone did. The hosts started the brighter of the 2 teams and on 12 minutes hit the crossbar from the first corner of the match. Scone’s first chance fell to Samuel Sanchez before on 30 minutes Aaron Carlon was clean on goal with just the keeper to beat only to be denied by Neal Ferrie. Gavin Sorley was then called into action at the other end before North End again hit the woodwork from another corner kick. Lee Maloney saw a shot saved on 37 minutes and just on the stroke of half time it was Scone’s turn to hit the woodwork with a Ross Mitchell effort glancing the cross bar.
Half time score: Dundee North End 0-0 Scone
North End were the first to make changes on 55 minutes with Brian Rice coming on for Owen McCabe before Scone too made changes with Aidan Benvie & Stephen Moon coming on for Darren Spence & Samuel Sanchez. As the game entered the last half hour, Scone won a corner kick & Arran McKay (sponsored by J D Simpson) headed in an Andrew MacKenzie cross to give the visitors the lead. Within a minute, North End also won a corner kick with the shot on target again saved by Sorley. On 64 minutes North End got the equaliser with Gary Sutherland beating the offside trap leaving the keeper little chance. Both sides made one last change with Ryan Rigden coming on for Robert Malone & for Scone, Calum Black coming on for Lee Maloney who had picked up a knock. On 79 minutes, Arran McKay was shown a 2nd yellow card & Scone were forced to finish the game with 10 men. Scone would’ve taken the draw before kick off but would’ve felt disappointed after taking the lead & with 5 minutes to go, Ross Mitchell threaded through a perfectly weighted pass for Aidan Benvie who did well to cut inside of Scott Drumm & score his first goal for Scone.
Full time score: Dundee North End 1-2 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Ross Mitchell, although unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself, Ross was a constant thorn in North End’s side & picked up an assist for the winning goal. After the match manager Derek Lawson told Jaggies News “I am absolutely delighted to get the 3 points & it was a far better performance from us. We dug in after going down to 10 men & I’m delighted for the players. After recent weeks we finally deserved a little luck!”. Next up for Scone is a home game v Kirriemuir Thistle on Saturday 24th August at 2:30pm.
Elsewhere in the McBookie.com Superleague North, there was only 1 home win with Broughty Athletic also keeping the only clean sheet winning 3-0 v Tayport. Lochee Utd beat Carnoustie 4-2 while Luncarty beat Forfar West End 5-2 and Downfield beat Kirriemuir Thistle 5-3. Scone move above North End to 6th the updated League table is available here.