Saturday 4th November at Farquharson Park, McBookie.com North Division:
Saturday saw Scone’s winning run of results come to an abrupt end after meeting a strong North End team who will surely be one of the challenging teams this season for promotion. Unusually there was a delay to the kick off as the original official for the game was injured then his replacement pulled out, meaning a 3rd official had to come through from Edinburgh at short notice delaying the kick off by 20 minutes. Manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Colin Ogilvy Joinery) was missing the “Mitchell Brothers” this week but was able to welcome back Willie Laing from injury along with Max Avolio, Andrew McKenzie & Ben Moffat. Scone had won their previous 5 league games also keeping 4 clean sheets along the way and with “The Dokens” having a game in hand would not have wanted to give much away. This would be the theme of the first half with both sides feeling each other out in the early exchanges. The first shot on target did not come until the 17th minute when Charlie Fertacz had a long range shot saved by Marc Mackie and it was 22 mins before David Winton was called into action at the other end. Scone then had another couple of half chances from corners however unlike previous weeks were struggling to find the target. As the half drew to a close, North End had another couple of shots on target and on the stroke of half time hit the woodwork to give Scone plenty to think about during the break.
Half time score: Scone 0-0 Dundee North End
Scone started the second half brightly with Jamie Ayton having a chance within a minute of the kick off and North End having few chances themselves however on 52 minutes Sean Whitworth conceded a needless penalty and Ryan Hunter scored from the spot to give the visitors the lead. Scone fought to get back into the game and on 60 minutes Charlie Fertacz (sponsored by Blackadders) equalised from a Kevin Sinclair corner. Fraser Morrison then had another chance a minute later but after the game being pretty even for an hour it would be North End that would go on to dominate the remainder of the match. “The Dokens” would score twice in as many minutes when Ryan Smith put North End ahead on 73 minutes before Kieran Sturrock scored on 75 mins. Ben Moffat then came on for Charlie Fertacz on 80 minutes and looked lively for the remainder of the game but as Scone struggled to get back into the game Frankie Devine made sure of the points for North End on 82 minutes to wrap up the days scoring. After being a fairly even contest initially, Scone will be annoyed to have lost by this margin but will have to hope this was a one off. After the match, the manager Derek Lawson told Jaggie News “It was a disappointing performance for us especially after the efforts in previous weeks. All credit to North End who played very well, for us it’s back to hard work this week as we look to bounce back on Saturday“.
Full time score: Scone 1-4 Dundee North End
Man of the match for Scone: Arran McKay (sponsored by J & D Simpson Painter & Decorator) . On an afternoon of few highlights, Kevin Sinclair did well playing through the pain barrier and David Winton made a couple of good saves in goal but birthday boy Arran worked and fought hard for his teammates in midfield. Many thanks to all those that came along for the hospitality and to the Wheel Inn for hosting our guests. Off the field this week, Abi Njie has concluded his move away joining Kirriemuir Thistle with Adam Braid making the journey in the opposite direction. We wish Abi the best of luck at Kirrie and look forward to seeing Adam run out for the Jaggies soon. On his latest recruitment, the manager added “Adam has previously played for Coupar Angus, Forfar West End and Kirrie Thistle and is a talented player who I’m delighted to now have at Scone“.
Matchday 13 summary:
Of the 6 games played in the McBookie.com North Division, Luncarty won at home against bottom of the League Forfar Albion and Lochore Welfare beat Brechin Vics 4-0. There were away wins for Kinnoull winning 4-3 against Arboath Vics, Lochee Harp beat East Craigie 4-1 with Blairgowrie & Newburgh drawing 1-1 in the days only draw. Scone drop to 3rd in the League and the updated table is available here. Next up for Scone is Lochore Welfare away on Saturday at 2pm.
The 3rd Round draw for the Scottish Junior Cup is tomorrow at 1pm and we will bring news of the draw via our twitter account @SconeThistleFC once we’ve heard.