Saturday 17th November:
Saturday saw Scone welcome Dundee Violet to Farquharson Park in the McBookie.com Premier League North. With only goal difference separating the two teams prior to kick off, this had all the makings of being a tight encounter but Scone have been playing well in recent weeks and took that confidence in to this game. Scone manager Derek Lawson has had to deal with a number of injuries & absentees but will be delighted how as a squad the team have continued their good form. Scone looked sharp from the off and it was the hosts that created a number of chances in the opening exchanges with Craig Mitchell, Kevin Sinclair and Martin Strachan all having efforts on goal as they searched for the opener. It was 21 minutes before Violet created their first chance of the game with Josh Gorton making the first of his days saves. As the game passed the half hour mark, Scone made the breakthrough on 33 minutes when Sean Whitworth fed Darren Gray (sponsored by G & J Glaziers, Scone) who scored with a delightful chip over Darryl Burns in the Violet goal to give Scone the lead. Violet fought back and on 37 minutes created their own chance with Gorton turning the ball out for a corner from a Gavin Thomson effort. Scone conceded a free kick as the game reached the interval but Violet were unable to take advantage with the effort drifting off target.
Half time score: Scone 1-0 Dundee Violet
The visitors were the first side out on the pitch but it was the hosts that again started sharply with Martin Strachan & Sean Whitworth both having shots on target in the opening 5 minutes. Violet won a corner on 52 minutes and when Willie Laing conceded a penalty kick, Violet saw their chance to equalise. Jonathon Snowden stepped up to take the kick which was saved by Josh Gorton to deny him along with the rebound as Gavin Thomson tried to poke it over the line. Perhaps still frustrated from the penalty, a minute later Violet were down to 10 men when Snowden picked up a second yellow card to complete his miserable afternoon. Scone looked to make the most of their numerical advantage and on 59 minutes, Arran McKay played a great ball into the path of Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence) who had made a good run to leave himself with just the keeper to beat and calmly slid the ball under Burns to double The Jaggies lead. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors who were unable to create little in the way of chances for the remainder of the match. Both sides made changes with Aaron Carlon coming on for Sean Whitworth on 73 minutes. Craig Mitchell then saw a second effort saved 5 minutes later from a Ross Wilson corner kick. As Scone looked to see out the game, Gary Mackie & Calum Black came on for Darren Gray & Stephen Moon. As the game drew to an end there was one last chance for Aaron Carlon who forced the keeper into a save for a corner kick from which Ross Wilson was ruled offside and the referee Andrew Gamble called time on the game. This was a much improved performance to the game in Dundee at the start of the season and Scone were worthy winners creating a number of chances throughout the team.
Full time score: Scone 2-0 Dundee Violet
Man of the man for Scone: Josh Gorton (sponsored by Blackadders) who commanded his area and passed & distributed well. The 2 goal scorers both had excellent games as did others but Josh wins the vote for his 4th clean sheet & penalty save. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “I am absolutely delighted with the performance & the result. I’m very proud of the players and a special mention to goalkeeper Josh who never had much to do but when called upon made 2 vital saves. The League is very exciting this year and very tight, we now prepare this week for Coupar Angus who will be the visitors next weekend”.
Matchday 14 summary:
Elsewhere in the League, results fell kindly for Scone with Luncarty being held 1-1 by Lochee Harp and with Kinnoull beating East Craigie 1-0, Scone move up to 2nd. Dundee North End had the biggest win of the day comfortably beating Coupar Angus 7-1 while Brechin won the battle of the Vics winning 1-0 at home to Arbroath. There was also a welcome win for Forfar Albion who beat Blairgowrie away from home 3-2 as they continue their recent good form. The updated League table is available here.