Saturday 23rd December at Farquharson Park, Scottish Junior Cup
Saturday saw Scone play their last competitive game of the calendar year in the 3rd Round of the Scottish Junior Cup v Kilsyth Rangers. Manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Colin Ogilvy Joiners) was missing a few of his squad due to injuries and work commitments and added Calum Black to the squad who signed from Scone Thistle Amateurs ahead of the match along with Ben Ayton & Aaron Carlon from Scone 2001s. Due to the weather the game had been called off 4 weekends in a row and with the fixture finally going ahead the day after “Black Friday” and the weekend before Christmas, both sides could’ve been forgiven for wishing the Christmas break had stood. The opening few minutes saw little in the way of action and it was 12 minutes before either side managed a shot on target. Arran McKay (sponsored by J & D Simpson) had a chance for Scone after Derek Angus had drawn the Kilsyth keeper David Kane out of his area only for McKay’s shot on goal to be cleared by Kilsyth Captain David Waters who was the last defender. Francis Kelly saw his dipped shot hit the bar for the visitors and Josh Gorton made his first save of the match on 18 minutes before Calum Black & Derek Angus both had chances for Scone at the other end. Ross Mitchell (sponsored by Barry Grieve Plastering) forced a save from Kane on 27 minutes before Josh Gorton again made saves on 40 & 43 minutes to keep the tie even going into the break.
Half time score: Scone 0-0 Kilsyth
The first 15 minutes of the second half remained even with both sides having efforts off target before Scone’s Derek Angus was replaced by Ben Ayton on 54 minutes. Kilsyth were beginning to dominate on chances now and had two quick efforts which resulted in another corner kick and a shot on target with Gorton saving the effort, however 2 minutes later Sean Whitworth (sponsored by S & W Whitworth) conceded a penalty and Gary Kelly made sure from the spot to give the visitors the lead. Philip Dolan replaced Francis Kelly on 68 minutes for Kilsyth and Aaron Carlon came on for Scone on 70 minutes replacing Ross Mitchell as the manager looked to add some fresh legs. The visitors made a further change on 76 minutes with Daniel Smith replacing Alan McFadden. Kilsyth then doubled their lead with Andrew McLaughlin taking advantage of Scone failing to clear the ball on 77 minutes. Within 5 minutes the tie was dead & buried when Sean Whitworth conceded an own goal who despite being the unfortunate victim had worked hard to clear the lines on a number of occasions. As the game drew to an end, Kilsyth made their last substitution with Mark Duffy coming on for Gary Kelly on 84 minutes. Stuart Livingston picked up the only yellow card of the day in a game that was well managed by Chris McNabb and his assistants Kenny Laird & Abbie Hendry. For an hour of this match Scone had given Kilsyth a good game but in the end the visitors superior shots on goal and possession was the difference and it is Kilsyth who go through to the 4th round to play Carnoustie Panmure on the 20th January.
Full time score: Scone 0-3 Kilsyth
Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black who did well on his debut and worked hard trying to break down the Kilsyth midfield. After the match, manager Derek Lawson told Jaggie News “with so many players unavailable we gave a good account of ourselves but we tired for the last 20 minutes which is something we will work on“.
Next up for Scone is the short trip to Foxhall Park on the 6th January to play Coupar Angus in the first game of 2018. In preparation for that, Scone played a friendly last night v Barnhill AFC running out 4-1 winners with goals from Ben Moffat, Kevin Sinclair, Javier Perez Cuevas and Fraser Morrison. The squad also included 6 players from the Scone 2001s with Ross Maclachlan, Darren Spence, Connall Taylor and Blair Henderson all joining Cuevas. Manager Derek Lawson added “it was some much needed game time for the players and also a good opportunity to look at some players from the 17s who all impressed during the game“. Scone finish the year in 4th place and are only 2 points off a promotion place so there’s plenty still to play for and we hope for an exciting & prosperous 2018. The final League table of 2017 is available here