Saturday 23rd February at Farquharson Park:
In a break from League action, Saturday saw Scone welcome Kinnoull for the 3rd Round of the DJ Laing East Region Cup. Manager Derek Lawson made a couple of changes from Scone’s last game with Aaron Carlon, Arran McKay & Ross Wilson all starting as the Jaggies looked to book their place in the quarter final draw. Kinoull started well enjoying a lot of the early possession as Scone looked to settle into their own stride. After a string of corner kicks to the visitors, Scone keeper Josh Gorton (sponsored by Blackadders) was called into action as he made the first of his saves on 25 minutes. Scone’s first shot on target came 5 minutes later when Craig Mitchell’s effort was turned out for a corner kick by keeper Lukasz Osinski. The breakthrough came on 34 minutes when Kevin Sinclair (sponsored by Jempson Joinery) was found on the edge of the box and he hit a rocket of a shot past the flying Osinski to give the hosts the lead. Martin Strachan had a chance on 37 minutes before 2 minutes later Craig Mitchell also saw his effort drift wide as Scone finished the half strongly.
Half time score: Scone 1-0 Kinnoull
Whatever was said at half time seemed to have the desired effect with Scone going on to dominate the rest of the game. Within 2 minutes of the re-start. Scone had an early chance when Scone won a free kick on the edge of the Kinnoull penalty box only for Osinski to comfortably make the save from a Kevin Sinclair effort. Josh Gorton then pulled off 2 saves to keep the Jaggies ahead and almost immediately on 58 minutes Scone doubled their lead. Aaron Carlon beat his man & crossed the ball to the 6 yard line where Craig Mitchell (sponsored by Alex Spence) sprinted onto the ball to calmly chip past the Kinnoull keeper. On 64 minutes, Aaron Carlon nearly added to his tally when his pace found him with just the keeper to beat only for his shot as it rolled goal-wards to be cleared off the line by Kinnoull’s George Hughes. Found in a similar situation 6 minutes later, Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Perth City Decorating Company) was this time able to beat the keeper & defence to score his 10th goal of the season. Both sides made changes with Lee Maloney coming on for Aaron Carlon after 75 minutes & Max Avolio & Calum Black coming on for Kevin Sinclair & Andrew Mackenzie as Scone looked to see out the match. All of the changes had a positive effect & on 82 minutes Lee Maloney passed to Max Avolio (sponsored by Marques of Scone) who calmly rounded the keeper to seal the win. Scone finished strongly with a flurry of late chances but in the end were comfortable winners in this 3rd round cup tie.
Full time scone: Scone 4-0 Kinnoull
Man of the match for Scone: Wille Laing (sponsored by DA Window Cleaning) with a number of good performances across the pitch, the defence worked hard to ensure a clean sheet for the Jaggies. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News “We are delighted to get into the next round of the East Region Cup. At times, Kinnoull caused us a few problems & put us under some pressure but I thought we dominated the 2nd half & created a lot of chances. Another clean sheet is also pleasing and we can now look forward to the challenge of Forfar Albion“. Yes. it’s a return to League action on Saturday with a 2:30pm kick off a preview of which we will bring you on the morning of the game.
Matchday 26 summary:
There were 4 games played in the McBookie.com Premier League North. Lochee Harp won 5-0 away to Blairgowrie and East Criagie beat Dundee Violet 2-0 at home. North End go back on top after beating Arbroath Vics 6-3 in Dundee, a game which saw Arbroath Vics take the lead 3 times in the 1st half. Luncarty beat Brechin Vics 5-0 which keeps them 3rd but with an improved goal difference. The updated league table is available here.