Saturday saw Scone welcome Kinnoull to Farquharson Park in the McBookie.com Premier League North who having been beaten twice by Scone already this season were looking for revenge which they duly executed in clinical fashion. Manager Derek Lawson made a few changes with Abi Njie & Ross Mitchell starting up front while Craig Mitchell dropped back to defence to cover for Andy Webster who was unavailable and Darren Gray coming back into the midfield. Scone had the first chance of the match winning a corner on 2 mins but Kevin Sinclair’s header was off target and it was Kinnoull that opened the scoring on 5 minutes. A Patrick Brown cross into the Scone penalty area was only partially cleared and fell to Ben English who was able to slot the ball past Josh Gorton to give the visitors the lead. Arran McKay & Martin Strachan both had chances to equalise but on 19 minutes Kinnoull doubled their lead. Again Scone were slow to clear their lines and this time Mark Smith was on hand to rifle a shot into the goal. Kinnoull were forced into a substitution on 26 mins with Ben Moffatt picking up an injury and within 2 minutes Mark Smith got his second goal of the day after a Scone clearance fell straight to him who duly punished Scone for the mistake. Ross Mitchell had a chance to pull one back before the break but Kinnoull held on to complete a comfortable first half.
Half time score: Scone 0-3 Kinnoull
Scone were the first team out as they looked to get back into this match but it was the visitors that scored next stretching their lead on 46 minutes when ex Jaggy Fraser Morrison added to Scone’s misery. The game began to become littered with fouls from both sides with the passage of play stopping & starting with few further chances being created. Scone made their first substitutions on 69 mins with Sean Whitworth & Lee Maloney coming on for Abi Njie & Ross Mitchell as they looked to add some additional firepower but the game was over and finished with no further opportunities of note. It’s hard to be critical of a team who haven’t lost at home until the penultimate home game of the season and haven’t been beaten in the League since September but some calm & disciplined heads are needed to get Scone through these last couple of games as they look to finish the campaign as strongly as possible.
Full time score: Scone 0-4 Kinnoull
There was no man of the match for Scone. After the match manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Ronnie McNeill Painter/tiler & Lindsays Butcher) told Jaggie News: ”It was a very disappointing performance from us considering how important the game was. We were lacking hunger, heart, desire & attitude & we were outworked by Kinnoull which was unlike us. We now have to get our heads together this week for a hard trip away to Dundee North End” which will be on Saturday 13th at 2:30pm.
Matchday 32 summary:
Dundee North End return to the top of the league after winning 3-0 away to Blairgowrie, Lochee Harp won 7-1 at home to Brechin Vics while Luncarty beat the Violet 4-0 through in Dundee. Scone remain 2nd on goal difference but with the remaining top 5 all having games in hand and a couple to play each other, this seasons top 3 is still to be decided. The updated league table is available here.