Saturday 28th September, match sponsored by Ronnie McNeill – Decorator/Tiler
Last weekend saw Lochee Harp come to Scone for Round 2 of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup. After the disappointment of last weeks result, Scone were looking to pick themselves up & get back to recent form. Coach Sean Whitworth used the opportunity to rotate his squad & try out a new formation with 6 changes to the starting 11 from the previous week as Scone looked to take the game to a resilient Lochee Harp. Scone looked lively from the start winning a number of corner kicks in the opening 10 minutes with Aiden Benvie coming closest to open the scoring. The breakthrough came on 16 mins when Sam Sanchez floated a cross to the far post to allow Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Perth City Boys Club Trust) to beat the Harp keeper Lewis Coutts and give the Jaggies the lead. The visitors were working hard to frustrate Scone but were creating little at the other end in terms of clear cut chances. On 28 mins Harp defender Jaden Murphy fouled Arran Mckay to conceded a penalty kick which was duly taken by Aaron Carlon to score his 2nd of the match. Carlon had another chance just before the break to wrap up his hat-trick as he capitalised on a defensive error but the final shot went just wide.
Half time score: Scone 2-0 Lochee Harp
Things went from bad to worse for the Harp at the start of the 2nd half as Murphy picked up his 2nd booking on 47 mins leaving the visitors to finish the game with 10 men. Aiden Benvie & Arran McKay both had chances to extend Scone’s lead before on 59 mins Andrew Mackenzie got on the end of a Benvie assist to put the game beyond doubt. On 67 mins it was Scone’s turn to see red with assistant referee judging that Darren Spence kicked out at an opponent meaning that both sides finished the match with 10 men. Scone then bought on Darren Gray for Benvie as the hosts looked to see out the game. Harp’s best chance came on 69 mins when they were unlucky to see a well hit shot strike the crossbar. Both sides made further changes towards the end of the game but neither side was to score as Scone booked their place in Round 3 of the competition. Harp worked hard & didn’t look like a side struggling in their own League but Scone were clinical in taking their chances which was the difference at the end of the day.
Full time score: Scone 3-0 Lochee Harp
Man of the match for Scone: Andrew Mackenzie, Carlon bagged another brace, Josh Gorton kept another clean sheet but Kenzie picked up the vote with another accomplished performance in the middle of the park. After the match coach Sean Whitworth told Jaggie News: “ We are delighted to get the result & progress through to the next round. We made a few changes to the starting 11 & all of them performed well. The clean sheet was also nice to have & I would like to wish Lochee Harp well for the remainder of their season who worked tirelessly throughout the game”. Next up for Scone is a difficult away trip to lochee Utd in the North Superleague next Saturday at 2.30pm who sit 3 points behind Scone but having played 3 games less.