Saturday 14th September, match sponsored by Jempson Joinery Ltd:
This weekend Scone made the short trip to Brownlands Park to take on Luncarty in the McBookie.com North Superleague. Scone came into the game in a decent run of form having also beaten “The Bleachers” in August but with manager Derek Lawson resigning during the week, knew they would have to maintain recent standards to get anything out of this game. Coach Sean Whitworth was missing 2 central defenders but named a strong attacking side with Max Avolio & Darren Gray returning to the starting 11. The hosts were the first to test either of the keepers with Gavin Sorley being called into action in the opening 5 minutes with Aaron Carlon creating Scone’s first chance on 21 minutes only to see his effort hit the side netting. Luncarty continued to press & had a number of half chances but were unable to keep their shots on target. Scone defended well & would’ve been the happier of the 2 sides going into the break.
Half time score: Luncarty 0-0 Scone
If the hosts created their best chances in the first half, it was the visitors who created the only chances of the 2nd. With the wind behind them, Scone went on to dominate the rest of the game with Luncarty’s Ryan Mitchell the busiest of the 2 keepers. When Stephen Moon was fouled on 48 minutes, Arran McKay headed the resulting free kick goal bound forcing Mitchell to make the save. Aaron Carlon had a chance on 52 minutes before Darren Gray 4 minutes later as Scone continued to search for the opening goal. As the game reached the hour mark, Luncarty made the first changes but it was Scone that made the breakthrough. On 69 minutes, Andrew Mackenzie crossed the ball to Ross Mitchell (sponsored by RTM Plumbing & Heating) who’s looping header hit the crossbar but Ross also met the rebound to head pass Mitchell & Bradie Heggie on the line to give Scone the lead. Aidan Benvie then came on for Scone 5 minutes later replacing Max Avolio before Calum Black came on for Ross Mitchell on 81 minutes as Scone continued to push for the 2nd goal. Aaron Carlon looked like he was going to add to his tally in the last 10 minutes only for Mitchell to do well again with the save. Craig Mitchell headed wide from the resulting corner kick and Aidan Benvie & Aaron Carlon continued to make things difficult for the Luncarty defence in the closing minutes. These games are always keenly contested and this one was no exception with referee Barry Dickson brandishing a total of 9 yellow cards with 8 of them coming in the last half hour but it was Scone who came out with the upper hand, maximum points & their “pride” in tact.
Full time score: Luncarty 0-1 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Martin Strachan (sponsored by Strachan Sheet Metal). On a day when the whole team performed, a number of players caught the eye but Martin won the vote for his hard working display in the middle of the park. After the match, coach Sean Whitworth told Jaggies News “Delighted with the performance throughout the squad. It was a very hardworking performance against a real tough opponent however I thought we were fully deserving of the 3 points“. Next up will be the return of Derek Lawson as he brings his new side Forfar West End to Scone on Saturday 21st September at 2:30pm kick off.
With no other League fixtures played this weekend due to Cup games, Scone have been able to capitalise & move up to 2nd while Luncarty remain 6th. The updated league table is available here.