Saturday 28th April at East Shore Park, McBookie.com North Division:
On another fine afternoon, Scone travelled to Fife for their penultimate game of the season and continued their recent run of good form. With a number of players missing, injured or unavailable manager Derek Lawson again looked to the future and used the opportunity to invite Darren Spence & Duncan McPhee to join Aaron Carlon from the Scone 2001 team. In the early exchanges the hosts conceded a couple of free kicks with Ross Mitchell & Martin Strachan both having chances to open the scoring. The first shot on target came from Callum Black on 9 minutes with Andrew Warrender in goal for Newburgh making the save, however within 3 minutes Max Avolio found Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Scone 2001s) on the edge of the area who ran in to shoot past the keeper and 2 defenders to score in the bottom left corner. Newburgh were still creating chances themselves and a minute later Josh Gorton was forced into his first save at the other end. The next chance indeed fell to Newburgh when Billy Rogerson equalised for the hosts on 18 minutes reminding Scone not to be complacent. Scone would go on to dominate the rest of the half though and 5 minutes later Aaron Carlon scored his 2nd of the afternoon after Max Avolio had crossed from the left wing. Next to score for Scone was Ross Mitchell (sponsored by Barry Grieve Plastering, Jedburgh) who got on the end of a defence splitting cross from Kevin Sinclair to give the visitors a comfortable lead going into the break.
Half time score: Newburgh 1-3 Scone
Perhaps with the result decided in the first half, Scone sat back a little and it was the hosts that had the first effort in the 2nd half with Josh Gorton forced to make a save. Aaron Carlon had a chance to complete his hat-trick 5 minutes later only to be denied by Warrender. Ross Mitchell & Max Avolio would both have further efforts but were unable to find the target. Newburgh made the first change of the afternoon on the hour with Ryan Brocklebank replacing Kurtis Mackenzie and Michael Connor replacing Kyle Fraser 10 minutes later. Mark Perrie came on for Newburgh captain Fraser Wilson on 78 minutes before Scone themselves made a change with Darren Spence coming on for Callum Black. With 10 minutes to go both sides were reduced to 10 men when Ross Mitchell was shown a straight red for violent conduct by referee Anthony Brown with Newburgh’s Paul Macbride shown a second yellow for his reaction. Duncan McPhee then came on for Aaron Carlon for the remainder of the game. Both 2001 players on the pitch were involved in the build up to the last goal of the match that saw Max Avolio cut inside Connor before chipping the keeper in the 92nd minute to complete the days scoring. Scone have now won 3 of their last 4 games as they look to finish the season as strongly as possible and prepare for the next campaign.
Full time score: Newburgh 1-4 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Max Avolio for his 2 assists and 2nd half goal. Aaron Carlon continues to impress as he picked up another 2 goals at Junior level, while Martin Strachan & Calum Black also continued to work hard for their team in midfield. After the match manager Derek lawson (sponsored by Graham Milne) told Jaggies news “I am very happy with the result and the quality of the goals we scored in a solid performance. Credit to Newburgh who made it difficult for us. I was also delighted to introduce Darren & Duncan from the 2001s in to the game both of whom played a part in the 4th goal. I would also like to pass on mine & the Club’s congratulations to Dundee North End on winning the League“. Scone have no game scheduled for next Saturday and we will update you on our final game away to Lochee Harp once it has been announced. A reminder that our “End Of Season Awards/Presentation” night will be at the Wheel Inn on Friday 25th May, details of which to be announced. As always, friends, family & sponsors are welcome to attend. For further details or to register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Matchday 33 summary:
Biggest scoreline of the day saw Blairgowrie win 5-0 at home to Lochore Welfare while Kinnoull matched Scone’s scoreline beating Brechin Vics at Tulloch Park. Luncarty won 3-0 against Forfar Albion and East Craigie narrowly defeated Coupar Angus 2-1 in Dundee. The League’s top 2 met at North End Park with the hosts winning 2-1 against Dundee Violet. Dundee North End win the League with 2 games left to play. From everyone at the Club we wish “The Dokens” all the best for next season. The updated league table is available here.