Saturday 31st August, match sponsored by Jempson Joinery Ltd:
Saturday saw Scone travel to Rosyth for the first of their games in the DJ Laing East Region Cup. Due to traffic causing a 45 minute delay on the way through, referee Robert Bowie had to delay the start to allow everyone time to arrive. Manager Derek Lawson was already missing a couple of players which was added to in the morning with the additional loss of Max Avolio & Andrew Mackenzie however was able to welcome back Josh Gorton, Arran McKay & Darren Gray. The game started with a strong wind adding to the conditions and the Rosyth astro pitch suited Scone as they began to pass the ball around well in the opening stages. The visitors didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring and when Arran McKay found Aidan Benvie in 2 mins he was able to dribble past the defence and beat the keeper to give Scone the lead. Any hopes that this might open the floodgates for the remainder of the match didn’t materialise & Rosyth were creating their own chances but were struggling to keep any effort on target. Scone won a number of corner kicks as they continued to attack the Rosyth goal but neither side were able to add to the scoreline before the break.
Half time score: Rosyth 0-1 Scone
The hosts were the first to test the keeper in the 2nd half and Rosyth won a corner kick on 52 minutes but Scone broke & were clinical on the counter attack. Aaron Carlon (sponsored by Perth City Boys Club Trust) who’s pace once again left him through on goal & his shot comfortably beat the Rosyth keeper Ross Worltey and the last defender who had sprinted back to try & cover. Rosyth were the first to make a change with Liam Queen coming on for Declan Pierce on 55 minutes but Scone continued to dominate. Aidan Benvie then forced Wortley into a further save on 59 mins with Rosyth being restricted to few chances at the other end. Scone then made a late change with Darren Gray replacing Aidan Benvie on 73 minutes as Scone looked to keep the pressure on the hosts. Aaron Carlon had a further chance on 75 minutes before Rosyth made their final change with Gregg Robertson coming on for Karol Krupa but Scone were able to see the game out for a comfortable win.
Full time score: Rosyth 0-2 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black who worked hard for the team in the middle of the park & held his ground well. After the match manager Derek Lawson told Jaggies News “I thought it was a solid performance & it was pleasing to pick up a clean sheet. Considering we had a lot of players missing credit to the boys for getting the result“. Next up for Scone is a return to Superleague action & a trip to Tayport on Saturday 7th September at 2:30pm kick off.
Elsewhere in the East Region Cup, there were 12 ties played with 3 being decided by penalty kicks. There was home wins for Boness Utd, Blairgowrie, Tayport, Kennoway Star Hearts, Dundee NE, Downfield & Luncarty while Pumpherston, Whitburn, Armadale & Livingstone join Scone in winning away from home & progressing through to the next round. There were no matches played in the North Superleague & please note that the Jaggies website has now been updated with all of the results & fixtures, the current league table is available here.