Saturday 21st April at Farquharson Park, McBookie.com North Division:
For the last home game of the season the weather was perfect for what was to be a feisty encounter in Scone as local rivals Luncarty came to town. With a reduced bench manager Derek Lawson again looked to youth and we are grateful for the 2001’s continued support of the Juniors. As both sides settled, it was Scone that would have the first chance on goal when Ross Mitchell found himself in space on 4 minutes only for his long range effort to go wide. Luncarty had the first corner of the match on 8 minutes and when Scone failed to clear Kieran Donald was on hand to open the scoring. 10 minutes later, Luncarty won a second corner only for the shot this time to be off target. Gordon Chalmers in goal for Luncarty was called into action at the other end when he dived to save a Kevin Sinclair free kick. Referee Robin Taylor was having a busy afternoon as the game showed all the signs of being a competitive derby and produced the first yellow card of the afternoon on 23 minutes. Luncarty were pushing for a second goal with another couple of chances but were unable to extend their lead going into the break.
Half time score: Scone 0-1 Luncarty
Within a couple of minutes of the restart, Luncarty conceded a free kick 10 yards outside of the penalty area and Kevin Sinclair was unlucky to see his effort just clear the cross bar. However 2 minutes later the visitors conceded a further free kick which Sinclair crossed in from the wing and Stephen Moon beat Richard Montgomery to the ball to head past Chalmers and equalize for Scone on 50 minutes. Luncarty made their first change of the afternoon with ex-Jaggie Richard Doig replacing Darren Kelly. Max Avolio was the next to have a shot on goal only for his effort to go wide before Luncarty had a corner & effort off target at the other end. Another ex-Jaggie Sean Fergus then came on for Montgomery on 67 minutes. As the game became littered with fouls it looked like the game might be settled by another set play. Aaron Carlon hit a great long range shot on 71 minutes from outside the area which unfortunately just drifted over the cross bar. Scone then won a corner on 76 minutes taken by Sinclair and this time Stephen Moon out jumped Doig to head past the 3 defenders on the line for his & Scone’s second. As frustration crept in Luncarty conceded a string of fouls which earned them 2 yellow cards in the last 10 minutes and despite hitting the bar in the dying moments were unable to force an equalizer. Luncarty may rue their missed chances but failed to muster a chance on target & Scone held on to claim all 3 points. Scone have now won 3 of their last 4 games and continue to show a lot of “pride” as they aim to finish the season strongly.
Full time score: Scone 2-1 Luncarty
Man of the match for Scone: Stephen Moon who will have enjoyed his 2 goals against one of his previous clubs. After the match manager Derek lawson (sponsored by Colin Ogilvy Joinery) told Jaggies News “I am delighted to get 3 points but more pleasing was the hunger and desire from the players especially in the second half after we made a couple of tactical changes. We got a bit of luck in the last ten minutes but did well to hold on for the win. I’m particularly proud of Callum Black and Arran Carlon who are 17 & 16 years old respectively for playing the full 90 minutes against a good experienced Luncarty side“. Next up for Scone is an away trip to Newburgh for the Jaggies penultimate game of the season.
Matchday 31 summary:
Unusually of all of the 7 fixtures in the North Division, Scone were the only home team to win. Dundee North End remain on top of the League after a thumping 6-1 win away to Blairgowrie a score matched by Kinnoull away to Newburgh. Dundee Violet remain 2nd winning 3-1 against Brechin Vics. East Craigie won 5-1 away to Forfar Albion and Lochee Harp beat Arbroath Vics 4-0. Coupar Angus lost to Lochore Welfare by a solitary goal in the week that their manager Logan McConachie formerly announced he will be leaving at the end of the season to join Jeanfield Swifts JFC. The updated league table is available here