|10th October 2015||2:30 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2015-16|
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There was a cracking South Strathmore derby at Foxhall Park this afternoon as Scone were to edge a very close encounter with neighbours Coupar Angus on an afternoon where the goal updates on Jaggies Live were almost melting Twitter!
Jags were without Graham Michie and Craig Mitchell from the side that had faced Downfield last weekend and Kenny Hynd came in at left back, with Bally Whytock slotting into centre midfield.
Scone, looking resplendent in their new Johnston Carmichael sponsored away strips, were the first to strike on an afternoon of goals and at first it appeared it would be a goal that would take some beating from club captain Willie Laing.
The Jags were awarded a corner on the left after 2 minutes and when the ball was swung into the box by Gary Fergus, Laing met the ball with a deft mid-air back heel which diverted the ball perfectly into the far corner of the net.
Jags were dealt a blow after 9 minutes when goalkeeper David Rice was injured in an accidental collision with Forbes with the Jags goalie picking up a nasty cut that required a trip to the stitchmeisters at PRI. David Winton took over in goals.
Jags were creating the best chances in these early stages and after Whitworth had tested Bonner from distance had a good chance to add to his two goals from last week when Scone again carved open the home defence after 10 minutes. Whytock chipped the ball over the top of the Coupar defence to Mills and he pulled to the left hand side accompanied by most of the defence to create space for Whitworth in the middle. Mills then squared the ball into the centre but the ball took a bad touch on its way to the Scone centre forward and Whitworth couldn’t make a clean connection to get his shot on target.
Scone did make it 2-0 just four minutes later when Sean Fergus saw a great rifling shot from the edge of the box turned round the post by a stunning save from Bonnar. Gary Fergus’s corner was met by Laing who headed the ball down to Mills, he smashed a shot off the left hand upright before collecting the rebound which he laid off for Laing. Laing collected the ball on the penalty spot and moved into space before playing an audacious chip over Bonnar and into the top right hand corner.
Laing goals are rare, a brace rarer but these two will be in contention for goals of the season with the latter the pick of the two.
Unfortunately the two goal lead wasn’t to last as Coupar pulled a goal back just three minutes later when a Scone attack broke down and the ball was quickly whipped up the left wing to Max Avolio who managed to get the better of brother Lewis before crossing into the centre where Braid was able to apply the finish.
The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Scone as Coupar went on to control large parts of the remainder of the half as first Braid tested Winton from distance before a defensive mixup between Winton and Hynd allowed Barclay to nip in and square the ball to Neave who made no mistake from the edge of the area to make it 2-2.
If Jags have shown a weakness of late it’s when defending set plays and this was to prove the case again after 34 minutes when Coupar Angus were awarded a corner on the right, the ball was met by Neave unmarked to header home from 12 yards out.
Winton pulled off a great save from a Neave effort just before half-time to make sure the score after 45 pulsating minutes of football remained 3-2 in the favour of the home side.
Jags made their second change of the day at the break with Whitworth being replaced by Doig and it didn’t take long for the Scone hitman to make his presence felt
A thrown in on the right was taken by Sean Fergus to Doig, he looked inside and picked out Fyfe and when Fyfe played a return pass to put Doig in space at the edge of the Coupar Angus box the Jags’ hitman’s effort curled only just past the post.
Jags had raised the tempo of the second half and squared the game with only five minutes of the 45 gone. The ball was carried over the halfway line on the Scone left by Gary Fergus and he played a good diagonal ball into the middle where Mills knocked it on to Sean Fergus on the right. He took the ball past Hornby and then squared into the middle and Fyfe took the ball first time, playing a great, controlled shot low past Bonnar.
With 70 minutes gone Bonnar pulled off the save of the day to deny Scone the lead when Sean Fergus was supplied with the ball just inside the Coupar Angus half by Avolio out on the right wing, Fergus picked out Mills with a great diagonal ball towards the Coupar box and when Mills outpaced Clark to go one on one with Bonnar it looked like the Scone man had put his side back in front with a great chipped shot towards the top left corner of the goal, Bonnar however made an instinctive block to divert the ball wide of goal and it was eventually thumped clear.
Pre match Jaggies.net had mentioned how Scone’s luck appeared to have deserted them over the past couple of game with good play not being met by fair results and it looked like this had happened again when Coupar went back into the lead against the run of play after 76 minutes. A free kick from the halfway line was met at the far post by Thomson and his header across the box was met by Braid for his second of the game.
Perhaps it was the surroundings – looking much improved from the old Foxhall Park, perhaps the healthy crowd or maybe something else but something seemed to inspire Scone’s luck to turn and it was pleasing to see Richard Doig, after having been denied by some great goalkeeping in recent weeks, get up and running in the competitive goal stakes after notching the equalising goal in 82 minutes with intelligent attacking play.
The ball was won by Avolio, who had a great 90 minutes, and he passed inside to Fyfe who released Sean Fergus on the right, Fergus hit the goal line before crossing into the centre, Townsley’s attempted block only carried the ball skywards and at the back post Doig showed great composure to slot the ball home from a very tight angle.
Scone were bombarding the Coupar defence and thought they’d scored the winning goal after 83 minutes when the ball was again played out to Sean Fergus on the right, he squared the ball to Mills who got the better of a Coupar defender and rounded Bonnar but then saw his goalbound effort blocked by Thomson, the ball broke loose to Doig at the edge of the box but Bonnar was able to grab his effort on goal.
With the 90 minutes come and gone and only three minutes of injury time to come it looked like it was to finish honours even but then in the dying seconds Scone were to nab all three points.
Gary Fergus picked the ball up on the left before chipping it over the Coupar defence to Fyfe, it looked like Fyfe’s first touch would carry the ball through to Bonnar but he managed to get a touch on the ball to take it past the home goalie, the ball was rolling goalwards, perhaps without the power to carry it over the line but Mills made sure the points would travel back down the A94 this evening by smashing the ball into the back of the net from four yards out.
Moments later the referee’s whistle went and the honours in the first South Strathmore derby of the season went to the Jaggie Nettles.
|Foxhall Park, Coupar Angus|