|13th August 2016||2:30 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2016-17|
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Scone continued their 100% start to the McBookie.com North Division today when they overcame a hard working Brechin Vics side to win 3-2 on the road in Angus.
The early stages had seen both goalkeepers in action with Winton parrying a shot from the left wing by Milne, before Davidson had to save well from a Mitchell header.
Scone went behind after 20 minutes when David Winton was harshly adjudged to have fouled Steel in the box, when it appeared the Scone goalie had tackled the ball cleanly, however without the benefit of a replay the referee awarded the penalty which was converted by Gourlay.
Winton kept the deficit to the single goal when Rausch twisted and turned in the Scone box before a great effort towards the top corner produced an even better save from the Scone number 1.
It was to pay dividends a few minutes later when Scone equalised and it came just after Brechin had another chance to double their lead.
A corner from the right was met at the back post by Ferries and his header goalwards was blocked on the line by Moon before the ball was thumped up the pitch by Sinclair. Njie flicked the ball onwards to Mills at the halfway line however Lawson made the interception and played the ball back into the Scone half. There it was headed clear by a combination of Laing and Moon before being picked up by Njie on the halfway line. He rolled the ball inside to Mitchell and when he played a good one-two with Gary Fergus, Mitchell was able to burst into the Brechin box and square the ball from the left into the centre where Mills made no mistake from close range.
Scone were enjoying their best period of the match and after Njie saw a header from a Gary Fergus corner creep just beyond the far post, it was no surprise when Scone scored a second just before the break.
Macdonald chipped a good ball forward from just inside the Scone half to Mills and his volley onwards was picked up by Eaton at the Brechin right back area of the pitch, however he was put under pressure immediately by Gary Fergus. Fergus did appear to push Eaton lightly but the Brechin player didn’t go to ground and attempted to control the ball, unfortunately stumbling at the crucial moment, which allowed Fergus to take control and cut onto his right foot before bending a shot goalwards. Davidson did well to block the effort but the ball fell to Mills and he did well to steer the ball home, just beating strike partner Njie to the ball.
The second half saw an early effort from Lawson off target before Njie had an effort cleared off the line after beating Davidson to a Sinclair cross from the left.
Renilson, Johnston and Steel for Brechin and Mitchell and Gary Fergus for Scone all had efforts off target before, with 20 minutes left on the clock, Mills got on the end of a good Mitchell ball over the Brechin defence to produce a low save from Davidson.
Four minutes later and Scone did add to their tally. Mills did well to win the ball from a Brechin defender at the corner flag on the right before laying the ball back to Njie who then laid the ball out to Moon on the right wing. When his cross into the centre was collected by Mitchell he knocked the ball into the centre to Sean Fergus. His run into the Brechin box was blocked by Steel but the ball was picked up by Gary Fergus who played in out to the left wing to Sinclair. He took one touch before whipping in a good front post cross which the unlucky Stephen could only turn past his own keeper under great pressure from Njie who capped off a great performance today by putting pen to paper and signing for the Jags after the match.
Scone’s two goal lead was only to last three minutes when good play up the Brechin right saw the ball played forward to Black who enjoyed a lucky break of the ball from a Laing tackle but then showed great composure to dink the ball over the challenge of the outrushing Winton before slotting home from six yards.
There were no further goal chances as Scone saw out the final 15 minutes to claim all three points at a venue that has proven unlucky for the Jags over the past couple of seasons. The win takes Scone up to fourth on goal difference in tonight’s McBookie.com North Division table.
|Victoria Park, Brechin|