|17th September 2016||2:30 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2016-17|
KO 24 24 73 73 FT
Scone’s 100% league record came to an end this afternoon following a heavy defeat from Dundee North End in a match that was riddled with controversy as Scone were unlucky with the game’s major decisions time and again.
The Jags did get off to a slow start against the Dokens and found themselves two down after only 15 minutes with Sutherland heading home a Johnston cross after only 50 seconds and then showing good skill to turn Laing and score from the edge of the Scone box.
Scone got themselves back into the game after 24 minutes when Hynd picked up a good ball forward from Mitchell before powering past Johnstone and making no mistake from 8 yards out.
Winton made a great save from a Sutherland effort to keep Scone to within a single goal of the visitors. After that, however, the main talking points became the controversial decisions in the game and not the football. First Scone were denied not one, not two, but three clear penalty kicks before the half time interval when first Njie appeared to be obstructed by Gary Robertson as he made his way into the North End box, then when Gary Fergus went to challenge for a cross into the box he appeared to be barged by Winter prior to the visiting defender heading the ball.
The benefit of the doubt could have been given for these first two incidents but the third was unbelievable with a Mitchell header on goal collected by Dokens’ keeper Mackie only to see the visitor’s number one drop the ball when he collided with Mills when falling. The loose ball broke to Gary Fergus only two yards out and he looked certain to equalise when Sievwright kicked the legs from him. Incredibly the referee waved play on.
The second half saw Scone continue to press for the equaliser and Gary Fergus produced a great save from Mackie before North End went further ahead and again controversy dogged the goal. A ball up the left wing saw Laing, who had been cautioned moments earlier, and Martin clash off the ball, with the North End man appearing to aim a couple of kicks at the Scone captain. Laing reacted to this by trying to free himself from the North End players legs, which saw Martin thrown head over heels and he then rugby tackled Laing to the ground. Bizarrely despite this clear misconduct the referee had allowed play to continue and Sutherland took advantage of this to round Moon and score from just inside the box. The referee then added insult to injury for the hosts by issuing Laing with a second yellow card but only showing yellow to the fortunate Martin, who was subsequently substituted by his own sidelines.
The lack of luck with the big decisions appeared to effect the Scone players and North End were to score a fourth with 65 minutes gone when Whitworth couldn’t fully clear a ball into the box, Sutherland picked up the loose ball and hit cross come shot into the centre was deflected into his own next by Whitworth.
If North End’s third goal was in the grey areas of the laws of the game then their fifth threw the law book out of the window. A Johnstone cross from the right was headed goalwards by Sutherland to the clearly offside Dayle Robertson but despite the North End sub knocking the ball over the goal line prior to it crossing it the referee allowed the goal to stand.
North End were denied their own penalty at the back of this when Whitworth was adjudged to have fouled Hunter on the edge of the box when it appeared that any contact was within the area.
Scone pulled a goal back with 73 minutes gone when a good move involving Gary and Sean Fergus saw the ball given to Lafferty and after 1-2s with Hynd and Mills, Lafferty applied a good left foot finish.
It was a shame that controversy had dogged so much of the half as Scone’s excellent goal was followed by a good one for the visitors when McIlvenny set up Robertson on the left and when his cross reached Sutherland in the centre he set up Sievwright for a good finish.
However the “c” word was to rear its head again before the end of the match when Scone were denied a fourth penalty claim and North End were to be awarded what appeared an unjust one of their own.
Scone moved the ball forward and when Mills chipped the ball out to Fergus on the left he appeared to be fouled by Winter in the box, the referee waved play on and when the ball was played forward to Robertson he went to ground after minimal or even no contact when passing Whitworth. The referee on this occasion pointed to the spot and Robertson was to convert the kick himself.
The slow start made by Scone and the amount of chances created by North End perhaps suggested that an away win was, on balance, the correct result, however Scone were left wondering what would have happened if even one of the penalty claims at 2-1 had resulted in an equalising penalty goal and the teams starting the second half all square.
|Farquharson Park, Scone|