Scone exited the GA Engineering Cup yesterday but can be proud of a battling performance against Superleague neighbours Jeanfield Swifts in a match where Scone matched the team two division above them for periods of the match.
Indeed Scone might have taken an early lead but for good goalkeeping from Swifts’ Mark Mitchell who got down well to block a Kevin Sinclair free kick after 19 minutes before rising well to block the rebound effort from Gary Fergus.
In a scoreless first half Jeanfield cracked the post after 27 minutes when they were awarded a disputed free kick just outside the Scone area. Former Scone loanee, Tony Holt, bent his effort round the wall but it rebounded from the post and was cleared.
Swifts stepped up the pressure after the break and Winton had to look sharp to save efforts from Holden and Baker before the visitors took the lead just after the hour mark. Holt made a strong run through the centre of the park before slipping the ball out to Scott on the left and the former Arbroath man bent a great right foot effort into the top corner to give Winton no chance. Scott came close to making it two moments later when he smacked a shot against the bar following a good free kick routine by Swifts.
Scone pushed for the equaliser and Sinclair twice produced saves from Mitchell in the visiting goal before Holden made the win safe with only 3 minutes to go when a mis-hit Deans shot fell kindly for the Jeanfield striker in space in the Jags’ box and he made no mistake.
It was a much improved performance from Scone from the previous week’s at Kirriemuir and the team will hope to take that into next week’s league meeting with our other Perth rivals, Kinnoull.