Scone dominated the action this afternoon at East Shore Park in a powerful display that saw the visitors score six for no reply and the Jags could have had more.
Scone opened the scoring after only 8 minutes when Macdonald took a quick throw in on the left to Njie who held off the challenge of a couple of Newburgh defenders before picking out the run of Mitchell into the centre of the Newburgh box and when Njie rolled the ball to him Mitchell was able to steer the ball past home keeper Robson.
Jags were awarded a penalty after 10 minutes when Njie was upended in the box by Baker, however Robson did well to save Mills’ spot kick.
The action went from end to end as first Mills saw an effort saved by Robson before Winton came to Scone’s rescue with a good double save from Harris and Reade, however Scone were beginning to dominate play and converted this superiority into goals before half time. First Njie doubled Scone’s lead after 28 minutes when he was sent clear of the defence by a fantastic ball over the top from Macdonald and made no mistake from just inside the area, then Sinclair got on the end of a great Stephen Moon cross into the Newburgh box to make it 3-0 with 33 minutes gone.
Jags made it 4 before the break and there was a large slice of luck about the goal. A long ball forward from Sinclair saw Robson and Baker come to challenge the ball, however with no clear communication between the Newburgh players the ball bounced off Baker and fell kindly for Mills who made no mistake from just outside the box.
The second half saw Scone have a couple of early chances via Mills and Sinclair before, with 61 minutes gone they went five up. Mackenzie picked up a good diagonal ball from left to right wing by Sinclair and when Mackenzie got into a good shooting position just inside the Newburgh box his effort beat Robson but crashed back off the left upright, however Mills showed good positioning to stay onside and convert the loose ball.
Mills then rounded off the scoring with 12 minutes to go when a long kick from hand by Scone keeper David Winton beat Baker and Mills picked up the ball before slipping the ball past Robson from 20 yards out to complete a well deserved hat-trick. Robson was unfortunate to be on the end of such a heavy scoreline having made a number of key saves during the game, especially from Scone’s dangermen up front Njie and Mills, however Scone will be happy with the boost to their goal difference and another clean sheet.