|7th January 2017||1:45 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2016-17|
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Scone moved up to fourth place in the table tonight after securing their fourth straight win in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win over Brechin Vics at Farquharson Park this afternoon.
Pre-match the Jags were dealt a blow with the news that influential midfielders Sean Fergus and Andrew McKenzie were unavailable due to injury, however the Jags were able to field new signing, former Brechin and Kinnoull man, Arran McKay.
There was a minute’s silence prior to kick off as the entire East Region of the SJFA reflected on the sad loss over the festive period of two former Junior players – Lee Bertie, formerly of Broughty Athletic and Lochee United, and Sean Woodburn, formerly with Bonnyrigg Rose and Newtongrange Star. The thoughts of everyone at Scone Thistle and Brechin Victoria are with Lee and Sean’s families and friends.
The match got underway with Vics having the opening chance after only 90 seconds when Scone keeper, Josh Gorton, did well to block a low effort from Ferries.
Scone hit back and Hynd and Njie both saw efforts off target before Steel tested Gorton with a long range effort which the Scone keeper did well to turn over the bar.
After that however it was one way traffic towards the goal of Brechin keeper Leighton Davidson.
McKay almost opened his account for his new club on his debut after getting on the end of a Sinclair free kick into the Vics box and producing a stunning save from Davidson, Mitchell saw his effort from the resultant corner go narrowly wide.
Next it was the turn of Stephen Moon to produce a good save from Davidson after Avolio knocked another Sinclair free kick into the path of the Jags full back and Moon’s close range effort was parried for a corner.
After McKay and Njie had efforts off target it was beginning to look like a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping was going to give Scone a very nervous afternoon and this looked confirmed after 30 minutes when Njie got on the end of a good Mitchell cross and appeared to have placed his header to perfection over Davidson only to see it crash back off the crossbar. However Jags were to take the lead a minute later.
Sinclair picked up a long Hendry ball into the Scone half before playing a superb ball over the top of the Brechin defence and with Stephen playing yards behind his defensive teammates Mills took advantage to beat the offside trap, collect the ball and go one on one with Davidson, applying a cool finish for his 13th goal of the season.
Vics responded with a free kick on the edge of the Scone box but Stephen couldn’t keep his effort on target. Before the half ended, Hynd saw an effort from the angle of the box shave the outside of the post before Njie saw a breakthrough on goal blocked by Davidson with Mills collecting the rebound, however Stephen blocked the Scone man’s effort on goal.
The second half saw Scone continue to put pressure on the Vics goal and Davidson again came to the visitors’ rescue by turning a Mills header past the post for a corner, however when the ball was swung into the box by Sinclair, Njie was completely unmarked as he headed home from five yards out.
Hynd and Sinclair again came close for the Jags before with 15 minutes remaining Scott Black, a perennial scorer for Vics against Scone, came close to pulling a goal back when he fired a powerful effort goalwards from outside the box that saw Gorton brilliantly tip the ball over the bar.
Mills had an effort off target before Njie saw Davidson produce another great save, clawing Njie’s goalbound header off the line.
McKay then headed narrowly over from a Moffat cross before Mitchell saw a long range effort well held by Davidson. Eaton had a free kick from distance well held by Gorton and then, with only a couple of minute remaining, Scone wrapped things up with a third goal.
Again it was Sinclair the provider, for the third time in the match, when he bent a free kick from just outside the Brechin box around the wall, Davidson blocked the effort but couldn’t hold the ball which spun up to Njie and he knocked the ball over the Vics keeper into the back of the net to bring his tally to 17 for the season so far.
In the dying moments Vics were reduced to 10 men when Stephen, who had picked up an earlier caution for kicking the ball away at a Scone throw in, received a second caution for a reckless challenge.
Scone now look forward to the trip to East Craigie next weekend.
|Farquharson Park, Scone|