|4th February 2017||2:00 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2016-17|
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Scone climbed into the promotion places this afternoon after a fine 3-1 win over local rivals Blairgowrie at Farquharson Park.
The Jags lined up with only one change from the line up that had started last week’s win away to Arbroath with Andrew MacKenzie replacing Arran Mackay on the right wing.
The early stages saw Craig Mitchell test Blair keeper Gordon O’Brien with an effort inside the box that lacked the power to really threaten whilst Blair had a number of efforts off target as the visitors struggled to find their shooting boots in the opening quarter.
Scone were dealt a massive blow after 20 minutes when top scorer, Abi Njie, had to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder. Njie was replaced by Mackay with MacKenzie joining Mills in attack and Mackay playing on the right wing.
The new striking pair were to come close to putting the Jags ahead after 27 minutes when MacKenzie collected a Sinclair pass into the box and only the intervention of Hood prevented a certain goal as the Blair defender made a brave block. The ball bounced back to Mills but his first time effort was well saved by O’Brien.
Blairgowrie hit back and Winton saved well from Neave before Brash put the visitors ahead after 33 minutes. A throw in on the left was worked forward to Cruickshank and he did well to spot the forward run of Brash into space and he hit a low effort into the back of the net from just inside the Scone box.
Scone didn’t let the setback affect them and after Fraser Mills saw a header from a Gary Fergus free kick cannon back off the crossbar, Sean Fergus went inches wide with a low zipping drive from just outside the box.
The Jags were to get the equaliser their play deserved on the stroke of half-time. A Sinclair corner from the right was partially cleared back to the Scone wing back and his second cross into the Blair box was met perfectly by Mackay’s head for his first goal for the Jags.
Scone continued to press their opponents back as the second half got underway and after Mitchell had an effort off target the hosts were given the chance to go into the lead after 58 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after O’Brien had pulled a goalbound Mills to the ground – the Blair keeper being fortunate to see yellow instead of red for the offence.
Mills stepped up to make no mistake from the spot kick and claim his 15th goal of the season.
Winton had to pull off a great save to prevent Plenderleith equalising for Blair before Mills had another one on one chance with Blairgowrie keeper O’Brien but elected to shoot from the edge of the box and pulled his effort wide.
Craig Mitchell picked up a poor O’Brien clearance at the halfway line and with the visiting keeper well out of his area the Scone midfield elected to try the long distance effort on goal, only missing by a matter of feet before Gary Fergus saw a long range effort go narrowly off target.
Scone were to wrap up the win with 15 minutes to go when a Gary Fergus corner from the left saw Whitworth rise above O’Brien and Pirie to header home.
Jags comfortably saw out the last period of the game to claim their first win against Blairgowrie in the North Division, however with the injury to Abi Njie blighting things it was a bitter sweet afternoon.
The best wishes go from all the Jaggies family to Abi for a speedy recovery.
The win saw Scone leapfrog Thornton Hibs, who weren’t in action today, and Blairgowrie to claim second spot, only one point behind leader Kirriemuir Thistle.
|Farquharson Park, Scone|