|25th February 2017||2:30 pm||McBookie.com League North Division||Season 2016-17|
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Scone fell to their first defeat league defeat since the 12th of November last year, this afternoon, when a below par performance allowed East Craigie to snatch all three points with a late penalty.
The game would end with very little by goal mouth chances though this didn’t appear to be the case early on with some goalkeeping and some good defensive awareness to clear goalbound chances off the line at both ends of the park being the only things to ensure the game was still scoreless after 10 minutes.
First Scone had a great chance to take the lead after 7 minutes when a corner from the left by Gary Fergus reached Moon at the far post and his ball into the centre was met first time by Mackay on the volley. Dunn in the home goal pulled off a good reaction save to block his effort and when the ball broke loose Whitworth was quickest to react to push the ball goalwards however White was able to hack the ball off the line with Strachan waiting to pounce.
Then after 9 minutes Scone were almost the architects of their own downfall when good sweeping play by Laing saw him break up an East Craigie attack and take the ball to the left of goal, however rather than playing the ball upfield he elected to attempt to pass into the centre where the waiting McCartney pounced on the ball and fired goalwards. Winton made a good first block, however the ball spun over him and was heading goalwards until Whitworth headed the ball over his own crossbar to prevent the goal.
After that point football purists at Craigie Park were as well going home as there was to be no more efforts on target until the 39th minute, although Mackay and Mills for Scone did have efforts narrowly off target and it was to the former who was to have Scone’s next chance when he got his head on a long Sinclair free kick into the East Craigie box, however it was too straight at Dunn and he held the ball comfortably.
Hopes that the second half would be better were to be dashed when the regulation 45 minutes were to come and go without either side managing a shot on target from open play. Set pieces on the other hand gave us the only two moments of note during the half as the home side were to be awarded a penalty, not once, but twice and the Jags could have no complaint with either decision.
Firstly after 50 minutes a breaking run by East Craigie sub Lee Maloney was brought to an end by the outstretched arm of Whitworth, however Winton was to pull off a great save from Mann’s spot kick to keep the match scoreless.
Just as it looked like it was to be honours as the game entered the 88th minute, the home side were awarded their second penalty and again it was Maloney on the receiving end of the foul, on this occasion his run into the Scone box past Moon was brought to a pre-mature end by Mackay who unfortunately misjudged his run back into defence and barged into the back of the East Craigie winger. It was rough luck for the man who had came closest on a number of occasions in the game to giving Scone the win they craved.
Maloney himself stepped up to take the kick and sent Winton the wrong way.
Scone pressed for the equaliser but just couldn’t get the ball to break their way in the East Craigie box with Mills seeing a Whitworth header into the box take a deflection off a home defender before he could pounce and Moffat seeing an effort on target blocked before the home side counter attacked against the high pressing Scone defence and although McCartney couldn’t get his effort on target he was given a second chance when Winton’s upfield kick, he having gathered the previous loose ball, was collected by Macdonald. He then pushed the ball forward to McCartney who was one on one with the Scone keeper but Winton stayed big and saved the resultant shot.
48 minutes and 15 seconds gone and it was the first shot on goal from open play by either side since half time – it was that sort of afternoon.
Scone will now look to bounce back to winning ways when they host Newburgh at Farquharson Park next Saturday – kick off 2.30pm.
|Craigie Park, Dundee|