Saturday 9th September at Brownlands Park, McBookie.com North Division:
Saturday saw Scone make the quick trip across the Tay to take on “The Bleachers” who in the morning were sitting one place ahead of them in the League table. With Stephen Moon missing for the last of his 3 game suspension, Lewis Avolio (sponsored by Liz Duff) was given another chance in the starting line up. Last season saw Scone take 4 points off Luncarty with the last meeting being a 1-1 draw back in March when Craig Mitchell scored for Scone & Richard Doig equalised through a penalty which would be an omen for this match. In fact with 3 ex Jaggies in the Luncarty starting line up, there was a few familiar faces to see again. Both sides had players missing but with the smaller squad, Scone had a depleted bench as they looked to take something from the game. Luncarty started quickly and in fact scored from their first attack when Richard Doig got on the end of a corner in the 2nd minute to open the scoring. Doig would then double his tally on 14 minutes when he chipped David Winton in goal to make it 2-0. Scone had few chances in the opening half hour with only Fraser Morrison having a chance on goal in the early exchanges. Luncarty were forced into a substitution when Neil Ritchie came on for the injured Stuart Nicol before “The Bleachers” would make it 3-0 when Willie Laing was unfortunately judged to have a conceded a penalty on 32 minutes. Doig stepped up to wrap up his third and Luncarty’s last goal of the afternoon. As Scone fought to get back into the match, Sean Whitworth came close from a Martin Strachan free kick and Charlie Fertacz headed just wide from a Willie Laing (sponsored by Ewan Dow) free kick just before the break. Scone came out for the second half with a much improved performance and would go on to have more of the game as they tried to get back into the match. Jamie Ayton (sponsored by Scone 2001s) found himself one on with Chalmers before Martin Strachan saw a long range effort dip just over the bar. Ross Mitchell had a header glance wide of the far post on 55 minutes before Charlie Fertacz got on the end of another Strachan cross only to see his effort saved by Chalmers. Luncarty then made a couple of substitutions with Kelly and Cunningham coming on for McLaren & Sean Fergus on 65 minutes. Craig Mitchell would be next with a chance as Scone continued to push for a goal with a long range effort again just over the bar. Scone keeper David Winton was forced into a save on 71 minutes before Fraser Morrison making his first start for “The Jaggies” saw a shot go off target in the 80th minute. Scone then substituted Charlie Fertacz for James Kinnear (trialist) before Martin Strachan & Jamie Ayton both had chances with shots on target. In the dying minutes, Willie Laing who had made a gut wrenching run out of defence found himself breaking into the penalty box only to see his effort blocked by the last defender. Next up in the League, is a home game to Lochore Welfare who sit just behind Scone in today’s table which you can view here we will bring you pictures from Brownlands Park over the next couple of days via our Facebook page and website under “Jaggies Images“.
Man of the match for Scone: Martin Strachan who is available to sponsor for the season and on this form is surely worth backing. Any enquiries to sponsor Martin or any of the players can be directed to email@example.com. After the match, manager Derek Lawson (sponsored by Graham Milne) told Jaggies News “We had a poor first half and I’m disappointed to lose goals from set plays but the boys had a far better second half especially with a lot of players missing“.
Match day 5 summary:
Elsewhere in the McBookie.com North Division, Dundee North End were the only other home team to win with a thumping 8-1 win against Forfar Albion which moves them above Scone who now sit 8th. There was away wins for Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Kinnoull and Dundee Violet who tonight sit top of the league with the remaining fixture between Arbroath Vics and East Craigie finishing goalless,