|3rd September 2016||2:30 pm||DJ Laing East Region Cup||Season 2016-17|
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Scone were knocked out of the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup this afternoon when the quality and strength of their Superleague opponents, Dundonald Bluebell, proved too strong for the Jags. Scone however gave a good account of themselves and in the second half in particular showed a class of football that bodes well for the coming North Division games.
Jags were first to threaten and Gary Fergus had an effort off target within the first couple of minutes of the match but Dundonald hit back with a couple of efforts from distance. Sinclair managed to get a good header on a Gary Fergus corner which brought home keeper, Mooney, into action before Dundonald took a 15th minute lead.
Patrick fed the ball forward to Paul Quinn and he held the ball up well against the advancing Scone defence just outside the area. The former East Stirlingshire and Cumnock Juniors man took his time and threaded a good shot through a group of advancing defenders to open the scoring for the hosts.
Dundonald kept the pressure on and after Drummond saw an effort narrowly go off target McKenzie made it 2-0 when he headed home an Anthony cross following a short corner routine with Young.
Moon headed a Fergus corner narrowly off target before Dundonald had the chance to go 3-0 up when they were awarded a penalty following a Whitworth foul on McKenzie however Anthony’s weak penalty was well saved by Winton.
Scone were allowing their Superleague opponents too much time on the ball and the chances kept coming for the hosts with McKenzie and Anthony off target however with 8 minutes of the half to goal Scone had their own shout for a penalty when Sinclair appeared to be flattened in the box by two home defenders at a Gary Fergus corner and then Fergus himself tested Mooney again with a shot from distance.
Dundonald scored twice before the break, however, to effectively kill off the tie when first Anthony hit a powerful effort from outside the box which Winton was unfortunate to parry onto his own post and in and then good work down the left by Drummond saw a ball into the centre which McKenzie was able to lay into space for Anthony who made now mistake from five yards out.
Scone started the second half brightly as they sought a way back into the game and Gary Fergus hit a free kick goalwards, which was easily dealt with by Mooney, before good work from Hynd down the right saw a deep cross into the centre just beyond the inrushing Fergus at the far post.
Anthony and Quinn both had chances for the hosts before Scone’s much improved second half showing got its reward when the Jags scored the goal of the day.
Sinclair won the ball just inside his own half before playing a 1-2 with Sean Fergus and releasing the ball to Gary Fergus on the left wing. Fergus cut inside and chipped the ball into the centre for Moffat who laid the ball into the path of Mills and Scone’s top scorer beat Mooney from the edge of the area with a great chip.
Scone had their tails up now and straight from the restart Gary Fergus had two chances to score a second for the Jags, firstly a shot from outside the area was blocked by the defence before Fergus hit the rebound wide of target.
Scone were able to restrict Dundonald to a couple of off target half chances but with 11 minutes left in the game the hosts hit back with a great counter attacking move which summed up the quality of their individual players.
Great play on the left wing by Young saw the former Cowdenbeath and Kelty Hearts man whip a fantastic cross to the far post and Quinn showed all his experience to place a deep header just inside the Scone goal to give Winton no chance and the Dundonald man his second of the game.
This fifth goal seemed to sap the energy from the Scone players and when Mooney launched a long goal kick into the Scone half no Jags player was able to clear the ball, which was picked up by Meikle and he made no mistake from just outside the Scone box.
It was a disappointing scoreline for Scone, however the squad played some good football, particularly in the second half, against a very high quality team and that should bod well for the club’s fortunes in the McBookie.com North Division this season.
|Moorside Park, Cardenden|