Saturday 2nd September at Farquharson Park, D J Laing East of Scotland Cup:
Saturday saw Blackburn United travel to Scone for the first round of the East of Scotland cup. Blackburn Utd play in the East Region Premier League and this was always going to be a tough match. With the visitors delayed in traffic due to an accident at Broxden roundabout, “The Burnie” didn’t have the perfect pre match preparations themselves but were ready on time for the kick off. As the game started Martin Strachan was perhaps unfortunate to see his first tackle on 5 minutes be deemed reckless enough to earn the first booking of the day as the referee George MacDonald showed him a yellow card. In the 9th minute United opened the scoring when after a run & cross from Brian Ross, Scone failed to clear the ball after a couple of chances and the ball fell to Craig Young to make it 1-0. Scone were to equalise on 26 minutes when Martin Strachan (available to sponsor) scored a well taken goal beating the keeper King at his far post after Max Avolio & Kevin Sinclair had combined to knock the ball on. The score remained 1-1 at the break. Scone started the second half brightly and on 47 minutes after good work from Ross Mitchell, Ben Moffat was able to jump on the cut back to give Scone the lead. The Jaggies at this point looked comfortable but with Fraser MacDonald (sponsored by Aceso Clinic) and Kevin Sinclair both having chances, were unable to stretch their lead. Blackburn then made a change with Aaron Gowans coming on for Donaldson, 10 minutes later on 71 minutes, United equalised from a free kick when Sean Whitworth challenging for the ball inadvertently headed the ball into his own net. This appeared to give Blackburn a lift as Scone became frustrated with some of the decisions going against them and United had a shot hit the bar before being cleared off the line as well as hitting the post a couple of minutes later. However as it looked as though the game might be heading to penalties, the game would have a controversial end. Although the referee doesn’t have the benefit of video highlights, it appeared that Sean Whitworth was fouled in the build up to Michael Browne scoring in the last minute of the 90 minutes to give United the League. As Scone pushed for a late goal themselves it was United who would then score again well into injury time via Andrew Mcquillan, when despite getting a hand to the ball Scone keeper David Winton was only able to palm the ball into his own net. On another day and with a different rub of the green, Scone might have got something from this game, instead it is Blackburn United who go through to the next round with our best wishes. Next up for the Jaggies is the eagerly anticipated local derby v Luncarty next Saturday at 2.30pm.
Man of the match for Scone: Martin Strachan who scored a great goal and has continued his good form through the opening games.
Many thanks to the Wheel Inn for their hospitality after the game and for hosting the Scone Thistle “Race Night” later the same evening. We are grateful for all those that sponsored horses/races in advance and a special thanks to Blackadders who came along on the night to join in the fun and meet their player Charlie Fertacz. If you too would like to sponsor any of the players either home or away please email email@example.com for more details.