Lochgelly left it late to score the winner as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 in an enthralling game at Launcherhead Park.
First half goals from Daniel Robertson and Daniel Clemison had the side’s level at half time, and the game looked to be heading towards a draw after Ben Nardone cancelled out Ethan Reid’s second-half penalty. But the game was won in the final minutes when Jack Mathieson headed home from a corner.
It was a close game between two evenly matched sides, but it was Lochgelly who carved out the first chance in the opening few seconds, as Clemison flashed a low ball across the face of goal, but none of his teammates took a gamble and the chance was missed.
Scone were making chances of their own though, and some nice play between James Rattray and Reid finished with the latter seeing his shot on goal saved by Logan Clunie in the Lochgelly goal.
It was not long before the first goal of the game arrived, as Robertson stepped up to send a dipping free kick over Clunie and straight into the back of the net.
Lochgelly responded well to the going behind, and Clemison was again the one leading the charge as he fired in a left footed shot from the edge of the area, but it was straight at Cameron Sinclair in the Thistle goal and the ‘keeper was able to save easily.
The equaliser wasn’t long in coming however, as Clemison latched onto a ball over the top of the defence, held off the challenge of the defender and showed good composure to round the ‘keeper and slot the ball home.
The game was developing into an entertaining affair with both sides looking to keep the ball on the ground and play possession football.
Scone went close with two good chances midway through the first half, first Javier Perez Cuevas sliced an effort wide when shooting from a good position on the edge of the area. Then, Reid and Robertson linked well to create space, but there was no one in the box to take advantage of the cross.
It was the home side who would finish the first half the stronger of the two teams as they created a flurry of opportunities before the break, with Jake McNeil at the centre of most of the action.
First, he was unable to control the ball in the box after Mathieson found him with a good delivery from the left. Then, having spotted a gap in the Scone defence he tried to burst through on goal, but was let down by a heavy touch and Sinclair was able to rush out and claim the ball.
Then, after finding some space on the edge of the area McNeil tried his luck with a well hit volley, but despite being on target Sinclair was again able to save and hold onto the ball.
As the first half drew to a close it was Lochgelly that continued to create all the chances, and Nardone was unlucky not to sneak his team in front when he rose highest at a corner, but his header was over the bar.
McNeil was at it again moments later, as he rode two tackles to make room for a shot, but could only drag his effort wide.
In the final action of the half Mathieson turned his man on the edge of the area, but his left foot shot was wide.