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Written by John Briskham   
Saturday, 25 March 2017
 25th March 2017 - Scottish Highland Football League  Harmsworth Park, Wick
 Wick Academy F.C.

  2 (Danny Mackay 28, Marc MacGregor 44)

WAFC_New_Front_wTeam: Danny McCarthy, Grant Steven, Michael Stevenycard, Danny Mackayycard, Ross Allan(Brandon Sinclair 16), James Picklesycard, Gary Manson, Richard Macadie, Steven Anderson, Marc MacGregor(Gary Weir 82), Ross Maciver.

Subs: Gary Weir, Andrew Mackay, Alan Farquhar, Brandon Sinclair, Colin Henstridge, Michael Gray.  

  Cove Rangers F.C.   3 (Eric Watson 27, Paul McManus 46 Pen, Blair Yule 86)

coverangers_adidasTeam: Stuart McKenzie, Jason Brown, Stuart Walker, Blair Yule, Eric Watsonycard, Darryn Kelly, Connor Scully(Ryan Stott 77), Grant Campbell, Michael Megginson, Paul McManus(Nicholas Gray 66), Sam Burnett(Daniel Parkycard 50). 

Subs: Daniel Park, Nicholas Gray, Ryan Stott, Alan Redford, Matthew McDonald, Harry Milne, John McCafferty.

 Referee:   Billy Baxter
 Bookings:   Michael Steven 42
  Daniel Park 63
  James Pickles 75
  Eric Watson 75
  Danny Mackay 91
 Sponsors Man of the Match:   Michael Steven
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A late winner from Cove Rangers condemned Wick Academy to a disappointing and undeserved defeat on a gloriously sunny afternoon at Harmsworth Park.

A once-again understrength Academy side fought admirably and matched their title-chasing opponents throughout, coming back from a goal down to lead 2-1 at the break thanks to long range strikes from Danny Mackay and Marc MacGregor.

However, a controversial penalty early in the second half switched the momentum back in Cove's favour and a stunning late strike from Blair Yule secured a vital three points for the Aberdeenshire side.

With Sean McCarthy unavailable, his younger brother Danny started only his fifth match for the club between the sticks.

Steven Anderson returned from suspension, although Sam Mackay was forced to sit out while serving one of his own and MacGregor replaced Gary Weir up front, while a familiar face lined up in midfield for the visitors through former Academy player Grant Campbell.

As expected, the visitors made a strong start winning a number of early corners which the Academy defence repelled, albeit somewhat unconvincingly.

!n the 27th minute Cove took the lead when Yule whipped in a corner. Danny McCarthy rose to claim it but collided with Michael Steven and the ball fell to the feet of Eric Watson who blasted in from close range.

0 - 1

The lead lasted barely a minute, however, when Danny Mackay played a neat one-two with Richard Macadie out wide on the left. Mackay found himself in space and and hit an audacious, spectacular first-time effort from 35 yards which soared over the head of Cove goalkeeper Stuart Mckenzie and into the top corner of the net.

1 - 1

Ten minutes before half-time Mitch Megginson squared the ball for Paul McManus who looked certain to score, only for McCarthy to pull off a stunning instinctive save with his legs.

Some solid defending and terrific midfield battling from Academy was justly rewarded with a half-time lead when Steven Anderson drove forcefully through the middle and Macadie laid the ball off for MacGregor who drilled a low effort into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

2 - 1

Half Time - Wick Academy 2 - Cove Rangers 1

Cove were gifted a route back into the game only a minute after the restart when Yule fell under a challenge from Michael Steven and referee Billy Baxter pointed to the spot despite the protests from the Academy players that no contact had been made. McCarthy dived the right way but Paul McManus' effort had too much power on it as it nestled into the bottom corner.

2 - 2

Both sides struggled to create chances during the remainder of the game until the 86th minute when Cove put together the best move of the match, resulting in Yule, side stepping Grant Steven and lashing an unstoppable shot that went in off the inside of the post to break Academy hearts.

2 - 3

Full Time - Wick Academy 2 - Cove Rangers 3

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