WAFC 2 - Forres 1
|28th April 2010 - League||Harmsworth Park, Wick|
|Wick Academy F.C.||2 (Andrew MacLeod 55, Gary Manson 77)|
Team: Alan Bokas, Stewart Ross, Gary Manson, Alex Lamb, Andrew MacLeod, Craig Shearer, Martin Gunn, Sam Mackay(Alan Farquhar 83), David Allan(Stevie Cunningham 71), Richard Macadie, Gary Weir(Ross Allan 90).
Subs: Stevie Cunningham, Shaun Sinclair, Alan Farquhar, Ross Allan, James More.
|Forres Mechanics F.C.||1 (Matthew Fraser 76)|
Team: Ross Harkness, Simon Allan(Matthew Milne 81), Graeme Shinnie, Graeme Grant, Nathan Sharp, Ross MacPherson, Scott Moore, Bruce Milne, Iain Penwright(Matthew Fraser 65), Kevin Duguid(Matthew Davidson 65), David Chambers.
Subs: Matthew Fraser, Matthew Davidson, Matthew Milne.
|Bookings:|| Kevin Duguid 28
Craig Shearer 39
Alex Lamb 40
David Allan 67
|Match Sponsors Man of the Match:||Alex Lamb|
A close game tonight but Academy emerged with all 3 points. Andrew MacLeod headed home the opener for the Scorries in the 55th minute. Forres substitute Matthew Fraser squared the scores in the 76th minute when he stroked the ball home past Bokas, but Academy went straight back down the park from the kick-off and Gary Manson grabbed the winner when he marched into the penalty box and shot low under the body of keeper Harkness.
Academy started the game playing up the slope and or the first ten minutes they were the brighter of the two side. In 5 minutes David Allan was fouled at the edge of the Forres box. Sam Mackay hammered his attempt into the defensive wall and it broke for Macadie. He pumped it back into the mix where Craig Shearer took it down on his chest but he screwed his volley wide of the target.
2 minutes later Macadie fed the ball to David Allan and he drove to the bye-line before cutting back across goal for Weir but Simon Allan cut the ball out knocking it for a corner.
Forres started to get into their game and their first chance of the match came with 11 minutes on the clock. Graeme Shinnie broke into the Academy box and fired a shot on target but Bokas made a good one-handed save and Andrew MacLeod followed up to clear the loose ball.
Minutes later Forres came close to opening the scoring. Ian Penwright nicked the ball off the toes of Gary Manson and flicked it into the box. Kevin Duguid executed a perfect scissor kick which smacked off the face of the Academy cross-bar.
10 minutes before the half time break Simon Allan delivered a long throw to the edge of the Academy box and Ian Penwright again supplied the ammo to Kevin Duguid but his shot from 18 yards out whistled past the post.
4 minutes in from the re-start it was Academy's turn to hit the woodwork. A good flowing move up the right flank saw the ball moved forward by Stewart Ross and Richard Macadie. It was threaded through the Forres defence to Craig Shearer who teed it up for Gary Weir and he held his head in his hands in despair as his shot smacked the cross-bar with keeper Harkness beat.
David Allan then came close to increasing his season goal tally when he headed a Sam Macaky cross high of target at the back post.
Academy broke the dead-lock 10 minutes into the half with a route-one goal. Stewart Ross humped a free kick from the half-way line onto the Forres box. Shearer got his head to it in a crowded penalty area and Andrew MacLeod followed in to head home his first goal of the season.
1 - 0
Allan got into the action again in the next Academy attack when Macadie played the ball into his feet and he went one-one-on with keeper Harkness but the young goalie made a great block to deny the in-form striker.
Forres Substitute Matthew Fraser pulled the Can-Cans level in the 76th minute. Graeme Shinnie and Bruce Milne linked up to split the Academy defence. Milne slipped the ball forward to Fraser and from the left edge of the Academy box he curled a right foot shot past the outstretched Bokas and into the bottom left hand corner of his net.
1 - 1
The Academy response was instant, and from the re-start they drove downfield with Manson linking up to Sam Mackay who in turn laid the ball on for Manson who steamed into the Forres box and hammered low into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
1 - 2
Academy had the final chance of the game in injury time when Bokas thumped a kick-out into the Forres box. Macadie headed onto Shearer who was un-marked on the middle of the area but he headed his attempt wide of target.
Full Time 2 - 1
Sponsors Man of the match Alex Lamb
Pictured receiving his award from John Gunn on behalf of match sponsor Wick Fire Brigade