Final Wins Of Season for U15's and U17's

The Wick Academy under 15's and under 17's were away to Rothes today. The 15's won 9-4 and the 17's won 5-3. Well done lads.

The final Under 17 North Table is as follows.

18 19 u17 Final Table

Academy finish 2018-19 In 7th Place

Wick Academy beat Fort William 5-1 today at Claggan Park ensuring a 7th place finish. Well done lads, safe trip home. The final 2018/19 Breedon Highland Football League table is as follows.

2018 19 League Table

Fort William 1 - Wick 5

 27th April 2019 - Breedon Highland Football League  
 Fort William FC  1 (Scott Hunter Pen 90)

fortwilliam nikeTeam: Callum Lingerwood, Aidan Taylorrcard, Christopher Stratford, Callum Fraser, Cameron Bolton, Ryan Henderson (Ruairidh MacDonald 84), Scott Hunter, Robert Nevisonycard, Jordan Morrison (Kyle Dignan 69), Jordan Andrewrcard, Greg Miller.

Subs:  Kyle Dignan, Ruairidh MacDonald, Sam MacKenzie, Liam Gilchrist.

  Wick Academy FC
  5 (Sam Mackay 40, Richard Macadie 67, Alan Hughes 68, David Allan 81, 88)

WAFC Home Shirt 18 19Team: Gordon Clark, Gary Manson, Alan Farquhar (c) (Greg Mackay 73), Danny Mackay, Craig Gunn, Marc MacGregor, Richard Macadie (Mark Macadie 73), David Allan, Alan Hughes, Ross Allanycard, Sam Mackay.

Subs: Greg Mackay, Mark Macadie.

 Referee:   Billy Baxter
 Bookings:   Jordan Andrew (53, 55)
  Ross Allan (63)
  Aiden Taylor (73) - Red
  Robert Nevison (83)
 Match Photos - Mel & Bob Roger   Match Photos

Tom McKenna may not have been overly impressed with Saturday’s victory against Fort William – but looking at the season as a whole he is happy with the progress made by his Wick Academy side. The Scorries rounded off their 2018/19 Highland League campaign with a comfortable 5-1 win at Claggan Park, although they only began to pull clear after their lowly opponents had two players sent off within an eight-minute spell early in the second half.
The result meant McKenna’s men achieved their end-of-season target of seventh in the table – five places higher than last term.
“It was three points and that’s what we wanted,” the manager said.
“At 11 versus 11 there wasn’t much between the teams, to be honest. The sendings off made a big impact and that’s what changed the game.”
It took until the 40th minute for Academy to make the break-through, courtesy of Sam Mackay, and his goal separated the sides at the interval.
Fort’s Jordan Andrew got his marching orders on 55 minutes for a second yellow and the home side were reduced to nine men after 63 minutes when Aiden Taylor was red-carded.
Academy took full advantage with Richard Macadie doubling the lead on 67 minutes before Alan Hughes added a third a minute later.
Davie Allan struck twice, in 81 and 88 minutes, either side of a Panenka-style penalty by Fort’s Scott Hunter.
“I spoke to the lads after the game and thanked for them for their support,” McKenna said. “I came in six months into our first season together and we finished 12th. Now we’ve got seventh, so there is progression there.
“If we can keep progressing then I don’t think we can ask for much more.”

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, May 1, 2019.

Final 2018-19 League Table

final2018 19 league table

Under 17's North League Champions

The Wick Academy Under 17’s beat Fort William 16-0 today. They are the 2018/19 Under 17 North League Champions. Congratulations to the boys, James and Mark for another fantastic season and to the retention of their title.

u17 champ 1

Highland League Secretary Rod Houston presents the League Trophy to Academy Captain Gant Innes

u17 champ 2

The Under 17's North League Winning Squad

Huntly 1 - Wick 0

 20th April 2019 - Breedon Highland Football League  
 Huntly FC  1 (Aidan Elliott Sopel 43)

huntly zeusTeam: Craig Reid, Blair Johnston, Michael Clark, Ryan McRitchie, Glenn Murison, Ross Still, Kai Rossycard, Nicholas Gray (Aidan Elliott Sopel 20), David Booth (Cameron Booth 77), Matthew McDonald, Bradley Manson.

Subs:  Euan Storrier, Aidan Elliott Sopel, Cameron Booth, Cory Ritchie, Cameron Chyla, Christopher Hay.

  Wick Academy FC
  0

WAFC Home Shirt 18 19Team: Sean McCarthy, Craig Gunn, Ben Sinclair, Marc MacGregor, Richard Macadie, Gordon MacNab, Grant Aitkenhead (Greg Mackay 59), Alan Hughes (Marc Macadie 80), Ross Allan, Sam Mackay (c), Andrew Harwick.

Subs: Greg Mackay, Cameron Montgomery, Mark Macadie, Gordon Clark.

 Referee:   Paul Cummings
 Bookings:   Kai Ross (70)
 Match Photos - Mel & Bob Roger  

An understrength Wick Academy side lost 1-0 at Huntly on Saturday, a result that means the Scorries still have work to do if they are to claim a top-seven place in the Highland League.
With several first-pick defenders absent, Academy lined up at Christie Park with a back four of Craig Gunn, Andrew Hardwick, Sam Mackay and Ross Allan. There was also a first start for two 17-year-olds in midfield, Ben Sinclair and Grant Aitkenhead.
Gunn almost caught sub keeper Euan Storrier napping with a 35-yard free-kick and Hardwick headed wide from the resultant corner. David Booth looked certain to score in a swift counterattack but he was halted in the box by Allan’s perfectly timed sliding tackle.
After 42 minutes Aidan Sopel got on the end of a cross from Kai Ross to head home the only goal.
The Scorries’ best opportunity came after 75 minutes when Storrier could only palm down another Gunn free-kick. Although several Academy players kicked the ball in the ensuing scramble, none could direct it on target.
Huntly finished the game strongly and Aitkenhead bravely blocked a goal-bound pile-driver from Matt McDonald. Huntly’s win extended their unbeaten end-of-season run to six matches, while Academy require a point from the last game at Fort William this Saturday to secure seventh spot.
Manager Tom McKenna says Wick Academy will have a bright future if the current crop of talented youngsters can fulfil their potential.
He was speaking after drafting in five teenagers to the squad for the Scorries’ penultimate match of the Highland League season at Huntly on Saturday.
Although an under-strength Wick side lost 1-0 after Aidan Sopel’s first-half header, McKenna insisted there was no reason to feel despondent. As well as highlighting the impact made by two 17-year-olds who were in the starting line-up for the first time, the manager praised the senior players who were asked to fulfil unorthodox roles in a makeshift defence.
“I thought the lads were absolutely brilliant – I don’t think you could ask for any more from any-one,” McKenna said. “Sam Mackay was in at the centre of defence and Craig Gunn was in at right-back. Ben Sinclair and Grant Aitkenhead both started the game – they’re only 17, and neither of them looked out of place. “Young Ben is a fantastic prospect. He was in there with big physical lads and he wasn’t intimidated at all. He contributed to the game immensely.
“Once again when the lads had their backs against the wall the performance was excellent. We deserved at least a point.
“It’s frustrating. You go into every game wanting to win it, but we can’t be too despondent. The lads deserved something from it.” He added: “With the young boys that are round about, the future looks bright for the club going for-ward if they can develop as much as we anticipate.
“At the moment we’ve got some players in the latter stages of their careers. If these lads can come in next year and push forward it makes for a better club in the long term.”

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, April 24, 2019.