Wick Academy 2
Turriff United 1
League


Wick Academy
2 - 1
Turriff United 

League
Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Harmsworth Park. Att. 300
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Cameron Bowden (o.g.) (50)
Jack Halliday (63)
Stuart Taylor (33)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Kris Hunter

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Andrew Hardwick
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Jack Henry
Craig Gunn
Jack Halliday
Gordon MacNab
Alan Hughes
Sam Mackay
Fraser Hobday
James Chalmers
Owen Cairns
Ross Anderson
Cameron Bowden
Liam Strachan
Stuart Taylor
Dylan Stuart
Michael Ewen
Angus Grant
Drew Copeland

Bench
Richard Macadie
Grant Aitkenhead
Grant MacNab
Gordon Clark
Calum Reid
Keir Smith
Michael Ironside
Owen Kinsella
Rory Brown
Matthew Tewnion
Euan Morrison

Substitutions
Richard Macadie for Alan Hughes (56)
Grant MacNab for Jack Henry (66)
Keir Smith for Dylan Stuart (45)
Calum Reid for Drew Copeland (75)
Michael Ironside for Stuart Taylor (83)

Cautions
Jack Henry (51)
Danny Mackay (54)
Drew Copeland (36)
Ross Anderson (39)
Keir Smith (53)
Liam Strachan (61)
Liam Strachan (77)
Cameron Bowden (81)

Red Cards
None. Liam Strachan (77)
Match Officials

Alan Proctor (Referee)
Neil Grant & Alexander McDonald (Assistants)




Match Report


An improved second half saw a Jekyll and Hyde comeback from Academy to get the better of a determined Turriff side.
Goals from Gordon MacNab – with the aid of a generous deflection (Correction – this was awarded as an own goal against Cameron Bowden) – and Jack Halliday sealed the win for Wick after Stuart Taylor had given the visitors the lead.
In a game of two halves, the Academy team that emerged after the break were unrecognisable from the sluggish outfit of the first 45 minutes. Granted the Harmsworth pitch was not at its best, but some of the passing in the first period left a lot to be desired as Academy played their first competitive fixture for almost a month.
Turriff were well organised and their keeper Fraser Hobday was called upon only once in the first half when he beat away an effort from Halliday.
Out of nowhere, Turriff took the lead. Left-back Owen Cairns was given a surprising amount of space to surge up the park, cut inside and smash a shot against the upright. With keeper Sean McCarthy helpless, Taylor – with a suspicion of offside – was left to tap the rebound into an empty net.
Whatever was said by boss Tom McKenna at half-time, it had the desired effect. It took Wick five minutes to restore parity. A long ball from the right picked out Gary Manson and his cutback was turned goalwards by MacNab, with a backtracking defender (Cameron Bowden) getting the last touch for an own goal.
Craig Gunn was then left holding his head in disbelief as his net-bound chip was saved by Hobday. However, a second goal was not long in coming – and what a sublime strike it was. MacNab, a constant thorn in Turriff ’s side, had the visitors twisting and turning with a mazy run down the middle. With the Harmsworth faithful waiting for the striker to crash one in, MacNab unselfishly squared the ball to Halliday whose side-footed shot nestled in the net via the base of a post.
The game should have been wrapped up a few minutes later when Gunn’s low cross found Richard Macadie with an empty net facing him. While more sympathetic folk will give him the excuse of the ball bobbling up after skimming a divot, those less forgiving will say that even a sneeze would have steered the ball home instead of spinning upwards onto the bar, leaving Macadie crestfallen.
A red card for Turriff ’s Liam Strachan – who had been in an ankle-biting mood all afternoon – looked to have eased Wick’s passage to three points. However, they were nearly punished in injury time when Turriff ’s Ross Anderson beat a poorly executed offside trap only to fire his shot straight into the arms of a grateful McCarthy.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Feb 20, 2019.



Squad Statistics (as at February 16th, 2019)


2018/2019 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 24 - 160 -
Andrew Hardwick26 155546
Danny Mackay28 1911295
Jack Henry27 254414
Alan Hughes23 20 - 914
Gary Manson35 29662446
Jack Halliday24 2477011
Alan Farquhar31 24 - 3064
Sam Mackay29 17 - 315136
Gordon MacNab24 2864612
Craig Gunn31 2557534
Grant MacNab (sub)27 10 - 241
Richard Macadie (sub)31 267516194


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at February 16th, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 25 21 1 3 +64 64
2. Cove Rangers 23 21 1 1 +61 64
3. Fraserburgh 27 20 1 6 +62 61
4. Formartine Utd 24 18 2 4 +48 56
5. Inverurie Locos 28 17 4 7 +39 55
6. Forres Mech 26 16 2 8 +30 50
7. Buckie Thistle 25 12 3 10 +19 39
8. WICK 24 11 4 9 +13 37
9. Huntly 23 10 2 11 -2 32
10. Deveronvale 26 10 1 15 -14 31
11. Rothes 23 9 3 11 +16 27
12. Strathspey 25 8 3 14 -24 27
13. Keith 24 7 5 12 -13 26
14. Turriff United 26 7 4 15 -16 25
15. Nairn County 22 6 2 14 -15 20
16. Clachnacuddin 22 5 3 14 -24 18
17. Lossiemouth 27 2 1 24 -90 7
18. Fort William 24 0 2 22 -154 -7