5 - 0
Richard Macadie (49) Own Goal
Martin Scott (65)
Daniel Park (83)
Scott Ross (89)
Mitchel Meggison (90)
Sam Burnett for Darryn Kelly (59)
Grant Campbell for Blair Yule (66)
Jordon MacRae for Harry Milne (74)
Craig Gunn for Marc MacGregor (70)
Grant Aitkenhead for Gordon MacNab (85)
Mark Macadie for David Allan (87)
Daniel Park (40)
Harry Milne (43)
Marc MacGregor (50)
Ross Allan (64)
Jack Henry (65)
Michael Steven (33)
Dan McFarlane (Referee)
Wick Academy’s 25th Highland League game away to Cove could conceivably be the last – with the Aberdeen side aiming to make it into the SPFL for next season. A 5-0 defeat must look like a drubbing from the league leaders, but either team could have broken the deadlock during the goalless first half at Balmoral Stadium, and the result – and ultimately the winning margin – probably hinged on a 32nd-minute penalty incident.
A slick passing move saw a Davie Allan effort deflected for a corner but Cove launched a swift counter-attack. Sean McCarthy made a spectacular block to deny Cove’s top scorer Mitch Megginson. The ball rebounded to the striker, who was held back and tripped by Michael Steven – a clear goalscoring opportunity and inevitably a red card as well as a spot-kick. McCarthy flung himself low to his left to keep out Megginson’s well-struck penalty.
The first-half action had seen a string of saves by McCarthy, while Wick frequently broke forward with chances for Marc Macgregor, Richard Macadie and Allan.
Ten-man Wick defended well but early in the second half Cove took the lead. A Connor Scully free-kick went in off the head of the unfortunate Macadie.
On 64 minutes a low cross from the right by Scully was swept in at the back post by Martin Scott.
Academy looked set to avoid any further damage – but in the last five minutes the roof fell in.
Daniel Park’s angled shot cannoned off an upright and into the net off McCarthy’s shoulder, then Scott Ross scored with a close-range header. Megginson completed the rout with a great drive that deflected over McCarthy. Cove now prepare for Saturday’s cup final with Formartine before needing just a few more points to retain the title and the earn the chance to rise up to the SPFL via the end-of-season play-offs.
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, April 3, 2019.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||25||28||-||164||-|
|Grant Aitkenhead (sub)||17||5||-||5||-|
|Craig Gunn (sub)||31||29||5||79||34|
|Mark Macadie (sub)||16||1||-||1||-|
Mark Macadie made his senior team debut today coming on for Davie Allan in the 87th minute.
Interview by Alan Hendry Caithness Courier.
Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna was angered by the sending-off decision that had such a huge bearing on the outcome of Saturday’s defeat to Cove at Balmoral Stadium.
Defender Michael “Joe” Steven was given his marching orders for a challenge in the penalty box on Cove striker Mitch Megginson just after the half-hour mark.
Keeper Sean McCarthy saved Megginson’s spot-kick and it remained goalless at the break, but the leaders took charge with five second-half goals.
Academy will now be without Steven for tonight’s home game against Brora, while forward Davie Allan is also suspended.
A frustrated McKenna was adamant that a yellow card would have been sufficient punishment from referee Dan McFarlane.
“Up to then we were very much in the game,” McKenna said. “We went toe to toe with Cove and it was very evenly matched.
“The challenge itself wasn’t reckless – there was no malice in it at all. It was just a wee bit of clumsiness from Joe. There was a crowd of bodies in there so I don’t think it warranted a red card.
“The result doesn’t really reflect the game itself – there were three deflections, three goals in the last five minutes. By that time the lads were dead on their feet, mentally and physically.
“It’s just really frustrating – you play so well, you put so much effort in, and you come away with nothing.”