4 - 0
Joe McCabe (5)
Sam Urquhart (pen.) (23)
Jack Murray (64)
Kevin Fraser (91)
Kevin Fraser (c)
Sam Robertson for Sam Urquhart (63)
Callum Murray for Scott Adams (63)
Marcus Goodall for Kyle Macleod (71)
Sam Barclay for Gary Manson (56)
Scott Mowat for Colin Macrae (89)
Scott MacDonald for Grant Aitkenhead (89)
|Jack Murray (81)||
David Allan (51)
Grant Aitkenhead (73)
Scott Leslie (Referee)
Wick Academy travelled to Victoria Park for the last game of the decade and were well beat by Buckie.
An already long injury list, player sickness and unavailability gave manager Tom McKenna a real selection nightmare. Grant Aitkenhead and Jonah Martens both started the game, and there were three of the Under 17’s squad on the bench; Sam Barclay, Scott Mowat and Scott MacDonald.
Joe McCabe opened the scoring for the home side after only 5 minutes, and Sam Urquhart converted from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute to give Buckie a firm grip on the game going into the half-time interval.
Jack Murray put the game to bed in the 64th minute when he scored Buckie’s third.
Daniel Bell was suspended for today's game, but his replacement Lee Herbert earned his stripes in the 70th minute when he saved a Richard Macadie penalty.
Kevin Fraser put the icing on Buckie’s Christmas cake when he scored their 4th in injury time.
After five minutes a Wick clearance hit referee Scott Leslie who restarted the game with an uncontested drop ball to Buckie. They worked it out to their left to Andy MacAskill whose cross was volleyed into the net by Joe McCabe at the back post.
McCarthy did well to save a Scott Adams free kick and set up a counter-attack, Martens crossing from the left to Hughes who headed it just wide of the back post.
Buckie went two goals up on 23 minutes with a harsh penalty award after Sam Urquhart collided with MacRae. Urquhart himself fired in the spot-kick.
The Jags dominated for a spell. Kevin Fraser was denied at point-blank range by McCarthy and MacAskill missed a chance, slicing his shot wide.
After another decision went against his team, manager McKenna was yellow-carded for dissent.
Academy’s best effort came just before the break, Macadie driving a 25-yard free kick against the wall and forcing a diving save from Lee Herbert with his rebound effort.
Half Time - Buckie Thistle 2 - Wick Academy 0
Wick competed well in the second half but Martens fired over the bar on 55 minutes, then Manson went off and Barclay came on.
On 65 minutes MacAskill set up Jack Murray for the Jags’ third goal. A fantastic run from man of the match MacAskill from the right-hand side had him beat two Wick defenders before passing it into Murray who struck it high into the net from close range.
Wick had a huge chance to get a consolation when they were awarded a penalty after Murray pushed Alan Farquhar to the ground in the box from a corner, but Herbert made a fantastic save getting his hand on the ball to keep Richard Macadie out.
Buckie finished the game off in style in injury time as substitute Callum Murray glided past two Academy players on the left and pulled the ball across goal for Kevin Fraser to score a tap-in into an empty net.
Mowat and MacDonald came on for a brief taste of first-team football.
Academy had a gruelling year on the road in 2019, with three trips each to Inverurie and Fort William and two to Cove and Huntly among their 25 away league, cup and pre-season matches.
Fort William are first-foots at Harmsworth Park on the 4th January.
Full Time – Buckie Thistle 4 – Wick Academy 0
Match report written by John o Groat Journal (Ken Wood) - Fri, Jan 3, 2020.
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Interview by Alan Hendry, John O’ Groat Journal.
Manager Tom McKenna is predicting a bright future for Wick Academy after giving three 16-year-olds a taste of Highland League action in Saturday’s game against Buckie Thistle.
A severely under-strength Wick side fell to a 4-0 defeat, but McKenna was greatly encouraged by what he saw of Sam Barclay and two other youth products, Scott Mowat and Scott MacDonald, when they came off the bench.
Barclay replaced Gary Manson just before the hour mark, while Mowat and MacDonald came on in the closing stages.
“Young Sam Barclay played half an hour and I was really, really impressed with him,” McKenna said. “There was no fear – he was looking to get on the ball and he was taking players on.
“He really impressed me for a 16-year-old lad in that mature environment.
“Scott Mowat and Scott MacDonald came on for the last five minutes. Then you’ve got Mark Macadie, Ben Sinclair and Grant Aitkenhead... Going forward, the future looks very promising for the football club.
“I’m going to invite these young lads to training and give them a better taste of the first-team environment.
“You’ve got to look at some positives, and from what I saw on Saturday with these three lads the future looks bright as long as they keep focused.”
Injury and illness again took its toll on the Academy squad with Sam Mackay, Jack Halliday, Jack Henry, Gordon MacNab, Ross Allan, Craig Gunn, Mark Macadie and Kuba Koziol all unavailable along with long-term casualties Grant Steven and Marc Macgregor.
Manson made the trip despite feeling unwell. “All credit to Gary for turning up,” McKenna said. “He said he was struggling but would give it a go. Respect to Gary for making the journey. He did everything he could do.
”Academy have struggled for consistency since the start of the campaign and most weeks McKenna and his coaching staff have had to make do without a clutch of experienced players. The defeat at Buckie leaves them 11th in the table.
“Saturday’s game really summed up the first half of our season,” McKenna said. “You go there with hope and belief, but when you’ve got players with a certain pedigree missing it makes the whole outcome a lot more difficult.
“There were sections of the game where we were really good, and we were a bit unlucky at times, but it was a day of frustration.
“If you take out Sam Mackay, Jack Halliday and Jack Henry it’s going to make a significant difference. I think those three would walk into any team in this league, so it was a massive blow.
“For me it has probably been the most difficult part of my involvement with the club. It has been a really difficult time, mentally and physically.
“You do get people putting their points of view across, and rightly so, because they pay their money. All you can do is accept that, but it has been difficult.”