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Cameron Bowden (90)
Murray Esson (91)
Jack Halliday (6)
Jack Henry (64)
Grant Aitkenhead (84)
|Murray Esson for Liam Norris (68)||
Gordon MacNab for Alan Hughes (68)
Mark Macadie for Richard Macadie (75)
Grant Aitkenhead for Jack Halliday (80)
|Gavin Elphinston (43)||None.|
Filippo Mazzoni (Referee)
For the second year in a row Wick Academy have done the double over Turriff United. The last time Turriff managed to beat the Scorries was in April 2017. Danny Mackay made his 150th competitive appearance for the club today. Craig Gunn has missed the last four games through injury, but he was back on the bench. Grant Aitkenhead came on with 10 minutes of the second half to play and he scored his first goal for the club.
The two Jack’s, Halliday with a goal after only 6 minutes, and Henry on 64 minutes, had Academy two up.
Halliday’s opening goal capped off a great passing move with him and Jack Henry combining well with a neat one-two allowing Halliday on in goal and he finished off in style firing across the keeper into the corner of the net.
Half Time – Turriff United 0 – Wick Academy 1
Academy started to control the game and their second goal came on 64 minutes. Another good move saw the ball played in from the left to the feet of Jack Henry and he fired in a low drive from the edge of the penalty area past the helpless Fraser Hobday.
Grant Aitkenhead came on as a sub in the 80th minute and he scored his first goal for the club four minutes later to put head-room between the sides. The goal came from a chip from Gordon Macnab over the advancing Hobday. It bounced off the far post and Aitkenhead bundled it home from close range.
So game over, not a chance, the last three minutes were pretty intense! Gavin Elphinston had a header come off the bar and Cameron Bowden then pulled a goal back on 90 minutes. A high cross from the left was played back across goal by Matthew Mcdonald to the feet of Bowden who took a touch to control it and then smashed home high into the net from 6 yards out.
A minute later It was 2-3 with substitute Murray Esson getting on the score-sheet. Keeper Hobday lumped a high ball up-field that bounced about in the Academy box, Academy shouted for a push but play continued before the ball fell perfectly for Esson and he whipped a dipping shot high into the net and Academy’s three goal lead had almost evaporated.
Despite the late response from the home side, Academy held on to win the game. The result has lifted Academy up two places in the league to 9th.
Full Time – Turriff United 2 – Wick Academy 3
Match report written by John Briskham
|Gordon Clark (GK)||24||2||-||10||-|
|Gordon MacNab (sub)||25||21||3||75||17|
|Grant Aitkenhead (sub)||18||7||1||14||1|
|Mark Macadie (sub)||17||9||-||13||-|
Very well done to Grant Aitkenhead who scored his first Academy goal today. Congratulations also to Danny Mackay on his 150th appearance.
Interview by Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier
Wick boss Tom McKenna said he was happy with his side’s performance at Turriff on Saturday – for the first 84 minutes at least.
“I was very pleased with how things had gone until then, although I could have done without the heart attacks at the end,” he said after two late Turriff goals reduced Academy’s margin of victory to 3-2.
“We started really well with a cracking goal, a brilliant team move that led to Jack Halliday firing it in. I made sure to compliment the boys on that because the football they played was superb.
“Unfortunately we sat off them after that and we had to thank Gordon Clark for ensuring the half-time score was 1-0.
“Fair play to Gordy. Sean [McCarthy] had been struggling with a groin problem and the night before he phoned to say that he was not going to be fit for this one.
“Gordy has come along week after week and been ready to make himself available if anything happened during a game to Sean. Some of the saves he pulled off were brilliant.
“The second half – last six minutes apart – was much better. We got closer to them, saw good movement off the ball, and when we got the ball we kept it for long periods. Jack Henry scored another cracker of a goal and then Grant Aitkenhead got his first-ever goal for us.”