6 - 0
NOS Cup (Second Round)
Jordan Macrae (9)
Bjorn Wagenaar (45)
Mark Nicolson (60)
Alan Farquhar (OG.) (72)
Scott Davidson (77)
Colin Williamson (85)
Bjorn Wagenaar for Paul Brindle (44)
Greg Morrison for Dale Gillespie (61)
Scott Davidson for Jordan Macrae (74)
Kuba Koziol for Gordon MacNab (68)
Jonah Martens for Craig Gunn (68)
Ross Allan (75)
Gordon Morrison (Referee)
Academy headed down the road to face derby rivals Brora in the second round of the Pat Munro North if Scotland Cup, but a clinical Brora side won out with a convincing 6-0 win.
The first goal came in the 9th minute. A Jordan Macrae shot from outside the box took a wicked deflection off Ross Allan leaving Sean McCarthy rooted to the spot.
Academy battled hard for the remainder of the first half and although they didn’t really threaten the Brora goal the feeling was if they could hold on to half time they were still in the game. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be. Paul Brindle went off injured just before the break and he was replaced by Brora’s summer signing Bjorn Wagennar. With his first touch of the ball he fired home a great free-kick to put the home side in for their cup of tea with a two goal advantage.
Half Time – Brora Rangers 2 – Wick Academy 0
Brora put the game to bed on the hour mark. Mark Nicolson steamed into the box unmarked and powered home with a close-range header from a corner on the right.
The fourth came shortly afterwards when Jordan Macrae sent a low cross into the box and in an attempt to clear it Alan Farquhar bundled the ball into his own net to an unfortunate own goal.
Substitute Scott Davidson put the Cattachs nap when he stabbed home from 4 yards out with Academy failing to clear their lines.
With 5 minutes left the final goal saw Academy again fail to clear the ball out of defence and Collin Williamson poked it home.
Academy nearly got a consolation goal back in the final minute but Joe Malin was on hand to pull off a great save from an Alan Farquhar header.
Full Time – Brora Rangers 6 – Wick Academy 0
In the semi-final Brora will now play Fort William, who beat Rothes 5-1 at Mackessack Park. Inverness Caledonian Thistle will play Clachnacuddin in the other semi-final. Next up for Academy are visitors Buckie Thistle on Saturday.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||26||6||-||174||-|
|Kuba Koziol (sub)||24||4||-||8||-|
|Jonah Martens (sub)||24||4||-||4||-|
Assistant Manager Richard Hughes interview with Matt Leslie, John O’ Groat Journal
Assistant boss Richard Hughes was left ruing a number of defensive errors that led to Academy being dumped out of the North of Scotland Cup.
The Scorries did themselves no favours with their lame attempt to put up a rearguard action during their 6-0 hammering at Dudgeon Park.
Hughes said: “This defeat hurts a lot – especially how we conceded the goals.
“The first one was a deflection but I thought we were still in it in the first half. Then we gave away a silly free kick and they got a second just before half-time.
“I’m not going to take anything away from the lad as it was a great free kick, but it did feel like a punch in the gut because we were still in this going into the interval.
“We were still in the game at 2-0 but that’s what Brora do to you – they grind you down. But the manner in which we lost the goals is disappointing.
“Hopefully we can get it sorted over the next few games.
“There were a lot of positives in that first half but that second goal was the killer. Yes, Brora controlled the second half, but our defending inside our own six-yard box was not good.
“We also gave away the ball too easily and were punished for it. We’ll just have to soldier on and try and bounce back from this.”