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Wick Academy

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
Grant Street Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alex Bone (94) Gary Weir (4)
Martin Gunn (95)

Team Managers
David Mackay Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
Jim Calder
David Mackay
Paul McLaren
Steven MacDonald
Steven Maclean
Neil MacCuish
Iain Fyfe
Bruce McCraw
Robbie Duncanson
Scott Begg
Gary Ross
James More
David Mowat
Shaun Sinclair
Stuart Sinclair
Andrew MacLeod
Gary Farquhar
Craig Shearer
Martin Gunn
Richard Macadie
Gary Weir
David Cowie

Gordon MacKenzie
Blair Lawrie
Chris Sutherland
Alan Grant
Alex Bone
Daniel Bell
Sean Stewart
Martin Sinclair
Bryan McKiddie
Shane Sutherland

Blair Lawrie for Iain Fyfe (45)
Alex Bone for Bruce McCraw (55)
Alan Grant for Gary Ross (69)
Shane Sutherland for Craig Shearer (81)
Bryan McKiddie for David Cowie (94)

Scott Begg (45)
Blair Lawrie (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ross Hamill (Referee)

Match Report

Martin Gunn made his 250th league appearance for Academy today, and his 51st league goal deep into injury time won the game.

Clach mounted the first attack of the game with only 2 minutes played. Bruce McCraw finding space for himself at the edge of the Academy box, and he got his shot on target which James saved low to his left post.

It was Academy however that scored the first goal of the game, in their first attacking move. Good play in the middle of the field between Craig Shearer and Gary Farquhar saw the Scorries to the edge of the Clach box, and Richard Macadie slipped in Gary Weir who picked the ball up and fired home low past veteran keeper Jim Calder’s right hand.

0 – 1

Clach’s next attack saw Scott Begg cross a dangerous ball into the Academy box, but Stuart Sinclair made a good defensive clearing header, turning the ball behind for a corner kick. The resulting corner was blasted high over the Academy bar by McCraw.

More set Academy up-field, and Shearer won a free-kick in mid-field. Farquhar took it and floated the ball over the top of the Clach defence, where Martin Gunn took it from over his shoulder on the volley, but his shot went over the top of the Clach net.

Clach came close to squaring the game in the 13th minute. Scott Begg played Robbie Duncanson in on goal, and Duncanson unleashed a good right foot shot that whistled narrowly past Mores right hand post.

With Academy enjoying the bulk of the possession, their next attempt came just before the half-hour mark. From the corner of the Academy box Richard Macadie composed himself on the ball, and tried a curling shot into the top right hand corner, but his attempt was just too high.

Academy pushed again looking for the second goal, and Martin Gunn drove at the Clach defence, and was brought down 23 yards from goal. This set-up Gary Farquhar in a prime position, and he pulled out a good save from keeper Calder from his free-kick effort.

With 39 minutes gone Academy broke from mid-field, after Craig Shearer did some good closing-down to win the ball, and Richard Macadie skipped past two Clach defenders and fired a good right-foot shot on target that keeper Calder did well to save.

The last chance of the half came from a mix-up by keeper Calder, who tried to dribble the ball out wide at the edge of his box, but Martin Gunn nicked it from him, and he passed the ball back to Richard Macadie who’s shot at the empty goal was cleared by Steven MacDonald.

Half Time 0 -1

Clach made a change at half-time, taking on the talented ex-Ross County player Blair Lawrie for Iain Fyfe.

Clach pressed from the off, and with 2 minutes played the ball fell perfectly for Robbie Duncanson at the edge of the Academy box, but he wasted a good chance by blasting high and wide.

3 minutes later and Gary Weir took the ball down with hs chest with his back to goal, turned, side-stepped Paul McLaren and fired in a good right foot attempt from 22 yards out, but it flew just high over the cross-bar.

53 minutes in and Clach got a lucky break when Gary Farquhar lobbed their defence and sent Martin Gunn clean through on goal, but the lines(woman) flagged for off-side when Gunn looked at worst level.

Clach continued to ring the changes, taking on Alex Bone for Bruce McCraw.

Wick’s next chance came with just over an hour played. Gary Farquhar was sent clear by Martin Gunn, and he took the ball forward to the edge of the Clach box, but instead of shooting for goal he squared the ball for Gary Weir, and Weir shot wide of target.

More did well in the 67th minute to deny Steven Maclean, turning his attempt over the top for a corner.

Clach made their final change a minute later, Alex Grant coming on for Gary Ross.

Wick had two shooting attempts in the 71st and 72nd minutes, both going over the top from Richard Macadie and then Martin Gunn.

Clach were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute, when their player manager David Mackay landed awkwardly, and was assisted off the field. Clach by that stage had made all 3 of their substitutes, so couldn’t replace him.

Clach almost levelled the game in a bizarre fashion in the 80th minute, when Blair Lawrie fired a cross in from 35 yards out on the right side of the field, and the ball took a weird spin in the air and almost caught More out at his back post, but More managed to just get a hand to it and turned it over for a corner.

A minute later and Craig Shearer landed badly and injured his ankle. He was carried off on a stretcher and was replaced by Shane Sutherland.

Even though Clach were down to 10 men they were having a real go, and substitute Bone almost squared the game with 4 minutes left, but his 22 yard drive went just over the top of the Academy cross-bar.

With Clach pushing for the equaliser they were leaving holes at the back, and Academy almost punished them for it in quick succession, Macadie first having a right foot shot that Calder did well to save, and then David Cowie was released into the box, but he took the ball just too far and David Mackay cleared the danger.

With 4 minutes of injury time played Academy tried to wind the clock down by taking on Bryan McKiddie for David Cowie.

In a tense finish and the Academy support calling for the final whistle Alex Bone was played to within 25 yards from the Academy goal by Alex Grant, and Bone hit as crisp a shot as you are likely to see that flew past an out-stretched More to the anguish of the Academy players.

1 – 1

Game over, not a hope! Academy went straight down-field from the re-start, and Martin Gunn picked the ball up just outside the Clach box after a half-clearance, and he fired a right-foot drive through a ruck of players past a helpless Calder to win the game. The crowd go wild!!

1 – 2

Full Time 1 - 2

So Titchie and Zeeky’s first win in charge, and Academy thoroughly deserved it. They were much the better side today and played some good stuff. How typical as well for Gunn to get the winner in his 250th game, but every player contributed in what was a very professional performance.

Craig Shearer was taken to hospital in Inverness for a check-up and the good news is he hasn’t broken anything, but has a badly swollen ankle and could be out for a few weeks. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at February 3rd, 2007)

2006/2007 All Time
James More (GK)18 13 - 19 -
Shaun Sinclair - 18 - 41 -
David Mowat - 191601
Andrew MacLeod - 2111695
Stuart Sinclair - 8 - 10 -
Martin Gunn - 17530162
Craig Shearer - 21725327
Gary Farquhar - 2037320
Richard Macadie19 223523
Gary Weir9 2069315
David Cowie - 2111267
Bryan McKiddie (sub) - 6 - 6 -
Shane Sutherland (sub) - 122122

League Table (as at February 3rd, 2007)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Buckie Thistle 18 13 4 1 +24 43
2. Huntly 20 13 2 5 +25 41
3. Inverurie Locos 19 13 2 4 +15 41
4. Deveronvale 19 12 2 5 +27 38
5. Keith 18 12 2 4 +17 38
6. Cove Rangers 18 10 3 5 +13 33
7. Nairn County 20 9 3 8 +12 30
8. Clachnacuddin 22 8 4 10 +7 28
9. Fraserburgh 17 7 4 6 +6 25
10. Rothes 19 8 0 11 -8 24
11. Forres Mech 19 4 4 11 -11 16
12. WICK 17 5 1 11 -19 16
13. Brora Rangers 21 5 1 15 -35 16
14. Lossiemouth 19 2 2 15 -28 8
15. Fort William 14 2 0 12 -45 6