Wick Academy 1
Nairn County 0

Wick Academy
1 - 0
Nairn County 

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Weir (pen.) (89)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
James More
Shaun Sinclair
Alan Sinclair
Gary Manson
Stewart Ross
Bryan McKiddie
Richard Macadie
Martin Gunn
Craig Shearer
Murray Coghill
Gary Weir
John Campbell
Martin Sanderson
Stephen Skinner
Martin MacDonald
Gregg Main
Duncan Jones
Steven Edwards
Brian MacLeod
Wayne Macintosh
Shaun Kerr
William Barron

Ryan Bain
Benn Murray
Grant MacNab
Scott MacKenzie
Graham MacNab
Chris Finnigan
Jonathon Holland
Scott Graham
Darren Jarvie
Willie Ridgers

None. Jonathon Holland for Duncan Jones (54)
Scott Graham for William Barron (67)
Willie Ridgers for John Campbell (76)

Craig Shearer (30)

Red Cards
None. Brian McLeod (89)
Match Officials

Jason Hasson (Referee)

Match Report

A dramatic penalty kick winner by Gary Weir in the 89th minute of the game moves Academy up one place in the league today to 10th spot.

Academy started the game playing up the Harmsworth slope and their first sniff at goal came in the 5th minute when a Shearer shot at goal was deflected over the top of the Nairn cross-bar. The resulting corner from Macadie fell to Gunn in the middle of the box but he fired his attempt high over the top.

5 minutes later Gunn played a great ball over the top of the Nairn defence to Weir but the ball just skidded away from him as he ran in on keeper Campbell.

Martin MacDonald had the best chance of the first half for Nairn in the 28th minute as he hit a cross from the right on the volley and forced More to make a really smart save down to his right.

A minute later and Shearer picked up a booking when referee Hasson adjudged that he fouled keeper Campbell whilst going for what looked to be a 50-50 ball that Campbell had spilled.

Shearer was in the action again moments later when his header from a Stewrat Ross cross bounced back off the Nairn cross-bar.

Academy were keeping Nairn pegged back from goal and this was typified when MacLeod had a long shot from 25 yards that Shaun Sinclair got a toe to sending the ball for a corner-kick.

With 36 minutes on the clock Academy looked as they might have sneaked the lead when Weir shook-off his defender in the middle of the Nairn box and his goal-bound shot was blocked by the diving body of Gregg Main.

The last attack of the half saw Gunn sliding a pass through the Nairn defence for Macadie, and Macadies cross from the right was followed into the back post by Weir but he couldn't control his stretching shot and it went over the cross-bar.

Half Time 0 - 0
Within seconds of the re-start Shaun Kerr almost broke through the Academy defence but Alan Sinclair was alert to the danger and snuffed him out.

2 minutes later and Manson had a good shot on target that keeper Campbell scooped around his post for a corner.

With 51 minutes played Macadie showed some determined wing play before cutting infield evading about 3 tackles before sliding a cross through the middle of the Nairn defence for Gunn, but it was just out his reach and he could only get a toe to the ball to shoot wide.

A minute later Martin MacDonald wriggled his way past the Academy defence in the middle of the box, turned and shot but More denied him with a great diving save. Nairn should have done better with the resulting corner but Kerr sent a free-header over the top of the Academy cross-bar.

The game was starting to get stretched by this stage with both side looking for a goal, and More again denied Nairn the opener when he made another fine save low down to his left hand post from a Steve Edwards shot.

Nairn did get the ball in the net a minute later but it didn't count as at least two players were flagged off-side.

Weir continued to look the most likely to score for Academy and he got his head to a crossed ball with just over an hour played but it flashed straight into keeper Campbells hands.

It was then Campbells turn to keep the scoring down as he made a fine block when Macadie cut in from the right and went one-on-one with him. Campbell stayed big as Macadie ran in on him and got a foot to his shot.

Back up the other end and Moore was again called into action when Kerr was released from midfield with a through ball from Main but More was on hand for another fine stop.

Nairn keeper Campbell was taken off having picked up an injury and was replaced by Willie Ridgers.

With 79 minutes gone Martin MacDonald was in on goal yet again, and by this stage he must have been sick of the sight of James More as More added to his string of fine saves to once again deny Nairn the lead.

The winning goal came with a minute of normal time left. A Stewart Ross long ball was flicked out to the right for Gunn to run onto and Gunn hit a shot from all of 30 yards that substitute keeper Ridgers dived to save and palmed it wide. The ball was pumped back in and in a frantic exchange of ping-pong in the Nairn box Brian McLeod handled the ball whilst clearing off his line. Referee Hasson awarded a spot -kick and flashed the red card at the Nairn defender. In the midst of the mayhem Weir stepped up as cool a cucumber and slotted the PK past Ridgers right hand for his 8th league goal of the season.

1 - 0

Referee Hasson played out a nervous 4 minutes of extra time, but the Scorries held on to take all 3 points. This win moves Academy a point above Forres who got beat by Buckie today, and to within a point of Clach.

Full time 1 - 0

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at January 19th, 2008)

2007/2008 All Time
James More (GK)19 20 - 51 -
Alan Sinclair - 20118112
Shaun Sinclair - 18 - 68 -
Craig Shearer - 20227929
Martin Gunn - 14332568
Richard Macadie20 1948210
Bryan McKiddie - 20 - 33 -
Stewart Ross - 1729511
Gary Manson24 19322621
Murray Coghill - 6 - 271
Gary Weir10 141111929

League Table (as at January 19th, 2008)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Inverurie Locos 17 12 2 3 +24 38
2. Buckie Thistle 16 11 4 1 +26 37
3. Cove Rangers 16 10 5 1 +36 35
4. Keith 14 9 5 0 +30 32
5. Deveronvale 13 8 4 1 +18 28
6. Huntly 13 8 2 3 +12 26
7. Fraserburgh 14 7 2 5 +4 23
8. Nairn County 14 7 1 6 0 22
9. Clachnacuddin 17 5 4 8 -5 19
10. WICK 16 5 3 8 -9 18
11. Forres Mech 16 5 2 9 -2 17
12. Brora Rangers 17 3 2 12 -28 11
13. Rothes 15 2 1 12 -17 7
14. Lossiemouth 15 1 3 11 -26 6
15. Fort William 15 1 0 14 -63 3