Wick Academy 1
Keith 4

Wick Academy
1 - 4

Saturday, April 26th, 2008
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Manson (90)
Martin Wood (30)
Stuart Walker (69)
Derek Smith (83)
Jamie Lennox (87)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
Don MacMillan
Andrew MacLeod
Shaun Sinclair
Alan Sinclair
Stewart Ross
Richard Macadie
Craig Shearer
Martin Gunn
Gary Manson
David Cowie
Gary Weir
Andrew Shearer
Jonathan Watt
Graham Lonie
Derek Nicol
Darren Still
Wayne Mackay
Dean Donaldson
Stuart Walker
Mark Perry
Michael Fyfe
Martin Wood

Stuart Sinclair
Bryan McKiddie
Grant MacNab
Murray Coghill
Kris Niddrie
Craig Morrison
Jamie Lennox
Derek Smith

Grant MacNab for David Cowie (77)
Bryan McKiddie for Martin Gunn (83)
Derek Smith for Michael Fyfe (64)
Jamie Lennox for Dean Donaldson (70)
Craig Morrison for Martin Wood (81)

Don MacMillan (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Frew (Referee)

Match Report

Keith kept their slim title hopes alive today with a 1-4 win against Academy. A strong wind blowing up the Harmsworth Park made the game difficult for both sides.

Keith dominated early play but it was 11 minutes before the first goal-mouth action came along. Gary Weir did well on the left wing cutting inside the box and squared across goal. The ball took a touch off a player in the middle of the box and Cowie headed home, but unfortunately he was off-side.

Academy were having to defend well as Keith pushed for a goal, and Ross did really well to get a block in and deny Martin Wood a shot on goal.

In the 26th minute Alan Sinclair punted the ball out of defence and it carried almost into the Keith box with the strong back wind. Macadie chased it down and struck a first time shot on goal as the ball bounce in front if him, but his attempt went just wide of Shearers right hand post.

A minute later Keith came close when Darren Still sent a curling shot just wide of target.

Keith took the lead on the half-hour mark when Martin Wood curled a shot past an unsighted McMillan into the right hand corner of his net.

0 - 1

MacMillan then denied Dean Donaldson twice in the last minutes of the half.

The fist attempt came as Donaldson cut inside the box with ball at his feet and struck a cracker that was heading for the top corner. MacMillan made a diving save and got a hand to the ball to turn it over for a corner kick.

A minute later and Donaldson tried his hand again, this time from just outside the box he got a shot on target that MacMillan dived across to his left to palm away for another corner.

Half Time 0 - 1

Academy started the second half in better form and Weir almost level the game as he showed some great skill driving the through the middle of the Keith defence with a couple of step-overs but his drive from 18 yards out skimmed past the outside of Shearers left hand post.

3 minutes later Cowie scorched down the right wing, cut inside the last defender shot at target but keeper Shearer was well positioned to make the save.

That was followed by a similar attempt by Craig Shearer and he held his head in his hands as his 18 yard attempt shaved the outside of the left hand post.

Keith made their first change with 64 minutes on the clock, with Michael Fyfe coming off for Derek Smith. Smith almost made an immediate impact, as within minutes of coming on he got his head to a crossed ball and forced MacMillan into a great save as he got a hand to the ball and turned it over the top of goal.

Weir cam close for Academy yet again in the 77th minute as he had another shot at goal, but again the ball went inches past the outside of keeper Shearer's left hand post.

MacMillan was proving to be a thorn in Keith's side as he made yet another great save. This time the ball was punted up-field and Martin Wood managed to collect it, ran into the box and fired his shot on target, but MacMillan had his angles spot-on and he saved low with his feet.

Keith's second goal came in the 69th minute. Stuart Walker managed to cut inside Shaun Sinclair and tried a speculative attempt from about 20 yards out. MacMillan went down to his right for it and looked to have it well covered, but the ball took a wicked bobble just in front of him and ended up in the back of the net.

0 - 2

Keith's third came in the 83rd minute following some slack defending by Academy giving the ball away. Substitute Derek Smith was played through the middle of the Academy defence with a great ball from Stuart Walker and he slotted home under the body of MacMillan from about 10 yards out.

0 - 3

3 minutes from time Keith scored another. MacMillan came out of his goal for a back pass and was closed down by Craig Morrison who managed to block MacMillan's kick-out. Both players turned to get to the ball and seemed to get in each others way with Morrison going down in the box. Referee Frew blew for quite a harsh looking penalty kick, and booked MacMillan for the challenge. Jamie Lennox slotted home the PK.

0 - 4

Academy managed to pull a consolation goal back in the final minute if the game. Macadie sent a high ball into the box from the right hand side and it fell to Manson in the middle of the box. He took one touch to control the ball and then slotted home from 8 yards out.

Final Score 1 - 4

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at April 26th, 2008)

2007/2008 All Time
Don MacMillan (GK) - 3 - 110 -
Andrew MacLeod - 28 - 2065
Alan Sinclair - 32119312
Shaun Sinclair - 27 - 77 -
Richard Macadie21 3179413
Stewart Ross - 25510314
Gary Manson24 30723725
Martin Gunn - 25433669
Craig Shearer - 32629133
Gary Weir10 221412732
David Cowie - 7 - 1457
Bryan McKiddie (sub) - 30 - 43 -
Grant MacNab (sub)16 4141

League Table (as at April 26th, 2008)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 27 18 7 2 +49 61
2. Keith 26 17 6 3 +52 57
3. Buckie Thistle 28 17 6 5 +30 57
4. Deveronvale 25 15 7 3 +44 52
5. Fraserburgh 26 16 3 7 +24 51
6. Inverurie Locos 26 14 4 8 +18 46
7. Huntly 26 13 5 8 +19 44
8. Forres Mech 27 13 4 10 +21 43
9. Clachnacuddin 28 10 7 11 -1 37
10. Nairn County 27 11 4 12 -8 37
11. WICK 26 7 5 14 -13 26
12. Lossiemouth 27 4 5 18 -41 17
13. Brora Rangers 27 4 4 19 -44 16
14. Rothes 25 3 3 19 -34 12
15. Fort William 25 1 0 24 -116 3