Keith 1
Wick Academy 3


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Wick Academy

Saturday, January 31st, 2009
Kynoch Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Nicol (64) David Cowie (72)
Bryan McKiddie (73)
David Allan (80)

Team Managers
Unknown. Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
Andy Shearer
Graham Lonie
Stuart Walker
Kris Niddrie
Derek Nichol
Darren Still
Dean Donaldson
Mark Perry
Sean Keith
Danny Tritton
Gary Nicol
James More
Shaun Sinclair
Andrew MacLeod
Richard Macadie
Stewart Ross
Bryan McKiddie
Gary Manson
Craig Shearer
Stevie Cunningham
Gary Weir
David Cowie

Jonathan Watt
Craig Morrison
Michael Fyfe
Gary Harris
Phillip McCall
Daniel Budge
Ciaran Duffy
Paul Wares
David Allan

Gary Harris for Dean Donaldson (71)
Michael Fyfe for Sean Keith (83)
David Allan for Shaun Sinclair (66)

Mark Perry (79) Craig Shearer (68)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Michael McNab (Referee)

Match Report

Just kicked off on a bitterly cold day at Kynoch Park. Martin Gunn and Gary Farquhar are still unavailable due to injury and Nigel MacKenzie is suspended following his sending off against Rothes last weekend. Bryan McKiddie and Stevie Cunningham both make the starting line-up. and Gary Manson is back after sitting out his suspension. Keith are currently second in the league and well in the hunt for the title, so it's expected that this will be a tough game for the Scorries.

The opening 15 minutes has been a fairly even affair. Keith had the first half-chance when Donaldson sent Sean Keith into the box but Shaun Sinclair intercepted with a great defensive tackle to clear the danger.

Academy's chance came when Weir worked his way to the edge of the box and although surrounded by Keith defenders he managed to lay the ball off for Macadie who hit it on the run. His shot beat keeper Shearer but the ball just shaved the outside of his left hand post.

With 10 minutes left of the first half Academy have had the better of the game thus far. They have past the ball well, created several good scoring opportunities and forced 6 or 7 corners. The wind is in Academy's favour at the moment, and this may be assisting, but never-the-less they are giving Keith a good game. Macadie has been one-on-one with keeper Shearer twice, with Shearer making good saves, and Weir, McKiddie and Craig Shearer have all have shots that have threatened the Keith goal.

Neither team cam break the deadlock and referee McNab blows for half-time. So far so good for Academy, but Keith will have the advantage of the wind in the second half, so still a long way to go.

Half Time 0 - 0

15 minutes in and Academy are still playing very well, Cowie has been through on-on-one with the keeper but Shearer again denied the Scorries with another in a series of fine saves. Even Academy physio Pat Miller had a spell on the park to attend an injury, but by the time he reached the opposition penalty box the injured played had recovered.

Keith take the lead against the run of play with just over an hour on the clock. Gary Nicol is played into the box and he scored with a low drive past More into the corner of the net.

1 - 0

David Allan has come on for Shaun Sinclair and Stevie Cunningham has switched to right back.

In typical Academy fashion they come roaring straight back into the game. Substitute Allan picked the ball up about 25 yards out and past to Cowie who chipped the keeper from an acute angle at the edge of the 6 yard box.

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Minutes later Academy stunned the home crowd by taking the lead. Craig Shearer slid a pass through the Keith defensive back-line to Macadie who took it wide before squaring to Bryan McKiddie in the middle of the box and he slotted home for his first Academy league goal.

1 - 2

Academy came within inches of increasing their lead further when Stewart Ross smacked the ball off the cross-bar from a 19 yard free kick. The ball came back out and was cleared for a corner kick. From the corner the ball fell to David Allan amongst a melee of players and he back-heeled the ball into the net to claim his first Academy league goal, and put Academy two goals up with 15 minutes left to play.

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Neither side can add to the scoring and referee McNab blows for full-time to the cheers of the Academy supporters. In previous games at Kynoch Park Academy have managed a 1-1 draw in a Highland League Cup game in March 2001, but this is the first league points that the boys have taken home with them, so it's an historical victory and one that may dent Keith's title challenge.

Final Score 1 - 3

Match report written by Alastair Ross

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2009)

2008/2009 All Time
James More (GK)20 10 - 70 -
Shaun Sinclair - 20 - 98 -
Andrew MacLeod - 22 - 2305
Stevie Cunningham - 203203
Craig Shearer - 24531739
Gary Manson25 21126026
Bryan McKiddie - 231681
Stewart Ross - 17112115
Richard Macadie21 24612022
David Cowie - 2521729
Gary Weir11 241415348
David Allan (sub)19 7171

League Table (as at January 31st, 2009)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Deveronvale 17 12 3 2 +33 39
2. Keith 17 11 1 5 +12 34
3. Cove Rangers 15 10 3 2 +39 33
4. Buckie Thistle 17 10 2 5 +17 32
5. Inverurie Locos 13 9 3 1 +17 30
6. Fraserburgh 18 8 6 4 +12 30
7. Huntly 16 9 2 5 +11 29
8. WICK 18 7 3 8 -5 24
9. Nairn County 16 7 2 7 +1 23
10. Forres Mech 14 5 3 6 -2 18
11. Clachnacuddin 15 3 6 6 -2 15
12. Lossiemouth 16 3 3 10 -16 12
13. Rothes 16 1 3 12 -33 6
14. Brora Rangers 14 0 3 11 -38 3
15. Fort William 12 0 1 11 -46 1