2 - 1
Graham Johnston (49)
Graham Johnston (61)
Richard Macadie (6)
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
Robert Morrice for Gavin Wemyss (57)
Sean Bremner for Zak Conway (64)
James Duguid for Graham Johnston (88)
Sam Mackay for Bryan McKiddie (57)
James Mackay for Stevie Cunningham (88)
Steven Main (31)
Russell McBride (38)
Richard Macadie (77)
Martin Kerigan (Referee)
Academy have been described as the Arsenal of the Highland League by a number of admirers during the reign of Richard Hughes and Ian Munro, and the latest to make the comparison was Fraserburgh boss Charlie Duncan after Saturday's game at Bellslea Park.
Just like the celebrated Gunners, though, Academy have a tendency to frustrate their supporters by failing to turn slick passing football into solid results.
At Bellslea, the Scorries led through Richard Macadie's well-taken sixth-minute goal - his 25th of the season in all competitions. The goal came from a high ball over the top of the Fraserbugh defence and as they appealed for off-side Macadie played to the whistle and ran onto the ball before lobbing keeper Paul Leask. Academy then went on to dominate the match for long spells. However, Fraserburgh's Graham Johnston scored with two second-half free kicks, after 49 and 61 minutes, to give the home side all three points.
Alan Bokas has proved to be a good instinctive shot-stopper during his time with Academy but he will have been disappointed by his inability to deal with either of Johnston's efforts. At the other end, Broch keeper Paul Leask was in inspired form and was awarded the man of the match.
"It was like playing against Arsenal," veteran boss Duncan said afterwards. "They were absolutely brilliant. They were really good and should have won the game but they were poor defensively.
"Some of the football Wick played was a joy to watch. It was criminal goalkeeping, and their back four wasn't very clever either, but their midfield and forwards were tremendous.
"They led us a merry dance for long spells. We stuck at it, though, and how we won is beyond me."
Academy co-manager Richard Hughes said: "We had enough chances to win. Their keeper had an exceptional game and the good sign for us is that the boys are still capable of playing quality football, and hopefully they can continue doing that."
Match report written by Colin Stewart
|Allan Bokas (GK)||-||21||-||54||-|
|Sam Mackay (sub)||22||25||6||59||25|
|James Mackay (sub)||-||10||-||10||-|