3 - 1
3 - 1
Sam Mackay (26)
Stevie Cunningham (53)
David Allan (71)
|Zander Sutherland (29)|
Bryan McKiddie for Sam Mackay (74)
Ross Allan for David Allan (87)
Scott Davidson for Shaun Scott (22)
Andrew Copland for Robert Duncan (85)
Martin Gunn (34)
Sam Mackay (51)
Graeme Stewart (36)
Lewis MacKinnon (83)
|None.||Michael Morrison (48)|
Jim Lyon (Referee)
Davie Kirkwood notched up his first win with the Scorries today with a fantastic 3-1 result against last year's league champions Buckie Thistle. Academy had their full front line compliment available for the game for the 1st time this season with Davie Allan back from suspension to join Gary Weir. Shaun Sinclair was on holiday and Michael Steven was unavailable for selection. Buckie also had a few regulars missing today, notably Craig MacMillan and Martin Charlesworth and were dealt a further blow before kick-off when Andy Low picked up an injury in the pre-match warm-up and he was replaced by Robert Duncan.
Buckie were first to threaten with 7 minutes played. Paul Napier crossed a dangerous ball into the Academy box and Hamish Munro managed to get a toe to it and turned it goal-bound but Allan Bokas got down well and turned the ball around his left post.
The action went straight to the other end of the park where Stevie Cunningham drove into the box and slipped the ball to Sam Mackay but his shot flicked off Jamie Shewan and went just wide of the target.
With 15 minutes played Shawn Scott beat the off-side trap and raced through on goal but Bokas was smart off his line and slid in to make a good block at the feet of Scott.
David Allan again raced up the wing, got a yard on his marker and fired the ball across goal. Gary Weir got his head to the ball but his flashing header went wide of the target.
With 20 minutes played Paul Napier cut in from the right flank and curled a great attempt at goal that clipped off the top of the Academy cross-bar.
A minute later David Allan hit the burners and raced into the Buckie box. Keeper Kevin Main came out and forced him wide, but Allan got around him and crossed the ball. The Buckie back line failed to clear and it fell to Richard Macadie but he fired wide of target.
In the 22nd minute Buckie were forced into making a change when Shawn Scott pulled up injured and he was replaced by live-wire Scott Davidson.
Academy opened the scoring in the 26th minute. David Allan again drove up the right flank and crossed into the box where Sam Mackay collected and slotted home past Main from 6 yards out.
1 - 0
Buckie leveled the scores 3 minutes later. The ball was punted into the Academy half and was half cleared before falling to Zander Sutherland about 30 yards from goal and he showed great skill hitting it on the half-volley and lobbing it over the head of Bokas who was off his line.
1 - 1
Buckie came close to taking the lead a few minutes later. Paul Napier was getting too much space on the right wing and he again went on a surging run, cut inside the box and sent a dangerous cross into the box. Grant Steven provided the cover and he looked to have got the ball caught under his feet, but did well to recover and cleared the danger.
Academy finished the half with two good attacking moves. David Allan crossed into the box and Sam Mackay got his head to the ball and it looked bound for the bottom corner but keeper Kevin Main got down well and turned it wide of his right post.
The final action of the half saw Gary Weir flick the ball onto Sam Mackay who ran through on goal. Kevin Main came out to meet him and Mackay tried to nick the ball over him but it smacked Main in the face and the ball was cleared down-field by Lewis MacKinnon.
Half Time 1 - 1
3 minutes after the re-start Buckie were reduced to 10 men. Gary Weir chased a high bouncing ball through the middle of the Buckie defence and was impeded by Michael Morrison and both men landed on the floor. Referee Lyon deemed Morrison to be the last man and guilty of denying a clear goal scoring attempt and he flashed the red card at him.
From the resulting free kick the Jags keeper Kevin Main went air-born and turned Richard Macadie's free kick attempt over the cross-bar for a corner with a great one-handed save.
A great flowing move gave Academy the lead in the 53rd minute. Mackay and Macadie linked up well at the edge of the Buckie box before Macadie slipped in Cunningham and he slotted the ball past an out-stretched Main.
2 - 1
Weir was next to have a crack at the Buckie goal when he lashed a 25 yard volley off his lacers but it shaved the outside of Main's left hand post.
Buckie although down to 10 men were not out of the game and almost sneaked an equalizer when substitute Davidson latched onto a ball that bounced between Alan Farquhar and Grant Steven, but Steven recovered well and snuffed out the attack.
The play raged back down-field and Main was again on hand to keep the Scorries at bay. Weir wriggled past his markers and got a shot on target that took a flick off a defender and wrong footed Main, but he Buckie keeper did very well to stick out a foot and clear the ball.
Academy sealed the game with their 3rd goal in 71st minute. Weir showed great fighting spirit scrapping for a lost ball at the edge of the Buckie box and he marched into the penalty area with ball at feet before sliding a pass to David Allan at the back post and he took it on the run and hammered it high into the net.
3 - 1
At the other end Zander Sutherland had a half chance to pull a goal back, but he couldn't keep a 20 yard shot down and the ball flew harmlessly over Bokas's cross-bar.
The last action of the game saw keeper Main again called into action for his 3rd or 4th really good save of the game as Weir was threaded through the middle by David Allan an he went one-on-one with Main but the Jags keeper stayed big and pulled off another good stop.
Full time 3 - 1
Academy now have two way games on the spin, away to Strathspey Thistle and then Rothes.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Allan Bokas (GK)||-||3||-||60||-|
|Ross Allan (sub)||18||2||-||34||1|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||3||-||135||5|