Wick Academy 4
Strathspey 1

Wick Academy
4 - 1

Saturday, December 17th, 2011
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Allan (1)
Sam Mackay (26)
Sam Mackay (31)
Stevie Cunningham (67)
Alan Farquhar (og.) (75)

Team Managers
Davie Kirkwood
Brian Ritchie

Starting Eleven
Michael Gray
Michael Steven
Alan Farquhar
Craig Shearer
Richard Macadie
Ross Allan
Sam Mackay
Stevie Cunningham
Stewart Ross
David Allan
Gary Weir
William Ridgers
Donald Horsburgh
Jordan Wardrope
Fraser Tulloch
Nicholas Mochan
Adam MacLeod
Joseph Hardie
Steven MacDonald
Mateusz Borrowowski
Terry Swinton
Sandis Reinsons

Shaun Sinclair
Alan Hughes
Bryan McKiddie
Gary Manson
James Mackay
Paul MacArthur
Darren Ross
Scot Smith
Jamie Sutherland
Andis Klarkins

Bryan McKiddie for Stewart Ross (71)
James Mackay for David Allan (76)
Alan Hughes for Stevie Cunningham (83)
Jamie Sutherland for Jordan Wardrope (63)
Paul MacArthur for Terry Swinton (76)
Darren Ross for Adam MacLeod (83)

Gary Weir (77)
Sandis Reinsons (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)

Match Report

Heavy rain and a hard ground frost presented a few problems running up to this fixture, but tremendous work by the Academy ground-staff and volunteers paid off as referee Billy Baxter gave the green light for the game to start.

For the second game in a row Academy flew out of the block and scored within the first minutes. Almost straight from the kick-off Weir back-heeled the ball into the path of Macadie but Macadie's shot from 10 yards out brushed off the outside of keeper Ridgers's right had post.

The opener wasn't long in coming though as in the next attack. Weir again was the provider as he cut the ball from the bye-line into the penalty area. Davie Allan took a touch to control the ball and then rifles home, this time off the inside of Ridger's right hand post.

1 - 0

Davie Allan showed his pace in the next attacking move as he pushed the ball beyond the Strathspey back line and powered past leaving the defense in his wake. His shot however went straight to the keeper who made a comfortable save.

With 26 minutes on the clock the Scorries doubled their lead. Macadie and Weir had a neat interchange of passes before Weir slid the ball to Sam Mackay who slotted home.

2 - 0

Strathspey almost pulled one back 2 minutes later. Some hesitancy in the Academy defence gifted the ball to Mateusz Borrowski and the Polish striker chipped Gray who was off his line but his effort went wide of target.

Academy looked threatening with every attack and just before the half hour Davie Allan past to Sam Mackay who flicked the ball into the path of Macadie who leathered the ball on target but Donald Horsburgh got his body in the way and made an important block.

The 3rd goal came soon afterwards. Nicholas Mochan (Choccy) dallied on the ball and gave away possession. Dave Allan drove forward and his shot that looked goal-bound was blocked by Ridgers but the re-bound looped back out and Sam Mackay dived for the ball and headed home for his second of the game.

3 - 0

Academy had two further good chances before the half time break when Davie Allan had an attempt at the near post deflected for a corner. Macadie swung the corner in and Cunningham picked up the ball and walked it into the box before having his shot blocked, and Shearer's follow-up attempt was also blocked by heroic Strathspey defending as they put their bodies in the line of fire.

Half time 3 - 0

Academy started the second half as they did the first almost scoring in the first minutes. Stewart Ross drove a shot on target and it looked as if it had the beating of Ridgers but Mochan got a foot on the ball and it flew just past the post.

Academy continued to dominate the goal scoring opportunities with Shearer having another shot deflected wide off the back of defender Horsburgh, and Davie Allan had a flashing attempt whistle just past the up-right.

Weir missed a sitter with 20 minutes of the second half played. Ross Allan drove out of defence showing the Strathspey defence a clear pair of heals and cut back from the bye-line for Weir who was unmarked in the middle of the box and with just the keeper to beat he had a fresh-air shot and the danger was cleared.

2 minutes later Academy scored their 4th and put the game well and truly to bed. Davie Allan slid a neat pass through a packed penalty area for Cunningham and he marched forward before finishing with some confidence from 8 yards out, his 8th league goal of the campaign.

Strathspey almost pulled a goal back in the 69th minute when Mochan broke free and hit a good effort on target but Gray got down well and palmed the ball clear of goal.

Strathspey's best attempt of the game came in the 75th minute. Sandis Reinson picked the ball up just outside the penalty area and spotted Gray off his line and lobbed a great attempt on target but Alan Farquhar covered back and acrobatically cleared the ball of his line for a corner when it looked a certainty to have been a goal. The corner kick was fired in low to the near post and in an attempt to clear the ball Farquhar sliced it into his own net for an OG.

4 - 1

Academy had two further chances to increase the goal tally before the game ended. Sam Mackay had a header on target and Jordan Wardrope got a foot to the ball and sent it just past the outside of the post.

Weir then capped or a frustrating afternoon for himself in front of goal as Sam Mackay drove to the bye-line and cut the ball back across the face of goal. Keeper Ridgers had come to cover his post and the ball landed at the feet of Weir but he managed to smash his attempt against the body of Fraser Tulloch when it looked easier to have scored.

Full time 4 - 1

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at December 17th, 2011)

2011/2012 All Time
Michael Gray (GK) - 3 - 8 -
Michael Steven21 112332
Alan Farquhar23 18 - 90 -
Craig Shearer - 17241358
Richard Macadie24 19523483
Ross Allan18 10 - 421
Sam Mackay22 1697836
Stevie Cunningham - 191112934
Stewart Ross - 12 - 17317
David Allan22 16911150
Gary Weir14 15725587
Bryan McKiddie (sub) - 11 - 1435
Alan Hughes (sub)16 2 - 5 -
James Mackay (sub) - 4 - 16 -

League Table (as at December 17th, 2011)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Forres Mech 15 12 2 1 +28 38
2. Nairn County 17 9 6 2 +27 33
3. Cove Rangers 17 10 3 4 +22 33
4. Fraserburgh 16 10 2 4 +6 32
5. Lossiemouth 16 9 2 5 +11 29
6. Huntly 15 9 2 4 +6 29
7. Buckie Thistle 17 8 4 5 +12 28
8. Inverurie Locos 15 8 1 6 +7 25
9. Turriff United 17 7 3 7 +1 24
10. Deveronvale 14 7 2 5 +12 23
11. WICK 16 7 2 7 +10 23
12. Formartine Utd 18 6 5 7 +2 23
13. Keith 12 6 1 5 +6 19
14. Clachnacuddin 16 5 3 8 -5 18
15. Rothes 17 5 1 11 -23 16
16. Brora Rangers 18 3 1 14 -45 10
17. Fort William 12 1 1 10 -33 4
18. Strathspey 18 0 1 17 -44 1