6 - 0
6 - 0
David Allan (7)
Gary Weir (39)
Gary Weir (46)
Sam Mackay (76)
David Allan (78)
Gary Weir (84)
Gary Manson for Alan Farquhar (47)
Shaun Sinclair for Stevie Cunningham (82)
Bryan McKiddie for Craig Shearer (82)
Kieran Cunningham for Liam Baxter (60)
John Campbell for Craig Ross (78)
Grant Steven (63)
Sean Munro (27)
Duncan Jones (73)
Alexander MacLeod (80)
Graham Fraser (Referee)
Local derbies are normally tight affairs, but not this evening as Academy beat Brora Rangers 6-0 in a scintillating display of fast flowing football and well taken goals. Gary Weir scored a hat-trick (his 5th in competitive games for Academy), Davie Allan bagged a double and Sam Mackay fired home a tremendous free-kick.
Academy's 2nd goal put Brora's goals against tally for this season up to the 100 mark. The result is Academy's best ever win over Brora since we joined the league in season 199495.
As an additional bonus the clean sheet for Academy is only our second of the season, the first for Gray since he took residence between the sticks at the end of November.
Michael Steven was suspended for this game and Martin Gunn had family commitments.
Academy had the perfect start to the game when they took the lead in the 7th minute. Macadie looked sharp from the word-go, and he drilled a snappy pass to the feet of Weir on the edge of the box. Shaun McCarthy saved Weirs first-time shot, and the ball broke to Davie Allan and he fired home a right foot drive into the bottom left hand corner of the net from 12 yards out.
1 - 0
Brora forced a corner in the 14th minute. Blair Lawrie swung it in and Liam Baxter had an acrobatic over-head kick attempt that went over the top of Gray's cross-bar.
In the next Brora attack Lawrie drove the ball hard across the face of the Academy goal and Liam Baxter was inches away from connecting with it as he threw himself forward at full stretch.
2 minutes later it was Academy on the front foot as Weir had a curling shot from the right hand side of the penalty area but that also went just over the top of the target.
Sean Munro was booked for a two footed tackle on Ross Allan in the 27th minute. Richard Macadie took the resulting free-kick 25 yards from goal. He got the ball over the wall and it looked goal-bound but keeper McCarthy got his finger-tips to it and tipped it over his cross-bar.
Macadie was next to try his hand when he sent a great dipping shot just over the cross-bar.
Craig Ross had a chance to pull the visitors even in the 38th minute when he got half a yard on Stewart Ross at the edge of the Academy box and got a shot on target but Gray got down well to his left to make a good save.
Just as it looked as if Academy were going to go in at half-time ruing the good chances they had created, they doubled their advantage. The ball was swept out wide to Sam Mackay. He cut in and laid it off to Macadie to teed-up Weir and he picked his spot to drill a left foot shot past McCarthy.
2 - 0
In the next attack Academy strung together a series of great passes between Mackay and Macadie before the ball fell to Weir on the edge of the box. He managed to swivel on the ball but his shot went straight down the barrel to McCarthy.
In the last action of the half Duncan Jones ran into space and tried his hand from about 30 yards out but his attempt went well wide of the target.
Half Time 2 - 0
Within a minute if the re-start the Scorries bagged their 3rd of the game. Academy won a corner which was swung in by Macadie. Weir broke off his marker and sent a flashing header past McCarthy at the near post.
3 - 0
A minute later Alan Farquhar was substituted. He had been suffering with a sore neck during the interval and he was replaced by Gary Manson.
Another corner 10 minutes later offered up another Academy chance. This time it was Craig Shearer who got his head to the ball but his attempt flew just past the outside of the Brora left hand post.
2 minutes later Cunningham cut the ball across the 18 yard box for Davie Allan and his thunderous shot smacked off the Brora crossbar and away to safety.
Brora came close in the 73rd minute when Craig Ross ghosted unmarked into the Academy box and controlled a crossed ball before getting an attempt on target, but Gray made a comfortable save.
Academy put the game well and truly to bed in the 76th minute when they won a free kick 25 yards from goal. Sam Mackay took it and curled a Beckham-like shot over the top of the wall and into the top corner of the net.
4 - 0
Two minutes later Academy went nap. Shearer battled for the ball in mid-field before sliding a pass through the heart of the Brora defence. Davie Allan lit the blue touch-paper and scorched into the penalty area and he took the stitching off the ball as he riffled home a tremendous shot.
5 - 0
6 minutes from the final whistle Weir claimed his hat-trick. He picked the ball up amongst a ruck of players in the middle of the Brora box and somehow managed to sneak a right foot shot inside McCarthy's left hand post.
6 - 0
Fill Time Wick Academy 6 - Brora Rangers 0
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||17||-||22||-|
|Shaun Sinclair (sub)||-||19||-||180||-|
|Gary Manson (sub)||28||27||-||374||30|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||17||-||149||5|