Wick Academy 2
Keith 2

Wick Academy
2 - 2

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Harmsworth Park
7:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Macadie (3)
Sam Mackay (9)
Graham Lonie (65)
Cammy Keith (70)

Team Managers
Davie Kirkwood
Darren Still

Starting Eleven
Michael Gray
Grant Steven
Shaun Sinclair
Craig Shearer
Sam Mackay
Richard Macadie
Martin Gunn
Alan Farquhar
Ross Allan
Stewart Ross
James Murray
Andrew Shearer
Scott Fowlie
Graham Lonie
Kristopher Niddrie
Odmar Faeroe
Bruce Raffell
Andrew Anderson
Andrew McAskill
Cameron Keith
Sean Keith
Dean Donaldson

James More
Bryan McKiddie
Gary Manson
Alan Hughes
James Mackay
Stevie King
Darren Still
Murray Kinnaird

Bryan McKiddie for Martin Gunn (73)
Gary Manson for Sam Mackay (88)
Stevie King for Kristopher Niddrie (88)

None. Andrew McAskill (31)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Thomas Shaw (Referee)

Match Report

A game of two halves today with both sides scoring a brace each. Academy had Davie Allan suspended, Gary Weir was unavailable and Stevie Cunningham was injured. James Murray played as a trialist. Keith also had their share of shortages with Jamie Lennox, Zander Jack, Neil Robertson, Jonny Smith and Derek Nicol all out. Manager Darren Still named himself among the subs.

Academy got a flyer going a goal up from Macadie within 3 minutes. Sam Mackay then scored a cracker 6 minutes later to put Academy in the driving seat.

Academy went in at half time 2 goals to the good, but Keith pulled one back in the 65th minute when Graham Lonie converted in a packed penalty area. Keith's equaliser came from a soft looking penalty with 20 minutes of the game left, converted by Cammy Keith.

Academy had many chances to have won this game, Macadie in particular had a great effort that hit the post, but had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The Scorries got the best possible start to the game going a goal up with only 3 minutes on the clock. Ross Allan stormed down the left flank and Craig Shearer helped his pass into the path of Macadie who turned on the ball and fired it low past keeper Andrew Shearer.

1 - 0

6 minutes later the lead was doubled. Macadie swung a free-kick into the Keith box which fell to Sam Mackay on the left hand side of the penalty area and he hit a sweet volley into the corner of Shearer's net.

2 - 0

The start rocked Keith but slowly they edged back into the game and on 11 minutes Andrew McAskill found some space on the edge of the Academy box and as he lined up to pick his spot Alan Farquhar put his body on the line and made a great blocking tackle.

5 minutes later Keith pressed again and Kristopher Niddrie had a fantastic chance to open the scoring for the visitors. He was picked out with a crossed ball in acres of space 12 yards from goal and with the net at his mercy he screwed a miskick well wide of target.

Down the other end Mackay slid an inch-perfect pass into the box for Craig Shearer but he fired his left foot shot well over the target.

In the 23rd minute Mackay almost scored in an identical move that lead to his first goal. He cut inside the left hand side of the box but fired straight at Shearer.

Keith though they had scored in their next attack when Cammy Keith had the ball in the net but the far-side linesman spotted a hand ball and referee Shaw waved away the Keith protests.

Trialist James Murray was next to come close for the Scorries when he got his head to a Ross Allan cross but the ball agonisingly bounce off the top of the Keith cross-bar.

Keith then had a half-shout for a penalty when the ball was struck against the hand off Ross Allan from close range. Andrew Anderson then spurned another great chance when he picked the ball up from a corner kick, worked himself some space in the middle of the Academy box but again fired his attempt wide of target.

Ross Allan was causing Keith all sorts of problems down the left wing and 5 minutes from the half-time break he hit the turbo button, knocked the ball past Dean Donaldson and fired a great cross into the box for Shearer but his header went just over the cross-bar.

Half Time - 2 - 0

6 minutes into the second half a cross from the right saw Andrew McAskill again in a great position on the heart of the Academy box. He got his head to the ball but sent the effort just wide of target.

5 minutes later another Keith ball into the Academy box caused a bit of a stramash. Dean Donaldson looked as if he was going to score but Shaun Sinclair blocked his effort and Grant Campbell cleared the danger.

With an hour played Craig Shearer almost scored a screamer. He worked his way to the edge of the Keith box and struck a belter of a left foot shot across the face of goal that shaved the outside of the right hand post.

Academy should have been 3 up minutes later. James Murray drove into the right side of the Keith box and cut the ball back to the feet of Craig Shearer but he fluffed his shot with the goal beckoning.

In the 65th minute the visitors pulled a goal back. In a packed penalty area Cammy Keith laid the ball to Graham Lonie and through a ruck of players he managed to find the target.

2 - 1

3 minutes later Shearer rose and headed a high ball onto Macadie. He held off Graham Lonie and powered into the box and he rifled a shot that looked goal-bound but held his head in his hands as the ball struck the outer half of the post and flew behind for a bye-kick.

On 70 minutes Keith were awarded a fairly soft looking penalty when Grant Steven came into contact with Cammy Keith. Referee Shaw pointed to the spot and Cammy converted to the right of Gray.

2 - 2

Academy came agonisingly close to regaining the lead when Sam Mackay cut the ball across the face of the Keith goal and James Murray got a foot to it turning it goal bound but with the Keith back-line at sixes and sevens the ball struck the heel of keeper Shearer and bounce away to safety.

2 minutes before the full time whistle Sam Mackay and Kris Niddrie came together in a cruncher, contesting a 50-50 ball, and both players took a bad knock. Following 4 or 5 minutes of a stoppage both players were taken off, Niddrie on a stretcher.

Neither team could snatch a late winner and the game ended with the scores level.

Full Time 2 - 2

The result extended Academy's unbeaten home run to nine games. The point was vital to keith as it gives them the edge in the fight for the second available spot in next year's challenge Cup, with the top two licensed SHFL cups earning a berth.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at April 28th, 2012)

2011/2012 All Time
Michael Gray (GK) - 19 - 24 -
Shaun Sinclair - 20 - 181 -
Grant Steven19 301301
Sam Mackay23 31169343
Craig Shearer - 29342559
Stewart Ross - 23 - 18417
Ross Allan18 25 - 571
Alan Farquhar24 30 - 102 -
Martin Gunn - 20143677
Richard Macadie25 35825086
James Murray - 1 - 1 -
Gary Manson (sub)28 28 - 37530
Bryan McKiddie (sub) - 19 - 1515

League Table (as at April 28th, 2012)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 33 22 7 4 +58 73
2. Forres Mech 31 22 5 4 +54 71
3. Nairn County 33 18 9 6 +47 63
4. Fraserburgh 32 17 8 7 +21 59
5. Buckie Thistle 33 17 7 9 +32 58
6. Inverurie Locos 31 17 5 9 +27 56
7. Deveronvale 32 16 4 12 +26 52
8. Keith 30 15 6 9 +28 51
9. Lossiemouth 32 15 4 13 +3 49
10. WICK 31 14 6 11 +14 48
11. Huntly 33 14 4 15 -12 46
12. Turriff United 32 13 4 15 -1 43
13. Clachnacuddin 30 11 8 11 +6 41
14. Formartine Utd 29 9 7 13 -7 34
15. Rothes 31 7 4 20 -45 25
16. Brora Rangers 34 6 2 26 -82 20
17. Strathspey 32 3 2 27 -69 11
18. Fort William 31 1 4 26 -100 7