Wick Academy 1
Rothes 1

Wick Academy
1 - 1

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Allan (74)
Sean McKinstry (27)

Team Managers
Davie Kirkwood
Graeme McBeath

Starting Eleven
James More
Alan Farquhar
Craig Shearer
Martin Gunn
Richard Macadie
Ross Allan
Sam Mackay
Stevie Cunningham
Stewart Ross
David Allan
Gary Weir
Ricky Horne
Stephen Robertson
Scott Bowie
Iain Macrae
Kevin Shortreed
Michael Dunn
Michael Fletcher
Scott Robison
Sean McIntosh
Sean McKinstry
Stuart Massie

Michael Steven
Shaun Sinclair
Alan Hughes
Gary Manson
James Mackay
Gary Gallacher
Graeme Bain

James Mackay for Gary Weir (64)
Gary Manson for Stewart Ross (78)
Graham Bain for Michael Fletcher (74)
Gary Gallacher for Stephen Robertson (77)

None. Michael Fletcher (59)
Michael Dunn (75)
Scott Robison (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ryan Milne (Referee)

Match Report

Academy extended their undefeated home run to 12 games today, but more importantly the draw was enough to secure a spot in next season's SFA Challenge Cup, as Deveronvale beat Keith 3-2 at Kynoch Park.

Rothes opened the scoring in the 27th minute when a Seam McKinstry effort looped over the head of James More and went in at the back post. Academy past up too many chances to count today but the equaliser finally came when in the 74th minute from Davie Allan.

The last 15 minutes of the game had everyone biting their finger-nails with one eye on Academy trying to get the winner, and the other eye on mobile phones waiting on word from Kynoch Park.

Grant Steven and Michael Gray were unavailable for this one, but Davie Kirkwood otherwise had a full squad at his disposal. Martin Gunn made his final appearance for the Scorries after 18 years with the Club. The game was Martin's 400th competitive start for the Scorries, and with a further 38 appearances off the sub's bench he finished his Academy career with an amazing total of 438 competitive appearances.

Academy started brightly and in the first few minutes good link-up play between Ross Allan and Gary Weir got Macadie in on target but Rothes keeper Ricky Horne got a hand to the ball and cleared it for a corner.

Macadie then had another shot saved by Horne before Sam Mackay blazed an attempt over the cross-bar.

In the 7th minute Michael Fletcher had a long-range pop but James More made a comfortable save.

Academy piled on the pressure and Davie Allan surged up the flank before crossing low into the Rothes box but the Rothes defence managed to clear the danger. In the next attack Mackay flashed the ball across the face of goal but there were no takers to knock it home.

On the quarter-hour Mackay teed the ball up for Martin Gunn and he had a magnificent 25 yard effort tipped over the top of the Rothes cross-bar by keeper Horne.

Mackay fed the ball to the feet of Macadie but Horne was alive to the danger and came to make a good block.

2 minutes later Michael Fletcher had another long range effort that whistled just over the top of the target.

The visitors opened the scoring on the 27th minute against the run of play. Sean McKinstry fired a cross cum shot in from the left flank that seemed to catch on the wind and just evaded the outstretched hand of More and landed in the back of the net at the far post.

0 - 1

Academy kept pressing and Macadie again had a shot on target that was saved by Horne. Horne than pulled off another great save as he cleared another Macadie effort off the line,

5 minutes before the half-time break Davie Allan breezed past his defender and cut into the box but is attempt was cleared at the near post for another corner. Macadie swung the corner into the box and it fell to Weir but he had an air shot and the danger was again cleared.

Half time 0 - 1

One minute from the re-start Davie Allan was in on goal one-on-one with Horne but the Rothes keeper again denied the Scorries with a good block with his feet, he was starting to look un-beatable!

Davie Allan had another attempt pushed behind by Horne for a corner before his brother Ross swung a cross in onto the head of Macadie but he sent his header high of target.

The chances kept coming for Academy but unbelievably they still couldn't convert. Weir had a shot deflected for a corner in the 57th minute, Macadie broke clean through with just Horne to beat but he dinked his effort onto the roof of the net, and Weir had 2 shots blocked in the box.

Weir was substituted for young James Mackay in the 65th minute as Academy hunted down an equaliser.

It nearly came 2 minutes later when Sam Mackay weaved past the Rothes defence and marched into the box but his attempt was agonisingly cleared off the line.

Academy's goal eventually came in the 74th minute. Macadie broke up the right and picked out Davie Allan with a perfect cut-back and the Academy striker hammered home his 24th goal of the season to put the Harmsworth Park into ruptures.

1 - 1

Academy hunted for the winner and Sam Mackay had a shot that he ballooned over the top of the target before young James Mackay delivered a great cross for Sam who took it first time in the middle of the box, but Horne was up to the challenge and tipped the shot for a corner.

4 minutes from the final whistle Craig Shearer looked as if he'd won the game when he cracked a thunder-bolt on target but Horne was not to be beaten and he threw himself across his goal-line and palmed the shot away for a corner.

In the last attempt of the game substitute Gary Manson let fly from 20 yards but the ball flashed just past the post.

Full time 1 - 1

There followed a nervous wait as everyone waited on word from Kynoch Park and the Harmsworth roar must have been heard across the town as news came in that Deveronvale had beaten Keith 3-2, meaning that Academy finished a point above Keith and would join Inverurie Locos in next seasons SFA Challenge Cup.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at May 12th, 2012)

2011/2012 All Time
James More (GK)23 5 - 108 -
Alan Farquhar24 33 - 105 -
Craig Shearer - 32442860
Martin Gunn - 22143877
Richard Macadie25 38925387
Ross Allan18 28 - 601
Sam Mackay23 34189645
Stevie Cunningham - 371314736
Stewart Ross - 26118718
David Allan22 342412965
Gary Weir14 321627296
Gary Manson (sub)28 31 - 37830
James Mackay (sub) - 8 - 20 -

League Table (as at May 12th, 2012)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Forres Mech 34 24 5 5 +50 77
2. Cove Rangers 34 23 7 4 +60 76
3. Nairn County 34 19 9 6 +48 66
4. Inverurie Locos 34 20 5 9 +36 65
5. Buckie Thistle 34 18 7 9 +34 61
6. Fraserburgh 34 17 8 9 +16 59
7. Deveronvale 34 17 4 13 +25 55
8. WICK 34 16 7 11 +22 55
9. Keith 34 16 6 12 +28 54
10. Clachnacuddin 34 14 8 12 +14 50
11. Lossiemouth 34 15 4 15 -1 49
12. Formartine Utd 33 13 7 13 +1 46
13. Huntly 34 14 4 16 -17 46
14. Turriff United 34 13 4 17 -3 43
15. Rothes 33 7 5 21 -48 26
16. Brora Rangers 34 6 2 26 -82 20
17. Strathspey 34 3 2 29 -75 11
18. Fort William 34 1 4 29 -108 7

Manager's Programme Notes

Wishing Martin Gunn all the very best in his retirement. He has been a true Academy stalwart making 438 competitive appearances and scoring 77 goals. We will miss him both on the park and in the changing room.