4 - 3
Nicholas Gray (20)
Gary Harris (46)
Nicholas Gray (70)
Gary Harris (78)
Sam Mackay (40)
Gary Weir (68)
Gary Weir (73)
James Chalmers for Robbie Allan (71)
Donald Fraser for Stephen Gauld (80)
Paul Campbell for Gary Harris (83)
Gary Weir for Lukasz Geruzel (68)
James Pickles for Stevie Cunningham (85)
Stewart Ross for Richard Macadie (85)
Nicholas Gray (18)
Donald Fraser (92)
Ross Allan (89)
Morag Pirie (Referee)
Academy make one change in today's side from the team that beat Spartans in the Scottish Cup last weekend. Gary Manson is attending an SFA coaching course so is unavailable. He is replaced by Ross Allan.
15 minutes played and it's a fairly even opening. Within 90 seconds Turriff won a free-kick that was hammered into the Academy wall. The ball re-bounded to Paul Young but he fired over the bar.
Academy's best attacking move in the first quarter hour came through Davie Allan. He had a bursting run up the left flank before cutting into the box but a defender got a foot to the ball and made a good block.
The home side took the lead in the 20th minute. A Garry Harris shot is saved by Michael Gray and the ball is cleared. Robbie Allan whipped it back into the box and Nicholas Gray got a head flick on it and it beat Michael.
1 - 0
Academy went on the attack straight from the re-start and won a free kick 30 yards from goal. Sam Mackay swung it into the box and Michael Steven controlled it before laying it off to Craig Shearer but Shearer's shot went straight into the arms of keeper Stephen Coutts.
The home side should have increased their lead in the 24th minute when Gary Harris found himself free in the Academy box but he sent a free header wide of goal.
Up the other end it's Academy on the attack as Alan Farquhar played a long ball to Richard Macadie who went one-one-on with keeper Coutts. Macadie tried to play the ball under Coutts but the keeper got a foot on the ball and cleared the shot.
Turriff broke straight back up-field and Michael Gray made a fantastic double save to the keep the Scorries in the game. First he beat out a Lewis Davidson shot and Nicholas Gray looked as if he was going to convert the re-bound but Gray got a hand to the ball and turned it for a corner.
Chances are coming at both ends as Davie Allan goes one-on-one with Coutts but Coutts got a foot on the ball to turn it for a corner. Michael Steven rose highest for the corner kick but his header went just wide of target.
In the next attack Academy took a short corner and Lukasz Geruzel got a shot on target that took a deflection before keeper Coutts got a hand to the ball to tip it onto the crossbar and over the top.
Academy are pushing for the equaliser and Geruzel played Michael Steven one-one-one with Coutts but from 9 yards out Steven pushed his shot just wide of the target.
Five minutes before the half-time break the Academy pressure finally pays off and the scores are levelled. A crossed ball is played into Macadie and he played a first-time ball onto Mackay who went in on keeper Coutts. Coutts got a hand to Mackay's shot but couldn't keep it out and the ball nestled in the bottom right hand corner of the net.
1 - 1
2 minutes later Coutts pulls off a wonder-save. Mackay played a long ball up the left to Macadie to cross into Davie Allan. Allan took it on the half-volley and somehow Coutts got a hand on the ball and he tipped it over the cross-bar. From the corner Geruzel worked a half-yard in the box but his shot was beaten away by Coutts.
On the stroke of half time Michael Steven fired a long throw-in to Geruzel in the Turriff box. Mark Simpson climbed on the back of Geruzel's back to head the ball and Academy called for a penalty but referee Morag Pirie waved play on. Turriff broke and Nicholas Gray laid a pass to Gary Harriss at the edge of the Academy box and he curled his shot over an outstretched Gray and into the top corner of the net.
2 - 1
Half Time - Turriff United 2 - Wick Academy 1
Turriff have the first real chance of the second half with 56 minute on the clock. Alan Farquhar failed to deal with a long ball and Gary Harris homed in on goal but Gray stood big and deflected the shot for a corner.
20 minutes of the second half played. Academy have had plenty of possession but just can't turn it into goal scoring opportunities.
Just past the hour Academy have a great chance to square the scores. Michael Steven took a long throw-in that fell to Geruzel. He flicked the ball on into the path of Davie Allan who in turn slipped the ball through to Craig Shearer but Shearer drove his shot across the face of goal and inches past Coutts left hand post.
Academy make a change in the 67th minute with Gary Weir coming on for Lukasz Geruzel.
Weir is on the park for a minute. With his 1st touch he controlled a cross into the box, and with his 2nd touch he rifled home.
2 - 2
2 minutes later the home side regained the lead. A long ball is played to Gary Harris up the left flank and he floated a cross to the back post where Nicholas Gray headed home his second of the game.
3 - 2
Academy show their character as on 70 minutes the scores are again squared. Weir collected the ball on the left hand corner of the Turriff box before lifting his head and firing a shot over the top of Coutts and into the top right hand corner.
3 - 3
This is some game and on 78 minutes the home side again take the lead. Academy lose the ball deep in the Turriff half. Turriff played a long ball down the left flank for Harris and he out-muscled Farquhar, raced into the box and placed the ball beyond Gray into the back of the net.
4 - 3
Academy battled to the end but unfortunately couldn't muster up an equaliser.
Full Time - Turriff United 4 - Wick Academy 3
Match report written by Luke Bunch
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||7||-||32||-|
|Stewart Ross (sub)||-||5||-||192||18|
|James Pickles (sub)||21||5||-||5||-|
|Gary Weir (sub)||15||6||2||278||98|