5 - 0
5 - 0
Lukasz Geruzel (15)
Richard Macadie (23)
Lukasz Geruzel (pen.) (52)
Richard Macadie (72)
Richard Macadie (pen.) (84)
Ross Allan for Gary Manson (63)
Bryan McKiddie for Stevie Cunningham (63)
Gary Weir for Lukasz Geruzel (69)
Rhys Fyfe for Greg Simpson (51)
Callum McIntosh for Greig Watson (73)
Lewis Forbes for Stewart Abel (73)
Ross Allan (76)
||Scott Dunn (84)|
|None.||Greg Sim ( 51)|
Andy Milne (Referee)
Academy played their 550th League game today beating visitors Rothes by 5 goals to zero. Richard Macadie scored a hat-trick and Lukasz Geruzel chipped in with a double.
Academy were never really troubled by the visitors today, Michael Gray didn't have a save to make in the entire game. Academy went in at half time with a 2 goal lead courtesy of Geruzel and Macadie. The game was all but over by the 51st minute when Rothes goalkeeper Greg Sim was sent off for pulling back Richard Macadie as he ran through on goal. Geruzel converted the spot kick to make take the score to 3-0. Macadie scored the goal of the game with a sweet strike off the underside of the cross-bar to make it 4, and then converted another penalty for his hat-trick when Grant Steven was pushed inside the box as he attempted to get on the end of a Gary Weir pass.
The Scorries now go 5 points clear at the top of the table over nearest rivals Cove Rangers, who's game today against Keith was postponed.
Gary Manson played in his 400th competitive game for the Scorries and the result has extended our unbeaten league run at Harmsworth Park to 20 games. The last time we were beat at home in the League was on the 8th October 2011 when Fraserburgh beat us 3-1.
Academy started playing up the Harmsworth slope and with only 4 minutes on the clock slack play in the Rothes defence allowed Richard Macadie to pinch the ball and he played it through to Davie Allan who ran onto it. He stumbled as he got to the ball but managed to get it under control and squared it to Lukasz Geruzel but keeper Greg Sim managed to smother the ball.
Rothes had set their stall up early doors with their entire team behind the ball, but it wasn't long though before the home side made a chance count. On the quarter hour Shaun Sinclair worked his way up the right flank and send Stevie Cunningham on his way. Cunningham crossed the ball into Geruzel who stuck out a foot 4 yards from goal to turn it home.
1 - 0
In the next home attack Geruzel sent a great 40 yard cross-field pass to the feet of Davie Allan who ran into the box and crossed a wicked ball that just eluded Macadie and bounced off the keeper before being cleared up-field.
In the 20th minute a Rothes corner went ping-pong in the Academy box but Alan Farquhar cleared it up the park to James Pickles. He slid the ball to Macadie and Pickles took a late tackle. Macadie slotted the ball home but was flagged off-side and referee Andy Milne pulled the play back for the foul on Pickles. Macadie took the free kick and smacked it off the Rothes wall. Sam Mackay picked up the loose ball and weaved his way through 4 or 5 tackles before setting up Macadie and with the goal at his mercy Michael Dunn made a great defensive tackle nicking the ball off Macadie's toes just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Academy increased their lead in their next attack. The ball was chipped over the top of the Rothes back-line by Shaun Sinclair, who fed Guruzel who in turn played it wide for Davie Allan who tore into the box before providing a perfect crossed ball for Macadie who ran in and stabbed home from 3 yards out.
2 - 0
Stuart Massey was the next Rothes player to give the ball up easily in his own half leaving Sam Mackay a free run into the box. He crossed to Macadie who went through on goal but tugged his shot just wide of the target.
Davie Allan was terrorizing the Rothes defense and made another lung bursting run up the right flank before breaking into the Rothes box and crossing to Geruzel. The ball bounced off Geruzel and back to Allan who again teed up Geruzel who made a half yard in the middle of the box but fired his shot straight at keeper Sim who made a good safe save.
Half Time - Wick Academy 2 - Rothes 0
7 minutes into the second half the game was all but over. Richard Macadie burst through onto a high ball and went one-on-one with keeper Greg Sim. Macadie knocked the ball past the keeper who grabbed Macadie around the leg and brought him down. Referee Milne had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and then issued Sim with his marching orders flashing him a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Substitute keeper Rhys Fyfe came on for Greg Simpson. Geruzel claimed the ball and took the spot kick. He sent the sub keeper Fyfe to his left and slotted the ball into the opposite corner.
3 - 0
Academy could have made it more minutes later. Academy won a corner that was taken short by Macadie to Davie Allan who chipped it to the back post where Farquhar ran in but got under the ball and smoked it over the cross-bar from 6 yards out.
The goal of the game came from Macadie in the 72nd minute. Rothes failed to clear a crossed ball and it fell to the feet of Macadie about 25 yards from goal and he lashed a thunder-bold strike that keeper Fyfe got a hand to but he could only tip it off the under-side of the bar and it fell and bounced over the line.
4 - 0
The substitute keeper was being forced to work for his wages and he made a great double save, first a good block from an Alan Farquhar shot and then another when substitute Gary Weir fired in the re-bound from point-blank range.
Academy were awarded their second penalty of the game 6 minutes from full-time when Gary Weir flashed a drive across the face of goal and Grant Steven was adjudged by referee Milne to have been pushed when trying to reach the ball. Macadie took the spot-kick and notched up his hat-trick as he sent it to the left side of keeper Fyfe who got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out.
5 - 0
Academy fashioned another good chance with a great flowing move in the last minute of the game when Weir played the ball to Mackay who skipped past several tackles and into the box. Davie Allan burst through the middle and was available for the pass from Mackay, but Mackay went on his own and dinked it over the keeper but wide of target.
In the final attack Davie Allan tore past his marker and into the box and from a tight angle shot across the keeper. The ball smacked off the base of the post and back into keeper Fyfe's arms.
Full Time - Wick Academy 5 - Rothes 0
So Academy's 5th win on the spin, and their 4th clean sheet in the last 5 games. We now face a trip to the Broch next weekend which is always a tough place to visit.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||24||-||49||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||10||1||162||6|
|Ross Allan (sub)||19||20||-||80||1|
|Gary Weir (sub)||15||20||9||292||105|