2 - 1
HL Cup (2nd Round)
Martin McLean (28)
Steven Mackay (88)
Craig Shearer (57)
|Liam Baxter for Andrew Greig (86)||None.|
|Martin McLean (56)||None.|
Graham Fraser (Referee)
Highland League Cup action today and Academy have travelled to Dudgeon Park to face local rivals Brora Rangers. Alan Farquhar and James Pickles are fit again and make the bench. James More starts again between the sticks, but Lukasz Geruzel is injured so doesn't feature, and Ross Allan is suspended.
Brora start with one change from the line-up that beat us in the league 2 weeks ago. Zander Sutherland returns from suspension and replaces Liam Baxter.
Brora create the first chance of the game with only 2 minutes played. They win a corner on the left which was swung in by Zander Sutherland. Ross Tokley got his head on it 12 yards from goal put his attempt went over the bar.
A minute later Steven Mackay played a high ball up to Ritchie Hart and he had a low drive from 20 yards that went a foot past the outside of James More's right hand post.
Academy create their first chance just after the quarter-hour. Richard Macadie slid a defence splitting pass to Davie Allan on the edge of the Brora box. Ally Ridgers came rushing out and Allan side stepped him and just as he was shaping to shoot Ross Tokley got a foot on the ball and cleared it for a corner.
Academy create again from a short corner on the left. Macadie played it to Gary Manson who floated it to the 6 yard line. Craig Shearer rose highest and headed towards goal and his attempt was blocked by Ridgers, and back to Davie Allan but his shot towards the near post was also scrambled clear.
Brora were next to come close to opening the scoring. Sutherland took another corner on the left which Tokley flicked on to the edge of the box. Martin McLean picked it up and struck a low shot which was bound for the bottom corner of the net but James More pulled off a great two handed save.
On 24 minutes Academy should have taken the lead. Dave Allan outpaced Ross Tokley on the outside left and he squared it for Gary Weir 6 yards from goal for a tap in but he failed to make correct contact with the ball and the danger was cleared.
3 minutes later Grant Steven gave away a free-kick on the right which Ritchie Hart fired over the intersection of post and cross-bar.
On 28 minutes Gary Manson gave the ball away to Hart. He played in Zander Sutherland and he should have scored but his scuffed attempt was cleared off the line by Michael Steven. The ball was pumped in again and this time cleared for a corner. From the corner kick Martin McLean got just enough on the ball to steer it home for the opener.
1 - 0
5 minutes before the half time break Brora come close to doubling their advantage. Hart fired in a corner from the left and Sam Mackay headed it back to him. He squared it to Stuart Golabek and he smoked a 25 yard shot on target that More got 2 hands on for another fine save, tipping it onto the cross bar and then collecting when it fell.
A minute later Stevie Cunningham played Davie Allan in behind the Brora defence. Ridgers came and narrowed the angle and Allan's shot whistled across the face of goal and just past the post.
In the last attack of the half Brora worked the ball up-field and a deep cross to the back post saw Andrew Greig unmarked and his looping header across goal bounced off the post before being cleared.
Half Time Brora Rangers 1 - Wick Academy 0
In the first attack of the second half Zander Sutherland laid a pass to Golabek who went one-on-one with More who came and narrowed the angle and Golabek smashed his shot just past the near post.
Academy were next to have a crack when Allan drove at the Brora defence before playing in Macadie but under pressure Macadie screwed his shot well wide of target.
On 53 minutes Academy had a great chance to level the scores. Cunningham pushed up the right flank and played the ball up to Sam Mackay. Mackay drove on and cut the ball back across to Cunningham who took a fist tome shot from 25 yards out that had Ridgers beat bit the ball smashed back off the post.
On 56 minutes Martin McLean was booked for a tackle on Allan. Cunningham fired the free-kick into the box for Craig Shearer to rise the highest and head home.
1 - 1
3 minutes later and Academy ride their luck. Shaun Sinclair gave the ball away in the middle of the park to Zander Sutherland. He slid a pass to Steven Mackay who's shot was blocked by More. The ball bounced off Michal Steven and into the net but the linesman had his flag up for off-side.
Weir had an attempt then over the top of the bar before a corner was punched out by Ridgers as far as Macadie. Ridgers again punched Macadie's cross clear and the ball fell to Michael Steven who's shot locked goal-bound but Tokley cleared it off the line.
2 minutes from full-time the home side scored the winner. Mclean set up Steven Mackay and from 22 yards he fired an unstoppable rising shot into the top right hand corner of the net giving More no chance.
2 - 1
Academy couldn't muster a late winner so it's Brora who go into the hat for the next round.
Full Time Brora Rangers 2 - Wick Academy 1
Match report written by Luke Bunch
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