0 - 9
Sam Mackay (11)
Sam Mackay (15)
David Allan (31)
Richard Macadie (54)
Richard Macadie (61)
Lukasz Geruzel (65)
Sam Mackay (66)
Gary Weir (85)
Gary Weir (86)
Josh Peters for Jamie Fraser (42)
Mataus Bobrowski for Darren Thomas (46)
Mark MacDonald for Alexander MacLeod (72)
Bryan McKiddie for Craig Shearer (57)
Lukasz Geruzel for David Allan (62)
Gordon MacNab for Sam Mackay (69)
Ronnie Jones (51)
Tery Swinton (57)
Mark MacKernie (81)
Wayne Cusiter (Referee)
Academy travelled to Strathspey today for our first away game of this year's League campaign and ran riot with a 9-0 win, our biggest ever away win since joining the league. Two goals from Sam Mackay and one from Davie Allan gave us a 3-0 lead going in at half-time, and Academy didn't ease off in the second half with Mackay going on to claim a hat-trick. Richard Macadie and Davie Allan also bagged a double each, with Lukasz Geruzel also notching up a goal to his Academy tally.
The first chance of the game fell to Academy with 5 minutes played. Richard Macadie played a short corner to Davie Allan, who gave it back to Macadie. He cut in to the edge of the box but fired a left foot shot over the cross-bar.
In the next attach Strathspey won a free kick 35 yards from the Wick goal. MacKernie floated it into Fraser but he headed wide. James More fired the bye-kick down-field and the ball fell to Davie Allan. Keeper Willie Ridgers parried Allan's first attempt and them caught Allan's second follow-up effort.
Academy opened the scoring on the 11th minute. Shaun Sinclair took a throw-in on the right to Davie Allan, he linked up with Macadie who hit the bye-line and played the ball across goal for a tap-in for Sam Mackay from 6 yards out.
0 - 1
4 minutes later Mackay scored his second of the game. Macadie took a short corner on the right into Davie Allan, he returned the pass to Macadie to played it into Michael Steven at the edge of the box. He laid it off to Mackay who hit a cracking first-time shot from 23 yards out and it flew into the top corner of the net.
0 - 2
On the half-hour Academy had two further chances. Allan drove up the right flank and delivered to Stevie Cunningham on the edge of the box but his shot was saved at the second attempt by keeper Ridgers. Mackay then played Gary Manson in on goal but he fired his shot straight to the keeper.
Academy increased their advantage on 31 minutes. Gary Weir picked up the ball on the edge of the Strathspey box and he slid a great pass into Davie Allan. Keeper Ridgers rushed out but Allan lifted it over him into the far corner.
0 - 3
It took 34 minutes for the home side to create their first real chance of the game. A cross from the right found David Ritchie on the edge of the box and he hit a first-time volley that James More got both hands to turning it for a corner.
The hosts were forced to make a substitution just before half time when Jamie Fraser went off injured for Josh Peters.
The last chance of the first half again came from short corner. Macadie into Allan, Allan back to Macadie (does this sound familiar?) and from the left edge of the box Macadie flashed a shot across the face of goal and just past the post.
Half-Time - Strathspey Thistle 0 - Wick Academy 3
Strathspey made a change for the start of the second half with Bobrowski coming on for Thomas.
Strathspey had another chance on 52 minutes when substitute Bobrowski turned on the edge of the Academy box but he fired his attempt just over the cross-bar.
2 minutes later Academy scored again. Cunningham started the move off playing the ball into Davie Allan who charged up the right wing. Weir won a header from Allan's crossed ball that looked goal-bound but keeper Ridgers made a great save. Unfortunately he couldn't hold it and Macadie followed up to fire home between his legs.
0 - 4
The chances kept coming for the Scorries as they created another opening 2 minutes later, Shearer got on the end of a free-kick at the back post to play it across goal for Weir to head on target but Ridgers again made the save.
Ridgers was being kept more than busy as he again made a save from Macadie, it's all Academy!
Barry Wilson made his first substitution with Bryan McKiddie coming on for Craig Shearer.
The nap-hand came just after the hour mark. Cunningham set up Macadie who managed to get a shot off that took a deflection off Gareth Smith, but Macadie claimed the goal.
0 - 5
A few minutes later Wilson made another change Geruzel coming on for Davie Allan.
Academy's 6th goal was made by the substitute McKiddie and scored by Geruzel. McKiddie picked the ball up in the middle of the park and played a defence splitting pass to Geruzel. The big Polish striker showed great composure, set himself and smoked the ball high into the top right hand corner of the net.
0 - 6
A minute later the goal-count increased again. Sam Mackay claimed his hat-trick. Macadie crossed into the box and Mackay got to the ball first and he fired it across goal and in off the post.
0 - 7
Mackay was then substituted to great applause from the Academy support and he was replaced by Gordon McNabb for his Academy debut.
Despite the score-line Academy kept pressing and created yet another chance. Manson crossed from the left flank and Geruzel got his head to the ball but Ridgers made a good save with his feet.
5 minutes from full-time and Academy again find the net. Geruzel fed the ball wide on the right to Macadie who drove in and fired a low cross to the near-post for Weir to make contact and float it home.
0 - 8
Within a minute it was 9 when Weir grabbed his second of the game, gifted by the Strathspey defence. A back-pass was played to keeper Ridgers who failed to clear under pressure from Geruzel. He stood firm as Ridgers tried to wrestle the ball off him and he unselfishly cut it back for Weir to tap home.
0 - 9
Full-Time - Strathspey Thistle 0 - Wick Academy 9
The result is Academy's best win in the League since we joined in season 199495 and it puts us top of the table on goal difference from Brora, Inverurie Locos and Formartine United. We now look forward to hosting visitors Fraserburgh next Saturday at Harmsworth Park.
Match report written by Luke Bunch
|James More (GK)||24||4||-||122||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||4||1||172||7|
|Gordon MacNab (sub)||19||1||-||1||-|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||2||1||36||25|