0 - 7
Gary Weir (21)
Sam Mackay (33)
Gary Weir (35)
Gary Weir (61)
James Pickles (67)
Sam Mackay (68)
Lukasz Geruzel (80)
Lukasz Geruzel for Gary Weir (63)
Shaun Sinclair for Alan Farquhar (66)
John Pickles for Stevie Cunningham (75)
Alan Shearer (49)
Sean McIntosh (59)
Michael Smith (80)
Mark Stewart (Referee)
Following last weekend's mammoth trek to the boarders Academy were back to League business today with the relatively short trip to Rothes. Rothes manager Frani More resigned last weekend so Graham Roy took charge of his first game as More's replacement.
Academy had Grant Steven, Gary Manson and Alex Lamb missing today but the Academy defence kept another clean-sheet, their 5th in 7 league games, and the front-line were also in blistering form firing home 7 goals.
Academy had the better possession of the ball in the first quarter-hour but couldn't really create a clean chance, but the Scorries made the break-through after 21 minutes. Michael Steven headed a corner-kick across goal and from 10 yards out Gary Weir connected with a sweet left foot volley to rifle the ball into keeper Ricky Horne's top right hand corner.
0 - 1
On 33 minutes Academy doubled their advantage. Sam Mackay ran on to a through ball, drove past the Rothes defence and fired a 12 yard shot low beyond Horne into the corner of the net.
0 - 2
Two goals in as many minutes put Academy 3 goals to the good when Weir picked up a loose ball from a corner 18 yards from goal and he made no mistake drilling it home into the bottom left hand corner for his second goal of the game.
0 - 3
Horne was the busier of the two keepers and before the half-time break he was forced into a good save to deny James Pickles.
Half Time - Rothes 0 - Wick Academy 3
Rothes didn't give up and kept trying to play their football, but Weir put the game beyond their reach just after the hour mark when he bagged his hat-trick. He was slipped the ball and drove down the right hand channel of the 18 yard box. The Rothes defence came to meet him, but Weir turned inside them and cool as you like he fired a left foot shot inside the Horne's left hand post from about 14 yards out.
0 - 4
Weir was replaced by Lukasz Geruzel a few minutes later and the big Polish striker got himself involved from the off. He picked the ball up on the right wing, showed his strength to turn his marker and he cut it back across goal for James Pickles to slam the ball down the centre of the goal.
0 - 5
Within a minute the ball was played down the right hand flank to Geruzel and he again turn provider as he twisted and turned and got past his marker. He cut the ball back square laying it on a plate for Sam Mackay who fired it down the middle of the net.
0 - 6
Academy were not finished and 10 minutes from full-time Geruzel bagged a goal of his own. The move started in the Academy half when Rothes created their best chance of the game. Andrew Corbett was played into the Academy box. Michael Gray came out to meet him but Corbett went around him and fired the ball towards goal but Michael Steven tracked back and cleared the ball off the line. From this the ball was played up the left flank to Davie Allan who hit the after-burners and breezed past two defenders before crossing into the box and Geruzel got to the ball just in front of Richard Macadie to fire the ball inside the keeper's right hand post from 10 yards out.
0 - 7
That concluded the scoring giving Academy an amazing 28 goals scored and only 2 conceded in seven league games. The win keeps the Scorries in second spot just 2 points behind leaders Brora.
Full Time - Rothes 0 - Wick Academy 7
Match report written by Alan Farquhar
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||3||-||60||-|
|Shaun Sinclair (sub)||-||9||-||206||-|
|John Pickles (sub)||-||2||-||2||-|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||9||3||43||27|