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|Kyle Whyte (2)||
Richard Macadie (23)
David Allan (59)
Gary Weir (70)
Lukasz Geruzel (87)
Alan Pollock for Martin Callum (74)
Gordon Morrison for Paul Brindle (63)
Neil Macdonald for Sean Ellis (83)
Ross Allan for Sam Mackay (64)
Lukasz Geruzel for Gary Weir (72)
James Murray for David Allan (85)
Michael Finnis (55)
Andrew Skinner (81)
Graham Elder (Referee)
Academy were without the services of James Pickles and Grant Steven today. Steven is slowly recovering from his hamstring injury and Pickles will be out for a quite a few weeks with a broken bone in his shoulder sustained in last weekend's win over Fort William. Despite losing an early goal Academy fought back and recorded a fine 4-1 win.
The 3 points put us into second spot 2 points above Brora who were in Scottish Cup action today, and just a point behind Formartine who looked as if they were going to drop points to Buckie but they battled back for a 4-3 win. Both Formartine and Brora have games in hand over us, and Nairn are also coming up on the rails as they beat Huntly 3-1.
A defensive mix-up in the first 2 minutes saw Academy lose an early goal. Stevie Cunningham lost possession of the ball and it broke into the box. Michael Gray shouted and came to collect but Alan Farquhar hesitated allowing Kyle Whyte to nip in and he slotted home.
1 - 0
Academy's first chance came after 7 minutes from a short corner on the left by Macadie that found Weir on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected away for a corner.
A minute later Clach should have extended their lead. Paul Brindle managed to get past Shaun Sinclair and he crossed to the back post to Blair Lawrie who put it back into the mix for Kyle Whyte to head goal-ward but Michael Gray pulled off a great save.
Clach went on the attack again with Sean Ellis delivering a deep cross from the right that Gray got a hand to but he knocked it into the path of Kyle Whyte who fortunately couldn't get a clean contact on the ball and he screwed his shot wide of target.
Academy win a free kick that is taken by Richard Macadie and cleared out by the Clach defence to Stevie Cunningham who floated it to the back post but Alan Farquhar just failed to make contact and it went out for a bye-kick.
The Scorries create another chance when Davie Allan chipped the ball into the box to Weir who was unmarked 12 yards out but he couldn't get a clean contact and Clach cleared the danger.
In the 22nd minute Stevie Cunningham conceded a free-kick about 25 yards from the Academy goal. Sean Ellis took it and his effort smacked off Gray's cross-bar and out for a goal-kick.
Academy squared the scores in the 23rd minute. A good interchange of passes between Stevie Cunningham and Richard Macadie saw Macadie with some space and he fired a low left foot shot across the face of keeper Campbell and into the bottom right hand corner.
1 - 1
It's all action and Cunningham concede another free-kick 25 yards from goal. Ellis again lined it up but this time fired straight to Gray who had an easy catch.
2 minutes from half-time Weir was played in behind the Clach defence down the inside left and he drove in on goal. Keeper Campbell came out and narrowed the angle and managed to block Weir's shot with his feet.
Half Time - Clachnacuddin 1 - Wick Academy 1
Clach create the first chance of the second half after 4 minutes. Paul Brindle drove down the left flank and crossed into the box and it was partially cleared but only as far as Brian Macleod and he smashed a left foot shot on target that Gray got both hands to and turned it away for a corner.
It's end to end stuff and Blair Lawrie broke down the right and delivered into the box for Brindle but he sliced his shot wide of target.
Just before the hour mark Academy took the lead. Gary Manson played a long ball up-field. Weir tried to collect but missed it and the ball ran on for Davie Allan who went one-on-one with keeper Campbell and he kept his cool to drill home into the bottom corner of the net.
1 - 2
The last period of the game saw both sides making their quota of three substitutions. Macadie is played in by Davie Allan and he squared up to keeper Campbell but couldn't direct his shot on target, and minutes later Campbell pulled off another good save from a Davie Allan attempt.
20 minutes from full-time and Gary Weir just can't stop scoring. Substitute Ross Allan won the ball on the left and crossed a low ball into the box to the front post. Weir was sharp and got to the ball before his marker and side-footed high into the roof of the net.
1 - 3
Manson fired a left foot shot from the edge of the box just past the post before 3 minute from full time Academy put the win well beyond doubt. Macadie rifled a shot towards goal and substitute Lukasz Geruzel got his head to it and it flew into the net.
1 - 4
Full Time - Clachnacuddin 1 - Wick Academy 4
Match report written by Luke Bunch
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||8||-||65||-|
|Ross Allan (sub)||20||12||-||100||1|
|James Murray (sub)||-||5||-||7||-|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||15||6||49||30|