Wick Academy 6
Strathspey 1
League


Wick Academy
6 - 1
Strathspey 

League
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Harmsworth Park. Att. 350
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
James Pickles (13)
Richard Macadie (31)
David Allan (51)
David Allan (73)
Michael Steven (86)
David Allan (87)
John Ross (6)

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Michael Gray
Michael Steven
Grant Steven
Alan Hughes
James Pickles
Gary Manson
Craig Shearer
Richard Macadie
Alan Farquhar
Sam Mackay
David Allan
Steven Martin
John Ross
Mark MacKernie
Ronnie Jones
Terry Swinton
Josh Peters
Conor Aubrey
Alan Fraser
Jack Maley
Martin Groat
Bobby MacRae

Bench
James More
Shaun Sinclair
Stevie Cunningham
Lukasz Geruzel
Gary Weir
Nicholas Mochan
Max Campbell
Jordan Wardrope
Kyle Robertson

Substitutions
Stevie Cunningham for Grant Steven (46)
Lukasz Geruzel for Alan Hughes (63)
Gary Weir for Sam Mackay (75)
Nicholas Mochan for Alan Fraser (46)
Jordan Waldrope for Mark MacKernie (60)
Max Campbell for Conor Aubrey (80)

Cautions
James Pickles (47)
Martin Groat (63)
Nicholas Mochan (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)




Match Report


Today's game marked Academy's 600th Highland League encounter since the Scorries joined the league in season 1994-95. Michael Gray also announced his retirement before the game started so he was made captain to mark the occasion.

The visitors threatened to spoil the party as they took an early lead when John Ross smacked a 20 yarder past Gray.

0 - 1

That seemed to kick Academy into life and the scores were level shortly afterwards when James Pickles had a pop at goal and his shot deflected off Mark Mackernie and into the net.

1 - 1

From that point Academy controlled the game and went ahead just after the half hour when Sam Mackay found himself with a yard of space but his shot at goal was blocked by Ronnie Jones. Richard Macadie was quickest to react and he pounced on the rebound and smashed it home from 18 yards.

2 - 1

Half-Time - Wick Academy 2 - Strathspey Thistle 1

Both sides made a change for the start of the second half. Stevie Cunningham came on for Grant Steven, and Nicholas Mochan replaced Alan Fraser for the visitors.

6 minutes after the break Davie Allan beat the off-side latching onto a Stevie Cunningham pass and he made no mistake with a cool finish to increase the lead.

3 - 1

Bad news was soon to follow for Alan Hughes. The young forward was having a great game but his match was brought to an end when Jack Maley dived in with a crunching tackle on the Strathspey bye-line. The game was stopped for several minutes with Hughes stretchered off and eventually taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.

Academy kept up the onslaught on the Strathspey goal where from a corner kick both Sam Mackay and Lukas Geruzel hit the cross-bar before it fell to Davie Allan who smashed it home through a crowded penalty area.

4 - 1

In the last 5 minutes of the game with the Strathspey defence at sixes and sevens two further Academy goals wrapped up a comprehensive victory.

Michael Steven scored his first goal of the season when he threaded the ball home from a very tight angle past keeper Steven Martin.

5 - 1

Davie Allan then wrapped up proceeding with his hat-trick to cap a fine individual display by the Academy front-man.

6 - 1

Full-Time - Wick Academy 6 - Strathspey Thistle 1

The three point today secured an 8th place league finish for the Scorries, their 5th top 10 finish in the last 6 years.

Match report written by John Briskham



Squad Statistics (as at May 10th, 2014)


2013/2014 All Time
Age
Michael Gray (GK) - 22 - 79 -
Michael Steven24 3511126
Grant Steven22 18 - 882
Alan Hughes18 91161
Sam Mackay25 341716977
Alan Farquhar26 3931783
Richard Macadie27 4017333131
Craig Shearer - 30449367
Gary Manson30 38145533
James Pickles23 294626
David Allan24 301619997
Stevie Cunningham (sub) - 40 - 22841
Lukasz Geruzel (sub) - 3586832
Gary Weir (sub)16 3823344135






League Table (as at May 10th, 2014)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 34 31 2 1 +107 95
2. Inverurie Locos 34 23 6 5 +58 75
3. Nairn County 34 24 3 7 +47 75
4. Formartine Utd 34 22 6 6 +52 72
5. Fraserburgh 34 23 2 9 +45 71
6. Deveronvale 34 20 5 9 +21 65
7. Cove Rangers 34 16 7 11 +29 55
8. WICK 34 15 8 11 +29 53
9. Forres Mech 34 15 7 12 +18 52
10. Buckie Thistle 34 13 10 11 +6 49
11. Turriff United 34 13 5 16 +3 44
12. Clachnacuddin 33 12 7 14 0 43
13. Huntly 34 9 8 17 -27 35
14. Keith 34 9 2 23 -48 29
15. Lossiemouth 34 4 8 22 -59 20
16. Strathspey 34 3 3 28 -88 12
17. Rothes 34 3 3 28 -100 12
18. Fort William 33 1 6 26 -93 9