3 - 2
3 - 2
Gary Weir (43)
Gary Weir (56)
Richard Macadie (90)
John Urquhart (46)
Kyle Rae (83)
Felipe Da Silva
James Pickles for Gary Manson (42)
Ross Allan for Jack Halliday (71)
Steven Anderson for Gary Weir (78)
|Ricky Wardrop for Rory Davidson (56)|
Grant Campbell (25)
Grant Steven (46)
Michael Steven (47)
Michael Steven (69)
Stevie Cunningham (82)
John Urquhart (20)
Colin Charlesworth (39)
Scott Henry (65)
Liam Archibald (67)
Liam Forbes (82)
Michael Steven (69)
John Urquhart (73)
Kyle Rae (93)
Marin Kerrigan (Referee)
What an opening game to the season!! 5 goals, 3 red cards and more bookings that could be counted on one hand. A ~500 Harmsworth Park crowd were thoroughly entertained as they witnessed Academy getting their season off to a winning start.
Gary Weir scored the only goal of the first half but Vale hit back almost straight from the re-start when John Urquhart headed home a free kick. Weir scored his second to restore Academy's advantage but Vale hit back again this time defender Kyle headed home from a corner.
So a draw on the cards but in the last minute of the game Richard Macadie pounced as a shot came back off keeper Darren McConnachie and he poked home the winner.
Norrie the Scorrie welcomed the teams onto the park as Academy kicked off this year's campaign. It took 24 minutes before the first clear chance was created. Davie Allan stormed up the right flank and crossed to Weir but his first-time volley went over the crossbar.
2 minutes before half-time Gary Manson broke up the left and slid the ball on to Davie Allan. He drove into the box and squared the ball for Weir who hammered it home.
1 - 0
Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Deveronvale 0
Straight from the restart Vale went on the attack and won a free-kick on the left about 30 yards from goal. The free-kick was floated in by Graeme Rodger and John Urquhart rose highest at the back post to head the ball past Sean McCarthy and into the corner of the net.
1 - 1
In Academy's next attack Davie Allan showed his pace down the left as he hit the bye-line and cut a dangerous cross across the face of the Vale goal but there were no takers to knock it home.
On 56 minutes Academy regained their lead. Richard Macadie took a free-kick on the right wing. Grant Campbell flicked the ball through to Stevie Cunningham who got a great strike on target that keeper Darren McConnachie managed to block but Weir snapped up the loose ball and he stuck it home from six yards out.
2 - 1
On 69 minutes Michael Steven picked up a second yellow for a tackle on Connor Rennie and Academy found themselves down to 10 men.
Deveronvale failed to take advantage of the extra man and went down to 10 men themselves only 4 minutes later when John Urquhart picked his second booking from referee Martin Kerrigan for a mid-air collision with Sean McCarthy.
That set up a cracking final 15 minutes and Vale squared the scores when defender Kyle Rae came up for a corner and he was rewarded with a goal as he headed home.
2 - 2
Into the final minute and the Harmsworth Park crowd were on their feet as Davie Allan again lit the blue touch paper and scorched down the right wing beating two defenders before cutting the ball back into the box for Stevie Cunningham. His shot was blocked by McConnachie but the re-bound fell to Richard Macadie and he got a toe on the ball to poke it home.
3 - 2
The final minute saw Kyle Rae sent off for the visitors for an off-the-ball incident and in the last action of the game Vale won a corner that keeper Darren McConnachie came up for. With home support finger-nails disappearing fast Stevie Cunningham hoofed the corner to safety and referee Kerrigan blew for full-time. The Harmsworth roar must have been heard all over the town as the Scorrie faithful celebrated a great win.
Full Time - Wick Academy 3 - Deveronvale 2
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||21||2||-||2||-|
|Ross Allan (sub)||21||2||-||112||4|
|James Pickles (sub)||23||1||-||65||6|
|Steven Anderson (sub)||21||1||-||1||-|