3 - 2
3 - 2
James Pickles (21)
Ross Allan (58)
Ross Allan (74)
Daniel McLennan (69)
Andrew Skinner (pen.) (91)
Lukasz Geruzel for Gary Weir (79)
Bryan McKiddie for Stevie Cunningham (86)
Steven Anderson for Richard Macadie (90)
Neil MacDonald for Martin Laing (76)
Dachi Khutsishvili for Ryan Watson (76)
Fraser Robertson for Martin Callum (86)
Gary Manson (91)
Graham Elder (Referee)
With a makeshift defence Academy pulled off a great win in the first of this season's mid-week fixtures against visitors Clachnacuddin. Grant Campbell's flight from Aberdeen was turned back due to fog, Michael Seven was suspended and his brother Grant was on holiday. James Pickles slotted into centre-back and Ross Allan started the game and scored a brace.
Academy started the game kicking up the Harmsworth slope and in 20 minutes they opened the scoring. Clach goalkeeper Ridgers picked up a back-pass from David McGurk and referee Graham Elder awarded Academy an indirect free-kick on the edge of the box. Every Clach player flooded back into the penalty area but they couldn't stop a James Pickles low right foot strike as he was teed up by Richard Macadie.
1 - 0
Minutes later Richard Macadie fired in a corner that Sam Mackay headed just past the post.
On the half-hour Academy were unlucky not to increase their lead when good pressure won them another corner that Davie Allan headed against keeper Ridgers. The ball bounced off him, hit the post and landed back into his arms.
In a great flowing move Academy broke up the right wing, Davie Allan hit the burners before crossing into the box. Ridgers got down and parried the ball but there was no takers in a black and white top to knock it home.
Just before half-time Davie Allan again burst up the right wing and delivered to the feet of Weir 2 yards from goal but David Chambers threw his body in front of Weirs shot to knock the ball over the top of the bar.
Clach started to get some good possession of the ball and looked as if they were going to convert, but calm play by Academy saw them make their way up-field and they won 2 or 3 corners on the spin to release the pressure to go into the half-time break with a single goal advantage.
Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Clachnacuddin 0
Andrew Skinner and Ryan Watson had early pots at goal to begin the second half but neither managed to test McCarthy.
On 50 minutes Academy came close again. Mackay dinked the ball into the box for Macadie who let fly with a right foot shot that smashed off Ridger's left hand post.
Academy started to turn the screw and were rewarded with another goal. Ross Allan pushed up the left flank beating several challenges before delivering into the middle of the box. Weir was on-hand and fired the ball against keeper Ridgers but Ross Allan followed in and smashed home the re-bound.
2 - 0
Academy were looking comfortable but Clach pulled themselves right back into the game under the strangest of circumstances. The near-side assistant flagged for an Academy foul on the half-way line but referee Elder let play continue and Ryan Watson broke down the wing before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Daniel McLennan and he fired home from 4 yards out. The assistant kept his flag up and the referee went over to him and after a brief discussion the goal stood.
2 - 1
McCarthy was sharp as Clach went on the hunt for an equaliser and he did well to tip a dipping shot over his cross-bar.
Academy restored their 2 goal advantage in the next attack. Davie Allan's blistering pace took him to the bye-line and he cut the ball back to his brother Ross who sweep it home from close range for his second goal of the game.
3 - 1
Substitute Neil MacDonald had a shot that was just wide of target and Geruzel also scuffed a Davie Allan cross wide of target.
In the last minute Clach were awarded another controversial goal. Alan Farquhar slid in and looked to have won the ball cleanly off the toes of a Clach substitute trialist. Despite the Academy protests referee Elder awarded Clach a penalty that Andrew Skinner converted.
3 - 2
With time running out for the visitors the referee blew for the end of the game and Academy picked up another valuable three points.
Full Time - Wick Academy 3 - Clachnacuddin 2
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||21||3||-||3||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||1||-||177||7|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||2||1||71||33|
|Steven Anderson (sub)||21||2||-||2||-|
Managers' Views on the Clachnacuddin Game [Interviews by Will Clark]
Gordon Connelly (Wick Academy) - “We had a makeshift team but that is what having a squad is all about. We were short of a squad last year, but this year we can adapt thanks to youngsters stepping up such as Jack Halliday, Ross Allan and Steven Anderson Harrison – it gives me problems for selection, but that’s what I want. Halliday is a real find as is Anderson Harrison along with John Budge and I have no fears about putting these players into the team.”
Iain Polworth (Clachnacuddin) - “Wick deserved the win as I thought my players were second to too many balls. We lacked pace and for too long the players looked pedestrian and were not sharp enough in the final third. When they robbed us in the middle of the park, they injected pace to move forward which we couldn’t do tonight.”