0 - 2
David Allan (30)
Grant Steven (60)
Daniel Maclennan for Gary Kerr (63)
Ross Grant for David Watson (67)
Ian Penwright for Martin Laing (71)
Richard Macadie for Steven Anderson (55)
Gary Weir for Lukasz Geruzel (79)
Gary Weir (92)
Douglas Ross (Referee)
Academy travelled to Grant Street Park tonight to face a Clach side who are in good form having beat Inverurie Locos by a goal to zip last Saturday.
Steven Anderson and Lukasz Geruzel got starts up front for the Scorries with Gary Weir and Richard Macadie starting on the bench. James Pickles was unavailable to make the mid-week trip over from Orkney so Stevie Cunningham got a starting berth in midfield. Grant Steven made his 100th competitive appearance.
Davie Allan set the ball rolling for the Scorries opening the scoring with a half-hour on the clock. Grant Steven then chipped in with his first goal of the season when he headed home a corner on the hour to seal the three points and keep up Academy's good run of League results.
The first real chance of the game fell to Academy after 25 minutes. A long ball was played up to Davie Allan. He knocked it down to Lukasz Geruzel who returned it to the feet of Allan 15 yards from goal but his shot whistled just past the post.
On the half-hour the Scorries opened the scoring. Stevie Cunningham played a long ball over the top of the Clach defence to Davie Allan. The ball bounced on the edge of the box and keeper Ali Ridgers came to try to collect it but Allan got round him and headed it into an empty net from 5 yards out.
0 - 1
Two minutes later Academy created another good chance. The ball was worked up the left flank to Geruzel about 35 yards from goal. The Polish striker hit it first time and Ridgers was relieved to see it fly just past his right hand post.
Clach had a crack from a free kick by Gordon Morrison about 25 yards from the Academy goal but his attempt went high over the cross bar and the Scorries took a one goal lead into the half time interval.
Half Time - Clachnacuddin 0 - Wick Academy 1
The home side started the second half well and came close after just a minute. A high ball was punted into the Academy box and was taken down well by David Watson. He laid it back to the edge of the box for Blair Lawrie who got his shot off but Michael Steven got a block on it deflecting it for a corner.
Ten minutes into the second half and Gordon Connelly made a change with Steven Anderson being replaced by Richard Macadie.
In Macadie's first real involvement he picked the ball up in the middle of the park and drove towards the Clach goal. He slid it to Davie Allan who lobbed it up before passing back to Macadie who had a shot on target that was saved by Ali Ridgers.
It didn't take long however for the Scorries to double their advantage. A corner on the left was swung in by Sam Mackay for Grant Steven to bullet home a header at the near post.
0 - 2
On 74 minutes Clach had a good chance to pull a goal back. Great link-up play between substitute Daniel Maclennan and Martin Callum saw Callum have a left foot shot from 22 yards that went just over the bar.
Five minutes later substitute Ian Penwright had the ball in the back of the net for the home side but referee Douglas Ross chalked it off as he deemed Sean McCarthy to have bene fouled in the process.
Gary Weir came on for Geruzel with 11 minutes left on the clock.
With 5 minutes left to play Ross Grant had a first time volley from the edge of the Academy box that looked bound for the bottom left hand corner but Sean McCarthy got down well to pull off a great save tipping the ball round the post for a corner.
In the dying minutes Weir had a fantastic chance to put the game well and truly to bed. Mccarthy threw the ball out and found Macadie on the right. He slid a defence splitting pass to the feet of Weir who went one-on-one with keeper Ridgers. The Academy front-man tried to lob Ridgers but didn't put enough on it and Ridgers made an easy catch.
Weir was again fed in on goal with a great pass from Macadie. Weir got round the keeper and shaped to shoot but a last ditch block by a Clach defender turned the ball for a corner.
Full Time - Clachnacuddin 0 - Wick Academy 2
The three points sees Academy keep up their good run of league form with their 5th win on the bounce and we now welcome Keith to Harmsworth Park on Saturday.
Match report written by Luke Bunch
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||21||14||-||14||-|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||27||14||4||347||135|
|Gary Weir (sub)||17||12||7||359||142|
Well done to Grant Steven who today made his 100th competitive appearance for the club.