Wick Academy 3
Strathspey 0
League


Wick Academy
3 - 0
Strathspey 

League
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Harmsworth Park. Att. 750
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gary Manson (26)
Sam Mackay (46)
Richard Macadie (pen.) (55)
None.

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Grant Campbell
Michael Steven
Grant Steven
Richard Macadie
Gary Manson
Sam Mackay
Craig Shearer
Gary Weir
David Allan
Lukasz Geruzel
Steven Dunn
Jordan Wardrope
Jack Maley
James Mcshane (C)
Gary Kerr
Martin Groat
Joshua Peters
Connor Aubrey
Matthew Murphy
Thomas Borthwick
Scott Hume

Bench
Michael Gray
John Pickles
Conor Cormack
Alan Hughes
Ian Ross
Joe Wilson
Steven Anderson
Mark McKernie
Connor Macauley
Martin Nedialkov
Robert Gordon Simpson
Alister Munro Matheson

Substitutions
John Pickles for Lukasz Geruzel (46)
Alan Hughes for Craig Shearer (60)
Joe Wilson for Sam Mackay (78)
Alister Munro Matheson for Connor Aubrey (79)

Cautions
Grant Campbell (83)
James Mcshane (28)
Steven Dunn (56)
Scott Hume (57)

Red Cards
None. Gary Kerr (69)
Match Officials

Graham Beaton (Referee)
Alexander McDonald & Stephen Tait (Assistants)




Match Report


Academy ended this season's campaign with a 3-0 win over visitors Strathspey Thistle. Craig Shearer started his 500th game for Academy in all competitions and he wore the captain's arm-band to mark the occasion.

Academy thrashed the Strathy Jags 9-2 earlier in the season but the Grantown Spey Side did anything but park the bus today, and made a good game out of it.

Indeed they had the better of the opening exchanges and had a shout for a penalty on the quarter hour when Gary Kerr and Sean McCarthy vied to be first to a long through ball but referee Graham Beaton saw nothing amiss as they came together.

Academy were slow out of the blocks but did take the lead midway through the first half with their first shot on target. Davie Allan's cross from the right wing found Gary Manson on the edge of the box and his sweet curling shot was out of reach of Steven Dunn and found the corner of the net.

1 - 0

Strathspey had two great chances to equalise before half time, first when Jack Maley's header was cleared off the line by Craig Shearer. The ball was punted away from danger but from 35 yards James McShane unleashed a fearsome drive which cannoned off the intersection of the post and crossbar.

Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Strathspey Thistle 0

A minute after the interval Academy doubled their advantage when Sam Mackay ran on to a superb long ball from Richard Macadie and neatly chipped Dunn from six yards.

2 - 0

Academy then won a penalty when Allan was judged to have been brought down by the keeper and Macadie made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 and claim the golden boot award for scoring 17 goals during the campaign.

3 - 0

There was controversy in the aftermath of the spot-kick when keeper Dunn picked the ball out of his net and kicked it straight into the face of Gary Weir, laying him out cold. A stramash involving both sets of players ensued, but after Weir came round referee Beaton thought the only disciplinary action required was to book Dunn.

Strathspey ended the game on 10 men when, midway through the second half, Kerr was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Grant Campbell.

Despite the extra man advantage, Wick failed to find any more goals but did come close 10 minutes from time when trialist John Pickles sent in a delightful long ball to the back post which found Weir, but the striker failed to find the target.

Full Time - Wick Academy 3 - Strathspey thistle 0

The win saw Academy end the season with a points total of 72. That secured 4th spot, just a point off 3rd place Cove Rangers.

Match report written by John Briskham



Squad Statistics (as at May 2nd, 2015)


2014/2015 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)21 33 - 33 -
Grant Campbell - 363603
Grant Steven22 3411223
Michael Steven25 35 - 1476
Richard Macadie28 4217375148
Craig Shearer - 1 - 49467
Sam Mackay26 331120288
Gary Manson31 35249035
Lukasz Geruzel - 31169948
David Allan25 4115240112
Gary Weir17 3616380151
Alan Hughes (sub)19 15 - 311
John Pickles (sub) - 3 - 10 -
Joe Wilson (sub) - 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at May 2nd, 2015)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 34 30 4 0 +121 94
2. Turriff United 34 27 2 5 +50 80
3. Cove Rangers 34 22 7 5 +63 73
4. WICK 34 23 3 8 +51 72
5. Formartine Utd 34 19 7 8 +26 64
6. Inverurie Locos 34 20 3 11 +42 63
7. Fraserburgh 33 18 8 7 +42 62
8. Nairn County 34 18 3 13 +45 57
9. Forres Mech 34 18 3 13 +12 57
10. Buckie Thistle 34 15 5 14 +5 50
11. Clachnacuddin 34 14 3 17 -11 45
12. Deveronvale 34 9 9 16 -29 36
13. Fort William 33 8 3 22 -45 27
14. Keith 34 7 3 24 -55 24
15. Lossiemouth 34 7 2 25 -55 23
16. Huntly 34 5 5 24 -63 20
17. Strathspey 34 3 5 26 -89 14
18. Rothes 34 2 5 27 -110 11