0 - 4
Richard Macadie (pen.) (6)
Sam Mackay (60)
Richard Macadie (pen.) (77)
Steven Anderson (77)
Bailey Simpson for Aidan Combe (46)
Steven Davidson for Graham Johnston (74)
Bruce Mair for Bryan Hay (83)
Colin Macrae for James McLean (84)
Dean Cowie (81)
Russell McBride (83)
David Allan (51)
Alan Farquhar (80)
Thomas Shaw (Referee)
Academy travelled to Bellslea today to face Fraserburgh in the Scorrie's last game of the season and the lads finished in some style, running out 4-0 winners. That's our best ever result at Bellslea, beating our previous best result of 4-1 back in 2009. A brace of penalties from Richard Macadie and goals from Sam Mackay and Steven Anderson secured the win.
The result guaranteed a 5th place finish for Academy as Clachnacuddin beat Inverurie Locos and Nairn drew with Forres meaning that even if Nain win their remaining two games in hand they can't now overtake us.
Danny Mackay was suspended for the game and Michael Steven was out injured. Marc Dickson and Willie West were both suspended for Fraserburgh.
Academy opened the scoring after only 6 minutes. The ball was played up to Steven Anderson who shrugged off his marker and drove into the box. Keeper Joe Barbour took him down and referee Thomas Shaw pointed to the penalty spot. Richard Macadie took the spot kick and made no mistake chipping the ball over Barbour into the net.
0 - 1
Just before the quarter hour Academy created another good chance. James McLean latched onto a Fraserburgh clearance and he played it wide to Davie Allan on the right. Allan played in Marc MacGregor on the edge of the Fraserburgh box and his right foot shot was parried away by keeper Joe Barbour.
Fraserburgh's first attempt of the game came in the next attack. A poor clearance by Alan Farquhar fell to Aidan Combe and his attempt from the edge of the box was turned around the post for a corner by Sean McCarthy.
Academy came close to doubling their advantage but a good save by Joe Barbour denied Davie Allan as the Broch stopper tipped his attempt off the post and out for a corner.
Up the other end of the park a throw-in on the left from Ryan Cowie found Grant Noble on the edge of the Academy box but he fired his attempt over the crossbar.
Good football saw Academy come close again. MacGregor played a one-two with Anderson up the left wing. MacGregor then released the ball to James McLean on the edge of the Fraserburgh box but his side-footed effort went just wide of the post.
In the last action of the first half Paul Campbell had a neat exchange with Grant Noble allowing Noble to get a shot off but he hammered it high and wide of target.
Half Time - Fraserburgh 0 - Wick Academy 1
Fraserburgh manager Mark Cowie made a change at the start of the second half with Bailey Simpson coming on for Aidan Combe.
The first chance of the second half fell for Academy. A great pass through the heart of the Fraserburgh defence by Davie Allan played in Marc Macgregor. He drove into the box but sent his shot straight to keeper Barbour.
Minutes later Davie Allan again split the Broch defence this time playing in Gary Manson. Barbour came out to meet him and made a goal-saving block.
Ryan Cowie delivered a cross up the other end of the park to Paul Campbell who had a good attempt from a tight angle saved by Sean McCarthy.
Barbour was again in action in the Fraserburgh goal. Richard Macadie played a long ball over the top of the home defence that fell to Sam Mackay at the edge of the box but Barbour came out quickly and blocked Mackay's attempt for a corner.
In the next attack Mackay found the net to double Academy's lead. The ball was worked up the left flank to Steven Anderson on the edge of the box. He went around his marker and sent in a cross that was headed down into the path of Sam Mackay and he smacked home a delicious volley high passed Barbour.
0 - 2
Academy pressed for more and Barbour was again called into action, this time saving a MacGregor shot on the turn at his post.
Graham Johnston had a free-kick from the left that fizzed across goal and went just past the post before Academy made it three. Sam Mackay played the ball just inside the box to Davie Allan. He slipped it into Anderson who's shot was saved by Barbour. The home defence failed to clear and in the middle of it Davie Allan has bundled to the ground. Referee Shaw pointed to the spot awarding Academy their second penalty of the match. Macadie stepped up and sent it down the middle but this time Barbour made a good save getting his hand to the ball. Macadie however was on hand to snap up the re-bound and he tucked it home under pressure from covering defenders.
0 - 3
Less than a minute later and the game was beyond the reach of Fraserburgh. A shot from Marc MacGregor was parried out by Barbour but it fell to Steven Anderson and he couldn't miss.
0 - 4
Full Time - Fraserburgh 0 - Wick Academy 4
So a great win for Academy rounding off a brilliant season. Top 5 finish and the North of Scotland Cup in the trophy cabinet. The goals by Sam Mackay and Steven Anderson today saw them share this season's golden-boot award, both finishing with a total of 20 goals.
Match report written by Luke Bunch
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