4 - 1
4 - 1
Alan Murray (37)
Alan Duff (66)
Alan Duff (69)
Alan Duff (84)
|Philip Lamb (83)|
Martin Gunn for Alan Murray (70)
Jimmy McAdie for Gordon McDonald (78)
Rory Page for Richard Hughes (82)
Norman Thomson for Mark Holmes (52)
Philip Lamb for Darren MacLachlan (79)
John Douglas for Bruce McCraw (79)
Billy Cowie (46)
D Patience (Referee)
The teams lined up. Wick Academy: Stewart, Cowie, Begg, Clarkson, Miller, Campbell, MacDonald (Macadie 78), Sutherland, Duff, Murray (Gunn 70), Hughes (Page 82). Clachnacuddin: Munro, Stone, Murray, Mackay, Sinclair, Macleod, MacLachlan (Lamb 79), Holmes (Thomson 52), Seaton, McCraw (Douglas 79), Golabeck.
Academy stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a scintillating display. Alan Murray netted the only goal of the first half after 37 minutes, running on to a through ball and rounding keeper Munro. This was a good half time situation as with the wind at their backs down the slope, the Clach players had been firing in shots from all ranges, their best effort a 30 yard free kick. Johnny Seaton slipped the ball short to Stuart Golabek whose swerving drive was saved by Graham Stewart.
Academy took full command after the break and the Lilywhites had to defend desperately. Tichie Hughes was just off target in the 64th minute with a shot from a very tight angle on the right. Within a couple of minutes after two corners the second of which was pushed away by Munro, Alan Duff drilled the ball low into the net from 15 yards. Murray also pounced on a loose ball but a posse of white shirts scrambled it away for another corner. In the 69th minute Stewart Sutherland set up a chance for Duff to score again with a similar low drive. 17 year old Martin Gunn replaced Murray and showed some quick neat touches.
Clach pulled back a goal after 83 minutes when Stewart dived to the foot of his post to push away a Golabek free kick and Philip Lamb fired home the rebound from close range.
In the next minute Duff ran onto a long clearance from Stewart and completed his hat-trick, the first from an Academy player in the Highland League, with an exquisite lob.
This win took Academy up to 7th place with 17 points from 11 games.
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Newspaper extract from Press and Journal - 13th November 1995.
|Graham Stewart (GK)||-||15||-||46||-|
|Jimmy McAdie (sub)||-||12||1||12||1|
|Martin Gunn (sub)||-||2||-||24||-|
|Rory Page (sub)||-||10||-||10||-|
Manager Don Cowie was ‘ chuffed’ with the performance and the emphatic win. “I thought we played better into the wind than with the wind behind us. It was another good team effort”, he said, “The run has been a great bonus but we are just taking it game by game. We have raised a few eyebrows and teams are respecting us”. I also have to say "Well done to Alan Duff who became the first Academy player to score a hat-trick since we joined the Highland League".
Clach fielded several promising youngsters. Manager Roshie Fraser admitted Wick were worthy winners. “I was disappointed but if we can keep our squad together we will become a force to be reckoned with next season”.