2 - 3
2 - 3
Jack Halliday (30)
Richard Macadie (pen.) (51)
Martin Maclean (16)
Paul Brindle (41)
Scott Graham (75)
Gordon C McNab
Sam Mackay for Gordon C McNab (70)
Alan Hughes for Ross Allan (84)
Michael Steven for Andrew Hardwick (84)
Craig Campbell for Andrew Greig (63)
Craig Gunn for Paul Brindle (70)
Scott Lisle for Scott Graham (84)
Andrew Hardwick (68)
Paul Brindle (32)
Martin Maclean (70)
David Watt (Referee)
Wick Academy were made to pay the penalty when a Scott Graham spotkick proved the difference in a five goal thriller at Harmsworth Park.
Heavy rain overnight had put the match in doubt but a pitch inspection mid morning confirmed the pitch playable and match went ahead after a minutes silence was held in memory of Nairn County player Calum Riddell who lost his battle with a brain tumour earlier in the week.
In the most open north derby contest in recent years, the hosts created a number of chances in a battling performance against big spending Brora Rangers. But the Caithness club’s five year wait for a victory against their Sutherland opponents in the Highland League goes on as Brora continued their title charge.
Striker Marc Macgregor was missing due to personal commitments with manager Tom McKenna opting for Gary Manson ahead of Michael Steven at left back.
Midfielder Sam Mackay also returned to the squad after being in Barcelona last weekend but was named as a substitute.
Wick started off brightest as Steven Anderson went close with two chances, one saved by goalkeeper Cameron Mackay while the other went inches wide of the post.
Brora took the lead after 16 minutes from a corner kick when Paul Brindle saw his header blocked by Sean McCarthy but Martin Maclean pounced to nod the rebound in the net.
Wick levelled on the half hour mark after clearing a Brora corner kick and launched a counter attack where Richard Macadie’s cross found Jack Halliday unchallenged in the box and he thundered his shot into the top right corner from 12 yards.
But the visitors regained the lead four minutes from half time when sloppy defending from Academy allowed Scott Graham’s pass to go straight through and find Paul Brindle who charged into the box before firing past McCarthy.
Brora should have gone 3-1 ahead before half time when Maclean’s cross to the edge of the six yard box found Brindle but he somehow fired wide.
Academy started the second half of brightly and drew level again seven minutes into the second half when a long ball into the box saw a sloppy handball from Steven Mackay awarding the hosts a penalty. Macadie showed why he is the spot-kick specialist by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to bring the game level to the delight of the crowd.
Boosted by the spot-kick, a resurgent Wick almost took the lead midway through the second half when in an excellent passage of play, Manson teed up Sam Mackay at the edge of the box but his shot was well saved by Cameron Mackay.
The decisive moment of the game came 15 minutes from time when Danny Mackay fouled Scott Graham in the box with a sliding tackle, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a penalty. Graham sent McCarthy the wrong way to give Brora all three points.
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, October 11, 2017.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||24||12||-||117||-|
|Gordon C McNab||29||10||4||10||4|
|Michael Steven (sub)||27||9||-||221||11|
|Sam Mackay (sub)||28||9||3||278||131|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||22||1||-||50||1|