0 - 2
Andrew Hardwick (29)
Marc MacGregor (76)
David Ross for Drew Copeland (53)
Owen Cairns for Angus Grant (69)
Nikolas Wozniak for Michael Ewen (77)
Richard Macadie for Craig Gunn (69)
Grant Aitkenhead for Gordon MacNab (84)
Ross Anderson (10)
Drew Copeland (13)
James Chalmers (32)
Liam Strachan (53)
Adam Cross (61)
Michael Steven (24)
Jack Henry (86)
|Ross Anderson (69)||None.|
Greg Soutar (Referee)
A goal in each half, courtesy of Andrew Hardwick and Marc Macgregor, saw all 3 points head back North with Academy.
Although Wick took the attack to Turriff in the first few minutes - Marc Macgregor's run towards the 18 yard box being brought to a halt by a body check from Turriff captain Ross Anderson, and a cross in to the box being safely collected by keeper Fraser Hobday under pressure from Michael Steven - it was the home side that had the first real clear cut chance after 5 minutes when Adam Cross ran on to a looping header from Michael Ewen but pulled his shot just wide of the post.
Ross Anderson picked up his first booking of the afternoon in the 10th minute for a thumping challenge on Davie Allan as the Wick man was driving down the right wing into the Turriff final third. 2 minutes later Turriff's Drew Copeland found his name in the referees book - his high tackle leaving Davie Allan requiring treatment for a cut to the forehead.
Neither keeper had much to do in the next 15 minutes although play ebbed from 18 yard line to 18 yard line. Wick's Michael Steven found his way into the referee's book in the 24th minute for a challenge that upended Calum Reid on the left touchline.
Wick's breakthrough came in the 30th minute when Turriff keeper Fraser Hobday miss-cued his punch to clear an inswinging corner from Craig Gunn and the ball looped to the far post where Andrew Hardwick was on hand to fire the ball over the line.
A minute later referee Soutar's card was out again - this time for a James Chalmers challenge on Jack Halliday.
Wick continued to press and Andrew Hardwick could have bagged himself a second when a run and cross from the right by Craig Gunn found him on the centre spot but Turriff youngster Dylan Stuart did enough to knock the ball away before the Wick man could get his shot away.
Into the second half and Wick were immediately on the front foot - Ross Anderson having to turn the ball away for a corner under pressure from Jack Henry, Fraser Hobday saving low to his right from a shot from Gordon MacNab, and after 5 minutes Gordon MacNab looked to have doubled the visitors lead when he rounded Fraser , his shot looking goal bound until Dylan Stuart cleared off the line.
The Referee brandished his yellow once again in the 54th minute - this time Turriff's Liam Strachan the recipient after fouling Grant Steven.
Wick were well in the ascendency by the middle of the half - with Turriff grateful to keeper Hobday for keeping the score at just the one goal with a point blank save from Gordon MacNab and a double save from Marc Macgregor.
The pressure told on the Turriff defence in the 69th minute and captain Ross Anderson saw yellow for the second time for pulling back Marc Macgregor.
Jack Henry was next to test Fraser Hobday - his low drive turned around the post by the keeper at full stretch
In the 77th minute - vintage Davie Allan ..... after picking up the ball outside the 18 yard box, driving to the byline, weaving past Turriff defenders Chalmers and Reid, he worked his way across the 6 yard line and pushed the ball into the path of Marc Macgregor who fired his shot past the Turriff keeper to make the game safe for the visitors.
In the 85th minute U17 graduate Grant Aitkenhead replaced Gordon MacNab for his first appearance in the Highland League.
Match report written by Mel Roger
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|Grant Aitkenhead (sub)||16||1||-||1||-|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||31||15||6||505||193|
Grant Aitkenhead made his senior team debut today.
Tom McKenna interviewed by Alan Hendry, Caithness Courier
Tom McKenna hailed an “absolutely fantastic” display by his Wick Academy players as they ended a month-long winless run with a fine 2-0 victory over Turriff United at The Haughs on Saturday.
Andrew Hardwick got the opener on the half-hour mark, poking the ball in at close range following a corner.
Turriff ’s Ross Anderson was sent off for a second bookable offence before Marc Macgregor made sure of the points after 77 minutes, having been set up by Davie Allan.
Manager McKenna felt his team could have won by a much more emphatic score-line.
“Everything just came together, the performance and the result,” he said. “The performances have been really good – that’s something that we can’t question. It was just really getting a result, and the lads were absolutely fantastic.
“We went in 1-0 up and we absolutely dominated in the second half. I don’t think it would have been unjust to run out 4-0 or 5-0 winners with the chances we created.
“It’s credit to the guys. The last few weeks their attitude has been absolutely excellent.
“In training they’ve never given up and have shown great application.
“You feel proud and happy for them because they worked extremely hard.
“The defence were under pressure at certain times and they handled it really well. The midfield was full of energy, full of drive. The two Jacks [Halliday and Henry] in the middle of the park were brilliant with their enthusiasm and their energy levels.
“I spoke to both of them before the game and told them, because of the formation we played, 4-4-2, there was more of a demand on them to be a bit more controlled, and they did it very well. We had Gordon MacNab and Marc Macgregor up front trying to bond a new relationship and that seemed to work okay.
“We moved four places up the table as well. It’s good for the lads when they look at the league table. It’s a wee confidence boost for everyone. In every aspect it was brilliant.”