Forres Mech 2
Wick Academy 2
League


Forres Mech 

2 - 2

Wick Academy


League
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Mosset Park
8:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Aaron Hamilton (9)
Stuart Soane (60)
Ross Allan (70)
Gordon MacNab (76)

Team Managers
Charlie Rowley Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Stuart Knight
James Ross
Graham Fraser
Martin Groat
Andrew MacRae
Jordan Milne
Robert Duncanson
Aaron Hamilton
Allan MacPhee
Calum Howarth
Stuart Soane (C)
Sean McCarthy
Craig Gunn
Sam Mackay
Ross Allan
Gary Manson
Jack Halliday
Ryan Campbell
Richard Macadie
Alan Hughes
David Allan
Jonah Martens

Bench
Ross MacPherson
Logan Ward
Owen Paterson
Joe Gauld
Callum Johnston
Simon Allan
Adam Crighton
Gordon MacNab
Mark Macadie
Ben Sinclair
Kuba Koziol
Gordon Clark

Substitutions
Simon Allan for Calum Howarth (76)
Callum Johnston for Stuart Soane (74)
Gordon MacNab for Alan Hughes (69)
Ben Sinclair for Richard Macadie (74)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Will Smith (Referee)
Gavin Dearie & David Milligan (Assistants)






Match Report


Aaron Hamilton and Stuart Soane had put the Can-Cans two up inside an hour in Wednesday night’s Highland League clash at Mosset Park only for Academy to come roaring back.

A goalmouth scramble resulted in Ross Allan reducing the deficit before Gordon MacNab’s close-range finish earned a 2-2 draw.

The opening goal of the game came in the 9th minute. Forres won a corner that was initially blocked but fired in again. Aaron Hamilton got in front of Ross Allan and he powered home a header past McCarthy from 4 yards out.

Andrew MacRea did well battling to steal the ball from Sam Mackay at the corner flag. He crossed to the back stick for Calum Howarth but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

Robert Duncanson sent a high ball into the Academy box which McCarthy rose to collect, but he dropped the ball at the feet of Stuart Soane and had to scramble back to prevent him turning the ball home.

Half Time – Forres Mechanics 1 – Wick Academy 0

Jonah Martens volleyed an Academy corner towards goal but a ricochet took it wide of target.

The Can-Cans second goal came on the hour when Aaron Hamilton send a deep cross to the far post. Stuart Soane ghosted in unmarked and got his head to the ball before McCarthy, sending it looping into the air and into the net.

10 minutes later Academy were back in the game. A corner was headed down into the ground by Sam Mackay. Ross Allan pounced on it and stuck it home past keeper Stuart Knight.

6 minutes later and the scores were square. A deep cross to the Forres back post was kept in play and fell to Gordon MacNab. He took a touch and tipped the ball up into the air and then smashed home with a low right footed drive.

Academy pushed for the winner. Martens headed over the bar and Halliday had a shot that went inches past the outside of the post. Keeper Knight also denied Davie Allan with a good block with his feet.

Full Time - Forres Mechanics 2 – Wick Academy 2

Match report written by John Briskham



Squad Statistics (as at September 11th, 2019)


2019/2020 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)26 9 - 177 -
Ryan Campbell20 1 - 71
Jack Halliday25 617612
Richard Macadie32 92536197
Gary Manson35 9 - 64346
Ross Allan26 9122912
Alan Hughes24 9 - 1085
Sam Mackay30 92334142
David Allan30 41350146
Jonah Martens24 7 - 7 -
Craig Gunn32 959340
Gordon MacNab (sub)25 816215
Ben Sinclair (sub)17 1 - 3 -


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at September 11th, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Fraserburgh 8 7 1 0 +25 22
2. Buckie Thistle 8 7 0 1 +12 21
3. Brora Rangers 7 6 0 1 +24 18
4. Inverurie Locos 7 6 0 1 +16 18
5. Nairn County 7 5 1 1 +4 16
6. Formartine Utd 7 5 0 2 +16 15
7. Rothes 7 4 1 2 +10 13
8. Keith 8 4 1 3 -11 13
9. Strathspey 8 3 1 4 -5 10
10. Forres Mech 7 2 2 3 +3 8
11. WICK 7 2 2 3 -8 8
12. Deveronvale 6 1 1 4 -6 4
13. Turriff United 8 1 1 6 -15 4
14. Fort William 6 1 0 5 -14 3
15. Lossiemouth 7 1 0 6 -18 3
16. Huntly 7 0 1 6 -16 1
17. Clachnacuddin 7 0 0 7 -17 0

Manager's Programme Notes


Tom McKenna interview with Matt Leslie, John O’ Groat Journal.

“A joy to watch” was Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna’s verdict after a second-half come-back at Forres secured a point.
Aaron Hamilton and Stuart Soane had put the Can-Cans two up inside an hour in Wednesday night’s Highland League clash at Mosset Park only for Academy to come roaring back.
A goalmouth scramble resulted in Ross Allan reducing the deficit before Gordon MacNab’s close-range finish earned a 2-2 draw.
McKenna felt the overall performance was the best he had seen in a long time. He said: “At 2-0 down you’d be forgiven for thinking it would be a case of déjà-vu from last season [when Forres won 4-0].“We were very competitive before that and we created as many chances as they did in the first half.
“The team we had out was not the tallest and we were doing our best not to give away too many set-pieces. But, sure enough, we did concede a corner which they took full advantage of to take the lead.
“What pleased me, though, was the way the boys kept at it and were very supportive towards each other.
“At half-time we had a good, positive chat only for Forres to hit us with a body blow by getting their second goal.
“That could so easily have worked against us but the boys were outstanding. We absolutely battered Forres after that – they couldn’t get out of their own half.
“Ross got one back and then Gordy popped up to bring us level – truth be told, we were a wee bit disappointed that we didn’t go on and win it.
“The level of performance and the intensity shown by the boys made you feel proud. It has been a long time since I last saw us playing like that – it was a joy to watch.”
The result leaves Academy sitting 11th in the table.