3 - 2
3 - 2
Alan Hughes (25)
Alan Hughes (53)
Jonah Martens (78)
Roddy Kennedy (33)
Matheus Machado (Pen.) (80)
Ross Allan for Michael Steven (24)
Richard Macadie for Jack Henry (46)
Kuba Koziol for Alan Hughes (61)
Jonah Martens for David Allan (61)
Mark Macadie for Craig Gunn (70)
Fraser Russell for Roddy MacGregor (66)
Millar Gamble for Matheus Machado (66)
Roddy Kennedy for Donald Morison (70)
Gabriel Mackay for Grant Hogg (76)
Kieran Chalmers for Taylor Thain (76)
Michael Steven (25)
Jack Henry (36)
David Allan (38)
Sam Mackay (50)
Ross Allan (80)
Millar Gamble (46)
Roddy MacGregor (83)
Gordon Seago (Referee)
Wick Academy welcomed former Manager Barry Wilson’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle Colts to Harmsworth Park for a pre-season friendly.
On an evening of thick fog both teams served up an entertaining match with Academy running out 3-2 winners.
Caley started well and had an early chance from a corner that was flicked onto Harry Nicolson but he turned his effort wide around the post.
Academy opened the scoring on 25 minutes. A break from mid-field saw the ball being played up the left to the feet of Alan Hughes. He drove into the left edge of the penalty box and drove a left footed shot low past keeper Cameron Mackay.
The game ended up with a few bookings, even though a friendly, and after Michael Steven picked one up he was escorted by referee Gordon Seago, after some words had been exchanged, over to the bench and was asked to leave the park, presumably that or be sent off.
Gordon Clark was sharp off his line a few minutes later to block a shot from Roddy Kennedy turning the ball out for a corner.
Just past the half-hour a long diagonal ball found Lewis Hyde on the right flank. He crossed and Roddy Kennedy got in front of Jack Henry to turn the ball home from fairly close range.
Hughes scored Academy’s second on 53 minutes. Good work from Sam Mackay saw him drive forward before he played Hughes into the left side of the penalty area. He netted with a good finish past the advancing keeper.
Caley had a few good chances in the second half, Ross Gunn sent a shot just past Clark’s left hand post and Roddy Kennedy had a right foot shot from the edge of the box that Clark palmed around the post for a corner. Lewis Hyde then fired in a free kick that Clark collected comfortably following good positioning of his defensive wall.
Substitute Jakub Koziol teed Gordie MacNab up and his 30 yard drive whistled just past the post on a greasy Harmsworth Park surface.
Kaziol was involved in Academy’s third goal of the match. He chipped the ball forward to another substitute Jonah Martens who marched into the box before drilling the ball between the legs of keeper Mackay.
Caley pulled one back within 2 minutes. Substitute Matheus Machado was taken down just inside the penalty area by Ross Allan. Machado took the spot-kick himself and fired it into the left hand corner of Clark’s net with the Academy keeper almost getting a glove on it.
Match report written by John Briskham
Tom McKenna interview with Matt Leslie, John O’ Groat Journal.
Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna jokingly conceded that club captain Alan Farquhar could well be after his job following their 3-2 win against an Inverness Caley Thistle XI on Wednesday night.
Farquhar gave yet another superb display of leadership in central defence as he time and again blunted Caley Thistle’s attack.
Two goals from Alan Hughes and one from Jonah Martens gave Academy a morale-boosting win as they bounced back from last weekend’s 5-1 mauling at Nairn St Ninian. Roddy Kennedy and Matheus Machado (penalty) were on target for the visitors.
It should be no surprise that the Scorries stopper is McKenna’s de facto gaffer on the park as Farquhar himself is a manager, having recently guided Wick Thistle to the top flight of the Cafa summer league.
McKenna said: “I commended Alan [Farquhar] on his performance. He stayed calm and, along with Grant Steven, he was exceptional at the back.
“Alan’s a manager himself with Wick Thistle. I’m sure that one day – if he wanted to, of course – he could be in my position.
“I don’t see why not. He’s got the character and leadership ability required to do this job and he’s also very well respected. Maybe I’m now under threat?
“Joking apart, he’s doing very well both on the pitch for us and on the touchline for Wick Thistle.”
The victory was soured by one bizarre incident 20 minutes into the game.
Wick defender Michael Steven launched a tirade at referee Gordon Seago.
He was booked but then said something back to Seago in more hushed tones. That in turn prompted the referee to frogmarch Steven to McKenna demanding he substitute him now or he’d send him off.
McKenna, given no choice but to comply, did so with Steven kicking the dugout in disgust.
It was one of a host of bookings dished out and McKenna said: “I can’t speak for the referee but I don’t know if the majority of cards were warranted – you would have to speak to him about them.
”On a positive note, Lybster’s Jonah Martens – on trial with Academy – did his chances of winning a permanent deal no harm with a well-taken goal that even had Caley Thistle boss John Robertson, sitting in the main stand, being heard to remark “decent finish”.
McKenna said: “I think both Jonah and [fellow trialist] Kuba [Koziol] need to be in this environment a bit longer before they can fully step in and make an impact.
“Jonah got his goal and took it well. We will still be monitoring both Jonah and Kuba’s progress but they’ve done themselves no harm with their performances so far.
“Overall, it’s been a good game for us. We need to have another couple of games like that with that kind of intensity – sadly we won’t be getting that at Golspie on Friday as that game has been called off because they can’t raise a team.”