Wick Academy 8
Strathspey 1

Wick Academy
8 - 1

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Martin Gunn (pen.) (8)
Richard Macadie (13)
Stevie Cunningham (15)
David Allan (23)
Stevie Cunningham (30)
Richard Macadie (39)
Richard Macadie (42)
Richard Macadie (43)
David Ritchie (77)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
Donly McLeod

Starting Eleven
James More
Andrew MacLeod
Shaun Sinclair
Alex Lamb
Grant Campbell
Richard Macadie
Martin Gunn
Gary Manson
Stevie Cunningham
Gary Weir
David Allan
Chris Bowles
Terry Swinton
George Russell
Nicholas Mochan
Scott Hendry
Jamie Rodgers
David Ross
Joe Hardie
Mateusz Bobrowski
David Ritchie
Brett Mitchell

Michael Gray
Craig Shearer
Ross Allan
Ciaran Duffy
David Cowie
Robbie Flett
Euan Donaldson
Colin Campbell

David Cowie for Alex Lamb (56)
Ross Allan for Richard Macadie (61)
Ciaran Duffy for David Allan (76)
Euan Donaldson for Scott Hendry (56)
Robbie Flett for Brett Mitchell (64)
Colin Campbell for Mateusz Bobrowski (81)

None. Jamie Rodgers (59)
Terry Swinton (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Douglas Ross (Referee)

Match Report

League newcomers Strathspey Thistle were welcomed to the Harmsworth Park on Saturday with an entourage of pipers and "scorries" for company as they took the pitch. Academy stunned the visitors in the first half racking up 8 unanswered goals. Richard Macdie proving once again why he was nominated as the Highland League Player of the year for last season as he racked up a personal goal tally of 4.

Wick flew out of the blocks and had their first chance with only 4 minutes played. Manson tore down the left flank and crossed for Macadie but his flashing header went just wide of the target.

4 minutes later Cunningham released David Allan and he drove into the Strathspey box with ball at feet and he was taken down from behind by Jamie Rodgers. Referee Douglas Ross seemed to be in some doubt whether it was inside the area, but after checking with his assistant he pointed to the penalty spot. Martin Gunn claimed the ball and sent keeper Bowles the wrong way and slotted the ball into the right hand corner of the net.

1 - 0

Everything seemed to be clicking for Academy and 5 minutes later they doubled their advantage. Sinclair sent a long ball down the right wing that went over the top of George Russell. Macadie went into overdrive and slid past him to clam the ball and ran into the box and fired home past Bowles right hand.

2 - 0

The third came shortly afterwards. Gunn slid a pass in behind the defence for Macadie who again ran in on goal with ball at feet. He got his shot on target but Bowles managed to block it with a foot, but the ball fell to Cunningham and he had an easy finish from 3 yards out.

3 - 0

Strathspey had their first sniff on target I the 22nd minute when Jamie Rodgers managed to get a shot away but More made a comfortable save.

As if to rub salt into the new-comers wounds Academy went straight back up the park and scored their 4th of the game. Campbell played the ball into Weir on the right flank. He held the ball up before releasing it to Macadie to stabbed the ball towards goal for David Allan to run in and he took his time and simply passed the ball into the Strathspey net.

4 - 0

Martin Gunn almost doubled his tally with a 35 yard free kick that he scorched just wide of the right hand post, but the Scorries went nap on the half-hour mark. Macadie controlled a long ball out of defence and sent in Cunningham who took a neat 1-2 with Macadie before skipped through the Strathspey defence and burying the ball into the back of the net.

5 - 0

Everything Academy touched seemed to result in a goal, and number 6 was not long in the making. The ball was played up to Weir on the right flank. 3 Strathspey defenders tried to get the ball off him, but Weir twisted and turned with the ball glued to his feet and was eventually fouled. With the Strathspey defenders out of position Manson took a quick free kick into Cunningham in the box and he took the ball down and squaring across goal to Macadie. He struck the ball off the under-side of the crossbar and it bounced across the line and into the net.

6 - 0

3 minutes before the break Macadie completed his hat-trick. Manson combined with Weir who slid the ball into Macadie and he ran into the box and clipped the ball over the top of an advancing Bowles.

7 - 0

A minutes later Macadie scored his 4th goal, and arguably the best of the game. A long high ball was played up-field out of defence and Macadie ran onto it, again stripping the Strathspey defender Russell for speed. Macadie watched the ball come over the top of his head and from 25 yards out he timed a perfect volley off the laces of his right boot and it flew into the top right hand corner of the net.

8 - 0

Half time 8 - 0

The second half by comparison was a lot quieter and was punctuated but several substitutions for both sides.

The closest Academy came in increasing their lead came in the 63rd minute. Substitute Ross Allan sent the ball forward to Cunningham who controlled it on his chest before squaring to David Allan but his shot smacked back out off the post with keeper Bowles well beaten.

Despite being 8 down the Strathspey players stuck to the task and David Ritchie wrote himself into the history-books by scoring their first ever league goal. The ball was played onto the Academy box from the right wing and bounced across the Academy back-line before falling to Ritchie and he pivoted his body around the ball and fired home.

8 - 1

In the only remaining action of the game Bowles made a good save at the feet of Cunningham to deny him a hat-trick, and substitute Ross Allan for Strathspey had a free header from a corner that he should have got on target but he directed it over the top of the Academy cross-bar.

Final Score 8 - 1

The result has placed Academy at the top of the table on goal difference and it equalled their highest previous league game eight goal tally which was against Fort William in February 2008. That game finished 8-0 to the Scorries.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at August 1st, 2009)

2009/2010 All Time
James More (GK)20 2 - 83 -
Andrew MacLeod - 2 - 2425
Grant Campbell - 2 - 2 -
Alex Lamb - 2 - 1311
Shaun Sinclair - 1 - 107 -
Richard Macadie22 2413436
Stevie Cunningham - 22347
Gary Manson25 2 - 27127
Martin Gunn - 1135972
David Allan19 24207
Gary Weir11 2 - 16753
Ross Allan (sub)16 2 - 2 -
Ciaran Duffy (sub) - 1 - 3 -
David Cowie (sub) - 2 - 18610

League Table (as at August 1st, 2009)

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