0 - 3
0 - 3
Gordon Morrison (53)
Gordon Morrison (58)
Gordon Morrison (Pen.) (78)
Alan Macphee (T)
Marc MacGregor for Richard Macadie (68)
Thorfinn Stout for Gary Weir (80)
Michael Grimes for Andrew Fraser (56)
Ryan Macdonald for Calum Macdonald (74)
Scott Davidson for Gordon Morrison (81)
Grant Campbell (38)
David Allan (57)
Calum Macdonald (68)
Michael Finnis (86)
David Watt (Referee)
Academy welcomed Clachnacuddin to the Harmsworth Park for the opening league game of the season. Academy were missing the services of Sam Mackay and Danny Mackay today and had several youngsters on the bench as trialists.
Academy played very well in spells, especially in the first half, but just didn't click in front of goal. For Clach however, veteran striker Gordon Morrison rolled back the years as he bagged a second half hat-trick to secure Clach's biggest win at Harmsworth Park since 2003 when they won by the same score-line in a Highland League Cup tie.
Academy started the game well and within a minute created the first chance of the game. Davie Allan burst through the tackles of David McGurk and Jamie Doran to break into the right edge of the Clach box. A covering defender did just enough to get something on the ball as Allan crossed it. That took the sting out of the cross, which was intended for Gary Weir as he was homing in on target, and the ball was gathered by keeper Errol Watson.
Academy crafted another chance following great build-up play between Seen Anderson and Gary Manson. Manson crossed the heart of the Clach box where Davie Allan teed up Richard Macadie but his shot went high of the target.
James Pickles sent a 20 yard free-kick over the target and in the next attack Allan did well to win a corner. Richard Macadie swung it in and James Pickles got his head to it but again the attempt went straight to keeper Watson.
On 19 minutes Academy had a great chance to take the lead. They forced another corner which Macadie delivered and with an empty net in front of him Grant Steven out-jumped everyone at the back post but agonisingly couldn't get his head to the ball as it whizzed past him.
It took the visitors 30 minutes before they really threatened the Academy goal. Daniel MacLennan managed to get a foot on a loose ball in the Academy box. It spun up in the air and Sean McCarthy stopped it with one hand and then collected.
Academy looked the more likely to score at this stage in the game and they created another good chance. Steven Anderson slipped the ball in front of Grant Campbell who ran into the box with the ball at his feet but came under pressure from a covering defender and he slide his shot straight to Watson.
Academy had by far the best chances of the first half but the sides went in at the break with neither goal-line being breached.
Half Time - Wick Academy 0 - Clachnacuddin 0
The second half started with a couple of scrambled clearances by the Clach defence.
Grant Campbell then collected the ball on the edge of the Clach box. He turned with the ball at his feet but his shot went straight at the keeper.
On 53 minutes it was the visitors that opened the scoring. Calum Macdonald cut the ball back across goal to the Clach captain Gordon Morrison who had his back to goal. He swivelled and poked the ball into bottom corner.
Wick Academy 0 - Clachnacuddin 1
Four minutes later Grant Steven took down Daniel Maclennan in the Academy box and referee David Watt pointed to the penalty spot. Gordon Morrison stepped up and as cool as you like sent McCarthy the wrong way and fired the ball into the opposite corner of the net.
Wick Academy 0 - Clachnacuddin 2
Academy won a free-kick in a good position on the right hand side of the penalty area when Sean Fitzpatrick hauled down Davie Allan. Fitzpatrick was booked for the challenge. Gary Manson whipped in the free-kick but it whistled past the outside of the far post.
Academy tried to get back into the game but it was Clach that extended their lead. A Clach corner kick was floated to the back post and it was headed back by David McGurk to Gordon Morrison and his deflected shot flew into the bottom corner of the net for his hat-trick.
Wick Academy 0 - Clachnacuddin 3
In the final action of the game Steven Anderson had a shot that keeper Watson collected low down at his right hand post which ensured he kept a clean sheet.
This really was a game of two halves with Academy dominating the first half but they couldn't repeat that in the second half and it was Clach that scored the vital goals to secure the three points.
Full Time - Wick Academy 0 - Clachnacuddin 3
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||22||2||-||35||-|
|Marc MacGregor (sub)||20||1||-||1||-|
|Thorfinn Stout (sub)||-||1||-||1||-|