2 - 1
Stuart Anderson (48)
Graeme Rodger (77)
Steven Anderson (39)
Samuel French (T)
Marc MacGregor for James Pickles (83)
Craig McKeown (26)
Jonathan Crawford (40)
Scott Barbour (72)
Garry Wood (92)
Liam Duncan (Referee)
Academy travelled to North Lodge Park today without the services of Gary Weir or Richard Macadie. Formartine had both keepers sent off last weekend and they drafted in Andy Shearer to start between the sticks.
Formartine had numerous good chances but Academy opened the scoring when Steven Anderson tapped in a Davie Allan cross just before the interval. Stuart Anderson squared the scores shortly after the re-start and the home side threw all they had at Academy before Graeme Rodger bagged the winner.
Formartine started on the front foot and in the opening 10 minutes Stuart Anderson tested Sean McCarthy with a shot that McCarthy gathered at the second attempt under pressure, Anderson then had a header that came off the top of the bar from a Paul Lawson free kick.
Academy's first chance of the game came on 20 minutes when Grant Campbell had a pop from 16 yards out but his attempt went over the cross-bar.
In the next attack Gary Wood picked out Graeme Rodger on the edge of the Academy box but he dragged his shot wide of the target.
On the half-hour the home side created another good chance. Paul Lawson whipped in a free kick and it clipped off the top of the crossbar and over to safety.
The chances kept coming for the home side and they created again when Garry Wood laid the ball off to Scott Barbour. Barbour square it across the box to Graeme Rodger but he squeezed his shot past the outside of the post.
Despite the chances for the home side it was Academy that opened the scoring 6 minutes before the interval. Danny Mackay sent in a long throw-in on the right to Davie Allan and he hit the turbo getting to the by-line before cutting the ball back across goal for Steven Anderson who had a tap-in from 6 yards out.
Formartine United 0 - Wick Academy 1
Half Time - Formartine United 0 - Wick Academy 1
Within three minutes of the re-start Formartine finally turned a chance into a goal. A ball into the Academy box was flicked on to Stuart Anderson 6 yards from goal. McCarthy saved his first shot but Anderson netted the re-bound from close range.
Formartine United 1 - Wick Academy 1
Formartine continued to create good chances. Gary Wood latched onto a short back-pass but under pressure from the covering Academy defence he sent his shot wide of target.
The home side are piling all they have at the Academy defence and McCarthy is forced into beating away a powerful shot that was on target from Garry Woods.
Just after the hour Formartine won a free-kick on the left. Paul Lawson picked out Stuart Smith but his header clipped the top of the cross-bar and went over.
On 63 minutes Academy managed to clear the ball off the line before Wood followed in but his shot was saved by McCarthy and Academy cleared the danger.
The chances kept coming for Formartine. Cammy Keith managed to slip a couple of challenges as he danced his way into the Academy box but McCarthy made a smart save to keep the scores level.
The constant Formartine pressure finally paid off and they took the lead. Jamie Michie played the ball into the box to Stuart Anderson who managed to hold off a challenge and feed Graeme Rodger who riffled a shot across the face of goal and into the bottom corner of the net.
Formartine United 2 - Wick Academy 1
Just before the final whistle Academy almost nicked a point when Steven Anderson turned his marker just inside the box but his left foot shot was saved by Andy Shearer.
Full Time - Formartine United 2 - Wick Academy 1
Match report written by Luke Bunch
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||22||4||-||37||-|
|Marc MacGregor (sub)||20||3||-||3||-|