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Scottish Cup (1st Round)
Jack Halliday (54)
Jamie Glasgow (38)
Stephen Wilson (57)
Alan Hughes for Richard Macadie (69)
Gordon MacNab for Marc MacGregor (74)
Craig Gunn for Michael Steven (82)
Jack Dowall for Steven Whyte (46)
Sean Mcillroy for Dwayne Hyslop (64)
Gareth Armstrong for Graham Wilson (64)
Jack Halliday (16)
Jack Henry (49)
David Allan (87)
Graham Wilson (26)
Dwayne Hyslop (49)
Neil McPherson (87)
Grant Steven (68)
Alex Shepherd (Referee)
Wick Academy were knocked out of the Scottish Cup with a first round defeat at the hands of West of Scotland side Auchinleck Talbot. Twelve times Scottish Junior Cup winners Auchinleck travelled to Harmsworth Park in good form sitting in 2nd spot in the table and had beat both Wigton & Bladnoch and Banks O' Dee to reach this stage of the competition.
Tablot came out of the blocks flying and forced three corners in the first few minutes, but it was Academy that had the first pop at goal with an acrobatic bicycle-kick volley by Jack Henry whistled just past the outside of the post on 4 minutes.
At the other end Gordon Pope sent a wicked volley across the face of goal but there were no takers, and Gary Manson then had a well struck free-kick from 25 yards out that went just over the cross-bar.
The visitors took the lead on 37 minutes. Sean McCarthy came well out of his goal to try to collect a high ball that was swung in from the right wing. He couldn't keep a hold of it in the swirling wind and it fell to Jamie Glasgow and he lobbed it home over the top of McCarthy and Alan Farquhar to the delight of the travelling Auchinleck supporters.
A minute before the break Academy came within a whisker of the equaliser. A great ball over the top of the Talbot back-line was plucked out of the air by Davie Allan who homed in on goal with only keeper Andrew Leishman to beat, but he dragged his shot inches past the outside of the post.
9 minutes after the restart Academy were right back in the game. Gary Manson drove forward through the middle of the park and slipped the ball into the box for Jack Halliday. His attempt was blocked by the feet of keeper Leishman, but he pushed it wide to Macadie who swung it back into the box where it fell to Jack Halliday and he swept it home with his left peg for his first Scottish Cup goal for the club. Game on!
Parity however didn't last for long as within two minutes Auchinleck were back in front, Stephen Wilson with a sweet left foot strike from just inside the box that flew past the outstretched McCarthy and into the net.
In feisty affair there were some crunching tackles going in and McCarthy kept Academy in the game when he pulled off a great save to deny Calvin Kemp.
On 68 minutes Academy were down to 10 men when Grant Steven got a straight red from referee Alex Shepherd for a mis-timed tackle on Graham Wilson.
The street-wise Talbot controlled the remainder of the game and they ensured their name went into the hat for the next round, where they now face another road-trip to play Cove Rangers. A battling performance from Academy but alas it just wasn't to be.
Match report written by Mel Roger
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||25||13||-||149||-|
|Gordon MacNab (sub)||24||13||2||31||8|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||23||11||-||82||4|
|Craig Gunn (sub)||31||12||3||62||32|
Tom McKenna interviewed by Alan Hendry, Caithness Courier
Manager Tom McKenna insisted he couldn’t fault his Wick academy players following their first-round exit from the William Hill Scottish Cup at the hands of Auchinleck Talbot.
The Scottish Junior Cup holders came to Harmsworth Park on Saturday with a formidable reputation but the Scorries competed well from start to finish, even after going down to 10 men when grant Steven was harshly sent off.
Jamie Glasgow’s opportunist lob put the Ayrshire men in front shortly before the break. Jack Halliday got academy back on level terms early in the second half, but hopes of a comeback win were quickly snuffed out when Stephen Wilson restored Talbot’s lead with an unstoppable drive.
It was Wick’s third consecutive defeat in all competitions but manager McKenna was full of praise for his players and felt sure their luck would change soon.
“The lads were excellent – you couldn’t really ask any more of them in the formation we played,” he said. “Man for man the lads were unbelievable. It was just a disappointing result – again, it was two poor goals that cost us.
”The opener arrived seven minutes before half-time when home keeper Sean McCarthy came out to palm away a cross only to find himself stranded as Glasgow latched on to the loose ball and lobbed it into the net.
“The match was evenly balanced,” McKenna said. “It was just decision-making from Sean – he came out in an area where he probably should just have let the lads deal with it, and unfortunately they put it in the back of the net so we came in 1-0 down.
“The lads have got so much spirit and belief. I know results aren’t going our way but they believe so much in themselves and each other. You can’t fault that.
“Performance levels the last couple of weeks have been exceptional. It’s just getting an end product now and it’s just a matter of turning the corner.”
McKenna didn’t have a clear view of the incident that led to Steven’s dismissal midway through the second half for a foul on Gordon Pope, although most onlookers felt the Wick central defender was unlucky.
“I didn’t really see much of it,” McKenna said. “I asked Tichie [co-assistant manager Richard Hughes] if there was contact and I asked the players, and they said the lad made the most of it. I didn’t think there was much in it.
“Unfortunately we were going to make changes and go a bit more attacking. We were going to go 4-2-4, but that changed everything.”
He added: “Auchinleck are regarded as the best junior team in Scotland so the lads deserve a lot of credit for going toe to toe with them, competing with them, asking questions and outplaying them at times.”
Auchinleck boss Tommy Sloan said: “It’s pleasing. We’ve done the job, we’ve got through, and that’s the main thing.
“I thought it was quite a feisty game. There were a few challenges going in and all the rest of it, and we’ve managed to nick it.
“I thought we had plenty of opportunities but Wick had opportunities to score too.
“We weren’t as solid as I would have liked. I thought we created enough to score a few more goals but maybe we were not clinical enough.
“We didn’t really know what we were coming to but I knew they would have some good players.
“We’ve done the job. We’re delighted to be through. It’s always difficult to come north and get a victory, and we’ve managed it.”