Wick Academy 1 - Clachnacuddin 1

 21st December 2019 - Breedon Highland Football League
 Wick Academy FC  1 (Jack Henry 17)

fortwilliam nikeTeam: Gordon Clark, Colin Macraeycard, Alan Farquhar, Danny Mackay, Gary Mansonycard, Ryan Campbell, Jack Henryycard(Richard Macadie 65), Jack Hallidayycard, David Allan, Sam Mackay (Mark Macadie 79), Gordon MacNab (Alan Hughes 65).

Subs:  Richard Macadie, Grant Aitkenhead, Mark Macadie, Alan Hughes, James More.

  Clachnacuddin FC
 1 (Scott Graham 6)

WAFC Home Shirt 18 19Team: Jake Williamson, Ryan Mackintoshycard, Michael Finnisycard, Sean Webb (Martin Macdonald 13), Eachinn Miller, John MacAskillycard, Alastair Gillies, Martin Callum (James Anderson 78), John Cameron, Scott Graham, Ross Logan.

Subs: Martin Macdonald, Thomas Lewis, James Anderson, Ronan McBride.

 Referee:   Billy Baxter
 Bookings:   Jack Henry (44)
  John MacAskill (45)
  Ryan Macintosh (56)
  Michael Finnis (57)
  Gary Manson (63)
  Jack Halliday (87)
  Colin Macrae (91)
 Reporter:   John Briskham & Alan Hendry (John O' Groat Journal)
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Academy welcomed ex-player Sandy McLeod and his Clachnacuddin side to Harmsworth Park today and the sides shared the points with a 1-1 draw. Craig Gunn picked up a knock in the Deveronvale game at the end or November which he’s not yet fully recovered from so he didn't make the squad. Sean McCarthy was a late call-off through illness so Gordon Clark started between the sticks.

Scott Graham smashed home the opening goal on 6 minutes after picking up the ball after it had re-bounded off the Academy wall during a Clach free-kick. 11 minutes later Jack Henry levelled the scores with his seventh goal of this campaign.

Gordie MacNab and Ryan Campbell both came close to finding the net and keeper Jake Williamson had a great first-half save to thwart McNab as Academy hunted for their second.

Neither side in truth though seemed to have the cutting edge today in front of goal to find a winner and the game ended at 1-1.

Clach forged ahead in their first attack, with six minutes gone, after being awarded a free kick on the edge of the box in a central position. Graham’s dead-ball attempt was charged down by the wall, but the rebound fell kindly for him and he hooked a dipping shot into the net to the left of the diving Gordon Clark.

The equaliser on 18 minutes owed much to the determination and persistence of Sam Mackay. He battled for possession on the right, close to the by-line, and just as the midfielder looked to have been crowded out he managed to win the ball back. It was played across the edge of the box taking a small flick off a Clach defender before Henry struck an unerring left-foot shot beyond Jake Williamson into the bottom corner.

It was Academy’s first goal at Harmsworth Park for more than three months – since Richard Macadie completed the scoring in the 5-1 victory over Lossiemouth on September 14.

Ryan Campbell was off target with a long-range effort after a marauding run down the left by Gary Manson, linking up with Davie Allan.

Allan was involved again in another fast-paced attack as he put Gordon MacNab through, but the striker’s low effort was blocked by Williamson with his feet.

Academy won a free kick on the edge of the box after a foul on Mackay by Michael Finnis. Mackay took the kick himself but dragged it just wide.

An incisive move on the right culminated in Campbell playing the ball across the face of goal and Jack Halliday looked certain to score from point-blank range. However, he was denied either by a bobble or by the slightest of touches from a backtracking defender – or a combination of both.

Half Time – Wick Academy 1 – Clachnacuddin 1

The visitors carved out a series of half-chances early in the second half. Martin Callum latched on to a loose ball and his opportunist strike trundled just past a post, a free kick by Callum was nodded wide by Finnis, then Ross Logan broke clear but lost control.

The sponsors’ man of the match trophy went to Ryan Campbell, who impressed with his ball-winning ability and intelligent distribution.

Full Time – Wick Academy 1 – Clachnacuddin 1

Man of the match as chosen by match sponsor Bremner Fishing Company was Ryan Campbell. Ryan is pictured receiving his trophy from Rhona Bremner

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