Wick Academy 3 Clach 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson BOTH sides were clearly up for it in the first half but neither team was able to beat their respective defences and keepers who were very much on their game. While it made for an entertaining first half, supporters could have been forgiven for starting to fear things might play out for a goal-less draw..
Reporter Noel Donaldson Wick Academy 3 Keith 1 A SECOND, consecutive match hat-trick from Sam Mackay secured all three points for the Scorries and was a further step forward in recovering their home form. Keith were no pushovers, however, and stuck to their task right to the final whistle.
Wick Academy 0 Fraserburgh 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson ACADEMY supporters' hopes were doubtless high that the miracle mid-week comeback by their team against Forres Mechanics, would be the catalyst to getting to grips with their home results jinx. In the event, the encounter with a well-marshalled Broch outfit was something of an anti-climax, Academy unable to replicate anything close to that scintillating 5-3 performance - underlining their inherent lack of consistency and failing to secure a draw even, in a game that was no classic.
Reporter Noel Donaldson Wick Academy 2 Deveronvale 2 A LATE goal, ruled offside, prevented Academy taking all three points and hopefully sparking some home wins. Given the effort put in by the two sides, though, a draw was probably a fair result.
Wick Academy l Inverurie Locos 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson THIS certainly fell far short of Academy's best performance and Locos, on the other hand, will have rightfully felt cheated at not taking all three points, given the efforts they put in. Failure to capitalise on their equaliser during repeated onslaughts on the Scorries defence and some sharp keeping by Sean McCarthy denied the visitors the spoils.
Wick Academy 2 Turriff United 0 Reporter Noel Donaldson A FIRST-HALF brace gave Academy the perfect start to their title challenge. Stephen Anderson stunned the visitors in opening minutes with a well-placed header but despite pressing for their second, it didn't come until the dying seconds of the first period.
Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson THE Scorries reversed a two-goal deficit, to grab a share of the spoils in a gutsy second half comeback. Apart from displaying a never-say-die commitment, the draw demonstrated that Academy are closing the gap on their derby rivals, no small achievement when you consider Dudgeon Parks quality and expensive outfit.
A momentous day for Caithness as the Caithness Ladies football team has drawn Dunfermline in a home tie in the Scottish Cup. The game will be played on their home ground at Naver Park, Thurso.
Wick Academy 0 Formartine United 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson WICK will doubtless feel a draw would have been a fairer result given the work they put in to the 90 minutes. United on the other hand needed all three points to stay in contention with the title challengers and will have been relieved to have shaded it.
Wick Academy 4 Inverurie Locos 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson TIME was when Academy would have viewed an encounter with Locos with some trepidation...not any more. The Scorries had Inverurie on the run, but while the visitors were down at times, they demonstrated they were not out of the game and kept coming back in an entertaining ninety minutes for the fans.
Match Date 27th February 2016. Macadie makes the difference in late kick-off tussle.
Wick Academy 6 Rothes 1 Reporter - Noel Donaldson THIS was Academy at their creative best and while it is never wise to tempt fate in cup contests, the result must leave them with the confidence they can progress in this league tournament. Rothes were powerless to counter the ever-increasing goal spate in the preliminary round, as Academys ruthless strike force ripped through their hapless defence, time and again.
Wick Academy 2 Linlithgow Rose 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson THEY thought it was all over... until Davie Allan demonstrated it wasnt! His dramatic, last gasp, strike kept Academy in their Scottish Cup quest although it will be their turn to make the long trip - for the replay The dejected Rose players trouped off the field in disbelief, last night, the Harmsworth Park roar ringing in their ears.
Wick Academy 5 Nairn County 1 ACADEMY booked their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup with a superb performance at Harmsworth Park, yesterday. This was Academy at their best, with all the team regulars playing attacking football with commitment and a conviction that they were going to be the side going through.
Wick Academy 2 Whitehill Welfare 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson JUST when it look as if Academy had booked their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup, with a late decider, than opponents Whitehill Welfare delivered a party spoiler with an even later goal. With the scoreline at one all at half-time - Gary Weir out-jumping the Welfare defence to even things with a well-placed header - there was everything to play for in the keenly-contested second period but as the clock ticked on, it seemed that a replay was the cards, until Stephen Anderson struck, forging his way through the centre of the Welfare defence ...sparking jubilation on field and among the Academy faithful.
Wick Academy 3 Huntly 0 Reporter Noel Donaldson ACADEMY'S fluctuating fortunes took another turn, this time for the better, with a scintillating display that delighted their fans, desperate to see their team settle into a new season swing after an uncertain start. While the Scorries have yet to find the elusive match play quality of consistency, the performance highlighted what the team is capable of, though it would be tempting fate to suggest that their title challenge is well and truly back on track.
Wick Academy 8 Ft William 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson THE Fort must have been dying to hear the ref whistle time-up before Academy made a humiliating defeat even more embarrassing by taking their score into double figures. The Scorries put down a marker when Gary Manson open their account in no less that three minutes and Danny Mackay and Steven Anderson made it 3-0 before the break.
The Scottish Cup is coming to Morrison Park, Halkirk, on Tuesday 11th August, when Halkirk United play Inverness Caley Thistle in the second round of the North of Scotland Cup. Bring the kids along to get their photo taken with the Cup and the adults can support the local team.
Academy leave it late to break the deadlock. Reporter Noel Donaldson.
Reporter Noel Donaldson Wick Academy 0 Clacnacuddin 3. ACADEMY paid dearly for a first-half handful of chances that, for one reason or another, went abegging and recorded an inauspicious start to their league challenge.