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.
Reporter Noel Donaldson. Cove Rangers 4 Wick Academy 0 GREAT EXPECTATIONS.....but this much-hyped cup encounter proved to be something of an anti-climax at Clach's neutral Grant Street Park, yesterday (Saturday 11 april 2015).
Reporter - Noel Donaldson One upmanship gives both teams an equal result. NEITHER side was able to claim a pre-cup-final morale-booster, leaving both clubs on an even footing for the big one, on Saturday.
Reporter Noel Donaldson Nairn counts the cost after Academy late show. I have a message for the Wick team heading for an historic encounter with Cove in the Cup final...please don't leave it to the dying minutes to find the net.
Wick Academy 1 Clachnacuddin 0 Reporter Noel Donaldson. ACADEMY gave their fans some anxious moments as they hung on to their waver-thin, first-half lead for victory and despite it being enough to see them through to their first-ever semi-finals of the Highland League Cup, the team will need a better performance if they are to get a crack at the big one.
Academy four-midable in St Valentine's Day's engagement. Wick Academy 4 Huntly 0 Reporter - Noel Donaldson FOOTBALL came home to Harmsworth Park on Saturday and supporters, thirsting for the return after a match famine, couldn't have been more delighted.
Wick Academy 3 Turriff United 4 Reporter Noel Donaldson THE last-minute strike by Gary Harris denied the Scorries a share of the points and ended their 14-game unbeaten record in a seven-goal ding-dong thriller before a bumper crowd at Harmsworth Park. The tension was tangible as United levelled the scoreline at three all, with a couple of minutes of injury time left, and local supporters doubtless content to settle for a share of the points.
Wick Academy 4 Keith 0 Reporter Noel Donaldson. THERE can be nothing more demoralising for any football team team than being hammered 7-1 and days later losing 4-0 with no immediate prospect of things improving.
Wick Academy 2 Buckie Thistle 0 Reporter Noel Donaldson ACADEMY returned to league business after their cup catastrophe but it was a hard slog for both sides. With a little luck, the Scorries might have had a substantial goal tally.
Wick Academy 1 Brora Rangers 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson THE SCORRIES turned in a gutsy performance in front of a packed Harmsworth Park, last night and must have felt cheated by that late Brora decider as well as left wondering what might have been had some of the Wick chances borne fruit. The wee Rangers' keeper, Jo Malin was partly "to blame" for that, pulling off some spectacular saves.
Wick Academy 3 Fraserburgh United .2 (half-time 2-1) Reporter Noel Donaldson - Saturday 30 August 2014 IT was perhaps poetic justice, that, in a game where penalty issues caused much controversy, Academy snatched the decider from the spot, seconds from the final whistle. Even then, there was drama, as Scorries' supporters held their breath while referee Graham Elder, who initially awarded Wick a free kick from the edge of the box, consulted his linesman and then pointed to the spot.
Academy derailed by locomotive works team Reporter Noel Donaldson A NINE-goal encounter but no thriller for Academy's fans as the bulk of the strikes were down to their opponents, in one of the Scorries' heaviest home defeats. It began optimistically for the home side with Jack Halliday netting from close in, in 17 minutes, but the early promise was painfully snuffed out, when, in a nightmare few minutes Locos scored three times and David Ross rubbed salt in the Scorries' wounds by making it 4-1 before the break, from a rebound.
North of Scotland Cup Reporter Noel Donaldson Wick Academy 2 Clachnacuddin 0 WICK got off to a perfect start through a Gary Weir strike in the opening minutes but it didn't deter the visitors who demonstrated they wanted that semi-final North of Scotland Cup slot just as much. The two teams served up an entertaining 90 minutes, which, unlike the earlier league encounter had no nail-biting finish as Academy went on to consolidate their lead.
Wick Academy 3 Deveronvale 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson ACADEMY and their fans couldn't have wished for a better season opener than this, with Richard Macadie snatching the decider in the dying minutes. It was essentially a game of one half as the first period was a non-productive tussle with Academy looking the more threatening.
Wick Academy 8 Orkney AFA.......0 Reporter Noel Donaldson THERE can be no more demoralising predicament for a football team that being a couple of goals down and trying to come to terms with the likelihood that the ball was going to hit the back of their net a few more times. That must have been what the Orkney players were dreading when they encountered an on-form, free-scoring Wick Academy side, on the crest of a wave having beaten the first two teams on their friendlies list, one of them Scottish Premier outfit Ross County, at that.