Report by Noel Donaldson
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THE Poles have a word for it...olsiewajacy. It means dazzling, devastating, or incandescent and certainly, stand-in striker Lukasz Geruzel shone as bright as the Harmsworth Park floodlights as he dazzled visitors Clach with his devastating play.
The six-foot-foot giant again demonstrated that his talent is by no means confined to his stature as he notched up an impressive hat-trick before an above-average crowd, to send his team back to the top of the Highland League table.
The big fella was paired with opening scorer, Gary Weir, up front, for the first time and certainly put down a marker for the job.
Academy showed their depth of talent, dispatching the Lillywhites with an emphatic 4-0 demolition, the Scorries minus key regulars Richard Macadie, Davie Allan and Alan Farquhar.
Academy gave the visitors the old one-two in the opening gambits and Geruzel consolidated the comfy lead with his second goal, leaving with field with his team, at half-time, a gratifying three-nil in the lead.
Fast-breaking Clach were never out of the game and made Academy work for their three points. Had the home defence not been on the ball and Michael Gray not been on top form, the final score might not have looked so one-sided.
No prizes for guessing who made it 4-0...that man Geruzel.
Scorries manager, Barry Wilson came out of the dugout or a stint, in the final stages and, despite being landing on the ground, managed to prod the ball into the path of the Pole to put the hat-trick icing on his cake.
Wick Academy 2 Formartine United 2 ACADEMY shook off their recent poor form to grab a well-earned share of the points on home turf against one of the Highland League's strongest sides, in the final of the season at Harmsworth Park, on Saturday. Quick- moving United monopolised the early play and were rewarded with a lucky Scott Ferries strike in the 10th minute which crept over the line after a deflection.
Wick Academy 2 Forres Mechanics 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson THIS was a day more suited to those with webbed feet rather than footballers but both sides defied the elements and gave their fans their money's-worth. The Scorries, building on their return to form, but without key personnel, Alan Farquhar and Davie Allan, drew first blood early in the uncompromising wind and rain...
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.