Macadie penalty tips balance in spot kick controversy
1st September 2014
Wick Academy 3 Fraserburgh United .2
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. Richard Macadie, who had earlier bagged his side's equaliser, made no mistake.
The hard-earned win, sets Academy up for that eagerly-awaited north cup, semi-final clash with derby rivals, Brora Rangers, on Tuesday night, certain to attract a bumper crowd. With the Dudgeon Park outfit's runaway progress interrupted by a 1-1 league draw against Formartine - beaten 2-0 by the Scorries in the league, last week - the cup clash might not be the one-sided affair many might predict.
Back to Saturday and with both sides keen to grab the opening goal advantage, it was the Broch's John Chalmers who gave United the lead, through... you might have guessed, a penalty. Jubilation was short lived when Richard Macadie and Davie Allan inflicted the old one-two on the visitors, in a matter of minutes, to secure the lead at half time.
Chalmers restored the equilibrium fifteen minutes into the second half and that's the way it stayed, until that nail-biting, penalty-or-not issue which brought relief to the Scorries and sent them home flying high!
Fraserburgh's penalties perhaps underlined their inability to finish, despite rapid and promising build-ups in a game involving two evenly-matched teams.
Wick Academy 0 Turriff United 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson. IT was one of those days....no matter how hard you try, you don't get the breaks.
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 1 Nairn County 5 Reporter Noel Donaldson. WICK Academy's rich vein of success ran out on Saturday but few fans would have anticipated the result being a rout.
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.
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