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Cattachs get the cream with a purr-fect finish

4th September 2014

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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. He demonstrated his ability by taking care of early strikes by James Pickles and Lukasz Geruzel but it promised well for their team when the Dudgeon Park keeper was caught cold, the Orkney man lobbing him with a long distance effort, in the 27th minute.

Despite, Brora having most of the possession, that was the way the scoreline stayed at half time. Further chances presented themselves for both outfits in the second period but went abegging and it was the visitors who finally levelled through Zander Sutherland from close in.

With both sides pushing for the decider, it was Steven Mackay who silenced the Wick support, netting from the penalty box, minutes from time, to take his team into the final with either Forres or Elgin City.

While a defeat against your derby side is a bitter pill to swallow, one fact is worth remembering...the recent games between the two sides, apart from one, unenviable scoreline, have also been close results and that's significant.

 

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