Academy to the four as they take three points in Keith clash
28th September 2014
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.
That's the morale-sapping story for Keith F.C who must be quaking at the thought of meeting their next opponents, Brora Rangers, albeit it at home.
Contrastingly, the Scorries were flying high, having recorded their sixth straight win on the bounce - the last three, without reply - and, if they keep complacency at bay, must be a good bet to secure another three points in their next outing, away to Strathspey Thistle to keep in touch with the league leaders.
Academy nearly stunned their opponents in the opening stages of Saturday's encounter and had the bar been a couple of inches higher, it might have been all over, before it really started.
The early onslaught jolted Keith into action and it wasn't until the 14th minute that Wick put an official stamp on their authority. Lofty Lukasz Geruzel powered his way through the Keith defence to get his goal strike away, despite the valiant efforts of a Maroons defender. James Pickles made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute and a Richard Macadie penalty, before the break, virtually made it a game of one half.
The Kynoch Park outfit huffed and puffed in the second half but never looked like grabbing any consolation goals and Academy's Gary Weir came on to put them out of their misery in the dying minutes.
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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