Wick Academy 4 Huntly 0 - Saturday 14 February 2015
15th February 2015
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.
There was no love lost between the sides as the Scorries disposed of opponents Huntly with no less that four goals without reply, to leap-frog into third place in the Highland League table.
In boxing parlance, the Scorries delivered a quick one-two on the visitors, Davie Allan putting them on the canvas with the first strike and Lukasz Geruzel flooring them again, minutes later. The big fella then compounded Huntly's misery by netting, again, in the 22nd minute, through service from Richard Macadie, to put his side into the break with an unassailable lead.
Huntly made a determined start in the second half but any chance hopes of making the scoreline a little more respectable didn't materialise, in no small part due, to some sharp defending and impressive goalkeeping. The whitewash was completed by Steven Anderson from close in.
Earlier, Harmsworth Park fell silent, in a minute's tribute to departed Academy faithful, Donald Macdonald, Dom Mulraine and school sports co-ordinator Garry Macleod.
Attendance at the game came nearer to that of a Wick v Brora derby encounter, an indicator of just how keen fans were to see their side back in action.
Man-of-the match was Sam Mackay.
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 1 Rothes 1 Reporter Noel Donaldson. James Pickles saved Academy's blushes after a game that they will want to forget.
Wick Academy 2. Cove Rangers 3.
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.
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