Blue do for Academy at the hands of the Lilywhites
26th July 2015
Reporter Noel Donaldson
Wick Academy 0 Clacnacuddin 3.
ACADEMY paid dearly for a first-half handful of chances that, for one reason or another, went abegging and recorded an inauspicious start to their league challenge.
Clach went on, in the second period, to punish the hosts with an emphatic, triple tally of goals, without reply.
Having seen off Clyde in a pre-season friendly and sweetly dispatched Brora from the north cup, fans were entitled to feel confident about their team's performance ahead of the opening game at Harmsworth Park on Saturday. However, the Lilywhites, with physically-bigger players and a well organised defence, proved to be more of a handful than Academy could handle, certainly in the second period.
A series of corners in the first-half, saw the Scorries knocking on the door of an opener but unbelievably, they got nothing from their efforts. Perhaps the less said about the second period, the better but the official record will credit Clach's Gordon Morrison with a hat-trick. Sponsors departed from tradition and awarded the Man of the Match accolade to the visiting goal-getter.
Had a controversial 'stonewall' penalty been given and produced a 2-1 scoreline, there might have been a way back for Academy but the beautiful game is riddled with if-onlys - would the absent Sam Mackay have made a difference - and then again, given Clach's performance, turning things around might just have been a forlorn hope.
Nairn County as Academy's next opposition will doubtless generate some frank post-mortem analysis in the Harmsworth Park dressing room as will the Scorries' next opponents in the north cup - away to, you've guessed Clach!
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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