Academy make County's cup hopes disappear with some Halloween magic
1st November 2015
Wick Academy 5 Nairn County 1
ACADEMY booked their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup with a superb performance at Harmsworth Park, yesterday.
This was Academy at their best, with all the team regulars playing attacking football with commitment and a conviction that they were going to be the side going through.
The Scorries gave the visitors a fright early on in the replay and it was only a clearance off the goal line, that prevented them from going ahead. Nairn were no slouches and made the home side work for everything, but couldn't build on a strike from dangerman Connor Genthins. A tight Academy defence can take a lot of credit from that.
Davie Allan set off the Academy fireworks display in the 18th minute and Richard Macadie doubled their advantage from the spot, not many minutes later. Nairn pressed for the comeback and it was Genthins who kept his side in touch with the game his chip going in off the cross bar.
Academy were splitting the County defence with the ease of a tin-opener and it was Gary Weir, who appeared to be in the thick of everything, that dampened Nairn hopes of a resurgence, netting in the run-up to first period.
Academy spurred on by their vocal fans, continued their attacking football in the second half and although County stuck to their task, any hope of turning things was too big a mountain to climb. Davie Allan struck again, and with minutes to go, Sam Mackay lobbed a cheeky ball over the head of the County keeper from an acute angle to rub salt in his opponents' wounds.
Academy now have to do battle with Linithgow Rose in the next round later in the month, and with the fixture again at Harmsworth Park, it promises to be a humdinger. With Rose having beaten Caley Thistle, though, Wick will have to make sure they maintain their hunger to continue their Scottish Cup run.
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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