On-Form Uniteds single goal sufficient to keep them in title race
25th March 2016
Wick Academy 0 Formartine United 1
Reporter Noel Donaldson
WICK will doubtless feel a draw would have been a fairer result given the work they put in to the 90 minutes.
United on the other hand needed all three points to stay in contention with the title challengers and will have been relieved to have shaded it.
The Pitmedden outfit, currently third in the league table to second place Cove behind Brora in top spot -a point separating all three -, have a tasty tie with the Dungeon Parkers on Saturday which promises to be a cracker.
Academy- Formartine clash at Harmsworth Park, last night, saw the well-organised visitors off to the best of the early pressure with both sides providing the fans with some frenetic and entertaining football. Chances went a begging for both sides as the Scorries hung in and the score sheet remained blank at the interval.
Davie Allan would probably have netted in the second half but for a timely defensive clearance and a brave tackle by the United keeper denied Gary Weir.
It was Formartines Garry, Garry Wood who broke the deadlock heading home a cross, with 20 minutes left on the clock and despite Academys continuing commitment, thats the way it stayed.
Man of the Match was Alan Farquhar. Team mascot was four-year-old Connor Manson.
Academy travel south on Saturday to challenge Deveronvale.
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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