Academy stage comeback to secure a well-earned draw
3rd April 2016
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.
Wick got off to the worst possible start, however in front of a near-thousand crowd, Dale Gillespie netting for Brora in the early stages. Academy withstood a lot of pressure and some nervous goalkeeping and poor passing, gave their fans a few more anxious moments.
Gillespie made it 2-0 before the break and it looked as if it was all over, especially when Academys Davie Allan was red carded in the opening minutes of the second forty five.
They say that the true hallmark of a side is the ability to dig deep when the odds are stacked against them and that's exactly what the 10-men Scorries did. Richard Macadie, who has been finding his old form in recent games, headed home, a Marc Macgregor cross to lift the flagging spirits of their fans. What a difference a goal makes to a losing team!
Macgregor turned from provider to goal scorer with a defence-splitting solo run, in the closing stages to find the bottom corner and send the Academy faithful into raptures. You could have cut the electric Harmsworth Park atmosphere with a knife as they willed their team to deliver the knock-out punch.
Academys Supporters Player of the Year is Davie Allan - Players Player - Sam Mackay.
Wick, now 6th in the league table, are away to Rothes on Saturday.,
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 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.
Wick Academy 4 Inverurie Locos 2 Reporter Noel Donaldson TIME was when Academy would have viewed an encounter with Locos with some trepidation...not any more. The Scorries had Inverurie on the run, but while the visitors were down at times, they demonstrated they were not out of the game and kept coming back in an entertaining ninety minutes for the fans.
Match Date 27th February 2016. Macadie makes the difference in late kick-off tussle.
Wick Academy 6 Rothes 1 Reporter - Noel Donaldson THIS was Academy at their creative best and while it is never wise to tempt fate in cup contests, the result must leave them with the confidence they can progress in this league tournament. Rothes were powerless to counter the ever-increasing goal spate in the preliminary round, as Academys ruthless strike force ripped through their hapless defence, time and again.
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