Late GOAL denies Academy three points
2nd October 2016
Reporter Noel Donaldson
Wick Academy 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.
The Scorries got off to the best of starts, Sam Mackay putting down a marker in the opening minutes with a well-aimed ground shot past the advancing 'vale keeper. What appeared to be an own goal put the visitors on level terms.
Academy had a chance to take the lead through a penalty. The keeper didn't gather the ball first time, but secured it before Richard Macadie could pounce on the rebound. Davie Allan looked like he might have made it 2-1 but his efforts forging his way through the centre, didn't bear fruit.
It was in fact 'vale who took the all-important lead before half-time, courtesy of Paul Sutherland, leaving Academy with it all to do in the second period.
Again the Scorries came from behind, with Sam Mackay making no mistake from the spot. Some excellent pressure by his side produced a late strike in the closing stages but the celebrations were cruelly stiffled when it was ruled offside..
Earlier, Harmsworth Park took on a festive appearance in the autumn sunshine, as Academy's new away strip was feted.
The strip, incorporating the colours of the Caithness flag, was the result of a competition held by Academy, inviting primary school children in the county to come up with a design.
There was an "overwhelming" entry of more 300. The winners were Isaac Seddon from Noss Primary's P3 for the jersey and Matthew Laird a P5 pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary's P5 class, who designed the shorts and socks..
The new kit was officially launched by Anne Dunnett, the county's Lord Lieutenant, and the two pupils had the honour of wearing it, as they were piped onto the pitch.
Academy's new strip will have its first outing at Forres when they meet Mechanics on Wednesday night. The Scorries are keeping in touch with the league leaders in sixth place. Top are Buckie with 31 points.
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.
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.
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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