Match points set Academy up for a Turra’ cup coup
28th September 2013
Wick Academy 5.........Lossiemouth......2
Report by Noel Donaldson
WICK ACADEMY got the best possible boost in advance of their crucial, second round, Scottish Cup tie with Turriff, on Saturday - an emphatic 5-2 dispatch of Lossiemouth, in the league.
However, as the scoreline suggests, the Scorries didn’t have it all their own way on their home ground.
They went on the offensive from the word go, only some good work from the Coasters’ keeper, Errol Watson, denying them their opener.
Academy didn’t have long to wait for it, though, Gary Weir giving the keeper no chance in the ninth minute and the flood gates were open. A Lucas Geruzel header on the 20th minute was followed by No 3, from Richard Macadie, pouncing on a rebound.
Lossie appeared to have no answer to Wick's scintallalating supremacy but hung in, and got their reward in the 41st minute, through a long-distance shot from Ryan Farquhar.
The visitors pulled another goal back in the second half, courtesy of Callum Dunbar, aided by a lucky deflection and the possibility of a draw must have loomed large, until Academy put a points share beyond them, with goals four and five from defender Alan Farquhar and a second from Macadie. James Pickles - his brother John was on the bench - lifted another Man-of-the Match award and was cheered on by a group of fellow islanders in the south stand.
The win saw Wick retaining their third place spot in the league table and in good fettle for that all-important Turra tournament.
Record note- English rover Barry Davis took in the match and recorded his 1000th British football ground visit.
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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