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Wick Academy 8 Fort Willam 1

27th October 2013

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We-ir in celebration mode say Academy and no wonder as Gary grabs a record eight goals
Wick Academy......8........Fort William.......1
Report by Noel Donaldson

FORT WILLIAM was swamped by a second-half deluge of goals from Academy's goal machine, Gary Weir.

The tenacious striker netted two in the first half and hit the visitors for six in the second. His amazing bag of eight in a single game, made a piece of personal history for the most goals scored by an Academy player in a single game. The previous best was inflicted by Richard Macadie, who scored five in his teams 7-0 demolition of Buckie Thistle in 2012, and it could possibly be a Highland League and, who knows, a Scottish premier record.

The game opened at a frenetic pace with both sides chasing the opener but it wasnt until the 30 minute that Academy got onto the score sheet, that man Weir netting from close in.

The visitors, who belied their lowly, basement position in the table, replied four minutes later through a Keith Millar strike, but Weir restored Academys lead two minutes later. At 2-1 in favour of the Scorries, at the break, the contest was by no means over, and the Fort must have entertained a glimmer of hope of perhaps squeezing a draw out of the game.

The forlorn hope was extinguished shortly after play resumed and became a nightmare as goal-getter Weir went on the spree blowing the Fort away, to inflict misery on their hapless keeper, Rob Donaldson, time and again. The visitors must have thought, that, to use a weather forecast metaphor, the hurricane had struck early.

No prizes for guessing who took the Man of the Match award in what was one of the most memorable of matches Harmsworth Park has ever seen.

 

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