Academy head-over-heels as Farquhar nods home late decider
27th April 2014
Wick Academy 3...........Rothes 2
Reporter Noel Donaldson
ROTHES must have felt cheated out of a share of the spoils as Alan Farquhar stole all three points for Academy with an excellent header seconds from the final whistle.
The decider saw the home side return to winning ways a after a frustrating series of games and they appeared at times, more like the team that wowed their fans in the earlier part of the season.
Both sides had chances in the first half, the Scorries being denied by on-form Rothes keeper Craig Ferguson. He did well to palm a goal-bound shot away but could do nothing to stop the follow up by Gary Weir.
Wick consolidated their lead minutes later through a Davie Allan strike but the game was anything but all over. Michael Steven mis-kicked and the ball disastrously ended up in in his own net to keep the Speysiders in the hunt.
The visitors evened things up in the second period with a speculative, long-range, high ball, from Rothes player Presley which fooled Michael Gray. But, proving the old adage that it’s never over, ‘til the fat lady performs, came that superb effort from Farquhar which sent the Harmsworth Park faithful home, singing.
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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