Wick Academy 2 Linlithgow Rose 2
18th December 2015
Wick Academy 2 Linlithgow Rose 2
Reporter Noel Donaldson
THEY thought it was all over... until Davie Allan demonstrated it wasnt!
His dramatic, last gasp, strike kept Academy in their Scottish Cup quest although it will be their turn to make the long trip - for the replay
The dejected Rose players trouped off the field in disbelief, last night, the Harmsworth Park roar ringing in their ears.
The Scorries were to regret missed chances in the first half when the visitors Colin Stickland opened the scoring in the 26th minute, but a Richard Macadie penalty soon afterwards, levelled things.
Minutes into the second period Linlithgow regained the lead after a McCarthy palmed ball fell to Kevin Kelbie who made no mistake.
As Rose wound down the clock on their 2-1 lead, it looked as if Academys cup dream was slipping away before the silent, Scorrie faithful... until that sweet, lifeline, beauty and from Davie Allan.
My man of the match, however, was Academy keeper Sean McCarthy. But for his consistently brilliant efforts, the outcome would have been an entirely different story.
THE fourth round replay at Prestonfield on Tuesday (December 22) with a 7.30pm kick off.
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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