Orkney AFA 2 - WAFC 5

Pre-Season Friendly
Orkney AFA v Wick Academy FC
9th July 2011

Reporter: Alan R Farquhar.

Wick Academy travelled over the Pentland Firth to Kirkwall to play Orkney AFA in what has become a regular feature between the clubs.

Newly appointed Wick Academy Manager Davie Kirkwood's first game in charge turned out to be a winning one.

Wick started brightly and took the lead within a minute of the start; with nice interchanging of passes between debutant central defender Grant Steven and Craig Shearer found its way to Grant's Brother Michael who had advanced up the right side of the pitch, his slide rule pass found its way to Davie Allan. The pace of the striker saw him leave three Orkney defenders in his wake before firing low inside the Orkney keeper's left hand post from 14yds.

Orkney AFA 0 v 1 Wick Academy FC

Wick continued to pass the ball about at a high tempo leaving the Orkney players chasing shadows and in 11mins Wick doubled their lead when Stevie Cunningham and Richard MacAdie exchanged passes before the latter found Davie Allan running in to the Orkney 18yd box, the pacy striker took a touch before firing low inside the Orkney keepers left-hand post from 12yds.

Orkney AFA 0 v 2 Wick Academy FC

Five minutes later Wick made it three nil when a tremendous through ball from MacAdie found Davie Allan inside the Orkney 18yd box and clear of the Orkney defence, as the Striker steadied himself to shoot he was brought down by a desperate last ditch tackle by an Orkney defender which resulted in the match official pointing immediately to the spot. Sam MacKay stepped up to the mark and slotted the ball home inside the Orkney goalkeeper's right-hand post to put his team three up.

Orkney AFA 0 v 3 Wick Academy FC

Wick continued to play the ball about with purpose with the Orkney players struggling to cope and in 27mins Wick went four up in through Wick danger man Davie Allan. Neat inter play between Gunn, MacAdie and Sam Mackay saw the latter slip the ball between the Orkney defence for Allan to run onto and fire low beyond the advancing Orkney goalkeeper from 14yds.

Orkney AFA 0 v 4 Wick Academy FC

Wick continued to take the game to Orkney and were in full flight now and Orkney had no answer to the slick passing and in 40 minutes Wick went five clear through Gary Weir. A tremendous through ball from Richard MacAdie found Weir who shrugged of the challenge of an Orkney defender to fire a left foot shot hard and low inside the Orkney goalkeeper's right-hand post from 12yds.

Orkney AFA 0 v 5 Wick Academy FC

Try as hard as they could Orkney just couldn't get out of their on half and it was to their relief that the Referee ended the first 45minutes

Wick Manager Kirkwood appeared satisfied with his team's high tempo first half performance especially given this was his players first pre-season match.

Half Time 0 - 5

Orkney started the second half brightly and were intent on closing the Wick players down quicker and preventing them from getting into their passing game, their pressure paid off in 50mins when Grant Steven under hit his pass back to keeper More who replaced Bokas in the goal at the beginning of the 2nd Half, and this presented an opportunity to Orkney's no 9 who rounded More to fire into the empty goal from 10yds much to the delight of the Orkney support. 

Orkney AFA 1 v 5 Wick Academy FC

The goal lifted the Orkney players and immediately they went on the attack pushing the Wick defence onto the back foot and from 16yds out Orkney's Prindle rattled More's left hand post from 18yds.

Wick was by now struggling too retain the ball and were showing signs of tiredness which was expected given their first half efforts and the heat wasn't helping matters.

However in 66 mins Wick's Ross Allan was fed the ball out wide on the left, the pacy youngster drove at the Orkney defence twisting and turning before firing a superb 16yd shot against the base of the Orkney Keeper's right-hand post. The young player's involvement in the match ended five minutes later when he went over his ankle. He was replaced by Sam MacKay.

Orkney were pressing the game at every opportunity and this unsettled the Wick team and only poor finishing and good defending by Wick's central pairing of Steven and Shearer kept Orkney at bay, however in 76 minutes Orkney got a well deserved second goal when More came for a cross ball and failed to get a hand to it allowing the ball to fall for Orkney's No. 11 to fire into the empty net.

Orkney AFA 2 v 5 Wick Academy FC

Wick Manager Kirkwood made a few alterations to his team and this appeared to have the desired effect and allowed the Wick players more possession of the ball however during a slick passing movement Cunningham was crudely taken out of the game with a late challenge from behind and that ended the player's involvement in the game.

Gunn re-entered the fray and helped his team mates see out the remainder of the match. 

Full Time 2 - 5

This was a good work out for the Wick Players and they must be heartened by their very high tempo passing game employed throughout the first half, however tiredness started to creep into their play which allowed Orkney to get back into the game, however take nothing from the players they played well against a stubborn Orkney team and this will have sharpened the Wick players match fitness ahead of their next pre-season match away to Thurso FC on Saturday 16th July as part of the Dodo & Clair MacLean Memorial Tournament.

Wick Manager appeared to be delighted with his new charges, however its early days yet but the players seem to be gelling well ahead of their SHFL Season which starts on the 30th July at Home against Inverness Clachnacuddin.