WAFC 1 - RC U19's 1

20th July 2006 - Friendly
 Harmsworth Park Wick
 wick.gifWick Academy   1 (M Bain 55)

 Team:  Daniel Bell, Stuart Sinclair (Stewart Ross 31), Alex Lamb (Shane Sutherland 71) , David Mowat, Andrew MacLeod, Gary Manson, Martin Bain (Michael Steven 86), Gary Farquhar (Graeme Reid 39), Gary Weir, Richard Macadie, David Cowie.

 Subs: Stewart Ross, Graeme Reid, John Farquhar, Michael Steven, Shane Sutherland, Kevin McGee (GK)

 ross_county.gifRoss County Under 19's
 1 (S Fraser 58 Pen)

 Team: Mark Ridgers, Graham Girvan, Stephen Skinner (Alan Lindsay 45), Mark Nicolson, Jason Heads, Scott Begg (Gary Mackay Steven 45), Matthew Flynn (Steven Cunningham 70), Shaun Fraser (Adam Naismith 70), Gary McSwegan (Kevin Duguid 59), Alan Grant (David Allan 59).

 Subs: Alan Lindsay, Gary Mackay Steven, Kevin Duguid, Adam Naismith, David Allan, Steven Cunningham.

 Referee
 Ross Hamill
 Bookings None 
 Reporters Man of the match
 Richard Macadie

Academy played host tonight to a Ross Country under 19 team that also included a few of their senior squad, namely former Aberdeen man Hugh Robertson and former Rangers & Scotland star Gary McSwegan.

Both sides played at pace with good midfield passing and movement, but the first half past without any real goal scoring opportunities

The best Academy chance came in the 32nd minute when Davie Cowie released Richard Macadie through the centre of the County defence. Richard played in Gary Weir who went one-on-one with the keeper, but Ridgers saved Garys shot low down to his right.

Counties best attempt of the half came in the 36th minute when Robertson sent a 32 yard drive just past Daniel Bells left hand post.

Half time 0 – 0

The second half continued in the same vein with both side playing attractive football. County had the first chance of the second half in 53 mins when McSwegan had a 25 yard shot at goal but Bell got down to it really well and turned it round his post for a corner kick.

The first goal of the game came in the 55th minute. Richard Macadie drove at the County defence with a good penetrating run before passing to Martin Bain. Martin forced his way past a couple of County defenders getting a good break of the ball off the legs of one of them, before slotting the ball low under Ridgers for a well taken goal.

1 – 0

Country were not long though in replying, and within 3 minutes they found themselves back on level terms. Referee Hamill blew for a penalty kick as Academy defended an County attack after a County player went down in the box after what looked to be contact from Alex Lamb.

Shaun Fraser stepped up and sent Bell the wrong way, and drove the ball right into the centre of the Academy goal to level the game.

1 – 1

The only real remaining chance of the game came in the 72nd minute when Bell made a terrific diving save to deny Hugh Robertson from a 30 yard free kick attempt that looked goal-bound all the way.

Full time 1 – 1

So a fairly large crowd were entertained with a good game, played at pace by both sides, and a draw was probably a fair result. This was a well organised County side, who worked hard, closed the ball down well, and gave Academy a very good pre-season work-out.

From an Academy perspective the players looked fit, in particular Richard Macadie appeared as if he could have run all night long. The defence looked pretty well organised and they played as a good unit from the back right through the midfield to attack. There were a few misplaced passes, but the players were attempting to play the ball at every opportunity, and they all looked eager to get involved in the play. Daniel Bell also looks to be a very accomplished young keeper. He looked confident, has a very long kick-out, and had one save in particular tonight that denied County the win.

Academy now continue their build-up to the new season with another home game against Orkney this Saturday the 22nd, followed by a trip away to Ballintore on Tuesday the 25th