Wick Academy 1
Forres Mech 0
HL Cup (2nd Round)

Wick Academy
1 - 0
Forres Mech 

HL Cup (2nd Round)
Friday, December 7th, 2018
Harmsworth Park. Att. 370
8:00 PM Kick-off

Jack Henry (49)

Team Managers
Tom McKenna
Charlie Rowley

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Danny Mackay
Jack Henry
Jack Halliday
Marc MacGregor
David Allan
Ross Allan
Stuart Knight
Logan Johnstone
Ross MacPherson
Graham Fraser
Martin Groat
Scott H. Moore
Jordan Milne
Andrew MacRae
Robert Duncanson
Calum Howarth
Stuart Soane

Craig Gunn
Richard Macadie
Gordon MacNab
Grant Aitkenhead
Grant MacNab
Grant Steven
Gordon Clark
Simon Allan
Taylor Thain
Liam Taylor
Allan MacPhee
Aidan Wilson
Blai Moir

Grant MacNab for Jack Henry (73)
Craig Gunn for Ross Allan (77)
Liam Taylor for Scott H. Moore (64)
Allan MacPhee for Andrew MacRae (75)
Simon Allan for Martin Groat (79)

David Allan (23)
Jack Halliday (63)
Marc MacGregor (67)
Danny Mackay (74)
Ross MacPherson (70)
Jordan Milne (70)
Allan MacPhee (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Gordon Seago (Referee)
Graham John & Alexander McDonald (Assistants)

Match Report

Boxing legend Henry Cooper’s famous left hook was known as “Enry’s ’Ammer” but Jack Henry’s right boot proved to be just as powerful for Wick Academy as he delivered a knockout blow against Forres in the Highland League Cup. Five minutes into the second half, the ball arrived at Henry’s feet and from 30 yards he smashed an un-stoppable drive into the top corner to send Wick into the semi-finals.
It was no more than Henry deserved as he also put in a fine shift in pulling the mid-field strings for Academy. Although his goal was the deciding factor, Henry’s team-mates deserved all plaudits coming to them as every one of them played their part in steering the Scorries into the last four.
Forres started brightly and such was the slickness of their passing in the first 15 minutes it seemed only a matter of time before their possession would be converted into goals.
But then something happened – a subtle change but a significant one. Wick’s formation was tweaked slightly by boss Tom McKenna on the touchline from 4-4-2 to 4-1-4-1 and it had the desired effect.
Alan Farquhar moved into a holding midfield role with Davie and Ross Allan dropping back into midfield and joining lone striker Marc Macgregor up front when Academy hit Forres on the break.
The pendulum swung with wave upon wave of attacks having to be repelled by keeper Stuart Knight.
Macgregor was first to try his luck only to see his first two efforts on goal rebound off Knight. From a corner, Knight was beaten by Andrew Hardwick’s header only for the crossbar to come to the Can-Cans’ rescue.
Jack Halliday’s turn and delicate chip looked to be floating into the net only to spin back off the post.
Halliday was again denied just before half-time but Knight pulled off a superb reflex save.
You would have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be one of those nights when Academy passed up their next opportunity.
Halliday again was involved – and must have been thinking he’d invoked the wrath of the footballing gods. Another well-placed chip came back off the bar but, with the goal gaping, the midfielder headed the rebound over.
With chance after chance being passed up, you waited for the sucker punch to come – only Henry had other ideas.
When creative play doesn’t seem to be working, then whack the ball into the net. To be fair to Henry, his strike was more than just a “Hail Mary” punt – the technique applied ensured that the ball would have the right amount of speed, power and swerve to leave Knight helplessly rooted to the spot.
It seemed to knock the stuffing out of Forres as well. The expected reaction never materialised. Wick’s midfield simply never let up and Forres seemed more interested in picking little squabbles.
Regardless of who they are paired with in tomorrow night’s draw for the semi-finals, a repeat performance should have Academy dreaming of a cup final.
Academy were subsequently drawn against Cove Rangers in the semi-final which will be played on Saturday the 16th March 2019.

Click on the link below to read a newspaper report for this match.

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Dec 12, 2018.

Click here to view newspaper report.

Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 12th December 2018.

Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 2018)

2018/2019 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 18 - 154 -
Danny Mackay27 1611265
Michael Steven28 14224915
Andrew Hardwick26 105496
Alan Farquhar30 19 - 3014
Ross Allan25 4121311
Gary Manson34 23661946
Jack Henry27 193353
Jack Halliday24 205679
Marc MacGregor23 18710931
David Allan29 228335143
Grant MacNab (sub)27 4 - 181
Craig Gunn (sub)31 2157134

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at December 7th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 17 16 0 1 +47 48
2. Fraserburgh 18 14 1 3 +47 43
3. Brora Rangers 17 14 0 3 +44 42
4. Inverurie Locos 20 12 4 4 +27 40
5. Formartine Utd 17 12 2 3 +26 38
6. Forres Mech 19 12 1 6 +25 37
7. Buckie Thistle 18 10 1 7 +22 31
8. WICK 18 8 3 7 +11 27
9. Huntly 18 8 2 8 +1 26
10. Deveronvale 19 8 1 10 -5 25
11. Keith 19 7 3 9 -6 24
12. Rothes 19 7 3 9 +11 21
13. Strathspey 18 6 3 9 -15 21
14. Nairn County 18 6 2 10 -5 20
15. Turriff United 19 5 3 11 -5 18
16. Clachnacuddin 17 2 3 12 -27 9
17. Lossiemouth 19 1 0 18 -71 3
18. Fort William 20 0 2 18 -127 -7