Inverurie Locos 1
Wick Academy 1
League


Inverurie Locos 

1 - 1

Wick Academy


League
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Harlaw Park
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Neil McLean (29) Gordon MacNab (12)

Team Managers
Neil Cooper Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Andy Reid
Thomas Reid
Greg Mitchell
Jamie Michie
Mark Souter
Ryan Broadhurst
Stuart Duff
Neil McLean
Chris Angus
Andrew Hunter
Kyle Gordon
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Gary Manson
Alan Farquhar
Jack Henry
Craig Gunn
Richard Macadie
David Allan
Gordon MacNab
Sam Mackay

Bench
Chris Herd
Colin Charlesworth
Joe McCabe
Connor Rennie
Daniel Crisp
Josh Bolton
Morgan Cook
Marc MacGregor
Alan Hughes
Ross Allan
Gordon Clark

Substitutions
Colin Charlesworth for Kyle Gordon (62) Marc MacGregor for Craig Gunn (66)
Alan Hughes for Richard Macadie (75)

Cautions
Neil Mclean (7) Sean McCarthy (71)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mat Northcroft (Referee)
Brian Fowlie & Andrew Bannerman (Assistants)





Match Report


Wick Academy manager Tom McKenna was singing the praises of Sean McCarthy after the keeper’s heroics helped earn a point against Inverurie Locos on Saturday.
It ended 1-1 at Harlaw Park after Gordon MacNab’s opener in 11 minutes was cancelled out by Neil McLean for the home side on the half-hour mark.
However, the gloves of McCarthy received a work-out and then some as the Wick goalie pulled off a series of fine saves.
Inverurie’s Chris Angus must have been sick of Academy’s man in purple as he was the main victim of McCarthy’s display. The home hit-man was denied time and again by him – not to mention the woodwork thwarting him as well.
McKenna said: “Sean was absolutely outstanding.
“He dealt with everything thrown at him with confidence. We are not surprised at how well he played because he is very reliable for us when called upon.
“There were two saves in particular that were excellent.
“Had either one gone in then it could have been game over.
“That sort of display also inspires defences to play well and I thought our back four were very solid, especially as they had a lot of pressure to deal with in the second half.”
The Scorries got out of the traps from the first whistle, pressing and harrying Locos like men possessed before receiving their reward of MacNab’s opening goal.
McKenna added: “Those first 20 minutes are probably the best I’ve seen us play during my time here.
“Locos couldn’t settle on the ball and, because of the intensity of our pressing, they couldn’t get out of their half.
“I was saying to Titchie [assistant manager Richard Hughes] on the touchline that there was no way we could keep up this level for 90 minutes.
“And so it proved. Once we got the goal, we seemed to sit back and allow Locos to come back into it and cause us problems.
“Thankfully our goalkeeper and back four were brave, outstanding, and showed great resilience in keeping Inverurie at bay in the second half.
“Saying that, on the break, we had a couple of chances late on that could have won the game for us.
”There was one contentious moment in the match when Locos were denied a penalty following a clash between Wick skipper Alan Farquhar and Colin Charlesworth.
McKenna said: “From where I was standing, I thought a penalty would have been given to Locos.
“I asked the ref about it afterwards and he said he didn’t give it because Charlesworth had ‘lost control of the ball’.
“That’s his interpretation of it, although I think we’ve been a bit fortunate on that one.”

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

Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Feb 27, 2019.


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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 27th February 2019.




Squad Statistics (as at February 23rd, 2019)


2018/2019 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)25 25 - 161 -
Andrew Hardwick26 165556
Michael Steven28 20325516
Gary Manson35 30662646
Jack Henry27 264424
Richard Macadie31 277517194
Gordon MacNab24 2974713
Alan Farquhar31 25 - 3074
Sam Mackay29 18 - 317136
David Allan29 278340143
Craig Gunn31 2657634
Alan Hughes (sub)23 21 - 924
Marc MacGregor (sub)24 241011534


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at February 23rd, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 26 22 1 3 +67 67
2. Cove Rangers 24 22 1 1 +66 67
3. Fraserburgh 28 21 1 6 +65 64
4. Formartine Utd 25 18 3 4 +48 57
5. Inverurie Locos 29 17 5 7 +39 56
6. Forres Mech 27 17 2 8 +32 53
7. Buckie Thistle 26 12 3 11 +16 39
8. WICK 25 11 5 9 +13 38
9. Deveronvale 27 11 1 15 -8 34
10. Huntly 24 10 3 11 -2 33
11. Rothes 24 9 4 11 +16 28
12. Strathspey 26 8 3 15 -27 27
13. Keith 25 7 5 13 -16 26
14. Turriff United 27 7 4 16 -18 25
15. Nairn County 23 7 2 14 -12 23
16. Clachnacuddin 23 5 4 14 -24 19
17. Lossiemouth 28 2 1 25 -95 7
18. Fort William 25 0 2 23 -160 -7