5 - 0
Sean Butcher (14)
Scott Barbour (39)
Aidan Combe (49)
Sean Butcher (56)
Scott Barbour (86)
William West (c)
Luke Barbour for Sean Butcher (62)
Andrew Hannar for Aidan Combe (81)
Logan Watt for Paul Campbell (87)
Gary Manson for Alan Hughes (46)
Jack Halliday for Craig Gunn (64)
Michael Steven for Ross Allan (68)
Sean Butcher (44)
Greg Buchan (60)
Danny Mackay (50)
Grant Steven (83)
Liam Duncan (Referee)
Academy travelled to Fraserburgh for the opening league game of the season. First half goals from Sean Butcher and Scott Barbour had the Broch two goals to the good at the half time break. Four minutes into the second half Aidan Combe put the game beyond any doubt. Butcher and Barbour then bagged their second goals of the match to put the icing on the cake for the home side.
Fraserburgh started the game at a really fast tempo and Combe fire a warning shot over the Academy crossbar within the first minute of play.
Fraserburgh opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Greg Buchan did well up the right flank firing in a great cross. Sean Butcher and Sean McCarthy both rose for the ball, with Butcher getting his head to it first to nod home.
Academy’s first chance came from a free kick which Sam Mackay riffled straight at keeper Paul Leask. He couldn’t collect cleanly first time around but safely mopped up at the second attempt.
Fraserburgh broke up-field through Aidan Combe who fed it onto Scott Barbour. McCarthy got a got a foot on his shot, but the ball looped up over him and rolled into the corner of the net.
Half Time – Fraserburgh 2 – Wick Academy 0
Four minutes after the second half restart Fraserburgh went three up. Aidan Combe picked the ball up on the left and ran unchallenged across the front of the penalty area before firing a great right foot shot past the diving McCarthy and into the left hand side of his net.
Just before the hour Butcher grabbed his second goal of the match as he swept the ball into the net from 6 yards out from an Owen Cairns cross from the right.
The home side went nap with four minutes left to play. Barbour this time bagging his second of the game as he got a run on the Wick defence and from a tight angle fired a well taken low drive past McCarthy.
Full Time – Fraserburgh 5 – Wick Academy 0
Match report written by John Briskham
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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 31st July 2019.
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|Michael Steven (sub)||29||1||-||261||16|
|Gary Manson (sub)||35||1||-||636||46|
|Jack Halliday (sub)||25||1||-||72||11|
Tom McKenna interview with Alan Hendry, Caithness Courier.
Manager Tom McKenna admitted that his Wick Academy players were lacking in fitness and game time as they slumped to a 5-0 defeat to Fraserburgh on the opening day of the Highland League season.
The Scorries completed a league double over the Broch last term but they fell well short at sunny Bellslea Park on Saturday as Sean Butcher and Scott Barbour hit two goals apiece and Aidan Combe added another.
“It’s a bad result,” McKenna said. “You don’t want to concede that many goals, but as coaches we knew we were probably two weeks away from where we should be regarding our fitness levels and game time.
”Academy went into the league curtain-raiser after mixed fortunes in three pre-season friendlies – away defeats to Nairn St Ninian and Orkney either side of a home win against a Caley Thistle development team.
McKenna said: “The training has been good, the attitude is good – but you need games.
“If you don’t get the game time you’re off to a bad start and it was very, very evident. Fraserburgh were a lot sharper and lot fitter. Their speed of thought and speed of movement was far superior.
“As a manager, you’ve got to look at positives as well and there were a few solid individual performances.
“Even when the guys were behind 4-0, for probably 20 minutes I thought we were the better team. I thought we showed great attitude and great character. We knew where we were with our fitness levels and game time but it’s a bitter blow to lose 5-0.”