0 - 5
0 - 5
Scott Lisle (Pen.) (8)
Andrew Greig (24)
Scott Lisle (31)
Gary McGowan (52)
Scott Lisle (56)
Kuba Koziol for Grant Steven (58)
Jonah Martens for Craig Gunn (71)
Conor Gethins for Scott Lisle (58)
Liam Strachan for Andrew Greig (63)
Kieran Lawrence for Stuart Smith (74)
Sam Mackay (8)
Gordon MacNab (59)
Ross Allan (70)
|Garry Wood (80)|
Gordon Seago (Referee)
Wick Academy were well beaten by visitors Formartine United today. The Scorries are really missing the presence of Davie Allan, Jack Henry, Jack Halliday and Marc MacGregor who are all out through injury.
Harmsworth Park passed an early morning pitch inspection which was great news given the heavy rain for the previous couple of days.
Formartine took the lead after only 8 minutes. Graeme Rodger was tripped over by Grant Steven on what looked like the outer-edge of the penalty area, but referee Gordon Seago pointed to the penalty spot. Scott Lisle converted the spot-kick.
The visitors came close minutes later to doubling their advantage when a Lisle attempt hit the inside of the post.
Andrew Greig made no mistake however on 24 minutes firing a powerful shot into the roof of the net from 16 yards out.
Academy almost pulled one back. Craig Gunn hit a sweet freekick that looked goal-bound but the acrobatic Errol Watson dived across and palmed it around the post.
Macadie then skied an attempt high and wide and Sam Mackay had a good shot blocked in a crowded penalty area.
Formartine went into the break three goals to the good then Lisle bagged his second of the game getting onto the end of a free-kick to send it home.
Half Time - Wick Academy 0 – Formartine United 3
Academy were under the cosh from the re-start and seven minutes in Gary McGowan fired home the fouth.
In as many minutes later Formartine went nap when Lisle smashed home for his hat-trick.
Gordon MacNab broke through the Formartine back-line and went one-one one with keeper Watson but MacNab pulled his shot just wide of the post.
The wood-work at the other end of the park denied Garry Wood and Formartine controlled the game to the final whistle to run out deserving winners.
Academy will now need to try to re-group for an away trip to Clachnacuddin next Saturday.
Full Time – Wick Academy 0 – Formartine United 5
Match report written by John Briskham
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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 14th August 2019.
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|Jonah Martens (sub)||24||2||-||2||-|
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Assistant Manager Richard Hughes interview with Alan Hendry, Caithness Courier.
Assistant manager Richard Hughes admitted Academy were off the pace as they were swept aside by a five-star Formartine display.
He admitted there were parallels with the 5-0 defeat at Fraserburgh on the opening day of the Highland League season “We were definitely way off it today again,” Hughes said.
“It’s a reminder of the Fraserburgh game – Fraserburgh were the same, they seemed to be sharper and fitter than us.
“For whatever reason, we are off the pace with top teams at the moment.
“You could say it’s down to having a lot of players missing so we’ve not got competition around the pitch.
“Formartine were very direct and physically strong.
“The main thing is we’ve got to try and pick ourselves up and go on to the Clach game next week.”
Formartine’s assistant manager Russell Anderson said: “We were anticipating a difficult game. To win as comfortably as we did in the end was pleasing.
“We started the game well and we scored some good goals. The start of second half was always going to be important, whoever got that next goal.
“They had a little bit of a go at the start of the second half, a couple of half-chances, but when we scored the fourth goal that obviously took the wind out of their sails. So we have to be happy with the result.”