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|James Beeston (76)||
Craig Gunn (8)
Craig Gunn (25)
Ross Logan for John MacAskill (46)
Alasdair Gilles for Thomas Lewis (46)
James Beeston for Eachainn Miller (75)
Kuba Koziol for Alan Hughes (53)
James MacKintosh for Jonah Martens (73)
Liam McDade (31)
John MacAskill (46)
Colin Macrae (69)
Gary Manson (74)
Liam Duncan (Referee)
Academy recorded their first league win of the season today, beating Clachnacuddin 2-1. Both of Academy’s goals were scored by Craig Gunn taking his total for the season to 4 goals in 5 appearances.
The Scorries secured the signings of Jonah Martens and Kuba Koziol prior to the game, with Martens making the starting eleven. Jack Halliday returned from injury and he also started the game.
Academy started well and created a great chance after only 4 minutes. Manson and Hughes played a neat one-two allowing Manson to get a shot on target that was parried away by keeper Douglas MacLennan.
The opening goal came in the 8th minute. Gary Manson delivered a cross from the right which was headed home by Craig Gunn.
Martins did well cutting in from the right and keeper MacLennan tipped his 25 yard attempt behind for a corner.
Gunn grabbed his second on 31 minutes capitalising on a slip from Colin Macrae to snap up the ball and fire in with a low drive.
Half Time – Clachnacuddin 0 - Wick Academy 2
On the hour Richard Macadie teed up Jack Halliday 25 yards from goal and keeper MacLennan again did well to tip his effort over the bar.
James Beeston came on for Eachainn Miller in the 75 minute, and the substitute made an immediate impact scoring a minute later with a cracker of a strike from 25 yards to pull a goal back from the home team.
Despite the late goal from Clach Academy held on to clock up a very welcome win.
Full Time – Clachnacuddin 1 – Wick Academy 2
Next up for Academy is a trip to Dudgeon Park on Wednesday night to play Brora Rangers in the 2nd round of the Pat Munro North of Scotland Cup.
Match report written by John Briskham
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Tom McKenna interview with Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier.
Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna was relieved to finally be boarding a bus home that was “full of cheer” after Saturday’s 2-1 win against Clachnacuddin at Grant Street Park.
Two first-half goals from striker Craig Gunn gave them a strong half-time advantage and, although Clach’s James Beeston pulled one back, the Scorries managed to wrap up their first Highland League victory of the season.
It had not been a happy start to the campaign, with Academy blighted by injuries and a stop-start pre-season before taking only one point from their opening three fixtures.
Two of those matches saw Fraserburgh and Formartine dish out five-goal thumpings. With this tricky trip to Inverness coming up, would Academy have the resolve to bounce back?
The answer to that was “yes” as they came up the road with three points in the bag.
McKenna said: “The bus back home was a much cheerier place than it was when we came back from Fraserburgh on the opening day.
“It was a classic game of two halves. We dominated the first half, played some good football and Craig got two well-taken goals to put us in a strong position at the interval.
“But momentum plays a big part in games and we couldn’t regain that when the second half started.
“So many managers say that and maybe we should just switch sides at half-time instead of going into the changing room.
“Joking aside, Clach were playing with a fair bit of wind on their backs and we did expect a reaction from them.
“They upped their work rate, and the intensity that was with us in the opening 45 minutes was not quite there.
“Their guy came off the bench and with his first touch he smashed in a wonder goal from long range.
“You’re then thinking is this going to be another Deveronvale when we let them steal a point off us the other week.
“Thankfully, the boys showed some maturity in their game management and were able to close the game out.
“The difference in them was clear for all to see afterwards as a win always changes the dynamic of a changing room.”
Academy travel to derby rivals Brora Rangers in the North of Scotland Cup on Wednesday.
While the Sutherland side have made a flying start to the season – topping the table with four wins out of four – McKenna knows that if Academy perform on the night a surprise result could be on the cards.
He added: “Brora have made a brilliant start – they’re one of the favourites for the title and we know we’ll have to be at our best.
“But it’s a derby game and we have to be up for it. We have to go there with a positive frame of mind because shocks do happen in the cup.”