2 - 0
2 - 0
Craig Gunn (4)
Jack Halliday (67)
David Allan for Kuba Koziol (55)
Danny Mackay for Grant Steven (66)
Jonah Martens for Richard Macadie (69)
Lewis Buxton for Owen Kinsella (43)
Michael Ironside for Angus Grant (50)
Kier Smith for Michael Ewen (77)
Sam Mackay (92)
||Fraser Hobday (49)|
Billy Baxter (Referee)
A delayed kick-off, and a 11-man defence could not stop Wick Academy helping themselves to three welcome points in Saturday’s Highland League match against Turriff United.
The Turriff bus suffered a break-down which meant a half-hour delay to the scheduled 3pm kick-off time at Harmsworth Park.
When the match finally started the visitors duly parked it inside their own penalty box.
Despite setting out their stall in such a fashion, it took the Scorries just five minutes to breach it. A ball over the top was latched onto by Kuba Koziol. The Pole bore in on goal and, while everyone was expecting him to have a go himself, he unselfishly squared the ball to Craig Gunn who slot-ted into an empty net.
Koziol once more raced off towards goal and this time decided to shoot on goal himself, only to drag his effort wide.
Turriff ’s Dylan Stuart was unlucky not to win a penalty when it appeared he had been clipped from behind by Alan Hughes.
The same player would later be denied when his shot from Robert Ward’s cut-back came back off a post.
At the other end, Richard Macadie must have thought he was about to stretch Wick’s lead when one-on-one with Fraser Hobday only for the Turriff keeper to pull off a great save.
Half Time – Wick Academy 1 – Turriff United 0
After the interval, Gunn had the ball in the net again when Hobday spilled a shot from Hughes into his path only for the Wick forward to be pulled up for offside.
In fact, offside was the pre-vailing theme of the second half.
After 67 minutes Jack Halliday decided to take a more direct approach to securing victory. Picking up the ball mid-way inside Turriff ’s half, Halliday proceeded to surge towards goal. Although he got a lucky ricochet en route, Halliday was in no mood to argue as he forged on to slam the ball past Hobday.
Hughes saw a powerful effort from outside the box beaten away by the keeper.
Turriff finally came out from their shell to threaten Wick’s goal only for skipper Alan Farquhar to thwart Liam Norris by clearing his headed effort off the line.
Full Time - Wick Academy 2 - Turriff United 0
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, September 11, 2019.
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Newspaper extract from Caithness Courier - 11th September 2019.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||26||8||-||176||-|
|Danny Mackay (sub)||28||5||-||141||5|
|David Allan (sub)||30||3||1||350||146|
|Jonah Martens (sub)||24||6||-||6||-|
Tom McKenna interview with Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier.
Wick boss Tom McKenna was not happy with his team’s display despite their 2-0 win at home to Turriff United on Saturday.
Goals from Craig Gunn and Jack Halliday wrapped up the Scorries’ first home win of the Highland League campaign – but, against a visiting side intent on a defensive strategy, Academy made hard work of plotting a route to goal.
While the three points were secured, McKenna insists his men must step up to the mark and perform better as other opposing teams will present more of a challenge in the weeks to come.
“We had to be very patient out there today,” he said. “It’s three points for us but that wasn’t our best performance and the players are in agreement with that.
“The constant offside calls were bizarre. I counted seven alone in the first half. I did tell the boys at half-time to check the line and maybe time their runs, but that didn’t seem to have an effect.
“Is that something we have to work on? Maybe, but that linesman did appear at times to be rather too keen to raise his flag. Thankfully, this did not affect the result.
“The first 20 minutes was good. We started off positively and got an early goal. Then all that fizzled out and, because Turriff didn’t ask us a lot of questions, we probably dropped to their level.
“We do have a tendency to do that, and we must try and be better and more professional in our performances.
“It’s a mental thing. If you’re not being challenged by the opposition, you have to challenge yourself and raise yourself above that.”
The game started half an hour late because of traffic problems which held up the Turriff team bus.
“I don’t think the delayed kick-off affected us,” McKenna said. “I take the point that we would have been getting ready to start on time only to have an extra half-hour but I don’t feel it affected us too greatly.
“If anything, it may have affected Turriff as they were the ones who were delayed in coming up here.
“The lads were probably jaded as we didn’t have a game last week.
“At the end of the day, we have three points and I’m sure we’ll be happier with ourselves when we see the league table looking better than it did last week.
“Over the season it will balance itself out. There have been times when we’ve played really well and come out with nothing. On this occasion, we were not at our best and won.
“We did lack an end product. We were getting behind them and putting in crosses but nobody has been brave enough to get in the box.
“Overall it was a bad day. We looked tired and we need to pick ourselves up. We got the three points but we can play better.”
Turriff boss Kris Hunter refused to use the delayed kick-off as an excuse for their defeat. “I can’t really blame the bus delay but we did look a wee bit leggy out there,” he said.
“Maybe we should have had a penalty in the first half but we were disappointing.
“This is a hard place to come and maybe the travelling – not to mention the delay – affected the young players who were making their first trip up here.”