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Aaron Hamilton (9)
Stuart Soane (60)
Ross Allan (70)
Gordon MacNab (76)
Stuart Soane (C)
Simon Allan for Calum Howarth (76)
Callum Johnston for Stuart Soane (74)
Gordon MacNab for Alan Hughes (69)
Ben Sinclair for Richard Macadie (74)
Will Smith (Referee)
“A joy to watch” was Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna’s verdict after a second-half come-back at Forres secured a point.
Aaron Hamilton and Stuart Soane had put the Can-Cans two up inside an hour in Wednesday night’s Highland League clash at Mosset Park only for Academy to come roaring back.
A goalmouth scramble resulted in Ross Allan reducing the deficit before Gordon MacNab’s close-range finish earned a 2-2 draw.
McKenna felt the overall performance was the best he had seen in a long time. He said: “At 2-0 down you’d be forgiven for thinking it would be a case of déjà-vu from last season [when Forres won 4-0].
“We were very competitive before that and we created as many chances as they did in the first half.
“The team we had out was not the tallest and we were doing our best not to give away too many set-pieces. But, sure enough, we did concede a corner which they took full advantage of to take the lead.
“What pleased me, though, was the way the boys kept at it and were very supportive towards each other.
“At half-time we had a good, positive chat only for Forres to hit us with a body blow by getting their second goal.
“That could so easily have worked against us but the boys were outstanding. We absolutely battered Forres after that – they couldn’t get out of their own half.
“Ross got one back and then Gordy popped up to bring us level – truth be told, we were a wee bit disappointed that we didn’t go on and win it.
“The level of performance and the intensity shown by the boys made you feel proud. It has been a long time since I last saw us playing like that – it was a joy to watch.”
The result leaves Academy sitting 11th in the table.
Match report written by John o Groat Journal - Fri, September 13, 2019.
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