5 - 1
5 - 1
Gary Manson (pen.) (26)
David Allan (39)
Craig Gunn (44)
Gordon MacNab (63)
Richard Macadie (73)
|Ryan Stuart (4)|
Richard Macadie for Ross Allan (46)
Alan Hughes for Kuba Koziol (65)
Mark Macadie for Gordon MacNab (75)
Ryan Sewell for Ross Elliott (60)
Michael Weir for James Leslie (75)
Brodie Allen for Kris Duncan (83)
Ross Allan (30)
Jack Macarthur (12)
Ross Elliott (27)
Trevor Dear (76)
Alan Proctor (Referee)
The heavy rain and 45 mph gale forecast for Wick at 3pm on Saturday failed to materialise. However, after an early setback Academy served up a storm of their own for the Harmsworth Park faithful.
The Scorries found the net five times and also hit the woodwork three times.
Ryan Stuart shocked the home fans in the fifth minute when he controlled a through ball and drilled it low into the net at the bottom end.
Academy came close to an equaliser on the quarter-hour when the ball struck Jack MacArthur’s arm and Craig Gunn fired the free kick past the Lossie wall only to see it bounce down off the bar.
After a careless back pass deceived keeper Trevor Dear, Gunn sent a corner from the left over the heads of players jostling near the penalty spot. Ross Elliot was booked for pushing as Gary Manson prepared to take the spot-kick.
Dear moved too quickly to save at the base of his left post and, after consulting his assistant, referee Alan Proctor ordered a retake. This time Manson drove it to the keeper’s right for a 27th-minute equaliser.
The Scorries went ahead after 39 minutes when Davie Allan steered the ball low past Dear.
A minute before the break Allan set up a chance for Gunn, who netted from the six-yard line.
Half Time - Wick Academy 3 - Lossiemouth 1
For the restart, Richard Macadie replaced Ross Allan who had been both injured and cautioned late in the first half.
The first chance came at the top end where Sean McCarthy saved a Connor Macaulay drive at his left-hand post.
Manson was eager to attack down the left and the Academy veteran had a shot deflected for a corner before delivering a cross past the face of the goal.
One of the highlights of the afternoon was Ryan Campbell’s swerving left-foot 30-yard thunderbolt which rebounded off the inside of the junction of post and bar.
Desperate point-blank blocks denied Gordon MacNab and then Macadie’s rebound effort.
However, Academy’s fourth goal arrived in the 63rd minute, MacNab volleying the ball low to Dear’s right.
Ten minutes later MacNab’s cutback was joyfully converted by Macadie to complete the nap hand.
The action continued thick and fast. Allan chased the ball down to the goalmouth and Dear denied him but was then booked for a petulant push on the Academy forward.
Alan Hughes was racing down the right beating opponents at will during his first 10 minutes on the park before moving inside to lash a 20-yard effort against the face of the bar.
Mark Macadie, introduced on the left, also relished the opportunity to run at the Lossie defence, though he was floored by a sliding tackle. Gunn’s free kick flew past the back post.
Lossie’s third sub, Brodie Allen, also tried to make an impact, going close with a couple of shots in the final minutes.
Full Time - Wick Academy 5 - Lossiemouth 1
The win will boost the squad’s confidence for Saturday’s Scottish Cup first-round tie at Inverurie, though the management team will no doubt be hoping for the return of a few of the more experienced players to bolster the defence.
Match report written by John o Groat Journal - Sun, Sept 15, 2019.
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|Alan Hughes (sub)||24||10||-||109||5|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||32||10||3||537||198|
|Mark Macadie (sub)||16||1||-||5||-|
Assistant Manager Richard Hughes interview with Alan Hendry, Caithness Courier.
Assistant manager Richard Hughes has praised Wick Academy’s young guns and tipped them to adapt quickly to life in the Highland League.
He was speaking after the Scorries recovered from the loss of an early goal to thump Lossiemouth 5-1 at Harmsworth Park on Saturday, with five different names on the scoresheet for the home side.
It’s the first time since March that Academy have put together a run of three unbeaten league games, following on from the 2-0 home win against Turriff the previous weekend and the 2-2 draw at Forres in midweek.
After a difficult start to the campaign, Academy are beginning to reap the benefits of having a bigger squad and greater competition for places – with several key men still working their way back from injury.
New recruits were prominent on Saturday, with Ben Sinclair and Ryan Campbell earning places in the starting XI and with Mark Macadie coming on as a substitute. Grant Aitkenhead and Ross Mackay were also on the bench.
“All credit to the young boys that came in, as well as the senior players who pulled them through and kept an eye on them,” Hughes said.
“They’ve come through the under-17 ranks over the years and they’ve had their wee spell in the North Caledonian League.
“It’s new to them, the Highland League – you could see that in bits of the game – but they’re fast learners and they’re quality players and it’s nice to have them on board now.
“It makes the squad much stronger. Once we get the two Jacks back [Henry and Halliday], and Alan Farquhar and Marc Macgregor and Grant Steven, it’s looking good for the future.
“Okay, at the start of the season it didn’t look very positive because the squad was low with all the injuries, but now we’ve got to where we are. Obviously the task is to keep everybody happy and try to get them game time, but I’m sure we’ll man-age that.”
Hughes admitted it took a while for Academy to get going after Ryan Stuart put the visitors in front inside five minutes.
Gary Manson’s twice-taken penalty levelled the scores shortly after the mid-way point of the first half, then Davie Allan put the Scorries in front before turning provider for Craig Gunn to extend the lead just before the break.
The outcome was never in doubt after that, and Gordon MacNab and Richard Macadie added further goals in the second period. Academy also struck the woodwork three times.
“That’s a run of three unbeaten, but to be honest for the first 20 minutes or so we weren’t ourselves and you could see that,” Hughes said.
“That was all credit to Lossie – they just came out of the blocks and they came at us. We were a wee bit nervous and they scored.
“We got out of jail with the penalty and we got a break of the ball for the second goal. With the third goal, it changes your talk at half-time.
“I think we were comfortable in the second half and were in control.”
Hughes also paid tribute to the impact Davie Allan has had since returning to the side following the injury he sustained in the North Cup tie against Invergordon.
“Davie looks like he’s got the bit between his teeth again,” the assistant manager said. “He has been tremendous in the last two games and it’s nice to see him back.”