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Michael Selfridge (51)
Craig MacAskill (63)
Gary Manson (pen.) (84)
Jack Henry (94)
Cameron Keith (C)
Josh Bolton for Kieran Yeates (68)
Lee Scott for Craig MacAskill (92)
David Allan for Richard Macadie (65)
Alan Hughes for Jonah Martens (65)
Kuba Koziol for Gordon MacNab (75)
Cammy Keith (41)
Josh Bolton (78)
Gary Manson (52)
Jack Henry (58)
Jack Halliday (64)
Ross Allan (91)
Duncan Nicolson (Referee)
Wick Academy rescued a point at Kynoch Park today in a dramatic final 10 minutes of the game.
Two second half goals from Michael Selfridge and Craig MacAskill looked to be enough to give the home side the win, but Gary Manson scored from the penalty spot 6 minutes from full time to set up a thriller of a finish.
Hope for Academy looked lost when Ross Allan got his marching order with a straight card in the 91st minute, but in the 4th minute of injury time Jack Henry scored his first goal of this season to snatch a point for the Scorries.
Cammy Keith had a couple of good chances in the opening exchanges. Sean McCarthy turned one attempt around the post for a corner and another Keith drive went just over the top of the crossbar.
Neither team could however find the net and it was all-square at half time.
Halt Time – Keith 0 – Wick Academy 0
The opening goal came from a corner on the Keith left. Michael Selfridge jumped for it at the near post and it seemed to glance off him and into the net.
Craig MacAskill doubled the advantage in the 63rd minute. A high ball was punted into the Academy box. It bounced over the head of Ross Allan and Cammy Keith ran onto it. His shot on goal was blocked by the feet of McCarthy who had come out to narrow the angle. It bounced back to Keith who teed up MacAskill on the edge of the box and his left footed daisy-cutter picked out the bottom left hand corner of the net. The linesman looked as if he may have had a doubt that the original ball over the top to Keith may have been off-side, but after a long debate with referee Dean Donaldson the goal stood.
Academy’s fight-back started in the 84th minute. A corner was swung in and referee Donaldson pointed to the spot when Ross Allan received a barge in the back and went to ground. Gary Manson took the responsibility for the spot-kick and stroked a cool finish into the corner of the net after wrong-footing keeper Greg Simpson.
In the first minute of injury time Keith chipped a high ball up the park. From inside the opposition half Ross Allan was adjudged to have blocked off his man and to Allan’s disbelief referee Donaldson flashed him a red card.
Academy’s equalise came in the 4th minute of injury time. A long ball was played forward and Andy Smith didn’t get enough puff on his back-pass to the keeper allowing Jack Henry to nick in and stick it home from a tight angle
Full Time – Keith 2 – Wick Academy 2
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||26||18||-||186||-|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||24||15||-||114||5|
|David Allan (sub)||30||11||3||357||148|
|Kuba Koziol (sub)||24||10||-||14||-|
Tom McKenna interview with Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier.
“I have to say, our performance was below par and did not reach the standards that we set ourselves,” McKenna said.
“When you come away from another team’s ground with a win or a comeback to salvage a draw, the team bus is usually very lively.
“However, the atmosphere on the bus back home was more sombre and that’s because our performance was not the best.
“It was a bad day at the office for us, but all credit to Keith. They are a hard-working side and we didn’t ask enough questions of them.
“I suppose at the end of the day we have got a satisfactory point, but we were not at the races. The boys in the changing room agreed with that as well. Going into the game, we were looking to take another three points following the win at Locos.
“The equaliser was the only chance that we created – and even then we needed a defensive mix-up to let Jack score.
“That was the only time – apart from the penalty – that their goalie had anything to do, whereas at the other end our keeper Sean McCarthy had to make a number of very good saves.
“However, I suppose it’s a good sign that you can come back from 2-0 down to a very good side like Keith.
“Unfortunately, we came down with the intention of getting all three points but we did not play well enough.”
McKenna’s counterpart in the Keith dugout, Dean Donaldson, said: “We had all the possession, played all the football and created all the chances and were unlucky to be just two up.
“We were quite comfortable throughout the game and it was just a lazy tackle for the penalty and a slack back-pass in the last action of the game for the equaliser.
“It was just a long ball forward and Andy Smith laid it back to the goalkeeper which he didn’t need to do.
“He just needed to put it as far out of the park as possible, then the referee would have blown for full-time. He has tried to pass it back to the keeper and not put enough on it.
“Apart from that, Wick didn’t create a thing. We restricted them to long-rangers or very little.
“If I was their coach I’d be delighted getting out of there with a draw.”