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|Robert Scott (11)||
Jack Henry (92)
Scott Dunn for Robert Scott (53)
Jody Munro for Ryan Sargent (74)
Jack Halliday for Craig Gunn (23)
Jonah Martens for Richard Macadie (50)
Grant Aitkenhead for Gordon MacNab (78)
Michael Dunn (45)
Scott Dunn (63)
Harry Noble (71)
Jack Henry (92)
Dan McFarlane (Referee)
When the sides last met in August at Harmsworth Park a late injury time equaliser by Deveronvale broke Academy hearts. Today the roles were reversed.
A first half goal from Robert Scott looked enough for the Vale win but in the 92nd minute Jack Henry found the net to earn the Scorries a point.
Academy fell behind after only 11 minutes when Robert Scott swept home a Colin Charlesworth cut-back from the right wing.
Charlesworth slid the ball into the Academy penalty area and it was cut out by Gary Manson but he toe-poked it to McCarthy who picked It up and referee Dan McFarlane deemed it a back-pass and awarded Vale an indirect free-kick inside the box. Harry Noble took the free-kick but fired it high over the crossbar.
Alan Farquhar hooked a shot on target from a corner that caused a scramble in the Deveronvale box but they eventually cleared the danger.
Despite suffering the blow of Craig Gunn hobbling off injured midway through the first half, Wick regrouped and proceeded to hurl everything at the Vale defence.
Richard Macadie had a shot cleared off the line, while Vale keeper James Blanchard pulled off a number of saves, in particular from Henry and Gordon MacNab.
Half Time – Deveronvale 1 – Wick Academy 0
Robert Scott forced a good save for Sean McCarthy.
Into injury time and just as it looked as if the Scorries would be heading back empty-handed they broke forward and Jack Henry latched onto a crossed ball from the right flank that the Vale defence failed to clear. He kept his composure and steered a low shot passed keeper James Blanchard into the corner of the net, much to the fury of Blanchard with the slack defending.
Full Time – Deveronvale 1 – Wick Academy 1
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||26||20||-||188||-|
|Grant Aitkenhead (sub)||17||4||-||11||-|
|Jack Halliday (sub)||25||16||2||86||13|
|Jonah Martens (sub)||25||13||1||13||1|
Interview Matt Leslie, Caithness Courier.
“A point was the least we deserved,” insisted Wick Academy boss Tom McKenna after Jack Henry’s late leveller earned a 1-1 draw away to Deveronvale on Saturday.
McKenna said the players were gutted to come back with only one point instead of three.
“I felt we deserved a lot more – especially when we had dominated around 70 per cent of the game,” he said.
“The lads were down after full-time and I had to remind them not only of the fact that we had gained a point but also of their performance.
“Our performance deserved all three points but I told them that at least we’ve come away with one, which is much better than none at all.
“Plus, yet again, we were down to the bare bones regarding selection.
“Sam Mackay went over on his ankle earlier in the week and Kuba Koziol picked up a shin knock in training that ruled him out.
“Then you had Craig Gunn having to go off early in the game with hamstring trouble.”
“We sent Jack Halliday on and moved the back four around to accommodate where Craig was filling in at right-back and moved to a 4-4-2 formation,” McKenna said.
“The two Jacks in midfield [Halliday and Henry] were, as always, brilliant for us. They’re brave, energetic, full of running and are excellent distributors of the ball.
“As for Craig, we’ll see how bad the hamstring is but over the last few weeks we’ve been missing him in terms of his main role as a striker. He’s had to fill in at right-back and maybe that has contributed to the injuries he’s had of late.”