1 - 1
|Blair Lawrie (Pen.) (6)||
Richard Macadie (51)
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
William Thomson (GK)
David Mackay for David Clark (53)
Gordon McNab for David Mathieson (70)
Martin Sutherland for Martin Gunn (61)
Grant MacNab for Martin Sutherland (83)
Graham Fraser (Referee)
Academy dropped down a place in the league last night to 10th as a result of Forres beating Rothes. A point today could put us back into 9th (depending on the Huntly result), with a win seeing us level on points with Clach.
The game has just kicked off with a very greasy surface on Grant Street Park. Gary Weir misses the game due to injury, and Alan Sinclair is also unavailable due to other commitments. The MacNab twins are drafted in and start on the bench.
6 minutes played and referee Fraser awards Clach a penalty kick, much to the bemusement of every player on the park, after Stewart Ross has the slightest of contact with Gary Ross. Blair Lawrie took the PK and fired home.
1 - 0
With 30 mins played the Clach keeper Hastie takes down Bryan McKiddie just inside the box, and referee Fraser awards the second penalty of the game. Martin Gunn took spot-kick and shot to Hasties left, but Hastie got to it for a good save.
The game is fairly even, with Academy sharing good spells of position, but we just can’t seem to be able to penetrate the Clach defence.
James More has a great one handed save before the half-time whistle and Lawrie has a good attempt that went just wide of the post.
Half time 1 - 0
With 6 minutes of the second half played Academy level the game. Craig Shearer takes an Academy corner that results in a scramble in the Clach box. The ball eventually falls to Gary Manson who squared it across goal where Richard Macadie was on-hand to slot home his 4th league goal of the season.
1 - 1
Just after the hour captain Martin Gunn is substituted for Martin Sutherland. Gunn looks as if he may have picked up a knock.
Richard Macadie almost scores his second of the game as he let fly with a 20 yard screamer that keeper Hastie got finger-tips to, turning the ball around his post for a corner-kick.
Martin Sutherland also finds himself in on goal with 15 minutes left to play but he shoots straight at keeper Hastie. Looks like a tense end to the game is in store!
Academy has another great chance to pull ahead, when Stewart Ross has a flashing header across goal that was inches wide of target.
Martin Sutherland picked up an injury in the 83rd minute and is replaced by young Grant MacNab. MacNab almost makes a dream debut as within 2 minutes of being on the field he runs onto a through ball and hits as sweet a strike as you are likely to see from 25 yards that went inches over the top of the Clach cross-bar.
Neither team can muster-up a winner, so the game ends with the points shared, and both teams are now off to watch the Scotland v Italy game.
"Come on Scotland"
Full time 1 - 1
So a point today sees Academy go back above Forres into 9th place, but this looks as if it won’t last for long, as with only fifteen minutes left Huntly are 2 – 0 up against in-form Inverurie Locos.
Match report written by Alastair Ross
|James More (GK)||19||16||-||47||-|
|Grant MacNab (sub)||15||1||-||1||-|
|Martin Sutherland (sub)||-||5||-||5||-|