2 - 2
Michael Sanderson (19)
Ian Macrae (31)
Gary Weir (45)
Gary Weir (72)
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
Steven A Sim
Kenny Hendry for Michael Sanderson (74)
Matthew Kennedy for Richard Shanks (74)
Chris Henderson for Ross Duncan (87)
Gary Farquhar for Bryan McKiddie (61)
Murray Coghill for Andrew MacLeod (70)
Grant Milne (36)
Grant Milne (42)
Mark Adam (85)
Steven Dunn (88)
Shaun Sinclair (36)
Gary Weir (54)
Stewart Ross (75)
Grant Milne (42)
Michael Grant (63)
Cammy Mackay (Referee)
Just kicked off at Mackessack Park in what is expected to be a real tough game after Rothes earning a point with a 1-1 draw away to Inverurrie last weekend. Academy have started playing into the face of a really strong wind.
7 mins Rothes are awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Mark Adam took it but shot straight to More who made a comfortable save.
Just before the quarter hour mark Ross drove a free kick into the box and Macleod got his head to it. The ball fell for Weir but he pulled his shot wide of Dunn's left hand post from 16 yards out.
In the 19th minute a Macadie cross into box caused confusion with the Rothes defence who failed to clear, and Weir's back-heel attempt on goal was cleared off the line by Macrae.
Academy are hit with a counter-attack with Rothes going straight back up the field. Milne flicked the ball over the top of the Academy back-line, and Sanderson ran in on goal and coolly slotted a left foot shot under More from 14 yards out.
1 - 0
Rothes double their lead in the 31st minute. Milne stole the ball from Ross and drove to the bye-line before crossing into the Academy box where Macrae was waiting at the back post to side-foot home from 4 yards out.
2 - 0
Shaun Sinclair and Grant Milne book go into the referee's book in the 36th minute after a coming together and a ‘bit of afters'.
With 3 minutes to go Rothes go down to 10 men, when Grant Milne picks up a second yellow card from referee Mackay for an off-the ball incident.
Right on the stroke of half-time Academy pull a goal back. Manson and Alan Sinclair played a one-two in the middle of the park to start the move off before Manson squared back to Sinclair for him to drive the ball across the middle of the Rothes box and Weir was on-hand to side-foot home his 10th league goal of the season from 6 yards.
2 - 1
Half Time 2 - 1
Just on the hour mark Academy make their first change with Gary Faquhar coming on for Bryan McKiddie.
With 63 minutes played Rothes have another player sent off, when referee Mackay flashed a straight red card to Michael Grant for tackling Richard Macadie with his studs up.
With 20 minutes left Aademy make their second substitution Murray Coghill coming on for Andrew MacLeod.
With 72 minutes on the clock Gary Weir grabs his second of the game and pulls the Scorries level. Keeper Dunn went down to collect Weir's speculative 25 yards shot on goal and the ball went straight through both his arms and legs and into the net.
2 - 2
In the 76 minute Rothes are awarded a penalty kick after Shaun Sinclair took down substitute Kenny Hendry who had only been on the park for 2 minutes. Hendry took the spot-kick and More made a fantastic diving save to palm the ball away.
In the 90th minute Martin Gunn almost won the game for the Scorries with a 20 yard shot, but keeper Dunn pulled off a great save to deny him.
Full Time 2 - 2
Match report written by Alan Farquhar
|James More (GK)||19||23||-||54||-|
|Murray Coghill (sub)||-||9||-||30||1|
|Gary Farquhar (sub)||-||20||3||104||23|