Wick Academy 1
Inverurie Locos 2

Wick Academy
1 - 2
Inverurie Locos 

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Macadie (46)
Richard Singer (45)
Neil Gauld (49)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
Don MacMillan
Shaun Sinclair
Alex Lamb
Nigel MacKenzie
Gary Manson
Stewart Ross
Bryan McKiddie
Richard Macadie
Martin Gunn
Craig Shearer
David Cowie
Andrew Reid
Steven Park
Scott Buchan
Thomas Wilson
Mark Simpson
Craig Ross
Richard Singer
Mark Smith
Daniel Milne
Neil Gauld
Andrew Bisset

Andrew MacLeod
Stevie Cunningham
Grant MacNab
Greg Shearer
Gary Weir
Neil Murray
Neil MacLean
Ross McWilliam
Graeme Stewart
Kenneth Coull

Gary Weir for Nigel MacKenzie (71)
Stevie Cunningham for Bryan McKiddie (77)
Grant MacNab for Gary Manson (77)
Graeme Stewart for Andrew Bisset (59)
Neil Murray for Richard Singer (68)
Ross McWilliam for Neil Gauld (71)

Stewart Ross (21)
Shaun Sinclair (92)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)

Match Report

Inverurie took all three points in today's game but the Scorries will feel aggrieved that they deserved at least a draw in what was a hard-fought game.

The Locos were the first to get an attempt on goal with only three minutes on the clock. Smith got a glancing header on a long throw-in but the ball went straight to MacMillan for a comfortable catch.

A minute later Cowie made good ground up the right wing in fired in a cross that deceived everyone and clipped off the top off the intersection between cross-bar and post.

MacKenzie was next to try his hand for the Scorries. Ross threaded him through the middle and he went one-on-one with keeper Reid but he fired his shot straight into the keepers open arms.

It was all action in the opening ten minutes, and Ross for the Locos found himself un-marked in the Academy box but he sent his looping shot over the top of the cross-bar.

Gauld was next in line to have a crack but he was denied by MacMillan who did brilliantly to get a block on the ball from close range.

Seconds later and MacMillan was again to the rescue as he pulled of another fine diving save to turn a Smith drive around the base of his right hand post.

The game then went through a ten minute spell where neither side threatened, but normal service was resumed in the 25th minute when Singer found himself through on goal, but MacMillan was again on hand to deny him with another good save.

At the other end MacKenzie turned his defender up the wing and whipped in a wicked cross that whistled straight through the Locos penalty box with no-one on hand to turn it home.

Five minutes from time MacMillan pulled off another of a fine series of saves as he got his feet to a Milne attempt to again deny the Locos from scoring.

In the dying seconds of the first half the Locos managed to open the scoring. Bisset did well up the right side to get to the bye-line and he crossed for Singer to power a downward header on target. MacMillan managed to get a good hand on the ball to make the block, but the ball agonisingly sneaked over the line.

0 - 1

Half time 0 - 1

Academy started the second half with the perfect response. Manson drove up the right wing and cut the ball back across goad where Macadie rifled home on the half-volley from 18 yards out leaving Reid rooted to the spot.

1 - 1

Within three minutes Locos regained their lead. Gauld latched onto a loose ball at the edge of the Academy box and his looping shot seemed to be clawed back off the line by MacMillan but the far-side linesman flagged for a goal.

1 - 2

Macadie then had two attempts that came very close to levelling the game. First he pulled a Cowie cross just wide of target later was released through the middle by Manson and he tried to chip keeper Reid who was off his line but his attempt went agonisingly just wide of the left post. It was a piece of skill that really deserved better.

MacMillan probably made his best save of the game in the 69th minute when he managed to get finger-tips to a Smith pile-driver to turn it round the post for a corner.

A minute later and Smith again held his head in his hands as MacMillan pulled out another fine stop to deny him for the umpteenth time in the game.

Weir came on for MacKenzie with about 10 minutes left in an attempt to provide some additional Academy fire-power, but it was the Locos that continued to threaten as that man Smith was again on hand to rifle a 20 yard attempt on target that MacMillan got finger-tips to and turned it over the cross-bar.

With five minutes left Academy worked the ball info the box with some great passing play from Shearer, Manson and Cowie. It fell for Weir in the middle of the box and he made room to have a shot, but then took and extra touch on the ball instead of pulling the trigger and the Locos defence managed to get a foot in and cleared the danger.

As MacMillan was announced as the sponsor man of the match Academy almost rescued a point when Weir's shot was blocked by the out-rushing Locos defence but Gunn fired the re-bound over the top of goal.

Final score 1 - 2

So a really hard fought game and Inverurie were made to work very hard for the three points. Academy did enough to deserve a point, but it just wasn't to be.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at September 6th, 2008)

2008/2009 All Time
Don MacMillan (GK) - 5 - 117 -
Shaun Sinclair - 6 - 84 -
Alex Lamb - 7 - 1181
Craig Shearer - 8130135
Martin Gunn - 7134470
Richard Macadie21 8110417
Bryan McKiddie - 8 - 53 -
Stewart Ross - 5110915
Gary Manson24 7124626
Nigel MacKenzie - 4 - 20933
David Cowie - 8 - 1557
Grant MacNab (sub)16 1 - 51
Stevie Cunningham (sub) - 6161
Gary Weir (sub)11 7513639

League Table (as at September 6th, 2008)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Deveronvale 4 4 0 0 +12 12
2. Inverurie Locos 4 4 0 0 +9 12
3. Keith 4 3 1 0 +6 10
4. Nairn County 4 3 0 1 +6 9
5. Huntly 3 2 1 0 +4 7
6. Forres Mech 5 2 1 2 -1 7
7. Cove Rangers 3 2 0 1 +7 6
8. Lossiemouth 5 2 0 3 -9 6
9. Fraserburgh 3 1 2 0 +4 5
10. Clachnacuddin 5 1 2 2 +2 5
11. Buckie Thistle 3 1 1 1 +2 4
12. Brora Rangers 5 0 2 3 -11 2
13. Rothes 5 0 1 4 -5 1
14. WICK 4 0 1 3 -10 1
15. Fort William 5 0 0 5 -16 0